Week 2 NFL Power Rankings

Week one has come and gone. It is time to reflect on the teams that surprised and disappointed. There is a lot of movement going on in this week’s power rankings. Check it out!

  1. Green Bay Packers 1-0 (Up 1)
  2. Oakland Raiders 1-0 (Up 4)
  3. Pittsburgh Steelers 1-0 (No Change)
  4. Atlanta Falcons 1-0 (Up 1)
  5. New England Patriots 0-1 (Down 4)
  6. Kansas City Chiefs 1-0 (Up 2)
  7. Seattle Seahawks 0-1 (Down 3)
  8. Dallas Cowboys 1-0 (Up 1)
  9. Denver Broncos 1-0 (Up 3)
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0-0 (Up 1)
  11. Tennessee Titans 0-1 (Down 1)
  12. New York Giants 0-1 (Down 5)
  13. Detroit Lions 1-0 (Up 2)
  14. Philadelphia Eagles 1-0 (No Change)
  15. Minnesota Vikings 1-0 (Up 2)
  16. Carolina Panthers 1-0 (Up 3)
  17. Baltimore Ravens 1-0 (Up 3)
  18. Arizona Cardinals 0-1 (Down 5)
  19. Cincinnati Bengals 0-1 (Down 3)
  20. Los Angeles Chargers 0-1 (Down 2)
  21. Miami Dolphins 0-0 (Up 4)
  22. Jacksonville Jaguars 1-0 (Up 4)
  23. New Orleans Saints 0-1 (Down 2)
  24. Los Angeles Rams 1-0 (Up 5)
  25. Buffalo Bills 1-0 (Up 2)
  26. Houston Texans 0-1 (Down 4)
  27. Washington Redskins 0-1 (Down 4)
  28. Cleveland Browns 0-1 (Up 2)
  29. Chicago Bears 0-1 (Down 1)
  30. Indianapolis Colts (Down 6)
  31. San Francisco 49ers (No Change)
  32. New York Jets (No Change)

Week 1 Recap

Well, it all started on Thursday night when the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the New England Patriots. No one, I mean no one at all, expected that. Tom Brady and co. playing at home on opening night. No shot they would lose, but we were all wrong. The Chiefs looked very good, but what was most surprising was their offense. Tyreek Hill , Kareem Hunt and Alex Smith has dominant games.

The Raiders looked very good against the Titans, who I expect will have a very good season. Marshawn Lynch looked like the time off did not effect him one bit. The Packers and Seahawks was a game of defense. Who expected that? The Packers defense looked very good, but that could have to do with the fact that the Seahawks offensive line was so atrocious. Russell Wilson had no time to throw the ball and there were no holes for the running backs to hit. The O-Line will be a big problem for the Seahawks this season.

Speaking of teams with offensive line problems, the Giants looked ATROCIOUS on Sunday night in Dallas. No Odell Beckham hurt the Giants for sure, but the offensive line made the Cowboys defense look like a top 5 unit. Eli Manning was rushed and hit all night long. If they cannot improve the offensive line they are going to struggle to make the playoffs.

The Ravens, Lions and Rams were three teams that surprised me this week. The Lions offense looked dominant against a very good Cardinals defense. Matthew Stafford was picking them apart all night, while Kenny Golladay was a force in the end zone. If they can find a run game they will surprise a lot of people this year. The Ravens defense looked like the defense of old. They were the only team to pitch a shutout this week as they destroyed the Bengals on the road. They forced five turnovers and sacked Andy Dalton five times. The Rams were playing an awful Colts team with no Andrew Luck, but their offense is what shocked me. The Colts do not have a very good defense by any means, but Jared Goff looked like he took a big leap from last year. He completed 21 of 29 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown. Efficient and effective. Cooper Kupp lived up to the hype as well as he reeled in the lone touchdown pass from Goff.

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Fantasy Football Waiver Targets (Week 2)

Fantasy football waiver wire pickups are the difference between winning a championship, and failing to make the playoffs. It is important to be vigilant each week, especially when major injuries or suspensions can rid someone of a top pick. This week is especially important because of how many top fantasy stars failed to produce. It is too early to drop a top pick because of a disappointing performance, but adding a potential stud is a good insurance policy just in case. Below are eight players that everyone should be targeting.

1. Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

Tarik Cohen provided the Bears with a big spark in his NFL debut. He seriously cut into Jordan Howard‘s touches after being used on 43% of plays, compared to Howard’s 56%. He carried the ball five times for 66 yards, an astonishing 13.2 YPC. Cohen also caught eight passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. In PPR leagues, Cohen is even more valuable after leading the team in targets with 12. He is not owned in many leagues, but will be after this week. (Percent owned: 1.5 NFL, 2.3 ESPN)

2. Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith has long been described as a game manager, not the guy to throw for 300 yards and four touchdowns. However, that is exactly what Smith did in the season opener. He made the reigning Super Bowl championship defense look foolish, and while doing so, locked up his status as a great waiver wire pickup. He is still not in the upper echelon of fantasy quarterbacks to start regardless of weekly matchups, but as of week two he is the top scoring fantasy quarterback. (Percent owned: 16.6 NFL, 9.7 ESPN)

3. Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

Nelson Agholor looked bound to be labeled a bust after a disappointing two seasons to start his career, but he looked like a different receiver week one. He led the team in targets, and finished with 86 yards and a touchdown. If he and second year quarterback Carson Wentz can build chemistry together it could be a very successful season for the young receiver. (Percent owned: 1.8 NFL, 1.6 ESPN)

4. Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens

After Danny Woodhead went out with a hamstring injury, Javorius Allen
led the running backs in snaps. With Woodhead expected to be out at least a month, Allen’s stock skyrockets. The Ravens love to target backs on passing routes, so his value is even higher is PPR leagues. He still is splitting carries with Terrance West, but Allen is a quality waiver wire addition. (Percent owned: 1.6 NFL, 0.4 ESPN)

5. Kerwynn Williams, RB, Arizona Cardinals

Kerwynn Williams‘usage is in for a major uptick after star running back David Johnson
suffered a wrist injury that could sideline him for several months. He came in immediately for the injured Johnson and scored a touchdown. Williams was declared the number one back moving forward by head coach Bruce Arians. Williams has a very high ceiling as the number one back in Arizona. (Percent owned: 0.3 NFL, 0.7 ESPN)

6. Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

Jesse James was the top scoring tight end in week one. This is no doubt because he caught two red zone touchdowns and will not be the norm. However, if James can become Big Ben’s favorite red zone target there will be many more touchdowns in James’ future. The team’s recent addition of Vance McDonald was thought to hurt James’ targets, but he beat McDonald 8 to one in that respect. (Percent owned: 3.9 NFL, 2.5 ESPN)

7. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Cooper Kupp is a good option in PPR leagues with 12 or more people in them. He had a solid week one, but his production depends on the Rams’ offense, which was lackluster last season. That being said, he led the team in targets last week and secured a touchdown pass from Jared Goff. (Percent owned: 4.7 NFL, 16.6 ESPN)

8. Mike Tolbert, RB, Buffalo Bills

The backup running back in Buffalo has consistently poached touchdowns from LeSean McCoy over the past three years, and Mike Tolbert has already began down that road. He scored a one yard touchdown in week one and ran the ball 12 times for 42 yards. His bruising downhill running style should do his fantasy value well as he looks to score many short yardage touchdowns this season. (Percent owned: 0.1 NFL, 0.5 ESPN)

 

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