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The Shot Caller's Report - Wide Receivers
Your Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 3
QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks: N/A

DeVante Parker

Picking on the Jets: DeVante Parker, Jarvis Landry and Jay Ajayi will be popular plays in Week 3.

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DeVante Parker, MIA Ė When Iím analyzing WR production before my season-long drafts, the first thing I do is look at is the quarterback whoíll be getting him the ball, then determine the skill set and system and determine if itís a good marriage. Because of this, I was wary of drafting Parker, whoíll usually draw the best opposing CB and I was skeptical of Cutlerís abilities. That being said, this week is a fine spot to endorse Parker, as Cutler projects to be a Top 15 QB and the Jets defense is ranked in the bottom five against the pass. Parker is healthy, ready to build upon his Week 2 performance of 4-85-0 (on 9 targets), and haul in his first TD catch of 2017. The Jets donít have a DB who can handle him.

Ted Ginn Jr. @ CAR Ė Hereís our chance to take a quick stroll down narrative street, where a matchup with Ginnís old team could prove to be a favorable one. Drew Brees has a bevy of receivers at his disposal, and while itís tricky to pick the right one, my guess is that Ginn gets loose for deep score. The return of Willie Snead isnít for another week, and there should be plenty of attention on Michel Thomas to allow Ginn some deep shots. The Panthers defense is a tough group, but I picture the scoring to get into the high 40s or low 50s (O/U opened at 49), which bodes well for a 4-60-1 baseline for Ginn.

Cooper Kupp @ SF Ė Kupp is exactly the receiver that Jared Goff needed Ė a guy with refined route-running skills, especially for a rookie. Heís also the type of receiver that could pose problems for the 49ers and their banged-up defense. Now missing strong safety Eric Reid for multiple weeks and Reuben Foster for at least Week 3, this game looks like itíll be a lot of Todd Gurley and 8-10 targets for Kupp. Kupp has already posted 7-109-1 over his two first games in the league working primarily from the slot Ė a vicinity that could pose problems to a defense missing its starting WLB and SS. I could see Kupp having his highest target volume of the season so far and easily returning serviceable WR3/flex numbers for 12-team leagues.

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Emmanuel Sanders @ BUF Ė Sanders is a sneaky good receiver who rarely disappoints, even without Peyton Manning or a star QB throwing him the rock. Heís a solid Top 25 fantasy WR who rarely drops the ball. In fact, @PFF tweeted in May that Sanders dropped just one catchable target in 2016, a hard-to-believe but verifiable (and true) stat. So, whatís not to like? For one, the Bills have an excellent secondary, and a few defensive weaknesses in the front seven that the Broncos are more likely to attack with their stable of talented running backs. Itís going to be very difficult to sit Sanders if you donít have an obvious replacement, but in 10-team leagues there are probably a few matchups that might yield better results like Devin Funchess @ NO or J.J. Nelson vs. DAL.

T.Y. Hilton v. CLE Ė A little further down the consensus rankings weíll find Hilton, who is anxiously awaiting the return of Andrew Luck. I know that some fantasy owners looked at his relentless consistency in the past few years, but 2017 is a different animal, and the fantasy football gods have been stingy to several perennial performers. The key to this game is adapting to trends and accepting that certain personnel pairings just arenít making hay, and while itís not outside the realm of possibility that Hilton makes for decent WR2 this week, Iím not counting on it. Iím steering clear of the Colts receivers until Luck is back and heaving it to Hilton.

DeSean Jackson @ MIN Ė Most of what I said about Winstonís Week 3 prospects could be reprinted here, and while Jackson could see a bunch of targets and haul in a few of them, Mike Evans is still the guy Winston leans on. I see myself peppering a lot of lineups with Jackson during the second half of the season if he’s healthy (and making some offers to his frustrated owners) after Jackson has had a few weeks to gel with his QB, but for now I’m staying away until I see he’s not a disgruntled employee in his current work environment. There’s some upside here if you want to stretch your imagination, but I’d rather play it safe with guys like Kupp or shoot even higher with Ginn – both of whom are further down the FFToday and consensus rankings.

Good luck, folks!

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