Fantasy Football 2012: Good and Bad Wide Receiver Matchups in Week 2

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst ISeptember 12, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 10: Wide receiver Anquan Boldin #81 of the Baltimore Ravens catches a 34-yard touchdown pass against defensive back Taylor Mays #26 of the Cincinnati Bengals in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on September 10, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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After an exciting first week of NFL and fantasy football, it's time to shift focus to the rest of the season. Last week, I looked at wide receiver matchups and got a few things right; Brandon Marshall had a huge game, Malcolm Floyd and Percy Harvin were productive, while Vincent Jackson was a dud.

So now it's time to take in what we learned from the first round of games and look ahead to wide receiver matchups for Week 2.

Good Matchups    

Andre Johnson vs. Jacksonville

Johnson had a big game against Miami, with eight catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. If Christian Ponder can throw for 270 yards against Jacksonville, imagine what Matt Schaub can do. 

Count on Johnson to put up big numbers again.

Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas vs. Atlanta

Peyton Manning and the rest of the Broncos offense proved to everyone on Sunday night that they are a legitimate contender. Manning's arm looked good, and he was in tune with his receivers.

With Atlanta losing top corner Brent Grimes for the season, Decker and Thomas are both great plays this week. 

Percy Harvin vs. Indianapolis

Harvin had a good matchup last week against Jacksonville, and performed solidly. Indianapolis allowed 41 points to the Bears last week, and while Christian Ponder is no Jay Cutler, there's still a good chance Harvin gets eight touches and 100 yards.

Randall Cobb vs. Chicago

Cobb had a breakout game in Week 1 against a great 49ers defense, catching nine passes to go along with a return touchdown. 

Greg Jennings is questionable as of now, and has less time to recover because the game is on a Thursday night. If Jennings doesn't play, Cobb is a great option, and even if Jennings does play, you should still take a shot on Cobb. 

Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown vs. NY Jets

Darrelle Revis will most likely miss the game with a concussion. The Jets offense looked good last week, so this game could possibly turn into a shootout. If that happens, and Revis isn't in the game, Wallace and Brown could have huge games. 

Bad Matchups

Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith vs. Philadelphia

Everyone's going to be really high on Boldin and Smith after their impressive start against Cincinnati. But Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be waiting for the wideouts, and Philadelphia will be out to prove themselves after a lackluster Week 1 performance.

DeSean Jackson vs. Baltimore

Baltimore's defense held A.J. Green to just five catches, and I think they will shut down DeSean. If Jeremy Maclin doesn't play, then Jackson could see more targets, but at the same time the Ravens will be able to focus more on D-Jax.

Sidney Rice vs. Dallas

Dallas held Victor Cruz to six catches for 58 yards and Hakeem Nicks to four catches for 38 yards. They also now have a week of game footage to watch Rice and Russell Wilson, and I expect them to shut down Seattle's passing game.  

Stevie Johnson vs. Kansas City

Johnson makes the list again because of his matchup with Brandon Flowers. Flowers is one of the best corners in the NFL, and Buffalo didn't look very good in Week 1 against Revis and the Jets. Johnson gets frustrated easily, and I think he'll endure his share of frustrations this week. 

Julio Jones and Roddy White vs. Denver 

I still think Jones and White are good fantasy plays, but owners of Jones in particular shouldn't expect a repeat of last week's big game. Denver has a lot of momentum after their big Week 1 victory, and boasts one of the league's best cornerback tandems in Champ Bailey and Tracey Porter.