There are a few notes regarding the Week Two WR Rankings that every fantasy owner should know about. We begin with the Chicago Bears versus the Green Bay Packers.
Packers’ receiver Greg Jennings missed Tuesday’s practiced and his status for Thursday night’s showdown against the Chicago Bears is still unclear. Aaron Rodgers will struggle if Jennings (groin) cannot play.
If Greg Jennings cannot play, James Jones will start opposite of Jordy Nelson with Randall Cobb manning the slot—both players get a bump in value if Jennings cannot go.
Other injury concerns include Jeremy Maclin (hip flexor), Pierre Garcon (turf toe…sort of) Austin Collie (concussion) and the worst news: David Nelson Is Out For The Year.
With the aforementioned, let’s take a look at how the Week Two WR Rankings shape up.
Week Two WR Rankings:
|1.||Brandon Marshall – CHI Thursday Night||GB||Marshall dominated Indianapolis last week, and he should repeat against a porous Packers secondary.|
|2.||A. J. Green – Cin||CLEV||Green gets a tasty matchup this week against the Browns. Unlike last week, the Browns will be WITHOUT shutdown corner Joe Haden.|
|3.||Julio Jones – ATL
Julio Jones' breakout season is underway.
|DEN||Let the breakout season begin! The Chiefs’ secondary aren't all that bad and they still had no answer for the impressive Julio Jones. Atlanta has shown that they fully intend to feature a pass-heavy attack that is just as deadly as it is balanced.This week, Jones and the Falcons face off against the Denver Broncos who gave up 209 passing yards and two TDs to Pittsburgh. The Broncos are almost sure to try and “shadow” Jones with Champ Bailey, but Bailey isn’t what he used to be, and I firmly believe the breakout continues this week.
For what it’s worth, Roddy White will be facing Tracy Porter which is also a darling of a matchup.
|4.||Andre Johnson – HOU||JAX||Johnson put up elite numbers last week and should continue to do so against Jacksonville’s secondary this week.|
|5.||Percy Harvin – MIN||IND||The Colts have some issues on D, and Harvin is worth more than his weight in gold, especially against average defenses.|
|6.||Calvin Johnson – DET||SF||It isn’t that I don’t have faith in Johnson to rank him higher than sixth; it’s just that the 49er’s D is simply THAT good.|
|7.||Reggie Wayne – IND||MIN||The Vikings D did a good job in Week one but they showed signs of weakness against the deep ball. Wayne should hurt them a bit.|
|8.||Larry Fitzgerald – ARI||NE||Shootout always bode well for elite receivers.|
|9.||Victor Cruz – NYG||TB||Look for Victor Cruz to redeem himself this week against TB, especially if the Bucs shutdown the Giants ground game.|
|10.||Jordy Nelson – GB Thursday Night||CHI||Nelson racked up 64 yards on five catches against the elite 49er’s secondary. He should do better against a so-so Bears pass D.|
|11.||Steve Smith – CAR||NO||RG3 tore the Saints up in Week 1. Just imagine what Steve Smith and Cam Newton are gonna do to them.|
|12.||Jeremy Maclin – PHI||BAL||Dealing with a hip flexor that may curb his output this week.|
|13.||Dwayne Bowe – KC||BUF||I recommended that Bowe sit last week because I felt he was going to have a miserable day, and I was right. The Falcons held Bowe to three catches for 53 yards and zero TDs.It really wasn’t his fault since Matt Cassel stopped targeting downfield, probably in an effort to slow things down—whatever the reason, it wasn’t very smart.Bowe gets a tasty matchup this week as he squares off against rookie CB Stephon Gilmore who was absurdly abused by fellow rookie Stephen Hill of the Jets (5-89-2).
Just imagine what a 6’2”, 215 pound seasoned veteran is gonna do to him.
|14.||Roddy White – ATL||DEN|
|15.||Miles Austin – DAL||SEA|
|16.||Dez Bryant – DAL||SEA||We should see a flip-flop in weekly rankings between Bryant and Austin.|
|17.||Demaryius Thomas – DEN||ATL||We got ourselves a potential shootout. That’s good news for Thomas owners.|
|18.||Hakeem Nicks – NYG||TB|
|19.||Vincent Jackson – TB||NYG|
|20.||Antonio Brown – PIT||NYJ||Tough matchup here.|
|21.||Marques Colston – NO||CAR||It’s not that he’s “low” in the Week Two WR Rankings, it’s just that there are better matchups ahead of him. Colston will still have a nice game this week.|
|22.||Torrey Smith – BAL||PHI|
|23.||Wes Welker – NE||ARI|
|24.||Brandon Lloyd – NE||ARI|
|25.||Stevie Johnson – BUF||KC||Should be relied on more with David Nelson missing.|
|26.||Randall Cobb – GB
|CHI||Randall Cobb is an intriguing play this week and has much more upside than his 28th ranking suggests.Again, better matchups ahead of him.Greg Jennings did not practice Tuesday and his Thursday night start is in danger. Even if Jennings does suit up, I don’t see him being used all that much which bodes well for Cobb owners.
Please keep in mind, however, that Cobb may have MORE PPR value than Standard scoring value. The Packers will more than likely target WR Jordy Nelson and TE Jermichael Finley in the red-zone first, before checking in with Cobb who will be third in the progressions.
Still, he’s worth the start.
|27.||Eric Decker – DEN||ATL|
|28.||Kevin Ogletree - DAL||SEA|
|29.||Anquan Boldin – BAL||PHI|
|30.||Michael Crabtree – SF||DET||Don’t underestimate Detroit’s D.|
|31.||Stephen Hill – NYJ||PIT||Hill had a fantastic start to week one, but he did so against a rookie corner. Expect him to come back down to earth this week against the Steelers.|
|32.||DeSean Jackson – PHI||BAL|
|33.||Randy Moss – SF||DET|
|34.||Nate Washington – TEN||SD||Kenny Britt returns which could hurt Washington’s upside.|
|35.||DHB – OAK||MIA||Not a bad start if you’re in a pinch.|
|36.||Malcom Floyd – SD||TEN|
|37.||Alshon Jeffery - CHI||GB|
|38.||Lance Moore – NO||CAR|
|39.||Mike Williams – TB||NYG|
|40.||Kenny Britt – TEN||SD||Expected to return this week, albeit in a limited role.|
|41.||Robert Meachem – SD||TEN|
|42.||Titus Young – DET||SF|
|43.||Sidney Rice – SEA||DAL|
|44.||Laurent Robinson – JAX||HOU|
|45.||Brandon LaFell – CAR||NO|
|46.||Mike Wallace – PIT||NYJ||Should draw Revis. Not a favorable week.|
|47.||Santonio Holmes – NYJ||PIT|
|48.||Pierre Garcon – WSH||STL||I currently have him listed at 48 but he is dealing with an injury similar to turf-toe. I think he may get the nod, but it may be a limited outing against a very good Rams defense. I would strongly look for a quality replacement.|
|49.||Justin Blackmon – JAX||HOU||Not a good matchup here.|
|50.||Greg Jennings – GB Thursday Night||CHI||So long as he ISN’T LISTED as OUT, he gets a mention, but I wouldn’t plan on starting him this week.|