Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Players Whose Week 1 Success Will Carry Over
Week 1 of the 2013 fantasy football season was nothing short of explosive, as countless players turned heads with monster performances. While every owner wants to convince themselves that these type of performances will carry over, not all will.
The question is, which players can you count on to continue overachieving?
There's no guarantees when it comes to fantasy football, as even the most favorable matchups can results in lackluster results. Fortunately, players have built up enough momentum to carry success into the second week of the season.
Here are the underrated fantasy players who you should trust your team with.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Week 1 Statistics: 18/23, 178 YDS, 2 TD, 0 INT; 6 ATT, 38 YDS, 1 TD
Week 2: vs. Miami Dolphins
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is rapidly developing into one of the NFL's premier quarterbacks. His production may not always be top tier, but he's displaying a veteran's poise during late-game situations and is the consummate professional both on and off of the field.
During the Colts' 21-17 Week 1 win over the Oakland Raiders, Luck displayed his progression.
The former Stanford Cardinal star was 18-of-23 for 178 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. With his team trailing in the fourth quarter, Luck also ran for the game-winning touchdown, giving him 38 yards and a score on six carries.
It's all about efficiency.
Andrew Luck: 1st QB to complete at least 78% of passes, throw multiple TD with 0 INT in season opener since Ben Roethlisberger, 2008— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 8, 2013
If that's not enough to turn your head, note that Luck will get you points from start to finish, shining during the fourth quarter.
Andrew Luck now has 8 game-winning drives in the 4th quarter or OT since the start of last season, the most of any QB— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 9, 2013
He throws, he runs and he's cut back on the mistakes—Luck is worth starting.
Luck's Week 2 test will come against a drastically improved Miami Dolphins defense that managed six sacks during Week 1. That may be concerning, but Luck turned Oakland's pass rush into means for gaining points with his legs.
Miami allowed 289 yards passing from Brandon Weeden, so are you really going to bet against Luck in this one?
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles
Position: Running Back
Week 1: 31 ATT, 184 YDS, 1 TD; 1 REC, 5 YDS
Week 2: vs. San Diego Chargers
If you read my articles, you know that I've been befuddled by the fact that LeSean McCoy's average fantasy football draft position is 14.2, per ESPN. Not only is McCoy still one of the NFL's elite running backs, but he's in a system that fits his play style to perfection and should be a top-five pick.
McCoy put that on full display during Week 1, running for 184 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries.
Those are lofty numbers, but it's senseless to believe that McCoy will end up with anything less than 20 carries on the average night. Chip Kelly runs an uptempo offense that relies heavily upon the run, and as promising as Bryce Brown is, McCoy is a genuine superstar.
Besides, how could McCoy not receive the opportunity to produce when the Eagles are running more plays in one half than some football teams do in a full game?
The Eagles ran 53 plays in the first half. That's more than the Panthers ran in Sunday's GAME— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 10, 2013
More plays means more opportunities to get you fantasy football points.
Going up against the San Diego Chargers, McCoy should have no trouble putting together another 100-yard performance. The Chargers allowed 120 yards to a rather dysfunctional Houston Texans team on Monday Night Football and Philly ran for 263 as a team against the Washington Redskins.
Get Shady in your starting lineup now.
Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers
Position: Wide Receiver
Week 1: 13 REC, 208 YDS, 1 TD
Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks
Anquan Boldin has long been one of the most reliable wide receivers in the NFL. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Boldin ranked fifth in the NFL with a drop percentage of 2.99, letting just two of a possible 67 catchable passes slip through his hands in 2012.
Boldin put on a clinic during Week 1 to remind fans of his superstar status as well, catching 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown, registering nine first downs. Going up against a stout Seattle Seahawks defense in Week 2 is concerning, but let's ask one honest question.
Even if Colin Kaepernick did have another reliable option, why wouldn't he throw Boldin's way?
Anquan Boldin, nuff said right here. pic.twitter.com/8FBJYlL5A2— BJ Kissel (@bkissel7) September 10, 2013
The key here is the fact that Kaepernick doesn't have any other options to turn to besides Boldin and Vernon Davis.
Both Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham are sidelined with injuries, leaving Kyle Williams as San Francisco's No. 2 receiver. Williams is a quality player, but if anyone is getting shut down against Seattle, it's him.
With the 49ers having nowhere else to go, expect the targets to keep on coming for Boldin and his fantasy value to continue skyrocketing.
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
Position: Tight End
Week 1: 9 REC, 108 YDS, 1 TD
Week 2: at Baltimore Ravens
Jordan Cameron entered the 2013 NFL regular season with a fair amount of hype, despite owning just 26 catches for 259 yards and one touchdown in two seasons. Even with the hype, however, Cameron is ranked as the No. 14 tight end and owns an average draft position of 129.4, per ESPN.
If it's possible, you need to get Cameron on your roster.
The former USC Trojans star caught nine passes for 108 yards and one touchdown against the Miami Dolphins. Those type of numbers are sustainable for Cameron, as the Cleveland Browns run a pro style offense that uses its tight end often.
Seeing as the Browns don't have a wide receiver to take away from his targets, Cameron should continue being quarterback Brandon Weeden's most reliable target.
Weeden going to someone he can trust—Jordan Cameron. And it's working.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 8, 2013
Five receptions for first downs and one for a touchdown is what you call a quality outing.
Unless you're able to get a player such as Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez and Jason Witten, tight end can be a weekly gamble. Unless you play in a point-per-reception league, the average tight end will be unable to produce big numbers, as they serve as checkdown options.
If you want a tight end you can trust to catch multiple balls per game and score a fair share of touchdowns, however, Cameron is the player for you.
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