Wide Receiver Rankings, Projections for Fantasy Football Week 1

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIISeptember 3, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 16:  Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons nearly pulls in this reception against Nate Clements #22 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on August 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It’s going to be a difficult challenge for any NFL secondary to cover both Julio Jones and Roddy White. Atlanta will head out to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs in the first week of the season.

Already problems are brewing in a Chiefs secondary that lost its starting free safety for the season a few weeks ago and is holding out hope top corner Brandon Flowers will be ready for the game.

Even if Flowers is out of action, this will be a close game as the Falcons will be playing in a difficult environment and I expect the Chiefs to win in time of possession with Peyton Hillis and Jamaal Charles running the football.

Still, we could see some big plays from the Falcons' star receivers and both are candidates for more than 100 yards and a score this week.

Cutler To Marshall

Expect the former Denver Broncos teammates to get things started the right way in Week 1 as the Bears play a weak Colts secondary. Maybe this game won’t be a blowout but that will depend on Andrew Luck to keep his team in the game.

Expect the Bears to put up 35-plus points on one of the weaker defenses in football and Marshall should have one of the top performances from the wide receiver position.

Sean’s Watch List

I’m curious to see how Justin Blackmon performs against a weak Vikings secondary. The rookie has had a rough off-season but in Weeks 2 and 3 of the preseason, he looked good. Coach Mike Mularkey will move Blackmon around in the formation and I even saw one play against the Ravens, where they hand him lined up at the traditional tight end position.

We should also watch the battle between Darrelle Revis and Stevie Johnson closely. Last time these two matched up, Johnson got the better of Revis but a dumb touchdown celebration and lack of execution on the final drive spoiled his performance.

1 Calvin Johnson Rams
2 Brandon Marshall Colts
3 Julio Jones @ Chiefs
4 Andre Johnson Dolphins
5 Dez Bryant @ Giants
6 Jordy Nelson 49ers
7 Pierre Garcon @ Saints
8 A.J. Green @ Ravens
9 DeSean Jackson @ Browns
10 Brandon Lloyd @ Titans
11 Victor Cruz Cowboys
12 Antonio Brown @ Broncos
13 Larry Fitzgerald Seahawks
14 Roddy White @ Chiefs
15 Percy Harvin Jaguars
16 Greg Jennings 49ers
17 Wes Welker @ Titans
18 Hakeem Nicks Cowboys
19 Torrey Smith Bengals
20 Jeremy Maclin @ Browns
21 Eric Decker Steelers
22 Steve Smith (I) @ Bucs
23 Vincent Jackson Panthers
24 Demaryius Thomas Steelers
25 Dwayne Bowe Falcons
26 Marques Colston Redskins
27 Titus Young Rams
28 Malcom Floyd @ Raiders
29 Reggie Wayne @ Bears
30 Stevie Johnson @ Jets
31 Nate Washington Patriots
32 Justin Blackmon @ Vikings
33 Mike Wallace @ Broncos
34 Miles Austin (I) @ Giants
35 Michael Crabtree @ Packers
36 Darrius Heyward-Bey Chargers
37 Anquan Boldin Bengals
38 Mike Williams Panthers
39 Alshon Jeffery Colts
40 Greg Little Eagles

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