Funston’s Fantasy Football Rankings: 2017 Week 2

Fantasy football expert Brandon Funston provides his weekly insight and rankings of the best plays to help you win big.

Week 2 of the 2017 NFL season features some major shakeups as Arizona’s David Johnson, the No. 1 overall pick in most drafts, is out 2-3 months with a wrist injury.

Quarterbacks

In fantasy, it’s always a good idea to follow the point spreads. The two highest projected scoring games of Week 2 are the New England/New Orleans matchup and a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game between Green Bay and Atlanta. Topping this week’s fantasy QB rankings are the four signal callers that will be facing off in these two games, with the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers taking top honors.

Name Team Opp
Aaron Rodgers GB @ ATL
Drew Brees NO vs NE
Tom Brady NE @ NO
Matt Ryan ATL vs GB
Russell Wilson SEA vs SF
Derek Carr OAK vs NYJ
Philip Rivers LAC vs MIA
Jameis Winston TB vs CHI
Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs MIN
Marcus Mariota TEN @ JAC
Kirk Cousins WAS @ LAR
Carson Palmer ARI @ IND
Cam Newton CAR vs BUF
Sam Bradford MIN @ PIT
Joe Flacco BAL vs CLE
Matthew Stafford DET @ NYG
Jay Cutler MIA @ LAC
Carson Wentz PHI @ KC
Eli Manning NYG vs DET
Alex Smith KC vs PHI
Blake Bortles JAC vs TEN
Andy Dalton CIN vs HOU
Dak Prescott DAL @ DEN
Tyrod Taylor BUF @ CAR
Jared Goff LAR vs WAS
DeShone Kizer CLE @ BAL
Trevor Siemian DEN vs DAL
Deshaun Watson HOU @ CIN
Jacoby Brissett IND vs ARI
Mike Glennon CHI @ TB
Brian Hoyer SF @ SEA
Josh McCown NYJ @ OAK

Running Backs

Le’Veon Bell’s season got off to a rough start in Cleveland, where he totaled just 47 yards and failed to find the end zone against the Browns. Bell gets his first taste of home cooking this week, which should help him get back on the right track in fantasy this week, even against a stout Minnesota defense. Bell scored at least 14 fantasy points in every home game last season.

Le’Veon Bell PIT vs MIN
Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ DEN
Devonta Freeman ATL vs GB
Melvin Gordon LAC vs MIA
Ty Montgomery GB @ ATL
Jay Ajayi MIA @ LAC
Leonard Fournette JAC vs TEN
LeSean McCoy BUF @ CAR
Marshawn Lynch OAK vs NYJ
Jordan Howard CHI @ TB
Kareem Hunt KC vs PHI
DeMarco Murray TEN @ JAC
Dalvin Cook MIN @ PIT
C.J. Anderson DEN vs DAL
Todd Gurley LAR vs WAS
Carlos Hyde SF @ SEA
Terrance West BAL vs CLE
Lamar Miller HOU @ CIN
Mike Gillislee NE @ NO
Isaiah Crowell CLE @ BAL
Mark Ingram NO vs NE
Christian McCaffrey CAR vs BUF
Jonathan Stewart CAR vs BUF
Jacquizz Rodgers TB vs CHI
James White NE @ NO
Thomas Rawls SEA vs SF
LeGarrette Blount PHI @ KC
Robert Kelley WAS @ LAR
Tevin Coleman ATL vs GB
Bilal Powell NYJ @ OAK
Ameer Abdullah DET @ NYG
Frank Gore IND vs ARI
Tarik Cohen CHI @ TB
Adrian Peterson NO vs NE
Paul Perkins NYG vs DET
Theo Riddick DET @ NYG
Matt Forte NYJ @ OAK
Duke Johnson CLE @ BAL
Javorius Allen BAL vs CLE
Joe Mixon CIN vs HOU
Derrick Henry TEN @ JAC
Andre Ellington ARI @ IND
Darren Sproles PHI @ KC
Giovani Bernard CIN vs HOU
Chris Carson SEA vs SF
Jamaal Charles DEN vs DAL
Shane Vereen NYG vs DET
C.J. Prosise SEA vs SF
Kerwynn Williams ARI @ IND
Rex Burkhead NE @ NO
Mike Tolbert BUF @ CAR
Alvin Kamara NO vs NE
Jeremy Hill CIN vs HOU
Eddie Lacy SEA vs SF
Chris Thompson WAS @ LAR
Jerick McKinnon MIN @ PIT
DeAndre Washington OAK vs NYJ
D’Onta Foreman HOU @ CIN
Charles Sims TB vs CHI
Marlon Mack IND vs ARI

Wide Receivers

Atlanta’s Julio Jones opened 2017 with modest numbers at Chicago (four catches, 66 yards), but look for him to find the next level of production this week at home against Green Bay. The last time the Packers came to town was for last season’s NFC Championship game, when Jones carved up the Green Bay secondary for nine catches, 180 yards and two scores. He tops this week’s fantasy WR rankings.

Name Team Opp
Julio Jones ATL vs GB
Mike Evans TB vs CHI
Jordy Nelson GB @ ATL
Brandin Cooks NE @ NO
Antonio Brown PIT vs MIN
Michael Thomas NO vs NE
Odell Beckham Jr. NYG vs DET
Larry Fitzgerald ARI @ IND
Amari Cooper OAK vs NYJ
Doug Baldwin SEA vs SF
A.J. Green CIN vs HOU
Tyreek Hill KC vs PHI
Keenan Allen LAC vs MIA
Alshon Jeffery PHI @ KC
DeAndre Hopkins HOU @ CIN
Stefon Diggs MIN @ PIT
Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs BUF
Michael Crabtree OAK vs NYJ
Terrelle Pryor WAS @ LAR
Dez Bryant DAL @ DEN
Demaryius Thomas DEN vs DAL
Tyrell Williams LAC vs MIA
Davante Adams GB @ ATL
DeVante Parker MIA @ LAC
Jeremy Maclin BAL vs CLE
Adam Thielen MIN @ PIT
Randall Cobb GB @ ATL
DeSean Jackson TB vs CHI
Golden Tate DET @ NYG
T.Y. Hilton IND vs ARI
Martavis Bryant PIT vs MIN
Emmanuel Sanders DEN vs DAL
John Brown ARI @ IND
Jamison Crowder WAS @ LAR
Cooper Kupp LAR vs WAS
Sammy Watkins LAR vs WAS
Jarvis Landry MIA @ LAC
Pierre Garcon SF @ SEA
Mike Wallace BAL vs CLE
Brandon Marshall NYG vs DET
Donte Moncrief IND vs ARI
Chris Hogan NE @ NO
Ted Ginn NO vs NE
Marvin Jones DET @ NYG
Kenny Golladay DET @ NYG
Corey Davis TEN @ JAC
Eric Decker TEN @ JAC
Allen Hurns JAC vs TEN
Rishard Matthews TEN @ JAC
Corey Coleman CLE @ BAL
Kenny Britt CLE @ BAL
Paul Richardson SEA vs SF
Sterling Shepard NYG vs DET
Jermaine Kearse NYJ @ OAK
Cole Beasley DAL @ DEN
Kenny Stills MIA @ LAC
Nelson Agholor PHI @ KC
Jordan Matthews BUF @ CAR
Zay Jones BUF @ CAR
JJ Nelson ARI @ IND
Tyler Lockett SEA vs SF
Robby Anderson NYJ @ OAK
Marqise Lee JAC vs TEN
Breshad Perriman BAL vs CLE
Kendall Wright CHI @ TB
Mohamed Sanu ATL vs GB
Devin Funchess CAR vs BUF
Torrey Smith PHI @ KC
Taylor Gabriel ATL vs GB
Seth Roberts OAK vs NYJ

Tight Ends

Rob Gronkowski was bottled up by an Eric Berry-led KC defense in Week 1. Fortunately for Gronk, he won’t face anyone close to the talents of Berry this week when he travels to New Orleans. The Saints allowed a 143 Passer Rating and 346 passing yards to Minnesota QB Sam Bradford in Week 1. Now they’ll face Tom Brady in a game with a point total projection in the mid-50s. It’s a ripe situation for the Patriots passing game, and it’s hard to imagine Gronk, who tops this week’s fantasy TE rankings, not being heavily involved in that action.

Name Team Opp
Rob Gronkowski NE @ NO
Travis Kelce KC vs PHI
Jimmy Graham SEA vs SF
Greg Olsen CAR vs BUF
Jordan Reed WAS @ LAR
Kyle Rudolph MIN @ PIT
Martellus Bennett GB @ ATL
Delanie Walker TEN @ JAC
Zach Ertz PHI @ KC
Tyler Eifert CIN vs HOU
Austin Hooper ATL vs GB
Eric Ebron DET @ NYG
Cameron Brate TB vs CHI
Jack Doyle IND vs ARI
Coby Fleener NO vs NE
Antonio Gates LAC vs MIA
Jared Cook OAK vs NYJ
Dwayne Allen NE @ NO
Julius Thomas MIA @ LAC
Hunter Henry LAC vs MIA
Charles Clay BUF @ CAR
Jason Witten DAL @ DEN
Jesse James PIT vs MIN
Evan Engram NYG vs DET
Zach Miller CHI @ TB

Defense / Special Teams

The Jets offense was as anemic as expected in Week 1, scoring just 12 points and finishing with the second-fewest total yards (214). The Khalil Mack-led Oakland defense plays host to this sacrificial New York offense in Week 2, a matchup that propels the Silver and Black to the top of the fantasy defense chart this week.

Name Opp
Oakland Raiders vs NYJ
Seattle Seahawks vs SF
Baltimore Ravens vs CLE
Carolina Panthers vs BUF
Cincinnati Bengals vs HOU
Kansas City Chiefs vs PHI
Los Angeles Rams vs WAS
Denver Broncos vs DAL
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs CHI
Arizona Cardinals @ IND
Houston Texans @ CIN
Los Angeles Chargers vs MIA
New York Giants vs DET
Minnesota Vikings @ PIT
Jacksonville Jaguars vs TEN
Pittsburgh Steelers vs MIN
Washington Redskins @ LAR
Tennessee Titans @ JAC
Dallas Cowboys @ DEN
Green Bay Packers @ ATL
Philadelphia Eagles @ KC
Detroit Lions @ NYG
New England Patriots @ NO
Buffalo Bills @ CAR
Miami Dolphins @ LAC
Atlanta Falcons vs GB
Chicago Bears @ TB
Cleveland Browns @ BAL
Indianapolis Colts vs ARI
San Francisco 49ers @ SEA
New Orleans Saints vs NE
New York Jets @ OAK

Kickers

Kickers presented without comment… ALWAYS!

Name Team Opp
Justin Tucker BAL vs CLE
Stephen Gostkowski NE @ NO
Matt Bryant ATL vs GB
Mason Crosby GB @ ATL
Wil Lutz NO vs NE
Blair Walsh SEA vs SF
Cairo Santos KC vs PHI
Graham Gano CAR vs BUF
Dan Bailey DAL @ DEN
Giorgio Tavecchio OAK vs NYJ
Brandon McManus DEN vs DAL
Phil Dawson ARI @ IND
Adam Vinatieri IND vs ARI
Matt Prater DET @ NYG
Dustin Hopkins WAS @ LAR
Chris Boswell PIT vs MIN
Steven Hauschka BUF @ CAR
Ryan Succop TEN @ JAC
YoungHoe Koo LAC vs MIA
Nick Folk TB vs CHI
Aldrick Rosas NYG vs DET
Cody Parkey MIA @ LAC
Kai Forbath MIN @ PIT
Jason Myers JAC vs TEN
Greg Zuerlein LAR vs WAS
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