2012 Fantasy Football Week 9: Wide Receivers (WR) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 30, 2012

Oct 28, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young (16) celebrates his game winning touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Ford Field. Detroit won 28-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Titus Young was a name kicked around as a potential breakout receiver for fantasy leagues this summer, but a irrelevant start found him on the waiver wire in many leagues. Young was supposed to be having a solid camp, and with Calvin Johnson drawing so much attention on the other side of the field, it only made sense Young would receive matchups he could win.

It’s taken some time, but it appears Young is ready to deliver on those expectations as he’s posted 15 receptions for 181 yards and two scores on 17 targets in the last two weeks.

Young is an important player in the Lions offense at this time as Nate Burleson is lost for the season with a leg injury and Megatron is battling a knee injury.

While Young has WR3 potential going forward, rookie Ryan Broyles is another option we shouldn’t forget about. Broyles came in after Burleson’s injury against the Bears and scored the Lions' only touchdown. Then, against the Seahawks, Broyles helped the Detroit finally get off to a fast start on offense with the first of three Matthew Stafford touchdown passes on the day.

Broyles is a better option in PPR leagues, but he’s worth a look as a bye week fill-in for the upcoming weeks.


What Did We Learn From Week 8?

- Cecil Shorts is hot, with 12 receptions for 195 yards and a score on 22 targets in the Jaguars past two games. I’m not sure Shorts can sustain numbers close to what he’s done in recent weeks, but he has another below-average secondary to face this week as the Lions come to town.

- Denarius Moore abused the Chiefs for a few big plays and a score last week and has emerged as the Raiders' top option in the passing game. Potentially one of the better playmakers down the field in the NFL, Moore has the confidence of Carson Palmer to sustain WR2 production for the rest of the season.


Sean’s Week 9 Watch List

- Dez Bryant is hard to watch on one play and then he can make a big play on the next series that gives you hope he can figure things out. Who knows if Bryant will ever make good on the talent he has, but the Cowboys don’t appear to be putting him on the bench no matter how many sloppy routes he runs or poor decisions he makes as a punt returner.

In what should be another game in which we see Tony Romo throw for over 50 attempts in Atlanta, Bryant is a good bet for a least 75 yards and possibly a score. Just keep an eye on his hip injury that he suffered at the end of last week's game.

- I don’t care how bad Matt Cassel looks on the field, he gives Dwayne Bowe the best chance to give us WR2 production. While the Chiefs benched Brady Quinn last week, it appears they may give him another shot to start against the Chargers.

Don’t worry, Quinn will find a way to get out of the lineup and Cassel will get back in. It won’t be pretty whichever quarterback plays, but in fantasy all we care about is the stats Bowe puts up in the box score. Get Cassel in the game.

1 Demaryius Thomas @ Bengals
2 Brandon Marshall @ Titans
3 Vincent Jackson @ Raiders
4 A.J. Green Broncos
5 Victor Cruz Steelers
6 Julio Jones Cowboys
7 Percy Harvin @ Seahawks
8 Larry Fitzgerald @ Packers
9 Eric Decker @ Bengals
10 Reggie Wayne Dolphins
11 Denarius Moore Buccaneers
12 Mike Wallace @ Giants
13 Roddy White Cowboys
14 Miles Austin @ Falcons
15 Marques Colston Eagles
16 Randall Cobb Cardinals
17 Jordy Nelson (I) Cardinals
18 Andre Johnson Bills
19 Stevie Johnson @ Texans
20 Steve Smith @ Redskins
21 Torrey Smith @ Browns
22 Hakeem Nicks Steelers
23 Mike Williams @ Raiders
24 Calvin Johnson (I) @ Jaguars
25 Dez Bryant (I) @ Falcons
26 Jeremy Maclin @ Saints
27 Antonio Brown @ Giants
28 Dwayne Bowe @ Chargers
29 Titus Young @ Jaguars
30 DeSean Jackson (I) @ Saints
31 James Jones Cardinals
32 Kendall Wright Bears
33 Sidney Rice Vikings
34 Josh Gordon Ravens
35 Cecil Shorts @ Packers
36 Anquan Boldin @ Browns
37 Santana Moss Panthers
38 Brian Hartline @ Colts
39 Ryan Broyles @ Jaguars
40 Andre Roberts @ Packers
41 Darrius Heyward-Bey Buccaneers
42 Devery Henderson Eagles

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