2011 NFL Fantasy Football: Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 2
There were all kinds of passing records set this week: net passing yards (7,842), the number of 300-yard passing games (14), the number of 400-yard passing games (four), etc.
Believe it or not, not a single NFL player had double-digit receptions. In fact, no wide receiver had more than eight receptions.
It is two running backs–Miami's Reggie Bush and San Diego's Mike Tolbert–that are tied for the lead in the NFL in receptions (nine).
Here are our fantasy rankings for wide receivers in Week 2 (standard scoring, i.e. leagues that don't use point-per-reception scoring):
1. Calvin Johnson, Lions (vs KC): MegaTron did not practice on Thursday, but he is expected to play on Sunday vs. the Chiefs–who are dealing with the loss of safety Eric Berry for the season.
2. Andre Johnson, Texans (at MIA): Johnson has to be happy to go up against a defense that just allowed 500-plus passing yards.
3. Greg Jennings, Packers (at CAR): While the Packers have so many weapons that could possibly take away targets from Jennings, the glass-half-full view is all of those options make it difficult for opposing defenses to focus exclusively on shutting him down.
4. Mike Wallace, Steelers (vs SEA): Wallace extended his 100-yard game streak to four games and has gone over the century mark in seven of his past ten regular-season games.
5. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (at WAS): The good news with Fitzgerald is that he has a more reliable quarterback. The bad news is defenses will continue to double him. Kolb and Fitzgerald only converted on three of seven targets in Week 1, but that should improve going forward.
6. DeSean Jackson, Eagles (at ATL): Last year, Jackson suffered a concussion in the game against the Falcons. Before sustaining the injury, however, Jackson scored two touchdowns (one receiving and one rushing) in the first quarter.
7. Vincent Jackson, Chargers (at NE): Surprisingly, Jackson was only targeted three times and finished with two receptions for 31 yards last week. The Patriots allowed a ton of yards to the Dolphins, and Brandon Marshall and Jackson should see more balls thrown his way in Week 2.
8. Miles Austin, Cowboys (at SF): He had five catches for 90 yards and a score against the talented Jets secondary. It should only be easier this week against the Niners.
9. Roddy White, Falcons (vs PHI): White is one of the top three or four receivers in the NFL, but this week he and the Falcons face the "Dream Team." With Nnamdi Asomugha, Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the Eagles secondary, however, I don't expect White or Julio Jones to have big weeks.
10. Hakeem Nicks, Giants (vs STL): Nicks, who faces the Rams on Monday night, is dealing with a knee injury. Although Nicks says he expects to play and is one of the league's best receivers, make sure you have a Plan B in case Nicks is a scratch on Monday if he's in your lineup.
11. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (at SF): Despite missing another practice on Thursday with a thigh contusion, Bryant expects to play on Sunday. At the beginning of the Jets' game, Bryant showed how difficult he is to defend when he's healthy.
12. Reggie Wayne, Colts (vs CLE): No Peyton Manning, no problem for Reggie Wayne's fantasy production. Of course, the Colts (and Wayne) would be much better off with Manning, but Wayne is still capable of games with seven receptions, 106 yards and a score like last week with Kerry Collins under center.
13. Brandon Marshall, Dolphins (vs HOU): Marshall was targeted a league-high 13 times in Week 1 and finished with seven receptions for 139 yards.
14. Wes Welker, Patriots (vs SD): My preseason prediction was for Welker to lead the NFL in receptions. In Week 1, he tied three other receivers for a league-high (at his position) eight catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns.
15. Kenny Britt, Titans (vs BAL): Britt had the third-most fantasy points among all receivers in Week 1 and Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith will be out with a high-ankle sprain. While the Titans should give Chris Johnson many more carries this week, the Ravens are tough against the run, which should mean plenty of targets for Britt.
16. Santonio Holmes, Jets (vs JAC): Last week, the Jaguars gave up 136 yards and two touchdowns to Britt. Holmes, who was limited at practice on Thursday, says he'll play on Sunday.
17. Mike Williams, Buccaneers (at MIN): Williams and Josh Freeman connected on only four of their ten attempts in Week 1, but Williams scored another touchdown. He now has 12 scores in 17 career games and has scored in four consecutive games.
18. Anquan Boldin, Ravens (at TEN): Boldin, who finished with 74 yards and a score, benefits from having Lee Evans -- and not Derrick Mason -- in the Ravens' receiving corps as he and Evans are different type of receivers.
19. Mario Manningham, Giants (vs STL): Especially if Nicks can't go, Manningham could be in for a big game against the Rams on Monday night.
20. Santana Moss, Redskins (vs ARI): Moss has 70-plus yards in five consecutive games. While you shouldn't expect a spectacular game from Moss, he's consistently productive and he has a great matchup in Week 2. The Cardinals allowed Steve Smith to finish with the most fantasy points among wide receivers in Week 1.
Here are the rest of our top 50 fantasy wide receivers for Week 2:
21. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs (at DET)
22. Steve Johnson, Bills (vs OAK)
23. Steve Smith, Panthers (vs GB)
24. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles (at ATL)
25. Brandon Lloyd, Broncos (vs CIN)
26. Plaxico Burress, Jets (vs JAC)
27. Percy Harvin, Vikings (vs TB)
28. Jordy Nelson, Packers (at CAR)
29. Nate Burleson, Lions (vs KC)
30. Robert Meachem, Saints (vs CHI)
31. Malcom Floyd, Chargers (at NE)
32. Johnny Knox, Bears (at NO)
33. A.J. Green, Bengals (at DEN)
34. Deion Branch, Patriots (vs SD)
35. Hines Ward, Steelers (vs SEA)
36. Jacoby Ford, Raiders (at BUF)
37. Davone Bess, Dolphins (vs HOU)
38. Austin Collie, Colts (vs CLE)
39. Braylon Edwards, 49ers (vs DAL)
40. Julio Jones, Falcons (vs PHI)
41. Mike Sims-Walker, Rams (at NYG)
42. Brandon Gibson, Rams (at NYG)
43. Devery Henderson, Saints (vs CHI)
44. Pierre Garcon, Colts (vs CLE)
45. Jabar Gaffney, Redskins (vs ARI)
46. Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers (vs SEA)
47. Mike Williams, Seahawks (at PIT)
48. Antonio Brown, Steelers (vs SEA)
49. Mohamed Massaquoi, Chiefs (at IND)
50. Chad Ochocinco, Patriots (vs SD)
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