2012 Fantasy Football Week 2: Wide Receiver (WR) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIISeptember 11, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 9:   Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots catches a pass before a preseason game with New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on August 9, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Three catches for 14 yards is nothing to brag about, but because of the successful track record Wes Welker has, one would think this is just a disappointing day. Perhaps not, as ESPN’s Mike Reiss points out that Welker rotated with Julian Edelman and only played about two-thirds of New England’s offensive snaps.

While this news brings pause for concern, I can’t imagine Tom Brady will forget about his favorite possession receiver and I wouldn’t be surprised if Welker is featured this week.

Look to Welker as a starter against the Cardinals, but if this should continue we may need to think about benching him against weaker opponents, especially when the Patriots can run the football like they did against the Titans.

What We Learned From Week One

- More than off-season hype, Pierre Garcon is set for a big year if he can stay on the field. Unfortunately, during his long touchdown reception Garcon suffered a foot injury, but is expect to play against the Rams.

- Julio Jones also lived up to his lofty expectations and is set to challenge Calvin Johnson for the top fantasy receiver to own in 2012.

- Rookie receivers Stephen Hill and Alshon Jeffery are ready to make an impact early on. Jeffery will see his role expand as the season moves along, but I’m still not sold on Hill as an option to trust in the starting lineup for fantasy leagues. Let’s see how he does against the Steelers this week.

- Beat-writers in San Francisco talked about Randy Moss playing in a rotation and that was certainly the case in Green Bay. Expect Moss to continue to have a similar role, but he should be fresh and effective when on the field.

The Packers corners were scared of Moss’ deep speed, giving him a lot of respect and playing off the line of scrimmage. Expect this to continue as they must believe he still has an explosive burst on tape.

Sean’s Watch List For Week 2

- Kevin Ogletree has a firm grip on the No.3 job in Dallas’s receiving corps. Let’s see how Austin does in practice, because I’m anticipating a larger workload from him with eleven days to get ready for the Seahawks. This will be a difficult matchup for the Cowboys in Seattle, so let’s keep Ogletree on the bench, unless you’re in leagues deeper than twelve teams.

- Lance Moore should benefit from all the banged up players in the Saints offense. Six catches for 120 yards shouldn’t be considered a fluke and he should have another productive game against the Panthers this week.

- The Buccaneers played a great game last week against the Panthers in Tampa Bay. Because the Buccaneers could run the football, Jackson’s opportunities were limited, but expect things to be different this week as they go to New York and face the Giants.

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

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