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With the amazing depth of wide receiver talent now, most of us have great choices when we set our Fantasy  lineups. Matchups are always key and here we go through ones that you need to know about before you make your moves.

You've come to the right place for help making those decisions. Jamey Eisenberg also has Start 'Em & Sit 'Em calls at running back and quarterback that can help you find the answers for Week 2.

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START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Wide Receivers
Start 'Em
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PIT Pittsburgh • #19
Age: 24 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV PIT -5.5 O/U 47
OPP VS WR
12th
PROJ PTS
15.1
WR RNK
29th
YTD Stats
REC
4
TAR
8
REYDS
52
TD
0
FPTS/G
9.2
I love all three Steelers receivers this week with Ben Roethlisberger as the Start of the Week, and Smith-Schuster should take advantage of his matchup with Raiders rookie cornerback Nate Hobbs. Dionate Johnson is the best Fantasy receiver for the Steelers this week, and Chase Claypool will also be heavily involved. But use Smith-Schuster as a No. 2 PPR receiver and a high-end No. 3 option in non-PPR leagues.
CIN Cincinnati • #85
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
YTD Stats
REC
4
TAR
5
REYDS
58
TD
1
FPTS/G
15.8
Ja'Marr Chase should be considered the best Fantasy receiver for the Bengals this week, but don't forget about Higgins. While Chase had the better game in Week 1 against the Vikings with five catches for 101 yards and a touchdown, Higgins also did well with four catches for 58 yards and a touchdown on five targets. Tyler Boyd is also in play against the Bears, and Chicago allowed Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Van Jefferson to all score touchdowns for the Rams in Week 1.
PHI Philadelphia • #6
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF SF -3.5 O/U 50
OPP VS WR
10th
PROJ PTS
13.8
WR RNK
20th
YTD Stats
REC
6
TAR
8
REYDS
71
TD
1
FPTS/G
19.1
Smith was solid in his NFL debut in Week 1 against the Falcons with six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown on eight targets, and now he gets to make his home debut against the 49ers in Philadelphia. San Francisco is down cornerback Jason Verrett (ACL) this week, and Jalen Hurts should be able to connect with Smith in this matchup. He has top-20 upside in all leagues heading into Week 2.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #81
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL LAC -3 O/U 55
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
14.1
WR RNK
26th
YTD Stats
REC
8
TAR
12
REYDS
82
TD
1
FPTS/G
22.2
Williams will hopefully avoid Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs this week after he was able to lock down Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans in Week 1. But while Evans was held to three catches for 24 yards on six targets, Antonio Brown (five catches for 121 yards and a touchdown on seven targets) and Chris Godwin (nine catches for 105 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets) went off. Keenan Allen is a must-start receiver this week, but Williams should be considered a borderline starter in all leagues. In Week 1 against Washington, Williams had eight catches for 82 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets, and hopefully Justin Herbert continues to look for him that much on a regular basis.
HOU Houston • #13
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE CLE -12.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
22nd
PROJ PTS
12.5
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
5
TAR
7
REYDS
132
TD
0
FPTS/G
18.2
In a game that the Texans won with relative ease in Week 1 against Jacksonville, Cooks had seven targets and finished with five catches for 132 yards. This week at Cleveland, Houston will likely be chasing points, and Cooks will hopefully see a spike in targets from Tyrod Taylor. This is a tougher defense than what Cooks faced against Jacksonville, but the Browns are still chasing Tyreek Hill from last week after he had 11 catches for 197 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets. It would be fun to see what Cooks could do with double digits in targets in Week 2.
Sleepers
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CLE Cleveland • #80
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU CLE -12.5 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
25th
PROJ PTS
16
WR RNK
41st
YTD Stats
REC
5
TAR
5
REYDS
71
TD
1
FPTS/G
19.4
Landry once again had another productive game with Odell Beckham (knee) out in Week 1 against Kansas City, and Beckham won't play again in Week 2 against Houston. Landry had five catches for 71 yards on five targets in Week 1, and he also added two carries for 13 yards and a touchdown. The Texans secondary was abused by the Jaguars in Week 1 with D.J. Chark, Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault combining for 15 catches, 213 yards and two touchdowns on 30 targets, so there's room for Landry to have another successful outing this week.
NE New England • #16
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ NE -6 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
9th
PROJ PTS
11.2
WR RNK
39th
YTD Stats
REC
6
TAR
9
REYDS
44
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.4
While Nelson Agholor had the better outing in Week 1 against the Dolphins with five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, Meyers still led the Patriots in targets with nine. He finished with six catches for 44 yards, and I still like him as a flex option in Week 2 at the Jets. I would start Meyers over Agholor, and hopefully Mac Jones continues to lean on Meyers this week.
NO New Orleans • #1
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR NO -3.5 O/U 45
OPP VS WR
17th
PROJ PTS
10.5
WR RNK
47th
YTD Stats
REC
1
TAR
2
REYDS
14
TD
0
FPTS/G
2.4
Callaway did nothing in Week 1 against the Packers with one catch for 14 yards on two targets, but Jameis Winston only attempted 20 passes in the game. Callaway was still on the field for 84 percent of the snaps, and he should see more targets if Winston is throwing more in this matchup. The Panthers just allowed Corey Davis to catch five passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets in Week 1, and I would go back to Callaway this week as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
DEN Denver • #81
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC DEN -6 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
15th
PROJ PTS
13
WR RNK
48th
YTD Stats
REC
4
TAR
4
REYDS
39
TD
1
FPTS/G
13.9
With Jerry Jeudy (ankle) out, Patrick should assume a bigger role opposite Courtland Sutton. K.J. Hamler should also see more targets, but I like Patrick to benefit the most in Jeudy's absence. Last year, when Sutton was lost for the season in Week 2 with a torn ACL, Patrick had at least 12 PPR points in seven of his final 13 games. And in Week 1 against the Giants, Patrick had four catches for 39 yards and a touchdown on four targets. I hope Teddy Bridgewater will continue to lean on Patrick this week and moving forward until Jeudy returns.
GB Green Bay • #83
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET GB -11 O/U 48
OPP VS WR
19th
PROJ PTS
9.8
WR RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
3
TAR
8
REYDS
17
TD
0
FPTS/G
4.7
In last week's disastrous game for the Packers at the Saints, Valdes-Scantling still got seven targets. He only had three catches for 17 yards, but I hope he gets seven targets this week against the Lions. I expect Aaron Rodgers to go off at home on Monday night, and Davante Adams should have a huge game. But don't ignore Valdes-Scantling also having a big play or two and potentially scoring, and he had six catches for 85 yards and a touchdown in his last meeting with the Lions last year.
Sit 'Em
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NYJ N.Y. Jets • #84
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NE NE -6 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
3rd
PROJ PTS
13.8
WR RNK
36th
YTD Stats
REC
5
TAR
7
REYDS
97
TD
2
FPTS/G
26.7
Davis was great last week against the Panthers with five catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets, but I want no part of the Jets offense this week. Bill Belichick is notorious for shutting down rookie quarterbacks, and he should make it tough on Zach Wilson, especially with left tackle Mekhi Becton (knee) out. The only silver lining for Davis is Stephon Gilmore (quad) is out for the Patriots, but I don't expect Wilson to have much time to connect with Davis this week.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #19
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS WAS -3.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
29th
PROJ PTS
11.3
WR RNK
43rd
YTD Stats
REC
4
TAR
6
REYDS
64
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.4
Golladay was OK in his debut with the Giants in Week 1 against Denver with four catches for 64 yards on six targets. He took a backseat to Sterling Shepard, and the same thing could happen again in Week 2 against Washington. While Keenan Allen (19 PPR points) and Mike Williams (22 PPR points) did well against the Washington secondary, I don't have as much faith in Daniel Jones to support two receivers playing at a high level. I like Shepard slightly better than Golladay this week, and Golladay should be considered a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best.
MIA Miami • #3
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -3.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
11.9
WR RNK
46th
YTD Stats
REC
0
TAR
0
REYDS
0
TD
0
FPTS/G
0
Fuller is expected to make his Miami debut in Week 2 against the Bills after being suspended for Week 1, but Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Wednesday that Fuller's role is uncertain. Remember, he missed nearly all of training camp with a foot injury, so Miami might want to be cautious given Fuller's injury history. He also might not command a huge target share with Jaylen Waddle and DeVante Parker healthy, and this is a good secondary for Buffalo on the other side of the field. I'd give Fuller a week to see what he looks like before starting him in most leagues.
TEN Tennessee • #2
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA SEA -5.5 O/U 54
OPP VS WR
11th
PROJ PTS
12.4
WR RNK
28th
YTD Stats
REC
3
TAR
6
REYDS
29
TD
0
FPTS/G
5.9
Jones is being put in the No. 3 Fantasy receiver range in all leagues until proven otherwise. The entire Titans offense struggled in Week 1 against the Cardinals, and Jones had just three catches for 29 yards on six targets. He still has plenty of upside, but all the missed time in training camp due to a leg injury could be problematic early in the year in developing his rapport with Ryan Tannehill. I still trust A.J. Brown as a top-tier Fantasy receiver, but Jones should not be considered a must-start option until he shows otherwise, which hopefully starts this week at Seattle.
JAC Jacksonville • #10
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DEN DEN -6 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
24th
PROJ PTS
11.1
WR RNK
38th
YTD Stats
REC
7
TAR
9
REYDS
50
TD
0
FPTS/G
12.9
Shenault can still be a No. 3 PPR receiver this week, and he had seven catches for 50 yards on nine targets in Week 1 at Houston. But he has a tough matchup against Broncos slot cornerback Bryce Callahan, and Trevor Lawrence could also be under a lot of pressure from Denver's pass rush. Lawrence also showed in Week 1 against the Texans he will lean on D.J. Chark (12 targets) and Marvin Jones (nine targets), but I'm worried about all of Jacksonville's receivers in this matchup. At best, all of them should be No. 3 Fantasy options in Week 2.
Bust Alert
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SF San Francisco • #19
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI SF -3.5 O/U 50
OPP VS WR
2nd
PROJ PTS
14.9
WR RNK
27th
YTD Stats
REC
9
TAR
12
REYDS
189
TD
1
FPTS/G
31.9
Samuel had one of the more surprising games in Week 1 against the Lions with nine catches for 189 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. He also lost a fumble, but no Fantasy managers were complaining after he dominated Detroit. Now, we'll see how he does in Week 2, especially if Brandon Aiyuk remains out of the game plan. You have to sit Aiyuk this week until Kyle Shanahan involves Aiyuk in the game plan, and Samuel is just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues. He could draw Darius Slay in coverage, and last week Slay helped limit Calvin Ridley to five catches for 51 yards on eight targets.