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Updated Week 2 Rankings

Sunday, September 16, 2012




Week 2 Wide Receivers

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


WR Notes: If he stays healthy and out of handcuffs, Marshall is going to lead the NFL in receptions this season. Cutler targets him relentlessly regardless of coverage. ... Andre Johnson is as good as he ever was. ... It's no slight to Randall Cobb to point out that he's no Percy Harvin. Nobody is. After telling CBS color analyst Solomon Wilcots that he lost 10 pounds to gain even more explosiveness, Harvin forced at least a half-dozen missed tackles in the opener. The new NFL prototype slot receiver is on the mountain top with Julio Jones in run-after-catch ability.

While it's never a good idea to make a panic trade after Week 1, Welker is going to be downgraded in Josh McDaniels' more vertical offense. The Patriots are committed to emphasizing Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Lloyd while turning to Ridley as Welker's primary replacement in the move-the-chains role. Welker's numbers are "naturally going to go down."

It's still too early to make a lineup call on Garcon or Maclin. I wouldn't feel comfortable about the availability of either one at this point. ... We don't know yet whether Darrelle Revis will stick to Wallace or move on to Antonio Brown. Check Silva's Matchups column on Friday for a better read on that situation. ... Barring an unexpected setback, Collie is going to play as an every-down receiver opposite Reggie Wayne. There's a slight risk, but Collie is a fine WR3 option against a suspect secondary as long as he suits up.

Blackmon has a tough matchup this week. Owners may take solace in the fact that he would have scored last week had Blaine Gabbert not slightly overthrown him wide open in the end zone from five yards out. ... Similarly, James Jones would have produced a 5/114/1 line if not for a ticky-tack offensive P.I. call on an impressive 33-yard catch. Jones is in line to play nearly every down with Jennings listed as doubtful. While we prefer Cobb's upside, it's a close call this week. See here for our early-week breakdown on Cobb, who is being used more like Darren Sproles than Harvin.

A Kenny Britt history lesson: Coming off a multi-week hamstring injury in December of 2010, Britt was expected to play about 40 snaps and “more than Randy Moss.” He responded with a 4/39/0 line on 49-of-66 snaps. Disciplined for a bar fight earlier in the season, Britt’s playing status was up in the air going into an October game against the Eagles. After entering mid-way through the second quarter, Britt ended up playing 42-of-69 snaps with an eye-popping 7/225/3 stat line. Coach Mike Munchak is prescribing 15-20 plays against the Chargers. This time Britt is coming off three knee surgeries. It’s a “prove it” game for fantasy owners.

Bills rookie CB Stephon Gilmore fell for a pump fake, leading to Stephen Hill's first touchdown. The second score came on a questionable call at the pylon, but Hill did show impressive run-after-catch ability. His stat line was also boosted by a 27-yard flea flicker. While Hill is certainly an intriguing Dynasty league stash, his Week 1 performance is not repeatable.


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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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