Fantasy Football 2013: Week 2 Wide Receiver Rankings for PPR

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIISeptember 11, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 20:  Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons catches a 20-yard touchdown against cornerback Tarell Brown #25 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Georgia Dome on January 20, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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If you're in a points-per-reception fantasy football league, you're probably wondering who the top wide receivers will be in Week 2.

Week 1 was certainly a week for wide receivers as 19 guys had over 100 yards receiving. On the flip side, only two running backs managed to rush for over 100 yards.

Let's take a look at some guys who can maintain their pace and some who won't.

Anquan Boldin's 208 yards likely came as a shock to the majority of fantasy football owners. As good as his rapport with Colin Kaepernick is so far, I don't see him leading the league in receiving in Week 2 as he faces a tough and physical Seattle Seahawks secondary. 

Larry Fitzgerald torched the St. Louis Rams secondary for 80 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. Look for Julio Jones to do the same to the Rams as the Atlanta Falcons will look to get their first win of the 2013 season.

Brian Hartline broke out for 114 yards against the Cleveland Browns since Mike Wallace drew the best coverage. Defenses are going to have start directing focus on him which could leave Wallace in single coverage for a considerable amount of the game on Sunday. Look for Wallace to lead the Dolphins in receiving this weekend, not Hartline.

Peyton Manning is playing a defense this week no better than the Ravens defense he shredded for 462 yards and seven touchdown passes in Week 1. While it's tough to sit here and say he'll put up the same numbers against the New York Giants on Sunday, it's pretty safe to say Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker will have solid performances again.

Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson should have huge games against the Washington Redskins' awful secondary, but I also look for Pierre Garcon to have a bounce-back week against a Green Bay Packers defense that allowed Kaepernick to shred them for over 400 yards. 

Julian Edelman broke onto the scene with two touchdown catches from Tom Brady as the New England Patriots dodged a bullet against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. I know Kenbrell Thompkins didn't impress in Week 1, but there is a strong sense he's New England's favorite wideout. He played more snaps against the Bills than any other receiver (91-of-94) and was targeted 14 times. With Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski's statuses in doubt, look for Thompkins to break out in Week 2 and Edelman to have another solid week.

Below are my Week 2 wide receiver rankings for PPR leagues with projected points for the week.

RankPlayerTeamOpponentProjected Points
1Calvin Johnson  DETat ARZ - 9/15/201331
2Demaryius Thomas  DENat NYG - 9/15/201328
3Julio Jones  ATLSTL - 9/15/201327
4Brandon Marshall  CHIMIN - 9/15/201326
5Vincent Jackson  TBNO - 9/15/201325
6Andre Johnson  HOUTEN - 9/15/201325
7A.J. Green  CINPIT - 9/16/201324
8Larry Fitzgerald  ARZDET - 9/15/201323
9Randall Cobb  GBWAS - 9/15/201321
10Victor Cruz  NYGDEN - 9/15/201321
11Wes Welker  DENat NYG - 9/15/201320
12Dez Bryant  DALat  KC - 9/15/201320
13Jordy Nelson  GBWAS - 9/15/201320
14Reggie Wayne  INDMIA - 9/15/201319
15 Pierre Garcon  WASat GB - 9/15/201318
16Torrey Smith  BALCLE - 9/15/201317
17Anquan Boldin  SFat SEA - 9/15/201317
18Hakeem Nicks  NYGDEN - 9/15/201317
19Steve Smith  CARat BUF - 9/15/201317
20DeSean Jackson  PHISD - 9/15/201316
21Marques Colston  NOat TB - 9/15/201316
22Roddy White  ATLSTL - 9/15/201316
23Antonio Brown  PITat CIN - 9/16/201316
24Mike Williams  TBNO - 9/15/201315
25Stevie Johnson  BUFCAR - 9/15/201315
26Dwayne Bowe  KCDAL - 9/15/201315
27Kenbrell Thompkins  NENYJ - 9/12/201315
28Mike Wallace  MIAat IND - 9/15/201315
29Brian Hartline  MIA@ IND - 9/15/201315
30Julian Edelman  NENYJ - 9/12/201315
31Emmanuel Sanders  PITat CIN - 9/16/201315
32Eric Decker  DENat NYG - 9/15/201315
33Greg Jennings  MINat CHI - 9/15/201315
34Chris Givens  STLat ATL - 9/15/201315
35Cecil Shorts  JACat OAK - 9/15/201315
36Andre Roberts  ARZDET - 9/15/201315
37Michael Floyd  ARZDET - 9/15/201315
38Miles Austin  DALat KC - 9/15/201315
39Golden Tate  SEASF - 9/15/201314
40Lance Moore  NOat TB - 9/15/201314
41Vincent Brown  SDat PHI - 9/15/201314
42James Jones  GBWAS - 9/15/201314
43T.Y. Hilton  INDMIA - 9/15/201314
44Malcom Floyd  SDat PHI - 9/15/201313
45Alshon Jeffery  CHIMIN - 9/15/201313
46Rueben Randle  NYGDEN - 9/15/201313
47Tavon Austin  STLat ATL - 9/15/201312
48Kenny Britt  TENat HOU - 9/15/201311
49DeAndre Hopkins  HOUTEN - 9/15/201310
50Stephen Hill  NYJat NE - 9/12/201310