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Week 2 fantasy football rankings

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Let's take a look at how the fantasy ranks are stacking up for Week 2. Keep in mind, these are PPR rankings, and don't forget to set your lineup for Thursday Night Football. If you have any questions feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5FM. We're on every Sunday from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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QB

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1 Patrick Mahomes KC@OAK
2 Deshaun Watson HOUvsJAX
3 Carson Wentz PHI@ATL
4 Lamar Jackson BALvsARI
5 Tom Brady NE@MIA
6 Matt Ryan ATLvsPHI
7 Jared Goff LARvsNO
8 Dak Prescott DAL@WAS
9 Cam Newton CARvsTB
10 Baker Mayfield CLE@NYJ
11 Drew Brees NO@LAR
12 Aaron Rodgers GBvsMIN
13 Ben Roethlisberger PITvsSEA
14 Russell Wilson SEA@PIT
15 Derek Carr OAKvsKC
16 Josh Allen BUF@NYG
17 Philip Rivers LAC@DET
18 Matthew Stafford DETvsLAC
19 Jameis Winston TB@CAR
20 Andy Dalton CINvsSF

RB

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1 Christian McCaffrey CARvsTB
2 Alvin Kamara NO@LAR
3 Saquon Barkley NYGvsBUF
4 Ezekiel Elliott DAL@WAS
5 Dalvin Cook MIN@GB
6 Nick Chubb CLE@NYJ
7 James Conner PITvsSEA
8 Mark Ingram BALvsARI
9 Chris Carson SEA@PIT
10 David Johnson ARI@BAL
11 Le'Veon Bell NYJvsCLE
12 Austin Ekeler LAC@DET
13 Leonard Fournette JAX@HOU
14 Giovani Bernard CINvsSF (Make sure Mixon is inactive before starting Bernard)
15 Derrick Henry TENvsIND
16 Josh Jacobs OAK@KC
17 Todd Gurley LARvsNO
18 Kerryon Johnson DETvsLAC
19 Marlon Mack IND@TEN
20 Damien Williams KCvsOAK
21 Sony Michel NE@MIA
22 James White NE@MIA
23 Devonta Freeman ATLvsPHI
24 Duke Johnson HOUvsJAX
25 Matt Breida SF@CIN
26 Chris Thompson WASvsDAL
27 Aaron Jones GBvsMIN
28 LeSean McCoy KCvsOAK
29 Tarik Cohen CHI@DEN
30 David Montgomery CHI@DEN
31 Devin Singletary BUF@NYG
32 Mile Sanders PHIvsATL
33 Phillip Lindsay DENvsCHI
34 Carlos Hyde HOUvsJAX
35 Adrian Peterson WASvsDAL
36 Latavius Murray NO@LAR

WR

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1 Julio Jones ATLvsPHI
2 DeAndre Hopkins HOUvsJAX
3 JuJu Smith-Schuster PITvsSEA
4 Michael Thomas NO@LAR
5 Odell Beckham Jr CLE@NYJ
6 Keenan Allen LAC@DET
7 Amari Cooper DAL@WAS
8 Davante Adams GBvsMIN
9 Sammy Watkins KCvsOAK
10 Julian Edelman NE@MIA
11 Adam Thielen MIN@GB
12 Robert Woods LARvsNO
13 Mike Evans TB@CAR
14 Brandin Cooks LARvsNO
15 T.Y. Hilton IND@TEN
16 Tyrell Williams OAK@KC
17 Josh Gordon NE@MIA
18 D.J. Moore CARvsTB
19 Cooper Kupp LARvsNO
20 Chris Godwin TB@CAR
21 Calvin Ridley ATLvsPHI
22 Stefon Diggs MIN@GB
23 Allen Robinson CHI@DEN
24 Tyler Lockett SEA@PIT
25 DeSean Jackson PHI@ATL
26 John Brown BUF@NYG
27 Dede Westbrook JAX@HOU
28 Larry Fitzgerald ARI@BAL
29 Michael Gallup DAL@WAS
30 Kenny Golladay DETvsLAC
31 Alshon Jeffery PHI@ATL
32 Will Fuller HOUvsJAX
33 Tyler Boyd CINvsSF
34 Emmanuel Sanders DENvsCHI
35 Curtis Samuel CARvsTB
36 Jarvis Landry CLE@NYJ
37 Marquise Brown BALvsARI
38 Courtland Sutton DENvsCHI
39 DK Metcalf SEA@PIT
40John Ross CINvsSF

TE

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1 Travis Kelce KCvsOAK
2 George Kittle SF@CIN
3 Evan Engram NYGvsBUF
4 Zach Ertz PHI@ATL
5 T.J. Hockenson DETvsLAC
6 Mark Andrews BALvsARI
7 OJ Howard TB@CAR
8 Delanie Walker TENvsIND
9 Darren Waller OAK@KC
10 Austin Hooper ATLvsPHI
11 Vance McDonald PITvsSEA
12 Jared Cook NO@LAR
13 Greg Olsen CARvsTB
14 Jimmy Graham GBvsMIN
15 David Njoku CLE@NYJ

DEF

1 Patriots @MIA
2 Ravens ARI
3 Panthers TB
4 Bears @DEN
5 Cowboys @WAS
6 Texans JAX
7 Browns @NYJ
8 Bills @NYG
9 Broncos CHI
10 Titans IND
11 Packers MIN
12 Vikings @GB
13 Chargers @DET
14 Chiefs OAK
15 Jaguars @HOU

KICKER

1 Justin Tucker BALvsARI
2 Greg Zuerlein LARvsNO
3 Wil Lutz NO@LAR
4 Stephen Gostkowski NE@MIA
5 Harrison Butker KCvsOAK
6 Ka'imi Fairbairn HOUvsJAX
7 Jake Elliott PHI@ATL
8 Brett Maher DAL@WAS
9 Jason Myers SEA@PIT
10 Robbie Gould SF@CIN
11 Matt Bryant ATLvsPHI
12 Cairo Santos TENvsIND
13 Mason Crosby GBvsMIN
14 Matt Prater DETvsLAC
15 Dan Bailey MIN@GB

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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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