Fantasy Football Week 2: Matt Camp's Week 2 Big Board

Matt Camp@TheMattCampFantasy Football Lead WriterSeptember 14, 2016

Fantasy Football Week 2: Matt Camp's Week 2 Big Board

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    Look for C.J. Anderson to dominate once again in Week 2.
    Look for C.J. Anderson to dominate once again in Week 2.Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

    If Week 1 didn’t go your way, let it go and move on. Sure, some high draft picks struggled, but that was bound to happen—just as it does every year. Some, like Adrian Peterson and Ezekiel Elliott, should bounce back rather quickly. Others, like Todd Gurley, may need a few weeks to get going. 

    The key is to not get too high or too low based on the results of one game. Altering your entire outlook on a player based on Week 1 is a great way to ruin a season. Second-guessing on such a small sample size will come back to haunt you and is not the way to properly evaluate your roster. Barring an injury, you shouldn’t be doing a lot of tinkering unless to use the waiver wire to reshape the back end of your roster. 

    Maybe you picked up Will Fuller or Tajae Sharpe as the last wide receivers on your personal depth chart knowing they have the potential to be regular starters. Or you may have grabbed Tevin Coleman after he outplayed Devonta Freeman in Week 1. Those are perfectly logical moves that are done to bolster your roster, not shake it up. 

    This is the first look at my points-per-reception (PPR) rankings for Week 2. These will change throughout the week and up to Sunday’s action as we get more information about injuries and limitations, so make sure to bookmark this page. For those playing in non-PPR formats, you can find those rankings here.

Top 100: Load Up

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    Make sure to play your Giants this weekend.
    Make sure to play your Giants this weekend.Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

    I present my top 100 players (minus quarterbacks) for the week as a way to help determine your flex spots. You may favor a certain position or player over another based on his role and/or your scoring rules. 

    As an additional tiebreaker, here are the teams I like as a whole this week based on their matchups:

    • New York Giants (vs. New Orleans Saints)
    • New Orleans Saints (at New York Giants)
    • Oakland Raiders (vs. Atlanta Falcons)


    Week 2 PPR Flex Rankings

    #Player (team)MatchupPos ECR™vs. ECR
    1Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)vs. NOWR12+1
    2A.J. Green (CIN)at PITWR25+3
    3Julio Jones (ATL)at OAKWR330
    4Antonio Brown (PIT)vs. CIN WR41-3
    5David Johnson (ARI)vs. TBRB14-1
    6C.J. Anderson (DEN)vs. INDRB260
    7Brandin Cooks (NO)at NYG WR512+5
    8DeAngelo Williams (PIT)vs. CIN RB313+5
    9DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)vs. KCWR67-2
    10Lamar Miller (HOU)vs. KCRB48-2
    11Mike Evans (TB)at ARIWR716+5
    12Amari Cooper (OAK)vs. ATL WR814+2
    13Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)at WASRB511-2
    14Allen Robinson (JAC)at SDWR910-4
    15Spencer Ware (KC)at HOU RB621+6
    16Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)vs. TBWR1023+7
    17DeMarco Murray (TEN)at DET RB742+25
    18Kelvin Benjamin (CAR)vs. SFWR1124+6
    19Jordan Reed (WAS)vs. DALTE1190
    20Willie Snead (NO)at NYG WR1248+28
    21Dez Bryant (DAL)at WASWR1322+1
    22Danny Woodhead (SD)vs. JAC RB844+22
    23Jordy Nelson (GB)at MINWR1418-5
    24Doug Martin (TB)at ARIRB951+27
    25Brandon Marshall (NYJ)at BUF WR1515-10
    26Alshon Jeffery (CHI)vs. PHIWR169-17
    27LeSean McCoy (BUF)vs. NYJ RB1038+11
    28Julian Edelman (NE)vs. MIAWR1732+4
    29Randall Cobb (GB)at MINWR1830+1
    30Rob Gronkowski (NE)vs. MIATE255+25
    31Matt Forte (NYJ)at BUF RB1129-2
    32Rashad Jennings (NYG)vs. NORB1257+25
    33Tajae Sharpe (TEN)at DET WR1964+31
    34Jeremy Maclin (KC)at HOU WR2036+2
    35T.Y. Hilton (IND)at DENWR2145+10
    36Mark Ingram (NO)at NYG RB1320-16
    37Adrian Peterson (MIN)vs. GBRB1417-20
    38Carlos Hyde (SF)at CARRB1571+33
    39Golden Tate (DET)vs. TENWR2231-8
    40Todd Gurley (LA)vs. SEARB1625-15
    41Eddie Lacy (GB)at MINRB1749+8
    42Marvin Jones (DET)vs. TENWR2339-3
    43Jordan Matthews (PHI)at CHIWR2428-15
    44Greg Olsen (CAR)vs. SFTE335-9
    45Michael Crabtree (OAK)vs. ATL WR2552+7
    46Ameer Abdullah (DET)vs. TENRB1874+28
    47Travis Benjamin (SD)vs. JAC WR2672+25
    48Demaryius Thomas (DEN)vs. INDWR2727-21
    49Travis Kelce (KC)at HOU TE443-6
    50Mike Wallace (BAL)at CLE WR2882+32
    51Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)vs. INDWR2956+5
    52Eric Ebron (DET)vs. TENTE575+23
    53Jeremy Hill (CIN)at PITRB1987+34
    54Theo Riddick (DET)vs. TENRB2068+14
    55Jarvis Landry (MIA)at NEWR3034-21
    56Stefon Diggs (MIN)vs. GBWR3163+7
    57Delanie Walker (TEN)at DET TE641-16
    58Michael Floyd (ARI)vs. TBWR3247-11
    59Allen Hurns (JAC)at SDWR3373+14
    60Tevin Coleman (ATL)at OAKRB2190+30
    61Mohamed Sanu (ATL)at OAKWR3481+20
    62T.J. Yeldon (JAC)at SDRB2269+7
    63Devonta Freeman (ATL)at OAKRB2350-13
    64Doug Baldwin (SEA)at LAWR3526-38
    65Rishard Matthews (TEN)at DET WR36108+43
    66Julius Thomas (JAC)at SDTE759-7
    67Jason Witten (DAL)at WASTE8670
    68Will Fuller (HOU)vs. KCWR3776+8
    69Eric Decker (NYJ)at BUF WR3837-32
    70Donte Moncrief (IND)at DENWR3954-16
    71Cole Beasley (DAL)at WASWR40135+64
    72DeSean Jackson (WAS)vs. DALWR4140-32
    73Frank Gore (IND)at DENRB24112+39
    74Arian Foster (MIA)at NERB2565-9
    75Sterling Shepard (NYG)vs. NOWR4262-13
    76Antonio Gates (SD)vs. JAC TE960-16
    77Jeremy Langford (CHI)vs. PHIRB2661-16
    78Brandon LaFell (CIN)at PITWR43122+44
    79Coby Fleener (NO)at NYG TE1078-1
    80Gary Barnidge (CLE)vs. BAL TE1166-14
    81Christine Michael (SEA)at LARB27100+19
    82Ryan Mathews (PHI)at CHIRB2846-36
    83Dwayne Allen (IND)at DENTE1277-6
    84John Brown (ARI)vs. TBWR4480-4
    85Thomas Rawls (SEA)at LARB2999+14
    86Virgil Green (DEN)vs. INDTE1398+12
    87Justin Forsett (BAL)at CLE RB30114+27
    88Shane Vereen (NYG)vs. NORB31102+14
    89Giovani Bernard (CIN)at PITRB3279-10
    90Tyler Lockett (SEA)at LAWR4585-5
    91Eli Rogers (PIT)vs. CIN WR4696+5
    92Tavon Austin (LA)vs. SEAWR47920
    93Eddie Royal (CHI)vs. PHIWR48131+38
    94Jeremy Kerley (SF)at CARWR49134+40
    95Darren Sproles (PHI)at CHIRB3393-2
    96Sammy Watkins (BUF)vs. NYJ WR5053-43
    97Clive Walford (OAK)vs. ATL TE14121+24
    98Brent Celek (PHI)at CHITE15154+56
    99James White (NE)vs. MIARB3486-13
    100Latavius Murray (OAK)vs. ATL RB3533-67

    ECR - Expert Consensus Rankings

Quarterbacks: No Defense Necessary

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    Take advantage of teams with bad defenses, like Drew Brees and the Saints.
    Take advantage of teams with bad defenses, like Drew Brees and the Saints.Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

    Better than Usual 

    Eli Manning, NYG (vs. NO)

    Manning was a low-end starter in Week 1, thanks to 207 passing yards, three TDs and one interception on 19-of-28 passing. It wasn’t the typical volume you usually see from Manning and the Giants, but it wasn’t necessary against rookie Dak Prescott and the Cowboys. 

    Look for Manning to ramp up the passing game when the Saints visit this weekend. New Orleans had no answers for the Raiders offense in last week’s loss. They allowed 319 yards and a touchdown to Derek Carr. Manning certainly has the weapons to hang with the Saints, and both the Giants and Saints have shaky defenses, so this could turn into a battle of who scores last. 

    Week 2 Projection: 310 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception


    Matt Ryan, ATL (at OAK)

    The Falcons didn’t come away with a win in Week 1, but the blame doesn’t fall on Ryan. He completed 27 of 39 passing attempts, totaling 334 yards and two TDs. While it wasn’t enough to beat the Buccaneers, it was encouraging to see Ryan get new starting WR Mohamed Sanu and RB Tevin Coleman involved in the offense so quickly. 

    A key to Ryan’s fantasy value is Atlanta’s defense, because it’s not good. That Falcons defense will have its hands full with a dangerous Raiders offense this weekend. Of course, the Ravens couldn’t stop Drew Brees last week. He had 423 yards and four TDs in the loss. This could be another game totally controlled by the defenses, so Ryan should have plenty of volume in a potential fantasy bonanza.

    Week 2 Projection: 290-300 passing yards, 2-3 passing TDs, 1 interception



    Andrew Luck, IND (at DEN)

    Luck and the Colts couldn’t defend home turf in their Week 1 loss to the Lions, and they now have the unenviable task of heading to Denver to face a defense that beat up Cam Newton in the opener. The Broncos defense picked off Newton once and sacked him three times, which has to be concerning for Luck behind a questionable offensive line. 

    Newton had just 194 yards and a TD through the air, but saved his fantasy owners with 54 yards and a TD as a runner. Luck is coming off a 385-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Lions, but expectations can't be that high in a much tougher matchup. 

    Week 2 Projection: 250-260 passing yards, 1-2 passing TDs, 1-2 interceptions, 10-15 rushing yards


    Russell Wilson, SEA (at LA)

    Wilson’s 2016 season got off on the wrong foot…literally. He suffered a sprained ankle in the opener, but played through it in leading the Seahawks to a come-from-behind victory over the Dolphins. However, Wilson had one of his worst fantasy performances with just 258 passing yards, one TD and 16 rushing yards. 

    A hobbled Wilson could limit one of his biggest fantasy assets—his legs—so you’ll have to keep a close eye on his status leading up to Sunday’s game. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Seahawks remain confident Wilson will play. The Rams didn’t get much of a challenge from Blaine Gabbert on Monday night, but obviously we’re talking about a much better player (when healthy) in Wilson.

    Week 2 Projection: 260 passing yards, 1-2 passing TDs, 1 interception, 30 rushing yards



    Tyrod Taylor, BUF (vs. NYJ)

    If you have any qualms about a player, staying away from using him in a short week is advised. That means you should be looking for alternatives if Taylor was penciled in as your Week 2 starter. 

    He failed to get anything going against the Ravens in Week 1, throwing for just 111 yards and rushing for 11 yards. As if a tough matchup against the Jets wasn’t bad enough, Taylor’s top target, Sammy Watkins, isn’t a lock to play Thursday due to ongoing foot issues, per Joe Buscaglia of WKBW Buffalo. Stay away from Taylor until further notice.

    Week 2 Projection: 210-220 passing yards, 1-2 passing TDs, 1-2 interceptions, 10-15 rushing yards



    Marcus Mariota, TEN (at DET)

    Hopefully you can put Mariota’s Week 1 performance in the rearview mirror and focus on a much better matchup against the Lions in Week 2. On Sunday, Mariota faces a Lions defense that allowed 385 yards and four touchdowns to Andrew Luck in a game Detroit somehow won.

    Mariota doesn’t have the same deep receiving corps as Luck, or Stafford for that matter, so taking to the air to hang with Detroit’s offense would have to be out of necessity. I expect that to be the case and for Mariota to scramble a bit more than his four attempts for 19 yards he had against the Vikings. Game flow will dictate just how active Mariota is as a passer, but no matter what, the matchup shouldn’t concern you. 

    Week 2 Projection: 250-260 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 15-20 rushing yards


    Joe Flacco, BAL (at CLE)

    If you give up 278 yards and two touchdowns to a rookie QB making his debut after playing less than a full game in the preseason, fantasy players will target your defense. That’s why Flacco is a sleeper against the Browns on Sunday. Carson Wentz and the Eagles dominated the Browns for almost all of their Week 1 matchup, so a healthy Flacco with lots of weapons at his disposal should have success testing their defense.

    Week 2 Projection: 280-290 passing yards, 2 passing TDs


    Week 2 Quarterback Rankings

    #Player (team)Matchup ECR™vs. ECR
    1Drew Brees (NO)at NYG 3+2
    2Eli Manning (NYG)vs. NO20
    3Matthew Stafford (DET)vs. TEN6+3
    4Cam Newton (CAR)vs. SF1-3
    5Derek Carr (OAK)vs. ATL 8+3
    6Aaron Rodgers (GB)at MIN4-2
    7Blake Bortles (JAC)at SD9+2
    8Matt Ryan (ATL)at OAK18+10
    9Carson Palmer (ARI)vs. TB5-4
    10Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)vs. CIN 7-3
    11Jameis Winston (TB)at ARI13+2
    12Marcus Mariota (TEN)at DET 17+5
    13Joe Flacco (BAL)at CLE 16+3
    14Andrew Luck (IND)at DEN10-4
    15Andy Dalton (CIN)at PIT150
    16Russell Wilson (SEA)at LA11-5
    17Carson Wentz (PHI)at CHI23+6
    18Dak Prescott (DAL)at WAS22+4
    19Alex Smith (KC)at HOU 21+2
    20Brock Osweiler (HOU)vs. KC25+5
    21Trevor Siemian (DEN)vs. IND27+6
    22Ryan Tannehill (MIA)at NE29+7
    23Kirk Cousins (WAS)vs. DAL12-11
    24Josh McCown (CLE)vs. BAL 28+4
    25Jimmy Garoppolo (NE)vs. MIA19-6
    26Ryan Fitzpatrick (NYJ)at BUF 20-6
    27Philip Rivers (SD)vs. JAC 14-13
    28Sam Bradford (MIN)vs. GB30+2
    29Jay Cutler (CHI)vs. PHI24-5
    30Tyrod Taylor (BUF)vs. NYJ 26-4
    31Blaine Gabbert (SF)at CAR32+1
    32Case Keenum (LA)vs. SEA33+1

Running Backs: React and Adjust

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    Danny Woodhead will be very busy all season.
    Danny Woodhead will be very busy all season.Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

    Better than Usual

    Danny Woodhead, SD (vs. JAC)

    Losing Keenan Allen to a torn ACL may give Woodhead the biggest fantasy boost in San Diego. Other than Antonio Gates and Travis Benjamin, the Chargers are short on established talent in their receiving corps. Considering the trust Philip Rivers has in Woodhead, he has a legit chance of 90 receptions this season. 

    He got off to a great start in a big role in Week 1. Woodhead finished with five receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in addition to 16 carries for 89 yards as a runner. Even though Melvin Gordon played well and the Chargers had the lead for the majority of the game, Woodhead still played 50 snaps compared to just 23 for Gordon, according to Pro Football Focus.

    If the Chargers have trouble slowing down a potentially dangerous Jaguars offense, Woodhead could become the go-to option for Rivers. That would be quite a boost to his fantasy value.

    Week 2 Projection: 13 carries, 51 rushing yards, 5-6 receptions, 30-35 receiving yards, 50 percent chance of TD


    Rashad Jennings, NYG (vs. NO)

    It’s only been one week, but so far the Giants seem to be over the idea of using four different RBs, which we saw way too much of last year. Instead, Jennings led the way with 18 carries for 75 yards and a reception for three yards in the win over the Cowboys.

    As the lead ball-carrier and complement to Shane Vereen, Jennings has quietly found himself in a good spot with a nice matchup against the visiting Saints this weekend. The Saints had all kinds of trouble slowing down the Raiders RBs and ended up giving up the second-most fantasy points to the position in Week 1. 

    Week 2 Projection: 18 carries, 85 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 14 receiving yards, 70 percent chance of TD



    Todd Gurley, LA (vs. SEA)

    If you somehow made it through the ugliness that was Rams-49ers on Monday, you know exactly why Gurley, a first-round pick, has already landed in the concerns category. He ran for just 47 yards on 17 carries in the loss to San Francisco.

    With no direction or any semblance of a passing attack, the Rams are basically telling their opposition they can load the box to stop Gurley because there’s no threat of a passing game to keep them honest.

    Gurley has to deal with the Seahawks on Sunday, and it won’t be easy. They held Dolphins RBs, specifically Arian Foster, to just 47 yards on 15 carries. Gurley could have some early-season growing pains to deal with, and it’s not getting any better this week.

    Week 2 Projection: 19 carries, 76 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 10-15 receiving yards, 60 percent chance of TD



    Matt Jones, WAS (vs. DAL)

    Much like Gurley’s issues in Los Angeles, Jones could be in long-term trouble unless the Redskins figure out what’s wrong with their offense, and do so in a hurry. Also, Jones won’t get many chances if the Redskins get blown out like they did in Week 1 against the Steelers.

    Because Washington played from behind for most of its matchup with the Steelers, Jones played just 19 snaps to Chris Thompson’s 39. As the team’s hurry-up back, Thompson belonged out there, but you don’t want that to be the norm—and it will be until the Redskins get it together. Jones had just seven carries for 24 yards and a single reception for nine yards in the loss. 

    While I doubt the Cowboys match the offensive output of the Steelers, I’ll remain in wait-and-see mode with Jones.

    Week 2 Projection: 13 carries, 57 yards, 1 reception, 9 receiving yards, 40 percent chance of TD



    Shane Vereen, NYG (vs. NO)

    As I mentioned earlier, the Giants figured out they don’t need a ridiculous four-man running back by committee and seem content in going forward with Rashad Jennings as their lead back and Vereen as a change-of-pace, passing-downs option. In last week’s win over the Cowboys, Vereen contributed 38 yards on six carries and three receptions for 23 yards on five targets, which was good for 9.1 fantasy points in PPR formats.

    If Vereen can give you 10 fantasy points, he’s worth using as an RB3 or flex, and that could be the case this week against the Saints. New Orleans allowed Raiders RBs to rack up six receptions for 51 yards on seven targets in Week 1. If this is a similar high-scoring game, Vereen’s role could be even bigger.

    Week 2 Projection: 5 carries, 26 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 30 receiving yards, 30 percent chance of TD


    Week 2 PPR Running Back Rankings

    #Player (team)Matchup ECR™vs. ECR
    1David Johnson (ARI)vs. TB10
    2C.J. Anderson (DEN)vs. IND20
    3DeAngelo Williams (PIT)vs. CIN 5+2
    4Lamar Miller (HOU)vs. KC3-1
    5Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)at WAS4-1
    6Spencer Ware (KC)at HOU 8+2
    7DeMarco Murray (TEN)at DET 13+6
    8Danny Woodhead (SD)vs. JAC 14+6
    9Doug Martin (TB)at ARI18+9
    10LeSean McCoy (BUF)vs. NYJ 12+2
    11Matt Forte (NYJ)at BUF 10-1
    12Rashad Jennings (NYG)vs. NO19+7
    13Mark Ingram (NO)at NYG 7-6
    14Adrian Peterson (MIN)vs. GB6-8
    15Carlos Hyde (SF)at CAR26+11
    16Todd Gurley (LA)vs. SEA9-7
    17Eddie Lacy (GB)at MIN16-1
    18Ameer Abdullah (DET)vs. TEN27+9
    19Jeremy Hill (CIN)at PIT31+12
    20Theo Riddick (DET)vs. TEN24+4
    21Tevin Coleman (ATL)at OAK32+11
    22T.J. Yeldon (JAC)at SD23+1
    23Devonta Freeman (ATL)at OAK17-6
    24Frank Gore (IND)at DEN40+16
    25Arian Foster (MIA)at NE22-3
    26Jeremy Langford (CHI)vs. PHI21-5
    27Christine Michael (SEA)at LA36+9
    28Ryan Mathews (PHI)at CHI15-13
    29Thomas Rawls (SEA)at LA35+6
    30Justin Forsett (BAL)at CLE 41+11
    31Shane Vereen (NYG)vs. NO37+6
    32Giovani Bernard (CIN)at PIT28-4
    33Darren Sproles (PHI)at CHI330
    34James White (NE)vs. MIA30-4
    35Latavius Murray (OAK)vs. ATL 11-24
    36Jonathan Stewart (CAR)vs. SF20-16
    37Melvin Gordon (SD)vs. JAC 25-12
    38Duke Johnson (CLE)vs. BAL 29-9
    39LeGarrette Blount (NE)vs. MIA34-5
    40Matt Jones (WAS)vs. DAL39-1
    41Charles Sims (TB)at ARI38-3
    42Isaiah Crowell (CLE)vs. BAL 43+1
    43Charcandrick West (KC)at HOU 48+5
    44Bilal Powell (NYJ)at BUF 440
    45Derrick Henry (TEN)at DET 46+1
    46Chris Thompson (WAS)vs. DAL42-4
    47Terrance West (BAL)at CLE 45-2
    48Shaun Draughn (SF)at CAR49+1
    49Andre Ellington (ARI)vs. TB59+10
    50DeAndre Washington (OAK)vs. ATL 500
    51Alfred Morris (DAL)at WAS62+11
    52Travaris Cadet (NO)at NYG 53+1
    53Jalen Richard (OAK)vs. ATL 54+1
    54Josh Ferguson (IND)at DEN63+9
    55Benny Cunningham (LA)vs. SEA61+6
    56Jerick McKinnon (MIN)vs. GB47-9
    57Kenjon Barner (PHI)at CHI68+11
    58Chris Johnson (ARI)vs. TB71+13
    59Matt Asiata (MIN)vs. GB72+13
    60James Starks (GB)at MIN51-9
    61Tim Hightower (NO)at NYG 70+9
    62Devontae Booker (DEN)vs. IND52-10
    63Mike Gillislee (BUF)vs. NYJ 77+14
    64Dwayne Washington (DET)vs. TEN79+15
    65Chris Ivory (JAC)at SD60-5

Wide Receivers: Do It Again

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    A.J. Green dominated Darrelle Revis and the Jets in Week 1.
    A.J. Green dominated Darrelle Revis and the Jets in Week 1.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

    Better than Usual

    Willie Snead, NO (at NYG)

    Snead was lost in the Coby Fleener hype over the summer, but quickly reminded everyone what he’s capable of with a monster game in Week 1. While Snead dazzled with nine receptions for 172 yards and a TD on nine targets, Fleener caught just one of his four targets for six yards. 

    Drew Brees doesn’t have a problem spreading the wealth, but he also knows he can trust players like Snead and Brandin Cooks because they have a connection that goes back further than just this year. That played into Snead’s favor last week and should continue to do so in a nice matchup against the Giants on Sunday. This could turn into another fantasy bonanza with a lack of defense, so Snead is looking great.

    Week 2 Projection: 7 receptions, 87 yards, 30 percent chance of TD



    T.Y. Hilton/Donte Moncrief, IND (at DEN)

    The concern for Hilton and Moncrief is a tough matchup not only for them, but their QB, Andrew Luck. Luck was sacked only twice in last week’s loss to the Lions, but he’ll have bigger concerns in Denver on Sunday. The Broncos had their way with Cam Newton, registering three sacks and multiple big hits along with one interception of the reigning MVP. If the Colts offensive line, which is suspect, can’t find a way to slow down Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware and the rest of the Broncos pass rush, it could be a rough afternoon for Luck. 

    If Luck’s struggling to find time, Hilton and Moncrief may have to work shorter, quicker routes, especially if they want to beat cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. Unlike Kelvin Benjamin, who had a nice game against the Broncos in Week 1, neither Hilton nor Moncrief has the size to muscle through contested catches if Luck has to get rid of the ball quick and into traffic. This could be a struggle for Indy’s passing game.

    Week 2 Projection: Hilton—6 receptions, 78 yards, 30 percent chance of TD

    Moncrief—5 receptions, 55 yards, 40 percent chance of TD



    Sammy Watkins, BUF (vs. NYJ)

    Foot issues remain a concern for Watkins, and playing on a short week doesn’t help at all. He already missed some practice time this week, but did dress for the team’s walkthrough on Tuesday, according to Chris Brown of Still, he’s clearly at less than 100 percent and has had problems playing through injuries in the past.

    Watkins was limited to just four receptions for 43 yards on six targets against the Ravens in Week 1. Matching up with the Jets on a short week seems like a recipe for disaster if Watkins is hurt. Stay away.

    Week 2 Projection: 4 receptions, 45 yards, 40 percent chance of TD



    Cole Beasley, DAL (at WAS)

    While fantasy players with Dez Bryant probably aren’t feeling too good after he posted just one reception for eight yards on five targets in Week 1, it’s not like Dak Prescott has totally shut down the Cowboys passing attack. Beasley was busy working out of the slot, catching eight of 12 targets for 65 yards against the Giants. 

    Prescott favored both Beasley and Jason Witten (14 targets), and with such a disparity in targets between the two and the rest of the team (including Bryant), it looks like there’s a comfort factor for the rookie QB. Beasley didn’t have a reception go for more than 15 yards, so expect more of the same short and intermediate connections against the Redskins this week. Washington gave up the second-most fantasy points to WRs in Week 1.

    Week 2 Projection: 6 receptions, 57 yards, 20 percent chance of TD


    Week 2 PPR Wide Receiver Rankings

    #Player (team)Matchup ECR™vs. ECR
    1Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)vs. NO2+1
    2A.J. Green (CIN)at PIT4+2
    3Julio Jones (ATL)at OAK30
    4Antonio Brown (PIT)vs. CIN 1-3
    5Brandin Cooks (NO)at NYG 8+3
    6DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)vs. KC5-1
    7Mike Evans (TB)at ARI11+4
    8Amari Cooper (OAK)vs. ATL 9+1
    9Allen Robinson (JAC)at SD7-2
    10Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)vs. TB14+4
    11Kelvin Benjamin (CAR)vs. SF16+5
    12Willie Snead (NO)at NYG 29+17
    13Dez Bryant (DAL)at WAS130
    14Jordy Nelson (GB)at MIN12-2
    15Brandon Marshall (NYJ)at BUF 10-5
    16Alshon Jeffery (CHI)vs. PHI6-10
    17Julian Edelman (NE)vs. MIA22+5
    18Randall Cobb (GB)at MIN19+1
    19Tajae Sharpe (TEN)at DET 36+17
    20Jeremy Maclin (KC)at HOU 24+4
    21T.Y. Hilton (IND)at DEN27+6
    22Golden Tate (DET)vs. TEN20-2
    23Marvin Jones (DET)vs. TEN25+2
    24Jordan Matthews (PHI)at CHI18-6
    25Michael Crabtree (OAK)vs. ATL 30+5
    26Travis Benjamin (SD)vs. JAC 37+11
    27Demaryius Thomas (DEN)vs. IND17-10
    28Mike Wallace (BAL)at CLE 42+14
    29Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)vs. IND33+4
    30Jarvis Landry (MIA)at NE21-9
    31Stefon Diggs (MIN)vs. GB35+4
    32Michael Floyd (ARI)vs. TB28-4
    33Allen Hurns (JAC)at SD38+5
    34Mohamed Sanu (ATL)at OAK41+7
    35Doug Baldwin (SEA)at LA15-20
    36Rishard Matthews (TEN)at DET 54+18
    37Will Fuller (HOU)vs. KC39+2
    38Eric Decker (NYJ)at BUF 23-15
    39Donte Moncrief (IND)at DEN32-7
    40Cole Beasley (DAL)at WAS65+25
    41DeSean Jackson (WAS)vs. DAL26-15
    42Sterling Shepard (NYG)vs. NO34-8
    43Brandon LaFell (CIN)at PIT60+17
    44John Brown (ARI)vs. TB40-4
    45Tyler Lockett (SEA)at LA44-1
    46Eli Rogers (PIT)vs. CIN 49+3
    47Tavon Austin (LA)vs. SEA470
    48Eddie Royal (CHI)vs. PHI61+13
    49Jeremy Kerley (SF)at CAR67+18
    50Sammy Watkins (BUF)vs. NYJ 31-19
    51Vincent Jackson (TB)at ARI48-3
    52Pierre Garcon (WAS)vs. DAL55+3
    53Victor Cruz (NYG)vs. NO57+4
    54Terrelle Pryor (CLE)vs. BAL 59+5
    55Nelson Agholor (PHI)at CHI64+9
    56Corey Coleman (CLE)vs. BAL 43-13
    57Kevin White (CHI)vs. PHI53-4
    58Robert Woods (BUF)vs. NYJ 79+21
    59Chris Hogan (NE)vs. MIA45-14
    60Anquan Boldin (DET)vs. TEN62+2
    61Breshad Perriman (BAL)at CLE 74+13
    62Steve Smith (BAL)at CLE 50-12
    63Kamar Aiken (BAL)at CLE 51-12
    64Phillip Dorsett (IND)at DEN52-12
    65Michael Thomas (NO)at NYG 46-19
    66Tyrell Williams (SD)vs. JAC 56-10
    67Quincy Enunwa (NYJ)at BUF 76+9
    68Kenny Britt (LA)vs. SEA84+16
    69Tyler Boyd (CIN)at PIT71+2
    70Davante Adams (GB)at MIN81+11
    71Chris Conley (KC)at HOU 78+7
    72Josh Doctson (WAS)vs. DAL95+23
    73Quinton Patton (SF)at CAR75+2
    74Ted Ginn (CAR)vs. SF72-2
    75Devin Funchess (CAR)vs. SF70-5
    76Kenny Stills (MIA)at NE66-10
    77Terrance Williams (DAL)at WAS83+6
    78Dorial Green-Beckham (PHI)at CHI73-5
    79Torrey Smith (SF)at CAR58-21
    80Jermaine Kearse (SEA)at LA63-17
    81Danny Amendola (NE)vs. MIA85+4
    82Charles Johnson (MIN)vs. GB89+7
    83Sammie Coates (PIT)vs. CIN 68-15
    84Seth Roberts (OAK)vs. ATL 88+4

Tight Ends: Know What Works

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    Josh McCown should provide a boost for Gary Barnidge.
    Josh McCown should provide a boost for Gary Barnidge.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Better than Usual

    Jason Witten, DAL (at WAS)

    Witten hasn’t been a consistent fantasy option in years, but he finds himself in a unique situation. With rookie Dak Prescott taking over for the injured Tony Romo, Witten, along with Cole Beasley, has quickly become a favorite target of the young QB. In Week 1, Witten had nine receptions for 66 yards on 14 targets.

    To show you how rare that is at this point in his career, Witten hasn’t had at least nine receptions or double-digit targets since Week 17 of the 2013 season. He’s become fantasy-relevant out of necessity and should keep it up against the Redskins on Sunday. They allowed Steelers TE Jesse James to haul in five receptions for 31 yards on seven targets. Witten should beat those numbers.

    Week 2 Projection: 6 receptions, 55 yards, 20 percent chance of TD



    Rob Gronkowski, NE (vs. MIA)

    Obviously, Gronkowski’s hamstring problem is one of the biggest concerns in all of fantasy football. Missing last week’s opener against the Cardinals was somewhat of a surprise, but because we get little information from the Patriots, you may not get an update on his status until later this week.

    If Gronk is good to go, he’s a lock to be in your lineup, even if he’s at less than 100 percent. Keep a close eye on this situation all week.

    Week 2 Projection (if active): 6 receptions, 75 yards, 50 percent chance of TD



    None of note.



    Virgil Green, DEN (vs. IND)

    Green’s Week 1 numbers don’t tell the whole story. He managed just four receptions for 28 yards on five targets, which doesn’t seem like anything significant and more of a fantasy disappointment. However, he could have easily scored a touchdown, but QB Trevor Siemian never saw him wide-open in the end zone. 

    When you’re relying on a second-year QB in his first start to get your fantasy players the ball, bad things will happen. I remain encouraged by Green’s role and Siemian’s reliance on him as a security blanket. Green could be worth another look this week against the Colts. They gave up five receptions for 46 yards and a TD to Eric Ebron in Week 1. 

    Week 2 Projection: 5 receptions, 40 yards, 40 percent chance of TD


    Week 2 PPR Tight End Rankings

    #Player (team)Matchup ECR™vs. ECR
    1Jordan Reed (WAS)vs. DAL10
    2Rob Gronkowski (NE)vs. MIA5+3
    3Greg Olsen (CAR)vs. SF2-1
    4Travis Kelce (KC)at HOU 40
    5Eric Ebron (DET)vs. TEN10+5
    6Delanie Walker (TEN)at DET 3-3
    7Julius Thomas (JAC)at SD6-1
    8Jason Witten (DAL)at WAS9+1
    9Antonio Gates (SD)vs. JAC 7-2
    10Coby Fleener (NO)at NYG 12+2
    11Gary Barnidge (CLE)vs. BAL 8-3
    12Dwayne Allen (IND)at DEN11-1
    13Virgil Green (DEN)vs. IND15+2
    14Clive Walford (OAK)vs. ATL 19+5
    15Brent Celek (PHI)at CHI26+11
    16Jacob Tamme (ATL)at OAK24+8
    17Kyle Rudolph (MIN)vs. GB170
    18Jesse James (PIT)vs. CIN 14-4
    19Jared Cook (GB)at MIN21+2
    20Vance McDonald (SF)at CAR16-4
    21Dennis Pitta (BAL)at CLE 22+1
    22Jermaine Gresham (ARI)vs. TB40+18
    23Martellus Bennett (NE)vs. MIA13-10
    24Charles Clay (BUF)vs. NYJ 20-4
    25Zach Miller (CHI)vs. PHI18-7
    26Jack Doyle (IND)at DEN28+2
    27Jordan Cameron (MIA)at NE30+3
    28Larry Donnell (NYG)vs. NO33+5
    29Tyler Kroft (CIN)at PIT44+15
    30Jimmy Graham (SEA)at LA23-7
    31Hunter Henry (SD)vs. JAC 38+7
    32Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TB)at ARI25-7
    33Luke Willson (SEA)at LA35+2

Defenses: Money in the Matchup

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    Richard Sherman and the Seahawks should feast on the Rams.
    Richard Sherman and the Seahawks should feast on the Rams.Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

    Best Options Based on Matchups

    Seattle Seahawks (at LA)

    While Seattle’s offense may be slow out of the gate, it is still way ahead of whatever the Rams tried to pass off for an offense in their Monday Night Football loss to the 49ers. Case Keenum threw a pair of interceptions and was sacked twice in the shutout. Seattle’s only concern is Todd Gurley, but the 49ers held him to just 47 yards on 17 carries.

    Week 2 Projection: 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 10-13 points allowed


    Philadelphia Eagles (at CHI)

    The Eagles started off great last weekend, in part due to a favorable matchup with Robert Griffin III and the Browns. Philadelphia wound up with three sacks, one interception and a safety en route to allowing just 10 points.

    On Monday night the Eagles visit the Bears, who are fresh off an uninspiring loss to the Texans in Week 1. Jay Cutler was sacked five times and picked off once while putting just 14 points on the board. While it won't be as easy as facing the Browns, the Bears are still a favorable matchup for the Eagles defense.

    Week 2 Projection: 4 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery, 17-20 points allowed


    Baltimore Ravens (at CLE)

    Admittedly, this matchup against the Browns looked better for the Ravens when Robert Griffin III was still the starting quarterback, but thanks to his shoulder injury, Cleveland will turn back to Josh McCown to start in Week 2.

    In last week’s win over the Bills, Baltimore had two sacks and gave up just seven points. McCown does a good job protecting the ball (four interceptions in 2015), but he did take 23 sacks in eight starts last year, and Cleveland’s offensive line is still a big concern. Fire up the Ravens defense with confidence in Week 2. 

    Week 2 Projection: 4 sacks, 1 interception, 17-20 points allowed


    Week 2 Defense Rankings 

    #Player (team)MatchupECR™vs. ECR
    1Seattle Seahawks (SEA)at LA2+1
    2Carolina Panthers (CAR)vs. SF1-1
    3Denver Broncos (DEN)vs. IND30
    4New England Patriots (NE)vs. MIA40
    5Philadelphia Eagles (PHI)at CHI11+6
    6Baltimore Ravens (BAL)at CLE60
    7Arizona Cardinals (ARI)vs. TB5-2
    8Green Bay Packers (GB)at MIN7-1
    9New York Jets (NYJ)at BUF8-1
    10Houston Texans (HOU)vs. KC9-1
    11Buffalo Bills (BUF)vs. NYJ16+5
    12Kansas City Chiefs (KC)at HOU10-2
    13Jacksonville Jaguars (JAC)at SD18+5
    14Los Angeles Rams (LA)vs. SEA12-2
    15Minnesota Vikings (MIN)vs. GB150
    16Pittsburgh Steelers (PIT)vs. CIN13-3
    17Cincinnati Bengals (CIN)at PIT170
    18Miami Dolphins (MIA)at NE20+2
    19Detroit Lions (DET)vs. TEN190
    20Oakland Raiders (OAK)vs. ATL14-6

Kickers: Line Up the Matchup

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    You can always rely on Dan Bailey.
    You can always rely on Dan Bailey.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Best Options Widely Available on the Waiver Wire 

    Wil Lutz, NO (at NYG)

    Lutz signed with the Saints less than a week before the start of the regular season. While he missed two of his four field-goal attempts in the opener against the Raiders, he did hit all four of his extra-point attempts. Look for Lutz to get more opportunities in another potential shootout between the Saints and Giants.


    Week 2 Kicker Rankings

    #Player (team)Matchup ECR™vs. ECR
    1Stephen Gostkowski (NE)vs. MIA10
    2Justin Tucker (BAL)at CLE 20
    3Chandler Catanzaro (ARI)vs. TB30
    4Graham Gano (CAR)vs. SF40
    5Dan Bailey (DAL)at WAS50
    6Will Lutz (NO)at NYG 19+13
    7Mason Crosby (GB)at MIN6-1
    8Steven Hauschka (SEA)at LA7-1
    9Brandon McManus (DEN)vs. IND8-1
    10Sebastian Janikowski (OAK)vs. ATL 14+4
    11Matt Prater (DET)vs. TEN110
    12Adam Vinatieri (IND)at DEN10-2
    13Josh Brown (NYG)vs. NO12-1
    14Chris Boswell (PIT)vs. CIN 9-5
    15Josh Lambo (SD)vs. JAC 21+6
    16Blair Walsh (MIN)vs. GB15-1
    17Jason Myers (JAC)at SD20+3
    18Matt Bryant (ATL)at OAK16-2
    19Cairo Santos (KC)at HOU 13-6
    20Nick Novak (HOU)vs. KC17-3


    Stats provided by FantasyPros and and are current heading into Wednesday, Sept. 14. Snaps provided by Pro Football Focus.

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