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Week 1 was littered with breakout performances but also had its fair share of disappointments. It’s easy to overreact to a receivers success or lack thereof after just one game. These rankings are comprised of the top projected receivers for week 2. The receivers were ranked after an evaluation of week 1’s performance, this weeks matchup, and size of role on their respective teams. Using a ppr format, Here are the top 50 fantasy football receivers for week 2.
Week 2 Wide Receiver Fantasy Rankings
|4||1||Odell Beckham Jr.||Browns|
|18||4||Allen Robinson II||Bears|
|40||8||John Ross III||Bengals|
|46||9||Will Fuller IV||Texans|
|49||10||Phillip Dorsett II||Patriots|
Tier 1 Wide Receivers
There aren’t too many surprises at the top of the rankings and for good reason. Michael Thomas is coming off another highly productive game with 10 receptions for 123 yards. He will be in another exciting shootout against the Rams, who he torched for 12 receptions, 211 yards and a touchdown in last seasons matchup. I expect Julio Jones to bounce back from a subpar performance last week. He faces the Eagles, who gave up the most yards per game to opposing No. 1 wide receivers last season. Hopkins has a tough matchup with corner Jalen Ramsey, but he did produce over a hundred yards and 2 touchdowns with corner Marshon Lattimore shadowing him this past week. Some may wince at Watkins being ranked in tier 1, but the talented receiver has all the opportunity necessary to live up to that ranking with Tyreek Hill sidelined. He also has a favorable matchup against the Raiders, who just gave up 120 yards to Courtland Sutton in week 1.
Tier 3 Wide Receivers
I like both Antonio Brown and Julian Edelman in tier 3 against the Dolphins, who just got detonated for 59 points by the Ravens last week. They would both be ranked in tier 2, if I didn’t believe they would be resting much of the second half against a Dolphins team that looks to be in turmoil. Tyrell Williams should be a safe bet at home against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders will have to throw often in order to keep up with arguably the most high octane offense in the league. Both Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods should have productive games as they also played well against the Saints last season. Cooks went for 6 receptions, 114 yards, and a touchdown. While Woods added 5 receptions for 71 yards in last year’s 45-35 firework show with New Orleans. Mike Evans, who many slated to be a No. 1 fantasy receiver, was quite underwhelming in week 1. Although he was reported to be fighting an illness, that doesn’t change the fact that he has Jameis Winston throwing him the ball. Winston struggled throwing 3 interceptions in week 1. He should bounce back and have a good game, but Winston may put a ceiling on his fantasy potential.
Allen Robinson should continue his impressive start as he had an outstanding 12 targets last game. In a limited Chicago offense, he looks to be the best fantasy option on the team. Minnesota’s run first strategy against the Falcons should cause some concern for Adam Thielen and Stephon Diggs’ fantasy owners. However, the Vikings play Green Bay who you’d expect to put pressure on the Vikings offense to score more points. Thielen and Diggs are too lethal of weapons to not be utilized more. Both should bounce back with signature performances in week 2. Tyler Boyd is a perfect WR 2 against the 49ers. With A.J. Green out, Boyd should garner a lot of targets and hopefully turn them into big fantasy production.
Other Notable Wide Receivers
There are a few receivers that are ranked in the middle of the pack on the list, but are some of the most reliable options for week 2. You can never go wrong with starting T.Y. Hilton as he is the lone pass catching star on the Colts roster. It also helps that he’s playing with an inexperienced quarterback who looks his way as much as possible. Colts starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw Hilton’s way 33% of all passing attempts in week 1. Hilton turned that into a monster performance of 8 receptions, 87 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Kenny Golladay is another one of those trusted players in the middle of the list who should undoubtedly produce. While he only had 4 receptions in week 1, he was targeted 9 times and still scored a touchdown. As Stafford’s #1 option, he should do even better against the high scoring Chargers, who the Lions will have to try to keep up with.
While there are trusted options on this list, there are more boom or bust players as well. Desean Jackson exploded for 8 receptions, 154 yards, and 2 touchdowns in his Eagles 2019 debut. His performance was quite impressive, as he looks to be the deep threat Carson Wentz will need. However, looking at Jackson’s playing history, he tends to have games like he had in week 1, coupled with underwhelming performances as well. Jackson had games of 19, 24, 25, and 32 yards last year with no more than 3 receptions in those contests. He has Wentz throwing to him instead of Winston, which hopefully leads to a more consistent season for Jackson. Marquise Brown is another one of those players who may be feast or famine. He is a rookie receiver who made a big splash in week 1 with 147 yards and 2 touchdowns. Due to his inexperience and the Raven’s rushing attack, Brown’s production may vary. He should however, continue his hot start against the Cardinals who gave up a whopping 477 yards last game. Alshon Jeffery is the last player on this list who may fall into this same category. He is the Eagle’s No. 1 receiver, but there are many weapons on the Eagles team that will be competing with Jeffery for targets. He should produce as that’s why he’s on the list, but Zach Ertz, Desean Jackson, and Philadelphia’s running back committee, makes for a crowded Eagles offensive attack.
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