Fantasy Flavor Week 2 Start Rankings: QB, RB & D/ST

September 17, 2010 | Thyrl Nelson

Week two is here and with it, hopefully a little more clarity as to what to expect defensively from week to week from the opponents of your fantasy players. Here are the first half of the Fantasy Flavor Week 2 Formulary Start Rankings, with wide receivers, tight ends and kickers to follow tomorrow.

 

Here’s the explanation of the “formula” and how to use the rankings. First, I rank the players at every position, at least 75 RBs, at least 100 WRs, at least 60 TEs, and every projected starter at the other positions based on their performance so far, expectations going forward, workload, health etc. Then I number them by 2′s (2,4,6,8). After that I rank the defenses, mostly using ESPN’s points against rankings, with minor adjustments for injuries, anomalies and my gut.  Those rankins are numbered 1-32. By adding the two numbers together, you come up with the “formulary” #, lowest possible is 3. It’s 2 part player expectations, 1 part defensive expectations against that player’s position, all against my best effort to gauge their projections against what could best be described as the equivalent of the baseball RP.

 

Now the disclaimer, since the body of work is small at this point, a lot of the expectations, especially defensively are based on last year’s performance, again, with adjustments made for injuries, anomalies, changes in workload and my old gut.

 

In shorter terms, it’s not gospel. It is though, and interesting guideline, fairly accurate historically, and one more resource to use when contemplating tough decisions, looking for sleepers or searching for bye week help.

 

As always, keep an eye on the injury reports and make adjustments as you see fit, and most of all have fun. If you aren’t having fun playing fantasy football, you’re doing it wrong.

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. P. Manning vs. NYG (10)

2. Rivers vs. JAX (17)

3. Favre vs. MIA (19)

4. Romo vs. CHI (23)

5. Brees @ SF (28)

6. Schaub @ WAS (32)

7. Rodgers vs. BUF (35)

8. Vick @ DET (37)

9. Cutler @ DAL (39)

10. Henne @ MIN (39)

11. Brady @ NYJ (40)

12. Young vs. PIT (40)

13. Ryan vs. AZ (42)

14. Flacco @ CIN (43)

15. E. Manning @ IND (46)

16. Dixon @ TEN (46)

17. Orton vs. SEA (148)

18. Anderson @ ATL (52)

19. McNabb vs. HOU (53)

20. Garrard @ SD (54)

21. Cassel @ CLE (55)

22. Campbell vs. St.L (58)

23. Palmer vs. BAL (59)

24. Hasselbeck @ DEN (69)

25. Sanchez vs. NE (69)

26. Bradford @ OAK (69)

27. A. Smith vs. NO (70)

28. Moore vs. TB (71) *watch his health

29. Delhomme vs. KC (74) *watch his health

30. Hill vs. PHI (76)

31. Edwards @ GB (85)

32. Freeman @ CAR (86)

 

Running Backs

1. Steven Jackson @ OAK (11)

2. Frank Gore vs. NO (22)

3. Maurice Jones-Drew @ SD (23)

4. DeAngelo Williams vs. TB (23)

5. Adrian Peterson vs. MIA (24)

6. Jamaal Charles @ CLE (29)

7. Michael Turner vs. AZ (30)

8. Chris Johnson vs. PIT (31)

9. Rashard Mendenhall @ TEN (31)

10. LeShon McCoy @ DET (32)

11. Ray Rice @ CIN (33)

12. Knowshon Moreno vs. SEA (40)

13. Jonathan Stewart vs. TB (41)

14. Arian Foster @ WAS (44)

15. Darren McFadden vs. St.L (45)

16. Cedric Benson vs. BAL (48)

17. Beanie Wells @ ATL (49) *watch his health

18. Pierre Thomas @ SF (50)

19. Joseph Addai vs. NYG (50)

20. Matt Forte @ DAL (51)

21. Ahmad Bradshaw @ IND (55)

22. Justin Forsett @ DEN (58)

23. Clinton Portis vs. HOU (58)

24. Brandon Jackson vs. BUF (58)

25. Marion Barber vs. CHI (59)

26. Ryan Matthews vs. JAX (66)

27. Brandon Jacobs @ IND (67)

28. Donald Brown vs. NYG (68)

29. Jahvid Best vs. PHI (69)

30. Thomas Jones @ CLE (69)

31. Shonn Green vs. NE (70)

32. Ronnie Brown @ MIN (70)

33. Felix Jones vs. CHI (71)

34. Cadillac Williams @ CAR (71)

35. Ricky Williams @ MIN (72)

36. Fred Taylor @ SD (72)

37. Peyton Hillis vs. KC (72)

38. Reggie Bush @ SF (74)

39. Jerome Harrison vs. KC (77)

40. Tim Hightower @ ATL (77)

41. CJ Spiller @ GB (83)

42. Kareem Huggins @ CAR (83)

43. LaDanian Tomlinson vs. NE (86)

44. John Kuhn vs. BUF (90)

45. Darren Sproles vs. JAX (92)

46. Steve Slaton @ WAS (93)

47. Chester Taylor @ DAL (96)

48. Fred Jackson @ GB (97)

49. Willis McGahee @ CIN (97)

50. Kevin Smith vs. PHI (99)

 

Defense / Special Teams

1. Eagles @ DET (6)

2. Packers vs. BUF (11)

3. Ravens @ CIN (23)

4. Cowboys vs. CHI (26)

5. Jets vs. NE (29)

6. Vikings vs. MIA (33)

7. Broncos vs. SEA (34)

8. Texans @ WAS (34)

9. Browns vs. KC (37)

10. Saints @ SF (38)

11. Steelers @ TEN (39)

12. Patriots @ NYJ (39)

13. Chargers vs. JAX (42)

14. 49ers vs. NO (43)

15. Bengals vs. BAL (44)

16. Falcons vs. AZ (53)

17. Giants @ IND (54)

18. Titans vs. PIT (55)

19. Buccaneers @ CAR (55)

20. Bears @ DAL (58)

21. Chiefs @ CLE (58)

22. Raiders vs. St.L (61)

23. Panthers vs. TB (62)

24. Colts vs. NYG (63)

25. Cardinals @ ATL (66)

26. Dolphins @ MIN (67)

27. Rams @ OAK (67)

28. Bills @ GB (68)

29. Seahawks @ DEN (70)

30. Lions vs. PHI (75)

31. Redskins vs. HOU (80)

32. Jaguars @ SD (94)

 

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