2012 Fantasy Football Week 4: Wide Receiver (WR) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIISeptember 25, 2012

Sept 23, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) runs the ball to the end zone for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at FedEx Field.  Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE
Paul Frederiksen-US PRESSWIRE

A little trickeration from the Cincinnati Bengals helped kick things off right for A.J. Green against the Washington Redskins. On the day, Green was targeted 11 times, hauling in nine receptions for 183 yards and a score.

If you couldn’t tell by the offseason injuries to the secondary and below-average talent at strong safety and linebacker, the Bengals defense is going to struggle this season.

They will still be an opportunistic bunch, but expect Cincinnati to be in shootouts throughout the season.

Only in his second year, Green may be the smoothest technician at the receiver position in the game today. While other receivers like Andrew Hawkins and Armon Binns are finding success around him, you can trace their success to the presence of Green in the offense and the attention he receives from opposing defenses.

Andy Dalton will take some punishment this season because of a shaky offensive line, but his sound play and the game calling by Jay Gruden will keep this passing game productive.


What Did We Learn From Week 3?

Larry Fitzgerald got his groove back against the Eagles, a team he’s owned over the course of his career. What looked like a horrible situation is starting to turn into a promising season for the Cardinals, and with a top-10 defense, you can bet this offense will have plenty of chances to keep Fitzgerald in fantasy lineups weekly.

It appears Kolb’s confidence is growing after three big wins, and I’m sure the latest victory over his old team had to be sweet. The better Kolb performs the more likely Fitzgerald’s production will return to the elite fantasy receivers in the game.

Just like his time in San Diego, expect up-and-down performances from Vincent Jackson over the course of the season. For most of the game Josh Freeman was held under 40 yards passing in Dallas—by far his worst performance through three weeks.

Expect this passing game to get back on track against a Redskins secondary that has given up huge performances to Danny Amendola and A.J Green in recent weeks.

For those of you hoping the absence of Laurent Robinson from the lineup would bring an expanded role for Dez Bryant, it’s time to give up. Tony Romo continues to spread the football around, and while Bryant has the talent to be a WR1, we should consider him nothing more than a low-end WR3 until the Cowboys offensive line gives Romo reasonable time to throw from the pocket.

Andrew Hawkins was receiving WR3 love last week from many fantasy owners, and he rewarded them with another long touchdown catch. Hawkins will likely be a hit-and-miss option weekly.


Sean’s Week 4 Watch List

Darrius Heyward-Bey is likely down for a while with a bad head injury, and that should mean more targets for Denarius Moore. In his third game back from a hamstring injury, we should see a good battle between the young speedster and Champ Bailey should the two match up on Sunday.

The Bears are struggling mightily to protect Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall will have his work cut out for him, likely matched up against press corner Brandon Carr. Vincent Jackson was shut down by Dallas last week, so expect only fair numbers from Chicago’s No.1 receiver this week.

Danny Amendola will continue to be Sam Bradford’s top target but this week he faces a Seahawks defense with big, physical corners in Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman. It will be up to the coaching staff to move Amendola around, possibly by moving him in motion before the ball is snapped, to help him out this week.

Thankfully, Amendola should also benefit from playing in the slot against Marcus Trufant.

Kenny Britt looked good against the Lions, but unfortunately he rolled his ankle toward the end of the game. It's a darn shame as Britt has the talent to be an explosive weapon for fantasy owners, but he can’t stay healthy. Let’s see what his snap count is this week, if he plays.

1 Calvin Johnson Vikings
2 A.J. Green @ Jaguars
3 Julio Jones Panthers
4 Jordy Nelson Saints
5 Andre Johnson Titans
6 Larry Fitzgerald Dolphins
7 Demaryius Thomas Raiders
8 Eric Decker Raiders
9 Stevie Johnson Patriots
10 Percy Harvin @ Lions
11 Torrey Smith Browns
12 Victor Cruz @ Eagles
13 Dwayne Bowe Chargers
14 Roddy White Panthers
15 Vincent Jackson Redskins
16 Brandon Lloyd @ Bills
17 Hakeem Nicks (I) @ Eagles
18 Wes Welker @ Bills
19 Steve Smith (I) @ Falcons
20 DeSean Jackson Giants
21 Miles Austin Bears
22 Greg Jennings (I) Saints
23 Denarius Moore @ Broncos
24 Brandon Marshall @ Cowboys
25 Malcom Floyd @ Chiefs
26 Dez Bryant Bears
27 Marques Colston  (I) @ Packers
28 Andrew Hawkins @ Jaguars
29 Danny Amendola Seahawks
30 Michael Crabtree @ Jets
31 Randall Cobb Saints
32 Mike Williams Redskins
33 Jeremy Maclin (I) Giants
34 Nate Washington (I) @ Texans
35 Brandon LaFell @ Falcons
36 Anquan Boldin Browns
37 Sidney Rice @ Rams
38 Kenny Britt (I) @ Texans
39 Santonio Holmes 49ers
40 Titus Young Vikings


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