1 of 5 | Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers (L) is a solid WR2 in Week 3. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo
MIAMI, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Zay Flowers and Amari Cooper are among my four must-start wide receivers for Week 3 of the fantasy football season.
All of my must-start wide receivers rank inside the Top 24 of my Top 50 positional rankings, which are available below.
If you need more options for your roster, check out my top add/drops before your waiver wire opens. My Week 3 rankings for quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends are also available.
Justin Jefferson, A.J. Brown, Stefon Diggs and Tyreek Hill lead my Week 3 wide receiver rankings. Nico Collins joins Brown, Flowers and Cooper as a must-start option.
wide receiver A.J. Brown (L) is an elite WR1 going forward, but should explode for fantasy football teams in Week 3. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI.
Brown is a player who should never leave your lineup, but I'm expecting one of his best games of the season Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brown logged a team-high 16 targets through his first games this season. He has yet to find the end zone but came close to scoring in Week 2. I expect the Eagles star to score more than once in this matchup, which the Eagles should dominate.
The Buccaneers allowed the seventh-most yards and ninth-most fantasy points to wide receivers through two weeks. They surrendered 104 yards to Chicago Bears wide receiver D.J. Moore in Week 2. They allowed Minnesota Vikings star Justin Jefferson to pile up 150 yards in Week 1.
Look for Brown to see at least 10 targets in this matchup. He is my No. 2 option.
Cooper is the No. 9 player in my Top 50 wide receiver rankings. The Cleveland Browns veteran will face the Tennessee Titans in Week 3.
The Titans allowed 112 yards in Week 1 to New Orleans Saints playmaker Chris Olave. They surrendered 111 yards and two scores in Week 2 to Los Angeles Chargers veteran Keenan Allen.
I expect Cooper to find the end zone and to log at least 80 receiving yards. He can be plugged in as a low-end WR1.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers' (R) ability to create yards after catches continues to result in fantasy football production for his stock owners. File Photo by David Tulis/UPI
Flowers' 15 targets and 13 receptions are more than double the total of any other Baltimore Ravens pass catcher.
The rookie has yet to score his first career touchdown but could find the end zone in Week 3 against a very vulnerable Indianapolis Colts defense.
The Colts allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers through two weeks, including 146 yards to Collins in Week 2.
Look for Flowers to draw at least eight targets and total 75 yards and a score. He is a high-end WR2.
Houston Texans wide receiver Nico Collins (C) leads the team in targets, catches and receiving yards. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI
Collins leads the Houston Texans with 20 targets, 13 catches and 226 yards through two weeks and should continue to provide WR2/WR3 value for his fantasy stock owners.
This week, the Texans will battle the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars haven't been bad at defending opposing wide receivers, but I expect this game to be a shootout. Collins is a near lock for close to 10 targets. He could work himself into WR1 territory if he reaches the end zone.
Minnesota Vikings star Justin Jefferson is my top wide receiver for Week 3. File Photo by Mark Black/UPI
Week 3 fantasy football wide receiver rankings
1. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings vs. LAC
2. A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles at TB
3. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills at WAS
4. Tyreek Hill, Miami Dolphins vs. DEN
5. Ja'Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals vs. LAR
6. CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys at ARI
7. Calvin Ridley, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. HOU
8. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions vs. ATL
9. Amari Cooper, Cleveland Browns vs. TEN
10. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers at MIN
11. Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders vs. PIT
12. Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals vs. LAR
13. DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks vs. CAR
14. Zay Flowers, Baltimore Ravens vs. IND
15. Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams at CIN
16. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. PHI
17. Nico Collins, Houston Texans at JAX
18. Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints at GB
19. DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles at TB
20. Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders vs. BUF
21. Garrett Wilson, New York Jets vs. NE
22. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers at MIN
23. George Pickens, Pittsburgh Steelers at LV
24. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. PHI
25. Gabe Davis, Buffalo Bills at WAS
26. D.J. Moore, Chicago Bears at KC
27. Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts at BAL
28. Josh Reynolds, Detroit Lions vs. ATL
29. Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos at MIA
30. DeAndre Hopkins, Tennessee Titans at CLE
31. Drake London, Atlanta Falcons at DET
32. Kadarius Toney, Kansas City Chiefs vs. KC
33. Jakobi Meyers, Las Vegas Raiders vs. PIT
34. Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders vs. BUF
35. Jordan Addison, Minnesota Vikings vs. LAC
36. Skyy Moore, Kansas City Chiefs vs. CHI
37. Robert Woods, Houston Texans at JAX
38. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints at GB
39. Adam Thielen, Carolina Panthers at SEA
40. Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers vs. NO
41. Allen Robinson, Pittsburgh Steelers at LV
42. Christian Kirk, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. HOU
43. JuJu Smith-Schuster, New England Patriots at NYJ
44. Elijah Moore, Cleveland Browns vs. TEN
44. Jayden Reed, Green Bay Packers vs. NO
45. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks vs. CAR
46. Marquise Brown, Arizona Cardinals vs. DAL
47. Braxton Berrios Miami Dolphins vs. DEN
48. DeVante Parker, New England Patriots at NYJ
49. Tutu Atwell, Los Angeles Rams at CIN
50. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Seattle Seahawks vs. CAR