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Fantasy Football Five Up, Five Down: Ameer Abdullah Up, Tom Brady Down in Week 2

Ameer Abdullah

Ameer Abdullah

After Week 1, we have a little more clarity on what the fantasyfootball picture looks like, although it is hard to say someone is going to have a good or bad season after just one game. However the weekly rankings can certainly change from week to week. In this case, we will take a look at five players who are moving up the ranks from Week 1 and five players who are moving down.

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Please note this is not a start/sit column. These are simply guys that are either trending up or down based on their performance last week and their matchup this week.

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Five Up

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

In the quarterback rankings, Brees is No. 1. Keep in mind arguments can be made for and against Brees. He is playing at home, where he does typically play better. However, he is playing against a Lovie Smith defense, where he typically struggles. In this case, the defense is Tampa Bay, the same one that rookie Marcus Mariota just tore apart with ease in his first NFL start. It may be safe to say that at this point, Brees is a better quarterback than Mariota. Look for him to use Brandon Coleman in the red zone and take advantage of C.J. Spiller (questionable, knee) on passing downs.

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Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions

While Abdullah is still technically behind Joique Bell on the depth chart, he is clearly the better talent. He was on the field for more snaps in Week 1, and that should be the case in Week 2 as well. The Lions play the Vikings, who just allowed Carlos Hyde to run on them for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Abdullah also added four receptions for 44 yards in Week 1. While he won't be the bell-cow back, he's a high RB2 this week. He is the 15th-ranked running back in the rankings.

Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers

Allen was likely drafted as a low WR2/high WR3, and in Week 1, he turned into a PPR monster. For Week 2, he is flirting with WR1 status (our wide receiver rankings have him in the top 10). In Week 1, he had 17 targets, the most out of any player in the league (T.Y. Hilton was second with 14). Out of those 17 targets, he caught 15 of them for 166 yards. Reports were that he looked great in camp, and that has carried into the regular season. He's a clear WR2 until further notice.

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Jordan Matthews, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

With 13 targets of his own in Week 1, Matthews caught 10 passes for 122 yards. It actually should have been 11 passes for more yards and a touchdown, but Chip Kelly decided not to challenge the call where Matthews clearly had the ball over the pylon. Instead Ryan Mathews ran it in, costing fantasy owners of the receiver additional points. However, Matthews was Sam Bradford's No. 1 option, and that will continue into what should be a high-scoring game against Dallas in Week 2. Note that Dallas was able to "shut down" Odell Beckham Jr. in Week 1 (OBJ had a 5/44/0 stat line), so be sure expectations are a little bit tempered.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

Another target monster, Eifert had 12 targets, and he caught nine of them for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Eifert is a top-five tight end in the rankings this week. Andy Dalton will likely try to get A.J. Green more involved, but Eifert has been the recipient of short passes to move the chains. Remember when Tony Romo used to check down to Jason Witten all the time? That's what Eifert and Dalton have, and it's great for fantasy owners, especially those in PPR leagues. He's a TE1.

Five Down

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Yes, Brady looked great in Week 1. Yes, he's had a longer period of rest. However, he is facing the Bills, at Buffalo. This is the same team that essentially shut down Andrew Luck in Week 1. Brady will still have Rob Gronkowski, but the Bills are likely going to make sure Gronk doesn't get the ball as best they can. Julian Edelman was a PPR monster in Week 1 as well, but he will face a much tougher test against the Bills' secondary. Brady is still a QB1, but barely. Don't be afraid to start Carson Palmer or Sam Bradford over him this week.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Williams looked good in Week 1, and Le'Veon Bell is still serving his suspension. However, just because Williams ran well against the Patriots does not mean he'll be able to run against the 49ers. For reference, Adrian Peterson rushed for 31 yards in Week 1 against the 49ers. He did add three receptions for 21 yards, but catching the ball isn't quite Williams' forte. Don't go rushing to pick him up off the waiver wire. Bell comes back next week, and Williams is a low RB2 for Week 2.

Alfred Morris, RB, Washington Redskins

Without Robert Griffin III, Morris has typically struggled. A mobile quarterback helps his running backs, but in Week 1 Morris was able to rush for 107 yards on 24 carries. He faces the Rams this week, which is a tougher test than the Dolphins. The benefit of Morris is that he is the featured back for Washington, but the downside is he isn't involved in the passing game. If the Redskins start to trail the Rams, Morris will not see  a lot of work. He's still a RB2, but a low-end one.

Andre Johnson, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Johnson looked slow in Week 1 and instead of having the rejuvenated game with a great quarterback, appeared to be struggling. While the whole Colts offense sputtered in Week 1, it doesn't look like Johnson will be notching a great performance in Week 2 either. T.Y. Hilton will likely be out, but that just means Johnson will be covered by Darrelle Revis. While Revis is beatable, Johnson needs to be able to catch the ball and earn yards after the catch. He'll see plenty of targets, but he's only a WR3 until fantasy owners can see what he can do with them.

Brandon Marshall, WR, New York Jets

After catching six balls for 62 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, Marshall looked to be squarely on the WR2 radar. However, a tough matchup against Indianapolis in Week 2 drops him to WR3 status. It isn't set in stone, but if Vontae Davis is on Marshall, it's going to be a long night for Marshall fantasy owners looking for game-winning fantasy points on Monday night. Davis held Sammy Watkins to a goose egg for fantasy owners and may end up covering Marshall. Marshall was up against Joe Haden in Week 1, which is also tough, but not as tough as his Week 2 matchup. Better days are ahead (and if you are not a Marshall owner, look to buy low after Week 2.)

— 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.