While it’s a small sample size and far too early to read into any perceived strengths or weaknesses across the league, some of our preseason thinking gained more support in Week 1. As such, our Week 2 NFL ranks take into account potential defenses to pick on in your matchups this week.
Below the table, a few quick points on areas where I’m out of alignment with ECR.
- You only care about this rank if looking for a value DFS play or in a 2QB format, but I’m pleased to be 8 spots ahead of ECR on Trevor Siemian. He fared well enough against a tough defense in Carolina in Week 1 and has had 10 days to prepare for a matchup against a Colts’ secondary that came into the season injured and undermanned and came out of Week 1 even more banged up.
- No one wants to over-react to Week 1’s results, but I find it hard to rank Todd Gurley as anything other than a middling RB2 this week. Case Keenum admits he was ‘seeing ghosts‘ a week ago and certainly looked under manned against the 49ers. The task is much taller for the entire Rams offense against the Seahawks this week, and while the team may feature Gurley it’s hard to envision them scoring more than once or twice overall against the ‘Hawks in their LA home opener. Keenum and co. are going to struggle to move the ball and as such, there isn’t a lot of ceiling offered with Gurley in Week 2.
- Stefon Diggs profiles as a top-end WR3/WR2 this week against the Packers. Minnesota’s offense underwhelmed in the opener against Tennessee but could find itself in catch up mode against Green Bay this week. While the switch from Hill to Bradford makes it harder to project how this week will shake out, Diggs remained the clear first option in the passing game a week ago (nine targets) and should easily match that number in Week 2 suggesting that a second 100 yard game to open the season is within reach.
- With all of their options on offense, the Colts leaned heavily on the TE position a week ago against Detroit. With Denver’s solid defensive backfield matching up against Indianapolis’ WR’s Allen could become a redzone option again this week – don’t be worried about the impact of Jack Doyle, but do count on the TE position being a redzone feature the rest of the way with a speedy-but-slight WR corps featured in Indy.