Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Position-by-Position Breakdown

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/John Munson)

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At long last, fantasy managers can finally start basing opinions on actual 2020 NFL action. With no preseason football and limited media coverage in the offseason, projections have felt particularly uncertain. Fortunately, Week 1 gives us some actual information to work with.

This past weekend cemented some offseason rankings and threw others for a spin. While guys like Davante Adams and Christian McCaffrey scored as they were expected to, others like Aaron Rodgers and Malcolm Brown vastly outproduced their ADP.

It’s hard to base much on one week, but it’s what we have for now. Everything is subject to change as the season progresses, as the best fantasy managers will relentlessly adapt. Considering what we know of these players from Week 1 and earlier seasons, here are Week 2 positional rankings for standard leagues.

Quarterback

1. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens (at HOU)

2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (at LAC)

3. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (vs. ATL)

4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (at LV)

5. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (at MIA)

6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at DAL)

7. Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CAR)

8. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. NE)

9. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (vs. DET)

10. Kyler Murray, Washington Football Team (vs. WAS)

11. Deshaun Watson, HOU (vs. BAL)

12. Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (vs. CIN)

The top four shouldn’t be surprising here, and the fifth shouldn’t be either. Josh Allen was the QB3 in Week 1 after putting up 312 yards and two touchdowns through the air alongside 57 yards and one touchdown on the ground against the New York Jets. Now, he gets another easy matchup with a Miami Dolphins team that just let Cam Newton run them over for 75 rushing yards and two scrambles for scores.

The weirdest prediction here is likely Baker Mayfield finishing in the top 12 after he ranked as QB30 in Week 1. But Mayfield is going from playing against the Baltimore Ravens to…the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Although Cincinnati only gave up 16 points in Week 1, that was to a Los Angeles Chargers team with less firepower. Baker and Co. could begin their redemption arc in Week 2, especially if Joe Burrow’s Bengals keep things competitive.

Running Back

1. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (vs. ATL)

2. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (at LV)

3. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers (at TB)

4. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings (at IND)

5. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs (at LAC)

6. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (at CLE)

7. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (vs. JAX)

8. Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. NE)

9. Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (at NYJ)

10. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. NO)

11. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers (vs. DET)

12. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. KC)

Raheem Mostert is the best back in San Francisco. After an offseason spent trudging against consensus and proclaiming that Mostert was being undervalued by ADP, Mostert proved his claim to the 49ers’ touches. Against the Arizona Cardinals, he received 20 looks (15 carries and five targets) and turned them into 151 yards and one touchdown.

No one else on the team got over four carries or five targets. 

Now, San Francisco heads to meet the New York Jets, who should prove a much easier defense to pry open. They gave up 27 points to the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, and Mostert should be able to comfortably provide top-12 value as a running back in Week 2 if he continues to receive the lion’s share of his backfield’s workload. 

Wide Receiver

1. Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (vs. DET)

2. Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CAR)

3. DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals (vs. WAS)

4. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (vs. NYG)

5. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. KC)

6. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys (vs. ATL)

7. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (at DAL)

8. Odell Beckham Jr., Cleveland Browns (vs. CIN)

9. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (at IND)

10. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (at LAC)

11. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills (at MIA)

12. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams (at PHI)

DeAndre Hopkins was drafted in the second and third rounds of most 2020 fantasy drafts as many expected him to receive fewer targets in Arizona’s Air Raid offense than he had in Houston. But Nuk received 16 targets, caught 14 of them and ended up with 151 yards.

This week, going against a much softer secondary than the one helmed by Richard Sherman, Hopkins should get into the end zone and outpace the WR11 week he had in his first game rocking Cardinal red.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield’s connection continued to disappoint as the star receiver only caught three passes for 22 yards. But, again, that was against the Ravens. OBJ saw 10 targets and that volume should mean a lot more against Cincinnati’s secondary.

Tight End

1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs (at LAC)

2. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens (at HOU)

3. Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. LAR)

4. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (at NYJ)

5. Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams (at PHI)

6. Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. NO)

7. Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. KC)

8. Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints (at LV)

9. Noah Fant, Denver Broncos (at PIT)

10. Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons (at DAL)

11. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. LAR)

12. Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans (vs. JAX)

George Kittle sprained his knee against the Cardinals in Week 1 and no one knows what that means, outside of a preemptive questionable tag on the superstar. But you’re obviously starting him if he’s healthy, alongside the other marquee tight ends.

With the rest of the group, everything feels like a dart throw. Noah Fant and Jonnu Smith each proved on Monday evening that they play legitimate roles in their offense (each posting 6-plus targets and one touchdown), so they have high chances to push into comfortable starter territory in Week 2 and beyond. 

Kicker

1. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (at HOU)

2. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs (at LAC)

3. Wil Lutz, New Orleans Saints (at LV)

4. Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (vs. DET)

5. Greg Zuerlein, Dallas Cowboys (vs. ATL)

6. Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks (vs. NE)

7. Daniel Carlson, Las Vegas Raiders (vs. NO)

8. Jake Elliott, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. LA)

9. Zane Gonzalez, Arizona Cardinals (vs. WAS)

10. Younghoe Koo, Atlanta Falcons (at DAL)

11. Robbie Gould, San Francisco 49ers (at NYJ)

12. Joey Slye, Carolina Panthers (at TB)

Mason Crosby is rostered in just 23 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues, and that is likely to change by the start of Week 2. If the Green Bay Packers offense is as dangerous as it showed in Week 1, the veteran Crosby may have one of his position’s highest floors for fantasy.

Defense

1. San Francisco 49ers (at NYJ)

2. Buffalo Bills (at MIA)

3. Chicago Bears (vs. NYG)

4. Kansas City Chiefs (at LAC)

5. Arizona Cardinals (vs. WAS)

6. Baltimore Ravens (at HOU)

7. Seattle Seahawks (vs. NE)

8. Los Angeles Rams (at PHI)

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CAR)

10. Minnesota Vikings (at IND)

11. Green Bay Packers (vs. DET)

12. Cleveland Browns (vs. CIN)

Like Crosby and the Packers, the Arizona Cardinals showed a new side to them in Week 1. After finishing as a disappointing defense in 2019, Arizona held the NFC champion 49ers to 20 points in their season opener.

The 49ers didn’t have any true pass-catchers in the matchup, and the Washington Football team only has one: Terry McLaurin. The battle between McLaurin and Arizona’s secondary, which looked much improved in Week 1, will be hotly contested. But the Cardinal defense is likely to post a fantasy score in Week 2 that makes being rostered in just three percent of leagues look silly.

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