2012 PPR Fantasy Football Week 1: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIISeptember 4, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants runs against Jerod Mayo #51 of the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Inching closer to opening night, I wanted to discuss a couple star receivers who are coming off of foot ailments.

A few weeks ago Hakeem Nicks was activated from the PUP list and it appeared he was ready to go for week one, but in recent days Nicks has had to shut it down and rest. This doesn’t mean he will be inactive against the Cowboys, but we need to keep an eye on his game-time status.

Having Nicks on the field is crucial for the Giants, but fantasy owners might want to consider benching him this week, if they have someone they feel good about on the bench.

Full Practice For Steve Smith

It was hard to know what to make of Smith’s foot injury a week ago, but the bottom line for fantasy is we needed to see him back at practice to feel good about his odds of playing against the Buccaneers.

So far, so good as Smith put in a full practice with a week to go before the opener and unless he has a setback we should have in the lineup.

I like Greg Olsen to develop as an short to intermediate option for Cam Newton, and Brandon LaFell will help out, but this passing game won’t be the same without Smith to stretch the field. Still one of the more dangerous weapons in the game, Smith will have another WR2 performance in 2012.

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

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