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There weren't any changes at the top of the WR rankings for Week 2, despite disappointing showings from Davante Adams, Calvin Ridley, Allen Robinson and a few others. Those are your core pieces, and you don't change how you view them based on one week. It's football, weird things can happen in any given week. 

And that principle should apply to the guys in the top 20 at the position, at least. There just shouldn't be much change there after one week, with the lone exception for me coming with the ascendance of Antonio Brown into the top 20 for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Terry McLaurin also slipped outside of the top 20 for me with Ryan Fitzpatrick's injury, though he's still someone you should want in your starting lineup. 

My top 60 WR rankings for PPR leagues in Week 2 are below, along with my thoughts on more than half of them compiled while going through the process of creating the rankings. Check out my quarterback, running back, and tight end rankings here, and make sure you keep those pages bookmarked because I will be updating them throughout the week. 

Week 2 WR Rankings

  1. Davante Adams vs. Lions
  2. Tyreek Hill vs. Ravens
  3. DeAndre Hopkins vs. Vikings
  4. Stefon Diggs vs. Dolphins
  5. Calvin Ridley vs. Bucs
  6. Allen Robinson vs. Bengals -- Well, I kept the faith in Robinson last week and he was disappointing, but I have no concerns about going right back to him. He's an elite WR, and make sure he's in your lineup.
  7. Tyler Lockett vs. Titans
  8. D.K. Metcalf vs. Titans
  9. Amari Cooper vs. Chargers -- For all the hype around CeeDee Lamb this preseason, Cooper still looked like the better player in Week 1. However, both are elite talents in an elite passing game, and could both be top-12 WR on a weekly basis.
  10. A.J. Brown vs. Seahawks
  11. Justin Jefferson vs. Cardinals -- You were no doubt disappointed by Jefferson's performance in Week 1, but it's worth noting that he had a should-have-been touchdown where he was ruled down at the 1-yard line despite seemingly crossing the boundary. No worries here.
  12. Keenan Allen vs. Cowboys
  13. Cooper Kupp vs. Colts -- I did bump Kupp up just a bit based on last week's usage. What's funny is, he actually averaged just 7.2 yards in average depth of target, not far from where he was in 2020 with Jared Goff. Just noting that, not saying anything more.
  14. CeeDee Lamb vs. Chargers
  15. Chris Godwin vs. Falcons
  16. Robert Woods vs. Colts -- I didn't change my expectations for the Rams receivers too much yet, but it is hard to ignore Kupp having such a big role compared to Woods. However, it's also worth remembering that Woods nearly had two touchdowns in this one -- Stafford missed him wide open in the end zone on one pass where he was being pressured. I do want to see Woods play a bigger role in this one, but I'll give a mulligan for Week 1 since the Rams didn't really need to force the issue.
  17. D.J. Moore vs. Saints -- At least for one week, Moore was back to being featured as a more traditional No. 1 WR, while Robby Anderson was relegated to the deep threat role. I think Anderson will still see plenty of targets, but if the Panthers truly view Moore as a No. 1 type of player -- as I do -- he's going to have been a steal in drafts.
  18. Mike Evans vs. Falcons
  19. Antonio Brown vs. Falcons -- I'm not quite ready to vault Brown up to the top of the Buccaneers receiving hierarchy, but you should be starting all three of them every week.
  20. Julio Jones vs. Bucs -- Well, that wasn't exactly the debut I was hoping for when I ranked Jones as a top-15 WR. I've tempered my expectations just a bit, though there's obviously still a ton of upside here if the Titans can sort things out. It'll happen eventually, and I won't be sitting Jones this week.
  21. Deebo Samuel vs. Eagles -- I do think you can bet on Samuel as the No. 1 WR for the 49ers at least for the short term, and it was nice to see him prove he could play a more traditional WR role in Week 1, even if it was against what might be the easiest matchup in football. Still, I'd trust him as a solid starter this week.
  22. Terry McLaurin vs. Giants -- I'm nervous about McLaurin with Taylor Heinicke at quarterback, but I'm not going to just outright bench him before I see what he looks like. It's not like he's had good QB throughout his career, and he's still been pretty good. 
  23. Jaylen Waddle vs. Bills -- With Will Fuller inactive for personal reasons, Waddle could be in line for another big game as Miami's top target. The Bills do a good job of limiting big plays, but Waddle showed in Week 1 he's a dynamic playmaker, and Miami will need the ball in his hands to keep up with Josh Allen and this offense. 
  24. Diontae Johnson vs. Raiders -- Johnson is one obvious beneficiary of the Steelers largely looking like they did last season, who was once again peppered with targets by Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger just flat out missed him several times in this one, but Johnson is going to be a high-usage player, and a must-start PPR option if that remains the case.
  25. Adam Thielen vs. Cardinals -- Thielen's touchdown rate seems unsustainable, and to a certain extent, it is -- he's not going to keep scoring a touchdown every five-six targets like he has the last couple of seasons. However, the Vikings clearly prioritize him near the goal line, and his per-target touchdown share should be higher than most players' given the Vikings' run-heavy approach between the 20s. The question is whether it'll be 10% or higher consistently, in which case he'll probably still be close to a No. 1 WR for Fantasy.
  26. Corey Davis vs. Patriots -- Davis looked like a No. 1 WR in Week 1, for sure. The Patriots defense is likely to make things tough on Zach Wilson, but I was impressed with his ability to move in and then out of the pocket to keep plays alive, and the Patriots secondary doesn't exactly strike fear without Stephon Gilmore. I'm still trusting Davis. 
  27. Brandin Cooks vs. Browns
  28. Mike Williams vs. Cowboys -- The Chargers used Williams like a legitimate No. 1(b) receiver, and the most promising thing about his game might be the fact that they went back to him for the game-winning touchdown after he failed to hang on to a touchdown earlier in the game. He was used much less as a deep threat, and if that continues at the volume he was getting, Williams could be a must-start WR.
  29. Jarvis Landry vs. Texans -- I would imagine we'll see Odell Beckham make his debut this week after he couldn't get cleared for Week 1, but I'm not ranking him this week because I expect his role will be very limited. Landry should remain the leading receiver for the Browns this week.
  30. Ja'Marr Chase vs. Bears -- The concern over Chase's preseason drops could go down as one of the all-time overreactions in Fantasy Football history. He was the clear No. 1 option for the Bengals in Week 1, leading the receivers in snaps, routes, and targets en route to a big day. Get him in your lineups, folks!
  31. DJ Chark vs. Broncos -- Chark might be the player who benefited the most from Week 1's action in my eyes. I was concerned that Jacksonville's WR trio would be a mess, but he stood out from the pack clearly, garnering 12 targets and ranking second in the NFL in air yards with 199. Trevor Lawrence left a lot of points on the field for Chark -- including one deep shot that could have turned into touchdown No. 2 -- but if he can play better, Chark may have a ton of upside in this offense.
  32. Robby Anderson vs. Saints
  33. Sterling Shepard vs. Washington -- I'm still projecting Shepard to be the No. 1 receiver for the Giants for at least another week. I love him working out of the slot, and I think he can have another solid week -- if not a huge game like last week.
  34. DeVonta Smith vs. 49ers -- The Eagles used Smith like a No. 1 WR in his debut, as he earned a 22.9% target share. I'm not moving him up too far in the rankings just yet, but another good game should push him into WR2 territory.
  35. Jakobi Meyers vs. Jets
  36. Tee Higgins vs. Bears
  37. Courtland Sutton vs. Jaguars -- Sutton didn't see many targets in Week 1, but he was on the field plenty in his first game back from a torn ACL. Expect the targets to follow, especially with Jeudy out. Sutton could emerge as a top-20 WR before long.
  38. JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. Raiders
  39. Kenny Golladay vs. Washington
  40. Tyler Boyd vs. Bears
  41. Emmanuel Sanders vs. Dolphins -- Sanders would be one of the hottest waiver-wire priorities if Allen hadn't overthrown him for what would have been a long touchdown early in Week 1. I like the role he had in Week 1, and still think he can be a viable starting option.
  42. Laviska Shenault vs. Broncos
  43. Chase Claypool vs. Raiders -- If Roethlisberger isn't going to throw the ball down the field much more than he did last season, Claypool is likely to remain a touchdown-or-bust player. The good news is, he was on the field for 29 of 35 pass plays, so don't let the relatively low snap share scare you off. Roethlisberger might.
  44. Mecole Hardman vs. Ravens -- Hardman's hoped-for breakout season got off to a pretty miserable start, with just three catches for 19 yards. He's still the clear No. 2 WR in a great offense, but he'll need to start producing quickly.
  45. Brandon Aiyuk vs. Eagles -- I'm betting Aiyuk will return to something like his normal role this week, though I can't in good conscience recommend you start him right away. Let him prove he's worked his way back into that role before you trust him.
  46. Marquise Brown vs. Chiefs 
  47. Marvin Jones vs. Broncos
  48. Tim Patrick vs. Jaguars
  49. Cole Beasley vs. Dolphins
  50. Marquez Callaway vs. Panthers -- The Saints only threw 21 passes in Week 1, so I'm not worrying about Callaway's lack of targets just yet. He was the only player on the field for all of their pass plays, so let's see what his usage looks like in a game where the Saints will likely have to play a more competitive game plan.
  51. Devante Parker vs. Bills
  52. Michael Pittman vs.. Rams -- Pittman has the role we want for him, as he ran a route on every dropback and played nearly every play in Week 1. However, he turned those 43 routes into just four targets and 28 yards. In 2020, he ranked outside of the top 100 among players with at least 50 targets in both yards per route run and targets per route run, so the question here is, is he good enough to take advantage of the role?
  53. Rondale Moore vs. Vikings -- Moore had a pretty good Week 1, with four catches for 68, but it was almost a huge game -- it looked like the refs might've missed a pass interference on his first target in the end zone. He's the No. 4 WR here for now, but the Cardinals want to manufacture touches for him, so he can be relevant even without a huge snap share. I'm adding him where I can.
  54. Sammy Watkins vs. Chiefs -- Brown looked a lot like the guy we've been hoping to see, catching six passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. He technically saw one fewer target than Sammy Watkins, but I'm not gonna turn my nose up at a 22.2% target share with a downfield role. He's an interesting flex play with upside.
  55. Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. Lions -- You might consider dropping Valdes-Scantling, but I would advise against it. He matched Davante Adams for the team lead in targets, and his were largely deep targets -- which have historically been pretty valuable coming from Aaron Rodgers. I liked what I saw from MVS on  Sunday, and I'm willing to throw him out there in DFS lineups this week.
  56. Darnell Mooney vs. Bengals
  57. Nelson Agholor vs. Jets
  58. Jalen Reagor vs. 49ers
  59. Christian Kirk vs. Vikings -- If you were to ask me who this year's Week 1 Wonder who can't keep it up will be, Kirk would be one of my first choices. That being said, he's never been lacking in skill, so maybe the move to the slot full time is enough to unlock his potential. My expectations are somewhat limited, but I don't want to write him off completely.
  60. Elijah Moore vs. Patriots -- Moore didn't produce in his NFL debut, but he earned multiple deep targets and ran a route on all but one pass play. And, even with Jamison Crowder potentially returning in Week 1, Moore actually lined up primarily on the outside, so he shouldn't lose much playing time when the team's primary slot option returns. Moore has plenty of upside here, so keep stashing him.

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