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Fantasy football Week 2 player rankings

Fantasy football Week 2 player rankings
Can Ben Roethlisberger shake off a rocky Week 1? (AP Photo/David Richard)

Each week Des Bieler ranks the top players at each position to help fantasy football owners decide on their best possible starting lineup.

Week 1 of the NFL season featured no shortage of intrigue for fantasy owners. Saints running back Alvin Kamara staked his early claim to be the most valuable fantasy player of the season, while a top-tier tight end was a no-show in a big win by the Kansas City Chiefs. And what to make of Big Ben Roethlisberger coming up (very) small in the Pittsburgh Steelers tie with the Cleveland Browns?

Here’s how we’re setting the board for Week 2.


Ben Roethlisberger is back at home, meaning that, weather permitting, he should play well. … Patrick Mahomes, fresh off looking terrific against the Chargers, will square off with the Steelers QB in what should be a shootout (get used to hearing that about games involving the Chiefs). … Aaron Rodgers has an injured leg and a rough matchup, but for now (Tuesday afternoon) he won’t go lower than seventh. Monitor the injury closely though. … Tyrod Taylor can do damage against a suddenly very questionable Saints defense. … Russell Wilson’s ranking might actually be optimistic, given his receiving options and a road date with an angry Bears squad. … Deshaun Watson has some proving to do after a flat performance against the Patriots. … Week 1 revelation Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to show that he and the Buccaneers can stay hot versus the imposing Eagles.

[T.J. Yeldon and Phillip Lindsay are your top waiver priorities for Week 2]

Running back

Alvin Kamara takes the top spot in PPR formats, and could well remain there until Mark Ingram returns in four weeks. … The Cowboys’ inability to move the ball is a major concern for Ezekiel Elliott, but a home game and volume keep him in the top…

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