Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Rookies That Are a Must-Start

Mike MoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 09: Coby Fleener #80 of the Indianapolis Colts moves between Major Wright #21 and Chris Conte #47 of the Chicago Bears during their 2012 NFL season opener at Soldier Field on September 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Colts 41-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Week 2 of the NFL season gives a bit more clarity as to where players stand this early in the year and that holds true for rookies as well.

There are some rookies who will have a very favorable matchup in their respective games this week and that makes them a must-start for fantasy football owners.

Here are some first-year players that fit the bill.


Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins

After a sensational debut that saw RG3 go 19-for-26 with 320 yards and two scores, there is a chance he takes a step back in Week 2. Despite what logic may dictate, benching the No. 2 overall pick would be a huge mistake.

The Redskins' opponent this week are the St. Louis Rams, and while they aren't a great team defensively, they are slightly better than the lowly New Orleans Saints defense. However, as far as the secondary goes, the Rams are mediocre at best.

Griffin III might not have the same game he had in Week 1—and who could blame him if he doesn't—but that doesn't mean he won't produce enough points to satisfy fantasy football owners.

After all, Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions did light the Rams up for 355 yards through the air and RG3 has certainly proven he has the ability to do the same.

On top of that, Griffin III could flash his speed a bit more than he did last week, picking up extra yards and extra points in fantasy.


Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Luck had the unfortunate task of debuting against a tough defense in the Chicago Bears, but Week 2 won't present anywhere near as tough of a matchup.

In Week 2, the Colts will take on the Minnesota Vikings, a fellow team destined for the cellar. The Vikes have next to no talent on both sides of the ball and in particular, on the defensive end.

In his NFL debut, Luck still looked good and despite making some mistakes, he still managed to throw for 309 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers figure to improve as much as possible against a lesser opponent this week.

Luck will find it much easier to throw the ball with more time in the pocket. Also, Luck won't have to battle a secondary as talented as the first one he faced.

The No. 1 overall pick showed some signs of brilliance in his first game, but Luck has the opportunity to be spectacular this week and I doubt he'll disappoint.


Coby Fleener, TE, Indianapolis Colts

On the back of Luck's solid debut, Fleener had himself a nice game as well.

Fleener caught six passes for 82 yards, which was an average of 13.7 yards per catch. Despite not getting into the end zone, Fleener has already proven he can make a difference when he's on the field.

It's just a matter of time before he gets his first score.

Luck and Fleener seem to be developing a chemistry early that could make this duo an elite one for years to come. If he was able to compile that many yards in his first game, he should be able to have a breakout game this week against an inferior secondary.

If Luck has a big game this week—and he should—Fleener will be the main beneficiary as Luck's No. 1 target and that could result in a big day for the first-year tight end.