Wide Receiver Usage Deep Dive: Justin Jefferson Week 3 Breakout, Tee Higgins Rising
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Image Credit: Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Tee Higgins.

All season long Zachary Krueger will go in-depth with all of the key wide receiver performances. Providing weekly targets, air yards breakdowns, and fantasy points over expectation trends, he’ll help you dominate the waiver wire and make the best start/sit decisions in your upcoming fantasy football matchups.

Week 3 offered a chance for some high-volume passing, and it delivered. If you play DFS, there’s a chance you were going out of your way to stack players in the Cowboys vs. Seahawks game, or the Lions vs. Cardinals matchup.

If you were running on the late slate, the matchup between the Saints and the Packers opened the door for a diverse range of passing stacks as well.

Whatever your flavor for the week, I would be remiss to overlook the wide receiver performances that Week 3 brought us. Fortunately, this article allows me the opportunity to do exactly that.

Here’s a look at some of the receivers who caught our attention in Week 3.

Week 3 Target Recap

Player Team Tgt Rec Yards TD
Keenan Allen LAC 19 13 132 1
Allen Robinson CHI 13 10 123 1
Calvin Ridley ATL 13 5 110 0
Tyler Boyd CIN 13 10 125 0
Tyler Lockett SEA 13 9 100 3
Amari Cooper DAL 12 9 86 0
DeAndre Hopkins ARI 12 10 137 0
Greg Ward Jr. PHI 11 8 72 1
Cooper Kupp LAR 10 9 107 1
Hunter Renfrow LV 9 6 84 1
Jerry Jeudy DEN 9 5 55 0
Justin Jefferson MIN 9 7 175 1
Michael Gallup DAL 9 6 138 1
Tee Higgins CIN 9 5 40 2
Allen Lazard GB 8 6 146 1
Brandon Aiyuk SF 8 5 70 0
Chris Conley JAC 8 3 34 0
D.K. Metcalf SEA 8 4 110 1
Sammy Watkins KC 8 7 62 0
Terry McLaurin WAS 8 4 83 0
Adam Humphries TEN 7 4 41 0
Cedrick Wilson DAL 7 5 107 2
Cole Beasley BUF 7 6 100 0
Darius Slayton NYG 7 3 53 0
Golden Tate NYG 7 5 36 0
James Washington PIT 7 5 36 0
KeeSean Johnson ARI 7 2 24 0
Kenny Golladay DET 7 6 57 1
A.J. Green CIN 6 5 36 0
CeeDee Lamb DAL 6 5 65 0
Chris Godwin TB 6 5 64 1
Corey Davis TEN 6 5 69 0
Dontrelle Inman WAS 6 3 38 2
Isaiah Wright WAS 6 4 24 0
Julian Edelman NE 6 2 23 0
Kendrick Bourne SF 6 4 63 0
Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC 6 5 33 0
Marquise Brown BAL 6 2 13 0
Mecole Hardman KC 6 4 81 1
Odell Beckham Jr. CLE 6 4 59 0
Olamide Zaccheaus ATL 6 4 41 0
Robby Anderson CAR 6 5 55 0
Robert Woods LAR 6 5 75 1
Stefon Diggs BUF 6 4 49 1
Tre'Quan Smith NO 6 4 42 0
Tyreek Hill KC 6 5 77 1
Adam Thielen MIN 5 3 29 1
Anthony Miller CHI 5 2 41 1
Brandin Cooks HOU 5 3 23 0
Darnell Mooney CHI 5 2 19 0
DeVante Parker MIA 5 5 69 0
Emmanuel Sanders NO 5 4 56 1
Josh Reynolds LAR 5 4 60 0
Juju Smith-Schuster PIT 5 4 43 1
K.J. Hamler DEN 5 3 30 0
Keelan Cole JAC 5 4 43 0
Scott Miller TB 5 3 83 0
Will Fuller HOU 5 4 54 1
Andy Isabella ARI 4 4 47 2
Auden Tate CIN 4 2 29 0
Brandon Powell ATL 4 3 27 0
Braxton Berrios NYJ 4 4 64 1
Chase Claypool PIT 4 1 24 0
Curtis Samuel CAR 4 4 45 0
D.J. Moore CAR 4 2 65 0
Danny Amendola DET 4 1 18 0
DeSean Jackson PHI 4 2 11 0
Deontay Burnett PHI 4 3 19 0
Gabriel Davis BUF 4 4 81 0
Jarvis Landry CLE 4 4 36 0
K.J. Hill LAC 4 1 15 0
Kenny Stills HOU 4 3 35 0
Lawrence Cager NYJ 4 2 35 0
Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB 4 1 5 0
Michael Pittman IND 4 3 26 0
Mike Evans TB 4 2 2 2
N'Keal Harry NE 4 2 34 0
Randall Cobb HOU 4 4 95 1
Tim Patrick DEN 4 4 43 1
Zach Pascal IND 4 2 34 0
Bryan Edwards LV 3 2 48 0
Chris Hogan NYJ 3 0 0 0
Damiere Byrd NE 3 3 27 0
Deonte Harris NO 3 2 5 0
Devin Duvernay BAL 3 2 7 0
Jalen Guyton LAC 3 2 23 0
John Hightower PHI 3 2 19 0
Kalif Raymond TEN 3 3 118 0
Larry Fitzgerald ARI 3 1 0 0
Marvin Jones DET 3 3 51 0
Nelson Agholor LV 3 2 32 0
Russell Gage ATL 3 2 26 0
Seth Roberts CAR 3 2 16 0
T.Y. Hilton IND 3 3 52 0
Ted Ginn CHI 3 1 29 0
Zay Jones LV 3 3 32 0
Antonio Gandy-Golden WAS 2 0 0 0
C.J. Board NYG 2 1 9 0
Collin Johnson JAC 2 1 3 0
Damion Ratley NYG 2 1 29 0
Daurice Fountain IND 2 2 23 0
Diontae Johnson PIT 2 0 0 0
Isaiah Ford MIA 2 2 14 0
Isaiah McKenzie BUF 2 1 6 0
Jamal Agnew DET 2 2 20 0
John Brown BUF 2 0 0 0
Mike Thomas CIN 2 2 9 0
Miles Boykin BAL 2 1 8 0
Nick Westbrook TEN 2 0 0 0
Noah Brown DAL 2 1 9 0
Preston Williams MIA 2 2 7 1
Willie Snead BAL 2 2 4 0
Ashton Dulin IND 1 0 0 0
Chad Beebe MIN 1 1 7 0
Darrius Shepherd GB 1 0 0 0
David Moore SEA 1 1 2 0
Dede Westbrook JAC 1 1 4 0
Demarcus Robinson KC 1 0 0 0
Diontae Spencer DEN 1 1 7 0
Freddie Swain SEA 1 1 13 0
Jakeem Grant MIA 1 1 19 0
Javon Wims CHI 1 0 0 0
Khadarel Hodge CLE 1 0 0 0
Mike Williams LAC 1 1 17 0
Mohamed Sanu SF 1 1 9 0
Taysom Hill NO 1 1 1 0
Trent Taylor SF 1 1 20 0
Van Jefferson LAR 1 0 0 0
Alex Erickson CIN 0 0 0 0
Andre Roberts BUF 0 0 0 0
Cameron Batson TEN 0 0 0 0
Cordarrelle Patterson CHI 0 0 0 0
DeAndre Carter HOU 0 0 0 0
Isaiah Zuber NE 0 0 0 0
James Proche BAL 0 0 0 0
Jaydon Mickens TB 0 0 0 0
JoJo Natson CLE 0 0 0 0
Joe Reed LAC 0 0 0 0
Josh Malone NYJ 0 0 0 0
Pharoh Cooper CAR 0 0 0 0
Rico Gafford LV 0 0 0 0
Steven Sims Jr. WAS 0 0 0 0

Justin Jefferson

Vikings rookie wide receiver Justin Jefferson could be named in any part of this article. His nine targets in Week 3 were the sixth most of any WR last week, while his 128 air yards ranked 10th among all WRs. He led the league in receiving yards. If there’s one thing the Vikings and fantasy owners learned in Week 3, it’s play Jefferson more.

The Vikings drafted Jefferson in the first round, with the expectation that he would replace departed superstar Stefon Diggs. In his Week 3 matchup against the Titans, Jefferson did exactly that.

Jefferson finished his day with a receiving line of 7/175/1 on nine targets, leading all Vikings receivers by a wide margin. Adam Thielen was the next closest with five targets.

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Zachary Krueger

Staff writer & fantasy analyst. I like best ball and dislike early-round TEs.

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