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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:


  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


  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

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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