Fantasy Football: Week Two Start/Sit Rankings

Each week, I will provide rankings for the upcoming fantasy week along with a featured start/sit option at each position. The That said, the Week 2 edition is here. Be sure to check them out for all your lineup setting needs, and if you have any further questions feel free to reach out on Twitter @DanMarcus3.


  1. Aaron Rodgers @ ATL
  2. Matt Ryan vs. GB
  3. Tom Brady @ NO
  4. Drew Brees vs. NE
  5. Phillip Rivers vs. MIA
  6. Russell Wilson vs. SF
  7. Ben Roethlisberger vs. MIN
  8. Cam Newton vs. BUF
  9. Jameis Winston vs. CHI
  10. Kirk Cousins @ LA
  11. Derek Carr vs. NYJ
  12. Carson Palmer @IND
  13. Tyrod Taylor @CAR
  14. Matt Stafford @ NYG
  15. Eli Manning vs. DET
  16. Alex Smith vs. PHI
  17. Marcus Mariota @ JAC
  18. Carson Wentz @KC
  19. Jared Goff vs. WAS
  20. Sam Bradford @ PIT


Carson Palmer @IND

Palmer suffered through a dismal Week 1 performance against the Lions, undoubtedly burning more than a few fantasy owners. However, he attempted 48 passes thanks to the lack of a Cardinals run game. This week, that doesn’t figure to be any different given the absence of David Johnson, meaning volume shouldn’t be a concern. That leaves efficiency as the only hurdle for a productive fantasy week, but the matchup bodes well for that too. The Colts will once again be without Vontae Davis, and without him last week, the defense allowed Jared Goff to throw for 300 yards. Pieces are in place for Palmer to have big week, so have a short memory regarding Palmer’s performance and place your trust in him once again this week.


Marcus Mariota @ JAC

Marcus Mariota was a passing touchdown away from a big-time fantasy performance in Week 1, but was still plenty viable as a starting option. This week will be different, however, as they travel to Jacksonville. The Jaguars were able to set the tone at Houston last week, and now they have the chance to open their home schedule that should allow them to maintain possession of the ball and out of Mariota’s hands.


  1. Ezekiel Elliot @DEN
  2. Melvin Gordon vs. MIA
  3. Le’Veon Bell vs. MIN
  4. Jay Ajayi @ LAC
  5. LeSean McCoy @CAR
  6. Leonard Fournette vs. TEN
  7. Marshawn Lynch vs. NYJ
  8. Kareem Hunt vs. PHI
  9. Todd Gurley vs. WAS
  10. Ty Montgomery @ ATL
  11. J. Anderson vs. DAL
  12. Devonta Freeman vs. GB
  13. Jordan Howard @ TB
  14. Thomas Rawls vs. SF
  15. DeMarco Murray @ JAC
  16. Terrence West vs. CLE
  17. Mike Gillislee @ NO
  18. Dalvin Cook @ PIT
  19. Jacquizz Rodgers vs. CHI
  20. Ameer Abdullah @ NYG
  21. Christian McCaffery vs. BUF
  22. Mark Ingram vs. NE
  23. Carlos Hyde @ SEA
  24. Isaiah Crowell @ BAL
  25. Jonathan Stewart vs. BUF
  26. Robert Kelley @LAR
  27. Tevin Coleman vs. GB
  28. LeGarrette Blount @ KC
  29. James White @ NO
  30. Bilal Powell @ OAK


Thomas Rawls vs. SF

The Seahawks running game was a mess last week both in terms of workload and productivity. No back received more than six carries, with C.J. Prosise averaging 2.8 yards per carry and Eddie Lacy an abysmal .6 yards per carry. Chris Carson was the lone bright spot, but it remains to be seen how much of a workhorse back he can be in the NFL.

That leaves the door open for Thomas Rawls to enter the picture as he is ready to return to the field this week. The 49ers defense held up surprisingly well against the Panthers last week, holding Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffery to 3.6 yards per carry each. However, the Seahawks figure to control the game and with the Niners making their 2017 debut on the road the defense may not hold up as well.


Dalvin Cook @ PIT

The Steelers defense is quite vulnerable against the pass, but much less so against the run. Last week, they held Isaiah Crowell to just 33 yards on 17 carries despite him having the benefit of running behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Minnesota doesn’t boast the same caliber of offensive line and now they have to travel on the road to face the Steelers. Last season, the Steelers allowed only 3.8 yards per rush at home, meaning Cook is in for a tough matchup. It may not be possible to actually sit Cook due to lack of other options at the position, just keep expectations for him in check.


  1. Julio Jones vs. GB
  2. Antonio Brown vs. MIN
  3. Amari Cooper vs. NYJ
  4. Brandin Cooks @ NO
  5. Jordy Nelson @ATL
  6. Michael Thomas vs. NE
  7. Doug Baldwin vs. SF
  8. Mike Evans vs. CHI
  9. Demaryius Thomas vs. DAL
  10. Tyreek Hill vs. PHO
  11. Alshon Jeffery @ KC
  12. Odell Beckham vs. DET
  13. Stefon Diggs @ PIT
  14. Terrelle Pryor @ LAR
  15. Martavis Bryant vs. MIN
  16. Larry Ftizgerald @ IND
  17. Keenan Allen vs. MIA
  18. Davante Adams @ATL
  19. Kelvin Benjamin vs. BUF
  20. Michael Crabtree vs. NYJ
  21. Jeremy Maclin vs. CLE
  22. DeSean Jackson vs. CHI
  23. Dez Bryant @ DEN
  24. Golden Tate @ NYG
  25. Jarvis Landry @LAC
  26. Emmanuel Sanders vs. DAL
  27. Tyrell Williams vs. MIA
  28. Sammy Watkins vs. WAS
  29. Chris Hogan @ NO
  30. Cooper Kupp vs. WAS
  31. Adam Thielen @ PIT
  32. J. Nelson @ IND
  33. DeVante Parker @LAC
  34. Nelson Agholor @ KC
  35. Marqise Lee vs. TEN
  36. Jamison Crowder @ LAR


DeSean Jackson @ TB

Last season, the Bears struggled greatly against deep threat receivers. They allowed big games to the likes of Will Fuller, TY Hilton, Terrence Williams, and even Jackson himself as a member of the Redskins. Tampa Bay hasn’t played yet in 2017 so we haven’t seen how Jackson fits into the offense, but based on what we have seen from the Bears defense in the past he is a good start.


T.Y. Hilton vs. ARI

Nothing is working in T.Y. Hilton’s favor for Week 2 as the Colts will rotate in another quarterback who is unlikely to produce any sort of passing game. In games that T.Y. Hilton has played without Andrew Luck, he has scored just .18 TDs per game to go along with four receptions and 62 yards per game. Beyond that, Patrick Peterson usually shadows opposing number one wide receivers and it is no secret he is a shutdown corner. That said, despite the name value, sitting T.Y. Hilton is the best decision this week.


  1. Rob Gronkowski @ NO
  2. Zach Ertz @KC
  3. Greg Olsen vs. BUF
  4. Jimmy Graham vs. SF
  5. Travis Kelce vs. PHI
  6. Jordan Reed @ LAR
  7. Martellus Bennett @ATL
  8. Charles Clay @ CAR
  9. Kyle Rudolph @ PIT
  10. Eric Ebron @ NYG
  11. Jared Cook vs. NYJ
  12. Jason Witten @ DEN
  13. Julius Thomas @ LAC
  14. Colby Fleener vs. NE
  15. Delanie Walker @ JAC
  16. Cameron Brate vs. CHI
  17. Antonio Gates vs. MIA
  18. Austin Hooper vs. GB
  19. Zach Miller @ TB
  20. Ben Watson vs. CLE


Julius Thomas @ LAC

Julius Thomas’ stock has fallen quite a bit since his days in Denver, but he is a strong streaming candidate this week. The Chargers got gouged by the Broncos’ committee of tight ends in Week 1 thanks to poor coverage skills by their linebackers. That gives Thomas touchdown upside and makes him a viable streaming candidate.


Austin Hooper vs. GB

Hooper had a big Week 1 against the Bears thanks to a long play on busted coverage, but he still saw only two targets. This “sit” is a bit of a risk given the positive matchup Hooper faces at home against the Packers, but Hooper still hasn’t proven he is a big part of the Falcons offensive gameplan. Don’t chase points from last week’s performance.


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Dan recently moved to Columbus, Ohio but is a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan. Fantasy baseball was and always will be his favorite fantasy sport, but he also enjoys football and basketball as well.