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2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings Review


Week 1 has come and gone. Aaron Rodgers graced football fans with yet another miracle performance against the Chicago Bears, Patrick Mahomes dazzled Kansas City fans with his cannon of an arm and James Connor made Steeler fans miss Le’Veon Bell just a little less.

Week 2 will undoubtedly have even more surprises, revealing whether big performances were flukes or indicators of better things to come. With the Week 2 weekly rankings out, let’s take a look at who could be ranked too high or too low.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings Review

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Too High

Alex Smith, QB, Washington Redskins (QB7)

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Smith is currently trending upward, but Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes (who faces a non-existent Buffalo defense this week) could easily be ahead of him this week. Last week, Indianapolis had an epic collapse in the fourth quarter, with Clayton Fejedelem’s 83-yard fumble return slamming the door shut on the Colts. Their defense performed adequately however, registering two sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery, so it may not be a walk in the park for Redskins.

Smith also isn’t playing for his job anymore, having secured a 4-year $94 million contract in the offseason. And, unlike Patrick Mahomes last season, Colt McCoy won’t have Smith looking over his shoulder as he throws another check down to Chris Thompson. Expect Smith to return to his game manager form this week.

Rank below: Kirk Cousins, Russel Wilson, Patrick Mahomes

Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (TE2)

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Facing a Tampa Bay defense torched for forty points last week, Zach Ertz will have every opportunity to lead the Eagle’s receiving corps in targets again. With five receptions for 48 yards, Ertz made the best out of what he got.

Ertz has the misfortune of an injured quarterback sidelined for at least another week. With Carson Wentz still not cleared for contact, Nick Foles will be back under center for the Eagles in Week 2.

Foles, despite his heroic playoff run last fall, has disappointed the city of Philadelphia to start the season. He failed to score against the Cleveland Browns in the third week of the preseason and failed to score against the Atlanta Falcons in the 2018 season opener. Thankfully for Foles, the Falcons’ offensive line collapsed on Thursday night, making Matt Ryan look even worse than Foles.

Another disappointing performance could be in the works for Ertz if Foles struggles again. Currently at number two, Ertz should slide beneath both Evan Engram and Kyle Rudolph in this week’s rankings.

Rank Below: Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders (WR31)

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Take a moment of silence this week for all drafters who took Amari Cooper in the fourth round this year.

With one catch for 9 yards against the Los Angeles Rams last week, Cooper crushed the hopes and dreams of those looking for Derek Carr’s top target in a theoretically pass-happy offense. At just three targets, Cooper should get more looks from Carr when the Raiders take on a less stingy Denver Broncos’ defense, but don’t expect much.

Drafters assumed with Michael Crabtree’s departure to the Baltimore Ravens that Cooper would cement his place as Carr’s primary option, however Jared Cook proved the flaw in that theory, accumulating 180 yards during Carr’s ugly three interception game.

In interviews this week, coach Jon Gruden expressed concern with Carr’s performance, commenting how Cooper was open downfield several times but not targeted by the fourth-year quarterback. Cooper may increase his numbers slightly this week, but plenty of other receivers ranked beneath him have better matchups.

Rank Below: Kenny Golladay, Marquise Goodwin, Quincy Enunwa

Note: Despite his low ranking this week, Cooper is a huge buy-low candidate. He may not end up being the WR1 that everyone hoped, but if he begins to see more targets, he could produce in the end. Take advantage of panicked Cooper owners.

Too Low

Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins (RB13)

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Currently thirteenth for Week 2, Adrian Peterson came out swinging against the doubters, totaling 96 rush yards and 70 receiving yards. Several running backs ranked above him could easily fall, as Joe Mixon has a tough matchup against Baltimore Thursday night and Kareem Hunt had a disappointing number of touches last week. Regardless, Peterson could easily be top 10 in the rankings solely due his high volume.

Seeing 28 touches in Week 1, Peterson has a healthy offensive line that will continue to create space for the veteran. Trent Williams, who only played 10 games last year, already expressed confidence in Peterson, stating “that’s the Adrian we know and love right there” after the game.

Trent had a great game himself, spreading fear within the Cardinals’ defense by dominating LB Deone Bucannon. Look for Washington to continue the resiliant rushing attack this week against the Colts.

Rank Above: Kareem Hunt, Joe Mixon

Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (RB15)

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Receiving only a 40% snap share in the season opener against Atlanta last Thursday, Jay Ajayi had owners worried until he put up two touchdowns on 15 carries. After the game, head coach Doug Perderson said that he wanted to limit Ajayi’s usage due to a lagging foot injury.

True or not, it’s clear that Pederson plans to have both Darren Sproles and Corey Clement heavily involved going forward.

This isn’t all bad news for Ajayi, who had four of his fifteen rushes come within the red zone. Ajayi was the lone bright spot for the Philadelphia offense, as quarterback Nick Foles displayed an ugly performance of 3.4 YPA.

If Pederson continues a similar game script with his franchise quarterback sidelined, Ajayi will continue to put up big numbers with touchdown opportunities, which should only increase when Carson Wentz comes back.

Rank Above: Alex Collins, Christian McCaffery

Case Keenum, QB, Denver Broncos (QB17)

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Case Keenum looked sharp against Seattle, notching 329 yards in the air with 3 touchdowns. It’s hard to overlook the 3 interceptions that came with it, but remember that Matt Stafford, who ranks above Keenum this week, had 4… against the Jets.

Keenum also has a juicy matchup against the Raiders this week, who looked lost against Jared Goff’s explosive offense.

Look for Keenum to continue to surprise owners again in Week 2 as he did all season last year. With a solid receiving duo of Emmanual Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, a big game could be in store for the veteran quarterback.


Rank Above: Matt Stafford, Tyrod Taylor

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About Ryan Turner

Ryan is a longtime fantasy football enthusiast and writer for several fantasy sports sites. A fan of playing the matchup, Ryan’s articles often focus on game scripts and how a player fits into their coach’s scheme. You can follow him on Twitter @turnercryan

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