Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings and Advice
Week one was pretty tricky in fantasy football. I definitely had some nice hits in my initial rankings, but I also had quite a few slip-ups along the way. I thought Cam Newton was going to crush the Buccaneers, but he had a very average day and their defense actually turned out to be surprisingly suffocating.
There were a number of misses, but after a week, I think we all have a better idea of what the defenses and offenses have to offer. Let’s break down the positions a little bit, and then dive into our week two fantasy player rankings.
Tom Brady was my top passer for week one and I’m staying with him. Russell Wilson made the Cardinals look good last week, but I think Brady will shred them apart. I’m not overly high on a lot of the other elite quarterbacks’ matchups, anyways. As long as his shoulder is good to go, I think Jake Locker gets better in week two. We all know Chris Johnson isn’t reliable after what we saw in week one, so Locker could be in for a lot of pass attempts.
While Mark Sanchez shined in week one, he gets the Steelers this week and I can’t roll with that. I also can’t vouch for Ben Roethlisberger in this matchup, either.
This position is generally tough to predict, but should get easier as the weaks move along and defenses start to show their true colors. As things stand, I’m shying away from any options facing the Seahawks, Steelers or 49ers. Those three run defenses have still proven to be very tough to run on. I know the Ravens’ run defense looked beatable with The Law Firm running on them in week one, but they’ll be angry – which could mean bad things for LeSean McCoy in week two.
Boy, were we all right about Julio Jones, huh? Even if he’s draped by Champ Bailey, I expect big things to continue for Jones as he takes the field on Monday night. Jordy Nelson could be huge against the Bears if Greg Jennings (groin) is out, while James Jones and Randcall Cobb will shoot up my rankings if that’s the case, as well. I think Titus Young could have a big game after being quiet in week one. Ditto for Torrey Smith.
Reggie Wayne will continue to see a ton of targets, while Austin Collie is an interesting week two sleeper if he can take the field (concussion). I’m really high on Randy Moss this week. He scored a touchdown already in week one and Detroit’s pass defense still leaves something to be desired. I’m weary of playing Mike Wallace if Darrelle Revis (concussion) is active. Kenny Britt might only play 20-25 plays, but he could be a sneaky WR2 if all goes well.
Jason Witten could be a sneaky play that few people are trusting in this week. Seattle stops the run well, so he could see some extra targets. I think the young quarterbacks will continue to rely on their tight ends. That probably means solid efforts from Kyle Rudolph, Coby Fleener and Marcedes Lewis. On the veteran side of things, Jermichael Finley and Vernon Davis could both have huge weeks. Finley seems to always perform against the Bears, while the Lions shouldn’t be able to stop Davis.
For more player analysis and all of week two’s fantasy rankings, read on: