Fantasy Football: Week 2 Standard Scoring Rankings

Welcome back for week 2 of my standard scoring weekly rankings! Week 1 was a weird week for most I think. We saw lots of top NFL talent not produce, while rookies and mid-tier guys destroyed most projections. I am not going to over-react about week 1, and I believe the top-tier guys will bounce back after a slow start. So, let’s dive in!


Week 2 Rankings Standard



Top Plays: After what I would consider a bizarre week 1, I am leaving Tom Brady at the top of my list. Brady gets to face a New Orleans defense that just let Sam Bradford look like Drew Brees. At the same time, I have Brees at number 2 for essentially the same reason. The Patriots gave up 4 touchdowns to Alex Smith, and I expect the Saints to pass the ball more after their run first game plan against the Vikings failed miserably.


Surprise, surprise: 2 players stood out to me after I was done making my rankings. With the David Johnson injury, and the fact that the Colts defense is hot garbage, I think Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are about to have an excellent game on Sunday. Look for them to throw the ball early, and often, to put them in a position to dominate the Colts, much like we saw the Rams do to them week 1. Another shocker that probably stands out to people would be Blake Bortles. I know, I know, they don’t even want Bortles to throw passes. BUT, in his last 3 games against the Titans Bortles has thrown for over 300 yards each time, while also throwing 9 touchdowns to 0 interceptions.



Watch out for: Ty Montgomery is set to have a monster game against the Falcons on Sunday. Montgomery saw over 90% of his team’s snaps in week 1, and probably would have been more if he didn’t get the wind knocked out of him briefly. The Chicago Bears were able to be very successful with their new combination of running backs against the Falcons, and I expect Montgomery to be able to have the same success. On the flip side, I do have some concern about LeSean McCoy and his new groin injury. McCoy is obviously the lead (honestly, the only) running back for the Bills, but with his high usage I am concerned if he is going into the game even remotely injured.


Don’t overreact: 4 rookies all had very good games last week, but I am still going to be cautious with where I place them in my rankings. The 3 top guys all still make my top 12, but that is probably where I will keep them until I see some consistency. Tarik Cohen, who had a great game last week, did not make my list because I feel most of his value comes in PPR formats.



On the rise: Amari Cooper should be no surprise to anyone after he got about 100 looks in the end zone last week. Unfortunately, he had a few drops that didn’t secure him a multi-touchdown game but the opportunity is there. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen are on the rise, but Diggs is the one that makes my list here. Touchdowns are king in standard scoring leagues and Diggs is off to a great start with 2 touchdowns last week against the Saints. The Vikings get to face the Steelers who let Cleveland look like a real team last week. I expect the Vikings to be able to take the same advantage of the Pittsburgh secondary.


Wait a second: A player on my list that I think may stand out to readers is DeVante Parker. This may be more instinct on my part because we didn’t get to see them play last week, but Parker seems to be a favorite of Jay Cutler. I would say Cutler has a history of having favorite wide receivers and I believe this game against the Chargers can turn into a shootout. It would not surprise me to see Parker break 100 yards and have a chance for multiple touchdowns. Odell Beckham Jr. may also surprise with how low he is on the rankings, but it sounds like he is dealing with a serious injury and I will wait and see how effective he actually is if he plays before I move him up at all.


Consistency: I didn’t move too many guys around in this position this week. To me, it seems like the top guys are pretty set on where they are, except for a few different matchup positions. A couple of guys who sneak onto the list that were not there last week though, are Jesse James and Cameron Brate. James snagged two touchdown passes last week while seeing 8 targets. This surprised me, given the amount of talent on the team. I’m curious to see if Roethlisberger continues to look his way in the end zone. Cameron Brate is a guy that I have been pulling for all off-season as his value declined with OJ Howard getting drafted. Obviously Brate didn’t get to play last week, but I believe he will continue to get the red zone looks he got last year from Winston that made him such a valuable player.

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