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Week 1 Rankings

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Week 1 Wide Receivers 

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson vs. MIN -
2 Dez Bryant vs. NYG -
3 Brandon Marshall vs. CIN -
4 Julio Jones at NO -
5 A.J. Green at CHI -
6 Demaryius Thomas vs. BAL -
7 Larry Fitzgerald at STL -
8 Pierre Garcon vs. PHI -
9 Randall Cobb at SF -
10 Vincent Jackson at NYJ -
11 Andre Johnson at SD -
12 Victor Cruz at DAL Probable (heel)
13 Jordy Nelson at SF -
14 Dwayne Bowe at JAC -
15 Reggie Wayne vs. OAK -
16 Hakeem Nicks at DAL -
17 Antonio Brown vs. TEN -
18 Marques Colston vs. ATL -
19 Danny Amendola at BUF Probable (groin)
20 DeSean Jackson at WAS -
21 Torrey Smith at DEN -
22 Cecil Shorts vs. KC -
23 Mike Wallace at CLE -
24 Steve Smith vs. SEA -
25 Roddy White at NO Questionable (ankle)
26 T.Y. Hilton vs. OAK -
27 Wes Welker vs. BAL -
28 Eric Decker vs. BAL -
29 Mike Williams at NYJ -
30 Lance Moore vs. ATL -
31 James Jones at SF -
32 Miles Austin vs. NYG -
33 Stevie Johnson vs. NE -
34 Greg Jennings at DET -
35 Kenbrell Thompkins at BUF -
36 Golden Tate at CAR -
37 Michael Floyd at STL -
38 Anquan Boldin vs. GB -
39 Chris Givens vs. ARZ -
40 Emmanuel Sanders vs. TEN -
41 Brian Hartline at CLE -
42 Greg Little vs. MIA -
43 Alshon Jeffery vs. CIN -
44 Sidney Rice at CAR -
45 Rueben Randle at DAL -
46 Andre Roberts at STL Probable (quadriceps)
47 Kenny Britt at PIT -
48 DeAndre Hopkins at SD Probable (concussion)
49 Brandon LaFell vs. SEA -
50 Vincent Brown vs. HOU -
51 Malcom Floyd vs. HOU -
52 Tavon Austin vs. ARZ -
53 Denarius Moore at IND -
54 Nate Burleson vs. MIN -
55 Robert Woods vs. NE -
56 Jacoby Jones at DEN Sidelined (knee)
57 Jeremy Kerley vs. TB -
58 Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. OAK -
59 Kendall Wright at PIT Probable (knee)
60 Stephen Hill vs. TB -
61 Santonio Holmes vs. TB Questionable (foot)
62 Davone Bess vs. MIA Probable (-)
63 Brandon Gibson at CLE -
64 Josh Morgan vs. PHI -
65 Jerricho Cotchery vs. TEN -
66 Rod Streater at IND -
67 Nate Washington at PIT -
68 Kyle Williams vs. GB -
69 Austin Pettis vs. ARZ -
70 Ace Sanders vs. KC -
71 Marlon Moore vs. GB -
72 Dexter McCluster at JAC -
73 Donnie Avery at JAC -
74 Mohamed Sanu at CHI -
75 Doug Baldwin at CAR -
76 Santana Moss vs. PHI -
77 Terrance Williams vs. NYG -
78 Quinton Patton vs. GB -
79 Riley Cooper at WAS -

WR Notes: Can Bruce Arians rub some of his Reggie Wayne magic on Larry Fitzgerald? Sunday should be a pretty good indicator, where Fitz will do battle with Janoris Jenkins and Cortland Finnegan. Carson Palmer is in the latter stages of his career, but it cannot be stressed enough how big of an upgrade he is over the Larry, Moe and Curly trio of John Skelton, Kevin Kolb and Ryan Lindley (don’t forget Brian Hoyer). Fitzgerald has caught passes from six different quarterbacks since Kurt Warner retired. Two were undrafted free agents, two were sixth-round picks, one was a fifth-round pick.  … Victor Cruz (heel) will likely be limited all week, but we don’t expect him to miss the first game of his career. … The same is true of Roddy White (ankle).

There’s great hope amongst the fantasy community that Danny Amendola will seamlessly slide into Wes Welker’s old role, but it’s important to remember two things. 1. No “system,” no matter how receiver friendly, can will a player to 672 catches in six years. Welker’s talent, namely getting open at will, was a huge part of his success in New England. 2. To this point, Amendola has been no Welker. Amendola was an exceedingly useful player for the Rams, but his game was mostly “catch and fall.” Welker averaged 11.1 yards per catch in New England. Amendola has averaged 8.8 for his career. Now it’s true that number spiked to a more respectable 10.6 in 2012, and that Amendola was never surrounded by the most talent in St. Louis. But to expect him to simply pick up where Welker left off is to ignore what’s come before for Amendola, and sell Welker short as a player. Could Amendola transform himself into Welker 2.0 this season? Absolutely. Will he? The odds might be lower than you think.

Speaking of Welker, if it seems like he’s low on this list, that’s because he is. It’s not because the magic is suddenly gone. It’s just that even in perennially loaded New England, Welker never had so much competition for targets. How things shake out between Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker is one of the season’s great mysteries. Don’t be surprised if Thomas’ numbers stay largely the same, Welker catches between 85-90 balls and Decker’s value becomes even more touchdown dependent than it was in 2012. Decker is a good, good player. But competing with one of the game’s truly elite young wideouts and one of its savviest veterans, there’s a good chance he’ll get the short end of the stick.

Kenbrell Thompkins has been hyped more than the latest Superman reboot, but let’s not lose sight of the fact that he’s an undrafted rookie who’s yet to play in an NFL game. That is not to ignore what Thompkins accomplished this summer: Locking himself in as Tom Brady’s “X” receiver. But even with a good matchup on the docket, maybe let the guy play a real, live pro game before locking him in as your WR3. … Alshon Jeffery is a player with major room to grow in a passing attack that’s back on the rise. Lauded this preseason by everyone from his teammates to his coaches to the press, he might not be stuck in WR4 land for long. … Kenny Britt, on the other hand, is a player headed the wrong direction. Racked by soreness in his surgically-repaired knee this summer on the heels of a nondescript 2012, he’s going to be a shaky weekly bet with an erratic Jake Locker at the controls.

Be patient with Tavon Austin. He’s worth rostering, but the electric rookie had a tendency to try to make something out of the nothing in the preseason … and create bigger nothings. He needs time to find his NFL legs, and his role in the Rams’ remade offense. … Kendall Wright could be a weekly riser if his talent is allowed to show through. … Santonio Holmes could be a weekly riser if he decides to show his talent. … Marlon Moore is expected to be a one-trick pony in San Francisco. It’s not a trick that should result in much fantasy value. … Unless Darrius Heyward-Bey’s new deal included a new pair of hands, he’s not going to be running ahead of T.Y. Hilton in two-receiver sets for long, if at all. His plum depth chart placement could prove to be little more than coachspeak.


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