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.
One 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!
Fantasy Football Week 2 Player 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.