Fantasy WR Rankings Week 2: Who to start, sit at…


In the first week of the season, we witnessed some incredible wide receiver performances as well as some big-name flops.

Of course, this isn’t unusual, but it always carries more weight in the eyes of fantasy football owners when it happens straight away.

You can’t overreact this early in the season, no matter how frustrating or thrilling it is. After all, we know that Mike Evans has been a major boom-or-bust candidate every week for the better part of his career. In our Week 2 fantasy WR rankings, we need to look past those heinous performances and concentrate on things like target share and matchups.

Standard leagues demand splash-play threats who can make a lot of plays with their receptions. In PPR settings, a seven-catch, 43-yard stat line is okay, but in standard leagues, explosive WRs with deep speed and YAC ability pay off more.

Your early-round elite wide receivers will be solidly in your lineups regardless. (Yes, even Brandon Aiyuk…at least for the time being.)

Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Let’s start with Antonio Brown so that we can do credit to this list. Last Thursday, he had five receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. In both PPR and normal leagues, he was clearly a valuable asset. He looked like a vintage AB from Pittsburgh, and he gets a great Week 2 matchup (vs. Falcons). We should truly target all Buccaneers pass-catchers, even if Evans busts.

Quarterback | Running Back | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker

Allen Robinson was classified as a low-end WR2 last week, and he didn’t even put up strong enough numbers to qualify for that. He did, however, have the targets (11), so he was close to getting paid. Robinson (vs. Bengals) doesn’t have to worry about Jalen Ramsey lining up on the other side of him this week, so he’s back in the top 15 of the rankings.

So, those types of athletes shouldn’t be difficult to choose, but there will be plenty of borderline players. Because the Texans’ defense should be terrible despite restricting the Jags before garbage time, Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry (versus. Texans) get bumps this week (if OBJ plays through his knee injury).

The Steelers’ offense struggled against the Bills, but all three of their star wide receivers should fare better against the Raiders this week. Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor were sleepers before the season, and they should continue to do so in Week 2 (against the Jets). Why can’t Mac Jones create a rhythm with Meyers and Agholor, when even Sam Darnold looked adequate against the Jets?

Mike Williams (against. Cowboys) played good in Week 1, Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick (vs. Jaguars) could benefit from Jerry Jeudy’s ankle injury, and Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk (vs. Vikings) offer lots of upside as flexes.

The Jaguars’ wide receivers were a major disappointment versus Houston before garbage time, and we don’t think they’ll do much better against Denver. Because of matchups, Julio Jones (@ Seahawks), Marquez Callaway (@ Panthers), and all Giants (@ Washington) are on the start-sit bubble, while guys like Tyler Boyd (@ Bears), Russell Gage (@ Buccaneers), and all Packers not named Davante Adams (vs. Lions) are simply not as appealing.

We’re also concerned about Terry McLaurin (against. Giants) due to his quarterback issue, and Aiyuk (versus. Eagles) because to whatever ailment he’s suffering from, but we believe they should both start this week.

We’ll be updating these WR rankings throughout the week as needed, so come back for the most up-to-date information and analysis.

Fantasy WR Rankings Week 2: Who to start at wide receiver

Rank Player
1 Tyreek Hill, KC @ BAL
2 Davante Adams, GB vs. DET
3 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI vs. MIN
4 DK Metcalf, SEA vs. TEN
5 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ ARI
6 Keenan Allen, LAC vs. DAL
7 Stefon Diggs, BUF @ MIA
8 Calvin Ridley, ATL @ TB. We know Ridley let us all down with just five catches for 51 yards, but he still should never be sat on the bench. The good news is he did receive eight targets, and we can expect him to bounce back. Even against a tough Buccaneers defense, he’ll be heavily targeted and hopefully, the Falcons resolved their offensive woes.
9 A.J. Brown, TEN @ SEA. This should be a rebound game for Brown. As bad as the Titans offense looked in Week 1, Brown did receive eight targets and is always likely to score a touchdown. His prospects look a tad bleaker in PPR leagues, but he’s always been more appealing in standard.
10 Chris Godwin, TB vs. ATL. Godwin looks like the most attractive Buccs pass-catcher in PPR leagues, as he led them all in targets with 14. The next closest Buccaneer was Rob Gronkowski with eight. It seems like he’ll be a notch above Mike Evans in the pecking order, but it was only a one-week sample size.
11 Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. TEN. Titans’ passing defense. Enough said.
12 Amari Cooper, DAL @ LAC. Cooper surpasses CeeDee Lamb on the list, as he received 16 targets to Lamb’s 15 but was a more reliable pass-catcher. He had a nuclear performance with 13 catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns. We like both Cooper and Lamb, but until further notice, Cooper should be viewed as the Cowboys’ No.1 WR. This obviously will probably fluctuate though.
13 Antonio Brown, TB vs. ATL. Brown looked like vintage AB from his Pittsburgh days and looks like Tom Brady’s deep threat after a full offseason together., finish at WR9 in standard leagues. As a general rule this week — play all Tampa Bay pass catchers. Jalen Hurts and the Eagles torched Atlanta, and it’d be shocking if the Buccs didn’t do it this week.
14 CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ LAC. See Amari Cooper
15 Mike Evans, TB vs. ATL. We’ve known all along Evans is a boom-or-bust candidate every week, but his Week 1 struggles aren’t enough cause to keep him on the bench vs. Atlanta.
16 Allen Robinson, CHI vs. CIN. We knew Robinson getting shut down was in the range of outcomes, and he finished at the WR68 (before MNF) with a whopping 3.5 points. Every time he’s played the Rams, he’s been ineffective. Don’t worry too much though, because brighter days are ahead in a matchup vs. Cincinnati. It may take a QB change to Justin Fields to unlock his full potential, but he’s been productive regardless of who has been at QB for the Bears.
17 Adam Thielen, MIN @ ARI. All Thielen does is score touchdowns. After posting 15 touchdowns last year, he grabbed two in the opener @ Cincinnati. It’s always tough to project touchdowns, but he’s one of the safest bets to score among WRs in the league. This game should play out to be high scoring (or at least Minnesota playing from behind), so we can expect him to get plenty of opportunities — maybe even 10 targets like he did in Week 1.
18 Courtland Sutton, DEN @ JAX. Sutton stung fantasy owners with just one catch for 14 yards. Remember, this was just his first game back after a torn ACL, and Jerry Jeudy (ankle) is expected to miss the game. Sutton should be fully cemented in the No. 1 WR role for at least this week, and a matchup with the Jags, who looked atrocious against the Texans spells a bounceback from Sutton.
19 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ CLE. All Cooks does is produce big weeks, regardless of which team he’s on and who is at quarterback. He was overlooked heading into the season, but we know he’ll dominate targets in Houston. It’s hard to evaluate Cleveland’s defense as they faced Kansas City in Week 1, but at very least, we know balls will come Cooks’ way. After all, he’s probably the closest thing we have to Tyreek Hill in the league.
20 Deebo Samuel, SF @ PHI. Samuel was the WR3 in standard and PPR formats in Week 1. We can’t expect every defense he plays to be as bad as the Lions, but at least while Brandon Aiyuk is dealing with a hamstring injury, Samuel is the clear-cut No. 1 WR for the Niners. Samuel caught nine of 12 targets for 189 yards and a touchdown. He showed the game-breaker potential that we all know he has. We’ll have to see if the Eagles’ defense is good, or Atlanta’s offense was just awful in Week 1. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of those two statements. Calvin Ridley was held to just 51 yards on five catches, so Samuel could have a down week. For now, he’s a clear starter heading into Week 2.
21 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ IND
22 Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. NYG
23 DeVonta Smith, PHI vs. SF
24 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. LV
25 D.J. Moore, CAR vs. NO
26 Tee Higgins, CIN @ CHI
27 Corey Davis, NYJ vs. NE
28 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. LV
29 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN @ CHI
30 Robert Woods, LAR @ IND
31 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. HOU
32 Mike Williams, LAC vs. DAL
33 Jaylen Waddle, MIA vs. BUF
34 Jakobi Meyers, NE @ NYJ
35 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. LV
36 Julio Jones, TEN @ SEA
37 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ PHI
38 Robby Anderson, CAR vs. NO
39 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. HOU
40 DJ Chark, Jaguars, JAX vs. DEN
41 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. KC
42 Will Fuller V, MIA vs. BUF
43 Nelson Agholor, NE @ NYJ
44 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. DEN
45 Rondale Moore, ARI vs. MIN
46 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. MIN
47 Tim Patrick, DEN @ JAX
48 Kenny Golladay, NYG @ WAS
49 Marquez Callaway, NO @ CAR
50 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. DEN
51 Bryan Edwards, LV @ PIT
52 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ WAS
53 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ CHI
54 Jalen Reagor, PHI vs. SF
55 Cole Beasley, BUF @ MIA
56 Darnell Mooney, CHI vs. CIN
57 DeVante Parker, MIA vs. BUF
58 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. LAR
59 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. DET
60 KJ Hamler, DEN @ JAX
61 Russell Gage, ATL @ TB
62 Randall Cobb, GB vs. DET
63 Deonte Harris, NO @ CAR
64 Allen Lazard, GB vs. DET
65 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ PIT
66 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ MIA
67 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. NE
68 Marquise Goodwin, CHI vs. CIN
69 Tyrell Williams, DET @ GB
70 Mecole Hardman, KC @ BAL
71 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ MIA
72 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. DAL
73 Darius Slayton, NYG @ WAS
74 Van Jefferson, LAR @ IND
75 Quez Watkins, PHI vs. SF
76 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. KC
77 Quintez Cephus, DET @ GB
78 K.J. Osborn, MIN @ ARI
79 A.J. Green, ARI vs. MIN
80 Zach Pascal, IND vs. LAR
81 D’Wayne Eskridge, SEA vs. TEN
82 Braxton Berrios, NYJ vs. NE
83 Anthony Schwartz, CLE vs. HOU
84 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ PIT
85 DeSean Jackson, LAR @ IND
86 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ BAL
87 Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR vs. NO
88 Kadarius Toney, NYG @ WAS
89 Dyami Brown, WAS vs. NYG

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