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Week 2 fantasy rankings: Evaluating the best QB, RB, WR, TE for fantasy football

The first week of the 2023 NFL season is in the books and it provided plenty for football fans and fantasy managers to enjoy. Now, it’s time to look ahead with our Week 2 fantasy rankings.

Once again, injuries play an influential role in our Wee 2 fantasy football rankings. Cooper Kupp is on injured reserve and Jonathan Taylor is sitting on the PUP list. It has massive implications on both offenses and influences weekly fantasy rankings heavily.

Let’s dive into our Week 2 fantasy rankings. Updates will be provided leading up to Sunday’s games.

Week 2 fantasy QB rankings

RANKPLAYEROPPONENT
1Jalen Hurtsvs MIN
2Josh Allenvs LV
3Patrick Mahomes@ JAX
4Trevor Lawrencevs KC
5Lamar Jackson@ CIN
6Justin Herbert@ TEN
7Joe Burrowvs BAL
8Daniel Jones@ ARZ
9Geno Smith@ DET
10Justin Fields@ TB
11Tua Tagovailoa@ NE
12Brock Purdy@ LAR
13Anthony Richardson@ HOU
14Dak Prescottvs NYJ
15Deshaun Watson@ PIT
16Jared Goffvs SEA
17Jordan Love@ ATL
18Kirk Cousins@ PHI
19Derek Carr@ CAR
20.Mac Jonesvs MIA
Week 2 fantasy QB rankings based on 4 points per passing touchdown
  1. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles – Even if the Vikings’ pass rush can find ways to create pressure against the best offensive line in football, Minnesota doesn’t have the corners to match with Philadelphia. This is a prime spot for Jalen Hurts to have a QB1 performance and it can all be enjoyed on Thursday Night Football.
  2. Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills – When Josh Allen is healthy, there are very few players capable of matching his fantasy ceiling. Las Vegas has one of the worst defenses in the league, setting Allen and Stefon Diggs up for a huge performance in Week 2.
  3. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs – For the time being, we’ll assume Travis Kelce plays in Week 2. Even when he’s not on the field, Patrick Mahomes puts up great numbers. If he has his All-Pro offensive weapon back, Mahomes can deliver a win for Kansas City and fantasy managers.
  4. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars – We’re ready for a shootout on Sunday between the Chiefs and Jaguars. Barring a sudden Chris Jones return, Kansas City won’t have the pass rush to really bother Trevor Lawrence and we already know his offensive weapons and talent give him an elite fantasy ceiling.
  5. Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson remains one of the best fantasy football players ever and we’re absolutely banking on him in a matchup like this. Cincinnati’s secondary is young and that’s something Jackson and play-caller Todd Monken can utilize to their advantage.
  6. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers – The Chargers boast the receivers to exploit the Tennessee Titans’ secondary, but we do have some questions about whether or not Los Angeles can hold up in pass protection. If Herbert gets time, he’ll exploit the Titans’ cornerbacks.
  7. Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals – Not only is Joe Burrow historically a slow starter in the first month of the season, he also struggled last year against the Baltimore Ravens (2-1 TD-INT, 81.7 QB rating). While he’s always still a strong fantasy option, lower expectations in Week 2.
  8. Daniel Jones, New York Giants – Combine Daniel Jones’ rushing ability with a duel against one of the worst defenses in 2023, you’ve got a prime opportunity for a stellar box score. Jones is going to be a better fantasy option than some quarterbacks drafted above him this week.
  9. Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks – While this isn’t the perfect fantasy matchup for Geno Smith, it’s a lot better than what some of his peers have to deal with in Week 2. Besides, the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver will actually catch the football against the Detroit Lions.
  10. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears – Quarterbacks with elite rushing ability will always be near the top of fantasy QB rankings. We like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense, but this is a favorable game script for Justin Fields and our confidence in the Bears’ play-calling has increased a lot.
  11. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins – Once you get outside the top 10, there’s another tier made up of high-end quarterbacks with tough matchups. The Miami Dolphins have the playmakers to attack a very good New England Patriots secondary, but Bill Belichick is a master of his craft and he’ll absolutely take way what Tagovailoa and Mike McDaniel love to do the most.
  12. Brock Purdy, San Francisco 49ers – There’s no more questioning Purdy, he’s making throws that you only see from above-average starting quarterbacks. In an offense loaded with playmakers who will create after the catch, Purdy is well-positioned for fantasy success each week. Count on him as a top-12 fantasy option in Week 2.
  13. Anthony Richardson, Indianapolis Colts – On a Sunday when so many of his peers face elite defenses, Anthony Richardson moves up thanks to his scrambling ability. We’re looking for high-floor fantasy options and Richardson’s athleticism in Shane Steichen’s offense can put up some solid numbers against Houston.
  14. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys –Dak Prescott is one of our favorite fantasy quarterbacks in 2023 due to his value, but this is not a good matchup. In what projects to be a fairly low-scoring game, CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks will likely struggle against the Jets’ secondary.
  15. Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns – Deshaun Watson might no longer be an MVP-caliber quarterback, but the Browns’ offensive line matches up well against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If Watson is given just some time to throw, Amari Cooper and David Njoku will find open space to make some plays.
  16. Jared Goff, Detroit Lions – Jared Goff might not be the matchup-winning quarterback you look for when drafting, but he delivers consistent production. In what projects to be an entertaining game, Goff should have a solid day and that’s all we need from our QB15.

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Week 2 fantasy RB rankings

NFL: Washington Commanders at San Francisco 49ers
Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
RANKPLAYEROPPONENT
1Christian McCaffrey@ LAR
2Saquon Barkley@ ARZ
3Bijan Robinsonvs GB
4Derrick Henryvs LAC
5Nick Chubb@ PIT
6Austin Ekeler – OUT (Joshua Kelley, RB26)@ TEN
7Tony Pollardvs NYJ
8Travis Etiennevs KC
9Josh Jacobs@ BUF
10Rhamondre Stevensonvs MIA
11Kenneth Walker@ DET
12Dameon Piercevs IND
13James Cookvs LV
14Aaron Jones – OUT (AJ Dillon, RB40)@ ATL
15Joe Mixonvs BAL
16Najee Harrisvs CLE
17Miles Sandersvs NO
18Khalil Herbert@ TB
19Alexander Mattison@ PHI
20Jahmyr Gibbsvs SEA
21Isiah Pacheco@ JAX
22Jamaal Williams@ CAR
23Raheem Mostert@ NE
24David Montgomeryvs SEA
25Breece Hall@ DAL
26Javonte Williamsvs WAS
27James Connervs NYG
28Rachaad Whitevs CHI
29Tyler Allgeiervs GB
30Kyren Williamsvs SF
31D’Andre Swiftvs MIN
32Justice Hill@ CIN
33Elijah Mitchell@ LAR
34Samaje Perinevs WASH
35Jerome Ford@ PIT
36Dalvin Cook@ DAL
37Gus Edwards@ CIN
38Brian Robinson Jr@ DEN
39Justice Hill@ CIN
40AJ Dillon@ ATL
Week 2 fantasy RB rankings based on 0.5 PPR scoring format
  1. Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco 49ers – The best running back in the NFL against a defensive line that has Aaron Donald and no one else? Sign us up. This game script is perfect for McCaffrey and while San Francisco might rest him if it has a big lead, his performance through the first three quarters should delight fantasy owners.
  2. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants – Similar to McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley faces a mouthwatering matchup in Week 2. He might not be as involved in the passing game, but Barkley’s stat line on Sunday should make him an elite fantasy back.
  3. Bijan Robinson, Atlanta Falcons – The Green Bay Packers have had one of the worst run defenses in the NFL over the last three seasons. Bijan Robinson is the focal point of the Falcons’ offense, so fantasy managers should get ready for a lot of points from their top pick.
  4. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans – Even against great running backs, Chargers’ coach Brandon Staley believes topping the pass is far more important than defending the run. We’ve seen this Los Angeles run defense in the last two years, it won’t fare well vs. Derrick Henry.
  5. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns – The Browns are going to try and slow down the Steelers’ pass rush in Week 2 and running the football accomplishes that. Cleveland is talented enough in the trenches to open some running lanes and you know what Chubb does with the football.
  6. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers – With Austin Ekeler INACTIVE for Week 2, Joshua Kelley slides into the featured role. The Chargers have a great offense and touches matter for Kelley, but a matchup against the No. 1 run defense in the NFL drops him to low-end RB2 in our Week 2 fantasy rankings.
  7. Tony Pollard, Dallas Cowboys – This isn’t the best matchup for Tony Pollard, but the Jets are better at rushing the passer than they are at stopping the run. Plus, Pollard should tack on a few receptions when Prescott is pressured and needs to get rid of the football.
  8. Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars – Jacksonville won’t dominate Kansas City at the line of scrimmage like Detroit did, but this isn’t a bad matchup for Travis Etienne. That is, assuming All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones doesn’t decide to play in Week 2.
  9. Josh Jacobs, Las Vegas Raiders – After getting back into form in the season opener, Josh Jacobs should return to a full workload in Week 2. While the game script doesn’t project to be in his favor, Las Vegas should run the football early to keep the football away from Allen as much as possible.
  10. Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots – A week removed from having a stomach bug, Rhamondre Stevenson should be back to his usual self. Miami is strong up front and its run defense figures to be better in 2023, but we’ll always bet on one of the most talented running backs in the league.
  11. Kenneth Walker III, Seattle Seahawks – Detroit allowed 3.9 ypc to the Chiefs in the NFL Kickoff Game, but it also had fewer headaches to deal with in coverage. With a heavier emphasis in stopping DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Walker should have some room to run.
  12. Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans – Houston won’t win many games this season, but this is definitely one where it can emerge victorious. As long as the game is close, Pierce should receive 20-plus touches in a favorable matchup.
  13. James Cook, Buffalo Bills – Always bet on the featured running back in an elite offense, especially when facing Las Vegas. Cook won’t have many top-10 performances, but he’s arguably the best RB2 you can find in fantasy football.
  14. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers – With Aaron Jones INACTIVE for Week 2, AJ Dillon slides in as the Packers’ starting running back. While this is a solid matchup, Dillon has not proven to be an effective ball-carrier, especially early in the season. Splitting touches with Patrick Taylor, Dillon is only a FLEX play.
  15. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals – The combination of Mixon not being used in the passing game as much as he used to and the Ravens’ run defense means he’s largely going to be stuck as an RB2 who fantasy managers must set reasonable expectations for in this game.
  16. Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris isn’t losing his starting job in Pittsburgh, but the Steelers also love what Jaylen Warren can do on third downs. That pushes Harris into a territory where he’s rarely going to be a top-15 fantasy option.
  17. Miles Sanders, Carolina Panthers – Against a relatively young Saints’ defensive line, Miles Sanders should break off a few big runs and finish with a nice YPC. Of course, his ceiling would be even higher if Carolina had a good offensive line.
  18. Khalil Herbert, Chicago Bears – As long as the Bears have a chance to win in a given week, Khalil Herbert will be one of our favorite RB2s. Chicago should run the football fairly often against Tampa Bay, elevating Herbert’s fantasy floor.
  19. Alexander Mattison, Philadelphia Eagles – Philadelphia has one of the best defensive lines today, but workhorse running backs are becoming harder to find. This isn’t a good matchup for Mattison, but the workload matters.
  20. Jahmyr Gibbs, Detroit Lions – We’ll take Dan Campbell at his word that Detroit is going to get Jahmyr Gibbs more involved moving forward. Of course, sharing touches with Montgomery still limits Gibbs’ ceiling.

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Week 2 fantasy wide receiver rankings

NFL: Preseason-Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars
Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
RankPlayerMatchup
1Justin Jefferson@ PHI
2Ja’Marr Chasevs BAL
3Tyreek Hill@ NE
4A.J. Brownvs MIN
5Stefon Diggsvs LV
6Davante Adams@ BUF
7Amon-Ra St. Brownvs SEA
8Amari Cooper@ PIT
9CeeDee Lambvs NYJ
10DK Metcalf@ DET
11Chris Olave@ CAR
12Jaylen Waddle@ NE
13DeVonta Smithvs MIN
14Keenan Allen@ TEN
15Calvin Ridleyvs KC
16Tee Higginsvs BAL
17Tyler Lockett@ DET
18Deebo Samuel@ LAR
19Christian Watson – OUT@ ATL
20Brandon Aiyuk@ LAR
21Garrett Wilson@ DAL
22Zay Flowers@ CIN
23Chris Godwinvs CHI
24Terry McLaurin@ DEN
25DJ Moore@ TB
26Mike Williams@ TEN
27DeAndre Hopkinsvs LAC
28George Pickensvs CLE
29Mike Evansvs CHI
30Michael Pittman Jr@ HOU
31Drake Londonvs GB
32Jahan Dotson@ DEN
33Puka Nacuavs SF
34Jordan Addison@ PHI
35Kendrick Bournevs MIA
36Josh Reynoldsvs SEA
37Nico Collinsvs IND
38Elijah Moorevs PIT
39Odell Beckham Jr@ CIN
40Romeo Doubs@ ATL
41Marquise Brownvs NYG
42Rashid Shaheeh@ CAR
43Courtland Suttonvs WAS
44Christian Kirkvs KC
45Kadarius Toney@ JAX
Week 2 fantasy rankings are based on 0.5 PPR scoring

Week 2 fantasy TE rankings

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports
RANKPLAYEROPPONENT
1Travis Kelce @ JAX
2TJ Hockenson@ PHI
3Darren Waller@ ARZ
4Dallas Goedertvs MIN
5George Kittle@ LAR
6Mark Andrews @ CIN
7David Njoku@ PIT
8Evan Engramvs KC
9Kyle Pittsvs GB
10Tyler Higbeevs SF
11Luke Musgrave@ ATL
12Dalton Schultzvs IND
13Hunter Henryvs MIA
14Cole Kmet@ TB
15Pat Freiermuthvs CLE
16Juwan Johnson@ CAR
17Sam LaPortavs SEA
18Adam Trautmanvs WAS
19Chigoziem Okonkwovs LAC
20Hayden Hurstvs NO
Week 2 fantasy rankings based on 0.5 PPR scoring format
  1. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs – We’re keeping Travis Kelce atop the Week 2 fantasy TE rankings, but set lower expectations for his potential output. Even if he plays, a bone bruise might limit Kelce’s effectiveness in September.
  2. TJ Hockenson, Minnesota Vikings – The lone weaknesses on the Eagles’ defense are their linebackers and safeties. One way to slow down a pass rush? Quick throws to the tight end. This all sets up very nicely for TJ Hockenson.
  3. Darren Waller, New York Giants – Even if Darren Waller isn’t at 100 percent in Week 2, Arizona’s defense won’t be playing at even 80 percent all season. Jones is going to pepper Waller with all of the targets he can handle.
  4. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles – One of Hurts’ favorite weapons to target, Dallas Goedert is always a safe bet to receive a solid share of looks and he’s capable of making plays after the catch. A strong floor with a fairly high ceiling pushes you very high up in the fantasy tight end rankings every week.
  5. George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers – As we mentioned last week, George Kittle finished under 30 receiving yards in more than half his games last season. He’s an All-Pro tight end, but you have to be aware of his volatility. Fortunately, this is a great matchup.
  6. Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens – We don’t love Mark Andrews as much this year with all of the new pass-catchers in Baltimore, but chemistry with Lamar Jackson matters. Andrews might not ever replicate his elite fantasy numbers of previous years, but he remains high-end play.
  7. David Njoku, Cleveland Browns – This is supposed to be the breakout year for David Njoku and the Steelers are weak at linebacker, largely carried by run-stuffers. Start Njoku with some confidence on Monday Night Football.
  8. Evan Engram, Jacksonville Jaguars – As previously mentioned, we’re anticipating a lot of points and yards being put on the board by Jacksonville and Kansas City. While Evan Engram isn’t one of Lawrence’s top targets, a lot of volume means he’ll get his share of chances.
  9. Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts doesn’t seem to be a central part of the Falcons’ passing attack, but you’ve got to roll the dice at this position. Because of Pitts’ athleticism and the attention Drake London draws, there’s at least a chance at a big play.
  10. Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams – With Cooper Kupp sidelined, Tyler Higbee is going to be Stafford’s security blanket. Against an overwhelming pass rush, Higbee should at least rack up the receptions.

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