Fantasy Player Projections

 
Wide Receivers
RankTeamPlayerProjectionOpponent
1bearsBrandon Marshall

Brandon Marshall

8 rec, 113 yards, 2 rec TDs

Can the Packers defend Marshall? No. Tramon Williams will do his best, but Marshall is an elite receiver and the Packers' pass defense lacks an elite cover corner. Advantage: Bears.

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2bengalsA.J. Green

A.J. Green

8 rec, 108 yards, 2 rec TDs

Last year Green averaged 37.7 yards per catch (four receptions) in two games against the Browns -- and that was with Joe Haden in the lineup.

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3vikingsPercy Harvin

Percy Harvin

8 rec, 104 yards, rec TD

The Colts will get twisted up trying to keep tabs on Harvin, who carried five times and caught six balls last week. He'll be a nightmare catching balls out of the backfield, as no Colts linebacker will be able to stick with him.

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4texansAndre Johnson

Andre Johnson

7 rec, 101 yards, rec TD

No matter the opponent, no matter the coverage, Matt Schaub throws to Johnson with confidence, early and often (10 targets last week). The scary thing is that Johnson is still working his way back to 100-percent playing condition.

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5falconsJulio Jones

Julio Jones

7 rec, 95 yards, rec TD

Is it too late to swap Larry Fitzgerald as the second-best fantasy receiver in the rankings with Jones? He scored twice and notched 108 receiving yards against the Chiefs. This new Falcons offense will make him a fantasy superstar.

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6cowboysDez Bryant

Dez Bryant

8 rec, 94 yards, rec TD

Lost in the Kevin Ogletree craze last week was how well Bryant played (21.3 yards per catch). Tony Romo will spread the love week to week, but Bryant will always see five to eight catches.

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7broncosDemaryius Thomas

Demaryius Thomas

5 rec, 90 yards, rec TD

Big-play ability is what Thomas brings to this offense. We saw it last year with Tim Tebow at QB, and now again with Manning. Thomas took a screen pass for 71 yards into the end zone for his only score in Week 1. Thomas was targeted seven times and he remains a must-start receiver.

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8coltsReggie Wayne

Reggie Wayne

7 rec, 88 yards, rec TD

Wayne has remained a viable fantasy prospect with the change at quarterback. He was thrown to 18 times last week (ridiculous) and should see the lion's share against a Vikings team lacking a true lockdown cornerback.

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9lionsCalvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson

5 rec, 88 yards, rec TD

Johnson expects to have 100 yards receiving every week, but even fantasy giants have "slow" weeks now and then. The 49ers will make him the focal point … then again, every defense says that, few succeed.

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1049ersMichael Crabtree

Michael Crabtree

6 rec, 86 yards, rec TD

As expected, Crabtree worked the middle of the field last week beautifully in a win over Green Bay. He looks like a different player than the one who has disappointed fantasy owners to date. Of course, the season is only one week old.

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11steelersMike Wallace

Mike Wallace

5 rec, 81 yards, rec TD

It was sad to see Heath Miller average more yards per catch than Wallace in Week 1 (9.3). The Steelers did try to reach him downfield, and will go back to the deep ball against a New York defense that allowed three Buffalo players to record catches of 20-plus yards last week.

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12billsStevie Johnson

Stevie Johnson

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Johnson came into Week 1 dealing with a sore groin, but he was able to play -- and he ended up leading the team with five catches (10 targets) and 55 yards receiving. This week's opponent, the Chiefs, had a tough time against the pass in their opener.

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13panthersSteve Smith

Steve Smith

7 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

Smith was one of the few Panthers players who had success in Week 1 at Tampa Bay. Seven catches for 106 yards is a nice opener for anyone. He averaged 82 receiving yards and a TD in both of his games against the Saints in 2011.

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14patriotsBrandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd

5 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

In his Patriots debut, Lloyd caught five passes for 69 yards on eight targets. No Patriots player was targeted more by Tom Brady. Lloyd's going to have some big plays this season, once he and Brady get on track downfield.

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15giantsVictor Cruz

Victor Cruz

8 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

While Cruz's final numbers weren't obscene in Week 1 (six grabs for 58 yards), he still dropped three passes from Eli Manning. Cruz could have a big bounce-back game against a Bucs defense that overachieved in Week 1.

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16falconsRoddy White

Roddy White

6 rec, 80 yards, rec TD

While fantasy owners are throwing accolades to Julio Jones, White quietly had a solid afternoon against the Chiefs, with six grabs for 87 yards. He should do well against the Broncos, also.

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17chiefsDwayne Bowe

Dwayne Bowe

5 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Just six targets for the Chiefs' top wide receiver against the Falcons. After holding out, a little rust should have been expected. He's still the Chiefs' best passing weapon, and he remains a solid starter against a Bills team that struggled in Week 1.

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18cardinalsLarry Fitzgerald

Larry Fitzgerald

5 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Talk about a man on an island. The Cardinals have a bad running game, which is trumped by two bad quarterbacks, keeping Fitzgerald from doing much damage. He still caught four passes for 63 yards, and better days should be ahead.

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19buccaneersVincent Jackson

Vincent Jackson

5 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

As the Bucs offense develops, and QB Josh Freeman and Jackson build chemistry, the passing game is going to get much stronger. Jackson's big body should prove to be an excellent red-zone target against the Giants in Week 2, and he should eclipse his four catches and 47 yards from Week 1.

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20ramsDanny Amendola

Danny Amendola

6 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Rams QB Sam Bradford targeted Amendola a team-leading nine times in Week 1, for five grabs and 70 yards. Expect more of that in Week 2, as Amendola proves to have the best hands on the team.

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21broncosEric Decker

Eric Decker

5 rec, 75 yards, rec TD

Decker caught five passes for 54 yards in his first game with Peyton Manning in Week 1. Don't be surprised to see Decker with more catches than Demaryius Thomas by season's end. He's also a strong red-zone target.

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22steelersAntonio Brown

Antonio Brown

5 rec, 72 yards, rec TD

The Steelers receivers are in for a test against New York's all-world cornerback tandem. Brown has held up fine to every test he's faced thus far, and has proven to be every bit as valuable to fantasy owners as teammate Mike Wallace.

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23jaguarsLaurent Robinson

Laurent Robinson

6 rec, 71 yards, rec TD

Robinson showed in Week 1 that he is the No. 1 target for Blaine Gabbert in the Jaguars passing game (nine targets). He's healthier than Justin Blackmon at the moment, but for whatever reason is viewed by opponents as less of a threat. As long as both are true, Robinson will continue to be a viable fantasy fill-in.

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24saintsMarques Colston

Marques Colston

5 rec, 70 yards, rec TD

While Colston was the least successful of the big receiving options for the Saints, he still finished with a respectable 71 yards against the Redskins. Keep him active at Carolina. He averaged six catches for 107 yards and a TD in two games against the Panthers last year.

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25lionsTitus Young

Titus Young

4 rec, 69 yards, rec TD

The 49ers were most vulnerable to Green Bay's secondary receivers (James Jones had a game-high 81 yards) last week, suggesting Young and Nate Burleson could find success in Week 2. To take advantage, Young must first transition off coach Jim Schwartz's naughty list (again).

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26brownsJosh Gordon

Josh Gordon

4 rec, 67 yards, rec TD

If the Browns have an emerging weapon in the passing game, it's Gordon. Fantasy owners can expect his target count to increase this week against a Bengals team that gave up a ton of big plays to the Ravens on Monday night.

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27giantsHakeem Nicks

Hakeem Nicks

5 rec, 65 yards, rec TD

Nicks was questionable entering Week 1 against Dallas, but he was able to play and caught four passes for 38 yards. He's a solid starter against Tampa Bay's secondary, however. He has had 11 days to get healthier.

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28ravensTorrey Smith

Torrey Smith

3 rec, 63 yards, rec TD

Smith is all about big plays (52-yard reception Monday night). Facing a stacked Philadelphia secondary this week, one big play or two could make all the difference.

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29chargersMalcom Floyd

Malcom Floyd

4 rec, 60 yards, rec TD

QB Philip Rivers threw to Floyd six times Monday night at Oakland, and the receiver caught four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown. As the Chargers' No. 1 receiving option, he's worth a start in most formats against Tennessee in Week 2.

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30seahawksSidney Rice

Sidney Rice

3 rec, 59 yards, rec TD

Rice's first week was far better than his numbers indicate, as he drew coverage from Arizona's Patrick Peterson. This week the challenge won't get much easier, as Dallas has a pair of cornerbacks able to make life miserable.

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31packersJordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

3 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Nelson reeled in two scores in the Week 16 win over Chicago last year and looks to be the team's top weapon this week with Greg Jennings' status up in the air.

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32patriotsWes Welker

Wes Welker

4 rec, 55 yards, rec TD

Interestingly, it was Welker who lost out on targets from QB Tom Brady with the addition of Brandon Lloyd to the Patriots' huddle. With just five targets, Welker was Brady's fourth favorite option. Don't worry too much, as the Titans paid him a lot of attention the entire game.

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33jetsStephen Hill

Stephen Hill

3 rec, 53 yards, rec TD

The Jets have found a weapon in Hill, who caught touchdowns of 33 and 17 yards against Buffalo. The rookie will draw a better matchup than Santonio Holmes this week, so we like his scoring roll to continue.

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34raidersDarrius Heyward-Bey

Darrius Heyward-Bey

5 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

The Raiders got DHB the ball just three times (five targets) for 43 yards in Week 1. He scored against the Dolphins last season, but he still only caught 23 yards worth of passes. He's looking like a flex option in Week 2.

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35redskinsPierre Garcon

Pierre Garcon

4 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

Garcon looked like he was going to catch 32 passes in the opener, as he started with three consecutive catches on bubble screens to start the game against the Saints. But a foot injury sidelined him for much of the game, though he still finished with more than 100 yards receiving. He's questionable for Week 2 against the Rams.

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36titansNate Washington

Nate Washington

4 rec, 50 yards, rec TD

Expected to have a nice game with Kenny Britt sidelined, Washington had just two catches for 53 yards in Week 1 against the Patriots. Britt is back for Week 2 at San Diego, and Washington should be a fantasy reserve.

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37dolphinsDavone Bess

Davone Bess

6 rec, 70 yards

Despite rookie QB Ryan Tannehill having a tough game to start his career (three INTs), Bess was able to rack up five catches in Week 1. While he only got 45 yards, owners in PPR leagues were happy with his production.

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38chargersRobert Meachem

Robert Meachem

5 rec, 65 yards

In his first regular season game with his new team, Meachem caught both passes thrown his way for 49 yards at Oakland. The Chargers concentrated their passing game on short throws and underneath routes. It'll be interesting to see how they try to get Meachem more involved.

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39cowboysMiles Austin

Miles Austin

4 rec, 63 yards

It’s hard to say whether Austin's hamstring was a factor against New York; he was absent for three quarters, then made the catch of the night. The leg sure looked fine as he raced to the end zone. Seattle won't leave him unattended.

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40panthersBrandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell

4 rec, 60 yards

Many tabbed LaFell as a nice fantasy sleeper entering his third year with the Panthers. He didn't disappoint with three grabs for 65 yards and a touchdown at Tampa Bay. More games like that and he'll work his way into fantasy starting lineups.

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41eaglesDeSean Jackson

DeSean Jackson

4 rec, 59 yards

Jackson lives off the big play; the Ravens allowed just 6.4 yards per passing attempt last year, third lowest in the NFL. As much as we respect Jackson, we respect Baltimore's ability to keep receivers boxed in more.

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42jaguarsJustin Blackmon

Justin Blackmon

3 rec, 56 yards

Blackmon may continue to draw the opposing team's best cornerback, which in part explains his somewhat disappointing debut. It's a compliment to Blackmon, but bad news for fantasy owners.

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43eaglesJeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin

4 rec, 55 yards

Of Michael Vick's 56 attempts last week, 14 went to Maclin. It's a telling number for just how far Maclin has come since his offseason health scare a year ago.

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44jetsSantonio Holmes

Santonio Holmes

4 rec, 55 yards

It's a homecoming for Holmes, who spent four years in a Steelers uniform and delivered a sixth ring with his end zone toe-tapper. Don't expect Pittsburgh's "warm welcome" to extend past his pregame introduction.

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45saintsLance Moore

Lance Moore

4 rec, 55 yards

With Robert Meachem in San Diego, Moore was expected to see an increase in his stats. With a team-leading 120 yards on six grabs against the Redskins, he's now a viable flex option in most leagues.

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46dolphinsBrian Hartline

Brian Hartline

4 rec, 55 yards

With eight targets, Hartline proved to be rookie QB Ryan Tannehill’s favorite weapon in Week 1. He caught three passes for 50 yards, and he could emerge into a flex option in PPR leagues.

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47titansKenny Britt

Kenny Britt

4 rec, 55 yards

After a knee injury knocked him out last year and a suspension delayed this season, Britt will finally get back on the field for Week 2 at San Diego for his first action since Sept. 25, 2011. His healing knee might limit him a bit, however, so consider reserving him until he proves he's healthy if you have decent alternatives.

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48titansKendall Wright

Kendall Wright

3 rec, 55 yards

Wright was just one yard short of his first NFL touchdown in Week 1 against the Patriots. He had five grabs for 37 yards while working mostly underneath. Even with the return of Kenny Britt from suspension, Wright proved he's a speedy weapon and should continue to see five-eight targets a game.

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49buccaneersMike Williams

Mike Williams

4 rec, 50 yards

The third-year wide receiver caught a touchdown pass against the Panthers in Week 1, which should do wonders for his confidence. Despite finishing with just two catches for 12 yards, good things lie ahead for him. He might not score in Week 2, but he'll definitely get more catches against the Giants.

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50packersGreg Jennings

Greg Jennings

3 rec, 49 yards

The Packers' leading receiver missed practice this week with a groin injury that will limit his impact for fantasy owners, if he suits up Thursday night. Jennings has killed the Bears in recent years (115.3-yard average over the last three games), but this is not a good week to rely on him.

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51brownsMohamed Massaquoi

Mohamed Massaquoi

3 rec, 49 yards

Brandon Weeden threw to Massaquoi more than any other Browns receiver last week. Eight targets on most any other team might mean something; in Cleveland it adds up to a subpar fantasy performance.

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52bearsAlshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery

3 rec, 46 yards

Jeffery's progress will be slow in his rookie season, but as was the case last week he'll see enough targets to warrant fantasy consideration. He'll see fewer matchups as rewarding as this one.

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53seahawksBraylon Edwards

Braylon Edwards

3 rec, 45 yards

Other than the potential game-winning touchdown he dropped, Edwards had a nice first game with Seattle (tied team-high with nine targets). He's still not worthy of a roster spot for fantasy owners, and this game won't change minds, either.

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54chiefsDexter McCluster

Dexter McCluster

4 rec, 45 yards

QB Matt Cassel threw to McCluster more times (10 targets) than any other player in Week 1. The diminutive receiver caught six passes for 82 yards, which earned him a spot on many fantasy rosters for Week 2.

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55cardinalsAndre Roberts

Andre Roberts

4 rec, 45 yards

The second-best receiving option in Arizona remains Roberts, as rookie Michael Floyd tries to figure out how to run precise routes. Even so, Roberts isn't worth a fantasy look yet.

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56redskinsSantana Moss

Santana Moss

4 rec, 45 yards

The veteran wide receiver wasn't targeted much in RGIII's debut against New Orleans (five targets). Still, Moss is expected to see increased production, possibly this week.

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57bengalsAndrew Hawkins

Andrew Hawkins

3 rec, 43 yards

Hawkins caught many fantasy owners by surprise, pacing the Bengals with eight catches and 86 yards in Week 1. This game will be closer and will favor all-world receiver A.J. Green, but fantasy owners should still make note of Hawkins. It's possible the Bengals have found their No. 2 wideout.

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58ravensAnquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin

3 rec, 43 yards

Boldin was one of five Ravens receivers to catch a pass of 25 or more yards last week (his was a 34-yard touchdown). One thing to be cautious of: Against the Bengals, Joe Flacco only threw 37.5 percent of his passes to wide receivers.

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59coltsDonnie Avery

Donnie Avery

3 rec, 42 yards

Until Austin Collie is cleared, Avery will continue to serve as the Colts' No. 2 wideout opposite Reggie Wayne. Kris Adams also saw plenty of action in Week 1, but the two are clearly behind Wayne and Coby Fleener in the pecking order. Neither Avery nor Adams has much to offer fantasy owners.

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60lionsNate Burleson

Nate Burleson

3 rec, 42 yards

Burleson is hardly seeing table scraps from Matthew Stafford (he was thrown to more than Titus Young and Calvin Johnson last week) but this game probably does not suit him as well as it does Detroit's downfield duo.

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61raidersDenarius Moore

Denarius Moore

3 rec, 40 yards

Moore was sidelined with a hamstring injury for much of the preseason and Week 1. The Raiders are hopeful he can play Sunday, but if he can't, Rod Streater will see another start.

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62bearsEarl Bennett

Earl Bennett

3 rec, 38 yards

Bennett could see a handful of targets on Thursday, considering the matchup, but most weeks he'll be irrelevant. His role in the Bears offense is too small to make him a viable backup for fantasy owners.

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63vikingsMichael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins

3 rec, 38 yards

Nothing exciting here. Jenkins received five looks in Sunday's win over Jacksonville, catching three balls. The Vikings are more apt to utilize their tight ends than their No. 2 or 3 receivers at this point.

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64texansKevin Walter

Kevin Walter

3 rec, 38 yards

Walter's production will come and go this season. In games like this one, where the running game will take command, he'll offer little appeal for fantasy owners.

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65cowboysKevin Ogletree

Kevin Ogletree

3 rec, 38 yards

Back to life, back to reality. Ogletree's Wednesday night splash got fantasy owners excited; his follow up performance will have them sending him back to the free agent bin.

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66packersRandall Cobb

Randall Cobb

3 rec, 37 yards

Cobb is Aaron Rodgers' new favorite toy. The Packers tried him in several new spots last week and will continue to move their second-year weapon around to find favorable matchups.

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67jaguarsCecil Shorts

Cecil Shorts

2 rec, 37 yards

Shorts won't catch Houston off guard like he caught the Vikings. The Jaguars' young receiver is a distant third to Laurent Robinson and Justin Blackmon in the Jacksonville passing game, and will take whatever is left over (not much this week).

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68packersJames Jones

James Jones

3 rec, 34 yards

Jones was the unsung star from Green Bay's first game, averaging 20.3 yards on his four receptions. He will be spotty this season, but Jones is not immune from having a big game now and then.

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69brownsGreg Little

Greg Little

2 rec, 33 yards

Little's drops have made him a marked man in the Browns organization. Fantasy owners should view him as a secondary option for a second-rate passing offense.

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70vikingsDevin Aromashodu

Devin Aromashodu

2 rec, 33 yards

With Jerome Simpson out for the first three weeks (suspension) Aromashodu helped Michael Jenkins pick up the slack. Fantasy owners should keep in mind, however, that Aromashodu reached the 50-yard mark just three times all last season.

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7149ersRandy Moss

Randy Moss

2 rec, 31 yards

Moss' play count was kept to a minimum last week. The 49ers did not even attempt to throw him a deep ball, or take advantage of his athleticism when singled up on the outside. This week, expect Moss to play decoy again.

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72billsDonald Jones

Donald Jones

3 rec, 30 yards

Jones will step in to replace David Nelson, who is out for the year with a knee injury. Jones caught two passes for 31 yards against the Jets, but his fantasy potential is limited with the Bills.

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73ramsBrandon Gibson

Brandon Gibson

4 rec, 30 yards

Gibson caught four balls for 51 yards and a TD against the Lions, but the Rams aren't expected to make much noise through the air in 2012.

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74seahawksDoug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin

2 rec, 29 yards

Baldwin had a quiet first game (five yards) and was clearly the third wheel in Seattle's revamped passing game. It may take him time to get on the same page with Russell Wilson. Fantasy owners can ignore him for now.

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75ravensJacoby Jones

Jacoby Jones

2 rec, 26 yards

Jones is coming off his best performance (three catches, 46 yards) since Week 10 of last season. That should speak volumes about whether he is one to keep a close eye on.

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76steelersEmmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel Sanders

2 rec, 26 yards

Sanders saw as many looks as Antonio Brown in the season opener, but we think it was more of a fluke than it was a sign of things to come. His numbers will shrink this week as Pittsburgh makes an effort to find Mike Wallace on more downs.

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77redskinsAldrick Robinson

Aldrick Robinson

3 rec, 25 yards

Pierre Garcon’s foot injury allowed Robinson to see plenty of action in Week 1, catching four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Garcon should play in Week 2, but if he sits, Robinson is worth owning in larger leagues.

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78jetsJeremy Kerley

Jeremy Kerley

2 rec, 24 yards

Kerley may have cemented his role as the Jets No. 3 receiver with his four-catch afternoon last week, but that title will mean very little this season. Against Pittsburgh he'll be just another body on the field most downs.

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7949ersMario Manningham

Mario Manningham

2 rec, 20 yards

Like Randy Moss, Manningham's role is minimized by the presence of San Francisco vets Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis, and the fact that San Francisco does not throw the ball much. Even this week, in a game expected to feature more passing than usual, his role will be small.

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