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Week 2 Rankings – Fantasy Football 2018

I said week 1 is a typically a bit unpredictable and I was right about that, the top 3 scoring offenses in the league after week 1 are the Buccaneers, Jest, and Ravens, just like we all expected. Jared Cook is tied with Michael Thomas for receiving yards, and Le’Veon Bell still hasn’t reported while his back up leads the league in rushing yards…..like all the top analysts called. Unpredictable. Luckily we at least now have a little bit of data to help predict week 2 a little better.

————QUARTER BACKS————

One thing that was not unpredictable was Aaron Rodgers completing a 3 TD come back in the 4th quarter at home against the Bears. Thats what he does, thats why he makes the big bucks. With a tougher match up and a knee injury I worry about him this week, but not enough to keep him out of the top 12. Some other guys I worry about this week are Russell Wilson fighting off the Chicago pass rush, Tom Brady going up against that crucial Jacksonville secondary with limited options at WR, and the beginning of the Thursday Night Football offensive slump for Andy Dalton and Joe Flacco.

I’m high on Patrick Mahomes continuing his strong start to 2018 with Hill keeping up where he was last week and Kelce and Watkins getting in on the fun a bit more in week 2. I think Big Ben also plays better than he did in week 1 against a softer KC defense, this should be a higher scoring affair. Jimmy G should have better luck against the Lions than he did against the Vikings and both Cam Newton and Matt Ryan should perform better in week 2 as the division rivals square off.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Philip Rivers LAC BUF
2 Drew Bress NO CLE
3 Patrick Mahomes KC PIT
4 Aaron Rodgers GB MIN
5 Ben Roethlisberger PIT KC
6 Jimmy Garoppolo SF DET
7 Andrew Luck IND WAS
8 Cam Newton CAR ATL
9 Kirk Cousins MIN GB
10 Tyrod Taylor CLE NO
11 Case Keenum DEN OAK
12 Matt Ryan ATL CAR
13 Joe Flacco BAL CIN
14 Tom Brady NE JAX
15 Deshaun Watson HOU TEN
16 Alex Smith WAS IND
17 Jared Goff LAR ARI
18 Russell Wilson SEA CHI
19 Matthew Stafford DET SF
20 Mitch Trubisky CHI SEA
21 Andy Dalton CIN BAL
22 Eli Manning NYG DAL
23 Ryan Fitzpatrick TB PHI
24 Sam Darnold NYJ MIA
25 Nick Foles PHI TB
26 Blake Bortles JAX NE
27 Derek Carr OAK DEN
28 Ryan Tannehill MIA NYJ
29 Dak Prescott DAL NYG
30 Josh Allen BUF LAC

————RUNNING BACKS————

Week 2 is underway and the Steelers have removed Le’Veon Bell from their official depth chart, which means I am still firing up James Conner in all formats. Pittsburgh was comfortable giving him the same work load they give Bell and Conner delivered. I also expect Alvin Kamara’s reign of terror to continue until Mark Ingram returns in a few weeks. He was an absolute stud last week and I can’t see his usage dropping this week in a game New Orleans needs to win.

RB feels easy to call at the top but after the top 4 or 5 guys it really is crazy. Last week Austin Ekeler, Adrian Peterson, and Chris Thompson all finished as RB1’s, while Christian McCaffrey, Ezekiel Elliot, Dalvin Cook, Jordan Howard, Lamar Miller, and David Johnson all performed as RB2’s. This week I think McCaffrey gets back on track against an Atlanta defense that gives up points to pass catching RBs and 2 TDs last week to Jay Ajayi. Saquon Barkley, who ripped an incredible run to get his first trip to the end zone in week 1 will find his way back into the end zone in week 2. He is gonna be a problem in the NFL.

I also like Mixon and Collins in the Thursday Night Game going head to head. This is usually a game each week that favors RBs and DSTs. Joe Mixon had solid volume with 7 targets and 17 carries week 1 and Alex Collins will be back at the lead with Kenneth Dixon now on IR in a game that they probably are not winning by 30 early in the 3rd quarter.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Todd Gurley LAR ARI
2 Alvin Kamara NO CLE
3 Melvin Gordon LAC BUF
4 Ezekiel Elliot DAL NYG
5 James Conner PIT KC
6 Saquon Barkley NYG DAL
7 Jordan Howard CHI SEA
8 Christian McCaffrey CAR ATL
9 Joe Mixon CIN BAL
10 Kareem Hunt KC PIT
11 Dion Lewis TEN HOU
12 Carlos Hyde CLE NO
13 Jay Ajayi PHI TB
14 Alex Collins BAL CIN
15 David Johnson ARI LAR
16 Dalvin Cook MIN GB
17 Isiah Crowell NYJ MIA
18 Adrian Peterson WAS IND
19 Lamar Miller HOU TEN
20 Devonta Freeman ATL CAR
21 Chris Thompson WAS IND
22 Royce Freeman DEN OAK
23 Derrick Henry TEN HOU
24 LeSean McCoy BUF LAC
25 Alfred Morris SF DET
26 Kenyan Drake MIA NYJ
27 Austin Ekeler LAC BUF
28 Marshawn Lynch OAK DEN
29 Jamaal Williams GB MIN
30 Tevin Coleman ATL CAR
31 Peyton Barber TB PHI
32 Chris Carson SEA CHI
33 Bilal Powell NYJ MIA
34 Theo Riddick DET SF
35 T.J. Yeldon JAX NE
36 Philip Lindsay DEN OAK
37 Duke Johnson CLE NO
38 Tarik Cohen CHI SEA
39 Matt Breida SF SET
40 Kerryon Johnson DET SF

 

 

————WIDE RECEIVERS————

Week 1 brought a few big surprises at WR as well with DeSean Jackson finishing as WR3, Emmanuel Sanders as WR4, and Randall Cobb as WR5. I expected good days from these guys but not quite these finishes. It was great to see Odell Beckham, Allen Robinson, and Quincy Enunwa back healthy. Quincy saw 10 targets which is really impressive when you realize Darnold only had 23 passing attempts. If he is out there on waivers, scoop him up!

Marquis Goodwin left early week 1 with a hamstring issue and should be back. this week against Detroit. I like him a lot in this match up but if he misses it I am throwing Dante Pettis into lineups as he should see the end zone once again.  Things I am crossing my fingers for this week are Emmanuel Sanders to continues his hot streak, DeAndre Hopkins to get going, if Tampa Bay’s WRs keep rolling with Philly coming to town, and the Carolina pass catchers to step up with Olsen out.

Pettis
Pettis hauls in his 1st NFL TD pass from JimmyG. Picture by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Antonio Brown PIT KC
2 Michael Thomas NO CLE
3 Julio Jones ATL CAR
4 Keenan Allen LAC BUF
5 DeAndre Hopkins HOU TEN
6 Tyreek Hill KC PIT
7 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG DAL
8 Emmanuel Sanders DEN OAK
9 A.J. Green CIN BAL
10 Stefon Diggs MIN GB
11 Mike Evans TB PHI
12 Davante Adams GB MIN
13 Jarvis Landry CLE NO
14 Allen Robinson CHI SEA
15 Emmanuel Sanders DEN OAK
16 Marquise Goodwin SF DET
17 Juju Smith-Scheuster PIT KC
18 Sammy Watkins KC PIT
19 T.Y. Hilton IND WAS
20 Brandin Cooks LAR ARI
21 Marvin Jones DET SF
22 Pierre Garcon SF DET
23 Kenny Stills MIA NYJ
24 Adam Thielen MIN GB
25 Josh Gordon CLE NO
26 Devin Funchess CAR ARTL
27 Quincy Enunwa NYJ MIA
28 Cooper Kupp LAR ARI
29 John Brown BAL CIN
30 Larry Fitzgerald ARI LAR
31 Nelson Agholor PHI TB
32 Keelan Cole JAX NE
33 Tyler Lockett SEA CHI
34 Jamison Crowder WAS IND
35 Kenny Golladay DET SF
36 Sterling Shepard NYG DAL
37 Cole Beasley DAL NYG
38 Tedd Ginn NO CLE
39 Adam Thielen MIN GB
40 Chris Godwin TB PHI
41 Tyrell Williams LAC BUF
42 Chris Hogan NE JAX
43 Corey Davis TEN HOU
44 Robert Woods LAR ARI
45 Golden Tate DET SF

————TIGHT ENDS————

I was wrong about Gronk proving his TE dominance from the 1st possession..it took to the 2nd possession before he pulled in his first TD of the year. With Jax coming to town I imagine he wants to prove Jalen Ramsey wrong about being “overrated” I am all eyes on this match up. I think Brady has a rough day, but tough to see Gronk not still get his. I think he gets another TD Sunday, but I am expecting his overall yardage to be a bit lower.

Some guys who disappointed Week 1 are Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and Trey Burton and I like all 3 to improve in week 2. Burton actually played well and should have had a TD but Trubisky missed him when he was wide open in the end zone and the window closed.

he open

The big surprise was Jared Cook going off for 180 yards as Oakland was unable to get the ball to Cooper and Nelson, Carr only completed 5 passes to his WRs despite 40 attempts. I think Cook continues to be someone Carr relies on as he has another great matchup this week with Denver, who just gave up 105 yards and a TD to a rookie TE.

Big losses at the position this week though as Delanie Walker hits the IR and is done for 2018 and Greg Olsen is likely to miss months, if not all of the 2018 season. Some potential replacements out there are Jonnu Smith, who should pick up where Walker left off in an offense that favors the TE. He is insanely athletic and should serve well in Walker’s absence. I also like Ricky Seals-Jones going against the Rams, just like Cooks last week, I suspect Arizona tries to stay away from the Rams incredibly talented corners.  Eric Ebron should continue to be a red zone threat with Luck who is going to use both Ebron and Doyle a bunch this season. Ian Thomas just like Jonnu should play well in Greg Olsen’s place, but I think as a rookie he will struggle from time to time and will likely have some boom/bust weeks at the position.

RANK PLAYER TEAM OPPONENT
1 Rob Gronkowski NE JAX
2 Jordan Reed WAS IND
3 Zach Ertz PHI TB
4 Travis Kelce KC PIT
5 George Kittle SF DET
6 David Njoku CLE NO
7 Jared Cook OAK DEN
8 Evan Engram NYG DAL
9 Jack Doyle IND WAS
10 Jimmy Graham GB MIN
11 Will Dissly SEA CHI
12 Antonio Gates LAC BUF
13 Tyler Eifert CIN BAL
14 Trey Burton CHI SEA
15 O.J. Howard TB PHI
16 Jonnu Smith TEN HOU
17 Mike Gesicki MIA NYJ
18 Jesse James PIT KC
19 Kyle Rudolph MIN GB
20 Ben Watson NO CLE
21 Eric Ebron IND WAS
22 Ricky Seals-Jones ARI LAR
23 Ian Thomas CAR ATL
24 Austin Seferian-Jenkins JAX NE
25 Charles Clay BUF LAC

————D/STs————

J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets! If you are streaming fire them up against Miami at home in week 2. I really would like to see the Saints show up this week against Cleveland, New Orleans is a group I had high hopes for this season and they started ohhh so bad. Some other streaming options are CIN at home against Baltimore on Thursday evening, TEN at home against Houston, and SF at home against Detroit.

RANK TEAM OPPONENT
1 Los Angeles Rams ARI
2 Los Angeles Chargers BUF
3 Baltimore CIN
4 Denver OAK
5 Houston TEN
6 Chicago SEA
7 New Orleans CLE
8 New York Jets MIA
9 Jacksonville NE
10 Minnesota GB
11 Washington IND
12 Cincinnati BAL
13 Carolina ATL
14 San Francisco DET
15 New England JAX
16 Seattle CHI
17 New York Giants DAL
18 Pittsburgh KC
19 San Francisco DET
20 Green Bay MIN
21 Miami NYJ
22 Tenneesse HOU
23 Detroit SF
24 Kansas City PIT
25 Cleveland NO
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