NFL training camps are in full swing with league-wide preseason action ready to commence later this week. Better still, the official start of the regular season is a little more than a month away, which means this is a perfect time to update Athlon Sports' Fantasy Football 2013 Big Board.
Fantasy owners can now look back on Week 1 and think about some of the good starting decisions they made (Raheem Mostert) and some poor ones (Boston Scott). Hopefully the week ended with a victory, but if not, the good news is we're ready for Week 2. It's early in the season, and there are plenty more weeks to make better start/sit decisions.
After one week, fantasy owners may feel good — or they may feel a little panicky. Some players performed as expected (thank you Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson) and others were kind of a disappointment (Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott). Don't worry, it's just one week. Keep in mind that players were in their first real game against another team in as many as nine months. Some may still be in preseason form. While the rust should shake off soon, have confidence in the guys you drafted...
There has been a "return to order" so to speak with my fantasy flex rankings for Week 2 as no tight ends land in the top tier of these rankings with George Kittle (No. 20) being the first. It is all running backs and wide receivers up to that point.
Ahh, kickers. The position is typically the bane of a fantasy owner's existence. True to form, in Week 1, there were three kickers with the most fantasy points (12, low kicking day). Those three kickers — Josh Lambo, Daniel Carlson, Mason Crosby — are owned in a combined 32 percent of leagues. Crosby is ranked No. 13 for Week 2, but that's the highest of that group.
There was only one defensive touchdown scored in Week 1, and it was by the New Orleans Saints. While the Saints defense/special teams (DST) isn't typically one that went flying off of fantasy draft boards, they looked decent in Week 1. They were facing Tom Brady in a new offense, but they may be a DST to just keep an eye on. They are ranked No. 6 for Week 2 and still may be available in about 20 percent of leagues.
Given my affinity for George Kittle, there should be little surprise that once again he's atop the fantasy tight end rankings for Week 2. But that's not just the heart, but the head too. Let's assume that Kittle and Travis Kelce are equal part studs. Whom would you rather them face — the New York Jets or the Los Angeles Chargers defense? That's why Kittle is your top option this week, case closed, but just make sure he's showing no ill effects from the knee injury (sprain) he suffered this past Sunday.
Nothing like the unanimous preseason No. 1 wide receiver suffering an injury to go tumbling down the fantasy rankings. I am a Michael Thomas owner and want to try to remain objective. I'll repeat the most recent update that I've heard which is that he will be out for three weeks and keep moving. Thomas will rightfully be tumbling down both my rankings and everyone else's.
By the time the Week 2 fantasy football running back rankings are finalized, others rankings will probably be far more in line with my own. For example, at the time I created my rankings I moved Malcolm Brown up more than 20 spots. My guess is as we get closer to Sunday, my rankings will appear pretty much in line with the rest of the ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings).
Depending on league scoring, Aaron Rodgers was the top-scoring fantasy quarterback for Week 1. In most drafts, Rodgers was drafted as a second quarterback and potentially as a backup. Is Rodgers back? Is Minnesota's defense just not good? Did he and Davante Adams quarantine together and just practice plays for six months? These questions remain to be answered, but while Rodgers is playing well — and has good matchups — he should be ranked accordingly. For Week 2, he is a QB1 with his No. 8 ranking.