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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 2: Wide receivers

We examine some recommended starts and sits for wide receivers this week.

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With the fantasy football season entering its second week, owners should be careful about reshuffling their lineups at wide receiver. It's too soon to sit your stud players, even if Dez Bryant was strangely invisible last week. Wait until at least the bye weeks before making any big changes to your roster.

But for the players just below stud player, which ones should you be starting in Week 2, and which ones should stay on the bench? We're here to help you out. Here's a select list of receivers worth starting, along with players you might want to avoid outside of deeper fantasy leagues.


Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (@ Los Angeles Rams)

Anyone worried about a Baldwin regression this year can probably calm down. He was once again Russell Wilson's best weapon and pulled down nine catches for 92 yards against the Miami Dolphins, including the game-winning touchdown. With the Rams' defense looking more average than expected, Baldwin could have another WR1 game under his belt. He's solidified himself as an every-week starter in fantasy.

Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee Titans (@ Detroit Lions)

If there was any doubt that Sharpe would play a big role in the offense, those were erased in Week 1. Sharpe operated as the clear No. 1 receiver, playing 64 snaps and leading the team with 11 targets and seven catches. He quickly established a rapport with Marcus Mariota and seems to already have an established floor. Sharpe is a safe PPR play against a vulnerable Lions defense.

Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (vs. Green Bay Packers)

The Vikings' quarterback situation is unsettled, but perhaps it's premature to write off Diggs as a fantasy asset. Diggs was one of the few offensive players who showed up for the Vikings last week, racking up seven catches for 103 yards. His ceiling still takes a hit without Teddy Bridgewater, and who knows how he'll play with Sam Bradford, but Diggs has a friendly matchup against the Packers, who lost No. 1 cornerback Sam Shields to a concussion. Diggs is a speculative flex play with upside for more.


Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ Arizona Cardinals)

Despite seeing the same number of targets as Mike Evans (seven), Jackson had a poor outing in Week 1, reeling in just two catches for 18 yards. Perhaps he'll have a better performance with Patrick Peterson possibly shadowing Mike Evans this week, but Jackson showed signs of decline in 2015 and last week did not inspire confidence. Fantasy owners should look for a less volatile player in their flex spot for now.

Jeremy Kerley, San Francisco 49ers (@ Carolina Panthers)

It's tempting to rate Kerley high, since he's the slot man in a Chip Kelly offense. And he'll probably be useful in PPR leagues more often than not this year. But for now, let's pump the brakes a little bit -- he's still catching passes from Blaine Gabbert, and the Panthers' defense is much better than the Rams'. We recommend holding on Kerley until he proves he's not a one-week wonder.

Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis Colts (@ Denver Broncos)

Dorsett was a trendy sleeper pick heading into the season and he had a good Week 1 performance with 94 yards on four catches in a shootout. He will have good weeks for fantasy owners this year, but Week 2 probably won't be one of them. Going up against Denver's strong defense and still the No. 3 option behind T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, Dorsett is an easy fade this week. He'll be back on the WR3 radar when the Colts face the San Diego Chargers in Week 3.