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Wide Receiver Player Rankings – Week 2
Wide Receivers (Updated: Saturday, Sept. 15 - 2:20PM CT)
1. Julio Jones (vs. Den - Monday Night) – Hello, my name is Julio Jones and I’m the best wide receiver in the NFL that isn’t a robot. I like running, jumping, and catching pretty much anything that’s thrown my way. My favorite thing to do is take long walks on the beach the day after I go off for 100+ yards and two TDs. I plan on being at the beach a lot this year, so hopefully you took me on your fantasy team so we can go build some sandcastles together this Tuesday.
2. Calvin Johnson (@ SF - Sunday Night) – It wasn’t quite the start I’m sure Calvin was hoping to have after his insane 2011 season, but 111 yards ain’t half bad either. San Fran did well to shut down the Aaron Rodgers show last weekend, but I question whether they can do it two weeks in a row after being only a mid-tier D against the pass in 2011. Stafford isn’t afraid to pass the ball 60 times so I fully expect 15 or so targets coming Megatron’s way this Sunday night. That sort of attention should be enough to do his normal high-level fantasy damage.
3. Reggie Wayne (vs. Min) – Wayne went absolutely ballistic in his first regular season game with Andrew Luck and should be right back in the WR1 talk each week from here on out. 18 targets, nine catches and 135 yards is nothing to sneeze at and seeing that he’s playing against a terrible Minnesota secondary this week, he just might do it again. The Vikings allowed Blaine Gabbert to toss up a career-high 260 yards against them last week (with two TDs) so who knows how much Luck and Wayne will get this weekend.
4. A.J. Green (vs. Cle)
5. Larry Fitzgerald (@ NE)
6. Steve Smith (vs. NO)
7. Hakeem Nicks (vs. TB)
8. Roddy White (vs. Den - Monday Night)
9. Marques Colston (@ Car)
10. Andre Johnson (@ Jax)
11. Demaryius Thomas (@ Atl - Monday Night)
12. Antonio Brown (vs. NYJ) – Darrelle Revis would normally shadow Brown in this game, but since he's Out with a concussion, the task will fall onto Kyle Wilson to handle the job. Neither he nor anyone else (especially RB Joe McKnight, who is rumored to be practicing at CB for this game) has a shot at keeping up with him, so I expect a big game here.
13. Victor Cruz (vs. TB)
14. Vincent Jackson (@ NYG) – Jackson is going to dominate the targets department on this team all year long so you know he'll get his chances. The Giants secondary wasn't able to stop anybody last year and got off to another horrible start this season against the Cowboys in the season opener. Jackson should have himself a nice game here.
15. Wes Welker (vs. Ari)
16. Dez Bryant (@ Sea)
17. Percy Harvin (@ Ind) – Yes, I do believe the Vikings will run quite a bit in this game due to the Colts porous rush D, but they'll also be able to throw as Jay Cutler and the Bears showed in Week 1. With Dwight Freeney already declared out for Week 2, Christian Ponder will have as much time as he wants to find his receivers...and Percy will capitalize big-time.
18. Eric Decker (@ Atl - Monday Night)
19. Torrey Smith (@ Phi)
20. Miles Austin (@ Sea)
21. Dwayne Bowe (@ Buf)
22. Michael Crabtree (vs. Det - Sunday Night) – Detroit has a pretty stout run defense so the 49ers are going to HAVE to pass the ball more than they would like. Last season against the Lions in Week 6, Crabby had NINE catches on 15 targets for 77 yards. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see numbers like that again this Sunday evening.
23. Malcom Floyd (vs. Ten)
24. Anquan Boldin (@ Phi)
25. Jeremy Maclin (vs. Bal)
26. Mike Wallace (vs. NYJ)
27. Darrius Heyward-Bey (@ Mia)
28. Lance Moore (@ Car) – With Devery Henderson Out with a concussion and this game looking like a possible slug-fest, Moore will have ample opportunity to put up similar numbers to last week (6-120-1).
29. Kendall Wright (@ SD) – Kenny Britt is on a snap-count and if Nate Washington can't go this Sunday, which is looking like a slim-to-none chance, then Kendall Wright will have quite a bit of room to shine.
30. Brandon Lloyd (vs. Ari) – Lloyd will likely be shadowed by Patrick Peterson. With so many other weapons at his disposal, I just don’t see Lloyd playing much of factor.
31. Stevie Johnson (vs. KC) – Stevie will draw an activated Brandon Flowers this week. Not the best assignment for him and with the Bills looking to run in this game, Johnson could have a real slow day.
32. Kenny Britt (@ SD)
33. DeSean Jackson (vs. Bal) – If he’s shadowed by Lardarius Webb (which he should be), don’t expect much…again.
34. Denarius Moore (@ Mia)
35. Titus Young (@ SF - Sunday Night)
36. Justin Blackmon (vs. Hou)
37. Brandon LaFell (vs. NO)
38. Greg Little (@ Cin) – Brandon Weeden doesn’t look all that comfortable as an NFL quarterback yet and with Little still dealing with a butterfingers issue, you simply can’t start the guy.
39. Danny Amendola (vs. Was)
40. Damian Williams (@ SD)
41. Mike Williams (@ NYG)
42. Sidney Rice (vs. Dal)
43. Rod Streater (@ Mia)
44. Randy Moss (vs. Det - Sunday Night)
45. Robert Meachem (vs. Ten)
46. Nate Washington (@ SD) – Nobody is even sure what the injury was that he sustained in Week 1, whether it was a leg injury or a concussion, but Nate missed practice all week and is Questionable to play on Sunday. Don't take the chance unless you have to.
47. Pierre Garcon (@ StL) – It's only a "bruised right foot" from what team officials are saying and he was only given a Questionable tag, but Garcon was very limited in the two practices he made it out there for this week and I'm not so sure the Redskins will feel the need to risk aggravating the injury against the Rams. If you have another option, you might want to sit him regardless of whether he's active or not. Maybe pick up his replacement, Aldrick Robinson, and stick him in there instead. He did very well replacing Garcon last weekend and has the Redskins coaches singing his praises.
48. Laurent Robinson (vs. Hou)
49. Santana Moss (@ StL)
50. Kevin Ogletree (@ Sea) – This is the same Kevin Ogletree who wasn't able to do anything with his playing time over the last three years, fellas. This is also the Seattle Seahawks pass defense, not the Giants.
51. Nate Burleson (@ SF - Sunday Night)
52. Donald Jones (vs. KC)
53. Emmanuel Sanders (vs. NYJ)
54. Stephen Hill (@ Pit)
55. Dexter McCluster (@ Buf)
56. Davone Bess (vs. Oak)
57. Andre Roberts (@ NE)
58. Brian Hartline (vs. Oak)
59. Donnie Avery (vs. Min)
60. Josh Gordon (@ Cin)
61. Santonio Holmes (@ Pit) – Until he puts up a good game, you simply have to sit him. That was likely the best passing game the Jets will have all season and Holmes wasn't even a part of it.
62. Jacoby Jones (@ Phi)
63. Andrew Hawkins (vs. Cle)
64. Braylon Edwards (vs. Dal)
65. Austin Collie (vs. Min) – DOUBTFUL TO PLAY
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