Fantasy football WR rankings: Week 2 features Anquan Boldin, Julian Edelman climbing the rankings

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

We bring you our wide receiver rankings for Week 2, where we have a new No. 1. Check out who that is and let us know your thoughts.

Week 1 of the NFL season brought us plenty of scoring and plenty of surprise performances from several wide receivers, lead by 49ers WR Anquan Boldin. Looking back, I was a bit too low on him in my Week 1 rankings (as one reader pointed out), so he makes a big move in our Week 2 rankings. He is coming off a game where he caught 13 receptions on 17 targets for 208 yards and one touchdown. He has a tough matchup on the road in Seattle on Sunday Night football, but I am fine with my No. 10 ranking in standard leagues and No. 5 ranking in PPR leagues. He is the top receiver in the San Francisco offense and he should continue to be Colin Kapernick's top target on Sunday.

Speaking of No. 1 receivers, we have a new No. 1 wide receiver atop our Week 2 rankings, with Bengals WR A.J. Green moving up a couple spots coming off his huge Week 1 performance. Green caught nine of his 13 targets for 162 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Bears defense last week. This week, Green goes up against the Steelers pass defense, which gave up just 8 fantasy points to the TItans wide receivers last week.

Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas made the most of his five receptions, as two of them went for touchdowns, one going for 78 yards. All told, he had 162 yards receiving and remains one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, especially with Peyton Manning behind center. He has a solid matchup this week vs the Giants.

Target Practice

When working on my rankings, I also like to take a look at receivers who saw plenty of targets in their last game. Here is a list of wide receivers who saw 10 or more targets last week:

Rank

PLAYER

REC

TAR

YDS

AVG

TD

1

Anquan Boldin

13

17

208

16.0

1

2

Andre Johnson

12

16

146

12.2

0

3

Brian Hartline

9

15

114

12.7

1

4

Larry Fitzgerald

8

14

80

10.0

2

5

Danny Amendola

10

14

104

10.4

0

6

Kenbrell Thompkins

4

14

42

10.5

0

7

Vincent Jackson

7

13

154

22.0

0

8

A.J. Green

9

13

162

18.0

2

9

Miles Austin

10

12

72

7.2

0

10

Emmanuel Sanders

7

12

57

8.1

0

11

Randall Cobb

7

12

108

15.4

1

12

Wes Welker

9

11

67

7.4

2

13

Pierre Garcon

7

11

64

9.1

0

14

Demaryius Thomas

5

11

161

32.2

2

15

Cecil Shorts

3

11

40

13.3

0

16

Brandon Marshall

8

10

104

13.0

1

17

Jordy Nelson

7

10

130

18.6

1

18

Davone Bess

5

10

47

9.4

0

19

Brandon Gibson

7

10

77

11.0

0

20

Greg Little

4

10

26

6.5

0

Statistics courtesy of ESPN

A couple surprises on this list include Dolphins WR Brian Hartline, Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins and Cowboys WR Miles Austin. I can see Austin continuing to see double digit targets, especially if Dez Bryant can't suit up on Sunday in Kansas City. Thompkins also should see plenty of targets with Danny Amendola already ruled out for Thursday's game vs the Jets. Teammate Julian Edelman scored two touchdowns last week and figures to see double digit targets at the very least.

After Hartline's teammate Mike Wallace spouted off after Sunday's game for the lack of targets, I see QB Ryan Tannehill targeting Wallace quite a bit on Sunday on the turf in Indianapolis.

Two Wide Receivers Who Could Surprise

One wide receiver who could surprise this week is Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe. He faces a Cowboys secondary which gave up 51 fantasy points vs the Giants last week. Bowe doesn't have Eli Manning throwing the ball to him, but he should be able to get open vs the Cowboys in the Chiefs first home game of the season.

I dropped Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant in our rankings because of his mild foot sprain and ineffectiveness last Sunday night vs the Giants. He has to face Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers in Kansas City on Sunday, but could outperform his lowered ranking with a few more targets. I previously wrote that he could leap over Calvin Johnson as the best WR in football this season, but Week 1 was a disappointment for his owners. A big Week 2 could move him up these rankings next week.

Now let's take a look at our Week 2 wide receiver rankings:

Update: I have updated my rankings for Dez Bryant and Roddy White based on recent reports that Bryant practiced in full and White missed practice on Thursday.

Standard Leagues

PPR Leagues

Rank

Player

Player

1

A.J. Green, CIN

A.J. Green, CIN

2

Calvin Johnson, DET

Calvin Johnson, DET

3

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

Brandon Marshall, CHI

4

Julio Jones, ATL

Anquan Boldin, SF

5

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

Andre Johnson, HOU

6

Victor Cruz, NYG

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

7

Brandon Marshall, CHI

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

8

Andre Johnson, HOU

Wes Welker, DEN

9

Vincent Jackson, TB

Julio Jones, ATL

10

Dez Bryant, DAL

Dez Bryant, DAL

11

Julian Edelman, NE

Julian Edelman, NE

12

Anquan Boldin, SF

Reggie Wayne, IND

13

Randall Cobb, GB

Randall Cobb, GB

14

Reggie Wayne, IND

Vincent Jackson, TB

15

Wes Welker, DEN

Victor Cruz, NYG

16

Marques Colston, NO

Marques Colston, NO

17

Steve Smith, CAR

Miles Austin, DAL

18

Jordy Nelson, GB

Steve Smith, CAR

19

Pierre Garcon, WAS

Eric Decker, DEN

20

Miles Austin, DAL

Jordy Nelson, GB

21

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

22

DeSean Jackson, PHI

DeSean Jackson, PHI

23

Dwayne Bowe, KC

Dwayne Bowe, KC

24

Torrey Smith, BAL

Pierre Garcon, WAS

25

Mike Wallace, MIA

Torrey Smith, BAL

26

Cecil Shorts, JAC

Antonio Brown, PIT

27

Mike Williams, TB

Brian Hartline, MIA

28

Brian Hartline, MIA

Mike Williams, TB

29

Roddy White, ATL

Roddy White, ATL

30

Steve Johnson, BUF

Cecil Shorts, JAC

31

Eric Decker, DEN

Steve Johnson, BUF

32

Antonio Brown, PIT

Mike Wallace, MIA

33

Emmanuel Sanders, PIT

Kenbrell Thompkins, NE

34

Andre Roberts, ARI

Andre Roberts, ARI

35

Kenbrell Thompkins, NE

T.Y. Hilton, IND

36

T.Y. Hilton, IND

Tavon Austin, STL

37

Rueben Randle, NYG

Lance Moore, NO

38

Golden Tate, SEA

Chris Givens, STL

39

Tavon Austin, STL

Kenny Britt, TEN

40

Lance Moore, NO

James Jones, GB

41

Denarius Moore, OAK

Denarius Moore, OAK

42

Michael Floyd, ARI

Emmanuel Sanders, PIT

43

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

Sidney Rice, SEA

44

Chris Givens, STL

Greg Jennings, MIN

45

Greg Jennings, MIN

Michael Floyd, ARI

46

Vincent Brown, SD

Rueben Randle, NYG

47

Sidney Rice, SEA

Golden Tate, SEA

48

Kenny Britt, TEN

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

49

James Jones, GB

Kendall Wright, TEN

50

Alshon Jeffery, CHI

Alshon Jeffery, CHI


Have any questions or comments? Leave them in the comments below, or catch me on Twitter at @faketeams.

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