2017 Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings Review

by Trent Smith
2018 Fantasy Football Top 10 Safest Players

Ahh, week one of the NFL is in the books, and what a great start to the year. With that one out of the way, it’s time to move on to the Week 2 Staff Rankings. Just like with week 1, I will give all the players who need to be moved up and down. But before we take a look at that, how did I do in week one?

Too Low picks Terrance West and Jason Witten were spot on, as both outperformed their rankings. But Rob Kelley and Ted Ginn were far from hits. On the Too High side, I couldn’t have been more wrong on Mike Gillislee and Leonard Fournette. But I was right about Hunter Henry and Michael Crabtree. So to Week 2 we go…

2017 Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings Review

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Too Low

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens (RB19)

Terrance West had a great week 1. With the help of a positive game script, West totaled 80 yards and a score on 19 carries. The injury to Danny Woodhead was also a help to his volume. Coming into week 2, West and the Ravens get an even juicier matchup against the Browns.

In 2016, the Browns were one of the worst road teams in football, particularly against the run. And after seeing West’s workload in week 1 with a good game script, we should expect to see more of the same with Ravens heavily favored at home. With little competition in the backfield, a proven workload, and a sure win, West should be looking at a 20+ carry game, with the opportunity to find the end zone. Start him as a strong RB2 and a fringe RB1 in your rankings.

Rank Ahead: Christian McCaffrey, Lamar Miller, C.J. Anderson

Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings (WR33)

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Did we not watch Monday Night Football? Sam Bradford and the Vikings wide receivers put on a show in week 1 against the Saints, shredding their helpless secondary. And while the Steelers aren’t nearly as bad on that side of the ball as New Orleans, they are far from scary.

Thielen racked up 157 yards on 9 receptions, easily finishing as a WR1. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not calling for Thielen to be this good. But in a neutral matchup, even on the road, Thielen is closer to a WR2 than his ranking suggests. With some of the names ahead of him on the list, I think Thielen is slightly low here.

Rank Ahead: John Brown, Jamison Crowder, Devante Parker

Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers (WR36)

Tyrell Williams didn’t do a whole lot in week one. But that was on the road, against the Denver Broncos. In week 2, Philip Rivers number two wideout gets a much better matchup, playing at home against the Dolphins. First of all, the Chargers are going to score.

They have a strong offense, they are playing at home, and the Dolphins defense is average at best. He is guaranteed targets in a game that they will be favored in. And while Keenan Allen may have the better outlook, Williams still might finish as a WR2 this week. At worst he should be played as an upside WR3.

Rank Ahead: T.Y. Hilton, John Brown, Jamison Crowder

Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears (TE24)

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This pick is mostly about position scarcity and PPR. The Bears offense is a mess. They just lost Kevin White (again), and their best wide receiver is journeyman Kendall Wright. Chicago is playing as an underdog on the road, meaning that they should be in a positive game script for Chicago pass catchers.

Last week Miller caught 4 balls for 39 yards. But with the volatility at the tight end position in fantasy football, he should provide a decent floor this week. I would expect him to match his week one performance, and most likely surpass that as the Bears most targeted player on offense.

Rank Ahead: Julius Thomas, Jack Doyle, Evan Engram

Too High

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (WR11)

First things first, I like Fitz this week. But there is too much uncertainty and too much Carson Palmer for me to buy his WR1 ranking. Despite receiving a game high 13 targets in week 1, Fitzgerald was surprisingly inefficient. He caught only 6 balls for 74 yards. Plus, the Cardinals are now missing their best player in David Johnson, leaving the offense in shambles.

Despite playing the poor Colts defense, we are not sure how this offense will perform after losing Johnson. And Carson Palmer played so poorly in week 1, that quite frankly he scares me for the rest of the year. Even with a good matchup and guaranteed targets, there are just too many guys I trust more. I would lower Fitz just a little bit.

Rank Below: Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, Michael Crabtree

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears (RB13)

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Okay here I’m just nitpicking. I like Howard a fair amount this week. Despite the explosion of The Human Joystick (Tarik Cohen), Howard still owns that backfield and will continue to handle the bulk of the carries. However, it cannot be ignored how much of an impact Cohen is going to make. In just 1 week Cohen has established himself in this offense. He was targeted 12 times and carried the ball 5 more times.

The Bears have found something in Cohen, and their use of him is not going to regress. Howard will still receive a good workload week to week, but it won’t be GREAT like we saw in 2016. I have no real issue with Howard this week, but there are a few guys I would like to see ahead of him.

Rank Below: Dalvin Cook, C.J. Anderson

Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Giants (WR42)

Brandon Marshall as the 42nd wide receiver is too high huh? Yepp. Brandon Marshall caught one measly pass in week 1, and it was with 10 seconds left in the game. Now I could argue that the absence of Odell Beckham Jr. hurt Marshall, and I would probably be right. But I could also argue that Marshall didn’t look very good either.

The Giants offense is average as is. And Marshall may fall behind both Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard for targets. In week 2 they play Detroit, which is a fine enough matchup, but I just don’t trust Eli and the Giants offense enough for Marshall to produce. I like all three of the players immediately behind Marshall better than him this week.

Rank Behind: Cooper Kupp, Corey Davis, Jordan Matthews

John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals (WR32)

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Once again, this has to do with Carson Palmer and the Arizona offense. All of the things stated in the Larry Fitzgerald segment apply here.

As for Brown, he caught 4 balls for 32 yards in week 1. Explosive when healthy, Brown has always been a promising fantasy threat. However, he has yet to stay healthy and seemingly hasn’t reached 100% health in 2017 either. Maybe this is the week he explodes against a poor Colts defense, but I’m not willing to throw him in my lineup just yet.

Rank Behind: Adam Thielen, T.Y. Hilton, Chris Hogan, Tyrell Williams, Jarvis Landry

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