Start/Sit Advice: Computer Projecting Sammy Watkins, Terry McLaurin and Amari Cooper to Come Through for Fantasy Teams in Week 2

Out of the top 90 wide receivers based on projected fantasy points, 29 have a projected rank that is substantially better than their rank from last season. Sammy Watkins is currently the #30 player at his position, but he is projected to be the #1 ranked wide receiver. Terry McLaurin (#57) and Amari Cooper (#11) are also wide receivers who are projected to improve on their season rank this week. There are only 5 wide receivers who are projected to be week 2 fantasy busts. Mike Williams, for example, is projected to be just the #71 wide receiver in week 2 and some owners may have better options. If you need help at wide receiver there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 90 in week 2. At #37, Dante Pettis is the highest ranking one.

[NOTE: In the early part of a season we include stats from last year in our 'current season' rankings.]

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[*] = Owned in Under 65% of Leagues, [+/-] = Players With Better/Worse Ranking vs Season-to-Date

TOP 1-3031-6061-90
S. Watkins (KC) 15.5 FP +J. Landry (CLE) 8.6 FPD. Amendola* (DET) 5.8 FP
D. Hopkins (HOU) 13.3 FPK. Golladay (DET) 8.3 FPZ. Jones* (BUF) 5.8 FP
O. Beckham (CLE) 13.2 FP +C. Samuel (CAR) 8.3 FP +P. Dorsett* (NE) 5.6 FP
K. Allen (LAC) 12.6 FP +M. Brown (BAL) 8.1 FP +C. Kirk (ARI) 5.6 FP
J. Jones (ATL) 12 FPJ. Crowder (NYJ) 8 FP +D. Samuel* (SF) 5.3 FP
J. Edelman (NE) 11.7 FP +E. Sanders (DEN) 7.9 FPK. Stills* (HOU) 5.3 FP
M. Thomas (NO) 11.6 FPD. Pettis* (SF) 7.7 FP +G. Allison* (GB) 5.2 FP
R. Woods (LAR) 11.2 FPR. Anderson (NYJ) 7.7 FP +P. Richardson* (WAS) 5.1 FP
J. Gordon (NE) 11.1 FP +M. Gallup (DAL) 7.6 FP +A. Brown* (TEN) 4.9 FP
D. Adams (GB) 10.8 FPD. Westbrook (JAC) 7.6 FPK. Coutee* (HOU) 4.8 FP
A. Cooper (DAL) 10.7 FP +D. Metcalf (SEA) 7.2 FP +M. Williams (LAC) 4.7 FP -
A. Jeffery (PHI) 10.7 FP +C. Sutton (DEN) 7.2 FP +M. Hardman* (KC) 4.7 FP
T. Williams (OAK) 10.6 FP +W. Fuller (HOU) 7.1 FP +R. Cobb* (DAL) 4.7 FP
J. Smith-Schuster (PIT) 10.6 FPM. Goodwin* (SF) 7 FPT. Gabriel* (CHI) 4.6 FP
A. Thielen (MIN) 10.6 FPJ. Washington (PIT) 6.9 FP +W. Snead* (BAL) 4.4 FP
T. Boyd (CIN) 10.5 FP +M. Jones (DET) 6.9 FP +P. Williams* (MIA) 4.2 FP
M. Evans (TB) 10.5 FPM. Sanu* (ATL) 6.9 FP -R. Higgins* (CLE) 4.1 FP
B. Cooks (LAR) 10.3 FPD. Moncrief* (PIT) 6.8 FP +B. Perriman* (TB) 4.1 FP
T. Hilton (IND) 10 FPM. Valdes-Scantling (GB) 6.5 FP +A. Hurns* (MIA) 4 FP
D. Moore (CAR) 10 FP +D. Parker* (MIA) 6.5 FPA. Humphries* (TEN) 3.9 FP
C. Kupp (LAR) 9.9 FP +L. Fitzgerald (ARI) 6.4 FP -D. Hamilton* (DEN) 3.9 FP
D. Jackson (PHI) 9.5 FP +D. Chark* (JAC) 6.4 FPH. Renfrow* (OAK) 3.9 FP
A. Brown (NE) 9.3 FP -C. Latimer* (NYG) 6.4 FPC. Beasley* (BUF) 3.9 FP
J. Ross (CIN) 9.3 FP +N. Agholor* (PHI) 6.2 FPT. Quinn* (WAS) 3.8 FP
Jo. Brown (BUF) 9.2 FP +M. Boykin* (BAL) 6.2 FPD. Robinson* (KC) 3.6 FP
A. Robinson (CHI) 9.2 FP +T. Smith* (NO) 6.2 FPR. Grant* (OAK) 3.6 FP
C. Godwin (TB) 9.2 FPT. McLaurin* (WAS) 6.1 FP +T. Benjamin* (LAC) 3.5 FP
C. Ridley (ATL) 9.1 FPC. Davis* (TEN) 5.9 FP -B. Fowler* (NYG) 3.5 FP
S. Diggs (MIN) 9 FPT. Ginn* (NO) 5.9 FPJ. Wright* (CAR) 3.4 FP
T. Lockett (SEA) 8.7 FP -A. Miller* (CHI) 5.9 FPJ. Reynolds* (LAR) 3.3 FP

Top 30 Projected Quarterbacks Week 2

If you need help at quarterback there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in week 2. Andy Dalton, at #17, is the highest ranking quarterback of this waiver wire group. There are 9 quarterbacks that you will want to make sure are starting for you because they are projected to be better in week 2 than their season-to-date rank. Tom Brady, at #2, is the highest ranking quarterback of this 'must start' group. There are 8 quarterbacks that ordinarily are fantasy starters, that you may need to bench. Matthew Stafford, for example, is projected to be just the #23 quarterback in week 2 and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
P. Mahomes (KC) 32.5 FPD. Prescott (DAL) 22.5 FP -M. Trubisky* (CHI) 18.2 FP -
T. Brady (NE) 27.9 FP +M. Ryan (ATL) 21.9 FP -K. Cousins (MIN) 18 FP -
C. Newton (CAR) 26.6 FP +P. Rivers (LAC) 21.5 FPM. Stafford* (DET) 18 FP -
C. Wentz (PHI) 25.4 FP +J. Winston (TB) 21.1 FP +M. Mariota* (TEN) 17.7 FP
L. Jackson (BAL) 24.1 FP +D. Brees (NO) 21 FP -J. Brissett* (IND) 15.4 FP
B. Mayfield (CLE) 23.9 FP +J. Garoppolo (SF) 20.1 FP +J. Flacco* (DEN) 14.4 FP
D. Watson (HOU) 23.7 FPA. Dalton* (CIN) 20 FPK. Murray (ARI) 13.9 FP +
J. Goff (LAR) 23 FPA. Rodgers (GB) 19.9 FP -R. Fitzpatrick* (MIA) 13.5 FP
D. Carr (OAK) 23 FP +R. Wilson (SEA) 19.8 FP -E. Manning* (NYG) 11.6 FP
B. Roethlisberger (PIT) 22.7 FPJ. Allen* (BUF) 19.3 FPT. Hill* (NO) 3.6 FP

Top 60 Projected Running Backs Week 2

There are 28 running backs whose projected week 2 rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. Ezekiel Elliott, at #2, is the highest ranking running back of this 'must start' group. There are 9 running backs that ordinarily are fantasy starters, that you may need to bench. Peyton Barber, for example, is projected to be just the #48 running back in week 2 and some owners may have better options. If you need help at running back there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 60 in week 2. Rex Burkhead, at #37, is the highest ranking running back of this waiver wire group.

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
C. McCaffrey (CAR) 21.1 FPJ. White (NE) 10.2 FP -R. Jones (TB) 7 FP +
E. Elliott (DAL) 16.4 FP +J. Mixon (CIN) 9.9 FPR. Mostert* (SF) 7 FP
A. Kamara (NO) 16.4 FPM. Breida (SF) 9.6 FP +J. Howard (PHI) 6.9 FP -
N. Chubb (CLE) 16.2 FP +L. McCoy (KC) 9.5 FP +D. Sproles* (PHI) 6.7 FP
S. Barkley (NYG) 15.7 FPD. Montgomery (CHI) 9.5 FP +D. Lewis (TEN) 6.7 FP
J. Jacobs (OAK) 15.5 FP +A. Jones (GB) 9.3 FPM. Brown (LAR) 6.7 FP +
L. Bell (NYJ) 15.2 FP +L. Murray (NO) 9.2 FP +C. Hyde (HOU) 6.5 FP
A. Ekeler (LAC) 14.9 FP +D. Freeman (ATL) 9.1 FP +P. Barber (TB) 6.4 FP -
D. Cook (MIN) 13.6 FP +D. Johnson (HOU) 9.1 FP +J. Samuels* (PIT) 6.3 FP
J. Conner (PIT) 13.3 FPM. Sanders (PHI) 8.8 FP +R. Freeman (DEN) 6.3 FP
D. Henry (TEN) 12.8 FPA. Peterson (WAS) 8.8 FP -J. Hill* (BAL) 6 FP +
C. Carson (SEA) 12.2 FPD. Singletary (BUF) 8.7 FP +D. Thompson* (KC) 5.8 FP +
T. Gurley (LAR) 11.5 FP -P. Lindsay (DEN) 8.5 FP -I. Smith* (ATL) 5.6 FP
S. Michel (NE) 11.5 FPK. Drake (MIA) 8.3 FP -A. Mattison* (MIN) 5.5 FP +
M. Ingram (BAL) 11.3 FP +C. Thompson (WAS) 8.2 FP +C. Anderson* (DET) 5.4 FP
M. Mack (IND) 11.2 FPT. Cohen (CHI) 8.1 FP -J. Richard* (OAK) 5.4 FP
K. Johnson (DET) 10.8 FP +R. Burkhead* (NE) 7.5 FPT. Pollard* (DAL) 5.4 FP +
D. Williams (KC) 10.6 FP +G. Bernard (CIN) 7.5 FP +J. Williams* (GB) 5 FP
L. Fournette (JAC) 10.3 FP +J. Jackson (LAC) 7.5 FP +K. Ballage* (MIA) 5 FP
D. Johnson (ARI) 10.2 FP -R. Penny (SEA) 7.1 FP +F. Gore* (BUF) 5 FP

Top 30 Projected Tight Ends Week 2

If you need help at tight end there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in week 2. Vernon Davis, at #12, is the highest ranking tight end of this waiver wire group. There are only 6 tight ends whose week 2 projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #3, Evan Engram is the highest ranking must start. There are only 3 tight ends who are projected to be week 2 fantasy busts. Eric Ebron, for example, is projected to be just the #16 tight end. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
T. Kelce (KC) 12.9 FPJ. Cook (NO) 7 FP -K. Rudolph* (MIN) 4.2 FP
G. Kittle (SF) 9.9 FPV. Davis* (WAS) 5.8 FPW. Dissly* (SEA) 4.1 FP
E. Engram (NYG) 8.9 FP +A. Hooper (ATL) 5.7 FP -T. Eifert* (CIN) 4 FP
Z. Ertz (PHI) 8.9 FPG. Olsen* (CAR) 5.5 FP +B. Jarwin* (DAL) 3.9 FP
D. Walker (TEN) 8.1 FP +V. McDonald (PIT) 5.4 FPD. Harris* (CLE) 3.8 FP
D. Waller (OAK) 8 FP +E. Ebron (IND) 5.3 FP -G. Swaim* (JAC) 3.7 FP
O. Howard (TB) 7.7 FP +J. Graham (GB) 5 FPN. Fant* (DEN) 3.6 FP
D. Njoku (CLE) 7.5 FPC. Brate* (TB) 4.5 FPJ. Doyle* (IND) 3.6 FP
M. Andrews (BAL) 7.2 FPD. Goedert* (PHI) 4.4 FPT. Higbee* (LAR) 3.5 FP
T. Hockenson (DET) 7 FP +C. Uzomah* (CIN) 4.4 FPR. Griffin* (NYJ) 3.4 FP

Top 30 Projected Kickers Week 2

If you need help at kicker there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in week 2. At #8, Matt Bryant is the highest ranking one. Robbie Gould is the only kicker whose projected rank in week 2 is much better than their season-to-date rank. There are only 2 kickers who are projected to be week 2 fantasy busts. Jason Myers, for example, is projected to be just the #20 kicker. He is still probably a fantasy starter for most owners.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
S. Gostkowski (NE) 9.4 FPM. Prater (DET) 7 FPB. McManus* (DEN) 5.9 FP
R. Gould (SF) 9.1 FP +S. Ficken* (NYJ) 7 FPS. Hauschka* (BUF) 5.9 FP
H. Butker (KC) 9 FPC. Santos* (TEN) 6.9 FPM. Gay* (TB) 5.8 FP
J. Tucker (BAL) 8.7 FPJ. Elliott (PHI) 6.9 FPA. Rosas* (NYG) 5.6 FP
G. Zuerlein (LAR) 8.2 FPC. Boswell* (PIT) 6.8 FPR. Bullock* (CIN) 5.5 FP
K. Fairbairn (HOU) 8 FPJ. Slye* (CAR) 6.7 FPE. Pineiro* (CHI) 5.5 FP
W. Lutz (NO) 7.9 FPD. Hopkins* (WAS) 6.6 FPD. Bailey* (MIN) 5.4 FP
M. Bryant* (ATL) 7.5 FPB. Maher (DAL) 6.5 FP -A. Vinatieri* (IND) 5 FP
A. Seibert* (CLE) 7.4 FPD. Carlson* (OAK) 6.2 FPZ. Gonzalez* (ARI) 4.9 FP
M. Crosby* (GB) 7.3 FPJ. Myers* (SEA) 6.1 FP -J. Lambo* (JAC) 4.8 FP

Top 30 Projected Defenses Week 2

Below are projected rankings for Week 2 fantasy defenses. Teams marked with an asterisk (*) are owned in less than 65% of leagues. The best pickup to consider is the Carolina Defense. The Houston Defense should have a particularly strong week. You may need to bench the LA Rams Defense as they are projected for a below average week.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
Texans 13.9 FP +Colts* 10.8 FPSeahawks* 9.8 FP
Ravens 13.5 FPBroncos 10.7 FP +Steelers* 9.6 FP
Patriots 12.4 FPJaguars 10.5 FP +Redskins* 9.4 FP
Bills 11.8 FP +Cowboys 10.4 FPSaints 8.8 FP -
Browns 11.7 FP +49ers* 10.3 FPEagles* 8.7 FP
Panthers* 11.6 FPChargers 10.2 FPLions* 8.7 FP
Bears 11.2 FP -Jets* 10 FPRams 8 FP -
Giants* 11 FPPackers* 10 FPCardinals* 8 FP
Bengals* 11 FPTitans* 9.9 FPBuccaneers* 7.3 FP
Vikings 10.8 FPChiefs* 9.9 FP -Falcons* 7.3 FP