I also have a plethora of solid options listed in my top 50 rankings for the opening week of the season. If you don’t have an elite option, there are plenty of capable pass-catchers with great Week 2 matchups.
You should target players who have a good chance to score a touchdown and get a lot of looks from their respective quarterbacks, when considering who to start at wide receiver.
Week 1 included many breakout performances from the position, players like Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, DeSean Jackson and John Ross are up in my Week 2 rankings due to their performances in their season-openers.
Here are some of my favorite players in this week’s rankings:
Atlanta Falcons star Julio Jones is my top wide receiver for Week 2. Jones is an every-week starter, so he should never be on your bench. This week he could have a huge game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles allowed the third-most yards to opposing wide receivers in 2018. They began the 2019 season by allowing the seventh-most yards to wide receivers in a win against the Washington Redskins. The Eagles also allowed two touchdowns to wide receivers in Week 1. Jones has win-your-week potential in this matchup.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is a high-end WR1 for me this week with a matchup against the Washington Redskins. Cooper had six catches for 106 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the New York Giants. This week he faces a Redskins defense that allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in Week 1. The Redskins also allowed a league-high three scores to the position to open the season. I expect Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to stay hot in this matchup, resulting in a big day for Cooper. He is my No. 6 option this week.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett is my No. 18 wide receiver in Week 2, landing in WR2 territory. Lockett had just one catch in Week 1, but it went for a 44-yard touchdown. I can see the Seahawks beating up on the Pittsburgh Steelers secondary in Week 2, with Lockett catching some deep passes from Russell Wilson. The Steelers allowed a league-high in fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in Week 1, surrendering 14 catches for 273 yards and three scores against the New England Patriots. Lockett has boom-or-bust potential, but he could win your week if you explodes.
New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is my No. 20 wide receiver for Week 2. The elite pass-catcher will likely move up in the rankings in the coming weeks, but he is a WR2 for me in this matchup against the Miami Dolphins. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson scorched the Dolphins defense in Week 1. I expect the Patriots to put up a huge point total in this matchup, with Brown getting integrated into the offense early. Put Brown in your lineup and enjoy the show.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams is my No. 35 wide receiver in Week 2. Williams took on a bigger role in the Raiders offense after the departure of Antonio Brown. Williams went off for six catches, 105 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos. He should find plenty of room to operate in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs. I expect the Raiders to be trailing in this game and be forced to throw. The Chiefs allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in Week 1. Look for this WR3 to have another high-volume day against the Chiefs.
Cincinnati Bengals speedster John Ross is another player in boom-or-bust territory in Week 2. Ross erupted for 158 yards and two scores on seven receptions in Week 1. I expect the Bengals to stretch the field again in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers allowed just 91 yards and a score to opposing wide receivers in Week 1, but were awful against opposing wide receivers in 2018. I see the Bengals going to the air a lot in this matchup, especially after an injury to starting running back Joe Mixon. Ross is my No. 42 wide receiver and is a low-end WR3 option if you are desperate at the position.
Week 1 fantasy football wide receiver rankings
1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons vs. PHI
2. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns at NYJ
3. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers vs. MIN
4. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans vs. JAX
5. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints at LAR
6. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys at WAS
7. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CAR
8. Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs at OAK
9. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers at DET
10. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings at GB
14. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at CAR
15. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams vs. NO
17. D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers vs. TB
19. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams vs. NO
20. Antonio Brown, New England Patriots at MIA
21. Josh Gordon, New England Patriots at MIA
22. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions vs. LAC
23. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings at GB
25. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons vs. PHI
26. Will Fuller, Houston Texans vs. JAX
27. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles at ATL
29. Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns at NYJ
33. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys at WAS
34. Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers vs. TB
35. Tyrell Williams, Oakland Raiders vs. KC
36. Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens vs. ARI
37. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers at DET
38. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions vs. LAC
40. Jamison Crowder, New York Jets vs. CLE
41. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos vs. CHI
42. John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals vs. SF
43. Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs at OAK
44. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers vs. MIN
45. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks at PIT
46. Christian Kirk, Arizona Cardinals at BAL
47. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans vs. IND
49. Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos vs. CHI