Ranks reax: Oh, those inconsistent WRs 

September, 19, 2012
No position in fantasy football fluctuates like the wide receiver spot, which is proved not only by erratic point totals the first few weeks of the season, but in the Week 3 staff rankings. Consider that in Week 1 Kevin Ogletree, Julio Jones, Stephen Hill, Lance Moore, Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Demaryius Thomas each scored 17 or more fantasy points. In Week 2, that group, save for Thomas (fantasy's top wide receiver so far), combined for 10 fantasy points. So if you own one of those fellows, mainly the ones who should be considered as starters, how does one analyze their worth?

My general rule is to stick with the reliable top options, which is why Atlanta's Jones again received a top nod from me (No. 2). A quick look at the Week 3 wide receiver rankings shows there are some rather large differences of opinion when it comes to this position, certainly more so than at quarterback and tight end, where the fantasy starters generally remain as such. At running back, staffers and general public debate about struggling players, such as Chris Johnson and Michael Turner, but at wide receiver, even the perceived top options are all over the place. I cannot speak for my colleagues, and on a Wednesday before the games commence, nobody is wrong yet, but check out these examples:

[+] EnlargeAndre Johnson
Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesThe Week 3 rankings for Andre Johnson are all over the proverbial board.
Houston Texans stud Andre Johnson was ranked as high as No. 2 and as low as No. 23. So far Johnson has one good game and one bad (naturally, right?), and my rank is 11th, pretty much in the middle, for a potentially fruitful matchup at Denver. The Texans are such a strong running team that I don't know how often Johnson will be among my top 10 options, if at all. He's talented but also brittle, and quarterback Matt Schaub has really dipped in relation to others at his position, from borderline top-10 early last year to 14th at quarterback in average live drafts, and now he's barely top 20.