It used to be that backup wide receivers simply weren't fantasy relevant. If you're not on the field, you can't catch passes.
Of course, there has been a major leaguewide change in philosophy over the past decade. Gone are the offenses heavy on fullbacks and two-tight end sets (OK, most of them. I'm looking at you, Gary Kubiak). Three-wide receiver sets are no longer just the base offensive set but rather the dominant formation. Consider that in 2007, NFL teams, on average, used their third wide receiver on 55 percent of pass plays. In 2014, that number was 69 percent. The popular "11" personnel package -- three wide receivers, one running back, one tight end -- was used on 43 percent of pass plays in 2007, but the mark jumped to 63 percent this past season.
As a result of the leaguewide shift, the wide receiver position is as deep as ever in fantasy. Last season, Odell Beckham Jr., Jordan Matthews, Eddie Royal, Mohamed Sanu, Kenny Stills, Martavis Bryant, Allen Hurns, John Brown, Robert Woods and Jarvis Landry entered the season no better than third on their respective team's depth chart, but each finished as a top-50 fantasy wide receiver.
Below is a fantasy ranking of the 32 players currently sitting third on their team's wide receiver depth chart. From WR3 options such as John Brown to upside bench stashes such as Cody Latimer, this list will allow you to make the best picks in the middle to late rounds of your draft.