Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings: Flex and PPR Top 50 Outlook

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorSeptember 12, 2017

Sep 10, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch (24) runs for a short gain during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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If you take a look at the two lists below ranking the best running backs, wide receivers and tight ends to roster on fantasy football teams this week, you'll notice a vast difference between the positions.

On the standard side, nine running backs are in the top 20. However, that number dips to five on the points-per-reception list. Also, three running backs are in the top five for standard, but it's all wideouts in the first quintet for flex leagues.

Of course, the chances that literally all of these educated guesses actually come to fruition is zero, but the point is that one needs to note the league type when making a decision on the flex position.

If you're in a points-per-reception league, then a wide receiver is clearly the way to go.

If you're in a standard league, then you can get away with using a running back in that slot.

In either league, a tight end should bring up the rear, as they typically receive fewer touches than running backs and wideouts unless they are in the elite tier, like the Kansas City Chiefs' Travis Kelce.

Here's a look at the standard and points-per-reception lists for Week 2 as well as a few notes on a couple players.

          

Standard

1. WR Brandin Cooks (New England Patriots) at New Orleans Saints: 8 catches, 160 receiving yards, 1 TD (22 points)

2. RB Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks) vs. San Francisco 49ers: 120 rushing yards, 3 catches, 30 receiving yards, 1 TD (21 points)

3. RB Le'Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Minnesota Vikings: 80 rushing yards, 5 catches, 50 receiving yards, 1 TD (19 points)

4. RB Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers) vs. Miami Dolphins: 80 rushing yards, 1 TD, 4 catches, 40 yards (18 points)

5. WR Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) vs. Chicago Bears: 8 catches, 120 receiving yards, 1 TD (18 points)

6. WR Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints) vs. New England Patriots: 10 catches, 120 receiving yards, 1 TD (18 points)

7. WR Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Green Bay Packers: 8 catches, 120 receiving yards, 1 TD (18 points)

8. RB Devonta Freeman (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Green Bay Packers: 60 rushing yards, 5 catches, 50 receiving yards, 1 TD (17 points)

9. WR Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers) at Atlanta Falcons: 9 catches, 110 receiving yards, 1 TD (17 points)

10. RB Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers) vs. Buffalo Bills: 40 rushing yards, 5 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (16 points)

11. WR Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) at Indianapolis Colts: 8 catches, 100 receiving yards, 1 TD (16 points)

12. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants) vs. Detroit Lions: 8 catches, 100 receiving yards, 1 TD (16 points)

13. WR Tyreek Hill (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 4 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD, 20 rushing yards (16 points)

14. RB Leonard Fournette (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. Tennessee Titans: 90 rushing yards, 1 TD (15 points)

15. RB Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) at Denver Broncos: 70 rushing yards, 2 catches, 20 receiving yards, 1 TD (15 points)

16. RB Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams) vs. Washington Redskins: 70 rushing yards, 2 catches, 20 receiving yards, 1 TD (15 points)

17. RB Terrance West (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Cleveland Browns: 70 rushing yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 20 receiving yards (15 points)

18. WR Chris Hogan (New England Patriots) at New Orleans Saints: 5 catches, 90 receiving yards, 1 TD (15 points)

19. WR Ted Ginn Jr. (New Orleans Saints) vs. New England Patriots: 5 catches, 90 receiving yards, 1 TD (15 points)

20. WR Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings) at Pittsburgh Steelers: 8 catches, 90 receiving yards, 1 TD (15 points)

21. RB Ty Montgomery (Green Bay Packers) at Atlanta Falcons: 40 rushing yards, 4 catches, 40 receiving yards, 1 TD (14 points)

22. RB Kerwynn Williams (Arizona Cardinals) at Indianapolis Colts: 60 rushing yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 20 receiving yards (14 points)

23. RB Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings) at Pittsburgh Steelers: 60 rushing yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 20 receiving yards (14 points)

24. RB Tevin Coleman (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Green Bay Packers: 40 rushing yards, 4 catches, 40 receiving yards, 1 TD (14 points)

25. TE Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots) at New Orleans Saints: 7 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD (14 points)

26. WR Amari Cooper (Oakland Raiders) vs. New York Jets: 6 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD (14 points)

27. WR Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks) vs. San Francisco 49ers: 6 catches, 80receiving yards, 1 TD (14 points)

28. WR Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers) at Atlanta Falcons: 7 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD (14 points)

29. WR Michael Crabtree (Oakland Raiders) vs. New York Jets: 7 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD (14 points)

30. WR Terrelle Pryor (Washington Redskins) at Los Angeles Rams: 7 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD (14 points)

31. RB Bilal Powell (New York Jets) at Oakland Raiders: 20 rushing yards, 5 catches, 50 receiving yards, 1 TD (13 points)

32. WR A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Houston Texans: 6 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (13 points)

33. WR Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina Panthers) vs. Buffalo Bills: 7 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (13 points)

34. TE Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 6 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (13 points)

35. TE Martellus Bennett (Green Bay Packers) at Atlanta Falcons: 5 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (13 points)

36. WR Rishard Matthews (Tennessee Titans) at Jacksonville Jaguars: 6 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (13 points)

37. WR Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos) vs. Dallas Cowboys: 6 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (13 points)

38. WR Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos) vs. Dallas Cowboys: 6 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (13 points)

39. RB Kareem Hunt (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 80 rushing yards, 3 catches, 40 receiving yards (12 points)

40. RB Marshawn Lynch (Oakland Raiders) vs. New York Jets: 60 rushing yards, 1 TD (12 points)

41. TE Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles) at Kansas City Chiefs: 5 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (12 points)

42. TE Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: 6 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (12 points)

43. TE Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks) vs. San Francisco 49ers: 5 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (12 points)

44. WR Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Minnesota Vikings: 7 catches, 120 receiving yards (12 points)

45. WR DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans) at Cincinnati Bengals: 5 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (12 points)

46. WR Corey Coleman (Cleveland Browns) at Baltimore Ravens: 4 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (12 points)

47. WR T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Arizona Cardinals: 6 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (12 points)

48. WR Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers) vs. Miami Dolphins: 6 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (12 points)

49. WR Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Green Bay Packers: 6 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (12 points)

50. WR Jeremy Maclin (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Cleveland Browns: 5 catches, 50 receiving yards, 1 TD (11 points)

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was partying like it was 2013 when he made his silver-and-black debut on Sunday. The former Buffalo Bill and Seattle Seahawk gained 76 yards on 18 attempts and caught a 16-yard pass as well.

Lynch should be a key cog in a Raiders offense that looks like it will be one of the top five units in the league. In fantasy, he should be a good play in standard leagues as long as he keeps this pace up.

However, he's not as great a play in points-per-reception leagues. That's not a knock on Lynch whatsoever, but he's probably not going to be a pass-catching threat out of the backfield, especially considering that the Raiders have a couple backups who can do just that (Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington).

Lynch should always be a starter in season-long leagues, and you can even put him in the flex when he has a good matchup. But in points-per-reception leagues, your best bet is to use someone else.

That being said, Lynch could have a host of goal-line scoring opportunities this year if the Raiders offense shines again.

            

Points-Per-Reception

1. WR Brandin Cooks (New England Patriots) at New Orleans Saints: 8 catches, 160 receiving yards, 1 TD (30 points)

2. WR Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints) vs. New England Patriots: 10 catches, 120 receiving yards, 1 TD (28 points)

3. WR Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) vs. Chicago Bears: 8 catches, 120 receiving yards, 1 TD (26 points)

4. WR Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Green Bay Packers: 8 catches, 120 receiving yards, 1 TD (26 points)

5. WR Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers) at Atlanta Falcons: 9 catches, 110 receiving yards, 1 TD (26 points)

6. RB Chris Carson (Seattle Seahawks) vs. San Francisco 49ers: 120 rushing yards, 3 catches, 30 receiving yards, 1 TD (24 points)

7. RB Le'Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Minnesota Vikings: 80 rushing yards, 5 catches, 50 receiving yards, 1 TD (24 points)

8. WR Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) at Indianapolis Colts: 8 catches, 100 receiving yards, 1 TD (24 points)

9. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants) vs. Detroit Lions: 8 catches, 100 receiving yards, 1 TD (24 points)

10. WR Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings) at Pittsburgh Steelers: 8 catches, 90 receiving yards, 1 TD (23 points)

11. RB Melvin Gordon (Los Angeles Chargers) vs. Miami Dolphins: 80 rushing yards, 1 TD, 4 catches, 40 yards (22 points)

12. RB Devonta Freeman (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Green Bay Packers: 60 rushing yards, 5 catches, 50 receiving yards, 1 TD (22 points)

13. RB Christian McCaffrey (Carolina Panthers) vs. Buffalo Bills: 40 rushing yards, 5 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (21 points)

14. TE Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots) at New Orleans Saints: 7 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD (21 points)

15. WR Randall Cobb (Green Bay Packers) at Atlanta Falcons: 7 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD (21 points)

16. WR Michael Crabtree (Oakland Raiders) vs. New York Jets: 7 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD (21 points)

17. WR Terrelle Pryor (Washington Redskins) at Los Angeles Rams: 7 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD (21 points)

18. WR Chris Hogan (New England Patriots) at New Orleans Saints: 5 catches, 90 receiving yards, 1 TD (20 points)

19. WR Ted Ginn Jr. (New Orleans Saints) vs. New England Patriots: 5 catches, 90 receiving yards, 1 TD (20 points)

20. WR Kelvin Benjamin (Carolina Panthers) vs. Buffalo Bills: 7 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (20 points)

21. WR Amari Cooper (Oakland Raiders) vs. New York Jets: 6 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD (20 points)

22. WR Doug Baldwin (Seattle Seahawks) vs. San Francisco 49ers: 6 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD (20 points)

23. WR Tyreek Hill (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 4 catches, 80 receiving yards, 1 TD, 20 rushing yards (20 points)

24. WR A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Houston Texans: 6 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (19 points)

25. TE Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs) vs. Philadelphia Eagles: 6 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (19 points)

26. WR Rishard Matthews (Tennessee Titans) at Jacksonville Jaguars: 6 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (19 points)

27. WR Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos) vs. Dallas Cowboys: 6 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (19 points)

28. WR Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos) vs. Dallas Cowboys: 6 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (19 points)

29. WR Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Minnesota Vikings: 7 catches, 120 receiving yards (19 points)

30. RB Ty Montgomery (Green Bay Packers) at Atlanta Falcons: 40 rushing yards, 4 catches, 40 receiving yards, 1 TD (18 points)

31. RB Tevin Coleman (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Green Bay Packers: 40 rushing yards, 4 catches, 40 receiving yards, 1 TD (18 points)

32. TE Martellus Bennett (Green Bay Packers) at Atlanta Falcons: 5 catches, 70 receiving yards, 1 TD (18 points)

33. WR T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Arizona Cardinals: 6 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (18 points)

34. WR Keenan Allen (Los Angeles Chargers) vs. Miami Dolphins: 6 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (18 points)

35. WR Mohamed Sanu (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Green Bay Packers: 6 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (18 points)

36. RB Bilal Powell (New York Jets) at Oakland Raiders: 20 rushing yards, 5 catches, 50 receiving yards, 1 TD (18 points)

37. TE Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: 6 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (18 points)

38. WR Cole Beasley (Dallas Cowboys) at Denver Broncos: 5 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (17 points)

39. WR DeVante Parker (Miami Dolphins) vs. Los Angeles Chargers: 5 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (17 points)

40. WR Alshon Jeffery (Philadelphia Eagles) at Kansas City Chiefs: 5 catches, 60 yards, 1 TD (17 points)

41. RB Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys) at Denver Broncos: 70 rushing yards, 2 catches, 20 receiving yards, 1 TD (17 points)

42. RB Todd Gurley (Los Angeles Rams) vs. Washington Redskins: 70 rushing yards, 2 catches, 20 receiving yards, 1 TD (17 points)

43. TE Zach Ertz (Philadelphia Eagles) at Kansas City Chiefs: 5 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (17 points)

44. TE Jimmy Graham (Seattle Seahawks) vs. San Francisco 49ers: 5 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (17 points)

45. WR DeAndre Hopkins (Houston Texans) at Cincinnati Bengals: 5 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (17 points)

46. RB Terrance West (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Cleveland Browns: 70 rushing yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 20 receiving yards (17 points)

47. WR Corey Coleman (Cleveland Browns) at Baltimore Ravens: 4 catches, 60 receiving yards, 1 TD (16 points)

48. RB Kerwynn Williams (Arizona Cardinals) at Indianapolis Colts: 60 rushing yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 20 receiving yards (16 points)

49. RB Dalvin Cook (Minnesota Vikings) at Pittsburgh Steelers: 60 rushing yards, 1 TD, 2 catches, 20 receiving yards (16 points)

50. WR Jeremy Maclin (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Cleveland Browns: 5 catches, 50 receiving yards, 1 TD (16 points)

If you watched the Carolina Panthers vs. San Francisco 49ers game last Sunday, one hard thing to ignore was the fact that Carolina wants to get rookie running back Christian McCaffrey the ball early, often and in a variety of different ways. He ran through the tackles, he caught passes and he even ran the Wildcat at one point.

McCaffrey can do a little bit of everything, and he's bound to be a good pro.

In fantasy, however, he brings much more value on the points-per-reception front as opposed to standard leagues, where touchdowns are paramount.

On the goal line, Carolina has numerous threats, such as quarterback Cam Newton (who has made a habit of sneaking the ball in for scores) and running back Jonathan Stewart.

Tight end Greg Olsen and wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess are also very large human beings who can leap sky-high and grab the ball in the end zone over a smaller defender.

Therefore, McCaffrey may not see too many red-zone scoring opportunities. Of course, McCaffrey is capable of breaking off a long run or catch for a score, but he has a lot of competition for touchdowns.

Ultimately, his fantasy value lies in his pass-catching ability, where he can rack up a cheap five or six points per game off his catches alone. Therefore, he's a better play for points-per-reception contests.