Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Advantageous Plays by Position

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst ISeptember 11, 2013

Nov 11, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs the ball against Buffalo Bills long snapper Garrison Sanborn (65) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots defeated the Bills 37-31. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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Some fantasy football owners are undefeated, while others are reeling after disappointing opening-week losses. But all parties involved will be looking for the best strategy to pick up a win in Week 2. 

Peyton Manning was the man of the hour for certain owners in Week 1, recording seven touchdown passes en route to a remarkable performance that got those fortunate enough to own his services off to a great start.

Colin Kaepernick, Victor Cruz, A.J. Green, Anquan Boldin, Adrian Peterson and Reggie Bush were among those who also had strong performances. 

For others, it's back to the drawing board. 

Taking into account matchups, results from the past few days and what we know about each player, here's a little fantasy advice for the positional spots on your roster. If you're debating value in a certain area, this article is for you. 


Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (vs. Green Bay Packers)

Robert Griffin III let down fantasy owners who expected him to be the savior Monday night. But remember—it's a long season. 

Despite somewhat hindering the offense against the Philadelphia Eagles—RGIII had a QBR of just 15.7—his fantasy numbers ended up being serviceable. With 329 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions, RG3 had 19 points in ESPN standard leagues

He started slowly against the Eagles, and questions about rust persist, but the former Heisman winner is a smart play if you're debating his status for Week 2. 

Green Bay gave up 412 yards passing and three touchdowns to Colin Kaepernick in Week 1. The Packers will be facing a similar opponent in Griffin, who has dual-threat skills and accuracy on par with what Kap was able to do. Only Baltimore (facing Peyton Manning) gave up more QB points to open the year. 

Expect a big day from Griffin on Sunday in what should be a shootout in Green Bay. 

Other QBs To Start With Confidence: Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. Philadelphia Eagles), Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars).

Running Back

Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. New Orleans Saints)

"Muscle Hamster" got off to a poor start against the New York Jets in Week 1, but he's poised to rebound from those struggles against a soft Week 2 opponent. 

The Jets held Doug Martin to just 65 yards on 24 carries. While he did find the end zone once, owners expected more from a player who was widely selected in the top five of fantasy football drafts everywhere. 

New Orleans should help Martin get back on track. 

The Saints gave up a healthy average of 6.3 yards per carry to the Atlanta Falconsa number that would have been higher if not for a negative rushing output from Jacquizz Rodgers. 

Steven Jackson had 77 yards on just 11 carries, and since Tampa Bay should prioritize running the football against the Saints as part of its game plan, Martin figures to be back in owners' good graces by next Tuesday morning. 

Other RBs To Start With Confidence: Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars), Matt Forte, Chicago Bears (vs. Minnesota Vikings).

Wide Receiver

Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (vs. New York Jets)

With two of the team's top targets sidelined with injuries for the game against the Jets, Julian Edelman would have been on the list even without his seven-catch, 79-yard, two-touchdown day against Buffalo in Week 1. 

But that strong opening-week performance is yet another reason to scoop Edelman off the waiver wire and start him right away. The Patriots are going to throw the ball, and Edelman is going to be a beneficiary of that strategy. 

Shane Vereen and Danny Amendola combined for 260 total yards against the Bills. The absences of Vereen, who broke his wrist and will miss a few weeks, and Amendola, who has a groin issue and is doubtful to play against the Jets, leave huge holes in the New England offense. 

Enter Edelman. 

The Wes Welker lookalike was very much Brady's go-to guy in big moments in Week 1. With Kenbrell Thompkins and a host of other young wideouts as the only other options, Edelman could have a monster game en route to making owners who didn't give him a look on draft day pay. 

Other WRs To Start With Confidence: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Kansas City Chiefs), Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (vs. Washington Redskins).

Tight End

Owen Daniels, Houston Texans (vs. Tennessee Titans)

Owen Daniels is a trusty tight end target who commands respect in fantasy football. 

In 2012, he finished as one of the top players in points at the position, hauling in 62 receptions and six touchdowns for the Texans. 

He was at it again Monday night, recording 67 receiving yards and two touchdown passes from Matt Schaub. Jared Cook, Vernon Davis and Julius Thomas might have had flashier debuts, but Daniels asserted himself as a must-own in all formats right away in Week 1. 

Facing the Tennessee Titans this week, Daniels should once again have opportunities to score points. While Tennessee allowed just one catch against Pittsburgh's TEs, that unit doesn't have the talent to be profitable on a weekly basis until the injury concerns are solved. 

It will be tempting to sit Daniels for a bigger name in Week 2, but don't take the bait. A player who usually starts the season strong, Daniels recorded at least eight fantasy points in seven of his first 10 games in 2012. 

He's off to that kind of start again in 2013. Adjust your lineup accordingly. 

Other TEs To Start With Confidence: Brandon Myers, New York Giants (vs. Denver Broncos), Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns (vs. Baltimore Ravens).

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