It’s been a great year so far for fantasy football sleeper wide receivers. We’ve already seen a myriad of guys break out and graduate from this article. Never fear, however, as we always have plenty of guys who qualify as fantasy football wide receiver sleepers. Below you’ll find two wide receivers available in at least 50% of Yahoo! leagues, and a third receiver available in over 90% of Yahoo! leagues. As always, check and see if the guys in Waleed Ismail’s Waiver Wire Cheat Sheet slipped through the cracks. If they didn’t, check out the week three wide receiver sleepers below.
Week Three Wide Receiver Sleeper:
Mecole Hardman versus Baltimore (48% Owned)
Demarcus Robinson got all the publicity after the Chiefs dismantled the Raiders this weekend, but it’s too soon to discount the second-round rookie. Hardman had a 72-yard touchdown called back on an unrelated holding penalty in Sunday’s game. Without that penalty, he’s sitting pretty at 133 yards and two touchdowns on the day.
The defensive matchup is iffy, as the Ravens give up the fourteenth-most fantasy points to wide receivers. Granted, that’s likely skewed from playing Miami in week one. Last week, Kyler Murray tossed 100 yards to both Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald, meaning their second is, in fact, fallible. The Vegas over/under on this game is set at 55, with an implied 31-24 finish. That’s a lot of fireworks and a lot of touchdowns for the Chiefs.
Week Three Wide Receiver Sleeper:
Deebo Samuel versus Pittsburgh (33% Owned)
There was a lot of hullabaloo this offseason about whether or not Deebo Samuel will replace Dante Pettis as the #1 wide receiver in San Francisco. Only a trick play pass kept Pettis away from a goose egg, and Deebo thrived. He turned in 87 yards and a touchdown as the 49ers boat raced the Bengals last weekend. He leads the 49ers wide receivers in target share, but not air yards. That honor goes to deep shot artist Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin is also a good play (Phillip Dorsett got behind them in week one) but does not qualify for this article.
The Steelers are a mess on defense, and the adding MInkah Fitzpatrick might help, but I doubt it helps just a few days after getting him. A week after getting a top-five fantasy football matchup in the Bengals, the 49ers wide receivers get another top-five fantasy matchup in the Steelers. They’ve allowed four-wide receiver touchdowns in two games, and five half-PPR games of over 12.9 fantasy points for wide receivers. Just remember when talking about what Deebo got you, show some respect. He got a double-digit fantasy point day.
Week Three Wide Receiver Sleeper
Devin Smith versus Miami (8% Owned)
The Cowboys offense refuses to stop, despite Jerry Jones painfully watching Dak Prescott’s guaranteed money inflate with every passing touchdown. Michael Gallup had knee surgery and is set to miss at least the next couple of games recovering. In steps Devin Smith and Randall Cobb into the void. There’s plenty to go around for even the third wide receiver in this offense, with the Cowboys pass offense coming in at top-three in both passing yards and passing touchdowns. In his first real action last week, Smith turned three targets into three catches, 74 yards, and a score.
As for the opponent, I mean, what is there to say? It’s Miami. The Dolphins are actively tanking and traded Minkah Fitzpatrick this week. It’s a disaster. They allow the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers, but honestly, that has more to do with opposing offenses just packing it in during blowouts. They’ve allowed six wide receiver touchdowns in three games. You want to get ahold of a piece of any offense going against Miami if you’re an exceptionally desperate streamer.
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