Week 2 Fantasy QB & TE Rankings: Which Players Continue Their Week 1 Domination?

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Week 2 Fantasy QB & TE Rankings: Which Players Continue Their Week 1 Domination?

Week 2 QB Player Rankings

(TEs are listed below)

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Rankings for  RBs and WRs

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15. Josh Freeman (@ Min)

 Admittedly, I’m not very high on Freeman this year, but I still don’t think he deserves to be higher than No. 14 this week.  Coach Raheem Morris has already come out to say he plans on using RB LeGarrette Blount much more in the coming weeks and though it could just be a smokescreen, I don’t think it is. 

In what is sure to be a rip-roaring hostile environment like the Metrodome will be on Sunday (it is the Vikings first game back there since the roof collapse of 12/12/10), I’m not sure Freeman has the type of day fantasy fans will be hoping for.

 

14. Mark Sanchez (vs Jax)

 Sanchez tied a career-high against the Cowboys on Sunday night attempting 44 passes while completing a career second-best 26 of them.  His 335 yards were also one shy of his career mark, but I wouldn’t expect these numbers against the Jaguars this week. 

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He’ll get his share of fantasy points to be sure, like somewhere in the range of 225-250 yards and 1-2 TDs, but once the Jets are in control of this one (which could be pretty quick), they’ll use Greene and Tomlinson to run out the clock.

 

13. Chad Henne (vs Hou)

 Maybe all Chad Henne needed to show he can play at this level was for the Dolphins to commit to not having a running game…Reggie Bush is electric out of the backfield, which is great for Henne, but he still can’t run in between the tackle and never will. 

Until Miami finds someone who can, this offense will be based on the pass, which alone will boost the fantasy stock of most any NFL quarterback (minus all Arizona QBs from 2010).  Last week won’t be repeated, but it won’t be for lack of trying.

 

12. Matt Schaub (@ Mia)

 Miami’s defense isn’t nearly as bad as the Patriots made them out to be last Monday night and in fact, they’re actually pretty darn good.  Whatever the case, Schaub and this high-octane Houston offense should still be able to put up some nice numbers on their own—just not Brady-nice.

 

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11. Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs Oak)

 Is this guy the real deal or what?  Drafted in the seventh round out of Harvard back in 2005, Ryan hadn’t amounted to much until last season when he racked up 3,000 yards and 23 TDs in just 13 games.  Huh? 

Then this year he puts up a TD four-spot on the Chiefs with 208 yards and zero INTs.  He’s kind of an up-and-down type of fantasy player, but he should be able to do some damage against this Raiders D.

 

10. Rex Grossman (vs Ari)

 Grossman’s a funny guy.  You never know whether to expect one of the worst games you’ve ever seen, or one of the better ones of the season.  He pretty much does the opposite of whatever you expect and then once you think you’ve got him pegged, he pulls a 180 on you and loses your ass again. 

One of these days we’ll get him, and it could very well be this week against an Arizona defense that just gave up a rookie QB record to Cam Newton by allowing him to pass for 422 yards through the air. 

Would it shock you if I told you Rex has actually done better than that?  Well he has…back in 2001 playing for Florida against LSU.

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9. Joe Flacco (@ Ten)

 Flacco IS what the Ravens thought he would be; a golden-armed stud.  Against one of the toughest defenses in the league last week, Flacco had already carved up the Steelers secondary for 180 yards and three touchdowns by the time half the fans were back in their seats from halftime. 

Joey and the Ravens would cruise to a victory after opening up a 29-7 lead, but you had the feeling Flacco could have done it to them all day. 

Next up is Tennessee, and if the Titans couldn’t hold Luke McCown to worse than a 91.5 QB Rating last week, how do you think this one will end up?

 

8. Drew Brees (vs Chi)

 It’s tough to put a guy with Drew Brees’ pedigree this low in the rankings, especially since he went off for 419 yards and three TDs last weekend, but I am. 

I know it’s been proposed that you can basically plug any wide receiver into the Saints system and the offense will be just fine, but Marques Colston being out and Lance Moore still a bit hobbled can’t be a good thing. 

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The Bears pass D is pretty stingy and showed they can hold down a good QB and high-octane offense over four quarters last weekend against Atlanta.  Of course, Brees is home in the dome where he’s averaged 2.5 touchdowns and 311 yards per game over the last three seasons, so…

 

7. Ben Roethlisberger (vs Sea)

 The Pittsburgh Steelers and specifically Ben Roethlisberger have seen enough of the Baltimore Ravens for quite awhile, don’t you think?  Luckily, the Seattle Seahawks come to town to turn their season around, so don’t get too down on the big guy just yet. 

This Pittsburgh offense is as athletic as it gets and I expect every last one of them to have themselves a nice fantasy day…which of course means Big Ben is up for some tasty fantasy numbers.

 

6. Tom Brady (vs SD)

 Now you might think I’m crazy for ranking Brady all the way down here at No. 6 after the show he just put on Monday night, but let me explain. 

First, Monday night was a once-in-a-lifetime type of gamesomething we might not see again for quite awhile.  Second, the Chargers pass D is really nasty.  They ranked first in the league in 2010 and then came out and just obliterated the Vikings passing game last weekend by holding Donovan McNabb to a mere 39 yards through the air. 

Brady is one of the best, and the Patriots could come out the victors in this one, but don’t expect a fantasy onslaught from the Stetson Man.

 

5. Tony Romo (@ SF)

 Fourth quarter of Week One aside, I still believe Tony Romo will have his finest year in 2011.  San Francisco has a super-tough rush D, but their pass defense leaves a little something to be desired. 

I mean, if the possibly the worst starting QB in the NFL (Tarvaris Jackson) can throw for 197 yards and two touchdowns against you without his best receiver (Sidney Rice), what makes you think you can stop a top-ten QB, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten?  You can’t is the answer.

 

4. Matthew Stafford (vs KC)

 Stafford is the next big thing...period.  Well, that is, if he stays healthy. 

That said, Kansas City let weak-armed Ryan Fitzpatrick throw all over them in Week 1, so why should it be any different for one of the strongest arms in the game in Week Two? 

It shouldn’t, and it won’t be.  Add in the fact that All Pro DB Eric Berry just went down for the season and you’re probably looking at another 300-yard, multi-TD game for the young Lions QB.

 

3. Philip Rivers (@ NE)

 Vincent Jackson was somehow kept in check last weekend against the Vikings, but that won’t happen again. 

Considering he and Brandon Marshall have pretty much the same body type and that New England couldn’t cover Marshall for squat, I’d expect the same out of V-Jax on Sunday. 

San Diego has an awesome pass D, but with as good as Tom Brady is, this could turn into a shootout.  If so, Rivers is gonna explode.  I’m not sure much else needed to be said other than that Chad Henne threw for 416 yards against them, but there you go.

 

2. Aaron Rodgers (@ Car)

 Simply put, Aaron Rodgers and that Packers offense is unstoppable. 

The season opener on Thursday night last week against New Orleans was an instant classic, though something tells me Rodgers has more to show.  With Carolina letting up 309 yards and two TDs to Arizona’s new QB, Kevin Kolb, you can bet one of the best gunslingers in the game will have himself another butt-whooping day.

 

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1. Michael Vick (@ Atl)

 A decade after being taken with the first pick of the draft, Michael Vick is finally going home. 

No, not the big house, but the house he grew up in: the Georgia Dome.  Actually, he was there once already back in 2009, but it was in limited fashion playing behind Donovan McNabb in an Eagles 34-7 victorythis time Vick will get to work his magic from the first whistle on. 

As it was last week in St. Louis, it’s almost unfair for a guy with Vick’s skills to be allowed to play in such a stadium.  Against a Falcons defense that just lost their best DT in Jonathan Babineaux after giving up 312 yards and two TDs to Jay Cutler, look for Vick to go a little nutty in his Atlanta reunion.

 

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Week 2 TE Player Rankings

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Rankings for  RBs and WRs

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10. Jason Witten (@ SF)

 Strange seeing Witten all the way down here in the 10-slot?  Yes it is, but there’s also good reason for it. 

First off, the 49ers were tops in the league last year holding opposing tight ends to the least amount of fantasy points over the season.  Second, San Fran can get after the QB and will be looking to do so again this Sunday, so Witten will likely be asked to do a little more blocking than normal. 

That’s not to say he won’t get his due out there, because he will, but even the best players don’t always have the best days.

 

9. Rob Gronkowski (vs SD)

 (This write-up will be the same for Aaron Hernandez as it explains the overall TE situation for New England)

It’s tough to deny the effectiveness of these New England tight ends, but it might be even tougher to figure out which one of them will have a better fantasy day from week to week.  Despite their shutout of the Vikings tight ends last Sunday, if the Chargers have a weak spot on defense, it’s against the tight end. 

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That being the case, which one will get the fantasy love against them this weekend, Hernandez or Gronkowski?  I had to go back to last season to see if there were any trends that would tell me the answer. 

What I found is that the smaller tight ends usually had the best fantasy weeks, but it was likely because the bigger tight ends would be held in to protect their QB.  Such was the case in the game between the Patriots and Chargers last year when Hernandez had eight targets, five catches and 54 yards compared to Gronk’s two targets, two catches and 10 yards. 

Gronk, however, caught a 1-yard TD, but that can happen against anyone.  Basically, I think Aaron is your guy this week over Rob, but either one is always a good play in this offense.

 

8. Brandon Pettigrew (vs KC)

 Tony Scheffler may have stolen the fantasy glory last weekend using his lone catch to snag an 11-yard TD, but Pettigrew is still the goods on this Lions team.  He may have had an average line of four catches on six targets for 57 yards in Week 1, but there are better days to come for this beast of a tight end, starting with this weekend. 

The Chiefs gave up two TDs to a complete nobody TE (Scott Chandler) last Sundayand that was with their stud safety, Eric Berry, still in the lineup.  Berry, however, is now out for the year and I fully expect Stafford to take advantage using Pettigrew over the middle of the field.

 

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7. Fred Davis (vs Ari)

 Anyone who watched Freddy play last weekend against the Giants could see how good this guy is and believe me, it wasn’t a fluke.  Due to both age and injuries, Chris Cooley is on the downside of his career…and the Redskins know it.  They didn’t draft the 6’4”, 257-pound Davis in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft for nothing. 

This week he plays against an Arizona team who not only was terrible at guarding tight ends last year, but who also gave up seven catches for 129 yards to Carolina TEs last weekend.  This Sunday could be Freddy’s coming out party, folks.

 

6. Jimmy Graham (vs Chi)

Jimmy Graham, welcome to stardom buddy!  Chicago actually plays tight ends pretty well, especially in the red zone, but there are still plenty of receptions to be had. 

Last week Tony Gonzalez had five catches on seven targets for 72 yards, numbers I think Graham could surpass in the game this weekend.  He might not get in the endzone as the Bears are pretty tightfisted in that area (gave up only three to TEs last season), but he’ll definitely get you some fantasy points in one way or another.

 

5. Aaron Hernandez (vs SD)

(same as above for Gronkowski)

It’s tough to deny the effectiveness of these New England tight ends, but it might be even tougher to figure out which one of them will have a better fantasy day from week to week. 

Despite their shutout of the Vikings tight ends last Sunday, if the Chargers have a weak spot on defense, it’s against the tight end.  That being the case, which one will get the fantasy love against them this weekend, Hernandez or Gronkowski?  I had to go back to last season to see if there were any trends that would tell me the answer. 

What I found is that the smaller tight ends usually had the best fantasy weeks, but it was likely because the bigger tight ends would be held in to protect their QB.  Such was the case in the game between the Patriots and Chargers last year when Hernandez had eight targets, five catches and 54 yards compared to Gronk’s two targets, two catches and 10 yards.   

Gronk, however, caught a 1-yard TD, but that can happen against anyone.  Basically, I think Aaron is your guy this week over Rob, but either one is always a good play in this offense.

 

4. Vernon Davis (vs Dal)

 This new 49ers offensive scheme may take a little bit to get going but once it does, it will be one of the more TE-friendly offenses in the league.  Dallas could barely contain a semi-good tight end in Dustin Keller last week, so Vernon might be able to live up to his billing sooner than later in Week Two.

 

3. Owen Daniels (@ Mia)

 I’m actually in a league right now where someone completely dropped Owen Daniels off their squad.  Do NOT be that guy, especially after a week where the Texans clearly didn’t need him to beat the hapless Colts.  Daniels is a great tight end with tremendous upside in a Texans offense that looks like it could be one of best in the league. 

Miami wasn’t that hot defending tight ends in 2010 and looks even worse this season after Hernandez and Gronkowski carved them up for 189 yards and two TDs in Week 1.  Start Owen at all costs.

 

2. Jermichael Finley (@ Car)

 If you watch a Packers game close enough, you’ll notice that Finley is actually a wide receiver out there on the field running around in a tight end’s body.  He’s that athletically gifted. 

Against a Carolina defense that was sixth worst in the league in allowing tight end fantasy points last season and gave up 101 yards and a TD to the Cardinals tight ends last week, it’s easy to see how Jermichael could actually put up WR1-type numbers this weekend.

 

1. Antonio Gates (@ NE)

 No explanation necessary.  Do you really need me to tell you that Anthony Fasano went off for 82 yards on five catches last week against the Patriots, and that Fasano has never had more than 530 yards or 40 catches in his career?   

Didn’t think so.  Gates is a no-brainer until his foot acts up on him again.  Period.

 

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