Week 2 WR and TE Rankings, Projections and Analysis
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Bears WR Alshon Jeffery
By Frank Mineophoto of journalist Frank Mineo
Frank is a communication and public relations graduate of Edinboro University and a life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Frank has been playing fantasy sports for over 15 years.
This is how we rank the WRs and TEs for Week 2 of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each receiver's past performance and factor that into our projections. Just click on the links to read our rationale behind the ranking. The ratings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 receiving or rushing yards equal 1 point, receiving and rushing TDs equal 6 pts., and fumbles deduct 2 points.

  1. Jimmy Graham
  2. Julius Thomas
  3. Rob Gronkowski
  4. Dennis Pitta
  5. Greg Olsen
  6. Martellus Bennett
  7. Dwayne Allen
  8. Antonio Gates
  9. Vernon Davis
  10. Zach Ertz
  11. Heath Miller
  12. Travis Kelce
  13. Niles Paul
  14. Jermaine Gresham
  15. Larry Donnell
  16. Jason Witten
  17. Kyle Rudolph
  18. Delanie Walker
  19. Charles Clay
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas
By Frank Mineophoto of journalist Frank Mineo
Frank is a communication and public relations graduate of Edinboro University and a life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Frank has been playing fantasy sports for over 15 years.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud WRs and TEs who may fail to deliver:

Jordy Nelson/ Randall Cobb
Packers WR Jordy Nelson
Last week we had Nelson/Cobb on the sit list. This week is another story; a desperate Packers team trying to avoid an 0-2 start going against a NY Jets team that shuts down the run. Except both Nelson and Cobb to get significant touches. Both are ranked in our top 15 this week and you should feel comfortable starting both.

Demaryius Thomas
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas
This isn't exactly breaking news but Demaryius Thomas is good at football and in a contract year. He was likely the 2nd receiver taken in most drafts and didn't live up to the hype in one week. Expect a bounce back and don't over-think keeping him out of your line-up. He is a safe bet for 100 and a touchdown but he always has the capability for 150 and 2 plus touchdowns. Again, start Demaryius Thomas.

Andre Johnson
Texans WR Andre Johnson
Johnson was the main target in Houston last week even though DeAndre Hopkins stole the spotlight with a splash play and a touchdown. Houston gets an Oakland team that made Geno Smith look like a decent NFL QB. Johnson should have another solid game this week and we like him to find the end zone. He was a player that slipped in a lot of fantasy drafts so if you got a steal for him make sure you have him in the line-up this week.


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Giants WR Victor Cruz
8 catches for 50 yards isn't a great fantasy stat line, but if that is the stat line of your entire wide receiver group that's a horse of a different color. Jerrel Jernigan who was started in likely 0% of fantasy leagues led the giants receivers with 4 catches and 25 yards. Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle combined for 4 catches for 25 yards. The Giants offense was playing from behind from basically the start of the game and still couldn't muster much of anything. Until further notice stay far away from anything related to the NY Giants.

Keenan Allen
Chargers WR Keenan Allen
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He had a disappointing week one and a healthy Malcom Floyd might indicate trouble for those that are counting on Allen to be a true number one wide out. Floyd and Philip Rivers have years of history together and Floyd has been an excellent deep threat when available. Saying all that doesn't even include that Allen and the Chargers are going to be playing on a short week against the leagues best secondary. If you have another option at wide receiver keep Allen on the bench.

Torrey Smith
Ravens WR Torrey Smith
He has never registered 100 yards in his career against the Steelers. A Thursday night matchup that is traditionally difficult for receivers and a new emphasis on getting the ball to tight ends points to Smith having a 2nd straight down game.


Jimmy Graham
Saints TE Jimmy Graham
It’s pretty simple to us, when Jimmy Graham is healthy it’s unlikely he goes back to back weeks without a touchdown. He was targeted plenty last week and still had over 80 yards, he just didn’t get in the end zone. Look for that to change this week, especially going against a Cleveland team that often struggles against TEs this week. Anyone who drafted Graham isn’t sitting him this week anyway, but don’t get frustrated by last week.

Dennis Pitta
Ravens TE Dennis Pitta
Gary Kubiak loves tight ends and the Ravens offense reinforced last week that Pitta will be a major stud this season. Pitta was hurt at the beginning of last season and despite putting up some solid weeks in the last half of the season, despite never truly being healthy. Pitta has struggled against Pittsburgh in the past, but he was never used in the way Kubiak’s offense does.


Jason Witten
Cowboys TE Jason Witten
Tony Romo struggled mightily last week and Jason Witten felt the brunt with just 2 catches for 14 yards. Witten’s fantasy value has never been from getting in the end zone. He was a consistent pass catcher who racked up catches as a safety valve for Romo. Right now Romo isn't looking for a saftey valve he is looking for an ejector seat. Look for Witten to continue to struggle.

Delanie Walker
Titans TE Delanie Walker
Walker is coming off a career year in touchdowns(6) and yards(571) and is already 30 years old. He is totally touchdown dependent - in his nine NFL seasons he has one game over 85 yards. A lot of folks will be throwing Walker into the line-up against a weak Cowboys defense but we think that is a mistake. Stay away from Walker if you can and pray for the best if he is your only option.


Larry Fitzgerald
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
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Since when has Larry Fitzgerald become a sleeper? Well, two consecutive less than stellar seasons and a week one performance that netted 2 fantasy points will make that happen. Fitzgerald's father came out after Monday nights win and made some comments that questioned Fitzgerald's role in the Cardinals offense. There are a ton of questions about Fitz in Arizona even though he is arguably the greatest player in franchise history. The easiest way to diffuse this situation for now is to get him the ball. That will happen this week against the NY Giants who looked as horrible as any team in week one.

Eric Decker
Jets WR Eric Decker
We liked Decker as a sleeper last week and like him just as much if not more going into week 2. Decker led the Jets with catches (5) and yards (74) and we expect him to have similar numbers with a solid chance to find the end zone against a Green Bay secondary that looked lost last week. Decker certainly benefited from Peyton Manning over the past two season, but he still hauled in 8 touchdowns in his 2nd season in the league with a QB duo of Kyle Orten/Tim Tebow. Decker can make this work with a sub-par QB, don't give up on him and in fact see if you can low-ball someone in trade for him.

Hakeem Nicks
Colts WR Hakeem Nicks
In week one Nicks looked much more like guy who posted 2200+ yards and 18 touchdowns in 2010 & 2011 than the guy who struggled through the last two seasons. A change of scenery can do that. The Colts really haven't had a red zone threat over the past few seasons and the combination of Luck to Nicks could be something special. Especially considering Nicks is on a one year prove it deal in Indy.

Niles Paul
Redskins TE Niles Paul
When Mike Shanahan came to Washington DC he made reference to Niles Paul having some similar attributes to the legendary Bronco's TE Shannon Sharpe. Paul never put it together during Shanahan's tenure but with Jordan Reed injured early last week Paul showed up leading the team in yards(86) last week. With Reed almost surely out at least this week look for Paul to be a nice safety net for a struggling RGIII.

Jermaine Gresham
Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham
Tyler Eifert looked good in the Bengals offense and Gresham is going to have to fill in for a while for Eifert. The Bengals should be in a shoot-out with Atlanta this week and Gresham should have numerous opportunities to put up some stats if he can just hold onto the ball, which has been a consistent problem with him. He is also another player looking to show he is worth a big contract as he heads into free agency after the season.


Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins
By Frank Mineophoto of journalist Frank Mineo
Frank is a communication and public relations graduate of Edinboro University and a life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Frank has been playing fantasy sports for over 15 years.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Wide Receivers to Add

Mohammed Sanu
A.J. Green looks like he is at least going to have a puncher's chance of playing this week, but even if he does he likely will not be 100%. Sanu, a big target who's one of the strongest WRs in the league, has shown flashes throughout his career but he has been frustratingly inconsistent. He is the epitome of a boom or bust fantasy option as he seems just as likely to catch two touchdown passes and throw another one himself as he is to wind up with a goose-egg on the day. There is not a lot of depth on most wide receiver waiver wires so Sanu is worth a look especially with AJ Green's injury status at least somewhat questionable.

James Jones
The Oakland Raiders are not a good football team but James Jones has two touchdowns in two weeks and went over 100 yards in week 2. Jones has been treated like a red-headed stepchild since his days in Green Bay and yet in 7 seasons he has averaged over 600 yards per season and over 5 touchdowns in a very crowded Packers receiving group. Obviously Derek Carr is no Aaron Rodgers but Jones is the number one option on this team by a long shot. It's also of benefit that it looks like the Raiders will be playing from behind frequently this season. A number one option on a godawful team can generally be better than a 2nd or 3rd option on a middling or even good offense. Remember, fantasy football and real football are two different things: you are looking for the players that will get you points and Jones looks like he is going to do that this year.

Marcus Wheaton/DeAndre Hopkins
The waiver wire isn't ripe with break-out wide receivers and these two receivers are owned in about 75% of most leagues but if you are lucky enough to be in one of the 25% where they are sitting on a the block, run quickly to pick them up. The Steelers struggled to put up points in week 2 but Wheaton continued to flash break-out potential. He was used on end-arounds and has breakaway speed. Hopkins has two touchdowns through two games and while he isn't likely to keep up that pace, he is definitely the top red zone target for Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Wide Receivers to Drop

Allen Hurns
I begrudgingly mentioned him last week as an add, only because his stat line in week 1 dictated he had to be mentioned. Although I did warn fantasy owners that he was the fourth most talented wide receiver on the team behind Cecil Shorts, Allen Robinson, and Marquise Lee. With Hurns banged up he is likely a safe bet to drop for week 3. I would stay away from other Jags receivers, although if Cecil Shorts is around and healthy, he might be worth a flyer as he has consistently shown production regardless of who was throwing him the ball.

Riley Cooper
Jeremy Maclin is the number one receiving option and Zach Ertz appears to be the number two option. Through two weeks Cooper has had 10 targets so there is some optimism to be had but Cooper has a total of 5 catches for 37 yards and the offense doesn't seem concerned with getting Cooper involved. Rather than dropping Cooper outright look to package him in a trade as someone else might value him higher than you do through two weeks.

Kenny Britt
Britt is not owned in a ton of leagues at this point but for those of us who thought he might be a fantasy sleeper on former coach Jeff Fisher's new team will have to concede defeat at this point. The St. Louis offense can only support one receiver and that is a low end WR2/WR3 in Brian Quick.

Tight Ends to Add

Niles Paul
I mentioned Niles Paul as a waiver wire pick up last week and nobody seemed to listen much, so I have no choice but to mention him again this week. After two weeks Paul is in the top ten in the league in receiving yards (that includes all players, not just tight ends). Paul seems to finally be putting his potential together and even if Jordan Reed returns to the offense, I am not sure he is going to completely take Paul off the field.

Travis Kelce
The Kansas City offense showed some signs of life on Sunday and Kelce was a beneficiary of 6 targets. He took advantage of the opportunity with 4 grabs for 81 yards. Kelce is a young guy who probably has more upside in keeper and dynasty leagues but with bye weeks starting next week it is time to start looking at tight ends especially if you only went with the strategy of drafting just one TE. With no true number one wideout and Jamaal Charles possibly hobbled for an extended period of time, someone has to get the ball in Kansas City and that guy could be Kelce.

Tight Ends to Drop

Marcedes Lewis
Poor Marcedes Lewis, he flashes potential at least once or twice a year and then he either gets hurt or disappears into the ether for weeks at a time. His blocking skills have always made him a better football player than fantasy football player and the fact that he plays for the Jaguars has never helped. He is out 6-8 weeks and there is absolutely no reason to hang onto him. Drop him now and if you really have your heart set on getting him back keep an eye on his recovery.

Tim Wright
When he was traded to New England many fantasy football degenerates (I may or may not be talking about myself) had visions of the two tight end sets in New England where Gronk and Aaron Hernadez put up consistent enough numbers to justify starting both players week-in and week-out. The reality is that this New England offense is much more reflective of their early 2000's offense than it is of the Randy Moss and company offense. Gronkowski should still end up in the top 5 in fantasy rankings but I wouldn't be shocked to see him end up as the only New England skill position player finishing in the top 10 in fantasy points at their position group. It's not crazy to hold onto Wright on the off-chance Gronkowski gets injured but at this point that is the only reason to keep him on your roster.