The 2022-23 NFL season began last week which means so did fantasy football. After getting a taste of the NFL season last week, it is important not to overreact and make some risky moves when setting lineups for this week. For the first few weeks, fantasy managers should pay attention to trends that they see from teams that could shape the rest of the season. Here are fantasy football week 2 wide receiver rankings.
*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*
(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)
Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starting WR1- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
High WR2- a player who may isn’t likely to carry a lineup that week, but has the ability to have a breakout game and is teetering between WR1 and WR2 category.
Starting WR2- a player who should be started in most lineups and should reach their point projection. This player is started is because of their consistency and moderately high floor
Low WR2- a player who may not be a lock to start for a team every week, but will start more times than not. Their production may not be pretty or win a person their lineup but the production is consistent enough to make a fantasy owner comfortable starting them.
Flex- a player who could float around the territory of being benched, but is started due to the potential to play better than their point projection. However, this player has the potential to flop and causes a fantasy team to lose if he has a bad game.
Deeper League Flex- a player who has starting value in deeper leagues. There are enough reasons to leave this player on the bench, but their upside makes them an attractive option. Desperate times may call for a player like this to be inserted into starting lineups.
Upside Player- a player who is boom or bust. This player can exceed expectations in a given week or could flop and be the reason why someone lost their fantasy matchup.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
|Must Start||Cooper Kupp||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR1|
|Must Start||Justin Jefferson||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR2|
|Must Start||Davante Adams||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR3|
|Must Start||Ja’Marr Chase||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR4|
|Must Start||Stefon Diggs||vs Tennessee Titans||WR5|
|Starting WR1||A.J. Brown||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR6|
|Starting WR1||Michael Pittman Jr.||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR7|
|Starting WR1||Tyreek Hill||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR8|
|Starting WR1||Deebo Samuel||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR9|
|High WR2||Diontae Johnson||vs New England Patriots||WR10|
|High WR2||Terry McLaurin||vs Detroit Lions||WR11|
|High WR2||Tee Higgins*||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR12|
|Starting WR2||Mike Evans||vs New Orleans Saints||WR13|
|Starting WR2||Amon-Ra St. Brown||vs Washington Commanders||WR14|
|Starting WR2||Marquise “Hollywood” Brown||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR15|
|Starting WR2||Brandin Cooks||vs Denver Broncos||WR16|
|Low WR2||D.J. Moore||vs New York Giants||WR17|
|Low WR2||Gabe Davis||vs Tennessee Titans||WR18|
|Low WR2||Courtland Sutton||vs Houston Texans||WR19|
|Low WR2||Michael Thomas||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR20|
|Low WR2||Jerry Jeudy||vs Houston Texans||WR21|
|Low WR2||Mike Williams||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR22|
|Flex||Jaylen Waddle||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR23|
|Flex||CeeDee Lamb||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR24|
|Flex||D.K. Metcalf||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR25|
|Flex||Chris Godwin*||vs New Orleans Saints||WR26|
|Flex||JuJu Smith-Schuster||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR27|
|Flex||Drake London||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR28|
|Deep League Flex||Christian Kirk||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR29|
|Deep League Flex||Darnell Mooney||vs Green Bay Packers||WR30|
|Deep League Flex||Rashod Bateman||vs Miami Dolphins||WR31|
|Deep League Flex||Curtis Samuel||vs Detroit Lions||WR32|
|Deep League Flex||Joshua Palmer||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR33|
|Deep League Flex||Julio Jones||vs New Orleans Saints||WR34|
|Deep League Flex||Robbie Anderson||vs New York Giants||WR35|
|Deep League Flex||Jakobi Meyers||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR36|
|Deep League Flex||Hunter Renfrow||vs Arizona Cardinals||WR37|
|Deep League Flex||Allen Lazard*||vs Chicago Bears||WR38|
|Deep League Flex||Allen Robinson||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR39|
|Deep League Flex||Adam Thielen||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR40|
|Upside Play||Amari Cooper||vs New York Jets||WR41|
|Upside Play||D.J. Chark||vs Washington Commanders||WR42|
|Upside Play||Chase Claypool||vs New England Patriots||WR43|
|Upside Play||Rondale Moore*||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR44|
|Upside Play||Marquez Valdes-Scantling||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR45|
|Upside Play||Jahan Dotson||vs Detroit Lions||WR46|
|Upside Play||DeVonta Smith||vs Minnesota Vikings||WR47|
|Upside Play||Elijah Moore||vs Cleveland Browns||WR48|
|Upside Play||Zay Jones||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR49|
|Upside Play||DeAndre Carter||vs Kansas City Chiefs||WR50|
|Upside Play||Mecole Hardman||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR51|
|Upside Play||Jarvis Landry||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR52|
|Upside Play||Garrett Wilson||vs Cleveland Browns||WR53|
|Upside Play||Sterling Shepard||vs Carolina Panthers||WR54|
|Upside Play||Brandon Aiyuk||vs Seattle Seahawks||WR55|
|Upside Play||Tyler Lockett||vs San Francisco 49ers||WR56|
|Upside Play||Robert Woods||vs Buffalo Bills||WR57|
|Upside Play||DeVante Parker||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR58|
|Upside Play||Chris Olave||vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR59|
|Upside Play||Treylon Burks||vs Buffalo Bills||WR60|
|Upside Play||Corey Davis||vs Cleveland Browns||WR61|
|Leave on the Bench||Tyler Boyd||vs Dallas Cowboys||WR62|
|Leave on the Bench||Michael Gallup*||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR63|
|Leave on the Bench||Nico Collins||vs Denver Broncos||WR64|
|Leave on the Bench||George Pickens||vs New England Patriots||WR65|
|Leave on the Bench||Isaiah McKenzie||vs Tennessee Titans||WR66|
|Leave on the Bench||K.J. Osborn||vs Philadelphia Eagles||WR67|
|Leave on the Bench||Van Jefferson*||vs Atlanta Falcons||WR68|
|Leave on the Bench||Kenny Golladay||vs Carolina Panthers||WR69|
|Leave on the Bench||Marvin Jones Jr.||vs Indianapolis Colts||WR70|
|Leave on the Bench||Christian Watson||vs Chicago Bears||WR71|
|Leave on the Bench||Kadarius Toney||vs Carolina Panthers||WR72|
|Leave on the Bench||Donovan Peoples-Jones||vs New York Jets||WR73|
|Leave on the Bench||Kyle Phillips||vs Buffalo Bills||WR74|
|Leave on the Bench||Nelson Agholor||vs Pittsburgh Steelers||WR75|
|Leave on the Bench||A.J. Green||vs Las Vegas Raiders||WR76|
|Leave on the Bench||Noah Brown||vs Cincinnati Bengals||WR77|
|Leave on the Bench||Wan’Dale Robinson*||vs Carolina Panthers||WR78|
|Leave on the Bench||Devin Duvernay||vs Miami Dolphins||WR79|
|Leave on the Bench||Parris Campbell||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR80|
|Leave on the Bench||Romeo Doubs||vs Chicago Bears||WR81|
|Leave on the Bench||Richie James||vs Carolina Panthers||WR82|
|Leave on the Bench||Cedrick Wilson Jr.||vs Baltimore Ravens||WR83|
|Leave on the Bench||Sammy Watkins||vs Chicago Bears||WR84|
|Leave on the Bench||Alec Pierce*||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||WR85|
|Leave on the Bench||Jamison Crowder||vs Tennessee Titans||WR86|
|Leave on the Bench||Randall Cobb||vs Chicago Bears||WR87|
|Leave on the Bench||Dante Pettis||vs Los Angeles Rams||WR88|
|Leave on the Bench||Skyy Moore||vs Los Angeles Chargers||WR89|
Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday
WR12 Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins suffered a concussion in Cincinnati’s first game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Higgins was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday. However, if Higgins was to miss this week against the Dallas Cowboys Ja’Marr Chase would retain his WR4 ranking and Tyler Boyd would move up to WR39 between Allen Robinson and Adam Thielen.
WR27 Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Godwin suffered a hamstring injury directly resulting from his torn ACL recovery during Sunday night’s against the Dallas Cowboys. If Godwin is inactive then Mike Evans retains his WR13 ranking, Julio Jones moves up to WR30 between Darnell Mooney and Rashod Bateman, and Russell Gage moves up to WR55 between Brandon Aiyuk and Tyler Lockett.
WR38 Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers
Allen Lazard missed the first game of the year for an ankle injury. It is a great sign for Green Bay that Lazard returned to practice Wednesday. However if he was to miss Sunday Night’s game against the Chicago Bears then Romeo Doubs would move up to WR47 between DeVonta Smith and Elijah Moore, Christian Watson would move up to WR52 between Jarvis Landry and Garrett Wilson. Both Randall Cobb and Sammy Watkins would retain their current rankings.
WR44 Ronald Moore, Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore missed last week’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a hamstring injury. Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Moore is “day-to-day at this point”. There is a chance that Moore is healthy to play this week against the Las Vegas Raiders. If he cannot play this week then Greg Dortch would join the list as WR61 between Corey Davis and Tyler Boyd. A.J. Green would move up to WR75 between Nelson Agholor and Kyle Phillips.
WR63 Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys
Dallas’ game against Cincinnati this week was the projected return date for Michael Gallup from his ACL tear. It isn’t certain that Gallup does return this week. If he doesn’t play this week then Noah Brown would likely be Dallas’ number two receiver slotting in at WR75 between Kyle Phillips and Nelson Agholor. After Jalen Tolbert was shockingly inactive last week it is hard to trust another receiver for the Cowboys especially since Cooper Rush is getting the start.
WR68 Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams
Van Jefferson missed last week’s game with a knee issue. There is a chance he is also inactive for Los Angeles’ Week 2 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. If Jefferson misses this week’s game then Ben Skowronek would join the list at WR76 between A.J. Brown and Noah Brown.
WR78 Wan’Dale Robinson, New York Giants
Wan’Dale Robinson suffered a knee injury in New York’s first game of the season. He missed practice Wednesday which is not a good sign for his status against the Carolina Panthers. If Robinson misses this week’s game expected Kadarius Toney to see more time in three receiver sets.
WR85 Alec Pierce, Indianapolis Colts
Alec Pierce is in the NFL’s concussion protocol. He could be in danger of missing this week’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If Pierce is inactive for Indianapolis’ game this week then Ashton Dulin and Mike Strachan would be the third and fourth receiver on the Colts’ depth chart behind Michael Pittman Jr. and Parris Campbell.