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Fantasy Football: Week 2 Rankings

Let’s start where we left off last week. Actually here’s a better idea, let’s not. Don’t forget, the Rams, Bills and Jaguars all sit atop their divisions right now. DeShone Kizer also threw for over 200 yards, oh, and David Johnson is no more – fantastic. Anyway, here’s the breakdown on every matchup for Week 2. P.S. these rankings are intended for PPR leagues.

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The “elites” should be part of high-scoring affairs in Week 2, as Aaron Rodgers visits Atlanta and Tom Brady takes a trip to the Big Easy. After a rough Week 1, Russell Wilson must go bananas in this spot. The 49ers allowed 23 points against the Panthers in Week 1, while Wilson struggled mightily behind a shoddy offensive line against Green Bay. The good news is, the 49ers managed to hit Cam Newton just twice in that game, so this should be a relatively clean 60 minutes for Wilson while he tees up Doug Baldwin.

 Rank  Player  Team  Opponent
 1.  Aaron Rodgers  GB  @ATL
 2.  Matt Ryan  ATL  vs. GB
 3.  Drew Brees  NO  vs. NE
 4.  Tom Brady   NE  @NO
 5.  Russell Wilson   SEA  vs. SF
 6.  Derek Carr  OAK  vs. NYJ
 7.  Cam Newton   CAR  vs. BUF
 8.  Kirk Cousins  WAS  @LAR
 9.  Jameis Winston   TB  @CHI
 10.  Dak Prescott  DAL  @DEN
 11.  Marcus Mariota  TEN  @JAC
 12.  Carson Wentz  PHI  @KC
 13.  Matthew Stafford  DET  @NYG
 14.  Ben Roethlisberger  PIT  vs. MIN
 15.  Andy Dalton   CIN  vs. HOU
 16.  Joe Flacco   BAL  vs. CLE
 17.  Alex Smith   KC  vs. PHI
 18.  Carson Palmer  ARI  @IND
 19.  Tyrod Taylor   BUF  @CAR
 20.  Phillip Rivers  LAC  vs. MIA
 21.  Eli Manning   NYG  vs. DET
 22.  DeShone Kizer  CLE  @BAL
 23.  Jared Goff  LAR  vs. WAS
 24.  Sam Bradford  MIN  @PIT
 25.  Jay Cutler  MIA  @LAC
 26.  Mike Glennon   CHI  @TB
 27.  Trevor Siemian   DEN  vs. DAL
 28.  Blake Bortles  JAC  vs. TEN
 29.  Jacoby Brissett  IND  vs. ARI
 30.  Brian Hoyer  SF  @SEA
 31.  Josh McCown   NYJ  @OAK
 32.  DeShaun Watson  HOU  @CIN

Running Backs

The Danny Woodhead injury was a bit of a catch-22 for fantasy owners. The Ravens were always running back by committee, but Woodhead’s absence really places Terrance West front and center, although Buck Allen now figures to see a much larger role. It’s a favorable matchup against the Browns this week, but remember, Cleveland limited Le’Veon Bell to just 32 yards last week. We’re also likely to get a firm answer on whether this is the real Mike Gillislee or not. The Saints’ defense allowed Dalvin Cook two 15+ yard carries on Monday night, and allowed the Vikings to score on three of their six red zone trips.

 Rank  Player Team   Opponent
1  Le’Veon Bell  PIT  vs. MIN 
2  DeVonta Freeman   ATL   vs. GB
3  Ezekiel Elliott  DAL   @DEN
4  Kareem Hunt  KC   vs. PHI
5  Leonard Fournette  JAC  vs. TEN
6  Melvin Gordon    LAC vs. MIA
7  Jordan Howard  CHI  @TB
8  Todd Gurley   LAR  vs. WAS
9  LeSean McCoy  BUF  @CAR
10  Christian McCaffrey  CAR  vs. BUF
11  Jay Ajayi  MIA  @LAC
12  Lamar Miller  HOU  @CIN
13  Dalvin Cook   MIN  @PIT
14  Terrance West  BAL  vs. CLE
15  Ameer Abdullah  DET  @NYG
16  Marshawn Lynch  OAK  vs. NYJ
17  DeMarco Murray  TEN  @JAC
18  Ty Montgomery   GB  @ATL
19  Mike Gillislee  NE  @NO
20  Joe Mixon   CIN  vs. HOU
21  Robert Kelley  WAS  @LAR
22  Mark Ingram   NO  vs. NE
23  Isaiah Crowell   CLE  @BAL
24  Carlos Hyde  SF  @SEA
25  C.J. Anderson   DEN  vs. DAL
26  Frank Gore  IND  vs. ARI
27  James White  NE  @NO
28  Jonathan Stewart  CAR  vs. BUF
29  LeGarrette Blount  PHI  @KC
30  Jacquizz Rodgers  TB  vs. CHI
31  Tarik Cohen  CHI  @TB
32  Adrian Peterson  NO  vs. NE
33  Chris Carson   SEA  vs. SF
34  Andre Ellington   ARI  @IND
35  Derrick Henry   TEN  @JAC
36  Matt Forte  NYJ  @OAK
37  Giovani Bernard  CIN  vs. HOU
38  Duke Johnson   CLE  @BAL
39  Kerwynn Williams  ARI  @IND
40  Tevin Coleman   ATL  vs. GB
41  Thomas Rawls  SEA  vs. SF
42  Theo Riddick  DET  @NYG
43  Shane Vereen   NYG  vs. DET
44  Marlon Mack  IND  vs. ARI
45  Charcandrick West   KC  vs. PHI
46  Paul Perkins   NYG  vs. DET
47  Jamaal Charles  DEN  vs. DAL
48  Chris Ivory  JAC  vs. TEN
49  Darren Sproles  PHI  @KC
50  Jamaal Williams  GB  @ATL
51  Alvin Kamara  NO  vs. NE
52  Buck Allen  BAL  vs. CLE
53  Mike Tolbert  BUF  @CAR
54  Rex Burkhead  NE  @NO
55  Jeremy Hill   CIN  vs. HOU
56  C.J. Prosise  SEA  vs. SF
57  Eddie Lacy  SEA  vs. SF
58  Robert Turbin  IND  vs. ARI
59  Matt Brieda  SF  @SEA
60  Orleans Darkwa   NYG  vs. DET

Wide Receivers

The Colts defense surrendered 318 yards to the Rams’ receivers last Sunday, so for the second week in a row, Larry Fitzgerald owners have to be liking their chances. New England’s blown coverage against the Chiefs last week also spells out a big day for Michael Thomas, who saw a measly five receptions from Drew Brees against the Vikings. Finally, don’t discount another big day for Golden Tate against the Giants. He owns 271 career yards on just 18 receptions vs. New York, good for a 64.3% catch rate.

 Rank  Player  Team  Opponent
1  Antonio Brown   PIT  vs. MIN
2  Julio Jones  ATL  vs. GB
3  A.J. Green  CIN  vs. HOU
4  Mike Evans TB  vs. CHI
5  Michael Thomas  NO  vs. NE
6  Doug Baldwin   SEA  vs. SF
7  Jordy Nelson   GB  @ATL
8  Amari Cooper  OAK  vs. NYJ
9  Larry Fitzgerald   ARI  @IND
10  Odell Beckham Jr.   NYG  vs. DET
11  Kelvin Benjamin   CAR  vs. BUF
12  Terrelle Pryor  WAS  @LAR
13  Alshon Jeffery  PHI  @KC
14  Dez Bryant  DAL  @DEN
15  Sammy Watkins   LAR  vs. WAS
16  Golden Tate  DET  @NYG
17  Tyreek Hill   KC  vs. PHI
18  Brandin Cooks  NE  @NO
19  Stefon Diggs  MIN  @PIT
20  Martavis Bryant  PIT  vs. MIN
21  Keenan Allen   LAC  vs. MIA
22  Demaryius Thomas  DEN  vs. DAL
23  DeAndre Hopkins  HOU  @CIN
24  Devante Adams  GB  @ATL
25  Adam Thielen  MIN  @PIT
26  Emmanuel Sanders  DEN  vs. DAL
27  Jeremy Maclin   BAL  vs. CLE
28  Brandon Marshall   NYG  vs. DET
29  T.Y. Hilton   IND  vs. ARI
30  Pierre Garcon   SF  @SEA
31  Corey Coleman  CLE  @BAL
32  Jamison Crowder  WAS   @LAR
33  DeVonte Parker MIA  @LAC
34  Jarvis Landry   MIA  @LAC
35  Eric Decker  TEN  @JAC
36  John Brown   ARI  @IND
37  Chris Hogan   NE  @NO
38  Nelson Agholor  PHI  @KC
39  Randall Cobb  GB  @ATL
40  DeSean Jackson  TB  vs. CHI
41  Ted Ginn   NO  vs. NE
42  Jordan Matthews  BUF  @CAR
43  Marvin Jones  DET  @NYG
44  Kenny Golladay  DET  @NYG
45  Sterling Shepard  NYG  vs. DET
46  Terrance Williams   DAL  @DEN
47  Robby Anderson  NYJ  @OAK
48  Zay Jones  BUF  @CAR
49  Jermaine Kearse  NYJ  @OAK
50  Allen Hurns  JAC  vs. TEN
51  Chris Conley  KC  vs. PHI
52  Mohamed Sanu   ATL   vs. GB
53  Robert Woods  LAR  vs. WAS
54  Brandon LaFell  CIN  vs. HOU
55  Tyrell Williams   LAC  vs. MIA
56  Kenny Britt  CLE  @BAL
57  Taylor Gabriel   ATL   vs. GB
58  Paul Richardson   SEA  vs. SF
59  Devin Funchess  CAR  vs. BUF
60  Donte Moncrief  IND  vs. ARI
61  Tavon Austin   LAR  vs. WAS
62  Cole Beasley  DAL  @DEN

Tight Ends

Jared Cook impressed in his Raiders debut on Sunday, and against a Jets team that allowed 75 yards to Bills tight ends last week, he could be in for another big day. On the flip side, Evan Engram’s debut for the Giants was a fizzler. Place the blame solely on Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning, but after so much criticism throughout the week, expect the Giants to spread the ball around much more against Detroit.

 Rank   Player  Team  Opponent
1  Rob Gronkowski  NE  @NO
2  Travis Kelce  KC  vs. PHI
3  Greg Olsen  CAR  vs. BUF
4  Jordan Reed WAS  @LAR
5  Jimmy Graham   SEA  vs. SF
6  Zach Ertz  PHI  @KC
7  Delanie Walker  TEN  @JAC
8  Martellus Bennett  GB  @ATL
9  Kyle Rudolph  MIN   @PIT
10  Jared Cook   OAK  vs. NYJ
11  Charles Clay  BUF  @CAR
12  Austin Hooper  ATL  vs. GB
13  Evan Engram  NYG  vs. DET
14  Coby Fleener  NO  vs. NE
14  Tyler Eifert   CIN   vs. HOU
15  Jason Witten  DAL  @DEN
16  Cameron Brate  TB  vs. CHI
17  Jesse James  PIT  vs. MIN
18  Eric Ebron   DET  @NYG
19  Hunter Henry   LAC  @MIA
20  Gerald Everett  LAR  vs. WAS
21  Antonio Gates  LAC  @MIA
22  Jermaine Gresham  ARI  @IND
23  Dion Sims  CHI  @TB
24  Garrett Celek  SF  @SEA
25  Zach Miller  CHI  @TB


Really, the Jaguars are deserving of the top spot here, but the Seahawks’ match up against the 49ers should be the overall winner on the day. The Chiefs still warrant a spot in the Top 10, but this could be the last time we see them anywhere near a top spot if the Eric Berry absence hurts them dearly.

 Rank  Team   Opponent
 1.   Seattle Seahawks  vs. SF
 2.   Jacksonville Jaguars  vs. TEN
 3.   Arizona Cardinals  @IND
 4.   Denver Broncos   vs. DAL
 5.   Oakland Raiders  vs. NYJ
 6.   Kansas City Chiefs  vs. PHI
 7.   Baltimore Ravens  vs. CLE
 8.   Houston Texans  @CIN
 9.   New Orleans Saints  vs. NE
 10.   Carolina Panthers  vs. BUF


How about Adam Vinatieri missing not only a field goal, but an extra point as well? I was reminded of just how good Matt Prater can be last week. He booted a 58-yarder against the Cardinals last Sunday, and seven fantasy points in the process.

 Rank  Player  Team  Opponent
 1.   Justin Tucker  BAL  vs. CLE
 2.   Dan Bailey  DAL  @DEN
 3.  Matt Bryant  ATL  vs. GB
 4.   Stephen Gostkowski  NE  @NO
 5.   Mason Crosby  GB  @ATL
 6.   Will Lutz  NO  vs. NE
 7.   Matt Prater  DET  @NYG
 8.   Adam Vinatieri  IND  vs. ARI
 9.   Graham Gano  CAR  vs. BUF
 10.   Giorgio Tavvechio  OAK  vs. NYJ
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