Fantasy Football Week Two Rankings: Wide Receivers

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 17, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 13:  Reggie Wayne #87 of the Indianapolis Colts reaches to catch a pass while defended by Derek Cox #21 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

If Week One reaffirmed anything about the wide receiver position, it was the idea that out of all the fantasy positions wide receivers are the hardest to predict.

Sure, some big names like Reggie Wayne and Randy Moss rose to the occasion in the opening week, but others like Andre Johnson and Terrell Owens came up short. Meanwhile, fantasy owners are feverishly trying to learn everything they can about guys like Oakland Raiders rookie wide receiver Louis Murphy.

Luckily for Bruno Boys Nation, the Bruno Boys are here to make your decision in regard to the wide receiver position a bit easier with the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week Two Rankings.


1. Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) at Jacksonville

Despite Arizona’s relative struggle to throw the ball against the 49ers in Week One, Fitzgerald put up respectable numbers with six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. The team is still transitioning from the play-calling of offensive coordinator Todd Haley last year to head coach Ken Whisenhunt this season, so look for them to be more in sync this week.

Point Projection: 18 points

2. Randy Moss (New England Patriots) at New York Jets

The Jets did an outstanding job shutting down Andre Johnson in their Week One win over Houston, but Tom Brady is no Matt Schaub. Moss lit up the Bills with 12 catches for 141 yards in their come-from-behind win on Monday Night Football, and though The Freak didn’t haul in a touchdown pass, that’ll change this week.

Point Projection: 17 points

3. Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) at Tennessee

Johnson was one of the bigger disappointments for fantasy owners in Week One, as he managed only four catches for 35 yards. Just twice last season, he had games with fewer receiving yards, and a bounce-back is in order against a Titans team that was skewered for 321 yards by the Steelers last week, not to mention the fact he’ll have Kevin Walter back to take some of the burden off of him.

Point Projection: 17 points

4. Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts) at Miami

Wayne was utterly dominant in the Colts’ win over the Jaguars last week, catching 10 passes for 162 yards and one touchdown. The Dolphins do not possess the personnel to slow Wayne, a University of Miami product, who should take some comfort in playing in the city where he did his thing in college.

Point Projection: 16 points

5. Greg Jennings (Green Bay Packers) vs. Cincinnati

Jennings had a rock-solid first week, with 106 receiving yards and one touchdown against the Bears. He’ll continue his ascension in becoming one of the NFL’s elite wideouts this week against the Bengals. Cincy was pretty good against the pass against Denver—for most of the game, that is—but Aaron Rodgers is far more talented than Kyle Orton.

Point Projection: 16 points

6. Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions) vs. Minnesota

Unfortunately, the one who may suffer the most with Matthew Stafford being the starter in Detroit is Megatron himself. Case in point: Johnson had three catches for 90 yards, which are respectable numbers, but he was targeted 13 times. It’s great that Stafford looked for him so much, but his accuracy is an issue. Nonetheless, Johnson’s as talented a receiver as there is in the NFL, and he’ll still produce, just maybe not as much as he would with a veteran quarterback.

Point Projection: 15 points

7. Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Carolina

The Panthers gave up fewer than 100 passing yards to the Eagles in their Week One loss. Then again, with Philly starting inside the opponent’s 50 every time due to Jake Delhomme’s errant passes, there weren’t a lot of yards to be had. White had just five catches for 42 yards in the opener, but those numbers will jump significantly this week.

Point Projection: 15 points

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

Colston caught three passes for 30 yards and a touchdown against the hapless Lions, and the damage could have been much greater, but Drew Brees was being generous and spreading the ball around to everyone. Colston is a big, tough, target, and, even against an opponent as hearty as the Eagles, he’ll produce.

Point Projection: 14 points

9. Roy Williams (Dallas Cowboys) vs. New York Giants

It was nice to see Williams make the big plays we all knew he was capable of. He caught just three passes against the Buccaneers in Dallas’ Week One victory, but took one of them 66 yards to the house and wound up with 86 receiving yards. Tony Romo is OK to go this week, and so too is Williams.

Point Projection: 14 points

10. Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers) at Atlanta

The horrific play of Jake Delhomme cannot be understated, and that led to Smith catching just three passes for 21 yards despite being targeted 13 times. Still, we’ll give Delhomme the benefit of the doubt for one more week. Smith flambéed the Falcons secondary twice last year, coming up with a total of 14 catches for 264 yards and one touchdown. For him to do so again, Delhomme needs to stop throwing to the opposing team.

Point Projection: 13 points

11. Terrell Owens (Buffalo Bills) vs. Tampa Bay

Once a week, Owens will display a case of alligator arms—it’s a fact fantasy owners have had to live with for some time. He did it again in Buffalo’s loss to New England on Monday, and wound up with just two catches for 46 yards. This week, however, he goes up against a Tampa pass defense that was absolutely scorched by the Cowboys.

Point Projection: 13 points

12. Vincent Jackson (San Diego Chargers) vs. Baltimore

Jackson and Co. face the Ravens on Sunday, in a matchup that looked tougher before the season began. That’s because Kansas City’s Brodie Croyle threw for two touchdowns en route to a 116.1 passer rating—the fourth highest of the week. Jackson is big and fast and can beat any opponent on any given play, as he did in the team’s win against Oakland, when he had five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Point Projection: 13 points




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