AJ Hoffman

NFL fantasy football rankings for Week 2

Drew Brees was spectacular for fantasy in Week 1. Photo by Saints/Facebook

With Week 1 behind us, let's take a look at the positional rankings for Week 2:

QB 

  1. Drew Brees vs. CLE
  2. Cam Newton @ ATL
  3. Tom Brady @ JAX
  4. Russell Wilson @ CHI
  5. Patrick Mahomes @ PIT
  6. Kirk Cousins @ GB
  7. Matt Stafford @ SF
  8. Alex Smith vs. IND
  9. Ben Roethlisberger vs. KC
  10. Matt Ryan vs. CAR
  11. Aaron Rodgers vs. MIN (If healthy)
  12. Dak Prescott vs. NYG
  13. Deshaun Watson @ TEN
  14. Andrew Luck @ WAS
  15. Philip Rivers @ BUF
  16. Marcus Mariota vs. HOU
  17. Tyrod Taylor @ NO
  18. Ryan Tannehill @ NYJ
  19. Joe Flacco @ CIN
  20. Sam Darnold vs. MIA

RB (standard scoring)

  1. Todd Gurley vs. ARI
  2. Ezekiel Elliott vs. NYG
  3. Alvin Kamara vs. CLE
  4. Melvin Gordon @ BUF
  5. Kareem Hunt @ PIT
  6. David Johnson @ LAR
  7. James Conner vs. KC
  8. Dalvin Cook @ GB
  9. Saquon Barkely @ DAL
  10. Joe Mixon vs. BAL
  11. Jordan Howard vs. SEA
  12. Christian McCaffrey @ ATL
  13. Adrian Peterson vs. IND
  14. Alex Collins @ CIN
  15. Lamar Miller @ TEN
  16. Jay Ajayi @ TB
  17. Kenyan Drake @ NYJ
  18. Devonta Freeman vs. CAR
  19. Carlos Hyde @ NO
  20. Leonard Fournette vs. NE (If healthy)
  21. LeSean McCoy vs. LAC
  22. Dion Lewis vs. HOU
  23. Royce Freeman vs. OAK
  24. Marshawn Lynch @ DEN
  25. Peyton Barber vs. PHI
  26. Rex Burkhead @ JAX (If healthy)
  27. Jamaal Williams vs. MIN
  28. Derrick Henry vs. HOU
  29. Tevin Coleman vs. CAR
  30. Chris Thompson vs. IND
  31. Alfred Morris vs. DET
  32. Isaiah Crowell vs. MIA
  33. Chris Carson @ CHI
  34. Phillip Lindsay vs. OAK
  35. James White @ JAX
  36. Kerryon Johnson @ SF

WR (standard scoring)

  1. Antonio Brown vs. KC
  2. Michael Thomas vs. CLE
  3. DeAndre Hopkins @ TEN
  4. Julio Jones vs. CAR
  5. Odell Beckham Jr. @ DAL
  6. AJ Green vs. BAL
  7. Tyreek Hill @ PIT
  8. Keenan Allen @ BUF
  9. Stefan Diggs @ GB
  10. Mike Evans vs. PHI
  11. Adam Thielen @ GB
  12. Davante Adams vs. MIN
  13. TY Hilton @ WAS
  14. Emmanuel Sanders vs. OAK
  15. JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. KC
  16. Golden Tate @ SF
  17. Allen Robinson vs. SEA
  18. Jarvis Landry @ NO
  19. Demaryius Thomas vs. OAK
  20. Larry Fitzgerald @ LAR
  21. Brandin Cooks vs. ARI
  22. Marvin Jones @ SF
  23. Corey Davis vs. HOU
  24. Nelson Agholor @ TB
  25. Robby Anderson vs. MIA
  26. Kenny Stills @ NYJ
  27. Chris Hogan @ JAX
  28. Josh Gordon @ NO
  29. Devin Funchess @ ATL
  30. Amari Cooper @ DEN
  31. Randall Cobb vs. MIN
  32. Robert Woods vs. ARI
  33. Cooper Kupp vs. ARI
  34. Michael Crabtree @ CIN
  35. Kenny Golladay @ SF
  36. Tyler Lockett @ CHI
  37. Jamison Crowder vs. IND
  38. Quincy Enunwa vs. MIA
  39. Keelan Cole vs. NE
  40. Sterling Shepard @ DAL
  41. Pierre Garcon vs. DET
  42. Marquise Goodwin vs. DET (If healthy)
  43. John Brown @ CIN
  44. Brandon Marshall @ CHI
  45. Kelvin Benjamin vs. LAC

TE (standard scoring)

  1. Rob Gronkowski @ JAX
  2. Travis Kelce @ PIT
  3. Zach Ertz @ TB
  4. Jordan Reed vs. IND
  5. Trey Burton vs. SEA
  6. George Kittle vs. DET
  7. Kyle Rudolph @ GB
  8. Jimmy Graham vs. MIN
  9. Jared Cook @ DEN
  10. Jack Doyle @ WAS
  11. Evan Engram @ DAL
  12. David Njoku @ NO
  13. Tyler Eifert vs. BAL
  14. Eric Ebron @ WAS
  15. Benjamin Watson vs. CLE

D/ST

  1. Rams vs. ARI
  2. Chargers @ BUF
  3. Broncos vs. OAK
  4. Bears vs. SEA
  5. Ravens @ CIN
  6. Eagles @ TB
  7. Texans @ TEN
  8. Jaguars vs. NE
  9. Vikings @ GB
  10. Saints vs. CLE
  11. Patriots @ JAX
  12. Jets vs. MIA
  13. Bengals vs. BAL
  14. Titans vs. HOU
  15. Giants @ DAL

J.J. Watt is headed for illustrious but strange company

Maximize opportunity before Watt gets wasted

Houstontexans.com

Thursday the reality of what J.J. Watt is facing really hit me. The Houston Chronicle reported Watt had a minor offseason knee surgery. The last three years prove he's far from immortal, though the once incredible career is back on track. For how long, no one knows. Then I finally realized it.

J.J. Watt is on pace to be the greatest defensive player to never play for a conference championship or a Super Bowl.

I started digging into the lists of the all-time great defenders and the best pass rushers in the game's history. Most of the players who would easily be considered a great on defense have at the very least won a Lombardi. If they haven't won the big trophy they've either played or been one game away.

Two names stick out on the all-time greats list. Deacon Jones played three postseason games all in the divisional round. Dick Butkus never played in the postseason. You have to go to 24th all-time in sacks, Pat Swilling with 107.5, to find a sack leader who hasn't at least played in a conference championship or better.

It's a line on almost every great's resume and Watt's missing it.

Watt's only 30 sacks away from the top 20 in career sacks. His three defensive player of the year awards in four years cemented an era of dominance rarely matched in NFL history. He will put on the gold jacket one day. It would be bittersweet to find himself among those greats having never played in a game with that level of importance.

Unless he plays in one.

Brian Gaine and Bill O'Brien can't mess this up or they will be accessories to a sports crime: cementing Watt's place as the all-time great without a huge game to his name. The Texans enter one of the most important offseasons in franchise history. They have to find a way to protect Deshaun Watson as he's the key to making sure Watt's schedule pushes beyond 16 games each year. It's no easy task, but go do it. Make the defense's job just a little easier with some powerful offense.

Give Watt and company just a second more too with better secondary play. Help him out with a better pass rush next to him and not just opposite him. There's so many things the Texans have to get right with their massive cap space and three picks in the top two rounds.

It won't all be Gaine and O'Brien's fault if they don't do it, however they have a chance, with Watson and the rest of this team, to make sure a truly significant game appears on the schedule for Watt. Just one conference championship appearance, then, who knows. Maybe the big one and the Lombardi trophy.

Now here's a thought that will shake all Texans fans.

If the Texans don't nail it this offseason and show the next few seasons they're not legit threats, maybe Watt fills the hole in his distinguished career elsewhere. Reggie White left in his 30's. DeMarcus Ware found glory with the Broncos after a long Cowboys career. It isn't unheard of to see one franchise's legend don another team's colors.

I'm not sure what would hurt Texans fans more. Knowing Watt never played in the biggest games with the Texans or seeing him get to one of those games with another team. It's the hope neither of those things happen. There are almost never happy endings in football, but Watt's story deserves one or more of those chapters.

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