2013 Fantasy Football WR Rankings – Week 2

Sep 10, 2013

With an exciting opening week of football under our belts, here are the Lester’s Legends 2013 Week 2 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
Megatron was quiet in the opener, but he’s too good to keep down. Look for a major rebound against the Arizona Cardinals.
2. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos
Thomas proved to be Peyton Manning’s most productive weapon en route to seven touchdown passes as he caught five passes for 161 yards and two scores. This week he takes on the New York Giants.
3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
With two touchdowns in the opener, Green now has 15 touchdowns in the first half compared to five in the second half. He also had 162 yards against the Chicago Bears. This week he faces the Pittsburgh Steelers.
4. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
V-Jax had 154 yards against the New York Jets. He should continue to roll against the New Orleans Saints. He had 297 yards and a touchdown against them last year.
5. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White is still banged up, which should lead to more reliance on Julio. He had 66 yards and a score in the opener. This week he takes on the St. Louis Rams. Larry Fitzgerald had 80 yards and two touchdowns against them last week.
6. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
Marshall had 104 yards and a touchdown last week. The Minnesota Vikings slowed Calvin Johnson last week, but Marshall had 252 yards and a touchdown in two meetings with them last year.
7. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Cruz had 118 yards and three touchdowns in the opener. The money didn’t get to his head. He faces the Denver Broncos this week.
8. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Fitz got off to a strong start with Carson Palmer catching eight passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Next up is the Detroit Lions who allowed Jerome Simpson to rack up 140 yards.
9. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Boldin was a monster in the opener catching 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown. He makes all of the tough catches. He’ll have a tougher time against Seattle, but I love the trust Colin Kaepernick shows in him.
10. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
Cobb had 114 total yards and a touchdown in the opener. Aaron Rodgers looks his way often because he’s so dangerous when he gets his hands on the ball. Cobb faces the Washington Redskins this week.
11. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans
Johnson picked up where he left off last year, catching 12 passes for 146 yards. He faces the Tennessee Titans.
12. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Garcon caught seven passes for 64 yards. It took a little while for Robert Griffin III to shake off the rush. RGIII (and Garcon) should be even better this week. They take on the Packers.
13. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
Bryant got off to a slow start with just 22 yards against the Giants. Look for the Cowboys to find ways to get him more involved against the Kansas City Chiefs, assuming his foot is not an issue.
14. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
Nelson is the big play threat, and he racked up 130 yards and a score.
15. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos
Welker had nine catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns in the opener. Peyton looked to him early to establish a rhythm.
16. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts
Wayne had eight catches for 96 yards and a touchdown as he picked up where he left off last year.
17. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson got off to a nice start catching seven passes for 104 yards and a score. Perhaps he won’t be as hit or miss in Chip Kelly’s system. Jackson faces the San Diego Chargers.
18. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers
Smith managed 51 yards and a score despite an off day from Cam Newton. They both should have a better day against the Buffalo Bills.
19. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints
Colston had 68 yards and a touchdown. He’ll have to deal with Darrelle Revis in this one.
20. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Nicks got off to a nice start with 114 yards against the Cowboys. The G-Men figure to be in another shootout against the Broncos.
21. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs
Bowe had just four catches for 30 yards as the Chiefs dismantled the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cowboys are going to put point on the board so Bowe will have to be more active for them to stay close.
22. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Williams had 52 yards and a touchdown last week. He just has a nose for the end zone. He should see plenty of targets against the Saints.
23. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens
Smith got off to a decent start with 92 yards against the Broncos. Unfortunately he has to contend with Joe Haden this week.
24. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
Edelman caught seven passes for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Danny Amendola could miss this week’s game, which means Edelman will be busy against the New York Jets. .
25. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
White (ankle) was limited to two catches for 19 yards. He’s a risky play given the injury, but his toughness is unquestioned. He is still capable of producing.
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24 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Grant
    September 10th, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Ryan … what is up … been a while huh. :) Hope you’re doing well.

    What are your thoughts on Julian Edelman going forward? He was on the field for like 90% of snaps on Sunday. He seems to have actually kinda taken Welker’s place as the slot guy. I know Gronkowski is out and that probably helped pad Edelman’s stats in Week 1, but you have to think the Pats will probably never run those jumbo 2-TE sets again with Hernandez gone, and plus Gronk seems to be an injury magnet these days.

    In a 12-team PPR, I have Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones … then it drops off to Tavon Austin and DeAndre Hopkins. Austin will emerge, but I don’t trust him as a WR3 yet. Our league uses a $100 budget for pickups. I am thinking about dropping big bucks on Edelman because the rest of my team is fairly solid.

    Thoughts? What is the max you would spend? :)

  2. LestersLegends
    September 10th, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    I think he’s worth grabbing. You just have to worry about injury. I would spend about 20 I think. What are you thinking?

  3. Grant
    September 10th, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Agreed, but I’d argue Amendola is even more of an injury risk historically speaking. Edelman’s injury last year was like a broken hand or something. Not a weak groin like Amendola is constantly dealing with.

    I’ve got him locked in for $30 right now. I may lower that to $25. There is a big Patriots homer in our league that will probably outbid me, but that’s on him. :)

  4. LestersLegends
    September 10th, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Good point. They both get compared to Welker, but none of them has come even close to his durability.

  5. Grant
    September 10th, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    Thanks for the note about Amendola above. Did not realize he was doubtful for the Week 2 game. Just proves my point a little more. :)

  6. Dan
    September 11th, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    Would you play Edelman over Colston this week? Carolina or Arizona DEF? I have Janikowski, but should I pick up Zuerlein, Akers, Bailey or Feeley?

  7. LestersLegends
    September 11th, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    No doubt Grant.
    Dan – I have Colston at 19, Edelman at 24. I don’t really like either of those defenses. I suppose I’d opt for Carolina. I would just roll with Janikowski.

  8. Daniel
    September 11th, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Hey there, back again for your weekly input on my flex pick. Who do you like:

    Anquan Boldin or Frank Gore?

    Thank you for your advice.

  9. LestersLegends
    September 11th, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    I think I’d lean Boldin, particularly in PPR leagues.

  10. Grant
    September 11th, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Well, $33 was the magic number for Edelman in my league. Needless to say I did not spend that much.

    I picked up Leonard Hankerson this morning. The Redskins will probably be playing from behind again this week against Green Bay. I have a sneaky suspicion that Hankerson will see even more playing time this Sunday (that is usually code for 2 catches and 21 yards, lol).

  11. LestersLegends
    September 11th, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Haha. Not a bad alternative. That is some serious coin for Edelman.

  12. Brandon
    September 11th, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    I’m having some difficulty picking my wr’s for week 2. I have Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Antonio Brown, and Cecil Shorts. I can play 3 of them. Which would you play and this is PPR?


  13. JC
    September 11th, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I noticed you have Bowe listed immediately before Mike Williams which is interesting because I can’t decide on which one to start? Any further thoughts..? PPR League with Nelson and Garcon as other two receivers.

  14. Bulton
    September 11th, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    Who would you pick for flex? Hankerson/Green-Ellis/Ballard/Sanders

  15. LestersLegends
    September 12th, 2013 at 5:22 am #

    Brandon – You have a decision between Brown and Shorts. I’d lean towards Brown. I’m steering clear of the Jags outside of Mojo right now.
    JC – Tough one. I think I still lean Bowe, but I like them both.
    Bulton – I’d go Hankerson

  16. rob
    September 12th, 2013 at 6:57 am #

    Hi Lester!
    Who would you start this week for week 2. I have Marquius Colstom which Darrel Revis will defend. I have Cecil Short who are playing the Raiders and then there Kenbrell Thompkins who are playing the jets.

  17. LestersLegends
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:04 am #

    I’d go with Colston.

  18. Patrick
    September 12th, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Who start? Need 2 please! (PPR)

    Vernon Davis
    Jared Cook
    Lance Moore

  19. LestersLegends
    September 12th, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    VD and Cook.

  20. dudesta
    September 12th, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Hello Lester,
    Im back and ready for another season! my first question for you this year is who would you prefer as a flex option this week.
    B.powel of NYJ against patriots tonight or J.cook of stl against atlanta this week?

  21. Lofty
    September 12th, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    Hey RL…thanks as always.

    PPR Flex spot, Shorts or Lamar?

  22. LestersLegends
    September 12th, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    dudesta – sorry i was late, but cook
    Lofty – shorts

  23. steve
    September 13th, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    PPR League, pick 2…decker, james jones, michael floyd, marlon brown?

  24. LestersLegends
    September 13th, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    decker and floyd

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