Fantasy Football 2012 Week 1 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers
How does Mike Wallace’s holdout affect his status on the rankings? How should we value injured receivers like Hakeem Nicks and Miles Austin? Which under-the-radar options should be on your radar for Week 1? Let’s answer all those questions by taking a look at our rankings:
- Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. St. Louis
- Victor Cruz – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
- Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – vs. Miami
- Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at Kansas City
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
- Wes Welker – New England Patriots – at Tennessee
- Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – vs. San Francisco
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at Kansas City
- Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
- Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears – vs. Indianapolis
- Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – vs. San Francisco
- Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
- Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Jacksonville
- Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington
- Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
- Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Atlanta
- Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Denver
- Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – at Chicago
- Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – at Cleveland
- Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
- Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – vs. Pittsburgh
- Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
- Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins – at New Orleans
- DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Cleveland
- Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Pittsburgh
- Brandon Lloyd – New England Patriots – at Tennessee
- Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – vs. New England
- Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Denver
- Titus Young – Detroit Lions – vs. St. Louis
- Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – vs. San Diego
- Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – vs. Philadelphia
- Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Minnesota
- Santoino Holmes – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
- Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Kendall Wright – Tennessee Titans – vs. New England
- Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
- Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – at Green Bay
- Laurent Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Minnesota
- Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins – at Houston
- Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – at New Orleans
- Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. San Diego
- Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
- Steve Smith – St. Louis Rams – at Detroit
- Robert Meachem – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
- Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – vs. Washington
- Brandon LaFell – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
- We all know the Giants secondary is questionable, especially with the injuries it's now experiencing, which will make both Dez Bryant and Mile Austin (if healthy) favorable options. Of course, the Giants’ vaunted pass rush could help to limit Tony Romo and company’s ability to produce. Just be careful before we dub them top five options.
- If Hakeem Nicks is healthy (and it appears that he is), he will get another chance to rack up some big plays against the Cowboys. In two games against Dallas last season Nicks had 13 receptions for 239 yards and one TD while his teammate Victor Cruz had 12 catches for 252 yards and one TD. Yes, the Cowboys made an effort to improve their secondary, but there is every reason to think that the Giants duo will once again wreak havoc. While the health concerns have Cruz ahead on the rankings, both are must use options and arguably WR1.
- San Francisco’s defense may be the best in the league, but they are much better against the run than the pass. Plus, does anyone really believe they can shut down the Packers passing attack? Slow it, maybe, but not stop it. Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson should remain top options despite the matchup.
- Normally the Chiefs boast one of the elite defensive backs in the league in Brandon Flowers, but right now it is a huge question mark if he will play. He missed the entire preseason with a foot injury so, even if he does play, will he really be 100 percent? We would’ve been a little bit skeptical about Roddy White and/or Julio Jones, but with Flowers not likely at full strength they both could be in for impressive days.
- Can the Cardinals QB get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald in order to make plays? He always manages to produce, no matter who is throwing the ball, so don’t shy away. Of course, an elite QB would make him that much more appealing.
- Steve Smith’s status on these rankings is contingent on his health, of course. If he’s 100 percent he is a definite WR1.
- While A.J. Green should have a big season, in his one game against the Ravens in 2011 he managed just two receptions and 26 yards. It’s just one game so you don’t want to make too big of a deal out of it, but it wouldn’t be shocking if he got off to a slow start. While most weeks he will be a WR1, I’d consider him more of a WR2 in Week 1.
- Most weeks I would pick Demaryius Thomas over Eric Decker. However against the Steelers, where the big play may not be as readily available, I would take Decker. That said, both players are going to be borderline WR2 in all formats with Peyton Manning throwing them the ball.
- How much will we get out of Mike Wallace after he held out and missed a ton of the preseason? Time will tell, but I would think it may take a week or two to get him up to speed.
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