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.
But as I was putting together my flex rankings one particular player gave me great pause. Does DeAndre Hopkins really deserve to be above Saquon Barkley? I thought and I thought. Then I researched and I thought some more. And the answer is, "yes." Hopkins is a target hog. There were some questions about how he would make the transition to a new team with a new coach and a new quarterback. The answer is it looks like it will be business as usual for one of the top wide receivers in the game. And while Washington's D looks stronger than some might have expected, I'd still rather have Hopkins this week against that team, than having Barkley, who is going against the Bears in Soldier Field. And when we consider that he didn't reach double digits in rushing yards on Monday night, it makes me even more confident in that decision.
I also stand by my decision to have Hunter Henry above David Johnson. I think Johnson is going to struggle against the Ravens. Meanwhile, to keep up with the Chiefs the Chargers are going to have to take to the air. I think Tyrod Taylor is a decent quarterback who is great with his legs, but his arm is not a cannon. I think Henry is going to be targeted at least 10 times this weekend and he will turn that into fantasy gold.
NFL Flex Rankings: Week 2
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.