Injuries have definitely played a role in the rankings this week, with the loss of Tyreek Hill being the biggest issue (his removal as well as a massive jump for Sammy Watkins). That’s not the only potential issue, however, with there being a handful of receivers who have the potential to be forced to sit out Week 2. Who should be trusted? Who should be ignored? Let’s take a look:
- DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Philadelphia
- Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
- JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Seattle
- Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – at Los Angeles Rams
- Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – at New York Jets
- Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
- Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – at Detroit
- Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
- Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
- Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – at Miami
- Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New Orleans
- Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
- Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New Orleans
- D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
- Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. San Francisco
- Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
- John Brown – Buffalo Bills – at New York Giants
- T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
- Antonio Brown – New England Patriots – at Miami
- Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
- Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Philadelphia
- Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – at Atlanta
- Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – at Pittsburgh
- Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – at Denver
- Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
- Josh Gordon – New England Patriots – at Miami
- Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New Orleans
- Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
- Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Arizona
- Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. Cleveland
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at Baltimore
- Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – at New York Jets
- Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – at Baltimore
- Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – vs. Chicago
- DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Atlanta
- Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
- Will Fuller – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
- Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
- DK Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – at Pittsburgh
- Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
- D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
- Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – vs. Dallas
- Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos – vs. Chicago
- Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – vs. Cleveland
- Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- John Ross – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. San Francisco
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
- James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Seattle
- With a week to learn the system will there be a bigger impact from Jadaveon Clowney? It’s likely, and that could make life difficult for Ben Roethlisberger, but is it going to stop you from considering JuJu Smith-Schuster one of the better options in the league? While he suffered a toe injury in Week 1 it is not expected to have an impact on him.
- It was a great start to the season for Amari Cooper and the Cowboys’ passing game and they draw another favorable matchup. Washington gave up 3 TD to opposing wide receivers in Week 1 and there’s a good chance that Cooper and company again post big numbers. While Ezekiel Elliot could draw a bigger role, Cooper is quickly emerging as a Top 10 option.
- Mike Evans’ Week 1 performance was disappointing, as he managed just 2 catches for 28 yards despite reports that he was over the illness that had been limiting him during the week. It would appear like that wasn’t the case, but with another week to recover things should get back to normal. Don’t make the mistake of downgrading him.
- The Minnesota Vikings looked like a run first offense in Week 1, and if they are going to limit the opportunities for Kirk Cousins to put the ball in the air both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are going to lose appeal. They each have WR1 upside in any given week, but for now they have to be considered closer to WR2 options entering the week.
- Sammy Watkins had a huge Week 1 and with Tyreek Hill sidelined should once again be the lead wide receiver. Taking on the Raiders that’s a good situation to be in, making him a potential WR1 this week (and likely every week until Hill is healthy and on the field.
- It’s going to be easy to put Antonio Brown high up the rankings in a matchup with Miami, but we need to give him time to acclimate himself to the offense. Throw in the presence of Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon and there’s no guarantee that he puts up big numbers. There’s potential WR2 appeal, but we’d be skeptical and keep him closer to a WR3 in his first game with the team.
- Who would’ve bet on John Brown being a solid WR2 in Week 2? He turned 10 targets into 7 catches, 123 yards and 1 TD against the Jets in Week 1 and now draws what appeared to be a porous Giants’ defense in Week 2. Look for him to keep things rolling and he’s a must use option this week.
- As expected Tyrell Williams enjoyed a big Week 1, assuming the lead wide receiver spot, and in a game against the Chiefs where Oakland could be playing from behind why wouldn’t we expect a repeat performance? He’s going to continue to get ample opportunities and should make the most of them, establishing himself as a solid WR2 in all formats.
- The presence of Kenny Stills helped to limit Will Fuller to just 3 targets in Week 1. Maybe his usage increases going forward, but that would make him a touchdown dependent option, and one that’s going to be difficult to trust.
- We left Mike Williams off the rankings as there are signs he’s going to miss Week 2. Sterling Shepard also faces health questions, so be prepared to plug in an alternative depending on the news.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 2 rankings: