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Week 2 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

Week 1 is in the books and we saw plenty of surprise performances, both from a team and individual standpoint. This week is typically when many fantasy managers tend to overreact the most. The logic is understandable. After all, we finally saw game action for the first time since last season. I believe the urge to overreact will be even greater this season than in years past. The lack of preseason action left us to do a lot more guesswork when projecting roles within an offense. Therefore, if what we saw on the field does not line up with what we originally thought about a player, we tend to overcorrect. I am going to try (keyword – try) not to overreact too much concerning my Week 2 Flex rankings.

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Of course, there were some instances of player usage that should probably move the needle a bit. Malcolm Brown got the bulk of the carries for the Los Angeles Rams. His workload resulted in a top-five fantasy finish for the week. Most of us assumed that Cam Akers would be the lead back, and he may very well take over at some point. For now, Sean McVay appears to be using a committee approach, and he is comfortable with Brown, who is the only back who has been there for all of McVay’s tenure in Los Angeles. That type of familiarity is something we should not overlook in a season like this. Brown is a solid Week 2 Flex play despite a tough matchup. Akers is viable in deep leagues, but I would not expect too much from him this week.

Injury Impact

Unfortunately, the injury bug hit some high-profile players hard in Week 1. Michael Thomas appears doubtful for this week after suffering a high ankle sprain. Last year’s number-one fantasy wideout will not be easy to replace. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Russell Gage are the most readily available options on the waiver wire. Thomas’ absence will lead to a greater share for the Saints’ other options, but they were already being started in most formats. Tre’Quan Smith would be the player whose stock should rise the most, but he has a lower floor than MVS or Gage, even in a good matchup against the burnable Las Vegas secondary.

Marlon Mack’s season-ending injury will help secure touches for Jonathan Taylor going forward, but Nyheim Hines appears to be the real beneficiary. Philip Rivers has always been fond of dumping the ball to his backs, and last week was no exception. Hines had eight catches for 45 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars. That is obviously at the high end of his range of outcomes, but I would be comfortable using Hines as a Flex for the time being. James Conner is also unlikely to suit up for Week 2 after suffering an ankle injury. His absence would thrust Benny Snell from late-round flier to potential Week 2 Flex play. Snell is currently my RB30, but I will likely move him up a couple of spots in the coming days if Conner is indeed out.

Week 2 Flex Rankings

1Christian McCaffrey (CAR)at TBRB1
2Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)vs. ATLRB2
3Derrick Henry (TEN)vs. JACRB3
4Davante Adams (GB)vs. DETWR1
5Dalvin Cook (MIN)at INDRB4
6Alvin Kamara (NO)at LVRB5
7Julio Jones (ATL)at DALWR2
8Saquon Barkley (NYG)at CHIRB6
9Josh Jacobs (LV)vs. NORB7
10DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)vs. WASWR3
11Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC)at LACRB8
12Austin Ekeler (LAC)vs. KCRB9
13Tyreek Hill (KC)at LACWR4
14Kenyan Drake (ARI)vs. WASRB10
15Miles Sanders (PHI)vs. LARRB11
16Aaron Jones (GB)vs. DETRB12
17Chris Godwin (TB)vs. CARWR5
18Joe Mixon (CIN)at CLERB13
19Raheem Mostert (SF)at NYJRB14
20Calvin Ridley (ATL)at DALWR6
21Jonathan Taylor (IND)vs. MINRB15
22Robert Woods (LAR)at PHIWR7
23Travis Kelce (KC)at LACTE1
24Allen Robinson (CHI)vs. NYGWR8
25Adam Thielen (MIN)at INDWR9
26Amari Cooper (DAL)vs. ATLWR10
27Nick Chubb (CLE)vs. CINRB16
28Todd Gurley (ATL)vs. DALRB17
29David Johnson (HOU)vs. BALRB18
30JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)vs. DENWR11
31Cooper Kupp (LAR)at PHIWR12
32Chris Carson (SEA)vs. NERB19
33D.J. Moore (CAR)at TBWR13
34Mike Evans (TB)vs. CARWR14
35Terry McLaurin (WAS)at ARIWR15
36D.J. Chark (JAC)at TENWR16
37Tyler Lockett (SEA)vs. NEWR17
38Mark Andrews (BAL)at HOUTE2
39David Montgomery (CHI)vs. NYGRB20
40T.Y. Hilton (IND)vs. MINWR18
41A.J. Brown (TEN)vs. JACWR19
42Kareem Hunt (CLE)vs. CINRB21
43Michael Gallup (DAL)at ATLWR20
44Stefon Diggs (BUF)at MIAWR21
45Marquise Brown (BAL)at HOUWR22
46Jamison Crowder (NYJ)vs. SFWR23
47Melvin Gordon (DEN)at PITRB22
48Will Fuller (HOU)vs. BALWR24
49Keenan Allen (LAC)vs. KCWR25
50D.K. Metcalf (SEA)vs. NEWR26
51Tyler Boyd (CIN)at CLEWR27
52Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)vs. CINWR28
53Marvin Jones (DET)at GBWR29
54Mark Ingram II (BAL)at HOURB23
55Courtland Sutton (DEN)at PITWR30
56A.J. Green (CIN)at CLEWR31
57George Kittle (SF)at NYJTE3
58Malcolm Brown (LAR)at PHIRB24
59Darren Waller (LV)vs. NOTE4
60Zach Ertz (PHI)vs. LARTE5
61Darius Slayton (NYG)at CHIWR32
62Jarvis Landry (CLE)vs. CINWR33
63Ronald Jones II (TB)vs. CARRB25
64Julian Edelman (NE)at SEAWR34
65Nyheim Hines (IND)vs. MINRB26
66John Brown (BUF)at MIAWR35
67Diontae Johnson (PIT)vs. DENWR36
68Anthony Miller (CHI)vs. NYGWR37
69Emmanuel Sanders (NO)at LVWR38
70Devin Singletary (BUF)at MIARB27
71J.K. Dobbins (BAL)at HOURB28
72DeVante Parker (MIA)vs. BUFWR39
73James Robinson (JAC)at TENRB29
74Sammy Watkins (KC)at LACWR40
75Robby Anderson (CAR)at TBWR41
76Hunter Henry (LAC)vs. KCTE6
77Parris Campbell (IND)vs. MINWR42
78Brandin Cooks (HOU)vs. BALWR43
79Evan Engram (NYG)at CHITE7
80DeSean Jackson (PHI)vs. LARWR44
81Henry Ruggs III (LV)vs. NOWR45
82Mike Williams (LAC)vs. KCWR46
83Jared Cook (NO)at LCTE8
84Sterling Shepard (NYG)at CHIWR47
85Tyler Higbee (LAR)at PHITE9
86Jerry Jeudy (DEN)at PITWR48
87CeeDee Lamb (DAL)vs. ATLWR49
88Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB)vs. DETWR50
89Benny Snell (PIT)vs. DENRB30
90Sony Michel (NE)at SEARB31
91T.J. Hockenson (DET)at GBTE10
92Corey Davis (TEN)vs. JACWR51
93Allen Lazard (GB)vs. DETWR52
94Jalen Reagor (PHI)vs. LARWR53
95Zack Moss (BUF)at MIARB32
96Antonio Gibson (WAS)at ARIRB33
97Curtis Samuel (CAR)at TBWR54
98Preston Williams (MIA)vs. BUFWR55
99Latavius Murray (NO)at LVRB34
100Russell Gage (ATL)vs. DALWR56
101Mecole Hardman (KC)at LACWR57
102Dallas Goedert (PHI)vs. LARTE11
103Christian Kirk (ARI)vs. WASWR58
104Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAC)at TENWR59
105Golden Tate (NYG)at CHIWR60
106Kendrick Bourne (SF)at NYJWR61
107Tarik Cohen (CHI)vs. NYGRB35
108Hayden Hurst (ATL)vs. DALTE12
109Noah Fant (DEN)at PITTE13
110Jonnu Smith (TEN)vs. JACTE14
111Steven Sims (WAS)at ARIWR62
112Bryan Edwards (LV)vs. NOWR63
113Mike Gesicki (MIA)vs. BUFTE15
114N'Keal Harry (NE)at SEAWR64
115Chris Herndon IV (NYJ)vs. SFTE16
116Cam Akers (LAR)at PHIRB36
117James Washington (PIT)vs. DENWR65
118D'Andre Swift (DET)at GBRB37
119Joshua Kelley (LAC)vs. KCRB38
120Jordan Howard (MIA)vs. BUFRB39
121James White (NE)at SEARB40
122Austin Hooper (CLE)vs. CINTE17
123Tre'Quan Smith (NO)at LVWR66
124Michael Pittman Jr. (IND)vs. MINWR67
125Tony Pollard (DAL)at ATLRB41
126Breshad Perriman (NYJ)vs. SFWR68
127Chase Edmonds (ARI)vs. WASRB42
128Leonard Fournette (TB)vs. CARRB43
129Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)vs. WASWR69
130Scott Miller (TB)vs. CARWR70
131Eric Ebron (PIT)vs. DENTE18
132Randall Cobb (HOU)vs. BALWR71
133Peyton Barber (WAS)at ARIRB44
134O.J. Howard (TB)vs. CARTE19
135Greg Olsen (SEA)vs. NETE20
136Justin Jefferson (MIN)at INDWR72
137Brandon Aiyuk (SF)at NYJWR73
138Jerick McKinnon (SF)at NYJRB45
139Rob Gronkowski (TB)vs. CARTE21
140Boston Scott (PHI)vs. LARRB46
141Alexander Mattison (MIN)at INDRB47
142Jack Doyle (IND)vs. MINTE22
143Carlos Hyde (SEA)vs. NERB48
144Hunter Renfrow (LV)at CARWR74
145Keelan Cole (JAC)at TENWR75
146Danny Amendola (DET)at GBWR76
147Adrian Peterson (DET)at GBRB49
148Cole Beasley (BUF)at MIAWR77
149Jimmy Graham (CHI)vs. NYGTE23
150Matt Breida (MIA)vs. BUFRB50
151Chris Thompson (JAC)at TENRB51
152Frank Gore (NYJ)vs. SFRB52
153Tevin Coleman (SF)at NYJRB53
154Tyler Eifert (JAC)at TENTE24
155Darrel Williams (KC)at LACRB54
156John Ross (CIN)at CLEWR78
157Nelson Agholor (LV)vs. NOWR79
158Kerryon Johnson (DET)at GBRB55
159Rex Burkhead (NE)at SEARB56
160Logan Thomas (WAS)at ARITE25
161Chris Conley (JAC)at TENWR80
162Van Jefferson (LAR)at PHIWR81
163Dontrelle Inman (WAS)at ARIWR82
164Dawson Knox (BUF)at MIATE26
165Irv Smith Jr. (MIN)at INDTE27
166J.D. McKissic (WAS)at ARIRB57
167Josh Reynolds (LAR)at PHIWR83
168Greg Ward (PHI)vs. LARWR84
169Royce Freeman (DEN)at PITRB58
170Ian Thomas (CAR)at TBTE28
171Adam Humphries (TEN)vs. JACWR85
172Will Dissly (SEA)vs. NETE29
173Corey Clement (PHI)vs. LARRB59
174Chase Claypool (PIT)vs. DENWR86
175Dalton Schultz (DAL)at ATLTE30
176Willie Snead (BAL)at HOUWR87
177Kenny Stills (HOU)vs. BALWR88
178Olabisi Johnson (MIN)at INDWR89
179Jamaal Williams (GB)vs. DETRB60
180Giovani Bernard (CIN)at CLERB61
181Jalen Richard (LV)vs. NORB62
182Miles Boykin (BAL)at HOUWR90
183J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (PHI)vs. LARWR91
184Auden Tate (CIN)at CLEWR92
185Jordan Akins (HOU)vs. BALTE31
186C.J. Uzomah (CIN)at CLETE32
187LeSean McCoy (TB)vs. CARRB63
188Jakeem Grant (MIA)vs. BUFWR93
189Myles Gaskin (MIA)vs. BUFRB64
190Kyle Rudolph (MIN)at INDTE33
191Duke Johnson (HOU)vs. BALRB65
192Gus Edwards (BAL)at HOURB66
193Brian Hill (ATL)vs. DALRB67
194Zach Pascal (IND)vs. MINWR94
195Gerald Everett (LAR)at PHITE34
196Cordarrelle Patterson (CHI)vs. NYGWR95
197Demarcus Robinson (KC)at LACWR96
198Darrell Henderson (LAR)at PHIRB68
199Darren Fells (HOU)vs. BALTE35
200Devin Duvernay (BAL)at HOUWR97

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