If your fantasy football team struggled during Week 1 of the 2016 National Football League season, don’t worry. It was only one week, and you have plenty of time left to make a run to your league’s playoffs. The key to finding (or continuing) success is identifying and taking advantage of the right fantasy matchups every week. That’s where we can help.
In today’s NFL, the wide receiver position has overtaken the running back position in terms of fantasy value. Wideout is now the deepest fantasy position in the league, but there are weeks when even the best pass-catchers in the league have minimal value. With that being said, these five wide receivers have favorable fantasy matchups in Week 2.
1. Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens
After signing with the team as a free agent this past offseason, Wallace has quickly emerged as the big-play threat the Ravens have been searching for to pair with strong-armed quarterback Joe Flacco. In Week 1, he was targeted only six times, and caught just three passes, but in the end, he proved to be a game-changer (see the above video) with 91 yards (30.33 yards per reception).
Going forward, we are expecting the Ravens to continue to find creative ways to get the ball in Wallace’s hands. In Week 2, the 30-year-old wide receiver will be facing a Cleveland Browns secondary that is among the worst in the league. Fantasy owners should expect 100-plus yards out of Wallace in Week 2.
2. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
When it comes down to it, there really isn’t a defensive back in the league that matches up well with Jeffery, who measures in at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds. And the way we see it, the Bears are going to have an extremely tough time running the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night, which should open things up for Jeffery to have a big game. We are expecting Chicago to target Jeffery 10 or more times, which should result in another 100-yard receiving game for the former South Carolina wide receiver in Week 2.
3. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
The Patriots are again going to be without All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, which alone should result in an increase in targets for Edelman. That, coupled with the fact that Miami has a below average secondary that has historically struggled with slot receivers have us confident that Edelman will have a massively productive fantasy option in Week 2.
4. Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
Even if the New Orleans Saints were at full strength, Beckham would have had an excellent matchup this week. As it is, the Saints are without their best cornerback, Delvin Breaux, and the Giants are sure to take advantage of the situation. We wouldn’t be surprised if Beckham ends up with north of 150 receiving yards and at least one touchdown.
5. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
Landry and the Dolphins have a matchup with the New England Patriots in Week 2 that should yield impressive fantasy numbers for the former LSU wide receiver. In Week 1, the Patriots had their hands full with another wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, who has a very similar skillset to Landry. Fitzgerald caught eight passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns on 10 targets, and we are expecting a similar performance out of Landry in Week 2 – especially if the Dolphins fall behind early and are forced to throw the ball 40 or more times.
Statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference and ESPN.