Week 2 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings

The wide receiver position didn’t wait long to present fantasy football owners with injury issues. Week 1 saw Kenny Golladay (hamstring), Courtland Sutton (shoulder), Mike Evans (hamstring), and Mike Williams (shoulder) dominate the news due to their questionable statuses. Heading into Week 2, it’s worth acknowledging that WR, unlike RB, doesn’t always present obvious replacements. Targets often get spread around when injuries pop up out wide. In making our Week 2 fantasy WR rankings, you’ll notice that we’ve ranked many banged-up wideouts under the assumption that they’ll be on the field, and we haven’t (yet) given big boosts to the guys who might get more snaps if they’re out.

It gets complicated when trying to account for injuries. Some players only play the slot, while some play the Z or X positions. If a top WR is out, that also means the other team’s best cornerback might now guard the No. 2-turned-No. 1 guy, which could hurt more than help (see Preston Williams and DeVante Parker). Often, WR injuries just lead to more production for TEs or pass-catching RBs. Most of this ranting is just to say that you’re better off playing your backup WR who might be a second wideout on a decent team rather than scouring the waiver wire for handcuff-type players even if you’re already frustrated by your starters’ injuries. 

One player worth talking about showed out when the lights were bright in the Thursday night opener. Will Fuller caught eight passes for 112 yards, and unlike when DeAndre Hopkins ran many of the underneath routes and Fuller went deep, Fuller popped up all over the field for targets. He looks like a legit, every-week WR2 (at least, as long as he’s healthy). There were also preseason doubts about both Brandin Cooks and Sammy Watkins, but those were pretty much put to bed by their consistent usage as the second options out wide for Houston and Kansas City, respectively. 

We’re keeping an eye on the 49ers’ WR situation early in the season with Deebo Samuel (foot) going on Injured Reserve and set to miss up to three weeks. Rookie Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, and Trent Taylor all have the potential to be fantasy relevant if things break their way. A Week 2 matchup with the Jets will be tempting us to start at least one of those guys, but after a highly disappointing Week 1, none seem worth it.

If possible, it’s definitely worth having an Arizona WR in your lineup Week 2. Washington’s secondary is not its strong suit, and with the way the Cardinals spread it out on offense, they could have multiple players put up big numbers. It won’t just be Hopkins — Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald could join the party.

And if you’re looking to add a few sleepers, we’re fond of Jacksonville’s Laviska Shenault Jr., Indy’s Parris Campbell, and in extra deep leagues, Detroit’s Quintez Cephus. You could also pick up the eternal fantasy tease, Marquez Valdes-Scantling. After a long TD in Week 1, maybe he’ll repeat the trick in Week 2 against the Lions.

Note: Check back all week leading up to kickoff, as we’ll continue to update our WR rankings based on the latest news and injuries.

These rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.

Packers vs. Lions

Cardinals vs. Washington

Saints @ Raiders

Buccaneers vs. Panthers

Chiefs @ Chargers

Falcons @ Cowboys

Cowboys vs. Falcons

Bears vs. Giants

Browns vs. Bengals

Titans vs. Jaguars

Steelers vs. Broncos

Vikings @ Colts

Rams @ Eagles

Falcons @ Cowboys

Chargers vs. Chiefs

Lions @ Packers

Buccaneers vs. Panthers

Rams @ Eagles

Jaguars @ Titans

Ravens @ Texans

Seahawks vs. Patriots

Broncos @ Steelers

Bills @ Dolphins

Colts vs. Vikings

Panthers @ Buccaneers

Texans vs. Ravens

Dolphins vs. Bills

Washington @ Cardinals

Browns vs. Bengals

Seahawks vs. Patriots

Bills @ Dolphins

Bengals @ Browns

Chargers vs. Chiefs

Bengals @ Browns

Cowboys vs. Falcons

Saints @ Raiders

37 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. ATL
38 Henry Ruggs III, LV vs. NO
39 Julian Edelman, NE @ SEA
40 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. BAL
41 Jamison Crowder, NYJ vs. SF
42 Marvin Jones, DET @ GB
43 Parris Campbell, IND vs. MIN
44 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. DEN
45 Sammy Watkins, KC @ LAC
46 DeSean Jackson, PHI vs. LAR
47 Anthony Miller, CHI vs. NYG
48 Allen Lazard, GB vs. DET
49 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. DET
50 Preston Williams, MIA vs. BUF
51 Robby Anderson, CAR @ TB
52 Darius Slayton, NYG @ CHI
53 Sterling Shepard, NYG @ CHI
54 Mecole Hardman, KC @ LAC
55 N’Keal Harry, NE @ SEA
56 Scotty Miller, TB vs. CAR
57 Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ vs. WAS
58 Danny Amendola, DET @ GB
59 Russell Gage, ATL @ DAL
60 Golden Tate, NYG @ CHI
61 Christian Kirk, ARZ vs. WAS
62 Jalen Reagor PHI vs. LAR
63 Kendrick Bourne, SF @ NYJ
64 Jerry Jeudy, DEN @ PIT
65 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ TB
66 Corey Davis, TEN vs. JAX
67 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. NO
68 Cole Beasley, BUF @ MIA
69 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX @ TEN
70 Van Jefferson, LAR @ PHI
71 Justin Jefferson, MIN @ IND
72 Quintez Cephus, DET @ GB
73 Breshad Perriman, NYJ vs. SF
74 Josh Reynolds, LAR @ PHI
75 Tre’Quan Smith, NO @ LV
76 Greg Ward, PHI vs. LAR
77 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ LAC
78 Bryan Edwards, LV vs. NO
79 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. MIN
80 Randall Cobb, HOU vs. BAL
81 James Washington, PIT vs. DEN
82 Trent Taylor, SF @ NYJ
83 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ NYJ
84 Kenny Stills, HOU vs. BAL
85 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. DEN
86 John Ross III, CIN @ CLE
87 Olabisi Johnson, MIN @ IND
88 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. KC
89 Steven Sims, WAS @ ARZ
90 Devin Duvernay, BAL @ HOU
91 Miles Boykin, BAL @ HOU

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