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September 17, 2014
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2014 Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks

 

 

 

Quarterback Player Rankings – Week 2

 

(BYE:  NONE)

 

 

RB Rankings  WR Rankings  TE Rankings

 

 

 

Quarterbacks                 (Updated:  Sunday, Sep. 14 - 11:29AM CT)

 

Peyton Manning - Pyro Character

1.       Peyton Manning (vs. KC - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Peyton was back to his old tricks last week, throwing three touchdowns passes, but he failed to throw for 300 yards. That will change this week as Manning faces the Chiefs, whose defense will be missing Derrick Johnson. Last season Peyton threw for 726 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions against Kansas City. The Chiefs were unable to stop Jake Locker, so you do the math. Must start this week.

 

 

Aaron Rodgers Pyro Character

2.       Aaron Rodgers (vs. NYJ - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Aaron Rodgers had a tough opening matchup AT the Seahawks last week, so while the Jets are a tough defense, that statement is much more true in the run game than through the air. Rodgers wasn’t great last week completing just 23 of 33 passes for 189 yards with 1 touchdown and a score. The Jets’ defense did look dominant last week, allowing just 158 total yards, but #12 is far from a rookie quarterback that they faced last week. The Jets allowed just 15 yards rushing last week and were one of the best rush defense in all of football last year, so it will be on Aaron’s shoulders to win the game at home. Rodgers is also better at home then on the road so he will look to get the Packers and your fantasy team back on track this week.


Andrew Luck - Pyro Character

3.       Andrew Luck (vs. Phi - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Luck continues to prove that he is a fantasy gem, and it should be more of the same this week. The Colts will face the Eagles, who had trouble at stopping the pass last season, and allowed Chad Henne to have a nice game in the opener. Luck should be throwing all over the Eagles in what should be a shootout on Monday night, and is a great start this week.

 

Nick Foles - Pyro Character

4.       Nick Foles (at Ind - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #21 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

It was the best of halves, it was the worst of halves… Who would have thought Jacksonville was going to lead Philly 17-0 at the half. But, Chip Kelly got his offense rolling in the 2nd half, and to call on the ghost of Denny Green, Philly showed us:  “they were who we thought they were”. Foles looked far better in the second half. In fact, he finished the day 27 for 45. He had 322 passing yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 INT. This week, the Eagles head to Indy to play the Colts on Monday night. Manning put up 269 yards and 3 TDs on Indy Week 1. The Eagles have the 21st easiest schedule this week for the QB, 18th for the receivers, and tied for 28th at the tight end position. Foles is something of a road dog. Last year, he completed nearly 68% of his passes and had an amazing 21 to 1 TD to INT ratio for road games.

 

Tom Brady - Pyro Character

5.       Tom Brady (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Patriots are coming off an opening game loss, and will look to rebound as they head to Minneapolis. The Vikings shut down the Rams last week, but they were also down to quarterback Austin Davis. Brady will need someone beyond Edleman and Gronk to show up in the passing game, and Aaron Dobson could be activated this week, while Brandon LaFell takes a seat after his zero catches on six targets. Expect a strong performance from Brady, as the Patriots are still searching to establish their running game, which was held under 100 yards last week.

 

Drew Brees - Pyro Character

6.       Drew Brees (at Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Brees will be facing a tough Cleveland defense that will look to pressure him, but they did just give up 365 yards to Big Ben. Joe Haden can’t cover everyone, and Drew will look to throw for more than 300 yards for a second week in a row. While his numbers on the road are not nearly as good as at home (211/85 TD/INT at home, 153/93 TD/INT on the road), Brees should be able to find plenty of opening against the Browns this week. It also does not hurt that the Saints lost last week and Brees will be playing with a chip on his shoulder.

 

Matthew Stafford - Pyro Character

7.       Matthew Stafford (at Car - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Lions head to Carolina this week. The Panthers defense is a heck of a lot tougher than what the G-men showed to Detroit seven days ago. In week 1, the Panthers only allowed a total of 183 yards to the QB. They let up 2 TDs but also had 2 picks. The Detroit wide receivers have a tough go of it this week. They have the 27th-easiest ranked schedule. Still, with the weapons at Stafford’s disposal, it is highly doubtful he rides your bench on Sunday.

 

Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

8.       Andy Dalton (vs. Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jake Locker Pyro Character

9.       Jake Locker (vs. Dal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Locker had himself a nice game in Week 1 throwing for 266 yards with two touchdowns. This week he will get to face a Cowboys defense that was embarrassed at home by the 49ers. Locker should be able to continue his hot start, as Dallas has trouble creating pressure on the quarterback. Jake will also look to go deep with Justin Hunter in this game, and is a sneaky start this week.

 

Colin Kaepernick - Pyro Character

10.     Colin Kaepernick (vs. Chi - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

This week, the 49ers are at home to the Bears on Sunday night. Kaepernick has not faced them since 2012. During that game, he completed nearly 70% of his passes, he went for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air. Last week against the Bills, Chicago let EJ Manuel complete nearly 73% of his passes. He is certainly no Colin Kaepernick. Not only that, Manuel threw for one and ran for one. This should be music to your ears as Kaepernick owners. The 49ers might opt for a more run heavy approach this Sunday considering Chicago is the easiest ranked opponent against the rush. Considering San Fran looked dominant last week, and the Bears struggled against an inferior opponent should mean a victory for San Francisco. Again Kaepernick owners, strike up the band. Kaepernick has run for 8 TDs when his team has won, and 0 when they have lost. If the 49ers are winning, Kaepernick is quicker to pull it down and break one off.

 

Russell Wilson - Pyro Character

11.     Russell Wilson (at SD - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Russell Wilson did what he seemingly always does on the opening night of the season. He wasn’t the focal point of the offense, but when called upon to make plays both inside and outside the pocket he did so. Wilson had just 35 looks, which was 22nd among quarterbacks but he made the most of them compiling 191 pass yards and 2 touchdowns and adding another 2.9 points on the ground. At this point Wilson is Mr. Consistency, as he is a guy you can count on for 18 points each and every week. The Chargers just allowed 21.1 fantasy points to Carson Palmer and I think everyone can agree that Wilson is more talented then the former USC Trojan.  The Seahawks rushing attack will still be the focal point but Wilson should get more chances to exploit a weak secondary in SD.

 

 

Matt Ryan - Pyro Character

12.     Matt Ryan (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Ryan was All-World in Week 1, throwing for 448 yards and three touchdowns. Matty Ice will look to carry that momentum into this week’s matchup against at Cincinnati. The Bengals are going to present a difficult challenge for him, and will not allow him the open space to throw that he saw in Week 1. The Falcons are going to have a hard time running the ball against the Bengals, so Ryan should still be throwing the ball a lot in this game.

 

Robert Griffin III Pyro Character

13.     Robert Griffin III (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Griffin was used mainly as a pocket passer in the season opener, and completed 29 of 37 passes for 267 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. We know that RG III will be the most effective if he is allowed to run and be himself, but it seems that Jay Gruden is set on making Griffin into something that he is not. What that does is turn a good matchup against the Jaguars into a very risky start. RG III did not look comfortable running in the preseason, and it seems like he is still trying to find his way in the new offense. Those are poor combinations and reason enough to leave him on your bench this week.

 

 

Tampa Bay QB - Pyro Character

14.     Josh McCown (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Ben Roethlisberger - Pyro Character

15.     Ben Roethlisberger (at Bal - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Ryan Tannehill - Pyro Character

16.     Ryan Tannehill (at Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Tannehill did not perform great in Week 1, throwing for 178 on 18 of 32 passes, with two touchdowns and one interception. Things will get easier for him in Week 2 as the Dolphins face the Bills. The Bills surrendered 349 yards passing to Jay Cutler last week, and Tannehill will look to connect with Mike Wallace on a deep pass or two. This should be a good bounce back week for Ryan, and he should be put up nice numbers against a poor Buffalo defense.

 

Chad Henne - Pyro Character

17.     Chad Henne (at Was - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Tony Romo - Pyro Character

18.     Tony Romo (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Back) - Just like last week, Romo practiced in full every day and is fully expected to play.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Geno Smith - Pyro Character

19.     Geno Smith (at GB - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #6 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Joe Flacco - Pyro Character

20.     Joe Flacco (vs. Pit - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Joe Flacco led all quarterbacks in looks last week outing up a stellar 65. He led the league in passing attempts as well as he attempted 62 passes. Even with all of the opportunities he was given Flacco still had a subpar fantasy day finishing with just 16.5 points. Flacco did establish a good rapport with free agent signee Steve Smith who was targeted a league high 15 times and caught 7 for 118 yards and a score. Flacco will now go up against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football. The Steelers allowed just 13 points to Brian Hoyer last week so Flacco will have some work cut out for him on this short week.

 

Houston QB - Pyro Character

21.     Ryan Fitzpatrick (at Oak - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Fitzpatrick and the Texans head to the “Black Hole” to face the Raiders. Oakland did a good job of limiting Geno Smith from the big play. The big play to DeAndre Hopkins last week was the only thing that saved Fitzpatrick’s fantasy performance. If you take that play out of his totals Fitz only had 130 yards on 13 of 21 of passes. The Texans are going to lean on the run again this week, and you should leave Fitzpatrick on your bench.

 

Cam Newton - Pyro Character

22.     Cam Newton (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Ribs) - Cam has been practicing in full this week and is set to play on Sunday.  PYRO's TAKE: Newton may be ready to go, but we'd stay clear of him this weekend anyway. His main source of fantasy points comes from running the ball, something we doubt he does very much of not only due to the issue with his ribs, but because he'll be facing a Lions defense that allowed the third-fewest rushing yards to opposing QBs last season (just 7.75 yards per game).

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Cam has been practicing this week, and is expected to start against the Lions. The fractured ribs could become an issue in this game, as Newton will be facing the Lions and Ndamukong Suh, who is known for taking a cheap shot. The Lions have a strong defense, and they will look to pressure Newton all day, and force his young receivers to make plays. Cam is not a good option this week, and it would be better to seem him perform before trusting him and his ribs.

 

 

Drew Stanton - Pyro Character

23.     Drew Stanton (at NYG - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE (Shoulder) - Palmer has been declared OUT for the Week 2 matchup

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Arizona heads to New York, although West Coast teams typically do not fair well when they have to travel east, this is the Giants we are talking about. Last week the Giants gave up the 2nd-most fantasy points to the opposing quarterback.

 

Matt Cassel - Pyro Character

24.     Matt Cassel (vs. NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Matt Cassel went up against a tough St. Louis defense in Week 1. Cassel performed admirably. He had a 68% completion rate. Passed for 2 TDs, and only 170 yards. However, with the Vikings ground game, he did not have to do much in the air. The final score was 34 to 6, so he was not called upon to throw. In Week 2, the Patriots come to town licking their wounds. Cassel has never played against the Pats, one of his former teams. Even though Miami won, Tannehill did not have a great day. He completed just above 56% of his passes, he totaled 178 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. The bright spot was Wallace, he went against Darrelle Revis and amassed 81 yards and one of the touchdowns. With the double Pet-Pat attack of Petersen and Patterson, New England's defense might be on their heels a bit. Plus they have Rudolph and Jennings. Now who would have guessed that out of those four players, AP would be the one NOT to score?

 

alex smith pyro character

25.     Alex Smith (at Den - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Jay Cutler - Pyro Character

26.     Jay Cutler (at SF - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #29 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jay Cutler was his typical pragmatic self against the Bills in the opening game of the season. For all the talk of his improved decision-making, the guy throws two costly interceptions that make it tough for the Bears to get the victory. Luckily for fantasy owners, interceptions are not nearly as costly in fantasy as they are in real game situations. For fantasy purposes the guy through for 349 yards and 2 scores and finished as the ninth best passer in fantasy in week 1. Cutler has a tough matchup on the road against the 49ers who allowed just 9.2 fantasy points to Tony Romo last week. Cutler will look to correct get the Bears back to even after many have placed the blame for the Bears lost fairly on his shoulders.

 

Brian Hoyer Pyro Character

27.     Brian Hoyer (vs. NO - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Saints head to Cleveland this Sunday for week 2. Both teams will be hungry for a win after starting out 0 and 1. Hoyer started Week 1 slow. In fact, Twitter was starting to heat up with calls for Manziel. Coach Mike Pettine was true to his word and said Hoyer was not going to get a quick hook if things did not go well. He left Hoyer in and for the most part, Hoyer turned it around in the second half. He finished the day 19 for 31. He threw 230 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 picks. Hawkins was clearly his favorite target as he had 8 receptions for 87 yards. The next highest reception total was 2 and that was spread out to 5 different guys. Clearly Hoyer has found his security blanket. Jordan Cameron did leave early as he reinjured his shoulder. His one TD went to Travis Benjamin, who was one of the 5 who totaled 2 receptions. In Week 2, Hoyer plays the Saints. In week one, the Saints defense gave up a whopping 448 passing yards and 3 TDs to Matt Ryan.

 

Derek Carr Pyro Character

28.     Derek Carr (vs. Hou - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

E.J. Manuel Pyro Character

29.     E.J. Manuel (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Philip Rivers - Pyro Character

30.     Philip Rivers (vs. Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

This is going to be a rough week for Rivers as he faces the toughest defense in the NFL. The Seahawks only surrendered 9.6 points to Aaron Rodgers, and Rivers does not have near the weapons as Rodgers. Look for a better option this week.

 

Eli Manning - Pyro Character

31.     Eli Manning (vs. Ari - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Damn, these boys still don’t have the McAdoo offense down? What the hell were they doing in the preseason anyway? One thing is for sure, it wasn’t learning the hand signals. The Giants opening game was atrocious. Guys were blocking when they should have been running routes. It was embarrassing. This week they are home to the Cardinals. While they aren’t the defense they were last year, they still have one of the league’s best shut down corners in Patrick Peterson. Frankly, it doesn’t get a whole lot easier on the other side with Antonio Cromartie. Manning’s wide receivers have the 29th-easiest schedule this week. I am willing to bet there is a QB on your waiver wire right now that will do better than Eli this week.

 

 

Rams QB - Pyro Character

32.     Austin Davis (at TB - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE (Thigh) - Shaun Hill is considered a long-shot to be active this weekend.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

 

 

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22014 Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings - Running Backs

 

 

 

Running Back Player Rankings – Week 2

 

(BYE:  NONE)

 

 

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Running Backs                 (Updated:  Friday, Sept. 12 - 7:47PM CT)

 

 

DeMarco Murray - Pyro Character

1.       DeMarco Murray (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

DeMarco Murray had a big day against the 49ers last week, rushing 22 times for 118 yards and a touchdown. Dallas will get to take on a Tennessee defense that allowed just 4.9 fantasy points to opposing running backs against the Chiefs in week 1 (who have one of the best running backs in the entire NFL).  The Titans allowed just 31 rushing yards to the Chiefs running backs last week. The Titans were one of the best defenses in Week 1 allowing just 47 total fantasy points to the Chiefs last week. The Chiefs offensive line was in shambles in the first week, but the Cowboy offensive line is a totally different ballgame as they were dominant in the run game against the 49ers. DeMarco is taking on the AFC South and Titans for the first time in his career so he will have unfamiliarity on his side. As long as DeMarco is healthy he needs to be in your lineup.


LeSean McCoy - Pyro Character

2.       LeSean McCoy (at Ind - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Shady had a decent game in the season opener, but he failed to score a touchdown. This week he will face the Colts in what looks to be a shootout. McCoy is going to be active as a receiver as well as a rusher in this game, but should be able to break some nice runs on the Colts defense. LeSean could see as many as 10 targets in this passing game this week as well. Of course you are starting him.


Marshawn Lynch - Pyro Character

3.       Marshawn Lynch (at SD - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #21 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Marshawn will take Beast Mode to Southern California this week. The Chargers were effective against the run in Week 1, holding the Cardinals to 109 rushing yards, 29 of which came from Carson Palmer. The Seahawks present a different challenge. Lynch is a much stronger runner than Andre Ellington, and will look to expose the Chargers interior defensive line. Marshawn is always a threat in the redzone, and scored twice in the season opener. Beast Mode should be in full effect this Sunday.


Arian Foster Pyro Character

4.       Arian Foster (at Oak - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #9 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Foster is coming off a 100-yard game in the season opener, and he received a heavy workload with 27 carries. Ryan Fitzpatrick was unimpressive at quarterback, and the Texans leaned on Arian and the running game. Foster should once again see well north of 20 carries, as well as some targets in the passing game as well. Arian has averaged better than 150 total yards per game in his previous two matchups against the Raiders. Foster is going to be the main source of offense for the Texans this week.

 

Giovani Bernard - Pyro Character

5.       Giovani Bernard (vs. Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Giovani will be facing the Falcons this week, and should be able to have a strong performance. The Saints were able to have success running against Atlanta, but the running backs were also effective in the passing game with seven catches for 59 yards, so Gio should be able to be very effective as a receiver in this game. The Falcons also gave up three rushing touchdowns last week, so Bernard is a good bet for a touchdown this week.


Jamaal Charles - Pyro Character

6.       Jamaal Charles (at Den - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Seven for nineteen can mean many things. Fantasy goo is not one of them. These were Jamaal’s rushing stats for week 1. Apparently Reid was in the apologetic mood this week. He said they underutilized Kelce, and the “negligence” to not get Jamaal the ball more was squarely on Reid. We are talking about the number one fantasy player for last year. Your damn right seven carries is not enough! However,  play calling was not the only problem. From last year’s starting front five offensive linemen, three were lost to free agency, and a fourth is serving a four game suspension. After consulting with a few mathematicians and one wizard, it has been determined Jamaal Charles is running behind an offensive line that is 80% brand new. This week, KC heads to Denver. Last week, Denver only allowed 13.6 fantasy points to the opposing running backs, but that was on less than 10 carries. Look, it is Jamaal Charles. You just don’t mess with your studs. If Reid knows what’s good for him, and his team, Charles will get the looks he deserves this week. However, he will have to rely on his talent as his O-line will not be of much help.


Montee Ball - Pyro Character

7.       Montee Ball (vs. KC - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Ball will have a chance for another strong outing in week two as the Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs will be without star linebacker Derrick Johnson, who was lost for the season, which should create a lot more space in the middle for Montee to exploit. In the season opener Ball did not break the big run, rushing for only 67 yards on 23 carries, but did score a touchdown. Montee also added two catches for 16 yards. The Broncos should be able to get the Ball rolling in this one, making him a solid start yet again.


Alfred Morris - Pyro Character

8.       Alfred Morris (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The one bright spot in the Washington offense was Morris. In Week 1, Morris totaled 91 yards. He averaged a healthy 6.5 yards a rush on 14 carries.  By God, this guy gets vulture more than any other RB out there. Last week, something called Darrel Young punched in the only TD Washington scored from the 1-yard line. While this became a habit last year under then coach Shanahan, hopefully Gruden does not employ the same mentality. This week, Washington is home to the Jags. The Jags pose the 4th-easiest rushing offense and are the 10th easiest against receivers. With RG3 dinking and dunking in the passing game, Morris should have a big day again this week.


Frank Gore - Pyro Character

9.       Frank Gore (vs. Chi - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Frank Gore had a decent rushing game against the Dallas Cowboys, on Sunday afternoon compiling 62 yards on 16 carries, but the flow of the game didn’t really work in his favor as the 49ers scored a defensive touchdown and had a number of short fields. Gore was also vultured on a touchdown, which didn’t help his cause.  The sledding this week shouldn’t be much harder, going up against a revamped Bears defense that still struggled against the run last week allowing 26.2 fantasy points to the Bills backfield at home. The Bears were tough against opposing wide receivers and tight ends in the passing game last week, so the 49ers might ratchet up their run game even more this week. Gore has always been better at home in his career, but how will the new confines treat him at this stage in his career, no one ones for sure, but it is definitely worth starting him and finding out. At the very least he should be more involved in the passing game to give owners more reasons for optimism.


Matt Forte - Pyro Character

10.     Matt Forte (at SF - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Matt Forte might not have had the most fantasy points among running backs last week, but he was one of the most involved in his team’s offense. Forte saw 26 looks against the Bills, and came away with 169 total yards. The 49ers run defense isn’t what it used to be as we saw last week, as they allowed 20.4 fantasy points to the Dallas backs last week, and that was with Dallas playing catch up for most of the game. Forte should be featured again this week, as the Bears play on the road in the first regular season game at Levi’s Stadium. DeMarco Murray had a big day against the 49ers defense and there is no reason to believe Forte won’t as well.

 

 

Zac Stacy - Pyro Character

11.     Zac Stacy (at TB - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Rams are going to lean on Stacy, as they look to give some stability to their offense. With all the turmoil at the quarterback position St. Louis is going to try and establish Zac early and often. While he only had 11 carries in Week 1, it would be surprising if he did not have at least 20 carries in this game. The sheer workload should be enough to make Stacy a good start this week.


Shane Vereen - Pyro Character

12.     Shane Vereen (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Shane Vereen’s value might have had the biggest spike of guys that were owned in nearly all leagues. He did it all, rushing receiving and his own goal line work. While he might not be the size of your typical every down back it looks like the Patriots are intent on giving him touches like one. Vereen got nearly as many carries as Ridley this week (7 to 8) while also getting 8 targets in the passing game, catching 5 of them for 35 yards. The most exciting part of his day though was his red zone opportunity and score. Shane will now take on a Vikings D that was very rewarding to running backs last season. Look for the kid to have a nice game receiving and rushing again this week as he should clearly be on your RB2 radar until something changes.


 

Fred Jackson - Pyro Character

13.     Fred Jackson (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Fred Jackson is old reliable, and proved it again in week 1 against the Bears. He rushed 7 times for 61 yards and put a devastating stiff arm on Chris Conte that made him look like a middle schooler to set up the game winning field goal. Jackson was also active in the passing game, catching 3 passes for 13 yards. Jackson was the clear change of back in week 1 however, serving as the spell back to C. J. Spiller. 10-12 touches looks like the workload Jackson will enjoy this season. The Bills will take on the Dolphins, a team that Mr. Jackson has done some damage against in the past. Last season he averaged 70 rushing yards and a score a game, and also added even more in the passing game.

 

Le'Veon Bell - Pyro Character

14.     Le’Veon Bell (at Bal - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Le’Veon Bell had one of the biggest Week 1’s of all players, compiling 197 total yards and a score last week. Bell looked great all game long and averaged over 5 yards a carry on his 21 touts, something that NEVER happened last season. He was also awesome in the pass game catching 6 of his 7 targets for 88 yards. LeGarrette Blount did vulture a short touchdown early in the game, or else his day could have been even bigger. Baltimore was good against the rush last week holding the Bengals to just 67 yards on 18 carries, but they did allow the Bengals running backs to be active in the pass game and catch 6 passes for 62 yards. Thursday night games are usually a little sloppy, and coaches tend to rely on the running game more in short weeks. Bell was successful in a Thursday matchup at Baltimore last season, rushing 16 times for 73 yards and a score while catching 7 of his 9 targets for 63 yards.

 

Miami Dolphins - Pyro Character

15.     Knowshon Moreno (at Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Shoulder) - Knowshon was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but after the workload he took on in Week 1, who could blame Miami for taking it easy on the injury-prone RB. He'll be playing on Sunday.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Moreno picked up where he left off last season. Miami finally has their bell cow back, and it is Knowshon Moreno. Moreno had 134 yards with a touchdown on 24 carries. He was explosive with the football, and gives the Dolphins the attitude they were missing in the run game last season. This week Knowshon should continue to post good numbers as he faces a Bills defense that is questionable at best. The Bears did not run against the Bill a lot, but they did run for 4.8 YPC. The Dolphins will look to establish Moreno early, so expect a heavy workload once again.

 

 

Pierre Thomas - Pyro Character

16.     Pierre Thomas (at Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Pierre Thomas had 13 touches on 14 looks on Sunday but clearly ran behind Mark Ingram in the team’s pecking order. Thomas was his usual efficient self against the Falcons rushing 7 times for 31 yards and catching 6 of his 7 targets for 58 yards. Thomas keeps proving to be a great option in PPR and is entrenched as the teams passing down back as Ingram received just 1 target. New Orleans gets to take on Cleveland that just allowed 503 yards to Pittsburgh last week. Le’Veon Bell absolutely went off against them in both the running and passing game. Look for Thomas to have another nice day as New Orleans works to get their first victory.

 

C.J. Spiller - Pyro Character

17.     C.J. Spiller (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Although Spiller led the Bills in attempts in Week 1, he was 3rd for rushing yards behind Jackson and Anthony freaking Dixon. In 15 attempts, Spiller averaged 3.5 yards per carry, with a run of 13 yards being his longest on the day. It looks like Jackson is still the back to own in Buffalo, but one week is hardly a large sample size. Spiller did catch 3 passes and actually took 1 to the house, thus padding his stats. The Bills are home to the Dolphins in Week 2. Last week, Miami gave up 65 yards and 1 TD to their opposing RBs. We have Spiller and Jackson rated right next to one another. Chances are, Spiller is your consistent guy from week to week, but Spiller always has the possibility of making a big score. You just have to be willing to roll the dice on the guy knowing you might just crap out.

 

Chris Ivory - Pyro Character

18.     Chris Ivory (at GB - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)


INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #6 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Andre Ellington - Pyro Character

19.     Andre Ellington (at NYG - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE (Foot) - Ellington missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday before putting in some limited time on Friday.  PYRO's TAKE: We wouldn't call him a "definite" to play this Sunday, but after his showing last Monday night, we'd say it's pretty safe to get him in your lineup.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The DUKE was able to play in Week 1, after it looked like he might miss up to six weeks. The good news is that he can do no more damage to his foot, and Ellington showed his amazing agility on a few runs. He was also active in the passing game, catching five passes. This week Andre will face the Giants who did a good job shutting down the Lions run game last week. The DUKE should be able to flash his skills in this game, and give a better fantasy performance this week.


Eddie Lacy - Pyro Character

20.     Eddie Lacy (vs. NYJ - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Concussion) - After going through the NFL's concussion protocol, Lacy was officially cleared on Thursday and will start for the Packers this Sunday afternoon.  PYRO's TAKE: It's nice to see Lacy making it back onto the field so soon after suffering his second concussion in the last 12 months, but this really isn't the game you'd like to see him return to. He could still be used as a RB2 this week, but the Jets rush defense is ferocious, as shown by their allowing just 26 yards on 14 carries to running backs in Week 1.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

In Week 1, Lacy suffered a concussion. This was his second NFL concussion in just over one full season. Although Lacy did not practice on Wednesday, it looks promising that he will be in the lineup come Sunday when the Jets head to Green Bay.  The Packers will be watching the health of right tackle Bryan Bulaga as well. It is the home opener at Lambeau. That coupled with a week one loss should spell a big day for the Pack. Unfortunately, it might be threw the air. Aaron Rodgers faces the 12th-easiest schedule this week and his receivers are tied for the 8th-easiest. Last week the Jets were the #1 fantasy defense against the running back position. They only gave up 26 yards and 0 touchdowns. The first three weeks of the 2014 season are not pretty by any means for Lacy. Going up against this defense, plus the fact he is coming off a concussion could equate to Lacy having his lowest fantasy output of the year.  Although I believe in the adage you never bench your studs, this week could be the exception to that rule.

 

 

Cleveland Browns Rookie - Pyro Character

21.     Terrance West (vs. NO - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Terrance West has been vaulted into the starting lineup with the injury to Ben Tate. In replacing him last week the rookie posted 100 yards on 16 carries. This week he will lead the Browns rushing attack, although fellow rookie Isaiah Crowell will be the primary rusher in the redzone. The Saints defense, which was atrocious in Week 1, will look to shut down the rushing attack and force Brian Hoyer to beat them. West is still going to be splitting carries, and without the redzone carries will need to break a long one to hit pay dirt.


Shonn Greene - Pyro Character

22.     Shonn Greene (vs. Dal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Reggie Bush - Pyro Character

23.     Reggie Bush (at Car - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Knee) - As he will be at times this season, Bush was limited in practice for part of the week to preserve his year-long health. He's fine to be started as an RB2.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

I have stated that Bell is the RB to own in Motown this year. After week 1, that preseason prediction is looking pretty strong. Bell received 15 carries, caught 1 pass and averaged 3.4 yards per carry. Bush only toted the rock a total of 9 times, did not catch a pass and averaged 1.7 yards per rush. Carolina has a stout D. They did not give up a rushing score and only allowed 75 yards on the ground in Week 1. They did however allow for an opposing back to catch a touchdown in week 1. Detroit has a tough schedule all the way around this week. Only one other team has a tougher week for the QB and the RB positions, and only two other teams have it harder at the wide receiver position.


Joique Bell - Pyro Character

24.     Joique Bell (at Car - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jaguars RB - Pyro Character

25.     Toby Gerhart (at Was - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Ankle) - Gerhart made good progress throughout the week and is now on track to start against relatively week Redskins rush D.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

For Week 2, Jacksonville travels to Washington. Gerhart was ranked as the 27th-best fantasy running back in Week 1. God only knows how he ended up that high. He rushed for an average of 2.33 yards per carry. Trent Richardson averaged 1 yard more per carry and he’s, you know… Trent Richardson. Last week, only 3 teams let up fewer points to the running back position than Washington. The stat is a little deceiving as Arian Foster did run for over 100 yards against them. On the Jacksonville side, Gehart suffered an ankle sprain in Week 1 and did not practice on Wednesday. The team expects him to be ready for Sunday. However, this certainly does not provide a feeling of security to his owners. He is flex material at best.


Carlos Hyde - Pyro Character

26.     Carlos Hyde (vs. Chi - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Carlos Hyde got his career off to a solid start against the Cowboys, rushing 7 times for 50 yards and a vulture touchdown. Hyde had a long gain of 15 yards but hit the hole hard on every rush and added a punch in from 4 yards out. He was used as a change of pace back to get Gore some rest and was clearly a part of the game plan going in. Hyde should play a similar role to Fred Jackson who had 10 touches against the Bears, with most of his work coming on the ground to the tune of 61 yards on 7 carries. Hyde will look to keep the momentum against the Bears who allowed 5.8 yards a rush against the Bills last week.

 

 

Minnesota Vikings RB - Pyro Character

27.     Matt Asiata (vs. NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Jets RB - Pyro Character

28.     Chris Johnson (at GB - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #6 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Johnson had 13 carries for 68 yards in the season opener, with a long run of 11 yards. This week the Jets will be facing the Packers, who had their hands full with Beast Mode and the Seahawks in their opener. New York will once again want to establish the running game, especially on the road, against a Packers defense that is feeling the loss of B.J. Raji. Johnson will once again be in a timeshare with Chris Ivory, who gets the goal line carries, which limits the potential for him if he does not break a big run.


New York Giants - Pyro Character

29.     Rashad Jennings (vs. Ari - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jennings rushing attack was shut down by the Lions defense in Week 1, held to only 46 yards on 16 carries. He did find success in the passing game with four catches for 50 yards. This week he will be facing a tougher defense in the Cardinals. Arizona held the Chargers to 52 yards on 24 carries, for a 2.2 YPC average. If you take out the one Ryan Mathews run for 20 yards, the Cardinals held the Chargers to 1.4 YPC. Jennings is going to have a hard time finding running lanes against this defense, and his best chance will be as a receiver.


Bernard Pierce Pyro Character

30.     Bernard Pierce (vs. Pit - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Ahmad Bradshaw Pyro Character

31.     Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. Phi - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Philadelphia Eagles RB - Pyro Character

32.     Darren Sproles (at Ind - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)


INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Sproles had himself a very nice game in Week 1, and most of his damage came on the ground. Darren had 11 carries for 71 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown run. Sproles added another 14 yards on four catches. The biggest question going into this game was how Sproles was going to be used, but now we know that the Eagles plan to utilize him as a runner as well as a receiver, and give him a decent amount of touches each week. This week the competition is a lot tougher than the Jaguars, as the Colts only allowed the Broncos 102 rushing yards last week. Sproles may see more work as a receiver against Indianapolis.


Lamar Miller - Pyro Character

33.     Lamar Miller (at Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Moreno was not targeted in the passing game in Week 1 and Miller saw 5 targets. This is small consolation considering Moreno toted the rock more than twice as many times ad Miller. Moreno ran it 24 times for 134 yards. This is most likely an indicator of how it will go this year. Miller did average 5.4 yards per carry but still was only given 11 handoffs. Miller will be the change of pace, explosion guy. Moreno is RB#2 material this week with Miller being a flex at best.

 

 

Darren McFadden - Pyro Character

34.     Darren McFadden (vs. Hou - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Darren McFadden is still behind MJD on the depth chart but exceeded his production last week, as the bar was set very low.  DMC was able to gain 15 yards, which was three more than MJD gained but did so on just 4 carries. McFadden looks like he is clearly behind MJD on the depth chart, even when he is struggling mightily. The matchup is better this week, and now that it looks like Jones-Drew will sit this one out, I can advocate playing DMC as a low-end RB2/Flex this weekend.

 

 

Tampa Bay RB - Pyro Character

35.     Bobby Rainey  (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Steven Jackson - Pyro Character

36.     Steven Jackson (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #29 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Steven Jackson and company might have gotten the win, but he spent way more time on the sideline then his owners may have liked. The other running backs in the roster all got run this week and a lot of it. Rodgers got 6 touches, Freeman had 4, and Antone had three. Jackson did get 12 carries and 3 targets but it is looking pretty clear that Jackson will be sharing carries this season. The Falcons were playing catch up for most of the game and Jackson didn’t get a ton of run in the second half because of it. The Falcons will have another tough battle this week in Cincinnati. The Bengals gave up just 13.8 points to opposing running backs last week, and they were even tougher against them last season. With the game more in hand the Falcons should be more balanced offensively giving Jackson more carries.


Cincinnati Bengals Rookie - Pyro Character

37.     Jeremy Hill (vs. Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Although the coaching staff continually stated Hill would be given 180 – 200 carries this year, I am not sure they have the math right on this one. He was only given 4 attempts in Week 1 while Bernard was given 14. Hill had a better average, 4.8 to Gio’s 3.4. Bernard should have a monster game this week as they are home to the Falcons. The Bengals could be throwing more this week. Until we see an increase in his usage, I am keeping Hill on the bench. The guy has tons of potential and the team still states he will be given a larger portion of the load. But until I see it on the field, I am looking elsewhere to fill my starting roster.

 

 

Stevan Ridley - Pyro Character

38.     Stevan Ridley (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Stevan Ridley’s value took a big knock last week as Shane Vereen ran ahead of him in all facets of the game. Vereen got his receptions which we expected, but he took early down work from Ridley, and worst of all even stole redzone carries from Ridley. It looks like the Patriots are intent to get Vereen the ball early and often, which is bad news for Ridley owners. Ridley did receive 10 looks but was only able to muster 27 total yards. He was more involved in the passing game then usual getting two passes thrown his way, but like most of his other touches he wasn’t able to get much done with them. The Patriots will now take on the Vikings who allowed just 10.2 fantasy points to opposing running backs last week. The Vikings defense was one of the worst last season and is unlikely to keep up that pace, but at the moment it doesn’t look like Ridley will be the benefactor of that.


Ryan Mathews - Pyro Character

39.     Ryan Mathews (vs. Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Mathews has a very rough matchup this week against the Seahawks. Last week Ryan had 40 yards on 12 carries against the Cardinals, but he did break a 20-yard run for a score. Seattle is just too tough on defense, which means you should look for a better option on your team if you have one.

 

 

Doug "Muscle Hamster" Martin Pyro Character

40.     Doug Martin (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE (Knee) - Martin missed Wednesday's practice, but came back to do some limited work on both Thursday and Friday and looks on his way to being declared Active in Week 2.  PYRO's TAKE: The Muscle Hamster will be a dicey game-time decision for fantasy owners this weekend, especially with the Bucs playing at 4:05pm ET. However, if we had to guess, we'd say that Martin suits up this Sunday, but considering will probably be given a reduced workload. Start him only as a Flex if you have to.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Doug Martin looked awful in Week 1, much like he did early last year before going down with an injury. Martin did leave the game with a minor knee injury but all signs point to him being fully healthy for Week 2. Lovie Smith even indicated he could have returned last week if not for the team’s preference to go with the more agile Bobby Rainey in the 4th quarter. St. Louis may have given up 185 yards on the ground last week, but most of that was to Patterson, as they held Viking running backs to just 10.9 fantasy points. The St. Louis front seven was very good last week and with the Bucs offensive line currently in disarray Martin should have some tough sledding on his hands come this week. Martin has proved to be a road warrior in his career averaging nearly 15 more yards on the road and scoring double the touchdowns away from Tampa.


Mark Ingram - Pyro Character

41.     Mark Ingram (at Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Mark Ingram had one of the best weeks of all running backs against the Falcons.  He was one of only three running backs to score two rushing touchdowns in Week 1, which is already more scores than he had all of LAST SEASON. He did receive 13 carries in total and with those was able to gain 60 yards. It seems as if Ingram will never be the workhorse the Saints expected him to be when they moved up in the draft to select him, but at 12-15 carries a game he is definitely a guy that must remain on your fantasy radar. This week New Orleans gets tot take on a defense that just allowed Le’Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers to run all over them.


Baltimore Ravens RB - Pyro Character

42.     Justin Forsett (vs. Pit - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Pittsburgh Steelers - Pyro Character

43.     LeGarrette Blount (at Bal - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Jonathan Stewart - Pyro Character

44.     Jonathan Stewart (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Bishop Sankey Pyro Character

45.     Bishop Sankey (vs. Dal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Sankey was not the featured back in Week 1 and will be in a backup role again in Week 2 versus the Cowboys. The rookie only had six carries last week, and he gained 25 yards. Shonn Greene had 13 carries, while Dexter McCluster had nine. The carries by McCluster were the more surprising, but the Titans plan to give him the ball. Bishop will need to be effective in his limited carries in order to gain more confidence from his coaching staff and prove to them he is past his fumbling issues. The Cowboys are not a tough defense, which could give him a chance to for that good production, but he is still not a recommended fantasy starter in Week 2.


Cleveland Browns Rookie - Pyro Character

46.     Isaiah Crowell (vs. NO - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Trent Richardson - Pyro Character

47.     Trent Richardson (vs. Phi - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

I have been a Trent Richardson apologist. In Week 1 he continued his subpar rushing, only averaging 3.3 yards per carry. I will say this, they were involved in a shootout with Denver so they only gave T-Rich 6 attempts. He was involved in the passing game and caught 3 for 31 yards. Many Richardson owners are looking to pick up Bradshaw. In Week 1, Bradshaw was targeted 6 times in the passing game to Richardson’s 4. Bradshaw only got 3 attempts, but again this was not a game for running backs against Denver. Bradshaw did average 5 yards a carry. This week, the Eagles come to Indy for the Monday night game. Last time Richardson faced the Eagles, he barely averaged 2 yards a carry and did not get in the end zone. I own him in my dynasty, and if he does not show me something by Week 4, I am dropping him. In Weeks 3 and 4, he faces two of the Top-5 easiest rush defenses.


Ronnie Hillman - Pyro Character

48.     Ronnie Hillman (vs. KC - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Roy Helu - Pyro Character

49.     Roy Helu (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Latavius Murray - Pyro Character

50.     Latavius Murray (vs. Hou - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

 

 

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Wide Receiver Player Rankings – Week 2

 

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Wide Receivers                 (Updated:  Saturday, Sep. 13 - 12:42PM CT)



Calvin Johnson - Pyro Character

1.         Calvin Johnson (at Car - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

What can you say about Calvin Johnson, except that he probably put your team over the top with his first half performance on Monday Night. Megatron had five catches for 131 yards with touchdowns catches of 67 and 16 yards. Calvin finished the game with seven catches for 164 yards with the two scores. This week he should once again see a lot of action against the Panthers. Carolina has a stout defense that should be able to shut down the Lions running game, forcing them pass more in this game. Johnson should have no problem continuing to be the monster receiver your fantasy team drafted him to be.


Jordy Nelson - Pyro Character

2.         Jordy Nelson (vs. NYJ - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jordy Nelson goes from facing Seattle on the road to facing the Jets at home… with an extra three days of rest. Nelson had a team-high 14 targets last week and converted those into nine catches for 83 yards. This week he should be able to terrorize the Jets defensive backs Dee Milliner (probable, but could be limited) and Antonio Allen. Last week the Jets faced Derek Carr and the Raiders who did not try to stretch the field, but you better believe Aaron Rodgers will test these DB’s early and often. Coming off an upsetting loss, Green Bay may look to turn it up a notch, in which case Nelson should pay off big for you this week.


Demaryius Thomas - Pyro Character

3.         Demaryius Thomas (vs. KC - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Demaryius had the looks of a forgotten man in the Broncos offense last week with only four catches for 48 yards, although his 11 targets were a team high…as were his three dropped passes (leads the NFL after one week). This week the Broncos will be facing division rival Kansas City, a team Demaryius had great success against last season with two 100-yard receiving games. The Chiefs are also going to be without linebacker Derrick Johnson, a loss which will put extra pressure on their defense. Julius Thomas got all the love last week, but you can take it to the bank that Demaryius will be making big plays this week.

 

 

A.J. Green - Pyro Character

4.         A.J. Green (vs. Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Foot) - After a bit of a nerve-racking early part of the week for fantasy owners (Wednesday - Limited; Thursday - Missed Practice), A.J. returned to the practice field on Friday and will undoubtedly play against the Falcons this Sunday.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Bengals were going to switch to an offense that was focused on the run and A.J. Green was going to be targeted less…well, after one week, it sure looks like the same old Bengals. Green finished with six catches for 131 yards, which was highlighted by a 77-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. Andy Dalton targeted Green nine times as they continue to display a nice chemistry together. This week he will face the Falcons defense that can easily be beat, as they allowed Marques Colston to have 110 yards against them last weekend. A.J. is a must-start this Sunday.


Antonio Brown - Pyro Character

5.         Antonio Brown (at Bal - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Antonio showed in Week 1, that his performance last season was no fluke. Even though Joe Haden covered him last week, Brown was targeted six times and had five catches for 116 yards with a touchdown. This week he will face the Ravens, a team that is dealing with the Ray Rice fallout, on Thursday night, and he will look to improve on his history against Baltimore. In seven games Brown only has 27 catches for 322 yards and no scores. In two games last season Brown had 109 yards on 11 catches. Antonio should have more success in this game, but this is not an ideal matchup for him.


Julio Jones Pyro Character

6.         Julio Jones (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Falcons are coming off a big victory over their division rival New Orleans Saints where Matt Ryan threw for 448 yards. Julio was the biggest target for Ryan, and had seven catches for 116, but he was held out of the endzone. The Bengals should be able to shut down the Falcons running attack, and will try to force Atlanta to be a one-dimensional offense. Julio is good enough to be able to play over a cheating defense, and Matty Ice knows and trusts that he can. Julio should be able to make it a great show between him and A.J. Green on Sunday.


Michael Floyd - Pyro Character

7.         Michael Floyd (at NYG - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Michael Floyd showed up large in the season opener with 119 yards on five catches. It was all Floyd early on, and he had a chance for even more yards had Carson Palmer not overthrown him twice on deep pass plays. This week he will face the Giants who allowed Calvin Johnson to single handedly dismantle them in the first quarter. The interesting thing is that Michael Floyd was the center of the passing offense. Larry Fitzgerald was not targeted until well into the third quarter of the game. Floyd should have plenty of opportunities to make big plays against a New York team that is struggling to find their identity.

 

 

Randall Cobb pyro character

8.         Randall Cobb (vs. NYJ - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Emmanuel Sanders Pyro Character

9.         Emmanuel Sanders (vs. KC - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Vincent Jackson - Pyro Character

10.       Vincent Jackson (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jackson is looking to make up for his poor performance in Week 1, where he only had four catches for 36 yards on nine targets. This week he faces off against the Rams, who just lost Chris Long to injury on their defensive line. That loss could allow Josh McCown more time in the pocket, as they will likely double-team Robert Quinn, allowing Jackson a chance to run deeper routes in this game. V-Jax is still getting the majority of double coverage at this point in the season, which may limit his ceiling, but since the Rams don’t have a cornerback taller than 5’11”, we like Jackson’s chances for a big game.


Percy Harvin - Pyro Character

11.       Percy Harvin (at SD - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)


INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

To all those who were wondering just how Percy was going to be used, the answer is anywhere and everywhere. In the season opener Harvin was targeted seven times and had seven catches for 59 yards. Percy also had four carries for 41 yards, while adding another 60 yards on kick returns. His playmaking ability is clear, and it is also clear that Harvin is going to be a beast this season if he stays healthy. This week he will face the Chargers, and he should be able to drive their linebackers crazy with the jet sweep. While Percy did not find the endzone in Week 1, there is a good chance he’ll be able to break one this week and is a great WR2 with upside.


Jeremy Maclin Pyro Character

12.       Jeremy Maclin (at Ind - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Dez Bryant - Pyro Character

13.       Dez Bryant (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Dez Bryant struggled in Week 1 against the 49ers, but a lot of that had to be on the shoulders of Tony Romo. Luckily for Bryant, interceptions are charged to quarterbacks. The 49ers were also intent on taking Bryant out of the game, typically double-covering him or rolling a safety over the top. Terrance Williams had a nice game as the WR2 option and with his growth, the pressure on Bryant should ease up as the season wears on. Bryant saw just six targets last week as Romo was forced to look the other way on most plays because of the 49ers scheme. The Titans allowed 17.2 fantasy points to wide receivers last week, but that was against a very subpar cast of Chiefs WRs. Bryant has only faced the Titans once in his career, which was way back in his 4th game as an NFL player. Hopefully Tony Romo can turn it around this week so the Cowboys are able to extended drives and give the offense more opportunities. Bryant has begun to come into his own on the road, as he had nearly identical numbers both at home and on the road last season.

 

 

Kelvin Benjami

14.       Kelvin Benjamin (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Brandin Cooks Pyro Character

15.       Brandin Cooks (at Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The rookie made a splash for the Saints in Week 1 catching seven passes for 77 yards and his first NFL touchdown. Cooks was efficient as well, as he caught seven of eight targets while showing the flashes that have us all so excited about his potential. This week New Orleans will face the Browns, and while the Browns have a strong defense, they struggled in this past weekend. CB Joe Haden will have his hands full with the Saints versatile offense, so Cooks will have a chance to light it up once again in Week 2. Brandin should be even more effective if the Browns decide to double-cover Jimmy Graham all day long.


T.Y. Hilton - Pyro Character

16.       T.Y. Hilton (vs. Phi - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Even though he was targeted 11 times, Hilton was not very effective in Week 1 putting up only 41 yards on five catches. It is clear that Andrew Luck is going to look to get the ball into the electric Hilton’s hands, but he has yet to show the consistency on a week-to-week basis in his young career. This week T.Y. will face the Eagles who have a stronger rush than pass defense. This game should feature a lot of scoring, and Hilton should be able to find a few holes in the Philadelphia defense. The kid has a good chance to rebound for your fantasy team in Week 2.

 

 

Andre Johnson - Pyro Character

17.       Andre Johnson (at Oak - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Ankle) - Andre was just getting a bit of routine, veteran rest early in the week. He's fine for Sunday's matchup with the Raiders.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Johnson was once again the favorite target amongst the Houston receivers. Andre was targeted nine times, which was four more than DeAndre Hopkins, and had six catches for 93 yards. Fitzpatrick is going to continue to feed the ball to A.J. and he will look to expose the Raiders defense this week. Oakland was great against receivers last week, but that was the Jets. Johnson should once again see a healthy dose of targets, which will allow him to challenge for 100 yards once again. Last year against the Raiders, Andre went off for 116 yards on 10 catches (17 targets).

 

Roddy White - Pyro Character

18.       Roddy White (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Knee) - Roddy got a bit of a  scare when he banged his knee against the Saints last week, but after a couple of limited practices this week, he declared himself "ready to go".

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Cordarrelle Patterson - Pyro Character

19.       Cordarrelle Patterson (vs. NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #21 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Patterson is the total package, and the Vikings showed in the season opener that they intend to showcase his rare talent. Cordarrelle had three catches for 26 yards, but also had three carries for 102 yards, including an awesome 67-yard touchdown. The Vikings are also using him to return kicks, where he had two for 48 yards. Percy Harvin may have left for Seattle, but Patterson is giving Minnesota the same type of dimension… and he is younger and healthier. He should be able to give the Patriots defense fits on Sunday as Norv Turner continues to find ways to get Patterson the ball. However, his upside may be a bit lower this weekend if the Pats decide to shadow him with Darrelle Revis, as they have discussed doing.

 

 

Brandon Marshall - Pyro Character

20.       Brandon Marshall (at SF - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE (Ankle) - The only physical activity Marshall went through at practice this week was a light jog before the rest of the team got down to business on Friday. It's looking like The Beast will be a true "Game-Time Decision" this Sunday night.  PYRO's TAKE: This is going to be a super-tough situation for fantasy owners to handle here in Week 2, as the Bears don't play until Sunday night in San Francisco. It'll obviously be hard to bench your (presumably) WR1, but there's certainly a strong case to do so here. First of all, if Brandon DOES play, it will be at less than 100 percent. Second, with Chicago also going into this game without two of their starting offensive linemen, you can bet the 49ers will be looking to put some heavy heat on Jay Cutler throughout the game. If so, I'm guessing they'd also put some press-coverage on Marshall because Cutler would likely be forced to get rid of the ball quickly. If all this plays out the way I believe it will, Brandon could still come down with a good amount of catches and end up a nice PPR play, but it's unlikely he'd be able to turn them into much yardage. Either way, fantasy owners need to be following this situation very closely all the way up to the final second before lineups need to be put in.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Brandon Marshall has a decent matchup going against what was a tough pass defense last season, and one that looked good against the Cowboys last week forcing three interceptions. Interceptions aren’t charged to wide receivers however, so that is great news for Marshall as the 49ers allowed 29 fantasy points to opposing WRs last weekend. The ‘Niners were able to keep Dez Bryant in check last week to the tune of just 4 catches for 55 yards, but Marshall is a more consistent animal, as he gets to move around the formation much more to help his cause. The Beast was his usual efficient self last week against the Bills, catching 8 of his 12 targets for 71 yards and a score. With Alshon Jeffery hobbling around on an injured hamstring, Marshall could see an increase in his usual high volume of targets. Keep an eye on the injury report, however, as Brandon is dealing with an ankle injury of his own. Either way, this game has the makings of a shoot-out, so if he’s active, Marshall should definitely end up in your lineup on game day.


Reggie Wayne Pyro Character

21.       Reggie Wayne (vs. Phi - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Kendall Wright - Pyro Character

22.       Kendall Wright (vs. Dal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #6 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Wright was once again a nice PPR receiver in Week 1 grabbing six passes for 46 yards with a touchdown. Kendall continues to put up decent numbers, but he has yet to hit on the long pass play. Wright has a career 10.7 YPC, but was a career low 7.7 YPC last season. That could all change this week. The Titans will be facing the Dallas Cowboys, whose defense is in disarray. Wright should be able to improve on that YPC average, while grabbing more than six passes with a good chance to score again this week.

 

 

Pierre Garcon - Pyro Character

23.       Pierre Garcon (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

RG3 dinked and dunked his way through Week 1, as it seems the Washington coaching staff is not quite confident in their QB going downfield just yet. Still, in PPR leagues especially, you have to like the attention RG3 is showing Garcon. In Week 1, Griffin targeted Garcon 12 times. This week Washington is home to the Jags. While Washington’s receivers have the 10th easiest schedule, Morris will play a big part in the game as Washington running backs are tied for 4th easiest. Surprisingly, Garcon does not have a good track record against Jacksonville as he has yet to score a TD in seven career games against them. He also averages just over 2 receptions and not even 20 yards a game as well. His ascending ability leads me to believe he'll do well in this one, but I'm not expecting a monster-showing either.


Mike Wallace - Pyro Character

24.       Mike Wallace (at Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)


INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Hamstring) - Wallace tweaked his hammy last weekend against the Patriots, yet still finished the game. He was limited in a couple of early-week practices, but he looks to be all-systems-go for Sunday's tilt with the Bills.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Wallace was able to get in the endzone in Week 1, finishing with 81 yards on seven catches, including the score. The biggest issue for Wallace is that he has still has yet to connect on the deep pass with Ryan Tannehill. The good news is that he saw a healthy 11 targets in the game. It is clear that Wallace will be the straw stirring the drink in the passing game, and he should be able to exploit a Bills defense that has trouble against the pass. This matchup gives Wallace a very good chance to hit on a long touchdown pass.


Julian Edelman - Pyro Character

25.       Julian Edelman (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Edelman is still Tom Brady’s go-to guy, as shown by his six catches for 95 yards in the season opener. This week Julian will go up against the Vikings and should see a lot targets once again. Edelman is still not going to give you the long touchdown catch, but if you are in a PPR league, he has to be in your lineup. In standard leagues, this is still a good matchup, partially because he has a chance to find the endzone against a Vikings defense that allowed the second-most TDs to wide receivers last year, and partly because the Patriots are desperate for a win this week.


Eric Decker Pyro Character

26.       Eric Decker (at GB - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


DeSean Jackson Pyro Character

27.       DeSean Jackson (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jackson was pretty efficient in his first game for Washington, finishing with 62 yards on eight catches, while being targeted nine times. The Redskins were pretty ineffective on offense, and RG III was being used primarily as a pocket passer. The offensive line for Washington had a lot of issues stopping the pass rush of Houston, most notably JJ Watt. That should not be as much of a problem this week against the Jaguars, which should allow RG III the time needed to try and hit Jackson on some deep passes this week.


Michael Crabtree - Pyro Character

28.       Michael Crabtree (vs. Chi - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Calf)

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Crabtree was very quiet in the season opener with only two catches for 25 yards on four targets. That being said, his slow day could easily be attributed to both his playing at less than 100 percent and the 49ers jumping out to a 21-3 lead just 11 minutes into the game. This week he will be facing a Bears defense that has had their problems - unfortunately for Crabtree, those problems have mostly been stopping the run, not the pass. The 49ers should be able to exploit the Bears defense on the ground, so while Anquan Boldin has shown to be Kaepernick’s favorite receiver early on, neither WR looks to be a strong start this week.

 

 

Alshon Jeffery - Pyro Character

29.       Alshon Jeffery (at SF - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  QUESTIONABLE (Hamstring) - Like Marshall, Alshon missed practice on both Wednesday and Thursday, but came back to put in a limited session for the Bears on Friday. He'll be a Game-Time Decision this Sunday night.  PYRO's TAKE: As is the case with Brandon Marshall, Jeffery has the makings of a major headache for fantasy owners this Sunday. How this is going to work out prior to the night game is anybody's guess, but those looking to get him into their lineups this weekend need to follow the news very closely. Whatever happens, we're not entirely sure Alshon is a great play here against a 49ers defense that will be pressuring Cutler all game long.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The big concern right now is whether or not Alshon will actually play this weekend after leaving the Bears loss to the Bills in the third quarter. He has yet to practice this week, so a game-time decision looks like a best-case scenario at this point. Either way, Chicago will head west to face the 49ers on Sunday night in Week 2, which is obviously a tough game if they are looking for redemption. If Cutler could stop throwing INTs (2 TDs and 2 picks last weekend), it sure would help the Bears receivers. He connected on nearly 70% of his passes and totaled 349 yards, with the duo of Jeffery and Marshall putting up 71 yards a piece. As expected, Marshall was getting more looks as he landed 8 passes to Jeffery’s 5. The big thing was targets, as Marshall doubled Jeffery 12 to 6. The 49ers cover the wide receivers fairly well, but what could end up working for Jeffery is the fact that last week, Dallas allowed the opposing WR2/3 to combine for 99 yards receiving. It's hardly a trend after just one game, but it gives hope to the Jeffery owner going into Sunday.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie - Pyro Character

30.       Mike Evans (vs. StL - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #20 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Torrey Smith - Pyro Character

31.       Torrey Smith (vs. Pit - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Torrey Smith took the backseat to Steve Smith in Week 1, but will look to bounce back against the Steelers. Torrey has not had a ton of success against Pittsburgh, but did have six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown last season in Baltimore. Smith saw seven targets last week, but he was not the receiver that was targeted near the most. Both Dennis Pitta and Steve Smith saw 15 targets each. This means that Torrey is being utilized more in the way he was when Anquan Boldin was in town. Don’t expect a big game from Torrey if he continues to get half the targets as Pitta and the other Smith.


Anquan Boldin - Pyro Character

32.       Anquan Boldin (vs. Chi - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Justin Hunter - Pyro Character

33.       Justin Hunter (vs. Dal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Knee) - Hunter was limited in practice on Wednesday with a knee injury, but was a full participant the rest of the week and will definitely be playing in an ideal matchup for him this Sunday.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #6 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Justin Hunter led all Titans in targets with 8 this past week. He hauled in three for 63 yards, but was constantly targeted downfield by Jake Locker. Hunter is still going to be wildly inconsistent, but seeing 8 targets in Week 1 is a huge positive for his owners awaiting a breakout season from the second year wide receiver out of the University of Tennessee. The Titans will now play host to the worst defense in the NFL, so Hunter has the makings of a solid flex play this week. Hunter and Co. will now get to exploit one of the worst secondaries in all of the NFL and put up points for your fantasy squad.


Larry Fitzgerald - Pyro Character

34.       Larry Fitzgerald (at NYG - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Larry Fitzgerald’s father may not have been happy about his usage, but the Arizona Cardinals did come away with a critical win in Week 1. The most encouraging part of the game though had to be the play of Carson Palmer, who looked in complete control of this offense. Fitz wasn’t targeted until late in the game, but when it was on the line, Fitz was targeted 4 times. He showed off his superb hands on his only catch of the game and also came away with a highlight reel one-handed snag that ended up out of bounds. Larry is no longer the dominant fantasy force he once was, but will still produce plenty of mind-blowing plays and nice games for his owners. This week Arizona gets to take on a Giants team that allowed 341 passing yards to the Lions in Week 1. The Giants allowed 38.1 fantasy points to the Lions wide receivers and had a few blown coverages that allowed Calvin Johnson to run free. Larry and the rest of the receiving corps should have another nice offensive showing this week and reaffirm your faith in the Cardinals.


Riley Cooper - Pyro Character

35.       Riley Cooper (at Ind - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Riley Cooper was his usual hit-or-miss self last week, with this one falling clearly in the miss column. He was targeted just 7 times in the passing game and caught 4 of them for 29 yards. He was held out of the endzone, which is a major component of his week-to-week value. Jeremy Maclin clearly ran ahead of him as Nick Foles’ top option in the passing game, which means Riley’s production is unlikely to rise from last year’s career highs. The Colts were good against the Broncos wide receivers last week as they allowed just 15.2 fantasy points while keeping them out of the endzone. This week, Cooper has a bit of a tough matchup going up against Vontae Davis and Co. in Indy, but if the game turns into a shootout (as we believe it will), he could end up with some fantasy starter-caliber numbers.


Cleveland Browns WR - Pyro Character

36.       Andrew Hawkins (vs. NO - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)


INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Marques Colston - Pyro Character

37.       Marques Colston (at Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Colston had a fantastic Week 1 performance against the Falcons, catching five passes for 110 yards while being targeted 8 times. Colston did not find the endzone, but he still has the faith of Drew Brees, who looks for Colston when he needs a big catch. Marques also showed that he still has some speed and skill left. This week the Saints hit the road to face the Browns, and Colston should once again find some open space against the Cleveland defense, which could not stop the Steelers last week. Joe Haden probably won’t be covering Colston exclusively, which will give him a chance to be a nice fantasy contributor again in Week 2.

 

 

Rod Streater - Pyro Character

38.       Rod Streater (vs. Hou - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


DeAndre Hopkins - Pyro Character

39.       DeAndre Hopkins (at Oak - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Jacksonville Jaguars WR - Pyro Character

40.       Allen Hurns (at Was - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Golden Tate - Pyro Character

41.       Golden Tate (at Car - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Tate found out how much easier it is to be a receiver when you have Megatron lining up opposite you. Tate was targeted six times last week, and had six catches for 93 yards, while adding four yards on a run. The Lions have a wealth of weapons, but Tate is clearly the #2 option in the passing game. This week the Golden Boy will have to be just that, as the Lions will be facing the Panthers and their stout defense. Carolina should look to bracket cover Calvin, which could leave Tate some opportunities to make a big play, but he’s still a bit of a dangerous play this weekend.


Keenan Allen - Pyro Character

42.       Keenan Allen (vs. Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Ribs) - Keenan hasn't missed any practice time lately with his rib issue, so there's nothing to worry about here.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Allen has yet another tough matchup, as he faces his second opponent in row from the NFC West. The Cardinals held Keenan to 37 yards on five catches, while being targeted nine times. This week he will face off against the menacing Seattle defense, which held the Packers to 189 passing yards. The best chance for Allen is if the Chargers line him up away from Richard Sherman, as Green Bay did with Jordy Nelson. Either way, it is not going to be an easy week for Allen.


Arizona Cardinals Rookie - Pyro Character

43.       John Brown (at NYG - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #27 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Marqise Lee - Pyro Character

44.       Marqise Lee (at Was - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Hamstring) - Marqise tweaked his hamstring during practice on Wednesday and was limited the rest of the week because of it, but he looks to be good to go for fantasy owners with the Jags listing him as Probable for the game.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Marqise Lee might not have been the rookie on the Jaguars who made the most noise in Week 1 - those honors belong to Allen Hurns - but he did have a solid NFL debut. Lee did lead the team in targets with 10 and came up with six catches for 62 yard, proving he is going to be a part of the game plan each and every week. This week, Jacksonville will take on a Washington defense that has a ton of holes in the secondary. The Redskins allowed 24.3 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers last weekend, something Lee and Henne will look to exploit this week.


Greg Jennings - Pyro Character

45.       Greg Jennings (vs. NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #21 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Baltimore Ravens WR - Pyro Character

46.       Steve Smith (vs. Pit - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Nate Washington - Pyro Character

47.       Nate Washington (vs. Dal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #6 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Victor Cruz - Pyro Character

48.       Victor Cruz (vs. Ari - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #29 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Markus Wheaton - Pyro Character

49.       Markus Wheaton (at Bal - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #16 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Dwayne Bowe - Pyro Character

50.       Dwayne Bowe (at Den - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Harry Douglas - Pyro Character

51.       Harry Douglas (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Indianapolis Colts WR - Pyro Character

52.       Hakeem Nicks (vs. Phi - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


James Jones Pyro Character

53.       James Jones (vs. Hou - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Robert Woods - Pyro Character

54.       Robert Woods (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Terrance Williams - Pyro Character

55.       Terrance Williams (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Back) - Williams practiced in full all week and will 100 percent be playing in Week 2.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jordan Matthews Pyro Character

56.       Jordan Matthews (at Ind - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Jordan Matthews was pretty quiet in his first NFL game action finishing with 37 yards on two catches. Matthews was sixth on the team in targets with four and has not yet put himself into a viable fantasy role with the Eagles. This week Jordan will face a talented Colts defense that is tough against the run, which should have the Eagles throwing more in this game. Matthews will have his chances this year, but it is too early to give him a starting spot on your roster.

 

 

Doug Baldwin - Pyro Character

57.       Doug Baldwin (at SD - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Carolina Panthers WR - Pyro Character

58.       Jerricho Cotchery (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Sammy Watkins Pyro Character

59.       Sammy Watkins (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Ribs) - Despite not being back to 100 percent just yet, Watkins practiced in full this week and will start against the Dolphins on Sunday.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


jarrett boykin pyro character

60.       Jarrett Boykin (vs. NYJ - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Denarious Moore Pyro Character

61.       Denarius Moore (vs. Hou - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Brian Hartline - Pyro Character

62.       Brian Hartline (at Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)


INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Mohamed Sanu - Pyro Character

63.       Mohamed Sanu (vs. Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)


INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jermain Kearse WR - Seahawks

64.       Jermaine Kearse (at SD - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Chicago Bears WR - Pyro Character

65.       Santonio Holmes (at SF - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Mike Quick Pyro Character

66.       Brian Quick (at TB - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Rueben Randle - Pyro Character

67.       Rueben Randle (vs. Ari - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #29 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Kenbrell Thompkins - Pyro Character

68.       Kenbrell Thompkins (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Andre Caldwell - Pyro Character

69.       Andre Caldwell (vs. KC - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jeremy Kerley - Pyro Character

70.       Jeremy Kerley (at GB - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


San Francisco 49ers WR - Pyro Character

71.       Stevie Johnson (vs. Chi - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #17 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Kenny Stills - Pyro Character

72.       Kenny Stills (at Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Quad) - After looking like he wouldn't be back in the Saints lineup for another couple of weeks, Kenny Stills got in a full practice on Friday and was declared Probable to play this Sunday against the Browns.  PYRO's TAKE: We believe Kenny still needs another week or two before he can even be thought of in terms of fantasy usage, but this is certainly a nice boon for Drew Brees and the rest of the offense. For those who have kept the speedster on their rosters, hopefully your patience will pay off sooner than later.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Tavon Austin - Pyro Character

73.       Tavon Austin (at TB - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

The Rams offense is now on their third quarterback, after Shaun Hill suffered a strained quad injury in the season opener. He hasn’t been ruled out yet, but if he is, it means the starter for Week 2 could be Austin Davis or recently signed Case Keenum. Tavon Austin was only targeted three times last week, finishing with three catches for 34 yards and three carries for five yards. The situation in St. Louis is too messed up at this time to feel any kind of confidence starting Tavon, so he is better off left on your bench this week.


Malcom Floyd - Pyro Character

74.       Malcom Floyd (vs. Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #32 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Cole Beasley - Pyro Character

75.       Cole Beasley (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

 

 

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2014 Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings - Tight Ends

 

 

 

Tight End Player Rankings – Week 2

 

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Tight Ends                 (Updated:  Saturday, Sep. 13 - 1:09PM CT)

 

 

Rob Gronkowski - Pyro Character

1.      Rob Gronkowski (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Knee) - Gronk will likely have some sort of designation on the injury report every week this season, but believe me, you'll know when it's serious. He's fine right now and should amp up his playing time in this one after playing just under 50 percent of the snaps last weekend.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Rob Gronkowski might not have played every snap on Sunday, but he did what he does best - score in the redzone. Gronk has to be in your lineup whenever he is healthy enough to play because the guy is such a touchdown machine. When he was on the field last week, he was targeted nearly 30% of the time (11 targets on 38 snaps). Brady loves Gronk and it seems like he is his first read on every play. The big tight end was only able to catch four of his 11 targets this past week, but Tom was under a ton of pressure in what was their offensive line’s first game together. Gronk should get more and more snaps each week, which makes him even more valuable going forward. On the road after a loss, we completely expect Tom to lean on Gronk early and often. The Vikings were terrible against TEs last year and allowed 71 receiving yards to them last week, so a big day looks to be in the offing.


Julius Thomas - Pyro Character

2.      Julius Thomas (vs. KC - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #31 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jimmy Graham - Pyro Character

3.      Jimmy Graham (at Cle - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #18 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Zach Ertz - Pyro Character

4.      Zach Ertz (at Ind - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Sometimes it’s all about what you do with what you’re given. Last week, Ertz was only targeted 4 times. However, he caught 3 of those and busted a TD. He totaled 77 yards, which was the second most receiving yards on the team. In Week 2, Philly heads to Indy for the Monday nighter. One game is certainly a small sample size, but it feels like he could be on the verge of a big season. After stumbling out of the gates in Week 1, chances are Chip Kelly is going to put on a show, especially with a national audience. This has the potential to be a shootout. Combine that with the amount of plays Philly runs, Ertz has a damn good shot at creating some fantasy goo for you on Monday night.


Jason Witten - Pyro Character

5.      Jason Witten (at Ten - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #6 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Vernon Davis - Pyro Character

6.      Vernon Davis (vs. Chi - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #13 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Davis picked up where he left off last year, as he put up four catches for 44 yards with two big touchdown catches in Week 1. This Sunday night he’ll be facing the Bears and their marshmallow defense. The 49ers should be running all day long, but Davis is going to have a great chance to have another touchdown catch in this one. Add that this game is in the spotlight on Sunday Night (Vernon loves to play on the island games) and it definitely makes him a must-start. Get your popcorn ready, fellas.


Dennis Pitta - Pyro Character

7.      Dennis Pitta (vs. Pit - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Delanie Walker - Pyro Character

8.      Delanie Walker (vs. Dal - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #4 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Heath Miller - Pyro Character

9.      Heath Miller (at Bal - Thursday Night, 8:25pm ET - TV: CBS/NFL Network)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #26 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Greg Olsen - Pyro Character

10.    Greg Olsen (vs. Det - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Olsen had himself a very nice game in Week 1 posting eight catches for 83 yards and a score on 11 targets. The Panthers were without Cam Newton, but that did not stop Derek Anderson from looking for Olsen early and often. Greg is the best receiving option on the Panthers and will look to continue his hot start against the Lions here in Week 2. The Panthers tight end is familiar with the Lions from the time he spent with the Bears, but he should be able to improve on his career numbers against them this weekend. Expect Greg to see double-digit targets once again and be a decent contender to score a touchdown this week.


New England Patriots TE - Pyro Character

11.    Tim Wright (at Min - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #3 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Martellus Bennett - Pyro Character

12.    Martellus Bennett (at SF - Sunday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: NBC)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #21 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Martellus Bennett finished Week 1 as a Top-5 tight end in standard scoring. He was targeted by Cutler 10 times and caught 8 of them for 70 yards. It looks like the rapport between Cutler and Bennett grew even more over the offseason and with both Alshon and Marshall hobbled, Bennett’s opportunities should stay high this week. The 49ers allowed just 14 yards to Jason Witten last Sunday, but at this point in their careers, Bennett is the much better athlete. Martellus averages nearly 1 more yard per reception on the road than he does at home. The Black Unicorn is very touchdown dependent, but Jay has been looking his way more and more lately (especially in the red zone) so you can expect him to get a few opportunities both this weekend and throughout the season.


Kyle Rudolph - Pyro Character

13.    Kyle Rudolph (vs. NE - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-15 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Rudolph was not impressive in his debut in Norv Turner’s offense, finishing with only two catches for 16 yards on four targets. The only redeeming factor was that one of those catches was for a touchdown. Then again, it was also against a St. Louis Rams defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to tight ends in two of the last three years, so I suppose catching a TD was actually pretty good! This week the Patriots will look to limit Rudolph’s production once again, but because Adrian Peterson won’t be playing, Kyle should be targeted more than normal and thus his value goes up a bit as well.


Dwayne Allen - Pyro Character

14.    Dwayne Allen (vs. Phi - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


charles clay pyro character

15.    Charles Clay (at Buf - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Knee) - Clay was limited most of the week, but that might be the norm for him for awhile after he missed most of the preseason with knee problems. Either way, he'll be good to go this weekend.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #25 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Charles Clay might not get the respect he deserves, but Bill Belichick certainly respects the guy as he game-plans to stop him every time these two teams play. Clay did receive 6 targets, but caught just 2 for 27 yards on the day. This week the Dolphins will get to face a Bills defense that allowed 14.2 to the Bears tight ends last weekend, so Clay should be a target early and often facing a linebacker-deficient Bills defense.


New York Giants TE - Pyro Character

16.    Larry Donnell (vs. Ari - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #1 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Garrett Graham - Pyro Character

17.    Garrett Graham (at Oak - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Back) - After missing the Texans game last weekend, Graham returned to practice every day this week and will start against the Raiders on Sunday.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-19 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Antonio Gates - Pyro Character

18.    Antonio Gates (vs. Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Hamstring) - Gates took both Wednesday and Thursday off from practice, but returned Friday and will undoubtedly be active this Sunday afternoon.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Gates had a great game in the opener with six catches for 81 yards on 10 targets. That was against the Cardinals, though, who are historically bad at stopping the tight end, but this week he will face the Seahawks. That is pretty much all you need to say, as Seattle is a defense that you want to avoid if you want to have a chance at scoring a lot of fantasy points. Find another option this week.


Washington Redskins TE - Pyro Character

19.    Niles Paul (vs. Jac - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #2 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Travis Kelce - Pyro Character

20.    Travis Kelce (at Den - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)


INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #8 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jared Cook - Pyro Character

21.    Jared Cook (at TB - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #14 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Well, so much for opening day miracles. This year, Cook put up a far more average performance. He was targeted 8 times and caught half of those for 56 yards. A big question in St. Louis will revolve around the QB. Hill did not practice on Thursday and was limited in Friday’s. It looks like this will be a game time decision. If so, Austin Davis will go in. Even though the guy was third string not all that long ago, he actually had a better day statistically than Hill. The rams are at the Bucs in week 2, which is a nice match up for the TE position. Last week, the Bucs gave up 14.3 fantasy points to the tight end position. Only four teams allowed more points to opposing tight ends.


Coby Fleener - Pyro Character

22.    Coby Fleener (vs. Phi - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #24 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Brent Celek - Pyro Character

23.    Brent Celek (at Ind - Monday Night, 8:30pm ET - TV: ESPN)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #T-28 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Scott Chandler - Pyro Character

24.    Scott Chandler (vs. Mia - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #5 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Ladarius Green - Pyro Character

25.    Ladarius Green (vs. Sea - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #23 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Last week was supposed to be a coming out party for Green as he faced Arizona, the worst team in the league at defending tight ends. Unfortunately it was Antonio Gates who exposed the Cardinals defense. Green only had two targets last week, while Gates saw 10. This is not the matchup that is going to change anything for Green, so leave him on your bench this week.


Marcedes Lewis - Pyro Character

26.    Marcedes Lewis (at Was - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Knee) - Limited on Wednesday, full practices the rest of the week. The 6'6", 272-lb. monster is good to go.

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #9 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Atlanta Falcons TE - Pyro Character

27.    Levine Toilolo (at Cin - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #30 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Jeff Cumberland - Pyro Character

28.    Jeff Cumberland (at GB - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #7 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

 

Jermaine Gresham - Pyro Character

29.    Jermaine Gresham (vs. Atl - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #10 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Green Bay Packers TE - Pyro Character

30.    Brandon Bostick (vs. NYJ - Sunday, 4:25pm ET - TV: CBS)

 

INJURY REPORT:  PROBABLE (Leg) - Bostick returned to practice this week after fracturing his fibula in the preseason. He was limited, but has obviously done enough to earn a "Probable" tag and should be Active for the Packers on Sunday

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #11 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)

 

Detroit Lions TE - Pyro Character

31.    Joseph Fauria (at Car - Sunday, 1:00pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #12 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


Zach Miller - Pyro Character

32.    Zach Miller (at SD - Sunday, 4:05pm ET - TV: FOX)

 

INJURY REPORT:  Healthy

 

Week 2 Strength of Schedule:  Rank #22 (Rank: 1=Easiest  32=Hardest)


 

 

 

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