Week two of the NFL began last night, and it was quite the game! A lot of fantasy football players had big games yesterday, which made me want to write about who I think the top players will be this weekend. So, let’s take a look at who I think will be the best fantasy players, at every position, in week two (minus Thursday).
All of these guys are obviously owned in most redraft leagues, so feel free to apply my picks to your daily fantasy football leagues in week two. You can even use them in DraftKings’ free $100k fantasy football contest for this week (click the banner below to enter):
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
Ryan Looked like an absolute world beater during the first half of his Monday night game against the Eagles. This weekend he (on paper) has an even easier match-up than last week. Sure Ryan does have to play on the road, and his second half last week wasn’t what his first half was. But the Giants had no answer for the Cowboys passing game, even when Dez was out, so I really can’t imagine a scenario where the Giants D can contain the Falcons passing game. The Giants offense is very dynamic as well, and I believe this game will be a track meet, which is a great thing for a quarterback’s fantasy production.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
The Chargers defense struggled to contain rookie running back Ameer Abdullah last week. And the Bengals looked pretty dynamic offensively (albeit against the Raiders). When defending the Bengals you kind of have to pick your poison, either you try to stop the run, or, you try to stop the pass. I see the Chargers focusing more on the passing game and covering AJ Green, while trying to get off a solid pass-rush. Which will spell a couple of huge runs for Hill. I expect Hill to have at least one touchdown, and in the realm of 150 yards on 20ish carries.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
It was a slow week for Beckham last week. Fantasy owners everywhere were certainly disappointed with his week one production. But this week, against Atlanta, I see a big week coming for the sophomore wide-out. As I said in my Matt Ryan description I think this game will be a track meet, and Atlanta’s brutal second half defensive effort against the Eagles last week leads me to believe that Beckham will have a lot of big opportunities, and Eli will assuredly capitalize on some of them.
Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers
Olsen was another player, like Beckham, who had an unexpectedly poor week one performance. But I believe he will go off in week two. Olsen has a favorable matchup against Houston this weekend, a team that struggled severely to cover Kansas’ tight end last week. The poor defense of Houston combined with the sheer lack of offensive weapons available on Carolina’s team, makes Olsen a very sexy pick for this weekend.
Baltimore Ravens Team Defense
Some might be inclined to say St. Louis here, but not me. The Ram’s weren’t as good last week (defensively) as I would have hoped, and the Redskins offense was actually pretty amazing against a pretty good Dolphins D. Which is why I’m going with the Ravens here. The Ravens had a pretty good week one showing against the Broncos (who had a really solid offensive showing against the Chiefs last night). And this week the Ravens drew a much easier matchup against another AFC West squad, the Raiders. The Raiders will likely be without starting quarterback Derek Carr, which would likely cause consistency issues between their receivers and quarterback. I expected big things from Raiders running back Latavius Murray last week, who struggled greatly, leading me to expect more of the same this week. Of course I’m basing all of this off of week one performances, which can be misleading sometimes as teams can grow significantly early on in a season, but I wouldn’t expect that from the Raiders this week. Baltimore is a must start in standard leagues, and are definitely a defense you’ll want to target on daily fantasy sports websites.
What do you guys think of my projections? What players would you change? Let us know in the comments below!