2012 Fantasy Football Week 3: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings / Projections
It’s time to squash any doubts you may have had about Victor Cruz’s production falling off after his breakout year in 2011. New York found themselves in a similar situation last week to many of their games last season—playing from behind and needing some big plays to win the game.
Cruz delivered with an 80-yard touchdown on his way to close to 200 yards receiving. An electric receiver, Cruz is still a WR1 this year and should be considered matchup proof as a starter.
The defense still has problems at corner back and the running game hasn’t been the driving force of this offense since around 2008. Expect the Giants to lean on Eli Manning and the passing game if they are to head back to the playoffs in 2012.
What Did We Learn From Week 2?
- The Patriots struggles with pass protection continue and it cost them what looked to be an easy win against the Cardinals at home. Brandon Lloyd was matched up against Patrick Peterson much of the afternoon and only managed 60 yards on the day.
Wes Welker was demoted for Julian Edelman, but Welker still put together a strong performance, proving he will be an active piece in the Patriots offense. His value is increased with the loss of Aaron Hernandez, but forgive me for only listing him as a WR3 this week. Let’s see him put another quality performance together and hopefully his snap count total will increase.
- Dez Bryant continues to look immature on the football field and Miles Austin is still the top receiver on this team. Until Bryant figures things out (if he ever does), we should look to Austin as a safe WR2 most weeks, especially now that he appears to be back from his hamstring ailment.
- Stevie Johnson will probably battle a groin problem all year, but he proved he could play through the same issue last season. Johnson has a touchdown catch in both games this year. The long touchdown last week was encouraging that his ailment won’t completely sap his big play potential.
- Don’t be surprised if Larry Fitzgerald continues to struggle as opposing teams focus on taking him out of the equation. And why wouldn't they? The Cardinals lack a respectable No.2 receiver, a quality running game or even a decent tight end.
Sean’s Week 3 Watch List
- Vincent Jackson had a big game against the Giants weak secondary, but this week he will be matched up against Brandon Carr. A good matchup for sure, it will be interesting to see if Jackson can threaten for 100 yards receiving or find the end zone.
- Greg Jennings missed last week with a groin injury, but should be back against the Seahawks. Trouble is Seattle has some really good corners so this will be a tough matchup for Jennings and company.
|1||Calvin Johnson||@ Titans|
|2||Julio Jones||@ Chargers|
|3||Dwayne Bowe||@ Saints|
|4||Victor Cruz||@ Panthers|
|5||Antonio Brown||@ Raiders|
|6||Andre Johnson||@ Broncos|
|8||Steve Smith (I)||Giants|
|9||Hakeem Nicks (I)||@ Panthers|
|10||A.J. Green||@ Redskins|
|13||Jordy Nelson||@ Seahawks|
|14||Vincent Jackson||@ Cowboys|
|17||Roddy White||@ Chargers|
|18||Mike Wallace||@ Raiders|
|20||Brandon Lloyd||@ Ravens|
|22||Greg Jennings (I)||@ Seahawks|
|23||Stevie Johnson (I)||@ Browns|
|24||Pierre Garcon (I)||Bengals|
|25||Wes Welker||@ Ravens|
|31||DeSean Jackson||@ Cardinals|
|32||Michael Crabtree||@ Vikings|
|33||Danny Amendola||@ Bears|
|34||Mike Williams||@ Cowboys|
|36||Nate Washington (I)||Lions|
|39||Andrew Hawkins||@ Redskins|
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