Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Highlighting LeSean McCoy and Top RB Options
Fantasy football Week 2 is no different from any other week on the fake football calendar: Running backs are key.
Fantasy owners who took the risk on Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, despite a new offense in town with Chip Kelly, were rewarded in a big way as McCoy lit up the fantasy world with 184 yards and a score.
Fantasy performances such as McCoy's in Week 1 won't always be as electric, but Week 2 presents some interesting matchups that fantasy owners with quality backs must take advantage of in order to win.
Here are the top 10, followed by the most interesting matchups to capitalize on in Week 2.
Chris Roling's RB Rankings
Doug Martin vs. New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was a major disappointment in Week 1 as he only rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown with 2.7 yards per carry against a miserable New York unit.
Luckily, the tough times for Martin are over. Week 2 sees him in an advantageous matchup against a defense that allowed 77 rushing yards to a 30-year-old Steven Jackson last week.
Martin is leagues ahead of Jackson as a player at this point, and the Buccaneers will get back to more of a ground-based attack to keep Drew Brees and the elite Saints offense off the field.
Martin is poised to bounce back in a big way in Week 2.
Marshawn Lynch vs. San Francisco 49ers
Yes, Seattle Seahawks back Marshawn Lynch only rushed for 43 yards on 2.5 yards per carry last week in Carolina, and yes, he's going against one of the NFL's best defenses in Week 2.
That's a good thing.
Lynch was the rare back last year who found success against San Francisco. He went for over 100 yards in both contests, totaling 214 yards and a touchdown.
Like Martin, Lynch wasn't used enough last week and is set to explode in Week 2. Seattle will want to keep the ball out of the hands of Colin Kaepernick while being the more physical team at home on a national stage.
SF has only allowed 5 100-yd games since 2011. Marshawn Lynch has recorded 3 100-yard games against them during that time. @ESPNStatsInfo— ESPN Fantasy Sports (@ESPNFantasy) September 11, 2013
Lynch thrives in physical confrontations with the 49ers. Don't miss out.
LeSean McCoy vs. San Diego Chargers
To say McCoy was dominant against the Washington Redskins last week would be an understatement:
LeSean McCoy: 184 rushing yards ... most by a player in a road opener since Duce Staley had 201 for the 2000 Eagles (against Cowboys)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 10, 2013
That said, there is an interesting story developing in Philadelphia fantasy owners need to pay attention to now that McCoy has hinted he does not want to be toting the rock over 30 times a game.
Really, McCoy's desire for fewer carries isn't a big deal. It means more production over the course of the season as his legs stay fresh.
This week against San Diego it is not much of a concern either after the Chargers surrendered 120 yards on the ground against Houston last week. McCoy will still see 20 to 25 carries in Kelly's high-octane offense against a mediocre defense.
While it would be outlandish to expect another 180 yards on the ground, McCoy going for over 100 and a score in a favorable matchup is the minimum.
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