Fantasy Football Week One: Updated Wide Receivers Rankings

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIISeptember 10, 2011

In the season opener between the Packers and Saints, five receivers finished with nine (or more) fantasy points.

However, it wasn't all good news for the receivers as Saints receiver Marques Colston broke his collarbone and will miss the next four weeks or so.

While Colston is out, it will create a greater opportunity for Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson, who combined for 11 receptions, 170 yards and two touchdowns, especially if Lance Moore misses more time with his groin injury.

Here are our updated fantasy wide receiver rankings for players who will still play in Week 1 (opponents in parenthesis):

1. Andre Johnson, Texans (vs. IND): In NFL history, three players have had multiple seasons of 100-plus receptions and 1,500-plus receiving yards: Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Johnson.

2. Calvin Johnson, Lions (at TB): MegaTron is the most physically gifted receiver in the league. In addition, Matthew Stafford is (still) healthy.

3. Roddy White, Falcons (at CHI): By drafting Julio Jones, White will get a few less targets but also get slightly less attention from opposing defenses. But there's no need to get cute here: White is one of the league's top three or four receivers.

4. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (vs. CAR): Considering the quarterback mess in Arizona last year, Fitzgerald still had a solid season. In other words, he's a must-start every week regardless of match-up. Speaking of which, the Panthers allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in 2010.

5. Vincent Jackson, Chargers (vs. MIN): What's not to like about Jackson? He's got size, speed and one of the league's best quarterbacks getting him the ball. Like many others, I expect a huge season from Jackson.

6. Hakeem Nicks, Giants (at WAS): Nicks missed three games last season. Coincidentally, two of the three were against the Redskins. Despite missing those three games, Nicks still finished with 79 receptions for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.

7. Mike Wallace, Steelers (at BAL): Six of one, a half-dozen of the other? In his final nine games of the season, Wallace finished with six 100-yard games and six touchdowns.

8. Mike Williams, Buccaneers (vs. DET): Williams scored a total of 11 touchdowns in 10 different games over his rookie season including against the Lions in Week 15. In that game, Williams finished with six receptions, 96 yards and a score.

9. DeSean Jackson, Eagles (at STL): Despite his size, Jackson is one of the league's most dangerous big-play receivers. However, only three teams allowed fewer 40-yard pass plays than the Rams last year.

10. Brandon Marshall, Dolphins (vs. NE): I expect Marshall to have a bounce-back season after setting four-year lows in receptions (86), yards (1,014) and touchdowns (three). But a huge part of Marshall's success will depend on the chemistry between he and quarterback Chad Henne, who described their relationship last year as a "mis-relationship."

11. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs (vs. BUF): Which Dwayne Bowe will we get in Week 1? Last year, he was unstoppable for a seven-game stretch and barely mediocre in the other nine games.

12. Santonio Holmes, Jets (vs. DAL): Terence Newman has been ruled out and Mike Jenkins is questionable for Week 1, which bodes well for Holmes, Mark Sanchez and the entire Jets passing attack.

13. Wes Welker, Patriots (at MIA): Welker is in store for a huge season if you believe my "bold prediction" for Welker. And it starts Week 1 when he faces his former team.

14. Mario Manningham, Giants (at WAS): Manningham brings a three-game streak of 100-yard games with a score into 2011. In his last game, which was against the Redskins, Manningham finished with four receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown.

15. Reggie Wayne, Colts (at HOU): Wayne's ranking has a lot to do with the guy getting him the ball. But if it makes you feel any better, Kerry Collins threw for 300 yards in his last game.

16. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (at NYJ): Teammate Miles Austin has returned to practice, but I wouldn't be surprised if shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis matches up with Bryant, who is a more physical receiver.

17. Brandon Lloyd, Broncos (vs. OAK): Without Nnamdi Asomugha to go against him, Lloyd could be poised for a big week. I'm skeptical of guys that break out in year eight, however, so I worry that Lloyd takes a big step back in 2011.

18. Kenny Britt, Titans (at JAX): Coming off a hamstring injury, Britt opens up against one of the league's worst secondaries. Only the Texans allowed more pass plays of 40-plus yards than the Jaguars in 2010.

19. Steve Johnson, Bills (at KC): Last season, Johnson finished with less than 40 (but still more than 30) receiving yards only five times. One of those times was his match-up against the Chiefs when he finished with five receptions for 37 yards. However, he also finished with a touchdown.

20. Miles Austin, Cowboys (at NYJ): Returning to practice after a pulled hamstring, Austin may not be at 100 percent by Sunday night. Just as bad, he may be stuck on Revis Island.

The rest of our top 50 receivers for Week 1:

21. Santana Moss, Redskins (vs. NYG)
22. Anquan Boldin, Ravens (vs. PIT)
23. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles (at STL)
24. Percy Harvin, Vikings (at SD)
25. Plaxico Burress, Jets (vs. DAL)
26. Chad Ochocinco, Patriots (at MIA)
27. Danny Amendola, Rams (vs. PHI)
28. Austin Collie, Colts (at HOU)
29. Julio Jones, Falcons (at CHI)
30. Malcom Floyd, Chargers (vs. MIN)
31. Mike Thomas, Jaguars (vs. TEN)
32. Steve Smith, Panthers (at ARI)
33. A.J. Green, Bengals (at CLE)
34. Pierre Garcon, Colts (at HOU)
35. Sidney Rice, Seahawks (at SF)
36. Nate Burleson, Lions (at TB)
37. Davone Bess, Dolphins (vs. NE)
38. Jacoby Ford, Raiders (at DEN)
39. Braylon Edwards, 49ers (vs. SEA)
40. Johnny Knox, Bears (vs. ATL)
41. Hines Ward, Steelers (at BAL)
42. Earl Bennett, Bears (vs. ATL)
43. Michael Crabtree, 49ers (vs. SEA)
44. Andre Roberts, Cardinals (vs. CAR)
45. Antonio Brown, Steelers (at BAL)
46. Mike Sims-Walker, Rams (vs. PHI)
47. Mike Williams, Seahawks (at SF)
48. Jerome Simpson, Bengals (at CLE)
49. Greg Little, Browns (vs. CIN)
50. Lee Evans, Ravens (vs. PIT)

More Week 1 rankings: Quarterbacks - Running Backs

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