Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Position-by-Position Breakdown

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 15, 2015

Julio Jones, receptor de los Falcons de Atlanta, corre tras recibir un pase, frente al cornerback Nolan Carroll, de los Eagles de Filadelfia, en el encuentro del lunes 14 de septiembre de 2015 (AP Foto/Brynn Anderson)
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After an exciting opening week to the NFL season, we're just two days away from the Thursday night game to kick off the second week. 

Here's a look at the Week 2 schedule and the top fantasy players at every position.

NFL 2015 Week 2 Schedule
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Kansas CityDenver
CarolinaHouston
PittsburghSan Francisco
New OrleansTampa Bay
MinnesotaDetroit
ChicagoArizona
BuffaloNew England
CincinnatiSan Diego
ClevelandTennessee
New YorkAtlanta
WashingtonSt. Louis
JacksonvilleMiami
OaklandBaltimore
PhiladelphiaDallas
Green BaySeattle
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Quarterback

Top Fantasy QB Week 2
RankPlayerTeam
1.Drew BreesNew Orleans Saints
2Tom BradyNew England Patriots
3Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers
4Marcus MariotaTennessee Titans
5Matt RyanAtlanta Falcons
6Philip RiversSan Diego Chargers
7Tony RomoDallas Cowboys
8Andrew LuckIndianapolis Colts
9Carson PalmerArizona Cardinals
10Nick FolesSt. Louis Rams
11Andy DaltonCincinnati Bengals
12Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks
13Matthew StaffordDetroit Lions
14Alex SmithKansas City Chiefs
15Sam BradfordPhiladelphia Eagles
Rankings by Mazique

This is meant as no disrespect to the Tennessee Titans' awesome rookie Marcus Mariota, but if a player in his first NFL regular-season game throws for four touchdowns against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, what do you think will happen in Week 2 against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints?

In Week 1, Brees was getting the ball into the hands of his playmakers and letting them pick up yardage, per Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders:

Brees finished the day with 355 yards and a touchdown.

Against Lovie Smith's Cover-2 defense and the Bucs' lack of talent in the secondary, you have to like Brees to have a big game.

Running Back

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Top Fantasy RB Week 2
RankPlayerTeam
1.Marshawn LynchSeattle Seahawks
2.Adrian PetersonMinnesota Vikings
3.Carlos HydeSan Francisco 49ers
4.Alfred MorrisWashington
5.Jamaal CharlesKansas City Chiefs
6.Matt ForteChicago Bears
7.DeAngelo WilliamsPittsburgh Steelers
8.Chris IvoryNew York Jets
9.Eddie LacyGreen Bay Packers
10.Tevin ColemanAtlanta Falcons
11.Bishop SankeyTennessee Titans
12.Dion LewisNew England Patriots
13.Joseph RandleDallas Cowboys
14.Giovani BernardCincinnati Bengals
15.Jeremy HillCincinnati Bengals
16.Justin ForsettBaltimore Ravens
17.Bilal PowellNew York Jets
18.Jonathan StewartCarolina Panthers
19.Jacquizz RodgersChicago Bears
20.Ameer AbdullahDetroit Lions
21.Melvin GordonSan Diego Chargers
22.Karlos WilliamsBuffalo Bills
23.Lamar MillerMiami Dolphins
24.Darren McFaddenDallas Cowboys
25.T.J. YeldonJacksonville Jaguars
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The Green Bay Packers knocked off the Chicago Bears in Week 1, but it wasn't because of their run defense. Matt Forte and the Bears ran for 189 yards on the ground as the Packers had no answer for the ground game.

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There's bad news on the horizon for the Pack in Week 2. Marshawn Lynch and a highly motivated Seattle Seahawks team are marching into Lambeau Field on Monday night. We could see Lynch go into beast mode again.

Lynch had a respectable 73 yards on 18 carries on Sunday. Unless the Packers find a way to stop the run, Lynch seems like a lock to go over 100 yards in Week 2.

Wide Receivers

Top 5 Fantasy WR for Week 2
RankPlayerTeam
1Julio JonesAtlanta Falcons
2AJ GreenCincinnati Bengals
3Calvin JohnsonDetroit Lions
4Alshon JefferyChicago Bears
5Keenan AllenSan Diego Chargers
6Antonio BrownPittsburgh Steelers
7Terrence WilliamsDallas Cowboys
8Odell Beckham Jr.New York Giants
9Brandon MarshallNew York Jets
10Sammy WatkinsBuffalo Bills
11Nate WashingtonHouston Texans
12Jordan MatthewsPhiladelphia Eagles
13Kendall WrightTennessee Titans
14DeAndre HopkinsHouston Texans
15Julian EdelmanNew England Patriots
16Travis BenjaminCleveland Browns
17T.Y. HiltonIndianapolis Colts
18.Larry FitzgeraldArizona Cardinals
19Roddy WhiteAtlanta Falcons
20Steve JohnsonSan Diego Chargers
21Percy HarvinBuffalo Bills
22Jermaine KearseSeattle Seahawks
23Pierre GarconWashington
24Emmanuel SandersDenver Broncos
25Demaryius ThomasDenver Broncos
26Mike WallaceMinnesota Vikings
27Willie SneadNew Orleans Saints
28Allen HurnsJacksonville Jaguars
29Darrius Heyward-BeyPittsburgh Steelers
30Marquess WilsonChicago Bears
31Cecil Shorts IIIHouston Texans
32Jarvis LandryMiami Dolphins
33Mohammed SanuCincinnati Bengals
34Tavon AustinSt. Louis Rams
35Michael CrabtreeOakland Raiders
Rankings by Mazique

In case you weren't a believer in the Atlanta Falcons' Julio Jones as perhaps the No. 1 fantasy wide receiver in the NFL before Week 1, what he did against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night might have changed your mind.

Jones had nine receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns to begin the season. With a spotty New York Giants defense hosting Jones and the Falcons in Week 2, he's poised to go off again. The Giants gave up 356 yards through the air to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, despite the fact that Dez Bryant had only 48 yards receiving as he left with a foot injury. Jones should have his way against the G-Men.

If we were ranking biggest fantasy stud of the week—regardless of position—Jones would be No. 1. As it stands, he is clearly the best option at receiver for Week 2.

Tight Ends

Week 2 TE Rankings
RankPlayerTeam
1.Kyle RudolphMinnesota Vikings
2.Travis KelceKansas City Chiefs
3.Tyler EifertCincinnati Bengals
4.Rob GronkowskiNew England Patriots
5.Delanie WalkerTennessee Titans
6.Martellus BennettChicago Bears
7.Austin Seferian-JenkinsTampa Bay Buccaneers
8.Greg OlsenMinnesota Vikings
9.Jared CookSt. Louis Rams
10.Heath MillerPittsburgh Steelers
11.Darren FellsArizona Cardinals
12.Ladarius GreenSan Diego Chargers
Rankings by Mazique

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph is one of the best receivers at his position, but he hasn't really had a breakout season as of yet. This could be the year he finally takes advantage of his talent.

He was excited about the season leading into Week 1. Per Mark Craig of the Star Tribune, Rudolph said:

“My expectations are very high. We have so many big-time threats.’’ He could be the biggest threat the Vikes have on Sunday. No team gave up more passing yards than the Detroit Lions in Week 1. It looks like they missed having Ndamukong Suh on the defensive line. 

Teddy Bridgewater might just target his tight end early and often against the Lions.

Defense/Special Teams

Top Fantasy D/ST Week 2
RankTeam
1.St. Louis Rams
2.Denver Broncos
3.Miami Dolphins
4.Baltimore Ravens
5.Buffalo Bills
6.Cincinnati Bengals
7.San Francisco 49ers
8.Washington
9.Jacksonville Jaguars
10.Carolina Panthers
11.Tennessee Titans
12.Dallas Cowboys
Rankings by Mazique

The St. Louis Rams pulled an upset in Week 1 over the Seahawks, and they have a great chance to move to 2-0 as they visit Washington in Week 2. The latter didn't look good offensively, and we learned the Rams defensive line is excellent at getting pressure on the QB and opportunistic when it comes to forcing turnovers.

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Even though the defense gave up 31 points, the Rams sacked Russell Wilson six times and picked him off once, and Tavon Austin returned a punt for a touchdown.

If you can, take the Rams defense this week against a weak Washington offense that scored just 10 points against Miami in Week 1.

Kickers

Top Fantasy K - Week 2
RankPlayerTeam
1.Robbie GouldChicago Bears
2.Mason CrosbyGreen Bay Packers
3.Graham GanoCarolina Panthers
4.Dan CarpenterBuffalo Bills
5.Andrew FranksMiami Dolphins
6.Matt BryantAtlanta Falcons
7.Josh BrownNew York Giants
8.Brandon McManusDenver Broncos
9.Zach HockerNew Orleans Saints
10.Steven HauschkaSeattle Seahawks
11.Phil DawsonSan Francisco 49ers
12.Josh ScobeePittsburgh Steelers
Rankings by Mazique

The Chicago Bears had issues in the red zone in Week 1. That's nothing new. It's also old hat to watch Robbie Gould drill field goal after field goal when the team's drives stall. Gould is the closest thing to automatic in the NFL, and he's the top-ranked kicker this week.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13:  Robbie Gould #9 of the Chicago Bears kicks a kicks a field goal out of the hold of Pat O'Donnell against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on September 13, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Image
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The Bears host another good defense this week in the Arizona Cardinals.

Chicago ran the ball well, and Jay Cutler played fine before throwing a key interception in the fourth quarter in Week 1. The Bears offense isn't horrible, but they still don't know how to punch the ball in the end zone with regularity. Gould had three field goals in Week 1. Don't be surprised to see him kick that many again vs. the Cardinals.