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Week 2 Rankings

Hi All!,

Going forward I’m going to write a bit about guys I am higher/lower on than most people going into a week with a few reasons why I feel that way. Hope you guys enjoy!

Quarterbacks I Like

Dak Prescott is coming off of a huge game against the Giants where he was QB2 on the week. The Washington defense should be equally as bad and Prescott should shine again.

My rank: QB2

ESPN's rank: QB7

Drew Brees should find himself in a shootout with the Rams in Week 2. Last season these teams met in Week 9 when New Orleans handed the Rams their first loss of the season by a final score of 45-35. Brees finished as QB1 that week.

My rank: QB4

ESPN's rank: QB13

Russell Wilson tossed a pair of touchdowns against Cincinnati and now gets a chance against the shaky Pittsburgh secondary that allowed 341 yards and 3 TDs to Tom Brady last week.

My rank: QB6

ESPN's rank: QB12

Jared Goff is high on my list for the same reasons as Brees. In Week 9 last season, Goff finished as QB2 behind only Brees.

My rank: QB10

ESPN rank: QB15

Quarterbacks to avoid

Cam Newton just had one of the worst weeks of all starting quarterbacks throwing for 239 yards and an INT against the Rams. I’m not trusting him until I see something better than that, even against the Bucs.

My rank: QB20

ESPN rank: QB4

Derek Carr may be facing a soft defense this week, but I’m still a little wary of getting burned by last year’s QB17 with a less-than impressive receiving corps. I wouldn’t start Carr this week. My rank: QB21

ESPN rank: QB14

I didn’t buy into the Jameis Winston hype in the preseason and I’m glad I didn’t. Winston disappointed with 194 passing yards and 3 INTs in week 1 against a relatively soft defense. This week he’s facing Carolina who held Winston to QB25 in their meeting in Carolina last season.

My rank: QB22

ESPN rank: QB18

Week 2 QB rankings

1. Patrick Mahomes @Oak

2. Dak Prescott @Wsh

3. Lamar Jackson vs. Ari

4. Drew Brees @LAR

5. Matt Ryan vs. Phi

6. Russell Wilson @Pit

7. Tom Brady @Mia

8. Deshaun Watson vs. Jax

9. Carson Wentz @Atl

10. Jared Goff vs. NO

11. Ben Roethlisberger vs. Sea

12. Philip Rivers @Det

13. Matthew Stafford vs. LAC

14. Aaron Rodgers vs. Min

15. Baker Mayfield @NYJ

16. Josh Allen @NYG

17. Jimmy Garoppolo @Cin

18. Marcus Mariota vs. Ind

19. Kyler Murray @Bal

20. Cam Newton vs. TB

21. Derek Carr vs. KC

22. Jameis Winston @Car

23. Mitch Trubisky @Den

24. Sam Darnold vs. Cle

25. Andy Dalton vs. SF

26. Jacoby Brissett @Ten

27. Kirk Cousins @GB

28. Case Keenum vs. Dal

29. Gardner Minshew @Hou

30. Eli Manning vs. Buf

31. Joe Flacco vs. Chi

32. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. NE

Runningbacks I like

Dalvin Cook is coming off of a huge game where he ran the ball 21 times for 111 yards. Though the Packers may pose a bigger threat than Atlanta, Minnesota is clearly a run-first team, and Cook is looking more like the running back we saw in 2017.

My rank: RB6

ESPN rank: RB9

Derrick Henry proved the doubters wrong in Week 1 with an astounding two TD performance against Cleveland which produced RB3 numbers. This week he gets a Chargers defense that Marlon Mack just shredded for 174 yards on 25 carries.

My rank: RB7

ESPN rank: RB13

Chris Carson also had a nice two TD game in week 1 against Cincinnati to finish RB8. This week he gets the Steelers, whose defense looked vulnerable on Sunday night.

My rank: RB9

ESPN rank: RB12

The theme continues with Mark Ingram. Ingram posted two touchdowns against Miami and is in a run-first offense. Though Detroit was stingy on the ground last week, I would bet Ingram finds his way into the endzone at least once this weekend.

My rank: RB11

ESPN rank: RB19

Sony Michel had a rough go of things in Week 1, carrying the ball 15 times for 14 yards. This meeting with the Dolphins is the perfect scenario to turn things around. Last season, Michel posted a line of 25-112-1 in an early-season meeting with Miami. Look for the Patriots to get up early and pound the rock.

My rank: RB14

ESPN rank: RB23

Runningbacks to avoid

David Johnson and the Cardinals had an interesting Week 1 in Detroit. Johnson carried the ball 18 times for 82 yards while catching six passes for 55 yards and a score. Last week Baltimore limited Miami to 21 total rushing yards and allowed just three receptions to running backs. Though the Miami offense is historically bad, this match-up does not scream must start for Johnson.

My rank: RB16

ESPN rank: RB7

James Connor had a rough one last week as the Patriots took control early, forcing the Steelers to try to pass their way back into the game. Connor finished with just 10 carries for 21 yards and things won’t get much easier against Seattle. The Seahawks allowed just 34 yards on the ground last weekend, plus there is always the threat of Jaylen Samuels stealing carries. My rank: RB17

ESPN rank: RB8

Justin Jackson had half as many carries as Austin Eckler in Week 1 and caught just one pass to Eckler’s six. He isn’t as big of a fantasy threat as some thought he would be.

My rank: RB45

ESPN rank: RB38

Week 2 RB Rankings

1. Alvin Kamara @LAR

2. Ezekiel Elliott @Wsh

3. Christian McCaffrey vs. TB

4. Le’Veon Bell vs. Cle

5. Saquon Barkley vs. Buf

6. Dalvin Cook @GB

7. Derrick Henry vs. Ind

8. Nick Chubb @NYJ

9. Chris Carson @Pit

10. Austin Ekeler @Det

11.Mark Ingram II vs. Ari

12.Josh Jacobs vs. KC

13. Marlon Mack @Ten

14. Sony Michel @Mia

15. Todd Gurley vs. NO

16. David Johnson @Bal

17. James Connor vs. Sea

18. Aaron Jones vs. Min

19. Kerryon Johnson vs. LAC

20. Leonard Fournette @Hou

21. Devonta Freeman vs. Phi

22. Giovani Bernard vs. SF

23. David Montgomery @Den

24. Damien Williams @Oak

25. Adrian Peterson vs. Dal

26. Matt Breida @Cin

27. Tarik Cohen @Den

28. Duke Johnson Jr. vs. Jax

29. James White @Mia

30. Kenyan Drake vs. NE

31. Devin Singletary @NYG

32. Phillip Lindsay vs. Chi

33. LeSean McCoy @Oak

34. Ronald Jones @Car

35.Chris Thompson vs. Dal

36. Miles Sanders @Atl

37. Raheem Mostert @Cin

38. Royce Freeman vs. Chi

39. Latavius Murray @LAR

40. Carlos Hyde vs. Jax

41. Malcolm Brown vs. NO

42. Dion Lewis vs. Ind

43. Mike Davis @Den

44. Darren Sproles @Atl

45. Justin Jackson @Det

46. Ito Smith vs. Phi

47. Jamaal Williams vs. Min

48. Rashaad Penny @Pit

49. Jordan Howard @Atl

50.Rex Burkhead @Mia

Wide Receivers I Like

Amari Cooper and the Cowboys offense are flying under the radar a bit to begin 2019. Cooper had a big game last week against the Giants with 6 grabs for 106 yards and a score. Last season when Cooper faced Washington after his trade to the Cowboys, he caught 8 balls for 180 yards and a pair of scores. This week sets up big for the Dallas No.1 wideout.

My rank: WR2

ESPN rank: WR12

Alshon Jeffery went 5-49-1 last week with Josh Norman covering him, and will likely face Desmond Trufant this week. He is still a huge red zone target for Carson Wentz and a nice safely blanket entering his third season in Philly.

My rank: WR12

ESPN rank: WR21

Tyler Boyd didn’t find the endzone last week, but still hauled in eight passes for 60 yards. John Ross isn’t likely to continue his strong Week 1 performance as Boyd faces a relatively soft secondary in San Francisco.

My rank: WR14

ESPN rank: WR16

Allen Robinson was one of the very few bright spots on Thursday night as the Bears No.1 receiver hauled in seven passes for 102 yards. I’m riding the Robinson hype train into Week 2 as he faces a Broncos’ defense that allowed 105 yards and a TD to Tyrell Williams.

My rank: WR17

ESPN rank: WR25

Wide Receivers to Avoid

Stefon Diggs is the 1b to Adam Thielen’s 1a in Minnesota. The problem with that is the run-first mentality in Minnesota cuts back his chances even more. Diggs faces a Green Bay defense that allowed just three points to the Bears in week 1.

My rank: WR21; ESPN rank: WR15

Robert Woods was held in check last season against New Orleans, recording five receptions for 71 yards. He was the third best Rams receiver in that game as Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp balled out to finish WR6 and WR9 respectively while Woods finished as WR26.

My rank: WR19

ESPN rank: WR13

I know I just spoke highly of Brandin Cooks, but he is coming off of a stinker against Carolina. Things won’t get any easier as he will likely see a lot of Marshon Lattimore in Week 2.

My rank: WR22

ESPN rank: WR14

DJ Moore flashed what Panthers’ fans have been waiting to see in Week 1. Moore caught seven passes for 76 yards on a day where Cam Newton looked atrocious. This week he draws the Bucs on a short week after Tampa Bay allowed just 166 passing yards to the 49ers last week.

My rank: WR25

ESPN rank: WR22

Week 2 WR Rankings

1. Michael Thomas @LAR

2. Amari Cooper @Wsh

3. Keenan Allen @Det

4. Julio Jones vs. Phi

5. Juju Smith-Schuster vs. Sea

6. DeAndre Hopkins vs. Jax

7. Odell Beckham Jr. @NYJ

8. Davante Adams vs. Min

9. Sammy Watkins @Oak

10. Mike Evans @Car

11. Adam Thielen @GB

12. Alshon Jeffery @Atl

13. Tyler Lockett @Pit

14. Tyler Boyd vs. SF

15. Tyrell Williams vs. KC

16. T.Y. Hilton @Ten

17. Allen Robinson @Den

18. Cooper Kupp vs. NO

19. Robert Woods vs. NO

20. Julian Edelman @Mia

21. Stefon Diggs @GB

22. Brandin Cooks vs. NO

23. Jarvis Landry @NYJ

24. Jamison Crowder vs. Cle

25. DJ Moore vs. TB

26. Chris Godwin @Car

27. DeSean Jackson @Atl

28. Calvin Ridley vs. Phi

29. Courtland Sutton vs. Chi

30. Kenny Golladay vs. LAC

31. Christian Kirk @Bal

32. Josh Gordon @Mia

33. Larry Fitzgerald @Bal

34. Michael Gallup @Was

35. Sterling Shepard vs. Buf

36. Emmanuel Sanders vs. Chi

37. Mike Williams @Det

38. Robby Anderson vs. Cle

39. Curtis Samuel vs. TB

40. Marvin Jones Jr. vs. LAC

41. Dede Westbrook @Hou

42. John Brown @NYG

43. Terry McLaurin vs. Dal

44. Mohamed Sanu vs. Phi

45. Danny Amendola vs. LAC

46. DJ Chark @Hou

47. John Ross III vs. SF

48. Chris Conley @Hou

49. Mecole Hardman @Oak

50. Trey Quinn vs. Dal

Tight ends I Like

Vance McDonald has a nice match-up against the Seattle defense this week that allowed nine catches for 93 yards against Cincinnati last weekend. I expect a bounce back performance from McDonald.

My rank: TE8

ESPN rank: TE11

Mark Andrews went 8-108-1 last week against Miami, but is ranked quite low against Arizona this weekend, who just allowed a rookie to go for 6-131-1. I’m sure Andrews is in for another big week.

My rank: TE5

ESPN rank: TE12

Tight ends to avoid

Jared Cook managed just two grabs for 37 yards on a week where Drew Brees threw for just shy of 400 yards. I’m not sure Brees trusts the journeyman tight end quite yet.

My rank: TE11

ESPN rank: TE5

I’m not yet buying the legitimacy of T.J. Hockenson as a true TE1. Rookie TEs tent to struggle in the NFL. I may be wrong, and a big week in Week 2 against the Chargers may make me change my mind.

My rank: TE16

ESPN rank: TE14

Week 2 TE Rankings

1. Travis Kelce @Oak

2. George Kittle vs. Ind

3. Evan Engram vs. Buf

4. Zach Ertz @Atl

5. Mark Andrews vs. Ari

6. Darren Waller vs. KC

7. O.J. Howard @Car

8. Vance McDonald vs. Sea

9. Austin Hooper vs. Phi

10. Delanie Walker vs. Ind

11. Jared Cook @LAR

12. Jordan Reed vs. Dal

13. Greg Olsen vs. TB

14. David Njoku @NYJ

15. Jimmy Graham vs. Min

16. T.J. Hockenson vs. LAC

17. Jack Doyle @Ten

18. Eric Ebron @Ten

19. Tyler Eifert vs. SF

20. Virgil Green @Det

21. Trey Burton @Den

22. Jason Witten @Wsh

23. Dallas Goedert @Atl

24. Mike Gesicki vs. NE

25. Noah Fant vs. Chi

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