Week 2 Wide Receiver Rankings
Week 2 WR Rankings- By Aaron Fritch
The start of the season put the league’s aerial attacks on full display as there were some huge passing days with Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford leading the way. A lot of the usual suspects led the way receiving the ball, while a few names came out of nowhere (Allen Hurns anyone?). The two biggest surprises in my eyes were the quiet games from Demaryius Thomas and Des Bryant. These games happen, but usually not in home openers against matchups that did not look too bad on paper. My advice is to never panic and definitely don’t make any drastic changes if you do not have to. If anyone remembers Frasmin Jackson, they know what I am talking about. If you want to pick up a guy like Hurns, I have no problem with it. Just be wary that big games come out of nowhere and sometimes do not repeat themselves. Be wise in the players you drop when you pick up these potential one hit wonders. For the record, I do think Hurns will be a solid player and is worthy of a pickup. The moral of the story is, show a little patience and loyalty with most of your players and you will be rewarded. Remember to leave comments at the end of my rankings and ask questions. I always see people leaving lineup questions all over Twitter and other sports articles which never get responses. This is what we are here for folks!
Week 2 WR Rankings
1. A.J. Green, Cincy Bengals. This should be a high scoring affair and he as safe a bet to post around one hundred and a td as there is out there. Atlanta gives up points and can match them on offense, so expect plenty of fantasy goodness.
2. Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos. He had a relatively quiet night last week in a game Julius Thomas completely took over in the first half. The Chiefs are a vulnerable team right now and the Broncs will exploit that. Look for D Thomas to bounce back and have a big game.
3. Julio Jones, Atl Falcons. He looked great last week and just missed the end zone on a couple of occasions. He is money when healthy and that continues this week against a good Bengals defense.
4. Calvin Johnson, Det Lions. It is very hard to even put him this low when he is by far the best wide receiver out there. His first quarter Monday night exemplified that and just makes you shake your head if you are playing against him. I think Carolina has a great defense and will do just enough to contain him from the topping the ranks this week.
5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers. The Jets have nothing to offer in their secondary. Aaron Rodgers will pass all over them and with Eddie Lacy possibly out with a concussion, look for even more targets for his favorite weapon, Jordy,
6. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboy offense and more specifically, Tony Romo, looked pitiful last week against a depleted 49er defense. They will make the adjustment and come out firing against what looks to be an underrated Titans team. Dez will get his this week.
7. Antonio Brown, Pitt Steelers. He will even jump kick you in the face! By now, most of you have seen the replay or a picture of his punt return punctuated by a jump kick to the face of the punter. Besides that, he had a monster first half and is as dangerous a weapon as there is out there now. He will be on full display on Thursday Night Football for us all to see, which only enhances the chance of a big game.
8. Brandon Marshall, Chi Bears. This is a tough road matchup in San Fran, but he is a stud and you never worry about your studs no matter the opponent. Alshon Jeffery is dinged up too, so that means even more opportunities put on B Marsh’s plate.
9. Andre Johnson, Hou Texans. He is playing the Raiders. That’s all.
10. Cordarrelle Patterson, MN Vikings. Hey, rushing yards count too! What am explosive player he is and will be. I was disappointed they didn’t take any shots down the field with him really, but when you can just hand if off and let him run by people, why bother throwing it? They will have to air it out versus the Patriots this week and I think we will see him show his skills there this time around.
11. Michael Floyd, AZ Cardinals. The Giants do not have a good team and Detroit showed that last week. Michael also showed that he is now the top dog receiver in the desert now as Larry Fitzgerald took a back seat to him. Carson Palmer likes to make throws deep and Floyd seems to be his preferred target.
12. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers. Cobb caught the only td last week in the whooping from Seattle, but he still offers more value in ppr leagues. This is a tasty matchup though as the Jets are weak on their passing defense. He and Jordy both have big games in the home opener for an angry Pack.
13. Pierre Garçon, Wash Redskins. I did not feel the presence of DeSean Jackson hurt Pierre in any way last week. If anything, RG Tres was the one adversely affecting his value. He still looks like the WR you would rather own in D.C. and although not as weak as in the past, the Jags are still an opponent you do not mind seeing at home.
14. Alshon Jeffery, Cho Bears. I am writing this assuming he is healthy and plays without limitations. He did not come back after tweaking his hamstring in the game against Buffalo, so you will want to monitor this as the weekend gets closer.
15. Jeremy Maclin, Philly Eagles. Monday night playing a Colts team that was just torched on Sunday Night is a recipe for fantasy dessert. Maclin is still the focal point of their passing attack when healthy and showed it in the come from behind victory over the Jags.
16. Roddy White, Atl Falcons. With Matt Ryan and the Falcon’s offense moving the ball like this, Roddy will still have a huge year playing second fiddle behind Julio Jones. They won’t pass for 450 yards like last week again, but they will put up some points.
17. Percy Harvin, Sea Seahawks. He looked explosive and tough to catch last Thursday. He is a great value in ppr leagues, I just am not as high on him as others are in standard leagues. I watched the entire game and saw all the fancy ways they get him the ball running and receiving. I just felt they didn’t even consider him down in the red zone and maybe that was just one week. The nice thing is, he can score from anywhere on the field. As long as the injury bug does not find him early this year, he looks to be one of the more exciting players in all of football.
18. Reggie Wayne, Indy Colts. It almost feels weird ranking him this high and it should not. He looked awesome coming back from his devastating injury and was targeted often. Monday Night in a shootout with Philly will continue that trend and make him one of the more return on investment players this year, if he plays a full season.
19. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Bucs. He did not have a fantasy worthy performance last week, which you could say about the entire team. He is very boom or bust, so I have a feeling this is a “boom” game for Vincenzo. The Rams are not a good squad and can be scored on due to their offense not being able to move the ball well, putting a lot of pressure on an above average defense being out there so much. Roll the dice with him this week, just don’t wager too much on his risk.
20. Emmanuel Sander, Denver Broncos. Another player who looks to have a decent amount more value in ppr leagues. He still had a solid outing and should do even better as the season rolls along. He has Peyton’s trust and that goes a long ways. I think he scores in a rout of the Chiefs.
21. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers. The kid looked legit and far from a rookie playing his first pro game that counts. He is a very big target that can go up and snatch the ball over defenders. He had an acrobatic td last week that will be one of many to come for this rookie of the year candidate.
22. Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins. The Bills can be thrown on, and while I have never been a Mike Wallace fan, he is the receiver to own in South Beach. I do not have a lot of confidence in him week in and out, but this is a time I feel fairly strong about his prospects of a good game.
23. Brandin Cooks, N.O. Saints. Speaking of rookies making impacts, this is one I nailed from the second he got drafted and he rewarded my faith with a superb debut. I could see him scaling back a little after such a huge start, but the Saints are a machine on offense and it’s tough to see them slowing down. If Pitt can put up 30 on the Browns, I think the Saints can, though they do play tougher at home.
24. Kendall Wright, Tenn Titans. He found the end zone last week after only scoring twice all of last season. He still is a better ppr player, but he is very reliable. Overall, I still think Justin Hunter offers more upside this year and beyond, but we will wait until that happens to jump the gun now.
25. Larry Fitzgerald, AZ Cardinals. Listen to his Pops and start looking his way!!!! That is the screams of all of his fantasy owners panicking after he barely registers a single catch Monday Night. He has declined and his usage rate has also, but not this far. The terrible New York Giants are the perfect fantasy remedy for him this week.
26. Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers. He is a lot better than the first two weeks will show after playing Patrick Patterson and the Cardinals, then following it up against the Legion of Boom secondary of Seattle. He is what I would call a buy low candidate to trade for when disappointed owners give up on him without thinking of the consequences and stupidity of it.
27. DeSean Jackson, Wash Redskins. He didn’t look spectacular last week, but neither did his QB or his team for that matters. I feel he catches a long one against the Jags in his home debut this week.
28. Victor Cruz, NY Giants. It’s hard to trust anyone on this team, but at least they are playing at home and can’t be much worse, right? With Arizona coming to town, it is not a dream matchup though and Eli needs to snap out of it. He looks like a clueless backup QB right now and their season could quickly spiral out of control if they are not careful. Victor has a respectable game, but not great, maybe even finding pay dirt once.
29. Julian Edelman, N.E. Patriots. The Pats got abused by the Dolphins during the second half of their game last week, but Julian did his usual solid job out there. He has trouble scoring and that will hurt his value all year outside of ppr leagues. Expect around the same from him this week, with maybe a score.
30. Anquan Boldin, SF 49ers. Every time I start to count him out, he starts the season out like he did last week. True it was versus the stinking Cowboys, but he looked plain beastly all game. I would feel better starting him over Michael Crabtree at this point, even though I would not bet on that trend to sustain throughout the entire year. Until it stops, I will go with the extremely rugged Boldin for now.
Just missed the cut; Eric Decker, NY Jets. Marques Colston, N.O. Saints. Michael Crabtree, SF 49ers. Dwayne Bowe, KC Chiefs. Allen Hurns/Marqise Lee, Jax Jaguars. TY Hilton, Indy Colts. Torrey/Steve Smith, Baltimore Ravens. Justin Hunter, Tenn Titans. Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys.
Please leave your comments and feedback below. This rankings list is based off of a standard scoring league and would be adjusted for points per reception (ppr). I look forward to another exciting week of football as an encore to last week’s tremendous games. Good luck as always in all of your leagues!