With two weeks worth of data (for most teams), it is now possible to make fantasy rankings and debate them. Some players should out-perform their ranking while others may be ranked a little too high. Here is the argument for both sides for a handful of players.
Since this is the second week, a full disclosure is listed at the end, indicating how well (or poorly) these predictions fared. Injuries do play a role and cannot be predicted, and sometimes players just have great weeks (Emmanuel Sanders, Week 2).
Please note the 5 Up/5 Down column is a guide on players that should exceed or fall below their rank this week. This is based on past performance, injury status and matchup. This is not a start/sit column, but rather a guide.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins
Fantasy owners of Cousins know that this season has been disappointing so far. He's only thrown two touchdowns (one in each week) and in Week 2, he didn't even crack 200 passing yards. He only has one interception, but when the yards and touchdowns aren't there, it's hard to start him. However, in Week 3 he faces the Oakland Raiders, at home. The Raiders can be beat through the air, although no quarterback has had an amazing game against them so far this year. Kirk Cousins, at home, in prime time, should excel and exceed his No. 8 ranking.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
While Mixon hasn't seen double-digit carries in either of the first two games, his time is coming. It may not be in Week 3, but the Bengals need to figure out some way to get some offense going. The team fired their offensive coordinator, which means the offense will need a shake-up. Expect the ball to go to A.J. Green - a lot. However, if they can't get the passing attack going, look for Mixon to take over the running back role. He's currently ranked No. 34, but should finish higher than that.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
As a direct result of injuries to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Adams caught eight passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. He had double-digit targets in Week 2 and that should continue into Week 3. Nelson is dealing with a soft-tissue injury, which he may play through, but can be aggravated at any time. Cobb has yet to practice this week and if he does play, may be limited. Adams is a WR2, ranked 14th, who could crack the top 10.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins
In PPR formats, Landry should finish much higher than his No. 27 ranking. He had 15 targets in Week 2 and caught 13 of them. The yardage totals weren't high (78), but the fact that he was targeted so much says a lot. The original thought was that Jay Cutler wasn't going to use him as a safety net and prefer to throw the ball deep. While it was only one week, hopefully for Landry fantasy owners, that trend continues and Cutler continues to look for Landry.
Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears
With many fantasy owners scrambling to find a healthy tight end to start for them, Miller isn't a bad option. He had the second-most targets on the team (nine) in Week 2 (Kendall Wright had 10). With the Bears losing pass catchers seemingly each week, they need to find someone to catch the ball. When healthy, Miller is a decent TE2 for fantasy. He's No. 21 but could crack the top 20.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
This looks tempting: Roethlisberger vs. the Bears, who looked terrible in Week 2. However, it's a road game for Big Ben, which is usually his downfall. Also, even in the Week 2 disaster, the Bears "held" Jameis Winston to 204 passing yards and a touchdown. Once the game was out of hand, the Bucs ran it. This game has all the makings of a lot of touches for Le'Veon Bell. He hasn't had a good game yet this season, the Bears can't stop the run, and running the ball is a good strategy to win on the road. Expect numbers similar to Winston's, which are not top-10 QB numbers.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
Lynch did find the end zone in Week 2, but that doesn't warrant a No. 13 ranking. He's a RB2 who needs a touchdown to have any higher fantasy value. He had 18 carries in Week 1 and 12 in Week 2. However, he had 76 yards in Week 1 and 45 in Week 2. He faces a Redskins team that has allowed a receiving touchdown to a running back in each of the past two weeks. This isn't really Lynch's forte. He'll put up RB2 numbers, but not top 13.
Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys
It is tough to say that the player with the most targets in Week 2 and is ranked No. 11 will fall short of those expectations. However, in Week 2, even though he had the most targets in the league with 15, he only caught seven of those for 59 yards. On Monday night, the Cowboys will be in Arizona to face the Cardinals, and most likely, Patrick Peterson will be on Bryant. While Peterson isn't a textbook shutdown cornerback, he is one of the best and will limit Bryant's production. Fantasy owners are going to start him, but expect WR2 production, not WR1.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
In both weeks, Hopkins has had seven receptions. He led the league in targets in Week 1 and was tied for third in Week 2. Deshaun Watson is looking for him (as he should be), however, the matchup for Week 3 is daunting. The Patriots typically take it on themselves to take away the best player on the opposing team. In looking at the Texans, the best player is clearly Hopkins. If the Patriots succeed in taking Hopkins out of the game, he won't live up to his No. 13 ranking.
Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints
The No. 10 ranking for Fleener is inflated by his touchdown in Week 2. He only had four targets and he caught three for 33 yards and a touchdown. In the past, Drew Brees has looked for tight ends in the red zone, but Fleener was a disappointment in that respect last year. Brees spreads the ball around, and while Fleener may end up with a few receptions, he probably won't finish in the top 10 for tight ends in Week 3.
Full Disclosure (Week 2):
Matthew Stafford (Ranked: 12, Finished: 17)
Jacquizz Rodgers (Ranked: 21, Finished: 13)
Alshon Jeffery (Ranked: 19, Finished: 8)
Randall Cobb (Ranked: 31, Finished: 27) (PPR)
Cameron Brate (Ranked: 16, Finished: 30)
Cam Newton (Ranked: 8, Finished: 22)
Jordan Howard (Ranked: 14, Finished: not in top 50)
Michael Crabtree (Ranked: 13, Finished: 1)
Emmanuel Sanders (Ranked: 24, Finished: 3)
Hunter Henry (Ranked: 11, Finished: 13)
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.