ChiCitySports Fantasy Review: Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings

No need to panic after one week…unless you are a David Johnson owner.

A brutal week for teams that held the coveted first overall pick in their drafts as the Arizona Cardinals running back is expected to miss 2-3 months with a wrist injury. Johnson’s injury wasn’t the only one that disrupted teams through the first week of play as Allen Robinson and Kevin White both hit the IR with season ending injuries, while oft-injured Danny Woodhead found himself on the trainer’s table early during Sunday’s game versus the Bengals (is anyone really surprised by that last one?).

Heading into Week 2 there are plenty of shakers and movers making their way up the weekly rankings after big debuts specifically by rookie running backs during kickoff weekend. We’ll let the rankings speak for themselves so let’s dive right into it!


Week 1 provided an interesting slate of games, followed up by an interesting group of box scores as names we are all used to hearing atop the rankings didn’t perform as expected. All of that should change come this week as Brady has a juicy matchup with a New Orleans secondary that just got butchered by Sam Bradford.

No further explanation needed.

Past the top tier, don’t bet against Big Ben at home where he is significantly better than on the road despite facing a tough Minnesota defense. Eyes will be on Stafford, Smith and Wentz to see if they can duplicate success they found last week — Wentz facing the hardest test of the three.

We said Jared Goff could be a sneaky play last week (and we were right), so now it’s time to see if Sean McVay’s new offense really is benefiting the second year Ram.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Tom Brady NE at NO
2 Aaron Rodgers GB at ATL
3 Drew Brees NO vs. NE
4 Matt Ryan ATL vs. GB
5 Derek Carr OAK vs. NYJ
6 Russell Wilson SEA vs. SF
7 Cam Newton CAR vs. BUF
8 Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. MIN
9 Jameis Winston TB vs. CHI
10 Philip Rivers LAC vs. MIA
11 Kirk Cousins WAS at LAR
12 Marcus Mariota TEN at JAC
13 Matthew Stafford DET at NYG
14 Alex Smith KC vs. PHI
15 Carson Wentz PHI at KC
16 Sam Bradford MIN at PIT
17 Carson Palmer ARI at IND
18 Tyrod Taylor BUF at CAR
19 Eli Manning NYG vs. DET
20 Dak Prescott DAL at DEN
21 Jay Cutler MIA at LAC
22 Joe Flacco BAL vs. CLE
23 Andy Dalton CIN vs. HOU
24 Trevor Siemian DEN vs. DAL
25 Jared Goff LAR vs. WAS


Running Back

As we mentioned earlier, the loss of David Johnson for 2-3 months is huge. Time will tell how the Cardinals’ backfield pans out in the weeks ahead, but Kerwynn Williams enters Week 2 in the middle of the pack.

The elites face some difficult matchups this week as all but three of the top ten face a defense in the top half of the league in stopping the run. The biggest leap in all of football comes from Kareem Hunt after he broke on to the scene following a historic debut against New England last Thursday. He was a sleeper prior to Spencer Ware’s season ending injury and with the spotlight shining, Hunt could easily be a top 5 back this year.

Tarik Cohen also makes a leap in Week 2 and gets an additional push thanks to Kevin White’s injury. Duke Johnson is also an intriguing name this week as he played 76% of snaps last week against Pittsburgh, yet only finished with two catches. Don’t expect the same output from the Cleveland Brown this week.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Le’Veon Bell PIT vs. MIN
2 Melvin Gordon LAC vs. MIA
3 LeSean McCoy BUF at CAR
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL at DEN
5 Devonta Freeman ATL vs. GB
6 Kareem Hunt KC vs. PHI
7 Leonard Fournette JAC vs. TEN
8 Marshawn Lynch OAK vs. NYJ
9 Jay Ajayi MIA at LAC
10 Ty Montgomery GB at ATL
11 Todd Gurley LAR vs. WAS
12 Jordan Howard CHI at TB
13 Dalvin Cook MIN at PIT
14 DeMarco Murray TEN at JAC
15 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs. BUF
16 C.J. Anderson DEN vs. DAL
17 Mike Gillislee NE at NO
18 Lamar Miller HOU at CIN
19 Carlos Hyde SF at SEA
20 Bilal Powell NYJ at OAK
21 Isaiah Crowell CLE at BAL
22 Terrance West BAL vs. CLE
23 Jacquizz Rodgers TB vs. CHI
24 Tarik Cohen CHI at TB
25 Mark Ingram NO vs. NE
26 Tevin Coleman ATL vs. GB
27 Ameer Abdullah DET at NYG
28 Jonathan Stewart CAR vs. BUF
29 Robert Kelley WAS at LAR
30 Kerwynn Williams ARI at IND
31 Javorius Allen BAL vs. CLE
32 LeGarrette Blount PHI at KC
33 James White NE at NO
34 Darren Sproles PHI at KC
35 Theo Riddick DET at NYG
36 Frank Gore IND vs. ARI
37 Joe Mixon CIN vs. HOU
38 Paul Perkins NYG vs. DET
39 Duke Johnson CLE at BAL
40 Chris Thompson WAS at LAR
41 Alvin Kamara NO vs. NE
42 Chris Carson SEA vs. SF
43 Matt Forte NYJ at OAK
44 Adrian Peterson NO vs. NE
45 Thomas Rawls SEA vs. SF
46 Marlon Mack IND vs. ARI
47 Giovani Bernard CIN vs. HOU
48 Andre Ellington ARI at IND
49 C.J. Prosise SEA vs. SF
50 Derrick Henry TEN at JAC


Wide Receiver

Unlike the running backs, this week’s matchups at wide receiver for the top names provide intrigue for big weeks. Antonio Brown is going to sit at #1 for me until someone puts an end to his output. I don’t see it ending soon.

Despite the favorable matchups, a couple questions remain for Week 2 including whether Julio will see a healthy amount of targets unlike Week 1, is Odell Beckham Jr.’s ankle healthy and is Tyreek Hill finally proving his worth as a top option?

Eyes will be on Deshaun Watson Thursday night to see if he can reverse DeAndre Hopkins’ deteriorating fantasy value. Looking for deep plays? Marvin Jones, Corey Davis, and Cooper Kupp should be solid DFL plays.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Antonio Brown PIT vs. MIN
2 Julio Jones ATL vs. GB
3 Jordy Nelson GB at ATL
4 Mike Evans TB vs. CHI
5 Brandin Cooks NE at NO
6 Amari Cooper OAK vs. NYJ
7 Odell Beckham Jr. NYG vs. DET
8 A.J. Green CIN vs. HOU
9 Doug Baldwin SEA vs. SF
10 Michael Thomas NO vs. NE
11 Tyreek Hill KC vs. PHI
12 Larry Fitzgerald ARI at IND
13 Michael Crabtree OAK vs. NYJ
14 Stefon Diggs MIN at PIT
15 Keenan Allen LAC vs. MIA
16 Demaryius Thomas DEN vs. DAL
17 DeAndre Hopkins HOU at CIN
18 Davante Adams GB at ATL
19 Terrelle Pryor WAS at LAR
20 Alshon Jeffery PHI at KC
21 Dez Bryant DAL at DEN
22 Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs. BUF
23 Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs. DAL
24 Jeremy Maclin BAL vs. CLE
25 Martavis Bryant PIT vs. MIN
26 Golden Tate DET at NYG
27 Sammy Watkins LAR vs. WAS
28 Devante Parker MIA at LAC
29 T.Y. Hilton IND vs. ARI
30 DeSean Jackson TB vs. CHI
31 Jarvis Landry MIA at LAC
32 Jamison Crowder WAS at LAR
33 Adam Thielen MIN at PIT
34 Randall Cobb GB at ATL
35 John Brown ARI at IND
36 Ted Ginn NO vs. NE
37 Chris Hogan NE at NO
38 Pierre Garcon SF at SEA
39 Marvin Jones DET at NYG
40 Corey Coleman CLE at BAL
41 Rishard Matthews TEN at JAC
42 Corey Davis TEN at JAC
43 Sterling Shepard NYG vs. DET
44 Cooper Kupp LAR vs. WAS
45 Mike Wallace BAL vs. CLE
46 Tyler Lockett SEA vs. SF
47 Allen Hurns JAC vs. TEN
48 Brandon Marshall NYG vs. DET
49 Jordan Matthews BUF at CAR
50 Kenny Golladay DET at NYG


Tight End

If there’s one group of elites that underperformed, it was the tight ends in Week 1. Ugly performances from each of the top 5 at the position should not rear their ugly heads again led by Gronk facing the previously mentioned bad Saints defense.

The back-end of the TE1 group heading into the TE2 tier feels somewhat “meh” this week. That being said, if Jacoby Brissett starts for Indy on Sunday, Doyle is a sneaky play. It looks like the corpse of Antonio Gates is still haunting any young tight end that inhabits the Chargers’ roster so I’m playing keep-away on Hunter Henry until further notice.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Rob Gronkowski NE at NO
2 Travis Kelce KC vs. PHI
3 Jimmy Graham SEA vs. SF
4 Greg Olsen CAR vs. BUF
5 Jordan Reed WAS at LAR
6 Zach Ertz PHI at KC
7 Delanie Walker TEN at JAC
8 Kyle Rudolph MIN at PIT
9 Martellus Bennett GB at ATL
10 Coby Fleener NO vs. NE
11 Charles Clay BUF at CAR
12 Tyler Eifert CIN vs. HOU
13 Austin Hooper ATL vs. GB
14 Eric Ebron DET at NYG
15 Jason Witten DAL at DEN
16 Hunter Henry LAC vs. MIA
17 Jack Doyle IND vs. ARI
18 Cameron Brate TB vs. CHI
19 Jared Cook OAK vs. NYJ
20 Julius Thomas MIA at LAC
21 Antonio Gates LAC vs. MIA
22 Zach Miller CHI at TB
23 Evan Engram NYG vs. DET
24 George Kittle SF at SEA
25 Jesse James PIT vs. MIN


Defense/Special Teams

Chuck Pagano playing anyone not named Scott Tolzien at quarterback for his Colts is probably an immediate upgrade at the position, but until we see such a move happen, they will continue to set their opponent up for a fantastic defensive week.

Baltimore opened a lot of eyes against what many thought was an improved Cincinnati offensive attack, and they’ll find themselves with another favorable matchup in Week 2. After throwing a dump truck full of money at defensive free agents this off-season, it may be time to take Jacksonville serious, but we’ll see what they do against Mariota and the Titans.

Rank Name Opp
1 Arizona Cardinals at IND
2 Seattle Seahawks vs. SF
3 Baltimore Ravens vs. CLE
4 Oakland Raiders vs. NYJ
5 Houston Texans at CIN
6 Carolina Panthers vs. BUF
7 Denver Broncos vs. DAL
8 Los Angeles Rams vs. WAS
9 Cincinnati Bengals vs. HOU
10 New York Giants vs. DET
11 Kansas City Chiefs vs. PHI
12 Jacksonville Jaguars vs. TEN
13 Pittsburgh Steelers vs. MIN
14 Tennessee Titans at JAC
15 Minnesota Vikings at PIT
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. CHI
17 Los Angeles Chargers vs. MIA
18 Dallas Cowboys at DEN
19 Philadelphia Eagles at KC
20 Washington Redskins at LAR
21 Detroit Lions at NYG
22 New England Patriots at NO
23 Buffalo Bills at CAR
24 Chicago Bears at TB
25 Miami Dolphins at LAC

(Rankings based off .5 PPR projections)

Stephen Johnson

Host of ChiCitySports’ The Bear Front podcast, Stephen previously spent 8 years with ESPN Radio and as a TV reporter. He is an avid fantasy sports player and is a former Fantasy Football Expert for Chicago’s 670am The Score.

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