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Updated Week 1 Rankings

Saturday, September 08, 2012




Week 1 Wide Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson vs. STL -
2 Julio Jones at KC -
3 Andre Johnson vs. MIA -
4 Dez Bryant at NYG -
5 Hakeem Nicks vs. DAL -
6 Steve Smith at TB -
7 Larry Fitzgerald vs. SEA -
8 A.J. Green at BAL -
9 Percy Harvin vs. JAC -
10 Brandon Marshall vs. IND -
11 Victor Cruz vs. DAL -
12 Brandon Lloyd at TEN -
13 Jordy Nelson vs. SF -
14 Greg Jennings vs. SF -
15 Roddy White at KC -
16 Marques Colston vs. WAS Questionable(foot)
17 Eric Decker vs. PIT -
18 Reggie Wayne at CHI -
19 Jeremy Maclin at CLE -
20 Wes Welker at TEN -
21 Vincent Jackson vs. CAR -
22 Demaryius Thomas vs. PIT -
23 Antonio Brown at DEN -
24 Mike Wallace at DEN -
25 Torrey Smith vs. CIN -
26 Miles Austin at NYG Probable(hamstring)
27 Dwayne Bowe vs. ATL -
28 Pierre Garcon at NO -
29 DeSean Jackson at CLE -
30 Sidney Rice at ARZ -
31 Justin Blackmon at MIN Probable(ankle)
32 Stevie Johnson at NYJ -
33 Titus Young vs. STL -
34 Michael Crabtree at GB -
35 Anquan Boldin vs. CIN -
36 Santonio Holmes vs. BUF -
37 Greg Little vs. PHI -
38 Malcom Floyd at OAK -
39 Robert Meachem at OAK -
40 Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. SD -
41 Kendall Wright vs. NE -
42 Donnie Avery at CHI -
43 Nate Washington vs. NE -
44 Lance Moore vs. WAS -
45 Denarius Moore vs. SD Questionable(hamstring)
46 Braylon Edwards at ARZ -
47 Brandon LaFell at TB -
48 Danny Amendola at DET -
49 Randy Moss at GB -
50 Rod Streater vs. SD -
51 Santana Moss at NO -
52 Mike Williams vs. CAR -
53 Steve Smith at DET -
54 Davone Bess at HOU -
55 Nate Burleson vs. STL -
56 David Nelson at NYJ -
57 Alshon Jeffery vs. IND -
58 Mario Manningham at GB -
59 Randall Cobb vs. SF -
60 Laurent Robinson at MIN -
61 Brian Quick at DET -
62 Jon Baldwin vs. ATL -
63 Doug Baldwin at ARZ -
64 Stephen Hill vs. BUF Questionable(calf)
65 Leonard Hankerson at NO -

 

WR Notes: With their top pass rusher out and Brandon Flowers' (heel) status up in the air, the Chiefs are going to have their hands full with Julio Jones and Roddy White. ... Steve Smith (foot) is practicing fully this week and will have no limitations against the Bucs. Although Brandon LaFell is a popular breakout candidate, Smith is entrenched as Cam Newton's top target and Carolina's most dangerous playmaker.

 

Larry Fitzgerald deserves better, but we can't rank him as a top-five option behind the league's most inept offensive line-quarterback combo. The Seahawks have arguably the finest secondary in the NFL. ... Don't overthink the spotty Brady-to-Lloyd connection in preseason action. They will make beautiful music this year. ... Jordy Nelson has outproduced Greg Jennings on a per-week basis over the past 20 Packers games. ... We like Decker to outpace Thomas as Manning's go-to receiver.

 

Don't assume Wallace will struggle out of the gates just because he missed the entire preseason. After sitting out the month of August with a hamstring injury while Chris Palmer installed his offense, Kenny Britt exploded for back-to-back 100-yard games to start last season. If you stole Wallace in your draft, start him as a borderline WR2/3 at Denver. ... Sidney Rice is healthy and locked in as Russell Wilson's top receiver entering the season. ... Keep an eye on Collie. Although coach Chuck Pagano deemed him "full go" after returning to practice, Collie stopped short of guaranteeing that he would play this week.

 

It's too early to get an accurate read on Blackmon's availability after sustaining an ankle injury in Wednesday's practice. Check back Friday afternoon to ensure that he's on track to play. ... I'm going to need to see a bigger sample size before I buy into Stevie Johnson as the Revis Killer. ... Keep an eye on Denarius Moore's late-week practice routine. If he sits out, impressive rookie Rod Streater becomes a viable WR3 option.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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