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Week 2 Rankings

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Week 2 Wide Receivers 

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

WR Notes: Stranger things have happened than Danny Amendola (groin) playing through a doubtful tag — seeing as he did so last season with the Rams — but it’s not going to happen. Amendola is absent from this week’s ranks, and should be considered highly questionable for Week 3. … Roddy White (ankle) is going to be active against the Rams, but has already all but admitted he’ll be limited to decoy duties for the second consecutive week. White's upside is such that he can't fall any farther down the rankings, but don't have any illusions: He’s an extremely high-risk WR2/3. If you have a plug-and-play backup, say Julian Edelman, benching White is unlikely to come back to haunt you. … What if I told you Brandon Marshall drew at least 10 targets for the 13th time in 17 games as a Bear last weekend? It would be the most boring “30 For 30” in history. Marshall is who we thought he was. … Larry Legend lives. Larry Fitzgerald’s eight catches and 14 targets were both one off his 2012 highs, while his two scores are already halfway to his 2012 total. Still every bit the physical specimen he was during the Kurt Warner years, Fitz is going to make like Reggie Wayne and be the man under the man Bruce Arians.

Save for last year’s finger issue, Dez Bryant (foot) has never been terribly effective playing through injury, but his full participation in Wednesday’s practice was an excellent sign. Even if he’s downgraded to “limited” on Thursday, it will just be a means of managing his reps. He’ll be ready to roll against the Chiefs. … The Saints’ defensive coordinator is different, but the personnel is largely the same. That means Vincent Jackson should at least approach the 6.5/149/0.5 he averaged against New Orleans in 2012. … Doing work after the catch and toe-tapping up the sideline, Jordy Nelson looked every bit his 2011 self on Sunday, and his 2011-self was the No. 2 receiver in all of fantasy. He’s an every-week WR1. … Even with promising rookie DeAndre Hopkins snagging five passes for 66 yards Monday, Andre Johnson’s 16 targets were still second amongst all receivers in Week 1. Instead of a precursor to a breakdown, Johnson’s injury-ruined 2011 is looking more like an anomaly.

At least for one week, Hakeem Nicks looked ready to put his injury-marred 2012 behind him, gaining separation and doing work after the catch. His 57-yard catch in the first quarter — his first of the season — was longer than any he had in 2012. … Few players had more concerning Week 1s than Dwayne Bowe, who drew just six targets, zero of which came in the first 27 minutes of the game. Alex Smith’s average depth of target, 4.9 yards, was last amongst all quarterbacks in Week 1. The duo’s “connection” might be best summed up in this image from Ryan Forbes. … Anquan Boldin led all receivers in catches, yards and targets. So why is he only No. 22? Because we’re still talking about a player who averaged 61.2 yards per game in 60 contests between 2009-12. It’s quite possible he’s hit on a dream scenario, but 60 minutes of football simply isn’t enough to elevate him to every-week WR2 status.

Eric Decker’s abysmal Week 1 — two catches, a dropped touchdown, another drop, an offensive pass interference penalty and fumble out of bounds — isn’t the concern. Everyone has a bad game every now and then. It’s the presence of the league’s preeminent YAC warrior, Demaryius Thomas, and the most wide open receiver in football, Wes Welker, ahead of him that merits worry. Throw in the emergence of Julius Thomas, and there simply aren’t 85 balls to be caught for the walk-year wideout. The 6-foot-3 Decker should still get plenty of attention in the red zone, but he’s going to be a boom-or-bust WR3 who probably busts more than he booms. … One of the most intriguing players of Week 2, Julian Edelman is going to soak up targets Thursday evening. He’s a high-end WR2 for PPR purposes, and someone you should be looking for ways to start in standard leagues. … It was just one week, but Miles Austin looked every bit the rejuvenated player he was in the preseason. With Dez Bryant likely to be bracketed early and often, Austin will have some serious WR3 mojo provided his hamstrings cooperate.

Cecil Shorts had five six-catch performances last season. Four of them came with Chad Henne taking the majority of Jacksonville’s quarterback snaps. The reality is, Shorts has produced with both Henne and Blaine Gabbert under center, and if Henne was really that much of an upgrade, he’d be starting somewhere else. But anyone who watched Sunday’s game knows Henne is Shorts’ best hope, and the main reason he should be in for a solid WR3 performance against a Raiders secondary starting retreads Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins. … James Jones and Mike Wallace: Probably going to combine for more than one catch this week. … The “first thing” the Colts coaches talked about after Sunday’s win was getting T.Y. Hilton more involved in the offense. He still has WR3 appeal. … Andre Roberts was all over the field against the Rams, getting open underneath at will. He has some serious PPR upside. … Rueben Randle is going to be inconsistent playing behind stars Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, but Sunday’s 5/101 night is why he needs to be 100 percent owned.

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