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Fantasy Football 2014 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 2

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A.J. Green

A.J. Green

The brilliance that is Calvin Johnson, who checks in at No. 1 on Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 2, was on full display this past Monday night. All Johnson did was catch seven passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the Lions’ win over the Giants and there’s little doubt he would have done more damage had be been targeted more. Megatron wasn’t the only wide receiver to post big numbers in Week 1 either as A.J. Green, Antonio Brown, Cordarrelle Patterson, Steve Smith and undrafted rookie Allen Hurns all finished with at least 21.3 fantasy points (Athlon scoring). Hurns did most of his damage in the first quarter (3 rec., 101 yards, 3 TDs) while Patterson had three carries for 102 yards rushing, including a highlight-reel 67-yard TD dash. 

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2014 NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

Comments

1

Calvin Johnson

DET

at CAR

Unstoppable (7-164-2) on MNF vs. Giants.

2

Demaryius Thomas

DEN

vs. KC

Quiet opener (4-48) for Thomas.

3

A.J. Green

CIN

vs. ATL

Quiet game until highlight-reel 77-yard GW-TD.

4

Julio Jones

ATL

at CIN

Foot wasn't an issue (7-116) vs. Saints.

5

Jordy Nelson

GB

vs. NYJ

Fairly effective (9-83) vs. Legion of Boom.

6

Dez Bryant

DAL

at TEN

Dez out of shape to start the season?

7

Antonio Brown

PIT

at BAL (Thurs.)

Explosive (23.2 ypc, TD) vs. Browns.

8

Brandon Marshall

CHI

at SF

Cutler's favorite target found end zone vs. Bills.

9

Andre Johnson

HOU

at OAK

Clicked w/ Fitzpatrick, but no red zone looks.

10

Randall Cobb

GB

vs. NYJ

 

11

Emmanuel Sanders

DEN

vs. KC

Targeted nine times (6-77) in Broncos' debut.

12

Alshon Jeffery

CHI

at SF

Hopefully hamstring won't be a long-term issue.

13

Percy Harvin

SEA

at SD

Seahawks will find a way to get ball in Harvin's hands.

14

Michael Floyd

ARI

at NYG

Palmer's favorite target (5-119) on MNF vs. SD.

15

Vincent Jackson

TB

vs. STL

Bucs' passing game sluggish out of the gates.

16

Cordarrelle Patterson

MIN

vs. NE

Put up 100 rushing yards on just 3 carries.

17

Roddy White

ATL

at CIN

Caught TD pass, but also banged up his knee vs. NO.

18

Pierre Garcon

WAS

vs. JAC

Redskins' new O still a work in progress.

19

Jeremy Maclin

PHI

at IND (Mon.)

Just 4 catches, but went for 97 yards and a TD.

20

Julian Edelman

NE

at MIN

 

21

Reggie Wayne

IND

vs. PHI (Mon.)

 

22

Mike Wallace

MIA

at BUF

Solid start (7-81-1) in new offense.

23

Marques Colston

NO

at CLE

Brandin Cooks real threat to Colston's targets.

24

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

at NYG

Saw just 4 targets (1-22) vs. Chargers.

25

Kendall Wright

TEN

vs. DAL

TD catch in Week 1 very good sign.

26

DeSean Jackson

WAS

vs. JAC

How he's used in passing game worth watching.

27

Victor Cruz

NYG

vs. ARI

He and Eli didn't click Monday night in new O.

28

Keenan Allen

SD

vs. SEA

SEA secondary could limit looks.

29

Brandin Cooks

NO

at CLE

Rookie offered instant impact (7-77-1) vs. Falcons.

30

Eric Decker

NYJ

at GB

Rooting against Broncos, but probably misses Peyton.

31

Torrey Smith

BAL

vs. PIT (Thurs.)

Other Smith and Pitta targeted more than Torrey.

32

Michael Crabtree

SF

vs. CHI

Played while nursing calf injury, but didn't do much.

33

T.Y. Hilton

IND

vs. PHI (Mon.)

Role unclear with Wayne and TE Allen back.

34

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

at OAK

Johnson had more yards, but Hopkins got the TD.

35

Kelvin Benjamin

CAR

vs. DET

Scores TD in first game and w/o Cam at QB.

36

Justin Hunter

TEN

vs. DAL

Averaged 21 yards per catch, but just 3 rec.

37

Golden Tate

DET

at CAR

Respectable (6-93) debut with Lions.

38

Markus Wheaton

PIT

at BAL (Thurs.)

Big Ben's new deep threat (6-97 vs. CLE)?

39

Terrance Williams

DAL

at TEN

 

40

Anquan Boldin

SF

vs. CHI

Led 49er wideouts w/ Crabtree hobbled by calf.

41

Dwayne Bowe

KC

at DEN

Back after one-game suspension.

42

Greg Jennings

MIN

vs. NE

Hooks up with Cassel yet again for a TD.

43

Malcom Floyd

SD

at NYG

Triumphant return to the field w/ 4 rec. and TD.

44

Steve Smith

BAL

vs. PIT (Thurs.)

80-yard TD highlighted huge (7-118) Ravens' debut.

45

Andrew Hawkins

CLE

vs. NO

No. 1 WR for Hoyer as long as Gordon is suspended.

46

Cecil Shorts

JAC

at WAS

Did not play (hamstring) in Week 1. Watch status.

47

Allen Hurns

JAC

at WAS

Big 1st Q (3-101-2), but quiet afterwards vs. PHI.

48

Brian Quick

STL

at TB

Rams' top target (7-99) in Week 1.

49

Mike Evans

TB

vs. STL

 

50

Riley Cooper

PHI

at IND (Mon.)

 

51

Marqise Lee

JAC

at WAS

Rookie led way with 10 targets (6-62) last week.

52

Sammy Watkins

BUF

vs. MIA

Very quiet (3-31) debut for rookie.

53

Jarrett Boykin

GB

vs. NYJ

Drew the Richard Sherman card last week.

54

Kenbrell Thompkins

NE

at MIN

 

55

Rod Streater

OAK

vs. HOU

 

56

James Jones

OAK

vs. HOU

 

57

Donnie Avery

KC

at DEN

 

58

Rueben Randle

NYG

vs. ARI

Dreadful (2 targets, 1 catch) opening effort.

59

Tavon Austin

STL

at TB

Had as many carries as catches (3 each).

60

Danny Amendola

NE

at MIN

 

61

Doug Baldwin

SEA

at SD

 

62

Hakeem Nicks

IND

vs. PHI (Mon.)

Already more TDs (1) than all of last season.

63

Brian Hartline

MIA

at BUF

 

64

Andre Caldwell

DEN

vs. KC

Apparently ahead of rookie Latimer on depth chart.

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Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING

All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

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