Week 2 Fantasy Football Projections: Stats Predictions for Top Players
People look at fantasy football weekly, but like the NFL, it really comes down to the season as a whole. The most important thing to do right now is to refrain from overreacting after an exciting first week of the season.
There were a few breakout performances, a few disappointing stat lines and a whole lot of in between, but only a couple instances where a player's value changed dramatically.
Here is a look at the fantasy rankings, along with stat projections, for the top players at every position for Week 2.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Comp.||Pass Yds.||Pass TDs||INTs||Rush Yds.|
|1.||Aaron Rodgers, GB||WAS||26||355||3||0||20|
|2.||Peyton Manning, DEN||NYG||30||350||3||1||0|
|3.||Drew Brees, NO||TB||25||328||4||1||0|
|4.||Mike Vick, PHI||SD||23||302||3||0||45|
|5.||Matt Ryan, ATL||STL||28||310||4||1||0|
|6.||Tom Brady, NE||NYJ||27||307||3||0||5|
|7.||Colin Kaepernick, SF||SEA||26||324||2||2||15|
|8.||Cam Newton, CAR||BUF||22||274||2||0||39|
|9.||Russell Wilson, SEA||SF||24||280||2||1||12|
|10.||Andrew Luck, IND||MIA||23||258||3||2||7|
|11.||Terrelle Pryor, OAK||JAX||18||202||1||1||66|
|12.||Robert Griffin III, WAS||GB||20||230||2||1||15|
|13.||Matthew Stafford, DET||ARI||26||262||2||1||0|
|14.||Joe Flacco, BAL||CLE||25||240||2||0||4|
|15.||Tony Romo, DAL||KC||22||255||3||1||0|
Peyton Manning had a record-setting 2013 debut against the Ravens, and although he won't repeat those numbers, there is no reason to think he won't light up the Giants secondary this week.
Mike Vick looked electric in Chip Kelly's offense on Monday night, and although the Redskins were caught off guard, San Diego does not have the firepower to counter Vick and the rest of the Eagles offense.
Colin Kaepernick was dominating against the Packers, but he comes up against a whole different beast this week. Putting up big numbers in Seattle would be quite a feat.
Terrelle Pryor had a phenomenal debut, but is it sustainable? Collecting 112 rushing yards is a reason to be excited, but he has to prove himself further before he can move into the top 10.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Rush Yds.||Rush TDs||Rec.||Rec. Yds.||Rec. TDs|
|1.||Adrian Peterson, MIN||CHI||118||2||3||25||0|
|2.||LeSean McCoy, PHI||SD||100||1||5||33||1|
|3.||Arian Foster, HOU||TEN||103||1||3||20||0|
|4.||Doug Martin, TB||NO||92||1||4||22||0|
|5.||Maurice Jones-Drew, JAX||OAK||82||1||2||14||0|
|6.||C.J. Spiller, BUF||CAR||66||0||5||30||1|
|7.||Matt Forte, CHI||MIN||54||1||4||45||0|
|8.||Reggie Bush, DET||ARI||46||0||6||51||1|
|9.||Stevan Ridley, NE||NYJ||68||2||0||0||0|
|10.||Jamaal Charles, KC||DAL||59||1||2||20||0|
|11.||Alfred Morris, WAS||GB||70||0||0||0||0|
|12.||Trent Richardson, CLE||BAL||66||0||4||18||0|
|13.||Ray Rice, BAL||CLE||44||1||3||17||0|
|14.||DeMarco Murray, DAL||KC||65||1||3||20||0|
|15.||Marshawn Lynch, SEA||SF||60||1||0||0||0|
|16.||Steven Jackson, ATL||STL||48||1||1||6||0|
|17.||Darren McFadden, OAK||JAX||51||0||2||10||0|
|18.||Eddie Lacy, GB||WAS||50||1||0||0||0|
|19.||Chris Johnson, TEN||HOU||63||0||2||18||0|
|20.||Ryan Matthews, SD||PHI||40||1||3||22||0|
|21.||DeAngelo Williams, CAR||BUF||41||0||3||25||0|
|22.||Frank Gore, SF||SEA||58||0||1||4||0|
|23.||Daryl Richardson, STL||ATL||37||1||2||9||0|
|24.||Darren Sproles, NO||TB||15||0||7||61||0|
|25.||Rashard Mendenhall, ARI||DET||58||0||2||17||0|
|26.||Knowshon Moreno, DEN||NYG||33||1||0||0||0|
|27.||Bryce Brown, PHI||SD||49||0||0||0||0|
|28.||David Wilson, NYG||DEN||35||0||2||20||0|
|29.||Fred Jackson, BUF||CAR||45||0||0||0||0|
|30.||BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN||PIT||30||1||0||0||0|
LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown should have a ton of opportunity to run in Chip Kelly's uptempo offense. McCoy was on fire Monday night, which kept Brown on the sidelines, but there should be a little more sharing in the future.
Stevan Ridley was benched on Sunday and had a dud of a game, while Shane Vereen took off as the primary back. Unfortunately, Vereen needs surgery on his wrist, per Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.
Eddie Lacy established his role as the primary back in Green Bay's offense, and he looked good against San Francisco. Expect him to get more room to run again Washington's suspect defense.
Darren Sproles was his usual self in Week 1, catching six passes for 88 yards. His value skyrockets in PPR leagues, but even in non-PPR, he is a low-end RB2 or great flex play.
David Wilson was a train wreck on Sunday night. He fumbled twice and was benched, but with backup Andre Brown being injured, there is not enough talent behind him to drop his value that much.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Receptions||Receiving Yds.||Rec. TDs|
|1.||A.J. Green, CIN||PIT||11||135||2|
|2.||Calvin Johnson, DET||ARI||10||118||2|
|3.||Demaryius Thomas, DEN||NYG||11||112||1|
|4.||Julio Jones, ATL||STL||6||132||1|
|5.||Randall Cobb, GB||WAS||8||104||1|
|6.||Brandon Marshall, CHI||MIN||9||110||0|
|7.||Vincent Jackson, TB||NO||7||104||1|
|8.||Jordy Nelson, GB||WAS||8||99||0|
|9.||Larry Fitzgerald, AR||DET||6||101||1|
|10.||Wes Welker, DEN||NYG||9||75||1|
|11.||Andre Johnson, HOU||TEN||6||100||0|
|12.||*Danny Amendola, NE||NYJ||7||76||1|
|13.||Victor Cruz, NYG||DEN||5||98||1|
|14.||Dwayne Bowe, KC||DAL||6||80||1|
|15.||Steve Smith, CAR||BUF||4||65||1|
|16.||Torrey Smith, BAL||CLE||7||84||0|
|17.||Hakeem Nicks, NYG||DEN||5||79||0|
|18.||DeSean Jackson, PHI||SD||4||70||1|
|19.||Eric Decker, DEN||NYG||4||80||0|
|20.||Cecil Shorts, JAX||OAK||5||73||0|
|21.||Antonio Brown, PIT||CIN||5||76||1|
|22.||Marques Colston, NO||TB||6||78||0|
|23.||Reggie Wayne, IND||MIA||6||77||0|
|24.||Golden Tate, SEA||SF||4||57||1|
|25.||James Jones, GB||WAS||5||45||0|
|26.||Pierre Garcon, WAS||GB||6||51||0|
|27.||Anquan Boldin, SF||SEA||6||60||0|
|28.||Mike Williams, TB||NO||5||58||0|
|29.||Chris Givens, STL||ATL||4||61||0|
|30.||Brian Hartline, MIA||IND||5||55||0|
Green showed how dominating he can be in Week 1, catching nine passes for 162 yards and two scores. There is no reason to think he'll be slowed by Pittsburgh.
Jordy Nelson vaults up the rankings after proving his knees are fine. He made some spectacular catches against San Francisco, and there are few more dangerous receivers than Nelson at full strength.
Danny Amendola was pulled out of the middle of the game after aggravating a groin injury, but when he re-entered in the second half, he was Tom Brady's go-to guy, which is good news for fantasy owners.
Torrey Smith racked up eight targets and 92 yards in the season opener, but he will be facing Joe Haden this week, which keeps him out of the top 15.
Eric Decker had an abysmal first game while the rest of the Broncos offense flourished. While Decker's woes keep his value at bay, the fact that Denver looked so sharp can only mean good things for the offense as a whole moving forward.
Golden Tate will benefit more than any other receiver from Percy Harvin being out. He had seven targets in Week 1, and I anticipate that number climbing next week and beyond.
Chris Givens was blanketed by Patrick Peterson in Week 1, and the Rams will be the type of offense that should get better each game as they get comfortable with each other. Expect a better game from Givens this Sunday.
Brian Hartline took advantage of Mike Wallace's presence in Week 1, pulling in nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. As crazy as it may sound, Hartline has more value than Wallace right now.
*Update on Sept. 10, 5:31 P.M.: Danny Amendola unlikely to play per ESPN. This vaults Julian Edelman in the 15-18 range of these rankings.
|Player, Team||Opp.||Receptions||Receiving Yds.||Receiving TDs|
|1.||Jimmy Graham, NO||TB||7||98||1|
|2.||Jason Witten, DAL||KC||10||104||0|
|3.||Vernon Davis, SF||SEA||6||85||1|
|4.||Jermichael Finley, GB||WAS||6||79||1|
|5.||Tony Gonzalez, ATL||STL||5||76||1|
|6.||Jared Cook, STL||ATL||5||75||1|
|7.||Jordan Cameron, CLE||BAL||7||63||1|
|8.||Julius Thomas, DEN||NYG||5||80||0|
|9.||Greg Olsen, CAR||BUF||4||50||1|
|10.||Owen Daniels, HOU||TEN||6||61||0|
|11.||Brandon Myers, NYG||DEN||5||49||0|
|12.||Fred Davis, WAS||GB||4||45||0|
|13.||Antonio Gates, SD||PHI||5||42||0|
|14.||Kyle Rudolph, CHI||MIN||4||40||0|
|15.||Dwayne Allen, IND||MIA||4||40||0|
Jermichael Finley finally looks like he could have the type of season everyone has expected of him for a while now. He and Aaron Rodgers have been clicking all summer and were on in Week 1, which is great news for Finley owners.
Jared Cook had a breakout game in Week 1, with seven catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns. He also just missed a third touchdown and is a surefire No. 1 tight end now.
Jordan Cameron also broke out in a big way, turning nine catches into 108 yards and a touchdown. With limited options in Cleveland, Cameron looks like a reliable starter at this point.
Julius Thomas came out of nowhere for Denver to snag five passes for 110 yards and two scores. If Peyton Manning continues to trust Thomas, he may be the surprise star of 2013.
|1.||Stephen Gostkowski, NE||NYJ||3||2||0||5|
|2.||Greg Zuerlein, STL||ATL||3||2||0||2|
|3.||Dan Bailey, DAL||KC||3||1||1||3|
|4.||Blair Walsh, MIN||MIN||3||1||1||2|
|5.||Caleb Sturgis, MIA||IND||3||2||0||3|
|6.||Matt Bryant, ATL||STL||2||1||0||4|
|7.||Steven Hauschka, SEA||SF||2||1||0||3|
|8.||Sebastian Janikowski, OAK||JAX||2||0||1||2|
|9.||Justin Tucker, BAL||CLE||2||0||0||4|
|10.||Kai Forbath, WAS||GB||2||0||0||3|
Stephen Gostkowski is hooked to Tom Brady, which is a good thing for the veteran kicker. New England's offense struggled a little in the opener against Buffalo, but expect Brady to resurrect things.
Caleb Sturgis, a rookie kicker for Miami, had a heck of a preseason and great debut in Week 1. He should be looked at as a reliable starter from here on out.
New England will be preparing like crazy to shut down the Jets and crush any momentum gained from a Week 1 win. It will be looking to make Geno Smith's life very difficult and should succeed.
Miami showed it can get to the quarterback and force turnovers, which makes for a solid combination in fantasy terms. Count on it to take advantage of Andrew Luck's propensity to make errant throws.
Oakland does not have a good defense by any means, but whoever is playing Jacksonville's woeful offense has to be considered for fantasy purposes.
Green Bay can create havoc for an offense, and Washington looked really out of sync on Monday night. Unless Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris really turn things around, Green Bay will dominate the game.