Week 2 Rankings: Top 60 Wide Receivers

Some receivers had huge opening weeks, while others fell flat.  Who will step up and who will continue to struggle?  Let’s take a look at how our wide receiver rankings currently look for Week 2 (these will be updated later in the week if necessary):

  1. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – at Washington
  2. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – vs. New York Giants
  3. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Arizona
  4. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at Atlanta
  5. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Chicago
  6. Brandon Marshall – Miami Dolphins – at Minnesota
  7. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Detroit
  8. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – vs. Buffalo
  9. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – at San Francisco
  10. Chad Ochocinco – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  11. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – at Cleveland
  12. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  13. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – vs. Philadelphia
  14. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  15. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  16. Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants – at Indianapolis
  17. Randy Moss – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  18. Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Miami
  19. Steve Smith – New York Giants – at Indianapolis
  20. Pierre Garcon – Indianapolis Colts – vs. New York Giants
  21. Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – vs. Jacksonville
  22. Hines Ward – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tennessee
  23. Terrell Owens – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  24. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – vs. New Orleans
  25. Donald Driver – Green Bay Packers – vs. Buffalo
  26. Mark Clayton – St. Louis Rams – at Oakland
  27. Steve Breaston – Arizona Cardinals – at Atlanta
  28. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – at Detroit
  29. Braylon Edwards – New York Jets – vs. New England
  30. Austin Collie – Indianapolis Colts – vs. New York Giants
  31. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Tennessee
  32. Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – vs. Houston
  33. Mohamad Massaquoi – Cleveland Browns – vs. Kansas City
  34. Legedu Naanee – San Diego Chargers – vs. Jacksonville
  35. Mike Sims-Walker – Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Diego
  36. Jacoby Jones – Houston Texans – at Washington
  37. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Chicago
  38. Mike Williams – Seattle Seahawks – at Denver
  39. Eddie Royal – Denver Broncos – vs. Seattle
  40. Mario Manningham – New York Giants – at Indianapolis
  41. Bernard Berrian – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Miami
  42. Robert Meachem – New Orleans Saints – at San Francisco
  43. Louis Murphy – Oakland Raiders – vs. St. Louis
  44. Devin Aromashodu – Chicago Bears – at Dallas
  45. Brandon Lloyd – Denver Broncos – vs. Seattle
  46. Jerricho Cotchery – New York Jets – vs. New England
  47. Chris Chambers – Kansas City Chiefs – at Cleveland
  48. Lee Evans – Buffalo Bills – at Green Bay
  49. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  50. Johnny Knox – Chicago Bears – at Dallas
  51. Derrick Mason – Baltimore Ravens – at Cincinnati
  52. Jabar Gaffney – Denver Broncos – vs. Seattle
  53. Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – vs. Pittsburgh
  54. Laurent Robinson – St. Louis Rams – at Oakland
  55. Davone Bess – Miami Dolphins – at Minnesota
  56. Nate Burleson – Detroit Lions – vs. Philadelphia
  57. Kevin Walter – Houston Texans – at Washington
  58. Roy Williams – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Chicago
  59. Mike Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Diego
  60. Devery Henderson – New Orleans Saints – at San Francisco

Thoughts:

  • Who is the Giants top receiver?  Is it still Steve Smith?  After his three touchdown day in Week 1, it certainly appears that Hakeem Nicks has made up considerable ground.  Both players should have value in all formats, but Nicks’ ability for the big play could make him the better fantasy option.
  • There were concerns with Larry Fitzgerald entering the year and his performance in Week 1 didn’t do much to dispel them.  He’s too good to downgrade too far, but a lengthy struggle could lead to a significant drop.  You would think that he and Derek Anderson work this week to improve on their issues (Fitzgerald had three catches despite being targeted 15 times).
  • The Cardinals didn’t do a good job of stopping Sam Bradford and now face Roddy White, who opened the year by torching a good Steelers defense for 13 catches and 111 yards.  White certainly seems like a Top 5 option this week, doesn’t he?
  • Randy Moss vs. Darrelle Revis…  It hurts when your top receiver faces a shutdown corner, doesn’t it?  Considering Wes Welker actually led the Patriots in receptions (8), yards (64) and touchdowns (2), I would consider him the best Patriots option for this week.
  • Matthew Stafford’s injury hurts Calvin Johnson’s potential, just a little bit.  He’s still a WR1, but a low-end one for the time being.
  • Tampa Bay allowed a weaker passing offense in the Cleveland Browns to throw for 236 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown to Mohamad Massaquoi.  Even with the question marks surrounding the Panthers quarterback play, you have to think that Steve Smith is inline for a solid afternoon in Week 2.
  • The entire Vikings offense seemed off in the opening week, perhaps due to a lack of practice time together.  You have to think that the rapport between Percy Harvin and Brett Favre will develop, in time, but for now Harvin is a mid-level WR2.
  • The Patriots secondary looked weak, as expected, in Week 1.  However, do you trust Mark Sanchez to exploit it in Week 2?  Unfortunately, I’m not so sure about that, which keeps Jet receivers to WR3 status, at best.
  • Alex Smith put the ball in the air 45 times, yet Michael Crabtree had just two receptions for 12 yards.  Really?  That certainly is going to dial down all of the hype surrounding him, at least for now.
  • After seeing the Broncos passing attack break down the Jaguars passing defense, you have to like the chances of Malcolm Floyd having a big day.
  • Michael Sims-Walker was held without a catch in Week 1.  What?!?!  He remains the Jaguars’ top wide receiver, but we’ve said all along that you need to proceed with caution.  He’s a WR3, at best, until he proves otherwise.
  • It certainly didn’t take long for Mark Clayton to gain a rapport with Sam Bradford, picking up 10 catches for 119 yards.  He should continue to be the top receiver for the Rams, making him worthy of a WR3 ranking.
  • The Rams allowed Derek Anderson to throw for 297 yards, including 132 to Steve Breaston.  Could a Raiders receiver actually step up and produce in Week 2?  It seems like a long shot, I know, but Louis Murphy would likely be that option.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 2 Rankings:

Week 2 Rankings: Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 2 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs

18 comments

  1. Matt Flynn says:

    Which wr would you send to the bench this week in a ppr league:

    R.Moss, Nicks, C.Johnson or S.Smith(Car)?

  2. Nick Tenaglia says:

    @Matt Flynn
    S Smith (CAR) – I haven’t trusted him in 3 years

  3. Nick Tenaglia says:

    -Brandon Marshall at #6? Really? Playing AT Minnesota? I know that Chad Henne likes to target him, and the Minnesota rush defense is going to force the Dolphins to pass, but this might be a bit optimistic of a rank. Marshall is not a Top 10 WR in week 2.

    -And to replace Marshall in the Top 10 should be Wes Welker (he would be #10). Given that the Jets love to blitz and apply pressure to the pass, I think this game is going to be filled with a lot of draws/delays out of the shotgun, and a lot of screens/quick slants to Wes Welker. I wouldn’t be surpised to see a 10-catch / 100 yd performance out of WW, although scoring a TD might not happen unless he break a long RAC.

    -Greg Jennings is going to have a huge week vs the Bills (he should be #6 this week). He may only get a handful of catches (3 or 4) but he is going to be targeted often as a deep threat. If the Packers learned anything from Week 1, they will see that Jermichael Finley is the main focus for the Defense, usually taking on a double-cover. Also, with Ryan Grant possibly injured, the gameplan should be to focus on the pass. Jennings will streaking down the field all day and will probably turn at least one of those long receptions into a TD.

    -Lastly, both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin should see a small bump in their rankings. With the prospect of Mike Vick starting at QB, the Detroit defense is going to gasping for air after the first half. With Vick’s ability to keep a pass play alive by scrambling and/or turning a broken play into a long rush, eventually these Detroit cornerbacks are going to lose their coverages on Jackson and Maclin, leaving them open for the deep pass. Despite Vick’s notorious reputation as an inaccurate passer, I still see a couple of long TDs coming to both Jackson and Maclin

  4. admin says:

    Matt, that’s one heck of a dilemma to have. There almost is no right answer, because any of the four could explode. It’s weird to say, but Moss, going against Revis, may be the most likely to fail, but it’s extremely hard to actually bench him.

  5. Peter says:

    Who would you start this week? I’ve got Wayne, Driver, Maclin, and Mark Clayton. I want to get Clayton in there because I feel like he is the Rams only Receiving option, so he could always bust out a big game. However, Maclin and Driver are hard to take out of the line up, as both could also have big games. I would love to get some advice on this.

  6. Peter says:

    Also, I play in a ppr league.

  7. admin says:

    I would actually go Wayne, Driver & Clayton this week. With Vick at QB and the Lions having so much trouble covering Matt Forte out of the backfield, I would look for the Eagles to focus on the run and screens. That takes Maclin out of things a bit while, like you said, Clayton is likely the main receiving option in St. Louis.

  8. Peter says:

    Thank you sir, I will definitely do that.

  9. mogli says:

    Alot of ppl ask this question but i m still confused who to start this week as my WR4. i m goona start Reggie wayne, Wes Welker, Steve Smith. But i m confused between clayton or naanee. The more i think about it the more i get confused. can someboddy please help me with this.

  10. Jesse says:

    I can’t decide on receivers! I’ve got Naane, Moore, Marshall, Crabtree, Clayton and Maclin. Marshall against the Vikings and Crabtree against the Saints probably won’t work, so who should step up to my two wide receiver positions??

  11. admin says:

    Mogli, I would go with Clayton. He has less competition for receptions and should have a solid game against the Raiders. I know Naanee also had a good game, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him fall off, while they try to get Malcolm Floyd more involved.

    Jesse, don’t do anything drastic because of Week 1. I would expect Marshall to put up a good game against the Vikings, while Crabtree & Alex Smith have a lot to prove. I would play the top two again this week.

  12. mogli says:

    Thanks man i really appreciate, i will start mark clayton fo sure. thx

  13. love your site! please hook a brotha up with some more of your knowledge!

    Pick 3:

    percy harvin (heard he might be out this week)
    Legedu Nanee
    Santana Moss
    Calvin Johnson
    Owen Daniels

  14. Bobby says:

    Good site matey! I’m tryin to decide who to knock out between Bowe, Maclin and Naane. Naane I feel should have another good game against a poor jacksonville pass defense, and with playing at home. Maclin, even playing at detroit, I feel like there may still be better pass options for Vick. Bowe…if he is gonna step it up, it’d have to be this week against the browns. And who would be gettin the touchdowns?

  15. Jesse says:

    Thanks for the help! Ill go for Marshal for sure!

  16. admin says:

    Sorry guys for a slightly delayed response to a few of these, but let’s see what I can do:

    Phishallo – Harvin is supposed to not only play, but play a big role in the Vikings offense. I wouldn’t shy away from him, now would I consider benching Johnson, with or without Stafford. He’s still the Lions best target and gives them their best chance of scoring. The final spot comes down to Naanee and Moss, which is basically a coin flip. Either player could have the bigger game. I’d probably go Moss, but I’d say go with your gut.

    Bobby – If you can only pick one, Bowe is the easy decision. He is the main receiving threat in KC with a positive matchup.

  17. Ed says:

    which 2 RB’s?

    Ronnie Brown
    Pierre Thomas
    Knowshon Moreno

  18. admin says:

    Ed, I’d go Thomase & Moreno….any running game going against the Vikings is a big risk.

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