Week 2 Rankings (2019) : Top 50 Wide Receivers: Surprising Top 10 Options, Injuries Cause A Shuffle In The Rankings & More

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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:

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Philadelphia
  3. Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  4. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Seattle
  5. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – at Los Angeles Rams
  6. Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – at New York Jets
  7. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
  8. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – at Detroit
  9. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  10. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  11. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – at Miami
  12. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New Orleans
  13. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  14. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  15. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New Orleans
  16. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  17. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. San Francisco
  18. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  19. John Brown – Buffalo Bills – at New York Giants
  20. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
  21. Antonio Brown – New England Patriots – at Miami
  22. Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
  23. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Philadelphia
  24. Alshon Jeffrey – Philadelphia Eagles – at Atlanta
  25. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – at Pittsburgh
  26. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – at Denver
  27. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  28. Josh Gordon – New England Patriots – at Miami
  29. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – vs. New Orleans
  30. Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – vs. Buffalo
  31. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Arizona
  32. Robby Anderson – New York Jets – vs. Cleveland
  33. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – at Baltimore
  34. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – at New York Jets
  35. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – at Baltimore
  36. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – vs. Chicago
  37. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Atlanta
  38. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – vs. Indianapolis
  39. Will Fuller – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
  40. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
  41. DK Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – at Pittsburgh
  42. Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  43. D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  44. Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – vs. Dallas
  45. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos – vs. Chicago
  46. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – vs. Cleveland
  47. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  48. John Ross – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. San Francisco
  49. Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  50. James Washington – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Seattle

Thoughts:

  • 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:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

18 COMMENTS

    • He should get chances still, as they need to throw the ball at least a little bit. It all depends on the alternative, but I wouldn’t cut bait yet

  1. Hi, Prof! Hope you’re doing well! I’ve got McLaurin (WAS), Hardman (KC), and Fitz (ARI) as my WR2s. Whom do you think I should start this week? It’s a 14-team league with 0.5 PPR. Thanks a lot.

  2. Three questions:

    1) Quarter point PPR league – Need a WR2 and a flex between Mike Evans, Josh Gordon, & Tyler Boyd. I’m leaning Mike Evans & Tyler Boyd (assuming AB plays, then Gordon if AB is out), but between Evan’s poor track record with Carolina & Winston’s apparent inability to throw I’m a little concerned. What do you think?

    2) Non-PPR league – Do I start Singletary or L. Murray as my RB2? I’m leaning Singletary as he’ll at least get more snaps. What do you think?

    3) Non-PPR league – John Brown or Antonio Brown (or one of the RB’s from #2) as my flex? AB carries more risk, since even if he plays he may play limited snaps, and so I’m leaning John Brown. What do you think.

    • 1) I’d go exactly as you are thinking

      2) Singletary for me

      3) John Brown for me, with the way the Giants looked in Week 1 he should have another big performance

  3. What do you make of Boyd’s long-term value, especially once AJ Green is back? I’ve been thinking of ditching Westbrook since Foles went out.

    As always, thanks Prof!

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