Rest of season player rankings: Week 2

Cory Bonini, @Cory_Bonini

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NOTE: These player rankings track a player's value for the remainder of the season and are intended to be used as a tool, not necessarily a definitive guide to player valuation. The scoring system is performance PPR. There is no exact science behind season-long rankings, considering all of the variables and situational uncertainties at work.

QUARTERBACKS

Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1
Aaron Rodgers
GBP 8
  2
Drew Brees
NOS 5
  3
Tom Brady
NEP 9
Tier 2
  4
Derek Carr
OAK 10
  5
Jameis Winston
TBB 11
  6
Matt Ryan
ATL 5
  7
Matthew Stafford
DET 7
  8
Cam Newton
CAR 11
  9
Russell Wilson
SEA 6
Tier 3
  10
Kirk Cousins
WAS 5
  11
Dak Prescott
DAL 6
  12
Philip Rivers
LAC 9
  13
Marcus Mariota
TEN 8
  14
Ben Roethlisberger
PIT 9
  15
Carson Wentz
PHI 10
  16
Andrew Luck
IND 11
  17
Sam Bradford
MIN 9
  18
Eli Manning
NYG 8
  19
Andy Dalton
CIN 6
  20
Alex Smith
KCC 10
  21
Jay Cutler
MIA 11
Tier 4
  22
Trevor Siemian
DEN 5
  23
Jared Goff
LAR 8
  24
Tyrod Taylor
BUF 6
  25
Joe Flacco
BAL 10
  26
Brian Hoyer
SFO 11
  27
Carson Palmer
ARI 8
Tier 5
  28
Deshaun Watson
HOU 7
  29
DeShone Kizer
CLE 9
  30
Mike Glennon
CHI 9
  31
Blake Bortles
JAC 8
  32
Josh McCown
NYJ 11
  33
Chad Henne
JAC 8
  34
Tom Savage
HOU 7

TIGHT ENDS

Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1
Rob Gronkowski
NEP 9
Tier 2
  2
Travis Kelce
KCC 10
  3
Greg Olsen
CAR 11
  4
Jordan Reed
WAS 5
  5
Jimmy Graham
SEA 6
Tier 3
  6
Zach Ertz
PHI 10
  7
Kyle Rudolph
MIN 9
  8
Delanie Walker
TEN 8
  9
Charles Clay
BUF 6
  10
Hunter Henry
LAC 9
  11
Jack Doyle
IND 11
  12
Martellus Bennett
GBP 8
  13
Eric Ebron
DET 7
  14
Jason Witten
DAL 6
  15
Austin Hooper
ATL 5
Tier 4
  16
Tyler Eifert
CIN 6
  17
Cameron Brate
TBB 11
  18
Coby Fleener
NOS 5
  19
Evan Engram
NYG 8
  20
George Kittle
SFO 11
  21
C.J. Fiedorowicz
HOU 7
  22
Jesse James
PIT 9
  23
Julius Thomas
MIA 11
  24
Antonio Gates
LAC 9
Tier 5
  25
Jared Cook
OAK 10
  26
Tyler Higbee
LAR 8
  27
Zach Miller
CHI 9
  28
David Njoku
CLE 9
  29
Dwayne Allen
NEP 9
  30
O.J. Howard
TBB 11
  31
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
NYJ 11
  32
Adam Shaheen
CHI 9
  33
Jermaine Gresham
ARI 8

RUNNING BACKS

Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1
Le'Veon Bell
PIT 9
  2
LeSean McCoy
BUF 6
  3
Ezekiel Elliott
DAL 6
Tier 2
  4
Kareem Hunt
KCC 10
  5
Devonta Freeman
ATL 5
  6
Melvin Gordon
LAC 9
  7
Jordan Howard
CHI 9
  8
Jay Ajayi
MIA 11
Tier 3
  9
DeMarco Murray
TEN 8
  10
Leonard Fournette
JAC 8
  11
Isaiah Crowell
CLE 9
  12
Dalvin Cook
MIN 9
  13
Todd Gurley
LAR 8
  14
Mike Gillislee
NEP 9
  15
Ty Montgomery
GBP 8
  16
Christian McCaffrey
CAR 11
  17
Carlos Hyde
SFO 11
  18
Mark Ingram
NOS 5
Tier 4
  19
Marshawn Lynch
OAK 10
  20
C.J. Anderson
DEN 5
  21
Lamar Miller
HOU 7
  22
Bilal Powell
NYJ 11
  23
Theo Riddick
DET 7
  24
Doug Martin
TBB 11
  25
Tevin Coleman
ATL 5
Tier 5
  26
Tarik Cohen
CHI 9
  27
Duke Johnson
CLE 9
  28
Ameer Abdullah
DET 7
  29
Rob Kelley
WAS 5
  30
Adrian Peterson
NOS 5
  31
Terrance West
BAL 10
  32
LeGarrette Blount
PHI 10
  33
Frank Gore
IND 11
  34
James White
NEP 9
  35
Jonathan Stewart
CAR 11
  36
Kerwynn Williams
ARI 8
  37
Darren Sproles
PHI 10
  38
Joe Mixon
CIN 6
Tier 6
  39
Paul Perkins
NYG 8
  40
Charles Sims
TBB 11
  41
Danny Woodhead
BAL 10
  42
Giovani Bernard
CIN 6
  43
Marlon Mack
IND 11
  44
Derrick Henry
TEN 8
  45
Chris Thompson
WAS 5
  46
Jamaal Charles
DEN 5
  47
Javorius Allen
BAL 10
  48
Jeremy Hill
CIN 6
  49
Thomas Rawls
SEA 6
Tier 7
  50
Jalen Richard
OAK 10
  51
Matt Forte
NYJ 11
  52
Jamaal Williams
GBP 8
  53
Andre Ellington
ARI 8
  54
Mike Tolbert
BUF 6
  55
Shane Vereen
NYG 8
  56
Alvin Kamara
NOS 5
  57
Jacquizz Rodgers
TBB 11
  58
Charcandrick West
KCC 10
  59
C.J. Prosise
SEA 6
  60
Matt Breida
SFO 11
  61
Latavius Murray
MIN 9
  62
Samaje Perine
WAS 5
Tier 8
  63
Rex Burkhead
NEP 9
  64
Chris Carson
SEA 6
  65
D'Onta Foreman
HOU 7
  66
Malcolm Brown
LAR 8
  67
Wendell Smallwood
PHI 10
  68
DeAndre Washington
OAK 10
  69
David Johnson
ARI 8

WIDE RECEIVERS

Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1
Antonio Brown
PIT 9
Tier 2
  2
Julio Jones
ATL 5
  3
Odell Beckham
NYG 8
  4
Jordy Nelson
GBP 8
Tier 3
  5
Michael Thomas
NOS 5
  6
Mike Evans
TBB 11
  7
Amari Cooper
OAK 10
  8
Dez Bryant
DAL 6
  9
A.J. Green
CIN 6
  10
Brandin Cooks
NEP 9
  11
DeAndre Hopkins
HOU 7
  12
Golden Tate
DET 7
  13
Doug Baldwin
SEA 6
  14
Demaryius Thomas
DEN 5
Tier 4
  15
Davante Adams
GBP 8
  16
Stefon Diggs
MIN 9
  17
Michael Crabtree
OAK 10
  18
T.Y. Hilton
IND 11
  19
Kelvin Benjamin
CAR 11
  20
Jamison Crowder
WAS 5
  21
Tyreek Hill
KCC 10
  22
Keenan Allen
LAC 9
  23
DeVante Parker
MIA 11
Tier 5
  24
Jarvis Landry
MIA 11
  25
Larry Fitzgerald
ARI 8
  26
Terrelle Pryor
WAS 5
  27
Cooper Kupp
LAR 8
  28
Rishard Matthews
TEN 8
  29
Jeremy Maclin
BAL 10
  30
Alshon Jeffery
PHI 10
  31
Martavis Bryant
PIT 9
  32
Corey Coleman
CLE 9
  33
Emmanuel Sanders
DEN 5
  34
Pierre Garcon
SFO 11
  35
Brandon Marshall
NYG 8
Tier 6
  36
Donte Moncrief
IND 11
  37
Mike Wallace
BAL 10
  38
Adam Thielen
MIN 9
  39
Nelson Agholor
PHI 10
  40
Sammy Watkins
LAR 8
  41
Allen Hurns
JAC 8
  42
John Brown
ARI 8
  43
DeSean Jackson
TBB 11
  44
Willie Snead
NOS 5
  45
Marvin Jones
DET 7
  46
Chris Hogan
NEP 9
Tier 7
  47
Corey Davis
TEN 8
  48
Danny Amendola
NEP 9
  49
Kendall Wright
CHI 9
  50
Kenny Golladay
DET 7
  51
Eric Decker
TEN 8
  52
Cole Beasley
DAL 6
  53
Jordan Matthews
BUF 6
  54
Randall Cobb
GBP 8
  55
Zay Jones
BUF 6
  56
Ted Ginn Jr.
NOS 5
  57
Tyrell Williams
LAC 9
  58
Jermaine Kearse
NYJ 11
Tier 8
  59
Marqise Lee
JAC 8
  60
Robby Anderson
NYJ 11
  61
Terrance Williams
DAL 6
  62
Mohamed Sanu
ATL 5
  63
Sterling Shepard
NYG 8
  64
Adam Humphries
TBB 11
  65
Paul Richardson
SEA 6
  66
Taylor Gabriel
ATL 5
  67
Josh Doctson
WAS 5
  68
Seth Roberts
OAK 10
  69
Tyler Lockett
SEA 6
  70
Kenny Britt
CLE 9
  71
Robert Woods
LAR 8
  72
Russell Shepard
CAR 11
Tier 9
  73
Brandon LaFell
CIN 6
  74
J.J. Nelson
ARI 8
  75
Breshad Perriman
BAL 10
  76
Marquise Goodwin
SFO 11
  77
Chris Conley
KCC 10
  78
Travis Benjamin
LAC 9
  79
Will Fuller
HOU 7
  80
Cordarrelle Patterson
OAK 10
  81
Andre Holmes
BUF 6
  82
Torrey Smith
PHI 10
  83
Markus Wheaton
CHI 9
  84
Mike Williams
LAC 9
  85
Phillip Dorsett
NEP 9

General notes

There won't be a lot of analysis this week. The general movers and shakers are universally known by now, so some thoughts on specific player performances will instead be shared.

Quarterbacks

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: I wrote in the preseason he was somewhere between overvalued and a bust. We saw the rusty play in Week 1, and the offense is still trying to figure out its identity to a degree.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: Despite a plethora of weapons, the offensive line is and will remain a problem for the foreseeable future.

Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals: He looks washed up. No David Johnson will only make life harder on the 75-year-old quarterback. Find a better backup plan.

Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams: There is enough upside with Sean McVay calling plays to consider Goff as a replacement for QBs like Dalton, Palmer, Tyrod Taylor and Blake Bortles.

Running backs

Arizona Cardinals backfield: Look for a Chris Johnson signing at some point. D.J. Foster was signed off New England's practice squad. For now, Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington will be the 1-1.25 open-handed slap to replace David Johnson. Williams is better in PPR than Chris Johnson, and Ellington is better than both of them in this format.

Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs: This ranking is not an overreaction. He was among my offseason sleepers before Spencer Ware went down. Hunt is for real.

Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears: Since this offense has officially no one to catch passes among its wideouts, Cohen should see 12-15 utilizations per week. "The Human Joystick," as he's nicknamed, will be a regular factor in this passing game. And something tells me Dante Hall will take exception to that moniker.

Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals: I won't say, "I told you so!" after one game, so check back around Week 9.

Eddie Lacy, Seattle Seahawks: This offensive line is sooooo bad. It's time to put a fork in the idea of a resurgent Eddie Lacy -- something the 2015 Lacy may have actually attempted.

Wide receivers

T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts: With Andrew Luck expected to miss several more weeks, Hilton's stock takes a tumble. He could bounce back if Luck's timetable is adjusted, although Luck not practicing at all this year will be a hindrance. Moncrief's value comes from his touchdown prowess, which figures to be squashed without No. 12 tossing his way.

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles: The third-year wideout was among my top sleepers for 2017, and he started off hot. Broken coverage on a drawn-out escape from Carson Wentz led to a long touchdown, but Agholor remained involved throughout the afternoon. Expect more of the same with Torrey Smith looking like a total non-factor.

Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars: The unfortunate loss of Allen Robinson (knee) makes Hurns relevant again in fantasy, but not without warranted skepticism on the part of gamers. Dede Westbrook went to IR, and Marqise Lee is rather fragile in his own right. Look for the Jags to sign someone, run the ball more, try to get tight ends involved, and largely stink at generating fantasy assets not named Leonard Fournette.

Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions: Detroit was in comeback mode -- a familiar sight for Matthew Stafford owners. This could happen any given week, of course, making Golladay a viable fantasy play. His primary value comes in the red zone, which helps increase your odds a hint. To his credit, he was targeted seven times in total, plus a failed two-point conversion, and only one was inside of Arizona's 20. Golladay has the makings of being an elite rookie for fantasy, yet his ranking will remain fairly conservative before seeing some consistency. His involvement and production versus the New York Giants in Week 2 will speak volumes of what should be to come.

Tight ends

Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills: Look for the unappreciated veteran to carve out a nice role for fantasy gamers. Buffalo sorely lacks weaponry in the passing game, and Tyrod Taylor displayed a late-season connection with Clay in 2016.

Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons: One monster play put Hooper on the fantasy map in Week 1, so pursue cautiously if you're looking to invest.

George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers: Kittle caught five of his six targets, albeit for just 27 yards, in the opener. He should be a regular factor in this offense, one lacking receiving threats.


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