2021 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers
Fantasy football is in full swing as we head into Week 2 of the NFL season. The wide receiver position is stacked this year, making it the easiest position to stream. Starting superstar players is always necessary, but you could give yourself an advantage playing a nice streaming option in the FLEX spot as well.
When it comes to fantasy football, nobody really knows what will happen. However, there are favorable matchups that make some players a strong play, or vice versa. These advantages can give you an edge over your weekly opponents.
There are three receivers who should be started on every fantasy team, while there are three who should be avoided in Week 2. With that said, here are the wide receivers you should start and/or sit in your fantasy football leagues.
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Week 2 Start ‘Em
3. Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown went bonkers in Week 1 and that shouldn’t end anytime soon. In fact, he could end up being the top fantasy receiver in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense. After torching the Dallas Cowboys, Brown and the Bucs face off against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2.
The Falcons might have the worst defense in the league and virtually have no chance of competing with the Bucs. We witnessed the Philadelphia Eagles pick apart the Falcons defense, so we can only imagine what Tom Brady and company will do. Start Antonio Brown with confidence, as he’s a strong FLEX play against the Falcons.
2. Tee Higgins
It took a minute for Tee Higgins to get acclimated to the offense in Week 1, but he eventually took off and never looked back. Joe Burrow has the privilege of throwing to multiple talented wide receivers on the Cincinnati Bengals and he’ll be able to feed them all. After clinching a narrow victory over the Minnesota Vikings, the Bengals face off against the Chicago Bears next.
This is a favorable matchup for the Bengals wide receiver group. Chicago was torched by the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1. Cincinnati has a dangerous passing game and Tee Higgins should be the main beneficiary. Higgins goes up against a weak secondary once again, making him a must-start in all fantasy football formats.
1. Tyreek Hill
If you have Tyreek Hill on your fantasy team you’re never taking him out of the lineup except during the Kansas City Chiefs bye week. However, Hill is a must-start regardless, as the Chiefs take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2.
Baltimore’s pass coverage was vulnerable in Week 1, as they made the Las Vegas Raiders passing attack look like one of the best in the league. If that’s the case, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs should have no problem scorching the Ravens’ secondary throughout Sunday night. Look for Hill to potentially have the biggest game of his career, making him a fantasy football cheat code.
Week 2 Sit ‘Em
3. Brandon Aiyuk
After receiving a ton of hype throughout the offseason, Brandon Aiyuk played limited snaps and was removed from the San Francisco 49ers offensive scheme. He wasn’t targeted once, and head coach Mike Shanahan claims Aiyuk is “still learning how to be a pro.”
Additionally, Aiyuk suffered a hamstring injury in August, which may have been the real reason he didn’t see the field much. For now, avoid starting Brandon Aiyuk at all costs, but keep him stashed on your bench. There is still plenty of time for him to rejoin the offense and if he does, then Aiyuk becomes a solid fantasy option once again.
2. Julio Jones
It was a rough season opener for the Tennessee Titans as nearly nothing worked against the Arizona Cardinals. The Titans’ starters did score just enough fantasy points to get by, but Julio Jones was essentially non-existent. There is clearly no chemistry built between Jones and Ryan Tannehill right now, which makes Julio Jones a risky play for Week 2.
Jones will eventually become a huge asset in the Titans’ offense but it’ll take some time. The good news is that Tannehill at least targeted Jones in the red zone, which bodes well for his future outlook. If you have another wide receiver worth starting, put them in over Jones. We might not see the Titans’ offense hit full stride until Week 4, so be patient with Julio Jones.
1. Kenny Golladay
Kenny Golladay had a decent first game with the New York Giants. Had he recorded a touchdown, he would’ve been a great play in fantasy football. Heading into the Giants’ next game though, they face off against the Washington Football Team, who have an elite defense.
New York’s offensive line is one of the worst in the league, which doesn’t bode well for the Giants’ passing attack on Thursday. Additionally, Washington’s coach Ron Rivera is known for scheming a stout pass coverage. The defense might be too much to handle for the Giants, making Kenny Golladay a risky play in Week 2.