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Fantasy Football Week 2 Wide Receiver Rankings:  Johnson & Johnson Lead the Way
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Calvin Johnson has a great matchup in Week 2

Hey you, come over here.  Yes, you.  

I have something to tell you that's going to change your life.  

Okay, that might be a little dramatic, but it is pretty important.

You've heard of a statistic called targets, right?  Someone once told you that it was a pretty important stat when evaluating wide receivers for fantasy football I assume. 

Targets are a good statistic to evaluate, but that is only half of the story.  The rest of the story comes from the snaps played by each particular receiver.

Snaps are important because the more time a player spends on the field, the more opportunity he has to make plays.

The super sneaky pick up for Week 2 is Buffalo WR Donald Jones.  Why am I suggesting you add a guy that only caught two balls for four yards and a touchdown in Week 1?  Because he played more snaps than any other Bills wide receiver, including Steve Johnson.

Now, don’t pick up Jones and start him this week expecting big things. It may not happen this week.  But knowing that he is on the field for a large percentage of snaps in an offense that appears crisp and aggressive is a great sign for things to come.

Now, on to the rankings! 

 

Rank

Player Name

Opponent

Comments

 

1.

 

Calvin Johnson

 

v. KC

 

KC allowed 135 yards and two TDs to Bills WRs in Week 1.  Calvin is a little bit better.

 

2.

Andre Johnson

@ MIA

The MIA secondary isn’t as bad as they looked in Week 1. But they’re not shutting down this offense either.

 

3.

Vincent Jackson

@ NE

Just missed a long TD last week.  He’ll bounce back big.

 

4.

Greg Jennings

@ CAR

Should continue his hot start against a soft CAR secondary.

 

5.

Hakeem Nicks

v. STL

Simply too dominate to be kept down, assuming he plays.

 

6.

Roddy White

v. PHI

Tough matchups this week against a defense that allowed only 121 receiving yards by WRs in Week 1.

 

7.

DeSean Jackson

@ ATL

Just missed a 90 yard TD in Week 1 or else he would have had a monster week.

 

8.

Larry Fitzgerald

v. WAS

Should bounce back after Kolb realizes he can throw to players that aren’t TEs.

 

9.

Mike Wallace

v. SEA

Wallace will be the first good WR that SEA CBs have faced.  Could get ugly.

 

10.

Dez Bryant

@ SF

SF allowed two TDs to WRs in Week 1, and Bryant should find the end zone again.

 

11.

Kenny Britt

v. BAL

TEN will have to throw, and that means plenty of chances for Britt.

 

12.

Steve Smith

v. GB

Might be a little high, but the combination of Newton and Smith has so much upside.

 

13.

Miles Austin

@ SF

Should have plenty of single coverage opportunities to make plays.

 

14.

Wes Welker

v. SD

Welker should probably be ranked higher, but the guys above him have more upside.

 

15.

Brandon Marshall

v. HOU

Coming off a huge game, but until he shows consistency, he’s hard to trust.

 

16.

Stevie Johnson

v. OAK

Watch the groin injury, but in a good offense if he plays.

 

17.

Reggie Wayne

@ CLE

QB Collins may keep him going, but now is the time to sell.

 

18.

Santonio Holmes

v. JAX

Potential for a big game if JAX could keep it close.  But they won’t.

 

19.

Mike Thomas

@ NYJ

Will likely find himself on “Revis Island”.  Needs to be moved around to produce.

 

20.

Brandon Lloyd

v.  CIN

If he dosn’t practice today, he’s probably a no go.

 

21.

Anquan Boldin

@ TEN

Likely worth a start every week now, but we need to see it one more time.

 

22.

Mike Williams, TB

@ MIN

Nothing to hate about this matchup, but nothing to love.

 

23.

Dwayne Bowe

@ DET

KC will have to throw because they will be behind most of the game.  But Bowe showed little in Week 1.

 

24.

Santana Moss

v. ARI

The matchup against two first-year CBs is fantastic.

 

25.

Percy Harvin

v. TB

He’s going to need his QB to throw for more than 39 yards to have any value.

 

26.

Nate Burleson

v. KC

A very nice matchup against a discombobulated defense at home.

 

27.

Jordy Nelson

@ CAR

Another player that should outproduce his ranking.  But hard to rank the third passing option any higher.

 

28.

Mario Manningham

v. STL

If WR Nicks doesn’t play, then he gets a boost.

 

29.

Robert Meachem

v. CHI

NO WR Colston should increase his value, but Brees is all about spreading the wealth.

 

30.

Plaxico Burress

v. JAX

Has value, even if nothing more than a red zone target.

 

31.

Malcom Floyd

@ NE

This has the makings of a shootout, so Floyd stands to benefit.  But hard to predict production.

 

32.

Brandon Gibson

@ NYJ

QB Bradford will have to throw, and Gibson is the logical target.

 

33.

Jabar Gaffney

v. ARI

A sneaky play in Week 2.  Great rapport with QB Grossman and the matchup is great.

 

34.

Donald Jones

v. OAK

The clear second wide receiver behind WR Johnson, and will get more chances than in Week 1.

 

35.

Julio Jones

v. PHI

A great WR can’t be held down forever, but the PHI secondary is scary good.

 

36.

Devery Henderson

v. CHI

He will get chances, but the question is how many fewer chances than WR Meachem.

 

37.

Roy Williams

@ NO

May miss the week with a groin injury, but if not, a good bet to make a couple of plays.

 

38.

AJ Green

@ DEN

CB Bailey missed practice on Thursday and is probably a game time decision.  If he’s a no go, Green looks good.

 

39.

Braylon Edwards

v. DAL

His greatest challenge won’t be the DAL secondary, but his own QB getting him the ball.

 

40.

Donald Jones

v. OAK

Super sneaky play of the week.  But you knew that already because you read the intro.

 

 

 

 

 

 Best of luck to you this weekend.  Feel free to post any sit/start questions in the comments.

 

You can follow Nathan on Twitter @NathanWaddell.

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