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2021 Fantasy Football Rankings: Wide Receivers for Week 2

Christian Kirk and Sterling Shepard make meteoric rises in Skyler’s wide receiver rankings entering Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season.

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We were treated to a wacky and unhinged slate of games in Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season. I’m not one to complain, though, as I’m someone that isn’t hard to please when football is on my television screen. When it comes to the wide receiver position, there were notable performances on both ends of the spectrum. It was shocking to see Davante Adams and the Green Bay Packers fall flat on their face versus the New Orleans Saints. While some may be concerned with Adams, he’s in a smash spot against the Detroit Lions in Week 2 on Monday Night Football.

There were multiple rookie wide receivers that found the end zone in Week 1, including the likes of DeVonta Smith, Ja’Marr Chase, and Jaylen Waddle. All three of Smith, Chase, and Waddle saw a bump in my rankings this week. What other wide receivers made a move upward in my rankings? And what wide receivers are moving in the wrong direction? Check out my updated rankings entering Week 2 below, and make sure to skim over the notes on why I made certain decisions!

WR Rankings Week 2

NAME PREVIOUS RANK NEW RANK
NAME PREVIOUS RANK NEW RANK
Davante Adams 1 1
Tyreek Hill 2 2
Stefon Diggs 3 4
DeAndre Hopkins 4 3
Calvin Ridley 5 5
A.J. Brown 6 6
D.K. Metcalf 7 7
Allen Robinson 8 9
Justin Jefferson 9 10
Keenan Allen 10 8
Terry McLaurin 11 15
Robert Woods 12 12
CeeDee Lamb 13 13
Mike Evans 14 19
D.J. Moore 15 18
Amari Cooper 16 14
Chris Godwin 17 16
Cooper Kupp 18 11
Tyler Lockett 19 17
Adam Thielen 20 20
Diontae Johnson 21 21
Julio Jones 22 22
Kenny Golladay 23 23
Brandon Aiyuk 24 46
JuJu Smith-Schuster 25 26
Jerry Jeudy 26 N/A
Tee Higgins 27 27
Courtland Sutton 28 24
Deebo Samuel 29 25
Chase Claypool 30 32
D.J. Chark 31 28
Robby Anderson 32 33
Tyler Boyd 33 34
Jarvis Landry 34 29
Odell Beckham Jr. 35 45
Brandin Cooks 36 30
Laviska Shenault 37 36
Antonio Brown 38 35
Corey Davis 39 31
Michael Gallup 40 N/A
Marvin Jones Jr. 41 37
Michael Pittman Jr. 42 43
Will Fuller 43 54
Ja'Marr Chase 44 38
Mike Williams 45 39
DeVonta Smith 46 40
Curtis Samuel 47 N/A
DeVante Parker 48 48
Marquez Callaway 49 50
Jaylen Waddle 50 44
Darnell Mooney 51 53
Michael Thomas 52 N/A
Marquise Brown 53 47
Mecole Hardman 54 55
Sterling Shepard 55 41
Jakobi Meyers 56 51
Elijah Moore 57 57
Russell Gage 58 60
Nelson Agholor 59 49
Christian Kirk 60 42
Henry Ruggs 61 58
Gabriel Davis 62 52
Jamison Crowder 63 59
Cole Beasley 64 61
Parris Campbell 65 65
Tre'Quan Smith 66 N/A
Bryan Edwards 67 56
T.Y. Hilton 68 N/A
Jalen Reagor 69 66
Emmanuel Sanders 70 67
Amon-Ra St. Brown 71 70
Randall Cobb 72 72
Rondale Moore 73 63
Terrace Marshall Jr. 74 73
A.J. Green 75 N/A
Tim Patrick N/A 62
Hunter Renfrow N/A 64
Marquez Valdes-Scantling N/A 74
Sammy Watkins N/A 69
Van Jefferson N/A 68
Darius Slayton N/A 71
Deonte Harris N/A 75

Notable omissions (Previous Rank):

Jerry Jeudy (26), Michael Gallup (40), Curtis Samuel (47), Michael Thomas (52), Tre’Quan Smith (66), T.Y. Hilton (68), A.J. Green (75)

Notable additions:

Tim Patrick, Hunter Renfrow, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Sammy Watkins, Van Jefferson, Darius Slayton, Deonte Harris

Biggest Movers (Increase or Decrease from Previous Rank):

1. Brandon Aiyuk (-22)

2. Christian Kirk (+18)

3. Sterling Shepard (+14)

4. Will Fuller (-11)

5. Bryan Edwards (+11)

Notes:

  • I went ahead and removed all of the players that are going to miss time with injuries and have replaced them with new wide receivers. The injured wideouts I removed won’t be added back into the list until they return for at least one game. Besides the ailing wideouts, A.J. Green — who I am still an avid fan of — was removed as I believe he’s going to be buried behind Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore soon. Shout out to all of the people who remember when Green was one of the premier wideouts in the NFL.
  • One of the biggest mysteries right now is the uncertain situation surrounding Brandon Aiyuk. Aiyuk barely saw the field for the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, and Kyle Shanahan shared that the second-year wideout was limited due to his recent hamstring injury and the emergence of Trent Sherfield in training camp. It’s also not a great sign for Aiyuk that Deebo Samuel looked phenomenal in Week 1, putting his role in the offense in flux right now.
  • Both Christian Kirk and Sterling Shepard were guys that I loved during the offseason and I should’ve moved them up my rankings sooner. But after both of them performed well in Week 1, I finally decided to make it official by giving them massive boosts in the rankings. Kirk should continue excelling in the slot for the Arizona Cardinals in their air-raid offense and Shepard is a reliable target for Daniel Jones (as long as he remains healthy).
  • Will Fuller is able to return for the Miami Dolphins in Week 2 after finishing his suspension from last season in Week 1. While Fuller adds a vertical threat to Miami’s aerial attack, Jaylen Waddle looked fantastic to begin the season. With Waddle and DeVante Parker also in the mix, it’ll be interesting to see how Fuller fits in the offense.
  • Some people were disappointed in what they saw from Bryan Edwards in Week 1 on Monday Night Football. However, I came away impressed with what the second-year wide receiver did with his limited opportunities. Once Derek Carr realizes that he has other people to catch the ball besides Darren Waller, Edwards could continue to bloom into a stud for the Las Vegas Raiders.