The NFL wrapped up Week 3 on Monday, and while there were plenty of big performances, fantasy football owners are thinking about one thing: the start of bye weeks. Week 4 brings bye weeks for the New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers. It’s not a huge concern at the wide receiver position, but it means we are getting into the portion of the season where playoff hopes can be built or dashed.
Even if you are set for bye weeks, there is still room to improve your Week 4 fantasy roster. With that in mind, let’s look at the top wide receivers still available in more than 50 percent of leagues, based on ESPN ownership as of Monday evening.
D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars (41 percent)
This has to be the last week he is under 50 percent, right? Chark found the end zone for the third straight game to open the season, catching four passes for 76 yards against a solid Titans defense. He is currently the seventh-highest scoring wide receiver, and he is showing consistency week in and week out. He could be a WR2 for a lot of fantasy owners.
Phillip Dorsett, New England Patriots (11.4 percent)
He ranks 12th in fantasy points among all receivers after six receptions, 53 yards, and a touchdown in Week 3 against the New York Jets. New England faces a couple tough tests moving forward, traveling to Buffalo and Washington the next two weeks. Buffalo is unbeaten and playing some physical defense, while winless Washington has some intriguing defensive talent.
Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs (44.8 percent)
The Chiefs are churning out high profile receivers like nobody’s business. After Tyreek Hill went down, Demarcus Robinson stepped up. Now, we can add Hardman to the mix. After no catches on one target in Week 1, Hardman has six receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns over the past two weeks. The Chiefs are showing no signs of slowing down, and Hardman and Robinson both should continue to be productive while Hill is sidelined.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers (49.1 percent)
The Packers opened the season with three tough matchups, but MVS has shown some signs of life as their No. 2 receiver. He had six receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown in a Week 3 win over Denver. He led the team with ten targets and has been in the top two or three in targets for the Packers. Green Bay hosts a shaky Philly defense in Week 4, and then travel to Dallas in Week 5.
Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (45.9 percent)
Agholor moved into the starting lineup after DeSean Jackson suffered an abdominal injury and Alshon Jeffery suffered a calf injury. Jackson is not expected to play in Week 4, and Jeffery seems like a long shot as well. Agholor benefited in a big way in Week 3, leading the team with 12 targets. Drops have been an issue, and he did lose a fumble, but opportunities will continue for him in Week 4. Related to the drops:
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