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Week 2 Fantasy WR Rankings

Injuries, surprise breakouts, and disappointments have rocked the wide receiver world this year -- and it's only been a week. We try to make sense of it all with our Week 2 fantasy WR rankings.

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.) (Update: We've moved Aiyuk down in our rankings after another negative statement about him from 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.)

WEEK 2 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running Back | 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.

WEEK 2 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | 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.

WEEK 2 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start 'em, sit 'em

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. (Update: Beckham has been ruled "out.") 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?

WEEK 2 DFS LINEUPS: DraftKings | FanDuel | Yahoo

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.

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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 they're still startable if you need them. 

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. For individual analysis of key WRs, click here.

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

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

  • Chiefs @ Ravens

  • Packers vs. Lions

  • Cardinals vs. Vikings

  • Seahawks vs. Titans

  • Vikings @ Cardinals

  • Chargers vs. Cowboys

  • Bills @ Dolphins

  • Falcons @ Buccaneers

  • Titans @ Seahawks

  • Buccaneers vs. Falcons

  • Seahawks vs. Titans

  • Cowboys @ Chargers

  • Buccaneers vs Falcons

  • Cowboys @ Chargers

  • Buccaneers vs. Falcons

  • Bears vs. Bengals

  • Vikings @ Cardinals

  • Broncos @ Jaguars

  • Texans @ Browns

  • 49ers @ Eagles

  • Rams @ Colts

  • Washington vs. Giants

  • Eagles vs. 49ers

  • Steelers vs. Raiders

  • Panthers vs. Saints

  • Bengals @ Bears

  • Jets vs. Patriots

  • Steelers vs. Raiders

  • Bengals @ Bears

  • Rams @ Colts

  • Chargers vs. Cowboys

  • Dolphins vs. Bills

  • Patriots @ Jets

  • Steelers vs. Raiders

  • Titans @ Seahawks

  • Panthers vs. Saints

  • 37 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. HOU
    38 DJ Chark, Jaguars, JAX vs. DEN
    39 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. KC
    40 Will Fuller V, MIA vs. BUF
    41 Nelson Agholor, NE @ NYJ
    42 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. DEN
    43 Rondale Moore, ARI vs. MIN
    44 Christian Kirk, ARI vs. MIN
    45 Tim Patrick, DEN @ JAX
    46 Kenny Golladay, NYG @ WAS
    47 Marquez Callaway, NO @ CAR
    48 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. DEN
    49 Bryan Edwards, LV @ PIT
    50 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ WAS
    51 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ CHI
    52 Jalen Reagor, PHI vs. SF
    53 Cole Beasley, BUF @ MIA
    54 Darnell Mooney, CHI vs. CIN
    55 DeVante Parker, MIA vs. BUF
    56 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ PHI
    57 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. LAR
    58 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. DET
    59 KJ Hamler, DEN @ JAX
    60 Russell Gage, ATL @ TB
    61 Randall Cobb, GB vs. DET
    62 Deonte Harris, NO @ CAR
    63 Allen Lazard, GB vs. DET
    64 Henry Ruggs III, LV @ PIT
    65 Gabriel Davis, BUF @ MIA
    66 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. NE
    67 Marquise Goodwin, CHI vs. CIN
    68 Tyrell Williams, DET @ GB
    69 Mecole Hardman, KC @ BAL
    70 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF @ MIA
    71 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. DAL
    72 Darius Slayton, NYG @ WAS
    73 Van Jefferson, LAR @ IND
    74 Quez Watkins, PHI vs. SF
    75 Sammy Watkins, BAL vs. KC
    76 Quintez Cephus, DET @ GB
    77 K.J. Osborn, MIN @ ARI
    78 A.J. Green, ARI vs. MIN
    79 Zach Pascal, IND vs. LAR
    80 D'Wayne Eskridge, SEA vs. TEN
    81 Braxton Berrios, NYJ vs. NE
    82 Anthony Schwartz, CLE vs. HOU
    83 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ PIT
    84 DeSean Jackson, LAR @ IND
    85 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ BAL
    86 Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR vs. NO
    87 Kadarius Toney, NYG @ WAS
    88 Dyami Brown, WAS vs. NYG

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