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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added Antonio Brown to the COVID IR list Wednesday. We know that the Buccaneers are 100% vaccinated, which means we know what Brown needs to do to be able to play this Sunday. He must receive two negative test results, 24 hours apart. As of Thursday morning that seems increasingly unlikely, so we're not ranking Brown for Week 3 and you should make alternative plans as well.

Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, and Rob Gronkowski were going to be started everywhere anyway, and this only increases their Week 3 target projection. The Rams have a very good defense, but this game has an over/under of 56, so Vegas doesn't seem to care. Neither should Fantasy managers.

What is more interesting is whether a deep sleeper emerges in Brown's absence. The Buccaneers embarrassment of riches at wide receiver includes incredible depth. Tyler Johnson, Scott Miller, and Jaelon Darden all possess upside if given the opportunity.

Miller and Johnson have both played 20 offensive snaps so far this year while Darden has yet to see the field. Johnson has three targets to Miller's zero, so he's my favorite as a DFS punt play or sleeper in a very deep league, but it's a coin toss between the two. Both need a touchdown to make a significant Fantasy impact, and their scoring odds are significantly higher than the average third or fourth wide receiver because of the offense they're playing in.

If nothing else, Week 3 may give us a peek into the future value of Tampa Bay's fourth receiver should Brown, Evans, or Godwin miss significant time later in the year.

Here is the rest of the Week 3 WR Preview:

Week 3 WR Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play Week 3 at this time. Here's what it means:

PIT Pittsburgh • #18
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
If Johnsons is out, both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool would get a bump and be starts as WR2s.
CLE Cleveland • #80
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Odell Beckham is expected to return this week, but I'd rather see him play a game before I start him
ATL Atlanta • #14
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
This pass offense should be even more concentrated around Calvin Ridley and Kyle Pitts.
TB Tampa Bay • #81
Age: 33 • Experience: 11 year
Godwin and Evans are both top-12 receivers this week.
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Numbers to Know
  • 50% -- Brandin Cooks was targeted on nine of Davis Mills' 18 attempts in Week 2.
  • 309 -- Air yards for Courtland Sutton through Week 2, the most in the NFL.
  • 22 -- Targets on the season for Mike Williams, one more than teammate Keenan Allen.
  • 4.4 -- Average depth of target for JuJu Smith-Schuster; incredibly that number has gone down further from 2020.
  • 19% -- Target share for K.J. Osborn. We've never seen the third option in Minnesota this involved in the Kirk Cousins era.
  • 41.2% -- Catch rate for A.J. Brown so far this year. He's been over 60% each of the past two seasons. Buy low.
  • 0 -- Jakobi Meyers still has zero career touchdowns on 137 targets. 
  • 46.5 -- The Raiders are averaging 46.5 pass attempts per game, the most in the NFL.
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that matter
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #3
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL NYG -3 O/U 48.5
OPP VS WR
22nd
PROJ PTS
16.6
WR RNK
24th
WAS Washington • #17
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -9 O/U 46
OPP VS WR
10th
PROJ PTS
15.4
WR RNK
20th
YTD Stats
REC
15
TAR
18
REYDS
169
TD
1
FPTS/G
19
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #84
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN DEN -10.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS WR
15th
PROJ PTS
10.1
WR RNK
42nd
YTD Stats
REC
7
TAR
12
REYDS
105
TD
2
FPTS/G
14.8
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 3 Waivers
CHI Chicago • #11
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -7.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS WR
17th
WR RNK
42nd
ROSTERED
61%
Mooney had a decent game in Week 2, but I'm excited by what could be with Justin Fields. The pair just missed connecting on two other plays, including one that would have been a touchdown. Andy Dalton has refused to throw the ball downfield, but Fields looked much more willing to let it rip.
MIA Miami • #11
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LV LV -4 O/U 45
OPP VS WR
18th
WR RNK
41st
ROSTERED
54%
YTD Stats
REC
9
TAR
16
REYDS
123
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.7
Parker has seen a 24% target share early in the year and I'm not sure Will Fuller is going to impact that in his first game back considering how much practice time Fuller has missed.
LV Las Vegas • #13
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA LV -4 O/U 45
OPP VS WR
9th
WR RNK
46th
ROSTERED
17%
Once again, Renfrow leads the Raiders wide receivers in targets and catches. Once again everyone is more excited to add all the other Raiders wide receivers. In full PPR, Renfrow is my favorite this week against the Dolphins.
Stashes
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #8
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN DEN -10.5 O/U 41.5
OPP VS WR
13th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
43%
2020 Stats
REC
5
TAR
12
REYDS
44
TD
0
FPTS/G
4.9
I wouldn't expect Moore to break out against the Broncos, but he gets the Titans in Week 4 and the Falcons in Week 5. I'd like to hold him through those games if possible.
CAR Carolina • #88
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU CAR -8 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
6th
WR RNK
NR
ROSTERED
30%
2020 Stats
REC
6
TAR
9
REYDS
43
TD
0
FPTS/G
5.2
Rondale Moore in Week 2 was a great example of why you don't want to leave Marshall on your waiver wire. His breakout game could be just around the corner.
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DFS Plays
Top Play
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LAR L.A. Rams • #2
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB LAR -1 O/U 54.5
OPP VS WR
32nd
PROJ PTS
15.4
WR RNK
19th
YTD Stats
REC
8
TAR
13
REYDS
91
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.2
Woods is way too cheap because of his early season struggles. He had nine targets in Week 2 and I fully expect his bounce back is coming in what should be a shootout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They've allowed the second most Fantasy points to wide receivers with three different pass catchers topping 20 PPR Fantasy points against them in two games.
Contrarian Play
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CHI Chicago • #12
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -7.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS WR
17th
PROJ PTS
14.6
WR RNK
21st
YTD Stats
REC
8
TAR
15
REYDS
59
TD
1
FPTS/G
10
Robinson is coming off a bad week, and the stat line for Justin Fields looks even worse. But Fields hit Robinson in the hands twice in the end zone in Week 2. I would not expect the veteran to miss opportunities like that again in Week 3.
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Heath's Projections

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