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Week 2 Wide Receiver Rankings - Standard Leagues

After a less crazy week 1 than last year, its time to get yourself prepared for week two. Robert provides his WR rankings to help you make your decisions.

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It wasn't as crazy of a first week like last year, but we still saw some surprising names have a top ten performance. Of the players who surprised us, there is only one that I wouldn't come close to trusting, and that was Mike Wallace. What he did was beat his defender deep for one play, but otherwise he wasn't much of a factor. Mohamed Sanu looked good, and has a great chance of trying to become what Roddy White was opposite of Julio Jones. The only thing holding him back is how much Matt Ryan will look his way going forward compared to all of the looks Jones gets. The other surprising performance was Will Fuller. I had mentioned before the season that we would see games where Fuller puts up those kinds of numbers, but then will follow it up with one catch 18 yard performances. If he can show consistency and Osweiler continues to target him as much as he did in week one, this could be someone that is worthy of being a FLEX with good matchups. The other players in the top 10 were players you would have more or less expected and started.

It's time though to move on whether you won or loss and get ready for week 2. With that let's take a look at my WR rankings for week 2 to try and keep you undefeated or get that first win of the year.

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Antonio Brown Steelers Bengals
2 Odell Beckham Jr. Giants Saints
3 Julio Jones Falcons Raiders
4 A.J. Green Bengals Steelers
5 DeAndre Hopkins Texans Chiefs
6 Allen Robinson Jaguars Chargers
7 Brandin Cooks Saints Giants
8 Amari Cooper Raiders Falcons
9 Mike Evans Buccaneers Cardinals
10 Doug Baldwin Seahawks Rams
11 Alshon Jeffrey Bears Eagles
12 Dez Bryant Cowboys Redskins
13 Jordy Nelson Packers Vikings
14 Golden Tate Lions Titans
15 Brandon Marshall Jets Bills
16 Kelvin Benjamin Panthers 49ers
17 Sammy Watkins Bills Jets
18 Jordan Matthews Eagles Bears
19 Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals Buccaneers
20 Marvin Jones Lions Titans
21 T.Y. Hilton Colts Broncos
22 Michael Floyd Cardinals Buccaneers
23 DeSean Jackson Redskins Cowboys
24 Demaryius Thomas Broncos Colts
25 Willie Snead Saints Giants
26 Donte Moncrief Colts Broncos
27 Eric Decker Jets Bills
28 Randall Cobb Packers Vikings
29 Julian Edelman Patriots Dolphins
30 Jeremy Maclin Chiefs Texans
31 Jarvis Landry Dolphins Patriots
32 Stefon Diggs Vikings Packers
33 Michael Crabtree Raiders Falcons
34 Sterling Shepard Giants Saints
35 Tyrell Williams Chargers Jaguars
36 Mohamed Sanu Falcons Raiders
37 Travis Benjamin Chargers Jaguars
38 Tajae Sharpe Titans Lions
39 Corey Coleman Browns Ravens
40 Tyler Lockett Seahawks Rams
41 Victor Cruz Giants Saints
42 Will Fuller Texans Chiefs
43 John Brown Cardinals Buccaneers
44 Phillip Dorsett Colts Broncos
45 Allen Hurns Jaguars Chargers
46 Chris Hogan Patriots Dolphins
47 Torrey Smith 49ers Panthers
48 Michael Thomas Saints Giants
49 Tavon Austin Rams Seahawks
50 Terrelle Pryor Browns Ravens

Kelvin Benjamin - Well so much for that snap count right? What was originally planned as 30-35 snaps all of a sudden turned into 52 on Thursday night. If on week one Rivera is willing to already throw the snap count out the window in close games, why wouldn't we expect Benjamin to keep playing more than anticipated? He didn't look like he was out of shape, but rather looked like the guy we saw back in 2014, which makes him a top 20 guy who is borderline top 15 depending on matchups, and this week against the 49ers that plants him firmly as my 16th ranked guy.

Sammy Watkins - This ranking is based on the assumption that he is playing on Thursday night. The foot injury does worry me a little bit, along with the chance of him getting hurt again during the game, which moves him out of my top 10. His upside and talent still places him in the top 20 though for this week. Just monitor his situation and see what the reports are on Thursday to see if he will be suiting up or not.

Jordan Matthews - Wentz looked good, granted it was against the Browns, but that isn't the biggest reason he sees a nice jump up in the rankings for this week. Last week we saw Matthews get targeted 14 times, and with Zach Ertz potentially sitting out this week, Matthews should easily see that kind of volume continue. A matchup against a weaker Bears opponent also has never hurt anyone, and should allow for a similar week to the one against the Browns here.

Tyrell Williams - This is the player I believe is the biggest beneficiary from the Keenan Allen injury. The upside and opportunity have now mixed and are perfect for him to get his extended look as a starter outside. While Benjamin is probably the safer of the two guys, Williams has the much higher upside. His ability to be a Vincent Jackson clone for Philip Rivers is going to be a welcomed sight for a team that has been lacking that vertical threat since his departure.

Victor Cruz - Biggest stat for Victor Cruz in week one was his snap count. Of the 56 offensive plays by the Giants, Cruz was on the field for 50 of them. That is insane to think that a guy who had been out for over a year comes in and almost plays every single snap in his first week back. That is great news for people who took a flier on him in drafts, but bad news for Sterling Shepard owners. While the snap count tells one story, the targets a similar one, as both Cruz and Shepard both had 4 targets. While I still believe Shepard is the guy who can make a bigger impact on a week to week basis, the overall upside in season long leagues may be lower for Shepard than originally anticipated.

John Brown - That concussion that Brown suffered in the preseason is in the past, but the effect it had was clear on Sunday night. Now I am not saying that in a sense of how he played, but rather in how Bruce Arians utilized him. Brown was only on the field for 57 percent of the offensive snaps, while last season he was on the field for 75 percent of the snaps. While the lower snap count exists for Brown, he can't be trusted as a starter. Hopefully this was just a gameplan or gameflow issue, but I do need to see it change first before raising him back up in my rankings.