Welcome back to my wide receiver rankings and reaction. Week 1 was an interesting one in the NFL, to say the least. Aside from the several players who had breakout performances, there were many other surprises last week. To name just a few, James Jones revitalized his career by putting it in the hands of Aaron Rodgers, Dez Bryant has been sidelined for 4-6 weeks after fracturing his foot, and several elite wide receivers played way below their expectations.
Given these events, Fantasy Owners would be wise not to overreact.
Don’t take A.J. Green or Calvin Johnson out of your lineup, don’t drop Sammy Watkins, and most importantly, don’t expect that all of the players who had breakout performances last week will perform that well again. Just because this was the first game, doesn’t mean it is a good standard to go by when making predictions going forward. Remember, Jonas Gray scored four touchdowns in a game last season and has only scored one touchdown since.
The staff here at SCFE put together a list of their top wide receivers for Week 2 to help guide our readers when they have to decide which wide receivers to start, and which ones to sit.
In the following sections of this article, I will share my reaction to these wide receiver rankings and analyze two wide receivers that I like more for Week 2 and two that I like less.
Week 2 Wide Receiver Rankings Reaction
Who I Like More
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
With Andre Johnson gone, it was no surprise that DeAndre Hopkins would be taking on a bigger role this season. What was a surprise was that he was able to put up 98 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions. Hopkins should not only continue to be good this season, but will likely be considered an elite wide receiver by the time the season ends.
Who I Like Less
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Randall Cobb was projected to be Aaron Rodgers’s number one guy this year. However, after the stellar performance put on by James Jones last week, it seems as though the points will be dispersed somewhat evenly throughout the Packers wide receiver core. This isn’t to say that Cobb won’t put up the same numbers he always has, but he definitely won’t put up the numbers that experts predicted after Jordy Nelson was ruled out for the season.
Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With Mike Evans out last week, Vincent Jackson had a solid chance to prove that he could still put up legitimate Fantasy points, but he couldn’t take advantage of it, posting 51 yards on four receptions. Jameis Winston seemed to favor Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who put up 110 yards and scored two touchdowns on seven targets last week. With Evans expected to return this week, Jackson could see even less targets and probably won’t finish as a Top 20 Fantasy wide receiver this year.
My Top 20 Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 2
- Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
- Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
- A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
- DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans
- Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
- Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
- Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
- Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
- Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs
- Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers
- Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
- Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints
- Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
- Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
- Brandon Marshall, New York Jets
- John Brown, Arizona Cardinals
- Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
- Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
So there you have it. The Week 2 wide receiver rankings reaction. Be sure and check out the RB rankings reaction.
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