Fantasy Football Week One Rankings: Wide Receivers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 10, 2009

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 03:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a reception and advances the ball against Denver Broncos during NFL preseason action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cardinals 19-0.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Leaping acrobatic catches, deep bombs landing gracefully in the arms of a receiver as he stays in stride, one handed grabs…these are a few of my favorite things. And, it’s why Week One of the NFL season can’t come quick enough.

At this point in time, the wide receiving landscape is perfectly even. No receptions have been made. No yards racked up, and no end zone dances danced. Everyone has a clean slate.

So who will rise to the top after Week One? Will it be a familiar name like Larry Fitzgerald or Randy Moss, or will all fantasy football owners be scrambling for the no-name wide receiver, who racked up 100 yards and a score come Monday? 

To see our take on the Week One wide receivers, simply read the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week One Wide Receiver Rankings.

1. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) vs. San Francisco

Arizona’s opponent, San Francisco, held Fitzgerald to 31 and 46 receiving yards, respectively, last season in their two meetings. The marks were the two lowest of Fitzgerald’s seasons, but he also scored a touchdown in each contest.

Point Projection: 19 points

2. Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) vs. New York Jets

The Jets struggled mightily against the pass last year, coming in 29th in passing yards allowed and 23rd in passing touchdowns allowed. Though they should be improved this season in that regard, it won’t be enough to stop Johnson.

Point Projection: 19 points

3. Randy Moss (New England Patriots) vs. Buffalo

Buffalo held Moss without a touchdown last season in both contests the Patriots played against them. But Tom Brady was not playing in those games. He is now.

Point Projection: 18 points

4. Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) @ New Orleans

Johnson had touchdown catches in 10 separate weeks last season, though he was held scoreless in the Detroit’s game against New Orleans. That won’t happen again.

Point Projection: 17 points

5. Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Jacksonville

Against the Jags in 2008, Wayne totaled 182 yards and one touchdown, and he’ll deliver once again this week.

Point Projection: 17 points

6. Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers) vs. Philadelphia

The Eagles were good against the pass last season, but with Smith, it doesn’t matter who the other team is, he still delivers.

Point Projection: 17 points

7. Greg Jennings (Green Bay Packers) vs. Chicago

Jennings’ total receiving yards against the Bears last season was just over 100, but he scored a touchdown in both contests they played.

Point Projection: 16 points

8. Marques Colston (New Orleans Saints) vs. Detroit

The only two-touchdown game of Colston’s abbreviated 2008 season came against the Lions, a game in which he also totaled 99 receiving yards.

Point Projection: 16 points

9. Anquan Boldin (Arizona Cardinals) vs. San Francisco

Boldin had games of 82 and 92 receiving yards against the 49ers last year, and scored two touchdowns.

Point Projection: 16 points

10. Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Miami

Miami was 25th in the league in passing yards allowed last season, and they spent a number of draft picks trying to shore that up, but it shouldn’t slow down White at all. With a new contract in tow, he’ll want to prove he’s worth the money.

Point Projection: 16 points

11. Roy Williams (Dallas Cowboys) @ Tampa Bay

The time is now for Williams to prove he was worth all the picks the Cowboys gave up to get him, and though Tampa didn’t allow an abundance of passing yards last season, they were 23rd in passing scores allowed.

Point Projection: 15 points

12. Vincent Jackson (San Diego Chargers) @ Oakland

The best game of Jackson’s career came against Oakland last season, when he torched them for 148 yards and one touchdown in a Week 14 win.

Point Projection: 15 points

13. Terrell Owens (Buffalo Bills) vs. New England

Owens’ sprained toe is supposedly healed, but questions about the nature of the Bills offense due to the firing of their offensive coordinator during the preseason.

Point Projection: 14 points

14. Braylon Edwards (Cleveland Browns) vs. Minnesota

No matter who the quarterback is throwing to Edwards, the onus is on him to improve what were stone hands last season.

Point Projection: 14 points

15. T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Seattle Seahawks) vs. St. Louis

The Rams’ pass defense was actually middle of the road in 2008, but Houshmandzadeh presents a challenge due to his size, and Seattle will look to him early and often.

Point Projection: 14 points

16. Bernard Berrian (Minnesota Vikings) @ Cleveland

Maybe the biggest beneficiary of Brett Favre’s arrival in the Twin Cities, Berrian now has someone who can let him utilize his biggest asset—his deep speed.

Point Projection: 13 points

17. Brandon Marshall (Denver Broncos) @ Cincinnati

Marshall’s matchup is solid as Cincinnati was 23rd in the NFL in passing touchdowns allowed last season, but does he know the playbook? Will he get on the field often? There’s a high risk/reward scenario here.

Point Projection: 13 points

18. Dwayne Bowe (Kansas City Chiefs) @ Baltimore

Facing Baltimore isn’t the best scenario for Bowe or anyone else on the Chiefs roster, but he’s been a steady performer and if anyone is getting into the end zone for the team, it’s likely Bowe.

Point Projection: 12 points

19. Wes Welker (New England Patriots) vs. Buffalo

Welker had a 100-receiving yard game against the Bills in 2008, but he didn’t score a touchdown against them. But like we said when discussing Randy Moss, that was without Tom Brady.

Point Projection: 12 points

20. Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Denver

Ochocinco will rebound after a down season last year, and a nice matchup with the Broncos will help.

Point Projection: 12 points

For the rest of the wide receiver rankings, click here!