Week 2 Fantasy Preview

Week One is complete, and we are all trying to keep ourselves from making the worst fantasy mistake possible – overreacting to the surprises of Opening Day.

The goal is to weed out the aberrations from the real deals. There has been quite the shakeup in my rankings from Week One. Below, I have highlighted some of the major movers and shakers from the week that was.

Week 2 Rankings: Quarterbacks

The top two remain the same, although you could easily make the argument for Tom Brady to be ahead of Rivers after his absolutely MONSTER game in Miami. Unfortunately for Tom, he doesn’t get to play Miami every week, and besides Welker and his tight ends, he really doesn’t have any deep threats on the outside. Rivers will still rack up a lot of big games, while Brady will probably settle into that “280 yards, 2-3 TDs a game” type of player.

Vick has moved up to #3. He would be higher, but he’s still an injury risk that could rear its ugly head at any minute.

matthew-stafford-fantasy-football-week-2-rankingsOne of the biggest movers of the week was Matthew Stafford, who I have now placed in my Top Ten above Jay Cutler, Big Ben, Joe Flacco, and Matt Schaub. Now, I know you are thinking, “If he has handicapped Vick for being an injury risk, how is he moving Stafford up so high?” Good point. It’s definitely a risk. But I, for one, think Stafford will stay healthy this year. And if he does, we should all be prepared for tons of monster games as he teams up with Megatron.

In a terribly sad side note, Peyton Manning has completely fallen out of the top 20. I never thought I’d see the day…

Week 2 Rankings: Running Backs

If Ray Rice hasn’t cemented himself as the best running back in the game after his monstrous performance against one of the greatest run defenses of all time, then you are just too stubborn. Peterson and Charles remain in the #2 and #3 spots, but LeSean McCoy is RIGHT on their heels. He could be in for a monster year, and while I think Peterson and Charles are SLIGHTLY safer bets, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he finished the year right behind Ray Rice.

Other movers in the top 15 included Matt Forte up to #11, and Chris Johnson sliding to #6.

The two biggest jumps of the week came from Ben Tate and Beanie Wells. Tate moves all the way into the top 20, and you should feel confident with him, even after Arian Foster comes back. In a league of platoon system running backs, don’t be surprised if Houston starts trying to lighten Foster’s load.

Two other guys to keep an eye on would be Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles. Brees already looks like he has more confidence in the 5’7” blur than he ever had in Bush, and Bush should benefit from finally getting the majority of touches in Miami.

Week 2 Rankings: Wide Receivers

Megatron, Jennings, and Nicks are now 1, 2, and 3. Wes Welker has moved up quite a bit to #12, and Kenny Britt is quickly showing that he is a force to be reckoned with, regardless of who is QB is.

The two biggest movers of the week were Brandon Marshall and Julio Jones. We have always known that Marshall had amazing talent, but now it looks like Henne will at least do a decent job this year – fantasy-wise that is. He is also the only target in Miami, and should be one of the most targeted WRs in the league.

Week 2 Rankings: Tight Ends

At this point, I’m all in on Aaron Hernandez. Yes, there is another TE on his own team that will take a lot of his catches. Yes, there will be games when Gronkowski outperforms him and it will drive you crazy. But I don’t care. Gronkowski had a big game on Monday night, and Hernandez was STILL Brady’s top receiver.

As to Gronkowski, I think he’s a top 7 guy as well. Don’t be too scared by the fact that no other team in history has ever had two stud fantasy tight ends. Just look at them like two good receivers on the same team. The reality is that Brady treats them both like receivers, and they should be treated as such.

Here are the rest of the rankings. Hope you enjoy!

Also see:

Fantasy Football Week 2 Player Rankings

QB Rankings
RB Rankings
WR Rankings
TE Rankings
1 Philip Rivers, SD 1 Ray Rice, BAL 1 Calvin Johnson, DET 1 Aaron Hernandez, NE
2 Tom Brady, NE 2 Adrian Peterson, MIN 2 Greg Jennings, GB 2 Antonio Gates, SD
3 Michael Vick, PHI 3 Jamaal Charles, KC 3 Hakeem Nicks, NYG 3 Jason Witten, DAL
4 Drew Brees, NO 4 LeSean McCoy, PHI 4 Larry Fitzgerald, ARI 4 Dallas Clark, IND
5 Aaron Rodgers, GB 5 Darren McFadden, OAK 5 Andre Johnson, HOU 5 Jermichael Finley, GB
6 Tony Romo, DAL 6 Chris Johnson, TEN 6 Mike Wallace, PIT 6 Rob Gronkowski, NE
7 Matthew Stafford, DET 7 Arian Foster, HOU 7 Reggie Wayne, IND 7 Tony Gonzalez, ATL
8 Jay Cutler, CHI 8 Maurice Jones-Drew, JAC 8 Brandon Marshall, MIA 8 Vernon Davis, SF
9 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT 9 Michael Turner, ATL 9 Dez Bryant, DAL 9 Owen Daniels, HOU
10 Joe Flacco, BAL 10 Rashard Mendenhall, PIT 10 Roddy White, ATL 10 Greg Olsen, CAR
11 Matt Schaub, HOU 11 Matt Forte, CHI 11 Miles Austin, DAL 11 Kellen Winslow, TB
12 Eli Manning, NYG 12 Steven Jackson, STL 12 Wes Welker, NE 12 Zach Miller, SEA
13 Matt Ryan, ATL 13 Frank Gore, SF 13 DeSean Jackson, PHI 13 Jimmy Graham, NO
14 Josh Freeman, TB 14 DeAngelo Williams, CAR 14 Kenny Britt, TEN 14 Tony Scheffler, DET
15 Sam Bradford, STL 15 Felix Jones, DAL 15 Mike Williams, TB 15 Marcedes Lewis, JAC
16 Mark Sanchez, NYJ 16 Jahvid Best, DET 16 Anquan Boldin, BAL
17 Kevin Kolb, ARI 17 LeGarrette Blount, TB 17 Marques Colston, NO
18 Chad Henne, MIA 18 Peyton Hillis, CLE 18 Mario Manningham, NYG
19 Rex Grossman, WAS 19 Ben Tate, HOU 19 Vincent Jackson, SD
20 Kyle Orton, DEN 20 Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG 20 Dwayne Bowe, KC
21 Shonn Greene, NYJ 21 Percy Harvin, MIN
22 Cedric Benson, CIN 22 Steve Smith, CAR
23 Mike Tolbert, SD 23 Santana Moss, WAS
24 Fred Jackson, BUF 24 Julio Jones, ATL
25 Tim Hightower, WAS 25 Brandon Lloyd, DEN
26 Beanie Wells, ARI 26 Santonio Holmes, NYJ
27 Reggie Bush, MIA 27 Malcom Floyd, SD
28 Darren Sproles, NO 28 Plaxico Burress, NYJ
29 Knowshon Moreno, DEN 29 Jeremy Maclin, PHI
30 Ryan Grant, GB 30 Steve Johnson, BUF
31 Marshawn Lynch, SEA 31 Sidney Rice, SEA
32 Ryan Mathews, SD 32 Mohammad Massaquoi, CLE
33 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, NE 33 Pierre Garcon, IND
34 Joseph Addai, IND 34 A.J. Green, CIN
35 Mark Ingram, NO 35 Johnny Knox, CHI
36 Pierre Thomas, NO 36 Devin Hester, CHI
37 Michael Bush, OAK 37 Mike Thomas, JAC
38 Willis McGahee, DEN 38 Jordy Nelson, GB
39 Jonathan Stewart, CAR 39 Austin Collie, IND
40 James Starks, GB 40 Lance Moore, NO
41 Brandon Jacobs, NYG 41 Roy Williams, CHI
42 Jerome Harrison, DET 42 Robert Meachem, NO
43 Thomas Jones, KC 43 Braylon Edwards, SF
44 Daniel Thomas, MIA
45 Delone Carter, IND
46 LaDainian Tomlinson, NYJ
47 Roy Helu, WAS
48 C.J. Spiller, BUF
49 Ryan Torain, WAS
50 Danny Woodhead, NE


As always, I’m open for discussion and debate in the comment section, or my twitter @The_Dr_Twitch.

Jon Washburn@The_Dr_Twitch

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