Here are the 10 most optimal wide receiver matchups for Week 1 in order. The following players are going up against last season’s poorest pass defenses. These players may be in line for their highest point production of the season.
Even an unknown non-stud or a team’s third receiver can have success on a day like today. Kevin Ogletree is case in point. Because of the early Week 1 game we now know how the new Dallas Cowboys third receiver performed against the Giants poor pass defense. He scorched the defending Super Bowl champs for 2 touchdowns and 114 yards.
Use this information to slot the appropriate player into your Sunday line-ups for close decisions. Perhaps there is another Ogletree somewhere in this list. Obviously, you’d be playing guys like Andre Johnson every week.
1. Michael Crabtree, Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Kyle Williams vs. Green Bay Packers
2. Nate Washington, Damian Williams, Lavelle Hawkins, Kendall Wright vs. New England Patriots
3. Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Joshua Morgan vs. New Orleans Saints
4. Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Kevin Ogletree, Dwayne Harris vs. New York Giants*
5. Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie (questionable), T.Y. Hilton (questionable), Donnie Avery vs. Chicago Bears
6. Malcom Floyd, Robert Meachem, Eddie Royal, Micheal Spurlock vs. Oakland Raiders
7. Laurent Robinson, Justin Blackmon (probable), Brian Robiskie, Mike Thomas vs. Minnesota Vikings
8. Andre Johnson (probable), Kevin Walter, Keshawn Martin, Lestar Jean vs. Miami Dolphins
9. Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Arrelious Benn (questionable), Preston Parker vs. Carolina Panthers
10. Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Domenik Hixon, Rueben Randle vs. Dallas Cowboys*
There are several interesting things to note here. For starters, Randy Moss is being given the opportunity of a lifetime. If there is a game for him to put up some big numbers, it’s this one against last year’s worst passing defense in Green Bay. The 49ers/Packers matchup should also showcase Manningham’s skills and possibly reward those who drafted him.
We’ll also get to see how several new quarterbacks perform against second-rate pass defenses. These new quarterbacks include the first and second overall picks in this year’s draft: Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Also included in this list are second year quarterbacks Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert. Will Luck and RGIII come blazing out of the starting gate and make instant stars out of their receivers with them? How well are Locker and Gabbert developing and can they too gel with their receivers?
*Game already occurred.
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