Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10 Players at Each Position

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Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10 Players at Each Position
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In fantasy football, matchups are key, and Week 2 is no different as we decide on the top 10 fantasy football players at each position.

For those that won their first week, congratulations.  For those that lost, remember that it's just one week and that you shouldn't overreact if some unknown player did really well or if one of your top picks played really poorly.

Like I said, matchups are key.  If a top-tier fantasy player is playing a weaker defense, then they will probably be higher up on my list than usual, and vice versa.

Here are my top 10 rankings for each position, along with one player at each position to watch for.

 

Quarterbacks

Week 2 QB Rankings
Rank Player Team Opponent
1. Peyton Manning DEN @NYG
2. Drew Brees NO @TB
3. Aaron Rodgers GB WSH
4. Tom Brady NE NYJ
5. Matt Ryan ATL STL
6. Cam Newton CAR @BUF
7. Colin Kaepernick SF @SEA
8. Andrew Luck IND MIA
9. Michael Vick PHI SD
10. Matthew Stafford DET @ARI

Rankings by Tyler Brooke

 

Player to Watch: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

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He may not have been a fantasy stud in 2012, but Andrew Luck started off this season with a bang.  He had over 200 total yards and put up three total touchdowns in the Colts' win.

Now, Luck will be going against a Dolphins team that has a very strong pass rush.  Luck is elusive, and if he can stay, upright he'll likely find his receivers open for some big plays.

I'm expecting another big day from Luck, especially at home.  He finds ways to take over games late and finds ways to get the ball in the end zone.  If the offense can get T.Y. Hilton more involved and run the ball less, Luck could have another big game.

 

Running Backs

Week 2 RB Rankings
Rank Player Team Opponent
1. Adrian Peterson MIN @CHI
2. Doug Martin TB NO
3. LeSean McCoy PHI SD
4. Arian Foster HOU TEN
5. Jamaal Charles KC DAL
6. Ray Rice BAL CLE
7. Marshawn Lynch SEA SF
8. Matt Forte CHI MIN
9. C.J. Spiller BUF CAR
10. Alfred Morris WSH @GB

Rankings by Tyler Brooke

 

Player to Watch: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

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Chip Kelly's new offense looks like it works.  The Eagles handled a pretty solid defense in the Redskins and LeSean McCoy ran all over them.  He went off for 184 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Now, the Eagles are going to need to prove that they can keep doing this every game.

Things are looking up for this offense, as they'll be going against a Chargers team that took a serious hit in their confidence on Monday Night Football.  Michael Vick and McCoy will look to keep up the pace and run as many plays as they can, and that means plenty more touches for McCoy.

 

Wide Receivers

Week 2 WR Rankings
Rank Player Team Opponent
1. Calvin Johnson DET @ARI
2. Brandon Marshall CHI MIN
3. Demaryius Thomas DEN @NYG
4. A.J. Green CIN PIT
5. Larry Fitzgerald ARI DET
6. Julio Jones ATL STL
7. Dez Bryant DAL @KC
8. Victor Cruz NYG DEN
9. Randall Cobb GB WSH
10. Vincent Jackson TB NO

Rankings by Tyler Brooke

 

Player to Watch: Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

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There's no denying how talented Demaryius Thomas and Peyton Manning are, but is Thomas going to put up numbers like he did in Week 1 every game?

Probably not.

Manning isn't going to throw seven touchdowns every game, and there are a lot of options for him to throw to.  Thomas is the No. 1 guy, but you have to understand that sometimes others are just going to be open more often.

It's going to be a tricky situation, but Thomas is sure to put up good numbers every week.  The real question will be if he can go off more often than not.

 

Tight Ends

Week 2 TE Rankings
Rank Player Team Opponent
1. Jimmy Graham NO @TB
2. Jason Witten DAL @KC
3. Vernon Davis SF @SEA
4. Jared Cook STL @ATL
5. Tony Gonzalez ATL STL
6. Owen Daniels HOU TEN
7. Greg Olsen CAR @BUF
8. Jermichael Finley GB WSH
9. Julius Thomas DEN @NYG
10. Brandon Myers NYG DEN

Rankings by Tyler Brooke

 

Player to Watch: Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers

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Is this the year that Finley finally breaks out?

Other than a dropped ball that was intercepted, Finley looked good against the 49ers.  He finished the game with 56 yards and a score, and Aaron Rodgers could certainly be looking Finley's way a bit more after his impressive touchdown run.

There have always been problems with Finley, but if Week 1 and the preseason were any indication, then Finley is finally ready for that big year he's been waiting for.

 

Kickers

Week 2 K Rankings
Rank Player Team Opponent
1. Stephen Gostowski NE NYJ
2. Matt Prater DEN @NYG
3. Justin Tucker BAL CLE
4. Matt Bryant ATL STL
5. Blair Walsh MIN @CHI
6. Phil Dawson SF @SEA
7. Greg Zuerlein STL @ATL
8. Dan Bailey DAL @KC
9. Garrett Hartley NO @TB
10. Randy Bullock HOU TEN

Rankings by Tyler Brooke

 

Player to Watch: Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

There wasn't a better kicker last season than Walsh, and he was just a rookie.  He started the 2013 season with a bang, drilling a 52-yard field goal against the Detroit Lions.

It's clear that Walsh is one of the best kickers in the league, it's just going to be up to the offense to give Walsh some opportunities to grab some points, and that means that Christian Ponder must play well.

 

Defense/Special Teams

Week 2 D/ST Rankings
Rank Team Opponent
1. Cincinnati Bengals PIT
2. New England Patriots NYJ
3. Houston Texans TEN
4. Denver Broncos @NYG
5. Chicago Bears MIN
6. Seattle Seahawks SF
7. San Francisco 49ers @SEA
8. Baltimore Ravens CLE
9. Miami Dolphins @IND
10. Pittsburgh Steelers @CIN

Rankings by Tyler Brooke

 

Team to Watch: Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are at the top of my rankings for good reasons.  Not only do they have a solid defense, they're also playing an offense that looked plain ugly Week 1.

The front seven for the Bengals is one of the most underrated in football, and Week 1 was against a tough Bears team.  They will put up more points in Week 2, when they play a Steelers offense that had one touchdown, two turnovers and had Ben Roethlisberger sacked five times.

 

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