Ranking fantasy football Week 2 winners and losers

Week 2 of fantasy football was more or less a continuation of Week 1, and not in a good way.
Kyren Williams dances on the San Francisco 49ers.
Kyren Williams dances on the San Francisco 49ers. / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages
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Terry McLaurin in action against the Arizona Cardinals. / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages

Winner #4: Washington Commanders WR Terry McLaurin, Week 2: 16.4 points

In perhaps one of the bigger surprises of the 2023 season so far, the Commanders are 2-0, and sophomore QB Sam Howell has looked rather impressive for his inexperience and modest supporting cast. Losing veteran tight end Logan Thomas to injury doesn't help, but Howell will continue to learn and improve as the season goes on.

For Terry McLaurin, that's great news. After being hobbled by turf toe in Week 1, the fifth-year pro caught five of six targets for 54 yards and a touchdown, looking much more like the Pro Bowler we know. McLaurin led the team in catches and yards, although over half came from the 30-yard seed thrown by Howell to give the Commanders six.

Howell has shown a willingness to spread the ball out through two games this season, but it seems both he and the team know who Washington's No. 1 guy is. McLaurin's Week 2 fantasy football rebound is good news for fantasy owners and Commanders fans alike, and he should continue to be a WR2 with a clean bill of health.

Loser #4: the entire Jacksonville Jaguars offense

I hate to ride the coattails of our first loser, but this Week 2 fantasy football performance from the entire Jaguars team was also uniquely bad, aside from one receiver. Trevor Lawrence had only 216 yards passing, no touchdowns, and a lost fumble, while Zay Jones and Calvin Ridley combined for two catches and 32 yards (Jones dropped a bagel). Star tailback Travis Etienne carried 12 times for 40 yards and caught two balls for two yards before exiting due to cramps.

Christian Kirk caught 11 of 14 targets for 110 yards, but after just three targets and nine yards, it was unlikely many fantasy football players started him anyway. There's no cause for long-term worry for the Jags offense yet, but Week 2 was a back-breaker for invested fantasy owners.

Jones is now more of a wait-and-see instead of a must-start, but Ridley, Lawrence, and Etienne are still your top options. Continue to start them with confidence.