At this point in the season, each roster should have a clear WR1 that hoards targets. These are star players such as Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, and others. However, owners are unlikely to own more than one stud WR1 and are often searching for a solid WR2. Some teams lack depth in the WR department, while other teams are flush with a few options behind the top receiver. The following candidates are the top WR2 players to own right now, and may be capable of using on a weekly basis:
Bryant is obviously behind Antoni Brown on Pittsburgh’s depth chart, but he is always a threat. He would likely be a WR1 on some rosters throughout the league – Jets, Bears, etc. – and he present solid flex appeal each week. He has yet to have a more than three catches in a game this season, but he is still working on building chemistry with Big Ben after taking last season off due to suspension. He is always capable off beating defenses downfield, and he recorded 3 catches for 91 yards and a TD in week 2. Big Ben will continue to look for him as the season progresses as he is critical to the Steelers’ success.
rAdams’ health may be in question as he left the game after taking a brutal hit to the helmet in last night’s TNF matchup. However he did start the game with a TD on the opening drive, but only finished with 2 catches. Rodgers loves to spread the ball around and Adams is becoming one of his favorite receivers to target. Jordy Nelson is seen as the Packers WR1, but Adams has recorded more receptions so far this season. Until last night, Adams was the only capable WR on Green Bay’s roster that has avoided missing time. He will have some extra time to recover, and should be a starter each week if healthy.
Both Sanders and Demaryius Thomas may have been considered WR1s back when Peyton Manning was spreading the ball in Denver. This season, Sanders has quickly developed rapport with Trevor Siemian, already racking up 16 catches for 163 yards and 2 TDs. Sanders is probably one of the most valuable WR2s in the NFL, receiving 33% of Denver’s targets over the past two games. Sanders is a clear starter each week at this point.
Hogan was an unknown player in most fantasy circles heading into last season. He has now managed to force himself onto the field as one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets. Brandin Cooks is still developing his chemistry with Brady, but he has really improved over the past few games. This, and the presence of Rob Gronkowski, will hurt Hogan’s overall target total, but he always seems to be at the right place at the right time. As long as Brady and the Patriots are moving the ball effectively, Hogan will be a useful asset.
Parker has seemingly flourished since the arrival of Jay Cutler in Miami. He is seeing a ton of targets and remains the Dolphins’ most dangerous deep threat. The Dolphins have only played two games this season, but Parker has already seen 19 targets and collected 12 receptions. The Louisville product is always a deep threat, and we all know Cutler loves to chuck the ball downfield. Parker is going to have a huge season and can be seen as a safe flex play each week.