Week 2 is officially a wrap and if you’re like me, it was a wild one for fantasy football. Whether you’re 2-0, 1-1, or 0-2 in your leagues, there is plenty of room for improvement and a lot of time for league dynamics to change. With that in mind, let’s look at the top wide receivers still available in more than 50 percent of leagues, based on ESPN ownership as of Monday evening.
Terry McLaurin, Washington (41 percent)
Rookie pass catchers (both wide receivers and tight ends) can be difficult to figure out in fantasy football. It often takes a year or two for them to catch on, so it makes sense to be conservative in their usage. McLaurin debuted with five receptions, 125 yards, and one touchdown, and followed that up with five receptions, 62 yards, and a touchdown. He’s not going to find pay dirt every week, and this week against Chicago will present a tough matchup. That being said he’s a valuable season-long add, particularly in keeper leagues if he is somehow still available.
D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars (22.2 percent)
A week ago, we recommended Chark — who was then owned in three percent of leagues. A week later, he has put together a second straight solid outing, catching seven passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. Gardner Minshew is a question mark, but is showing signs of being a decent quarterback — at least for maintaining some value for Jaguars skill position players. After a quality outing against a solid Texans defense, he gets a home game against a decent Titans defense.
Chris Conley, Jacksonville Jaguars (20.3 percent)
If you can’t get Chark, Conley is a decent option. A week after catching six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs, he caught four passes for 73 yards agains the Texans. Conley is not a guy you’ll start every week, but he has some value as a spot-starter, particularly as bye weeks start to arrive.
Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers (12.8 percent)
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan wants to get Samuel plenty involved in the offense. A week after catching three receptions for 17 yards, Samuel had five receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown and two carries for seven yards. He’s involved in gadget plays, but he has emerged as a clear target for the offense. He’s likely still a bit of a roll of the dice, but he’s worth a stash for later in the season. And if you’re in a keeper league, he’s got strong long-term value.
Demarcus Robinson, Kansas City Chiefs (1.1 percent)
A single huge game for a fourth-year player is not a great reason to add him off waivers. That being said, with Tyreek Hill absent for the near future, Robinson made a statement for work opposite Sammy Watkins. After one reception for no yards in Week 1, Robinson had six receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2. He faces a tough Ravens defense in Week 3, but he’s a good stash option if you want to see if he can build on his huge performance in Week 2.