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Week 2 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: September 6, 2019, 12:05 pm ET

Updated 9/18 at 11:45 AM ET. Removed Rob Gronkowski. 

 

“Belief” isn’t what comes to mind when you think of Matthew Stafford. Few players have suffered more letdowns. With one of the greatest receivers of all time at his disposal, Stafford averaged just 24 touchdowns from 2012-14. He was scarcely better last season, limping into the Lions’ Week 9 bye the owner of a 13:11 TD:INT ratio through eight games and 299 throws.

Then everything changed. With Jim Bob Cooter installed as offensive coordinator, Stafford embarked on an elite stretch of football that’s yet to dissipate. He’s thrown for 22 touchdowns and two interceptions over his past nine starts, completing a preposterous 71 percent of his passes. He’s averaged 280 yards per game and 7.49 yards per throw, and lost only one fumble. Suddenly, the side-armed samurai is one of the league’s premier ball-security quarterbacks. All the while, the Lions have gone 7-2.

 

Maybe it’s a fluke, statistical noise. Whatever it is, it seems likely to continue in the Lions’ home opener, where they’ll be hosting a Titans team that allowed the fourth most fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2015. You don’t have to treat Stafford as an every-week starter, but he’s a Week 2 bonanza on paper.

 

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Week 2 Quarterbacks     

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Cam Newton vs. SF -
2 Eli Manning vs. NO -
3 Matthew Stafford vs. TEN -
4 Drew Brees at NYG -
5 Blake Bortles at SD -
6 Russell Wilson at LAR Questionable (ankle)
7 Derek Carr vs. ATL -
8 Aaron Rodgers at MIN -
9 Ben Roethlisberger vs. CIN -
10 Carson Palmer vs. TB -
11 Kirk Cousins vs. DAL -
12 Jameis Winston at ARZ -
13 Andrew Luck at DEN -
14 Andy Dalton at PIT -
15 Philip Rivers vs. JAC -
16 Joe Flacco at CLE -
17 Matt Ryan at OAK -
18 Marcus Mariota at DET -
19 Brock Osweiler vs. KC -
20 Ryan Tannehill at NE -
21 Alex Smith at HOU -
22 Dak Prescott at WAS -
23 Ryan Fitzpatrick at BUF -
24 Tyrod Taylor vs. NYJ -
25 Jay Cutler vs. PHI -
26 Josh McCown vs. BAL -
27 Carson Wentz at CHI -
28 Jimmy Garoppolo vs. MIA -
29 Trevor Siemian vs. IND -
30 Sam Bradford vs. GB -
31 Blaine Gabbert at CAR -
32 Case Keenum vs. SEA -

 

 

QB Notes: Fresh off a QB9 finish in what will likely be his toughest matchup, Cam Newton gets a 49ers defense that wasn’t tested in Week 1. Chip Kelly’s unit is headed on the road on a short week after pitching an unexpected shutout, and is in grave danger of coming out flat for a 1ET start. Blaine Gabbert and company will struggle to stay on the field, meaning Newton won’t be leaving it. … Eli Manning was limited to 23 minutes of possession by the Cowboys’ keepaway offense, but still tallied three scores. Now he gets a Saints Defense that managed to cough up a game where its quarterback threw for 424 yards and four touchdowns. Matchups don’t get much better than this for home openers. … Drew Brees’ home/road splits are all too real. Just nine of his 32 touchdowns came away from the Superdome last season, while his YPA was below 7.00 (6.96). But this is a matchup where you can’t go away from last week’s QB1. Although improved, the Giants’ defense allowed 40 attempts per game in 2015, and 45 to Dak Prescott in Week 1. Even if Brees struggles for the first three quarters, there will be garbage time and/or fourth quarter comeback mode. Yards are a guarantee. Touchdowns seem likely to follow with Brees’ best supporting cast in many years.

 

Maybe Week 1 was some of Blake Bortles’ inevitable touchdown regression. Aggressively giving his playmakers the chance to make things happen down field, Bortles deserved more than one score. He should get them in Week 2 against a Chargers Defense coming off an embarrassing collapse against Alex Smith. An emerging gunslinger, Bortles is in full command of his trio of touchdown scorers (Allen Robinson, Julius Thomas and Allen Hurns). … Playing on a gimpy ankle, it’s tempting to fade Russell Wilson against a Rams Defense that’s traditionally had his number. That would be a mistake. As effective on the road as he is at home, Wilson is primed to dismantle a unit that just let Blaine Freaking Gabbert dual threat all over it in primetime. The Rams almost looked to be quitting in Week 1. If that’s their frustration level against a bottom-three quarterback, what’s it going to be against Wilson? … Sure, it was against a hilariously-bad defense, but Derek Carr has never looked more in command of the offense than he did in Week 1. Maybe you think it was purely matchup-based, but the good news is, he has another great one for Week 2. The Falcons are fresh off getting shredded by Jameis Winston, and now have to make one of the longest road trips on the continent.

 

The Packers got the Week 1 win, but Aaron Rodgers still didn’t get the stats. Yes, he totaled three touchdowns, but was held under 200 yards passing, completed just 58.8 percent of his throws and posted a sub-6.00 YPA for the fifth time in six starts. Throw in the fact that he’s headed on the road against a defense that stymied him in both 2015 matchups (44-for-78, 503 yards, three touchdowns, two turnovers), and he simply doesn’t have a top-five case. Not even the expected absence of Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes gives Rodgers the necessary boost. With Mike McCarthy reintegrating himself as play-caller and Jordy Nelson shaking off the rust, Rodgers and the Packers’ offense need time to get in sync. … Ben Roethlisberger made mincemeat of a tougher-than-it-looked (on paper) Week 1 matchup, but is doing Week 2 battle with a Bengals Defense that shut him down across three 2015 matchups. Ben managed only two touchdowns on 115 throws against Marvin Lewis’ defense last year, and turned the ball over four times. You don’t fall out of the top 10 with Antonio Brown at your disposal, but Roethlisberger lacks a top-eight case. … Appearing to lose some zip on his throws, Carson Palmer has just 14 touchdowns over his past nine starts. The Bucs are a nice matchup, but Palmer still isn’t out of the woods from his rough 2015 finish.

 

Kirk Cousins got his Week 1 volume, but wasn’t sharp, failing to post a touchdown for the first time since taking over as permanent starter. Another scoreless outing is unlikely, but the Cowboys will get to play keepaway against a Redskins run defense that got gashed to high heaven in Week 1. 30 pass attempts are not a guarantee. … This might be too high for Jameis Winston, but aggressive passers with multiple playmakers are people to target in fantasy. Winston continues to come into his own, and the Cardinals didn’t exactly shut down Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 1. … Andrew Luck was dominant in Indy’s Week 1 loss, but going to Denver is a fantasy meat grinder until we have reason to believe otherwise. If Luck has a big game — which he did at home against the Broncos last season — it will be because Trevor Siemian can’t keep the Broncos Offense on the field. … This is probably too low for Andy Dalton, but his career TD:INT ratio in Pittsburgh is 1:1 (6:6) across five starts. Working in Dalton’s favor is that the Steelers have no one to match up with A.J. Green coming off his 12/180/1 demolition of the Jets. … The Chargers’ offense went into the tank following Keenan Allen’s injury. Philip Rivers’ second half struggle might come early this year.

 

It’s all aboard the Joe Flacco streaming train, but it’s tough to expect a road explosion from an offense still sorting things out at receiver, running back and tight end, even against the Browns. … Matt Ryan loves to check down. Might he have his most explosive dump-off target ever in Tevin Coleman? Coleman could help jack up a floor that’s been collapsing since Tony Gonzalez’s retirement. … Brock Osweiler’s game still has a long way to go, but with so many weapons at his disposal — weapons that made plays in Week 1 — it’s hard to keep him out of the top 20. Kansas City’s defense isn’t what it was last season without Justin Houston wrecking offensive lines. … According to Pro Football Focus, no quarterback was worse in Week 1 than Marcus Mariota. Seriously. Raymond Summerlin will tell you the Titans’ offense needs to get less predictable. I agree. … Ryan Tannehill totaled 650 yards in two 2015 starts against the Patriots, but just two touchdowns. … Dak Prescott wasn’t great in his NFL debut, but he certainly wasn’t bad. He was a drop and a bobble away from two touchdowns. Look for the Cowboys to increase his rushing attempts, as well. There’s still lots of upside here. … Josh McCown will be streamable until he sprains his wrist or cracks a rib, but it’s not a mouthwatering Week 2 matchup.  

 

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Week 2 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 David Johnson vs. TB -
2 DeAngelo Williams vs. CIN Questionable (undisclosed)
3 C.J. Anderson vs. IND -
4 Lamar Miller vs. KC -
5 Ezekiel Elliott at WAS -
6 Adrian Peterson vs. GB -
7 Spencer Ware at HOU Questionable (toe)
8 Todd Gurley vs. SEA -
9 Matt Forte at BUF -
10 Rashad Jennings vs. NO -
11 LeSean McCoy vs. NYJ -
12 Doug Martin at ARZ -
13 Mark Ingram at NYG -
14 Ryan Mathews at CHI -
15 Jonathan Stewart vs. SF Questionable (ankle)
16 Eddie Lacy at MIN -
17 Arian Foster at NE Questionable (hamstring)
18 Carlos Hyde at CAR -
19 Latavius Murray vs. ATL -
20 Jeremy Langford vs. PHI -
21 DeMarco Murray at DET -
22 T.J. Yeldon at SD -
23 Devonta Freeman at OAK Questionable (quadriceps)
24 Danny Woodhead vs. JAC -
25 LeGarrette Blount vs. MIA -
26 Isaiah Crowell vs. BAL -
27 Frank Gore at DEN -
28 Thomas Rawls at LAR -
29 Melvin Gordon vs. JAC -
30 Ameer Abdullah vs. TEN -
31 Jeremy Hill at PIT -
32 Matt Jones vs. DAL -
33 Tevin Coleman at OAK -
34 Justin Forsett at CLE -
35 Christine Michael at LAR -
36 Theo Riddick vs. TEN -
37 Charles Sims at ARZ -
38 Duke Johnson vs. BAL -
39 Giovani Bernard at PIT -
40 James White vs. MIA -
41 Terrance West at CLE -
42 Bilal Powell at BUF -
43 Derrick Henry at DET -
44 Shane Vereen vs. NO -
45 Jalen Richard vs. ATL -
46 Chris Thompson vs. DAL -
47 Alfred Morris at WAS -
48 Charcandrick West at HOU -
49 Shaun Draughn at CAR -
50 James Starks at MIN -
51 Darren Sproles at CHI -
52 Travaris Cadet at NYG -
53 Mike Gillislee vs. NYJ -
54 Jerick McKinnon vs. GB Questionable (foot)
55 Benny Cunningham vs. SEA -
56 Jay Ajayi at NE -
57 Devontae Booker vs. IND -
58 Fozzy Whittaker vs. SF -

 

RB Notes: David Johnson got 20 touches in Week 1, and played an eye-popping 58-of-61 snaps. All the ingredients are here for weekly monster efforts. … I said last week I didn’t think there was any way DeAngelo Williams could match last year’s fill-in workloads and production. I was right: He surpassed it. D-Will dismantled the Redskins, turning a ludicrous 32 touches into 171 yards and two scores. His Week 2 matchup is tougher, but when you get the ball 25 times, including in the red zone and on third down, you’re impossible to keep out of the top three. … C.J. Anderson has never not produced when healthy. He was healthy in Week 1, taking the rock 20 times for 92 yards and a touchdown against one of the league’s toughest defenses, adding 4/47/1 as a receiver. His reward is a matchup with Colts D that allowed 46.9 Week 1 fantasy points to Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Giddy up. … Lamar Miller’s 28 carries against the Bears were six more than he ever handled as a Dolphin. The Texans telegraphed their plans for Miller all offseason, and executed in the opener. For Week 2 he gets a Chiefs Defense that coughed up the first two scores of Melvin Gordon’s career.

 

Ezekiel Elliott found the end zone, but otherwise had a debut to forget, turning 20 totes into a pathetic 51 yards. Things should go much better against the Redskins, who let DeAngelo Williams jump cut all over them on Monday. Zeke is a vicious jump cutter who will once again get 20 touches. … Is Adrian Peterson starting to hit a wall? The ageless one has a woeful 397 yards over his past 132 carries/seven games (3.00). His case is built on volume alone right now. … Week 1 is an easy time to get humbled. All offseason, I preached the virtues of Todd Gurley, saying he was good enough to overcome his awful supporting cast. If Monday was any indication, that’s decidedly not the case. You can’t draw sweeping conclusions off only one game, but at the very least, Gurley is going to have plenty of bust weeks with Case Keenum at the controls. His upside makes him impossible to drop any lower, but his floor is a bottomless pit against a Seahawks Defense that allowed the fewest 2015 fantasy points to enemy running backs. … Speaking of Seattle, coach Pete Carroll has ceremonially reinstalled Thomas Rawls as his starter. Christine Michael will probably get one more week to make an impression, but Rawls is already back to having the higher floor.       
 

Spencer Ware has a toe injury, but doesn’t have any committee concerns after piling up 199 yards on 18 Week 1 touches. Ware has distanced himself from Charcandrick West, and Jamaal Charles (knee) seems weeks away. … Does Mark Ingram have a Travaris Cadet problem? Cadet played nearly 40 percent of New Orleans’ snaps against the Raiders, drawing seven targets. The Saints re-establishing a regular passing-down back would put Ingram back on the RB1/2 borderline. … Doug Martin still has a Charles Sims problem, but passed the eye test with flying colors against the Falcons. An improved Jameis Winston isn’t a concern, as it will have the Bucs inside the 20 far more often, improving Martin’s odds of pumping up last year’s insanely-low touchdown rate. … Matt Forte took the rock 27 times in Week 1, his most touches since last October. It’s promising going forward, but expect the Jets to dial it back a bit for their 30-year-old runner on a short week. … Opposing Forte on three days' rest will be LeSean McCoy. Shady will get a heavy workload, but figures to be slamming into brick walls against the Jets’ elite run defense, especially with the Bills’ passing attack posing so little threat right now.                             

 

All you really need to know about the Saints’ “run defense” is that it allowed a 75-yard touchdown to an undrafted rookie on his first career carry. Rashad Jennings won’t have a better matchup all year. … Ryan Mathews’ 22 Week 1 carries were his second most since 2013. The Eagles are going to lean on Mathews as they break in Carson Wentz. … Always hurt, Jonathan Stewart is already battling an ankle issue, but will be out there against the 49ers. San Fran shut down Todd Gurley, but that’s because the Rams haven’t adopted the forward pass yet. … Eddie Lacy out-touched James Starks 15-5 against the Jaguars, but it’s too early to declare Starks in rear-view mirror. Lacy still isn’t as quick as he was in 2013-14. … His rushing stats were a disaster, but Arian Foster looked smooth against the Seahawks. Foster doesn’t have a backup. He’s a legit RB2. … Carlos Hyde has a bear of a matchup in the Panthers, but C.J. Anderson was able to get his numbers against Luke Kuechly and company. The 49ers have no choice but to give Hyde voluminous weekly workloads. It helps that he’s a great runner.

 

Latavius Murray had a dream Week 1 matchup against the Saints and turned it into 72 yards. Losing his role in the passing game, Murray is shaping up as a volatile RB2. … Things don’t look much different for DeMarco Murray than they did in Philadelphia. He’s going to be in trouble if he doesn’t get passing-game work to goose his awful rushing numbers. … Jeremy Langford received 19 of the Bears’ 22 running back touches against the Texans. … You can blame T.J. Yeldon’s Week 1 struggles on the fact that his guards were getting tackled into him, but it’s not like that’s a positive looking forward. … Devonta Freeman is in a committee with Tevin Coleman. The Falcons said so all offseason and then operated as such against the Bucs. Speaking in July, Falcons RBs coach Bobby Turner said the “one difference” between his backs was Coleman’s long speed. It’s hard to argue with that assessment right now. … Danny Woodhead out-carried Melvin Gordon in Week 1, and is now Philip Rivers’ second most reliable target after Antonio Gates. This isn’t the year he’s going to fade in standard. … There’s no sense to be made of Justin Forsett and Terrance West right now. … Frank Gore is a tough sell as an RB2 against the Broncos, but he’s not the full-on fade some are making him out to be. Someone has to get the touches in Indy’s backfield. His odds for a score are no worse than 50-50.     

Week 2 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Odell Beckham vs. NO -
2 Antonio Brown vs. CIN -
3 Julio Jones at OAK Questionable (ankle)
4 A.J. Green at PIT -
5 Allen Robinson at SD -
6 DeAndre Hopkins vs. KC -
7 Alshon Jeffery vs. PHI -
8 Amari Cooper vs. ATL -
9 Mike Evans at ARZ -
10 Brandon Marshall at BUF Questionable (knee)
11 Brandin Cooks at NYG -
12 Jordy Nelson at MIN -
13 Doug Baldwin at LAR -
14 Dez Bryant at WAS -
15 Sammy Watkins vs. NYJ Questionable (foot)
16 Kelvin Benjamin vs. SF -
17 DeSean Jackson vs. DAL -
18 Jordan Matthews at CHI -
19 Larry Fitzgerald vs. TB -
20 Jeremy Maclin at HOU -
21 Marvin Jones vs. TEN -
22 T.Y. Hilton at DEN Questionable (knee)
23 Eric Decker at BUF -
24 Jarvis Landry at NE -
25 Michael Crabtree vs. ATL -
26 Randall Cobb at MIN -
27 Michael Floyd vs. TB -
28 Donte Moncrief at DEN -
29 Golden Tate vs. TEN -
30 Julian Edelman vs. MIA -
31 Willie Snead at NYG -
32 Travis Benjamin vs. JAC -
33 Allen Hurns at SD -
34 Emmanuel Sanders vs. IND -
35 Stefon Diggs vs. GB -
36 Demaryius Thomas vs. IND Questionable (hip)
37 Tajae Sharpe at DET -
38 Will Fuller vs. KC -
39 John Brown vs. TB -
40 Sterling Shepard vs. NO -
41 Mike Wallace at CLE -
42 Mohamed Sanu at OAK -
43 Tyler Lockett at LAR -
44 Michael Thomas at NYG -
45 Tavon Austin vs. SEA -
46 Corey Coleman vs. BAL -
47 DeVante Parker at NE Questionable (hamstring)
48 Phillip Dorsett at DEN -
49 Terrelle Pryor vs. BAL -
50 Vincent Jackson at ARZ -
51 Rishard Matthews at DET -
52 Steve Smith Sr. at CLE -
53 Jermaine Kearse at LAR -
54 Eli Rogers vs. CIN -
55 Kevin White vs. PHI -
56 Brandon LaFell at PIT -
57 Tyrell Williams vs. JAC -
58 Kenny Stills at NE -
59 Torrey Smith at CAR -
60 Nelson Agholor at CHI -
61 Chris Hogan vs. MIA Questionable (shoulder)
62 Pierre Garcon vs. DAL -
63 Kamar Aiken at CLE -
64 Devin Funchess vs. SF -
65 Victor Cruz vs. NO -
66 Kenny Britt vs. SEA -
67 Jeremy Kerley at CAR -
68 Quincy Enunwa at BUF Questionable (ribs)
69 Ted Ginn vs. SF -
70 Sammie Coates vs. CIN -
71 Jamison Crowder vs. DAL -
72 Robert Woods vs. NYJ -
73 Dontrelle Inman vs. JAC -
74 Quinton Patton at CAR -
75 Dorial Green-Beckham at CHI -
76 Danny Amendola vs. MIA -

 

WR Notes: The Saints allowed 15 catches for 243 yards and a touchdown to the Raiders’ receivers in Week 1. Now they’re without Delvin Breaux (leg) for the next six weeks. Odell Beckham is going to have more space than he knows what to do with. … Antonio Brown posted a rather modest, by his standards, 20/253/1 in three games against the Bengals last season. … Julio Jones will be playing through an ankle tweak against the Raiders, a secondary that silver plattered 21/373/3 to the Saints’ wide receivers in Week 1. … A Steelers’ secondary that hasn’t gotten any better allowed 22/321/3 to A.J. Green in three 2015 matchups. … 15 targets is the only Allen Robinson stat that matters from Week 1. Blake Bortles is treating A-Rob like the alpha WR1 he is. … Will Will Fuller cramp DeAndre Hopkins’ style? Stranger things have happened, but more than likely, Fuller’s clear-out speed is simply going to create more space for Hopkins to chew up. … With Kevin White not ready for prime time, Alshon Jeffery is going to have a hard time drawing fewer than 10 weekly targets.    

 

Amari Cooper and Mike Evans both looked ready to “make the leap,” in Around the NFL speak. Cooper gets the same Falcons Defense Evans burned for a 45-yard touchdown, while Evans will be squaring off with a Cards D that let up 15/207/1 to Jimmy’s Garoppolos. Don’t be surprised if neither player leaves the top 12 going forward. … Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker were limited to 5/69/1 against the Bengals, with Quincy Enunwa somehow gobbling up 7/54/1 on eight targets. Expect a back-to-basics approach against the Bills on Thursday evening. Marshall remains a strong WR1. Decker, a WR2 who is going to score a touchdown more often than not. … Brandin Cooks has probably already had this best game of the season, but his WR1 overall finish wasn’t exactly surprising after he closed 2015 as the WR12. Cooks doesn’t look the traditional part, but he’s a WR1, one who has posted fewer than 70 yards just seven times in his past 17 games. Cooks has cleared 100 in 4-of-6 contests going back to last December. … Jordy Nelson and Aaron Rodgers looked like they still had some timing kinks to work out, but physically, Nelson resembled the receiver he was in 2014 … at least most of the time, according to his ex-teammate Davon House. Nelson might not start off absolutely gangbusters, but one of the top red zone threats in football isn’t going to be putting up many bad weeks.

 

Let ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia lay it out: Since last Week 10, only Julio Jones and Antonio Brown have more receiving yards than Doug Baldwin. In baseball this would be referred to as an “arbitrary endpoint,” but Baldwin’s Week 1 play wasn’t capricious to his 2015 form. He picked up where he left off, catching 9-of-11 targets for 92 yards and a score. Angry Doug might be here to stay as a WR1. … How bad will things get for Dez Bryant? It’s a question we might not be asking had he simply caught his Week 1 touchdown. Bryant mas myriad concerns — his health, a rookie quarterback, a run-first offense — but there’s still no real reason to believe we’re dealing with a fundamentally different player. Even in a tough matchup like this week’s with Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland, he’s a high-upside WR2. … Sammy Watkins is an unnerving Week 2 option following this week’s injury drama, but the reality is, he might not be “injured” at all. Watkins merely complained of soreness, soreness he seems more than ready to play through. Season-long owners need to double-check Watkins’ status Thursday evening — “injured” or not, caution often takes the day early in the season — but Watkins remains a no-brainer if he plays. Certain to be under-owned in DFS, he’s also a high-reward GPP option.

 

Ron Rivera can keep claiming he’s concerned about Kelvin Benjamin’s snap count. It’s not going to change the fact that he’s a pterodactyl-sized red zone threat Cam Newton clearly missed. Benjamin should quickly settle back in as an every-week WR2. … DeSean Jackson began his contract drive with a 6/102 evening. The Cowboys can’t match up with him, it’s just a matter of Kirk Cousins getting enough pass attempts. … Carson Wentz began his career by showering a career-high 14 targets on Jordan Matthews. J-Matt has quietly cleared 100 yards in 3-of-4 games going back to 2015. … I’m not making much money doubting Larry Fitzgerald. It looks like we’re in store for another year of “early-season Larry.” … T.Y. Hilton’s 12 Week 1 targets were very encouraging for his season-long value, but tasks don’t get much taller than Denver on the road. … It’s looking as expected in Detroit, with Golden Tate the PPR play and Marvin Jones the standard man. … We keep hearing about Demaryius Thomas’ hip, but the real concern remains Trevor Siemian. Siemian got his act together after an awful Week 1 start, but the ex-Northwestern struggler should be considered an imminent train derailment until we have reason to believe otherwise.          

 

Even with Jordy Nelson back, Randall Cobb looked like 2015 Randall Cobb on Sunday. He managed a meager 8/61/1 in two games against the Vikings last season. … Will Michael Floyd ever get out of neutral? The upside is well established, but Sunday was a repeat of all past Floyd disappointments. The honest truth is I just don’t know what to think, and have a better grip on the players I have ranked ahead of Floyd. … I still think Donte Moncrief is this year’s prime leap candidate, but it will be tough sledding for all involved with the Colts’ offense on Sunday. They need Trevor Siemian to tank hard so they can have the volume to overcome the likely inefficiency. … Travis Benjamin was a legitimate WR2 for much of 2015. Now he has a legitimate quarterback. People are sleeping on him. … Stefon Diggs is the Vikings’ No. 1 receiver, but it’s unclear how profitable of a role it will be. … Only 17 receivers played more Week 1 snaps than Tajae Sharpe. Just four drew more targets. This is a thing. … It’s the matchup of a lifetime for Sterling Shepard, but I’m not yet convinced of his target share. … Mike Wallace is getting lots of love, but has one 100-yard game since 2013. … Don’t drop DeVante Parker.   

Week 2 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jordan Reed vs. DAL -
2 Greg Olsen vs. SF -
3 Travis Kelce at HOU -
4 Delanie Walker at DET -
5 Julius Thomas at SD Questionable (ankle)
6 Gary Barnidge vs. BAL -
7 Antonio Gates vs. JAC -
8 Jason Witten at WAS -
9 Eric Ebron vs. TEN -
10 Dwayne Allen at DEN -
11 Jesse James vs. CIN -
12 Coby Fleener at NYG -
13 Kyle Rudolph vs. GB -
14 Charles Clay vs. NYJ Questionable (knee)
15 Martellus Bennett vs. MIA -
16 Jacob Tamme at OAK -
17 Virgil Green vs. IND -
18 Zach Miller vs. PHI -
19 Vance McDonald at CAR -
20 Clive Walford vs. ATL -
21 Dennis Pitta at CLE -
22 Jared Cook at MIN -
23 Brent Celek at CHI -
24 Jimmy Graham at LAR -
25 Cameron Brate at ARZ -
26 Austin Seferian-Jenkins at ARZ -
27 C.J. Uzomah at PIT -
28 Luke Willson at LAR -
29 Jack Doyle at DEN -
30 Larry Donnell vs. NO -
31 Jordan Cameron at NE Questionable (thigh)
32 Will Tye vs. NO -
33 Ryan Griffin vs. KC -

 

TE Notes: With another week of “will he or won’t he” on tap for Rob Gronkowski, Jordan Reed is No. 1. Reed’s 11 Week 1 targets were second only to Jason Witten at tight end, while the Cowboys allowed four grabs for 31 yards and a touchdown to the unimposing duo of Larry Donnell and Will Tye. … Greg Olsen played 72-of-75 snaps against the Broncos, snagging seven balls for 73 yards. The 31 year old isn’t slowing down. … Travis Kelce just keeps doing his thing. You can keep wishcasting superstardom, or accept him for the good player that he is. … I want to be a part of the “sell Delanie Walker” brigade, but it’s a little hard to do when he’s facing a Lions team that allowed 26.8 fantasy points to Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle. … Julius Thomas somehow already has an ankle injury, but is supposedly fine. Thomas looked like his old self burning Packers DB Quinten Rollins for a 22-yard touchdown down the sideline.

 

Everyone is back on Gary Barnidge with Josh McCown under center, but let’s just remember: New coaching staff, Corey Coleman, Terrelle Pryor, etc. Barnidge doesn’t exactly have a multi-year track record. … Do with this info what you will: Antonio Gates was Pro Football Focus’ lowest-rated Week 1 tight end. Philip Rivers needs Gates more than ever with Keenan Allen done for the season, but it’s not a bad idea to have a backup plan for a 36 year old. … Jason Garrett runs the most vanilla offense possible when Tony Romo is sidelined. Last week, it produced 14 targets/checkdowns for Jason Witten. …. Eric Ebron went 5/46/1 in Week 1, but the most encouraging stat is that he played 60-of-66 snaps. Ebron is an emerging power forward for point guard Matthew Stafford. … Clive Walford played only 37-of-75 snaps against the Saints, spending less time on the field than blocker Lee Smith.

 

There’s not much to say about Coby Fleener. He’s not on the same page with his quarterback or coaching staff, and has become a “believe it when you see it” fantasy option in his new home. The upside is so immense that Fleener is hard to bench, but you might have to swallow a few more zeros. … Emerging folk hero Jesse James played all 68 of the Steelers’ snaps against the Redskins, but missed a few blocks. Targets will remain there for the taking, but James has to live up to his dirty work part of the bargain. … Gronk or no Gronk, Martellus Bennett is a 29-year-old player in decline. … Jacob Tamme drew eight targets on Sunday. He’s a PPR freebie. … I’m having a hard time believing in aging/injury prone Bears TE Zach Miller. … Vance McDonald got a Week 1 touchdown, but only three targets. He’s not exactly a high-upside option against the Panthers.

 

Week 2 Kickers 

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Stephen Gostkowski vs. MIA -
2 Justin Tucker at CLE -
3 Graham Gano vs. SF -
4 Steven Hauschka at LAR -
5 Mason Crosby at MIN -
6 Dan Bailey at WAS -
7 Josh Brown vs. NO -
8 Chris Boswell vs. CIN -
9 Chandler Catanzaro vs. TB -
10 Brandon McManus vs. IND -
11 Sebastian Janikowski vs. ATL -
12 Adam Vinatieri at DEN -
13 Cairo Santos at HOU -
14 Matt Prater vs. TEN -
15 Nick Novak vs. KC -
16 Dustin Hopkins vs. DAL -
17 Wil Lutz at NYG -
18 Jason Myers at SD -
19 Mike Nugent at PIT -
20 Josh Lambo vs. JAC -
21 Matt Bryant at OAK -
22 Blair Walsh vs. GB -
23 Caleb Sturgis at CHI -
24 Roberto Aguayo at ARZ -
25 Nick Folk at BUF -
26 Connor Barth vs. PHI -
27 Andrew Franks at NE -
28 Ryan Succop at DET -
29 Dan Carpenter vs. NYJ -
30 Phil Dawson at CAR -
31 Greg Zuerlein vs. SEA -
32 Patrick Murray vs. BAL -

 

Week 2 Defense/Special Teams 

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Seahawks Def/Spec Team at LAR -
2 Panthers Def/Spec Team vs. SF -
3 Jets Def/Spec Team at BUF -
4 Broncos Def/Spec Team vs. IND -
5 Patriots Def/Spec Team vs. MIA -
6 Ravens Def/Spec Team at CLE -
7 Texans Def/Spec Team vs. KC -
8 Cardinals Def/Spec Team vs. TB -
9 Packers Def/Spec Team at MIN -
10 Raiders Def/Spec Team vs. ATL -
11 Chiefs Def/Spec Team at HOU -
12 Steelers Def/Spec Team vs. CIN -
13 Vikings Def/Spec Team vs. GB -
14 Bengals Def/Spec Team at PIT -
15 Dolphins Def/Spec Team at NE -
16 Eagles Def/Spec Team at CHI -
17 Jaguars Def/Spec Team at SD -
18 Lions Def/Spec Team vs. TEN -
19 Redskins Def/Spec Team vs. DAL -
20 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. NYJ -
21 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. SEA -
22 Bears Def/Spec Team vs. PHI -
23 Giants Def/Spec Team vs. NO -
24 Colts Def/Spec Team at DEN -
25 Chargers Def/Spec Team vs. JAC -
26 Titans Def/Spec Team at DET -
27 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team at ARZ -
28 Cowboys Def/Spec Team at WAS -
29 Falcons Def/Spec Team at OAK -
30 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team at CAR -
31 Browns Def/Spec Team vs. BAL -
32 Saints Def/Spec Team at NYG -
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