Every time teams take the field in the National Football League, fantasy football owners can learn something and week 1 of the season was no different. One of the biggest takeaways from week one, in my humble opinion, at least where the wide receiver position is concerned, was Anquan Boldin.
Boldin, who at the start of the season was in my eyes no more than a solid WR3, was completely unstoppable last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers as he burned them to the tune of 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown. That equals a whopping 39 fantasy points in point-per-reception formats.
Boldin, who appears to be the new favorite target of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick could very well by the 2013 version of Reggie Wayne, a veteran receiver who has a transcendent fantasy season.
Last year, Wayne dominated in PPR leagues and finished the season in the top 10 among wide receiver in fantasy points scored. Boldin, who will be the no.1 target at least until Michael Crabtree returns, is set up for a big season and if he keeps getting fed targets the way he was Sunday, he has top-10 potential in PPR leagues.
Other takeaways from week 1 are that Dolphins wide out Brian Hartline still has fantasy relevance, even after the signing of high profile free agent Mike Wallace. Hartline, who had over 1,000 yards receiving in 2012, hauled in nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. He is a solid flex play going forward.
Julian Edelman of the Patriots also re-announced himself to the fantasy world Sunday with an impressive 7-catch, 79-yard performance that included two touchdowns. He quickly became a popular add this week and then became a must-start when it was announced that Danny Amendola was doubtful to start tonight against the New York Jets.
Well before I get too long winded, let’s find out where Edelman and the others rank in the Week 2 Fantasy PPR Wide Receiver Rankings:
1. Calvin Johnson, WR Lions vs Cardinals
2. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos vs Giants
3. Brandon Marshall, WR, Bears vs Vikings
4. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals vs Steelers
5. Andre Johnson, WR Texans vs Titans
6. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals vs Lions
7. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys vs Chiefs
8. Randall Cobb, WR Packers vs Redskins
9. Victor Cruz, WR, Giants vs Broncos
10. Vincent Jackson, WR, Bucs vs Saints
11. Jordy Nelson, WR Packers vs Redskins
12. Julio Jones, WR, Falcons vs Rams
13. Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots vs Jets
14. Wes Welker, WR, Broncos vs Giants
15. Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts vs Raiders
16. Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers vs Seahawks
17. Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins vs Packers
18. Marques Colston, WR, Saints vs Bucs
19. Steve Smith, WR, Panthers vs Bills
20. DeSean Jackons, WR Eagles vs Chargers
21. Hakeem Nicks, WR, Giants vs Broncos
22. Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs vs Cowboys
23. Antonio Brown, WR, Steelers vs Bengals
24. Eric Decker, WR, Broncos vs Giants
25. Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars
26. Mike Wallace, WR, Dolphins.
27. Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys vs Chiefs
28. Mike Williams, WR, Bucs vs Saints
29. Steve Johnson, WR, Bills vs Panthers
30. Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins vs Colts
31. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts vs Raiders
32. James Jones, WR, Packers vs Redskins
33. Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens vs Browns
34. Roddy White, WR, Falcons vs Rams
35. Chris Givens, WR, Rams vs Falcons
36. Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, Patriots vs Jets
37. Tavon Austin, WR, Ram vs Falcons
38. Greg Jennings, WR, Vikings vs Bears
39. Lance Moore, WR, Saints vs Bucs
40. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Steelers vs Bengals