Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings: An Early Look Ahead

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 Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings: An Early Look Ahead
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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.

 

Quarterback

Week 2 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent Proj. Points
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

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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.

 

Wide Receiver

Week 2 Fantasy Wide Receiver Rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent Proj. Points
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.

 

Running Back

Week 2 Fantasy Running Back Rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent Proj. Points
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

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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.

 

Tight End

Week 2 Fantasy Tight End Rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent Proj. Points
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.

 

Kicker

Week 2 Fantasy Kicker Rankings
Rank Name Team Opponent Proj. Points
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

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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.

 

Defense

Week 2 Fantasy Team Defense Rankings
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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