Friday, September 14, 2018

Fantasy Football Rankings Week 2: Wide Receivers

No game has a higher over-under than the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs this week. Both teams are projected to rank amongst the top 10 in scoring based on implied totals from Vegas odds -- Steelers (28.50, third) and Chiefs (24.50, ninth).

So, perhaps it's no surprise, but this game has three wide receivers ranked inside my top-12 fantasy wide receivers for Week 2.

There will be some boom or bust to his game, but no wide receiver scored more fantasy points than Chiefs wideout Tyreek Hill (35.3 — 42.3 in PPR) in Week 1. The third-year receiver had seven catches for 169 yards (24.1 Y/R) and two touchdowns in addition to a punt return score.

Pittsburgh Steelers second-year wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster picked up where he left off — with a strong performance against the Cleveland Browns. With 9/143/1 in Week 17, Smith-Schuster had 5/119 on Sunday.

While Ben Roethlisberger had a disappointing performance in Week 1, Antonio Brown also had a strong performance (9/93/1 on 16 targets).

At the moment, Brown, Hill and Smith-Schuster rank first, eighth and 12th in my Week 2 rankings, respectively.

More notes heading into Week 2:
  • Coming off a disappointing 2017 season, Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders' preseason rapport with new quarterback Case Keenum carried over into Week 1. Sanders finished with 10 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown. Teammate Demaryius Thomas had a good game (6/63/1 on 10 targets) as well. Both get a favorable matchup in Week 2 against the Raiders.
  • With 20 opportunities (19 targets and one rush), Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones began the season with a 10/169 receiving line and 11-yard carry. Jones and the Falcons will take on the Panthers in Week 2. In his last five games against Carolina, Jones has exceeded the 100-yard mark three times including a 12/300/1 line in 2016. Over those five games, he has a total of 36 catches for 736 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Given the magical performance from Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Buccaneers wideouts had big games -- DeSean Jackson (5/146/2), Mike Evans (7/147/1) and Chris Godwin (3/41/1). D-Jax (concussion) was limited at Thursday's practice and if he plays, that limits Godwin's (and Jackson's) upside in Week 2. That said, the matchup against the Eagles isn't favorable either.
  • With Doug Baldwin leaving Sunday's game with an MCL tear, he's expected to miss (at least) a couple of weeks. Already without tight end Jimmy Graham, who scored 10 touchdowns last season, the duo of Tyler Lockett (3/59/1) and Brandon Marshall (3/41/6) had productive weeks. Marshall had a team-high seven targets and is perhaps the most likely to find the end zone on a weekly basis for as long as Baldwin is sidelined and he's still available in nearly three-quarters of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Facing the elite Jacksonville secondary, New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. had 11 carries for 111 yards on 15 targets. While he didn't score and finished as the weekly WR25, OBJ gets a more favorable matchup in Week 2 against the Cowboys on Sunday night.
  • In turn, it's Tom Brady and the Patriots that get the elite Jacksonville pass defense this week. Surprisingly, Chris Hogan had just one catch for 11 yards on five targets against the Texans last week and Phillip Dorsett had a career-high seven catches that he turned into 66 yards and a score. Will Jalen Ramsey shadow Hogan?
Our Week 2 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings from Kevin Hanson:

- Fantasy Football PPR Wide Receiver Rankings

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