Our Week 2 choose or lose picks continue to roll on with our wide receiver picks. We’ve already seen a No. 1 receiver go down (Dez Bryant) and there were several other top-tier receivers that didn’t perform well in Week 1. Of course, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones get a pass with their great performances, and you will be starting them every week.
Packers Receivers vs. Seahawks
Last season, Aaron Rodgers told Packers’ fans to R-E-L-A-X. This year’s matchup with the Seahawks and their Chancellor-less defense has Rodgers thinking one thing: R-E-V-E-N-G-E. James Jones had a great first game back with Rodgers and Co., and he will probably get the most red zone touches once again. That doesn’t mean you should shy away from Cobb or Adams though. If I had them all, I’d start every single one of them in Week 2.
John Brown vs. Bears
If you read the Week 2 choose or lose quarterback article, then you already now that Carson Palmer is set to have a big game. The Cardinals’ receivers had a great day against the Saints last week, and Brown should be able to outrun every DB on the field that is in a Bears uniform. His mix of speed and acceleration will be a problem for the Bears in Week 2.
Jarvis Landry vs. Jaguars
Landry had a punt return for a touchdown last week and was also targeted 11 times by Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He will continue to be a high-target receiver for the Dolphins and that bodes well for all leagues, especially PPR leagues. If your league also includes return yards, Landry should have been taken in the draft. If he’s available in your league, go get him now prior to finishing this article.
Andre Johnson vs. Jets
Johnson looked sluggish against the Bills‘ defense on Sunday, and I don’t expect him to look any better against the Jets on Monday Night Football. With T.Y. Hilton (knee) most likely out for the next few weeks, I don’t expect Johnson to provide enough of a spark to be worthy of a start on fantasy rosters. If teams shut down Moncrief, expect the Colts to suffer the consequences.
Chiefs Receivers vs. Broncos
Much like the Packers’ receivers needing a must-start this week, the opposite is true of the Chiefs’ receiving corps. Going up against the Broncos’ defense at home is nice, but Alex Smith hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass to a member of the receiving unit since 2013. Denver’s defense looked solid against the Ravens and they should continue that trend against the Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.
On the Bubble
Julian Edelman vs. Bills
Edelman had a big game against the Steelers last Thursday, but there is something about this matchup that I am unsure of. Yes, Tom Brady is the one throwing the ball for the Patriots, but the Bills’ secondary was solid against Andrew Luck and the Colts last week. The scariest threat for Buffalo is most likely only Gronk.
Donte Moncrief vs. Jets
Revis will probably line up across from Moncrief in most situations on MNF in Week 2, so that makes him a bubble receiver for me. A lot of fantasy people like Moncrief in this matchup, but I’m not expecting much in Hilton’s absence without production from Andre Johnson. He’s a risky start against a stout Jets’ defense.