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Fantasy Football Rankings 2012: Targeting Cornerbacks To Boost Your Offense In Week 2

If Dexter McCluster can get things done against Dunta Robinson, what's Demaryius Thomas going to do? Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

SBNation Fantasy presents a look at all the corners set to line up in Week 2, with analysis on who to target and who to avoid when setting your wide receiver lineup.

Week 2 of NFL action has seen a good amount of shuffling in the cornerback ranks after a spate of injuries in the opening stanza. No news is bigger than the recent revelation that shutdown impresario Darrelle Revis will miss Sunday's contest with the Steelers after suffering a concussion in Week One's win over the Bills. Maybe playing Stevie Johnson really IS bad for him...

Let's get right to it. The projected starters for Week 2 are listed by the side of the field where they primarily line up. We'll look at each group of corners - left, right and nickel/slot guys - ordered from 'worst to first' in terms of how good they are at slowing up opposing wideouts. There are a couple of numbers to consider. The 'Proj YPA' is the projected Yards Per Attempt allowed for each corner based on past history (it's an overall mark rather than a specific projection for the upcoming game), and the C-RATE is the overall Cornerback Rating based on their Yards Per Attempt, Passer Rating Allowed and a general 'eyeball test' of their play. Higher numbers in each category mean worse corners, so in general you want to target the guys at the top of each list and be wary of guys at the bottom.

A couple of other notes:

- Guys in bolded italics are 'shadow' corners for their team who tend to follow the opponent's #1 guy around the field on the majority of snaps.

- Guys highlighted in blue are new to the spot they'll be lining up this week - mostly due to filling in or being shuffled due to injuries.

Right Cornerbacks

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Notes:

- Both Patrick Lee and Dunta Robinson have been thrust into starting roles on the outside thanks to injuries to Ronald Bartell and Brent Grimes (Grimes is done for the year with an Achilles injury). Lee's insertion makes things more attractive for Davone Bess when he lines up outside, while Robinson's post-injury history of roastings makes Demaryius Thomas an even more appealing play in what's shaping up to be a shootout in the ATL-DEN matchup.

- Sheldon Brown steps in at corner for the Browns as Joe Haden sits down for a month on an Adderall-related suspension from Sheriff Goodell. While Brown is still a capable receiver, the prospects of a big day for AJ Green went up considerably.

- Torrey Smith is probably a flex play at best if Nnamdi Asomugha stalks him around the field, and while you shouldn't sit Jeremy Maclin he's got a tough draw playing a little banged up against Lardarius Webb. Jonathan Joseph should also more or less erase Justin Blackmon in the HOU-JAC tilt.

Left Cornerbacks

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Notes:

- Kyle Wilson steps in for the absent Darrelle Revis in New York and immediately makes things much sunnier for Antonio Brown owners. Wilson isn't terrible, but it's worlds better than being saddled with Revis. With the Steeler ground game likely to struggle against the Jets' stout front, both Brown and Mike Wallace should see a lot of balls coming their way.

- Jayron Hosley looks like he'll be holding down outside duty yet again in New York as Prince Amukamara is still working back from injury and Terrell Thomas has been lost for the year. If the Giants use Corey Webster to shadow Vincent Jackson the way they did against Dez Bryant in Week One, the odds of Mike Wiliams turning in a second straight solid performance go up considerably.

- Patrick Peterson is most likely to trail Branon Lloyd around the field, making it that much tougher for Lloyd to notch his first TD as a Patriot. You likely shouldn't sit a guy with Lloyd's talent and Brady getting him the ball, but if you're stacked at WR it's something to consider. On the flip side, it's likely that Wes Welker sees a ton of balls after being a game-plan afterthought in Week One.

Nickel Cornerbacks

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Notes:

- The carnage in the CB ranks mainly impacted the nickel position, creating a number of interesting situations. Eric Decker, Jacob Tamme or both could prosper in the slot against Chris Owens in the ATL-DEN game. Buster Skrine's promotion in Cleveland could enhance Andrew Hawkins' prospects for Cincy, while Emmanuel Sanders for the Steelers could also get loose against first-time starter Ellis Lankster as well.

Feel free to ask any other matchup-related questions in the comments.

Good luck, and good hunting.


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