Our Week 2 early rankings are ready to go.
They are being dumped in one post for now.
We’ll update these Thursday before the first game of the week.
[These rankings were updated 09.17.15.]
Then on Sunday we’ll provide position-by-position analysis with individual articles.
Updated Early rankings for Week 2
Click on the tab at the bottom of the sheet to cycle through the positions. Use the arrows on the bottom right to reveal more positions.
As we talked about in the projected scores article, Drew Brees is at the top of our quarterbacks list this week. The big surprise is probably Marcus Mariota. If you’ve read our waiver wire piece you know how I feel about his prospects as an NFL quarterback.
Danny Woodhead proved last week that he’s capable of being the lead back in the San Diego committee. It also helps that he can play in any game situation because of his catching ability. This week he faces the Bengals who are one of the rushing defense to target based on 2014 Defense-adjusted Value Over Average.
Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Matt Forte all have tough matchups this week. You can’t bench them in season-long leagues, but we’ll have advice on whether we should start them in daily fantasy leagues this weekend.
These rankings will certainly change between now and Sunday. The Broncos receivers feel too high.
Cincinnati was the most effective defense against WR1s last season, so I suspect Keenan Allen will drop a few spots. Meanwhile, Tampa Bay and New Orleans, two of the least efficient pass offenses face each other. I expect WRs from those teams to climb.
Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Travis Kelce, Greg Olsen, Jason Witten — no surprises at the top here. Arizona was one of the worst defenses in the league against tight ends last season, so don’t be surprised if Martellus Bennett moves up during the Thursday or Sunday updates.