Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Andre Johnson and the Top 3 WRs

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2011

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 11:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans takes the field during pre-game warm ups at Reliant Stadium on September 11, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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With Cam Newton setting rookie records for passing and Tom Brady breaking his own personal milestone, all of those passing yards in Week 1 had to go somewhere.

In Week 1 Steve Smith rolled back the years to reveal himself as that explosive deep threat from the past. Smith led all receivers with 178 yards and two touchdowns. That is unlikely to be repeated, as Cam Newton must try to figure out the complex defense run by Dom Capers in Green Bay this week.

However, that doesn't mean that other star receivers aren't in line to replicate what Smith achieved.


Mike Wallace

Despite the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive futility against the Baltimore Ravens last week, Wallace still managed to go over 100 yards receiving. The Seahawks shouldn't be able to get into the Steelers backfield as easily as the Ravens did, which will give Roethlisberger more time in the pocket.

When Roethlisberger has time in the pocket, it is almost impossible to cover Wallace because of his speed. Wallace could be in for a huge day against a Seattle defense that could be in for a very long day.

Wallace had the sixth-most yards of any receiver in Week 1.

Imagine what he will do if the Steelers offense doesn't fall apart again against a much weaker team. 


Greg Jennings

The Carolina Panthers defense will have a really difficult time against the Green Bay Packers. Dealing with the loss of linebacker Jon Beason will be an issue, but even if he was fully healthy, nothing much would have changed.

Beason's loss is compounded by the fact that Ron Edwards was lost before the start of the season. Edwards was a big body to play defensive tackle who would have improved both the run defense and pass defense by sucking in blockers.

Aaron Rodgers will destroy the secondary with time in the pocket, as the Panthers do not have enough quality up front to get in his face consistently.


Andre Johnson

The Miami Dolphins defense is not as bad as it was made to look by Tom Brady's precise offense. It's not like any other defenses in the league are going to shut down the Patriots.

Vontae Davis is a very talented cornerback, but he left the game in Week 1 with cramps. Even being fully healthy, there is no cornerback in the league that can shut down Johnson.

The Dolphins defense will look to make a statement after last week, but the Texans offense may have too much explosion.