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Fantasy Football Week 2 WR Preview: Start Browns, Bengals receivers over Chris Godwin and Kenny Golladay

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Conventional wisdom tells you elite wide receivers are not as injury prone as running backs. And, while the data backs that up, it’s hard to argue after one week of NFL action. Courtland Sutton and Kenny Golladay missed Week 1, and we’ve received no assurances about their Week 2 status yet. Michael Thomas and Chris Godwin played most of Week 1, but Thomas has a high ankle sprain and Godwin is in the concussion protocol and didn’t practice on Thursday. Jamison Crowder was awesome Week 1 but then pulled a hamstring in Wednesday’s practice. In other words, wide receiver is a mess for Fantasy football right now. 

For that reason, you probably need to start all four primary receivers in Thursday night’s game over any of the receivers mentioned above. I’m actually excited about Odell Beckham and A.J. Green. They both saw at least nine targets in Week 1 and they’re both facing very good matchups. They’re both ranked inside my top 20 at the position this week as a result.  

I’m less enthused about Jarvis Landry and Tyler Boyd, and neither cracks the top 40 in my projections, but I have more confidence in them on Thursday than I do any of the injured players listed above playing this week. 

In the projections at the bottom of the article, Thomas, Golladay and Sutton are projected as out, while we’re still projecting Godwin and Crowder playing. If Crowder were to miss Week 2 I’d just ignore the Jets offense entirely. If Godwin can’t go then Scotty Miller becomes a top-36 receiver and I’d be interested in starting both O.J. Howard and Rob Gronkowski at tight end.

Week 2 WR Preview

Who’s Out

Numbers to Know

Matchups That Matter

Waiver Wire Targets

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Projections

WR Preview

The following players are not being projected to play Week 2 at this time. Here’s what it means:

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Michael Thomas WR

NO New Orleans • #13
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.

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Kenny Golladay WR

DET Detroit • #19
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.

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DeVante Parker WR

MIA Miami • #11
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.

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Brandon Aiyuk WR

SF San Francisco • #11
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie

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  • 14 — DeAndre Hopkins set a career-high with 14 catches in Week 1. My volume concerns in Arizona look like they were unfounded.
  • 37.1% — Jamison Crowder was targeted on 37.1% of Sam Darnold’s throws on Sunday. If he’s a full go I’m starting him.
  • 19 — Calvin Ridley now has 19 touchdown receptions in his first 30 career games. Julio Jones has scored 14 since Ridley joined the Falcons.
  • 8.1 — Robby Anderson has averaged 8.1 yards per target for his career. If he’s going to see eight targets regularly, he has league-winning upside.
  • 60.5% — Henry Ruggs saw 60.5% of the Raiders total air yards. DK Metcalf was the only other receiver over 60% in Week 1.
  • 7.4 — Curtis Samuel’s average depth of target was barely half of what it was in 2019. Unfortunately, the Panthers have still not found a level that Samuel is consistently productive on.
  • 6 — Cooper Kupp has only seen more than six targets twice in his last nine games.

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A.J. Green WR

CIN Cincinnati • #18
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.

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Odell Beckham WR

CLE Cleveland • #13
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.

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DK Metcalf WR

SEA Seattle • #14
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.

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D.J. Chark WR

JAC Jacksonville • #17
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.

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Week 2 Waivers

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Mike Williams WR

LAC L.A. Chargers • #81
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.

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Parris Campbell WR

IND Indianapolis • #15
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.

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Scott Miller WR

TB Tampa Bay • #10
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.

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N’Keal Harry WR

NE New England • #15
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.

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Jalen Reagor WR

PHI Philadelphia • #18
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie

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Julio Jones WR

ATL Atlanta • #11
Age: 31 • Experience: 10 yrs.

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Will Fuller WR

HOU Houston • #15
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.

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So who should you start and sit this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 2 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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