Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings: An Early Look Ahead
Week 2 of the fantasy football season is approaching fast, and whether owners won or lost to start the year, everyone will be looking for a huge win this time around.
Before you set your lineups for Week 2, here are the rankings you will need to optimize your roster.
All projected points based on standard scoring leagues.
|1||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||30|
|2||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos||New York Giants||29|
|3||Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers||Washington Redskins||27|
|4||Tom Brady||New England Patriots||New York Jets||27|
|5||Matt Ryan||Atlanta Falcons||St. Louis Rams||25|
|6||Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco 49ers||Seattle Seahawks||21|
|7||Matthew Stafford||Detroit Lions||Arizona Cardinals||20|
|8||Andrew Luck||Indianapolis Colts||Miami Dolphins||20|
|9||Terrelle Pryor||Oakland Raiders||Jacksonville Jaguars||20|
|10||Sam Bradford||St. Louis Rams||Atlanta Falcons||20|
Donny's QB Rankings
Quarterback to Watch: Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders
The Jacksonville Jaguars look to be one of the worst teams in the league once again this season, and that will benefit Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor by making him one of the better fantasy options in Week 2.
While his 217 yards and one touchdown passing weren’t overly impressive (those numbers should continue to increase as the second-year player becomes accustomed to the game), his 112 yards rushing must have owners running to the waiver wire.
Jacksonville had a hard time stopping Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive unit in Week 1, and with running back Darren McFadden healthy and playing well, the pressure won’t be overwhelming for Pryor.
Expect better numbers through the air, similar numbers on the ground and possibly even a rushing touchdown or two.
|1||A.J. Green||Cincinnati Bengals||Pittsburgh Steelers||27|
|2||Larry Fitzgerald||Arizona Cardinals||Detroit Lions||25|
|3||Demaryius Thomas||Denver Broncos||New York Giants||25|
|4||Victor Cruz||New York Giants||Denver Broncos||21|
|5||Calvin Johnson||Detroit Lions||Arizona Cardinals||20|
|6||Julio Jones||Atlanta Falcons||St. Louis Rams||19|
|7||Brandon Marshall||Chicago Bears||Minnesota Vikings||19|
|8||Reggie Wayne||Indianapolis Colts||Miami Dolphins||17|
|9||Wes Welker||Denver Broncos||New York Giants||17|
|10||Vincent Jackson||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New Orleans Saints||17|
Donny's WR Rankings
Wide Receiver to Watch: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions need wide receiver Calvin Johnson to be playing at a high level to be a success this season. While his four catches for 37 yards will have fantasy owners concerned, there is no reason to worry in Week 2.
Expect a monster, bounce-back game as Detroit squares off against the Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona has a tough secondary featuring Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, but the fact that Johnson had missed most of the preseason and had two possible touchdowns taken away should ease the owners ready to hit the panic button.
Remain calm and keep Johnson started in all leagues.
|1||Adrian Peterson||Minnesota Vikings||Chicago Bears||30|
|2||Jamaal Charles||Kansas City Chiefs||Dallas Cowboys||27|
|3||Reggie Bush||Detroit Lions||Arizona Cardinals||25|
|4||Arian Foster||Houston Texans||Tennessee Titans||23|
|5||LeSean McCoy||Philadelphia Eagles||San Diego Chargers||21|
|6||Alfred Morris||Washington Redskins||Green Bay Packers||21|
|7||DeMarco Murray||Dallas Cowboys||Kansas City Chiefs||20|
|8||Darren McFadden||Oakland Raiders||Jacksonville Jaguars||18|
|9||Eddie Lacy||Green Bay Packers||Washington Redskins||18|
|10||Doug Martin||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New Orleans Saints||18|
Donny's RB Rankings
Running Back to Watch: DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys
The biggest question for the Dallas Cowboys was the health of running back DeMarco Murray and how much he could contribute to a team desperate for a consistent rushing attack.
Not only did Murray thrive between the tackles and around the edge (20 rushing attempts for 86 yards), but his eight receptions for 39 yards also proved that he was the all-around weapon that the Cowboys have lacked over the last two seasons.
While a tough matchup in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs will make fantasy owners cringe, Murray will prove his worth to the Cowboys and the fans when he stays healthy all game and has a monster statistical day.
|1||Vernon Davis||San Francisco 49ers||Seattle Seahawks||22|
|2||Jason Witten||Dallas Cowboys||Kansas City Chiefs||20|
|3||Jimmy Graham||New Orleans Saints||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||18|
|4||Jared Cook||St. Louis Rams||Atlanta Falcons||17|
|5||Tony Gonzalez||Atlanta Falcons||St. Louis Rams||16|
|6||Julius Thomas||Denver Broncos||New York Giants||16|
|7||Jermichael Finley||Green Bay Packers||Washington Redskins||14|
|8||Jordan Cameron||Cleveland Browns||Baltimore Ravens||11|
|9||Brandon Myers||New York Giants||Denver Broncos||10|
|10||Dallas Clark||Baltimore Ravens||Cleveland Browns||10|
Donny's TE Rankings
Tight End to Watch: Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams
Last week, I told you to keep an eye on St. Louis Rams' new tight end Jared Cook. Seven catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns later, and Cook is the No. 1 tight end in fantasy football.
The big focus will be on whether Cook and the Rams can follow up that success with a big win in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons. While St. Louis may lose the game, the high-powered offense of the Falcons will ensure the Rams are throwing the ball all day.
If you have Cook stashed on your bench, start him over almost any tight end moving forward.
|1||Greg Zuerlein||St. Louis Rams||Atlanta Falcons||16|
|2||Justin Tucker||Baltimore Ravens||Cleveland Browns||14|
|3||Stephen Gostkowski||New England Patriots||New York Jets||14|
|4||Dan Bailey||Dallas Cowboys||Kansas City Chiefs||14|
|5||Blair Walsh||Minnesota Vikings||Chicago Bears||12|
|6||Rob Bironas||Tennessee Titans||Houston Texans||12|
|7||Phil Dawson||San Francisco 49ers||Seattle Seahawks||12|
|8||Robbie Gould||Chicago Bears||Minnesota Vikings||12|
|9||Caleb Sturgis||Miami Dolphins||Indianapolis Colts||11|
|10||Alex Henery||Philadelphia Eagles||San Diego Chargers||11|
Donny's K Rankings
Kicker to Watch: Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams
There has been no better kicker in the NFL over the last two seasons than Greg Zuerlein of the St. Louis Rams. With four field goals and an extra point Sunday, his status as the top player at his position is secured for another week.
|Rank||Team Defense||Opponent||Proj. Points|
|1||Seattle Seahawks||San Francisco 49ers||24|
|2||Chicago Bears||Minnesota Vikings||22|
|3||San Francisco 49ers||Seattle Seahawks||22|
|4||Denver Broncos||New York Giants||21|
|5||St. Louis Rams||Atlanta Falcons||20|
|6||Houston Texans||Tennessee Titans||20|
|7||Kansas City Chiefs||Dallas Cowboys||18|
|8||Dallas Cowboys||Kansas City Chiefs||17|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||New Orleans Saints||17|
|10||New York Jets||New England Patriots||16|
Donny's DEF Rankings
Team Defense to Watch: Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs held the Jacksonville Jaguars to just two points Sunday, but Week 2’s meeting with the Dallas Cowboys will be a much tougher test. How Andy Reid’s defensive unit holds up will be the focus of many fantasy owners.
Don't miss Bleacher Report fantasy football lead writer Eric Mack's Week 2 updates.
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