Fantasy WR Rankings Week 2: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football


We saw some monster wide receiver performances and some big-name busts in the season’s opening week. That’s not uncommon, of course, but it always carries more weight in fantasy football owners’ minds when it happens right away. As frustrating or exciting as it might be, you can’t overreact this early in the season. After all, we know someone like Mike Evans has been a significant boom-or-bust candidate every week for seemingly his entire career. We have to look past those criminally bad performances and focus more on things like target share and matchups in our Week 2 fantasy WR rankings.

As always, standard leagues call for splash-play threats who do a lot with their receptions. A seven-catch, 43-yard stat line is acceptable in PPR leagues, but explosive WRs with deep speed and YAC ability tend to pay off more in standard. As always, your early-round, stud WRs are going to be solidly in your lineups either way. (Yes, even Brandon Aiyuk…for now.)

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

Let’s do this list justice and start the conversation off with Antonio Brown. He was electric with five catches for 121 yards and a touchdown last Thursday. Obviously, he was a nice piece in both PPR and standard leagues. He looked like the vintage AB from Pittsburgh and has a tremendous matchup in Week 2 (vs. Falcons). Even with Evans busting, we should really target all Buccaneers pass-catchers.

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

Last week, we had Allen Robinson ranked as a low-end WR2, and he didn’t even produce good enough numbers to qualify as that. However, he had the targets (11), so he wasn’t far away from paying off. This week, Robinson (vs. Bengals) doesn’t have to see Jalen Ramsey lining up on the other side of him, so he’s back in his rightful place inside the top 15 of the rankings.

So, those types of players shouldn’t be tough decisions, but there are plenty of borderline guys who will be. Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry (vs. Texans) get bumps this week (assuming OBJ actually plays through his knee injury) because the Texans’ defense should be bad despite limiting the Jags before garbage time. The Steelers’ offense was grossly bad against the Bills, but all three of their big-name WRs (vs. Raiders) should have better luck with a much easier matchup this week. Jakobi Meyers and Nelson Agholor were sleepers heading into this season, and they should continue playing well in Week 2 (@ Jets). Even Sam Darnold looked like a competent QB against the Jets, so why can’t Mac Jones find a rhythm with Meyers and Agholor?

More guys on the good matchup front: Mike Williams (vs. Cowboys) looked good in Week 1, Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick (@ Jaguars) should take advantage of Jerry Jeudy’s ankle injury, and Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk (vs. Vikings) have plenty of upside as flexes.

For notable fallers, it should go without saying the Jaguars’ WRs were quite a letdown at Houston before garbage time, and we don’t like their chances much against Denver either. Julio Jones (@ Seahawks), Marquez Callaway (@ Panthers), and all Giants (@ Washington) are also on the start-sit bubble because of matchups, while guys like Tyler Boyd (@ Bears), Russell Gage (@ Buccaneers), all Packers not named Davante Adams (vs. Lions) are simply not as attractive because of how they played. We’re also worried about Terry McLaurin (vs. Giants) because of his QB situation and Aiyuk (@ Eagles) because of whatever he’s dealing with, but we still think they should be started this week. 

Check out our full list and analysis to make the right calls at WR. Hopefully, you’re going for a 2-0 start heading into this week.

We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

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

Rankings based on standard,  non-PPR scoring

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
9 A.J. Brown, TEN @ SEA
10 Chris Godwin, TB vs. ATL
11 Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. TEN
12 Amari Cooper, DAL @ LAC
13 Antonio Brown, TB vs. ATL
14 CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ LAC
15 Mike Evans, TB vs. ATL
16 Allen Robinson, CHI vs. CIN
17 Adam Thielen, MIN @ ARI
18 Courtland Sutton, DEN @ JAX
19 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ CLE
20 Deebo Samuel, SF @ PHI
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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