Larry Fitzgerald could put up big numbers against the Patriots.
Thursday Night Football wasn’t the offensive showcase that fantasy owners hoped for. Matt Forte was projected to get almost 12 points in Yahoo! Leagues. He finished with eight. Two of the top projected WRs for Week 2, Jordy Nelson and Brandon Marshall, both fell well short of expectations.
There is hope out there for fantasy owners who may be in need of a big week from some pass catchers. Among receivers this week, Nelson and Marshall were projected to be fifth and second, respectively.
Now, there are spots available in the top five for WRs this week. The highest projected receiver, Calvin Johnson, faces a stingy San Francisco 49ers defensive unit. Johnson is projected to score over 15 points but could fall tragically short for owners relying on him.
Here are the five WR fantasy producers for Week 2.
Larry Fitzgerald earned high praise from New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Belichick said Fitzgerald could be “the best ever.” Fantasy owners just want him to be the best this week, and he could be.
Kevin Kolb is starting due to an injury to John Skelton, and will be looking to prove himself with this new opportunity. Kolb knows the Patriots from his time with the Eagles and will undoubtedly be looking Fitzgerald’s way on a consistent basis.
The Patriots defense allowed Tennessee Titan QB Jake Locker to throw for 264 yards and complete 67 percent of his passes. Titan WR Nate Washington even earned over 11 points in the Week 1 matchup.
Fitzgerald is a better receiver than Washington. He should expect to get more yards than Washington did (53).
The standout Cardinals receiver had 63 yards against Seattle in Week 1 and was held out of the end zone. He will look to bounce back from that performance with a big week against the Pats.
Fantasy owners better pray Kolb snaps out of his funk.
Giving credit where it’s due, Reggie Wayne doesn’t care who the QB is, he just catches passes and scores touchdowns.
Last week, in Andrew Luck’s debut, Wayne caught nine passes for 135 yards. That was against the tough Bears defense that held down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers Thursday night.
This week, the Colts have a favorable matchup against Minnesota. If Adrian Peterson duplicates his Week 1 performance, the Colts will be playing from behind and that means slinging the football around.
Wayne recorded five catches, 93 yards and a touchdown the last time he faced Minnesota. Jacksonville’s Cecil Shorts went for over 13 points against the Vikings last week.
Wayne should be able to top that number this week.
Staying in the Minnesota-Indianapolis game, Percy Harvin is about to have a monster game in Week 2. Harvin is a great fantasy asset because, in some leagues, he qualifies as a RB and WR.
Most leagues limit him to WR but the Vikings don’t. The Vikes line him up just about everywhere on the field. He racks up rushing yards, receiving yards, return yards and touchdowns.
Last week against Jacksonville, he had six catches for 84 yards, nearly 100 return yards (if your league scores them) and five rushes for 20 yards. His only downfall was no touchdowns.
This week, Harvin should find the end zone. Yahoo! predicts 10.07 points. Even with an added workload for Adrian Peterson, expect Harvin to exceed projections.
If Robert Griffin III is the new Cam Newton then Steve Smith must be Pierre Garcon, right? The New Orleans Saints struggled against RGIII and Garcon in Week 1. This week, the Saints face Carolina with Newton and Smith.
Garcon went for 109 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. Fantasy owners are hoping that drafting Newton in the first round was worth it after a disappointing opening week.
Newton will be looking to rebound from a poor performance against Tampa Bay. Smith had a respectable day, catching seven passes for 106 yards. The 12-year pro is Newton’s favorite target and should put up some big numbers against a Saints defense that is still searching for its identity.
Smith has put up some big numbers in his career against the Saints, too. He has 18 games, 86 receptions, over 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns in his career. Last time, he went for six catches, 86 yards and a score.
Expect Smith to blast the 9.96-point projection in Week 2.
Rounding out the list is Bengals receiver A.J. Green. Green proved in Week 1 against Baltimore that he can catch passes against the toughest defenses in the league.
The Cleveland Browns won’t provide that stingy defense in Week 2. Andy Dalton had a respectable day against the Ravens (22-for-37, 221 yards). He will have a much bigger day against the Browns.
Dalton went 21-for-31 for 270 yards and a touchdown, last time these two teams met up. Green had just three of those receptions, but racked up 110 yards.
The Browns gave up 317 yards and two touchdowns through the air to Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles. The downside is the Browns also got four interceptions. Dalton needs to find Green more than brown Sunday.
If Green can find the end zone against the Browns, fantasy owners may be looking at a 15-point day.