Rest of season rankings: Week 2

Rest of season rankings: Week 2

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Rest of season rankings: Week 2

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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. Defensive teams have been added but will not have analysis.

QUARTERBACKS

Rk
Mv
Player
Team
Bye
1
Patrick Mahomes
KC
12
2
Deshaun Watson
HOU
10
3
Aaron Rodgers
GB
11
4
Baker Mayfield
CLE
7
5
Matt Ryan
ATL
9
6
Cam Newton
CAR
7
7
Jared Goff
LAR
9
8
Carson Wentz
PHI
10
9
Drew Brees
NO
9
10
Up13
Lamar Jackson
BAL
8
11
B. Roethlisberger
PIT
7
12
Up15
Dak Prescott
DAL
8
13
Russell Wilson
SEA
11
14
Up18
Tom Brady
NE
10
15
Philip Rivers
LAC
12
16
Down12
Jameis Winston
TB
7
17
Kyler Murray
ARI
12
18
Down16
Kirk Cousins
MIN
12
19
M. Trubisky
CHI
6
20
Derek Carr
OAK
6
21
Up24
Andy Dalton
CIN
9
22
M. Stafford
DET
5
23
Sam Darnold
NYJ
4
24
Josh Allen
BUF
6
25
Jimmy Garoppolo
SF
4
26
Jacoby Brissett
IND
6
27
Joe Flacco
DEN
10
28
Eli Manning
NYG
11
29
Marcus Mariota
TEN
11
30
Dwayne Haskins
WAS
10
31
R. Fitzpatrick
MIA
5
32
Case Keenum
WAS
10
33
NR
Gardner Minshew
JAC
10
34
Daniel Jones
NYG
11
35
Josh Rosen
MIA
5
36
Down26
Nick Foles
JAC
10
37
Ryan Tannehill
TEN
11

QUARTERBACK MOVEMENT

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Overreacting to Week 1 performances is a time-honored tradition, but it’s hard not to get excited about the game Jackson played yesterday. He was accurate, decisive and produced huge numbers without running the ball. Yes, it was against the Dolphins, but they have some quality CBs and coverage wasn’t as bad as you might expect. He was already a fringe QB1 thanks to his rushing ability. After watching him drop dimes Sunday, I’m moving him into the top 10.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Like Jackson, Prescott torched a bottom feeder in Week 1. Unlike the Dolphins, however, the Giants looked lost in the secondary and their complete lack of pressure made things way too easy for Prescott. Add to that a smaller dose of Ezekiel Elliott than we’ll get most weeks and it created ideal conditions for Prescott to shine. Still, I liked what I saw enough to move him up a bit.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

On the other end of the spectrum, Mayfield and the much-hyped Browns offense authored a stinker in a blowout loss to the Titans. You can’t pin it all on Mayfield, who got beat up behind a shaky line that had its left tackle ejected and piled up the penalties. There’s too much talent here to overreact to one bad game, which is the same approach I’m taking with other high-profile QBs — Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Jared Goff, Cam Newton — that struggled in Week 1. Better days are ahead.

Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

I deliberated a lot over Murray, who looked pretty bad for three quarters before lighting up the Lions in the fourth and overtime. It felt like the Lions took their foot off the gas and/or wore down as players are wont to do after playing sparingly for the past eight months. Week 2 presents a much tougher test on the road at Baltimore, so I’m keeping Murray where he is for the time being.

Others of note

Jameis Winston is the kind of player that may well finish the year with QB1 numbers, but throwing three INTs in the opener underscores how stressful it can be to stick him in your lineup … Tom Brady looked great, and they added Antonio Brown so up TB12 goes. Knock on wood if you’re with me … What you saw in Minnesota yesterday is exactly how Mike Zimmer wants to win football games: run and play tough defense. I’m mildly concerned what this means for Kirk Cousins and the passing game … You have my curiosity, Gardner Minshew.

RUNNING BACKS

Rk
Mv
Player
Team
Bye
1
C. McCaffrey
CAR
7
2
Saquon Barkley
NYG
11
3
Ezekiel Elliott
DAL
8
4
Alvin Kamara
NO
9
5
David Johnson
ARI
12
6
Joe Mixon
CIN
9
7
Up10
Dalvin Cook
MIN
12
8
James Conner
PIT
7
9
Todd Gurley II
LAR
9
10
Le’Veon Bell
NYJ
4
11
Up13
Josh Jacobs
OAK
6
12
Nick Chubb
CLE
7
13
Devonta Freeman
ATL
9
14
Aaron Jones
GB
11
15
Chris Carson
SEA
11
16
Down12
Kerryon Johnson
DET
5
17
Derrick Henry
TEN
11
18
Down13
L. Fournette
JAC
10
19
Sony Michel
NE
10
20
M. Gordon III
LAC
12
21
Duke Johnson
HOU
10
22
D. Montgomery
CHI
6
23
James White
NE
10
24
Mark Ingram II
BAL
8
25
Up31
Austin Ekeler
LAC
12
26
Derrius Guice
WAS
10
27
Marlon Mack
IND
6
28
Phillip Lindsay
DEN
10
29
Damien Williams
KC
12
30
D. Singletary
BUF
6
31
Tarik Cohen
CHI
6
32
Miles Sanders
PHI
10
33
Up38
Matt Breida
SF
4
34
Jordan Howard
PHI
10
35
Latavius Murray
NO
9
36
LeSean McCoy
KC
12
37
Down33
Tevin Coleman
SF
4
38
Royce Freeman
DEN
10
39
Down30
Kenyan Drake
MIA
5
40
Rashaad Penny
SEA
11
41
Up53
Malcolm Brown
LAR
9
42
Kareem Hunt
CLE
7
43
Down41
Peyton Barber
TB
7
44
Up50
Ronald Jones II
TB
7
45
Kalen Ballage
MIA
5
46
Jaylen Samuels
PIT
7
47
Justice Hill
BAL
8
48
Tony Pollard
DAL
8
49
A. Mattison
MIN
12
50
Up63
Carlos Hyde
HOU
10
51
Justin Jackson
LAC
12
52
Darwin Thompson
KC
12
53
Frank Gore
BUF
6
54
Dion Lewis
TEN
11
55
Down42
D. Henderson
LAR
9
56
Nyheim Hines
IND
6
57
Jalen Richard
OAK
6
58
Jamaal Williams
GB
11
59
Chris Thompson
WAS
10
60
Darren Sproles
PHI
10
61
C.J. Anderson
DET
5
62
NR
Raheem Mostert
SF
4
63
Damien Harris
NE
10
64
Ty Montgomery
NYJ
4
65
Giovani Bernard
CIN
9
66
Adrian Peterson
WAS
10
67
R. Armstead
JAC
10
68
T.J. Yeldon
BUF
6
69
Chase Edmonds
ARI
12
70
Ito Smith
ATL
9
71
Mike Davis
CHI
6
72
Wayne Gallman
NYG
11
73
Jordan Scarlett
CAR
7

RUNNING BACK MOVEMENT

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings

Cook accounted for 120 of Minnesota’s 270 yards in Week 1 and tallied half of their four TDs. It was an excellent performance for a back that has flashed his talent but dealt with significant injuries during his first two seasons. He looks poised to be the focal point of the Vikings offense and is eying up a spot in my top five if he can stay healthy.

Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams

Gurley’s health was arguably the biggest fantasy story of the offseason and after one game there isn’t a lot of clarity. He was a non-factor in the passing game and carried 14 times. That’s just three more than Malcolm Brown, who scored both of the team’s rushing TDs and is ahead of Darrell Henderson on the depth chart. As such, I’m essentially swapping Brown and Henderson, but don’t be too quick to cut bait on the rookie.

Philadelphia Eagles

It was textbook running back by committee time in Philly on Sunday with Miles Sanders (12 touches), Darren Sproles (12) and Jordan Howard (eight) splitting time. While Sproles and Howard did more with their opportunities, I’m not inclined to start moving guys around just yet-and don’t forget that Sanders had a 21-yard touchdown run wiped out on a penalty.

Tevin Coleman, San Francisco 49ers

A high-ankle sprain will keep Coleman sidelined for a bit, though he’s not headed to IR. Minus Coleman, Matt Breida gets a bump and Raheem Mostert becomes an interesting short-term waiver option. Keep in mind that the 49ers have a bye in Week 4, which will help minimize the amount of actual game action that Coleman will miss.

Others of note

I didn’t like the split between Kerryon Johnson and C.J. Anderson, which smacked of last year’s ill-fated idea to waste precious touches on LeGarrette Blount … Another thing I didn’t like was the Miami running game. It was brutal, and it makes me wonder if Kenyan Drake or Kalen Ballage can be more than FLEX plays most weeks this year … Despite a putrid rookie season, Ronald Jones has more pure talent than Peyton Barber. Jones got more touches and was more productive than Barber in Week 1. I’ll be watching Thursday night to see if a trend is developing … Melvin Gordon: If the “miss six to eight weeks” chatter is accurate, and he plays, say, nine or 10 games, top-20 placement is reasonable. If he returns when he has to for Week 10, with LA’s Week 12 bye, we’re looking at a max of seven games. Since fantasy typically runs through Week 16, it’s basically six. Give it another week for more clarity. … Derrius Guice will be updated once we know more about his prognosis. It is said he may miss only a couple of games. He’ll go down a few spots, while Adrian Peterson will ascend.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Rk
Mv
Player
Team
Bye
1
DeAndre Hopkins
HOU
10
2
Davante Adams
GB
11
3
Julio Jones
ATL
9
4
Michael Thomas
NO
9
5
J. Smith-Schuster
PIT
7
6
O. Beckham Jr.
CLE
7
7
Mike Evans
TB
7
8
Adam Thielen
MIN
12
9
Antonio Brown
NE
6
10
Brandin Cooks
LAR
9
11
Keenan Allen
LAC
12
12
Down7
Tyreek Hill
KC
12
13
Robert Woods
LAR
9
14
Amari Cooper
DAL
8
15
Kenny Golladay
DET
5
16
Cooper Kupp
LAR
9
17
Tyler Lockett
SEA
11
18
Stefon Diggs
MIN
12
19
Chris Godwin
TB
7
20
Julian Edelman
NE
10
21
Robby Anderson
NYJ
4
22
DJ Moore
CAR
7
23
Tyler Boyd
CIN
9
24
A. Robinson II
CHI
6
25
T.Y. Hilton
IND
6
26
Mike Williams
LAC
12
27
Up34
Tyrell Williams
OAK
6
28
Calvin Ridley
ATL
9
29
Up38
Sammy Watkins
KC
12
30
S. Shepard
NYG
11
31
A.J. Green
CIN
9
32
Up41
L. Fitzgerald
ARI
12
33
Dede Westbrook
JAC
10
34
Jarvis Landry
CLE
7
35
Down35
Corey Davis
TEN
11
36
Josh Gordon
NE
10
37
E. Sanders
DEN
10
38
Up67
Marquise Brown
BAL
8
39
Will Fuller V
HOU
10
40
Alshon Jeffery
PHI
10
41
Curtis Samuel
CAR
7
42
M. Valdes-Scantling
GB
11
43
Up48
DeSean Jackson
PHI
10
44
Donte Moncrief
PIT
7
45
C. Sutton
DEN
10
46
Up53
Michael Gallup
DAL
8
47
Christian Kirk
ARI
12
48
Jamison Crowder
NYJ
4
49
Dante Pettis
SF
4
50
John Brown
BUF
6
51
Kenny Stills
HOU
10
52
M. Jones Jr.
DET
5
53
J. Washington
PIT
7
54
Anthony Miller
CHI
6
55
Down49
G. Allison
GB
11
56
Tre’quan Smith
NO
9
57
Up60
DJ Chark Jr.
JAC
10
58
Golden Tate
NYG
11
59
Trey Quinn
WAS
10
60
DeVante Parker
MIA
5
61
DK Metcalf
SEA
11
62
Randall Cobb
DAL
8
63
Up71
Chris Conley
JAC
10
64
Mohamed Sanu
ATL
9
65
Rashard Higgins
CLE
7
66
P. Richardson Jr.
WAS
10
67
Up80
Terry McLaurin
WAS
10
68
Danny Amendola
DET
5
69
Up76
KeeSean Johnson
ARI
12
70
Deebo Samuel
SF
4
71
Keke Coutee
HOU
10
72
Adam Humphries
TEN
11
73
Hunter Renfrow
OAK
6
74
Up91
John Ross
CIN
9
75
Willie Snead IV
BAL
8
76
Up90
P. Dorsett II
NE
10
77
Zay Jones
BUF
6
78
Up89
A.J. Brown
TEN
11
79
Albert Wilson
MIA
5
80
Robert Foster
BUF
6
81
Ted Ginn Jr.
NO
9
82
M. Goodwin
SF
4
83
Miles Boykin
BAL
8
84
Mecole Hardman
KC
12
85
B. Perriman
TB
7
86
D. Hamilton
DEN
10
87
Quincy Enunwa
NYJ
4
88
P. Williams
MIA
5
89
Taylor Gabriel
CHI
6
90
Chad Beebe
MIN
12
91
Nelson Agholor
PHI
10
92
Andy Isabella
ARI
12
93
Jalen Hurd
SF
4
94
D. Thomas
NE
10
95
Down74
Devin Funchess
IND
6

WIDE RECEIVER MOVEMENT

Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs

Hill suffered a collarbone injury in Week 1, but word is he won’t need surgery and won’t be placed on IR, which means he might only miss a few games. Until there’s more clarity about the duration of the injury I’m moving Hill down a few slots and bringing up Sammy Watkins, who embarrassed the Jacksonville secondary to the tune of 198 yards and three TDs. The talent has always been there. If Watkins can stay healthy he could pay huge dividends in that offense.

Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens

Despite maintaining a healthy skepticism of rookie receivers, I’m moving Brown way up in the rankings after his 147-yard, two-touchdown debut. Why? For starters, I had him pretty low after an offseason spent recovering from Lisfranc surgery. I needed to see something, and I saw it. Second, there are no established top-tier receivers in Baltimore. Lastly, speed kills, and Brown is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. I expect some peaks and valleys, but there’s no way Brown shouldn’t be owned in all formats now.

Arizona Cardinals

Murray threw 54 passes on Sunday, 35 of which went to the trio of Larry Fitzgerald (13), Christian Kirk (12) and KeeSean Johnson (10). I certainly anticipated Fitzgerald being a frequent target for the rookie, but it was eye opening to see Fitzgerald working downfield — he had two 40-plus yard grabs in Week 1 after having zero over the past three seasons combined. As a result, I have to move the ageless one up the rankings.

Others of note

It was a slow day for Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, but I’m not doing any tweaking just yet … Devin Funchess was already a fringe contributor, and now that he’s out until at least Week 10 with a broken clavicle I’m dropping him to the bottom of the rankings … DeSean Jackson has always been feast or famine from one week to the next, so even though I’m moving him up a little he’s still a risky play … While that was a great showing from John Ross, I’m not inclined to move him to must-own status; one game doesn’t wash away two seasons of being almost invisible … That sentiment applies to Philip Dorsett as well … I’m keeping an eye on the Robby Anderson/Jamison Crowder dynamic … Terry McLaurin had a great debut, and as with Brown there are no alpha dogs in DC to keep him down. I don’t like the QB situation, however, despite a strong Week 1 from Case Keenum.

TIGHT ENDS

Rk
Mv
Player
Team
1
Travis Kelce
KC
2
Zach Ertz
PHI
3
Evan Engram
NYG
4
George Kittle
SF
5
O.J. Howard
TB
6
Hunter Henry
LAC
7
Austin Hooper
ATL
8
Jared Cook
NO
9
Darren Waller
OAK
10
Up16
T.J. Hockenson
DET
11
Vance McDonald
PIT
12
Mark Andrews
BAL
13
Up12
Delanie Walker
TEN
14
Jimmy Graham
GB
15
Eric Ebron
IND
16
David Njoku
CLE
17
Trey Burton
CHI
18
Kyle Rudolph
MIN
19
Jack Doyle
IND
20
Jordan Reed
WAS
21
Greg Olsen
CAR
22
Mike Gesicki
MIA
23
Dallas Goedert
PHI
24
Chris Herndon
NYJ
25
Noah Fant
DEN
26
Tyler Eifert
CIN
27
Cameron Brate
TB
28
Gerald Everett
LAR
29
Matt LaCosse
NE
30
Jonnu Smith
TEN
31
Jason Witten
DAL
32
Tyler Higbee
LAR
33
Nick Vannett
SEA
34
C.J. Uzomah
CIN
35
Vernon Davis
WAS
36
Hayden Hurst
BAL

TIGHT END MOVEMENT

T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions

Rookie tight ends are supposed to struggle with the transition to the NFL. Don’t tell Hockenson that. The Iowa product looked excellent and was a primary part of Detroit’s passing attack, finishing tied for second with nine targets and turning it into a 6-131-1 line. Even with the unavoidable bumps in the road, I’m in on Hockenson being a legitimate TE1 this season.

Others of note

If you were ready to throw dirt on Jimmy Graham (3-30-1) or Delanie Walker (5-55-2), it’s time to rethink that. Walker looked spry and was heavily involved for the Titans, while Green Bay picked their spots with Graham rather than playing him every down to get abused as a blocker … That was not an inspiring Week 1 showing from Eric Ebron, which included failing to hold onto a touchdown pass.

DEFENSE

Rk
Mv
Team
Team
Bye
1
Bears
1
CHI
6
2
Rams
2
LAR
9
3
Ravens
3
BAL
8
4
Patriots
4
NE
10
5
Up8
Vikings
8
MIN
12
6
Chargers
5
LAC
12
7
Cowboys
9
DAL
8
8
Texans
10
HOU
10
9
Down7
Jaguars
7
JAC
10
10
Eagles
11
PHI
10
11
Down6
Broncos
6
DEN
10
12
Seahawks
12
SEA
11
13
Saints
13
NO
9
14
Up18
Packers
18
GB
11
15
Chiefs
15
KC
12
16
Browns
16
CLE
7
17
49ers
17
SF
4
18
Up21
Titans
21
TEN
11
19
Down14
Redskins
14
WAS
10
20
Jets
19
NYJ
4
21
Up32
Panthers
32
CAR
6
22
Colts
20
IND
6
23
Up31
Raiders
31
OAK
11
24
Falcons
23
ATL
5
25
Lions
24
DET
9
26
Cardinals
25
ARI
5
27
Bengals
26
CIN
12
28
Bills
27
BUF
9
29
Steelers
28
PIT
6
30
Buccaneers
29
TB
7
31
Giants
30
NYG
7
32
Down22
Dolphins
22
MIA
7

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