Fantasy Football Week 2 Start 'Em & Sit 'Em: Wide Receivers

Editor's Note: Welcome to Week 2! Week 1 brought us several big performances from rookie wide receivers, plus some second- and third-year guys breaking out. Now that you've made your waiver claims, you need to figure out whether to trust those guys in your starting lineups right away, or wait and see if they can repeat it in Week 2 before you make that move. Jamey Eisenberg is here to provide some help with his start and sit calls for Week 2. Check out his Start 'Em & and Sit 'Em picks for wide receiver right here, and then go check out his calls for running back and quarterback

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Wide Receivers
Start 'Em
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CIN Cincinnati • #83
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF CIN -2 O/U 45
OPP VS WR
7th
WR RNK
17th
OWNED
99%
Boyd was overshadowed in Week 1 by John Ross, who had seven catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 12 targets at Seattle, but Boyd played well also. He had eight catches for 60 yards on 11 targets, and I expect another quality outing this week against San Francisco at home. The 49ers have a suspect secondary, and Chris Godwin just scored against them with three catches for 53 yards and a touchdown on six targets. Boyd is a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues for Week 2.
OAK Oakland • #16
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -7.5 O/U 53
OPP VS WR
29th
WR RNK
16th
OWNED
89%
In the first game for the Raiders following Antonio Brown's release, Williams showed he can be the go-to option in this passing game. Against Denver, Williams had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, showing flashes of the Fantasy production he gave us in 2016 when he was the No. 1 receiver for the Chargers after Keenan Allen suffered a torn ACL. Williams should be great in Week 2 against the Chiefs with the Raiders likely chasing points.
CHI Chicago • #12
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN CHI -2.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
12th
WR RNK
19th
OWNED
96%
I was skeptical of Robinson last week against Green Bay. I was wrong. He looked great in Week 1 at home with seven catches for 102 yards on 13 targets, and he was the best Fantasy option in that game. Mitchell Trubisky locked eyes on him often, and hopefully that continues, especially against the Broncos. Williams just played well against this Denver secondary, and I expect Robinson to do the same. He's a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues for Week 2.
CAR Carolina • #12
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB CAR -6.5 O/U 49
OPP VS WR
2nd
WR RNK
26th
OWNED
97%
Moore had a costly fumble for the Panthers early in Week 1 against the Rams, but he bounced back and had a productive outing with seven catches for 76 yards on 10 targets. He was second on the team in targets behind Christian McCaffrey (11), and Moore should have another solid performance this week on Thursday night against Tampa Bay. I'm hopeful that Curtis Samuel can get going in this matchup as well after he struggled in Week 1 with just three catches for 32 yards on four targets, but Moore is the receiver to lean on this week for the Panthers.
LAR L.A. Rams • #18
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO LAR -2.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS WR
27th
WR RNK
15th
OWNED
100%
Kupp had a lot of chances to make plays in Week 1 at Carolina with 10 targets and seven catches, which was second the team behind Robert Woods (13 targets and eight catches). But Kupp managed just 46 yards, which will hopefully improve this week at home against the Saints. That was likely the shake-the-rust-off game for Kupp, who was coming back from last year's torn ACL, and he didn't play in the preseason. I expect all the Rams receivers to play well this week against the Saints, who allowed the Houston receivers to catch 14 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1. That bodes well for Brandin Cooks (revenge game), Woods and Kupp.
Sleepers
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BAL Baltimore • #15
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI BAL -13.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS WR
20th
WR RNK
36th
OWNED
74%
Brown should have the chance for another strong outing in his first home game in Baltimore. He had four catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns on just five targets in Week 1 at Miami, and the Cardinals secondary is still without Patrick Peterson (suspension). Look for Brown to make more splash plays this week, and he's a solid No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
DAL Dallas • #13
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS DAL -5 O/U 46
OPP VS WR
31st
WR RNK
33rd
OWNED
78%
Gallup played well in Week 1 against the Giants with a team-high seven catches for 158 yards on seven targets. He's now a legitimate threat as the starter opposite Amari Cooper, and Gallup should be considered a potential starter in three-receiver leagues. Last week, Washington allowed Philadelphia's receivers to catch 15 passes for 214 yards and four total touchdowns, which bodes well for Cooper and Gallup this week.
JAC Jacksonville • #12
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU HOU -9 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
22nd
WR RNK
27th
OWNED
93%
D.J. Chark had the blowup game for the Jaguars in Week 1 with four catches for 146 yards and a touchdown on four targets, and Chris Conley was also great with six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. But don't forget about Westbrook, who had five catches for 30 yards and a score on six targets. He's still the best receiver for Jacksonville, and I'd still trust him as a low-end starter this week against the Texans, especially in PPR.
BUF Buffalo • #10
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG BUF -2 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
32nd
WR RNK
42nd
OWNED
11%
While John Brown is a must-start Fantasy receiver this week after his performance in Week 1 against the Jets (seven catches for 123 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets), I also like Beasley as a sleeper, especially in PPR. He had five catches for 40 yards on nine targets against the Jets, and the Giants secondary couldn't cover anyone last week against Dallas. Beasley is a good No. 3 PPR receiver in Week 2.
KC Kansas City • #17
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ OAK KC -7 O/U 53.5
OPP VS WR
18th
WR RNK
44th
OWNED
46%
It's a dart throw to trust Hardman this week, even with Tyreek Hill (collarbone) out. While he basically replaced Hill after he was hurt in Week 1 at Jacksonville, Hardman only had one target and no catches. Andy Reid will certainly find a way to involve him this week against Oakland, and Hardman is worth using as a flier in three-receiver leagues. Anyone playing a significant role for Patrick Mahomes is worth consideration, and Hardman could be ready to take off while Hill is sidelined.
Sit 'Em
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NYJ N.Y. Jets • #11
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CLE CLE -2.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
1st
WR RNK
40th
OWNED
91%
Browns cornerback Denzel Ward just helped limit Titans receiver Corey Davis to no catches on three targets in Week 1, and he could make things tough on Anderson this week, who is also without quarterback Sam Darnold (illness). Anderson also had a quiet game in Week 1 at Buffalo with three catches for 23 yards on seven targets, and we'll see what role Demaryius Thomas has in his debut with the Jets. I would only start Anderson in three-receiver leagues this week.
HOU Houston • #15
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs JAC HOU -8.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
23rd
WR RNK
43rd
OWNED
95%
Fuller had a relatively quiet game in Week 1 at New Orleans with two catches for 69 yards on three targets, and now Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Kenny Stills could have a bigger role moving forward. DeAndre Hopkins isn't going to lose targets, and Duke Johnson will be a factor out of the backfield, so Fuller could be the one losing production. We know it only takes one play for Fuller to have a big Fantasy outing, and the Jaguars defense was crushed in Week 1 by Sammy Watkins. Still, I'm not trusting Fuller as anything more than a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week.
ARI Arizona • #13
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BAL BAL -13.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS WR
9th
WR RNK
41st
OWNED
89%
Kirk was second on the team in targets in Week 1 with 12, but he managed just four catches for 32 yards against the Lions. Better days are ahead if he continues to see double digits in targets, but I don't want to trust him in Week 2 against the Ravens on the road. Kirk could benefit with the Cardinals likely chasing points, but the only Arizona receiver worth using in most formats is Larry Fitzgerald, who had eight catches for 113 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets against the Lions. Kirk is only a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver.
DET Detroit • #19
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC LAC -2.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
19th
WR RNK
29th
OWNED
100%
Golladay could be in for a tough matchup in Week 2 against the Chargers and Casey Hayward, which might be beneficial for Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola and T.J. Hockenson. Golladay had nine targets in Week 1 against the Cardinals and scored a touchdown, but he managed just four catches for 42 yards in the outing. I'd still start Golladay in three-receiver leagues, but I don't consider him a top-24 Fantasy receiver in this matchup.
GB Green Bay • #83
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIN GB -3 O/U 44.5
OPP VS WR
24th
WR RNK
46th
OWNED
79%
Valdez-Scantling had the biggest catch in Week 1 at Chicago, which went for 47 yards. But he finished the game with four catches for 52 yards on six targets, so I'm not ready to trust him as a starting option yet, even in three-receiver leagues. The Vikings secondary is tough even though Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley scored last week. That duo combined for 10 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns on 17 targets, with the bulk of it coming in garbage time. It only takes one big play from Valdes-Scantling to help your Fantasy roster, but I wouldn't start him in this matchup, even at home.
Bust Alert
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DEN Denver • #10
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI CHI -2.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
3rd
WR RNK
35th
OWNED
97%
Sanders continued his miraculous comeback from last year's Achilles tear with a strong performance in Week 1 at Oakland. He had five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, and it's just amazing to see him producing at this level after suffering his injury in December last year. That being said, this isn't a week to trust him against the Bears, even at home. The same goes for Courtland Sutton, who had seven catches for 120 yards on eight targets against the Raiders. Chicago just held Davante Adams, Valdes-Scantling and the Packers receiving corps to nine catches for 116 yards and no touchdowns on 15 targets in Week 1, and the Bears should be able to limit Sanders and Sutton this week.

So who should you sit and start this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 2 Fantasy football rankings for every position, plus see which QB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that out-performed experts big time last season.

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Jamey Eisenberg has been a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBS Sports since 2006 with a focus on Fantasy Football. A University of Florida grad (class of '98), Jamey got his start in the newspaper business and... Full Bio

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