Fantasy Football Draft Advice: Who Should Be Paired With Your No. 1 Wide Receiver?

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

You should consider pairing your WR 3 and WR4 picks based on the bye weeks of your WR 1 and WR2 on draft day. Need some ideas? Read on.

For those of you who are new to the PPR Report, this will be a weekly report during the regular season where I will highlight some of the top targeted receivers from the previous week's NFL games and highlight some trends that I see that could benefit those of you in PPR, or Points Per Reception, leagues.

Today I will take a look at the bye week schedule for the Top 20 Wide Receivers, according to Mike Gallagher's Wide Receiver Rankings, and provide you with two receivers you might want to draft to "pair" with your WR1 and your WR2 choices later in your fantasy drafts.

Let's take a look at the two receivers I recommend pairing with your WR1 and WR2, along with their bye week opponents:

Name

Bye Week

Bye Week Sub

Bye Week Opponent

Calvin Johnson

Week 5

Nate Washington

Austin Collie

Minnesota

Green Bay

Julio Jones

Week 7

Andre Roberts

Miles Austin

Minnesota

Carolina

Andre Johnson

Week 8

Greg Little

Steve Breaston

San Diego

Oakland

Hakeem Nicks

Week 11

Titus Young

Brandon LaFell

Green Bay

Tampa Bay

A.J. Green

Week 8

Lance Moore

Alshon Jeffery

Denver

Carolina

Brandon Marshall

Week 6

Eric Decker

Pierre Garcon

San Diego

Minnesota

Roddy White

Week 7

James Jones

Laurent Robinson

St. Louis

Oakland

Dez Bryant

Week 5

Robert Meachem

Reggie Wayne

New Orleans

Green Bay

Larry Fitzgerald

Week 10

Vincent Brown

Titus Young

Tampa Bay

Minnesota

Wes Welker

Week 9

Vincent Jackson

Antonio Brown

New Orleans

New York Giants

Mike Wallace

Week 4

Pierre Garcon

Darrius Heyward-Bey

Tampa Bay

Denver

Percy Harvin

Week 11

Vincent Jackson

Santonio Moss

Carolina

Philadelphia

Greg Jennings

Week 10

Harry Douglas

Stevie Johnson

New Orleans

New England

Jeremy Maclin

Week 7

Pierre Garcon

Michael Floyd

New York Giants

Minnesota

Steve Smith

Week 6

Sidney Rice

Titus Young

New England

Philadelphia

Victor Cruz

Week 11

Mike Williams

Lance Moore

Carolina

Oakland

Brandon Lloyd

Week 9

Santana Moss

Sidney Rice

Carolina

Minnesota

Jordy Nelson

Week 10

Eric Decker

Anquan Boldin

Carolina

Oakland

Demaryius Thomas

Week 7

Alshon Jeffery

Lance Moore

Detroit

Tampa Bay

Marques Colston

Week 6

Jonathan Baldwin

DeSean Jackson

Tampa Bay

Detroit


This table can be useful on draft day when deciding what backup receivers you will draft in rounds 8-12 as your WR3, WR4 or WR5. I usually don't look at bye weeks when drafting backups, but it is important as you don't want to be left with guys on the waiver wire who won't be getting many targets in 2012.

What I did was look at the teams that gave up the most passing touchdowns in 2011, and selected receivers who will be playing against these teams during the bye weeks of the Top 20 Wide Receivers. I am making an assumption here that these defenses did not improve in the offseason and will, again, be below average against the pass in 2012.

In my analysis, I did exclude one team that was one of the worst against the pass in 2011, and that team is the Buffalo Bills. The Bills added Mario Williams and a few others this offseason, so I am making an assumption that their pass D will improve in 2012.

A couple guys I like, and will probably target in my drafts are Nate Washington, Titus Young and DeSean Jackson.

Washington was a Top 20 wide receiver in 2011 and should get plenty of targers from the young Jake Locker this season. I can see him putting up eight to 10 touchdowns along with 1,000+ yards on 70-80 pass receptions.

Lions WR Titus Young is a popular sleeper this offseason, and he could very well be a very productive receiver in the wide open Lions' offense. Quarterback Matt Stafford attempted the most pass attempts last season, and I don't see that changing this season. Young could put up 70+ catches, 900 yards and seven to nine touchdowns this season.

Jackson had a down year in 2011, and is ready for a solid bounce back season in 2012 now that his contract situation is behind him. He is two years removed from a 9-touchdown, 1,167-yard season, and could easily top that if he can stay healthy in 2012.

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