Saturday, September 15, 2018

Week 2 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Nelson Agholor is listed below as a "start" for Week 2. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 2 with him as one of my starting wide receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Julio Jones, Tyreek Hill and Agholor and only start two receivers, you should start Jones and Hill -- and in turn, bench Agholor.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 2 Fantasy Football WR Start'em


WR - Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)

Poor quarterback play coupled with injuries (four missed games) led Sanders to fall short of the 1,000-yard milestone in 2017 after reaching the mark in each of the previous three seasons. With their steadiest quarterback situation since Peyton Manning, Case Keenum and Sanders showed good preseason rapport and that carried over into the regular season.

In the team's Week 1 victory, Sanders led the team in receiving with 10 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 11 targets. With a favorable matchup against the Raiders, the Broncos are projected to score the sixth-most points this week based on implied totals from Week 2 odds. Both Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are strong WR2 options heading into Week 2.

WR - JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. KC)

If Smith-Schuster could play the Cleveland Browns every week, he may break single-season receiving records. All kidding aside, the second-year receiver picked up where he left off in 2017 -- with a 100-yard performance against the Browns. Counting Week 1, Smith-Schuster has 46/805/4 over his past eight games. Against a weak Chiefs secondary, the Steelers offense is poised to put up big numbers.

WR - Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (at TB)

With Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) sidelined in Week 1, Agholor was peppered with targets (10) that he converted to eight receptions. That's the good news. The bad news is that the wideout finished with just 33 yards (4.1 Y/R). Not only is Jeffery sidelined again this week, but Darren Sproles (hamstring, seven Week 1 targets) has been ruled out as well. Agholor could see 12 to 15 targets this week and he gets a favorable matchup against the Bucs, who will be without cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves.

WR - Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins (at NYJ)

A top-30 fantasy receiver in each of the previous two seasons (with Jarvis Landry on the roster), Stills picked up where he left off in Week 1. It was a highly unusual game given the lengthy in-game weather delays, but Stills finished with four receptions with 106 yards and two touchdowns. More targets (five in Week 1) would help him take the next step forward as Jakeem Grant (seven) and Danny Amendola (six) both had more. Based on comments from head coach Adam Gase, that appears to be the plan.

“There’s [going to be] more underneath and there’s [going to be] more as far as receptions per game go, to where maybe instead of four catches for 100 yards, it might end up being like seven or eight catches, where there might be a couple of shorter throws in there.”


Week 2 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em


WR - Chris Hogan, New England Patriots (at JAX)

7-Eleven closed early as it was about as disappointing of a performance as one could have expected from Hogan. Targeted only five times by Tom Brady, Hogan finished the day with one catch for 11 yards. Hogan was fourth in line for targets with Rob Gronkowski (eight), Phillip Dorsett (seven) and James White (nine) all getting more targets than Hogan. Most weeks, I wouldn't expect Dorsett to get more targets than Hogan, but this week's matchup against the elite Jaguars secondary (and defense overall) downgrades much of the outlook for the passing game overall.

WR - Robby Anderson, New York Jets (vs. MIA)

The good news: Anderson caught Sam Darnold's first touchdown pass on Monday Night Football. The bad news: It was his only target. The rookie seemed to have more rapport with Quincy Enunwa, who had a team-high 10 targets (47.62% target share). I don't expect such inequity this week or future weeks, but I have Enunwa ranked just ahead of Anderson in Week 2 with Anderson just outside my top-30 fantasy wide receivers for the week.

WR - DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. PHI)

The boom-or-bust wideout was all "boom" in Week 1 against the Saints as he scored the second-most wide receiver fantasy points with a 5/146/2 stat line. Cleared from the concussion protocol and ready to go for Week 2, D-Jax gets a matchup against his former team. Despite the revenge narrative, it's possible that Jackson has a much less-productive performance against a better overall defense especially if he sees similar opportunities -- just five targets in Week 1.

WR - Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)

In the team's season debut, Cooper had one catch for nine yards and one carry (jet sweep) for nine yards. Of course, virtually every wide receiver is prone to duds, but the biggest concern is the lack of opportunities. Cooper had just three targets despite Derek Carr throwing 40 pass attempts. If you own Cooper, you will most likely start him in three-WR leagues, but you likely won't feel great about it. With a less-than-ideal matchup against the Broncos, Cooper is not a must-start, especially if you're in a league that starts two wide receivers.

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