Week 2 Fantasy Football Start Rankings

September 16, 2009 | Thyrl Nelson

Here are this weeks formulary fantasy start rankings. They’re gotten using 2 parts player performance and 1 part defensive expectations. The lower the formulary score, listed in parentheses behind each pick, the better, with a lowest possible score of 3. (Adrian Peterson has the rare 3 score this week)

 

The rankings are a guide to help with tough lineup decisions, or to help find a stopgap for a tough week. They’re not an inducement to do anything crazy. For example, benching Drew Brees for Joe Flacco this week, just because Flacco’s ranking is a little better would be crazy. However, if you’re sitting with Matt Schaub, Carson Palmer, or God forbid, even Donavan McNabb, Flacco might be a nice option.

 

Since the rosters are based on performance and expectations, they will get more accurate as the season progresses, and teams and players begin to establish their tendencies. I’ll have a more detailed Fantasy Focus posted later this week, and will answer questions there too. If you have any questions in the meantime, send them to me at thyrl@wnst.net.

 

Remember, as always, to keep an eye on the injury reports. Good Luck and Have Fun.

 

Quarterbacks

 

1. Tom Brady @ NYJ (11)

2. Kurt Warner @ JAX (18)

3. Peyton Manning @ MIA (25)

4. Joe Flacco @ SD (28)

5. Drew Brees @ PHI (30)

6. Aaron Rodgers vs. CIN (32)

7. Tony Romo vs. NYG (32)

8. Matt Ryan vs. CAR (34)

9. Matt Cassell vs. OAK (42) *rate Croyle about the same here if he starts

10. Ben Roethlisberger @ CHI (43)

11. Brett Favre @ DET (43)

12. Matt Hasselbeck @ SF (43)

13. David Garrard vs. AZ (47)

14. Kerry Collins vs. HOU (47)

15. Phillip Rivers vs. BAL (48)

16. Kevin Kolb vs. NO (50) *if he starts, McNabb would be a tough choice

17. Shaun Hill vs. SEA (52)

18. Mark Sanchez vs. NE (52)

19. Eli Manning @ DAL (53)

20. Kyle Orton vs. CLE (56)

21. Jason Campbell vs. St.L (56)

22. Trent Edwards vs. TB (57)

23. Matt Schaub @ TEN (59)

24. JaMarcus Russell @ KC (59)

25. Brady Quinn @ DEN (61)

26. Carson Palmer @ GB (62)

27. Byron Leftwich @ BUF (63)

28. Jake Delhomme @ ATL (64)

29. Jay Cutler vs. PIT (66)

30. Matt Stafford vs. MIN (75)

31. Marc Bulger @ WAS (77)

32. Chad Pennington vs. IND (85)

 

 

Running Backs

 

1. Adrian Peterson @ DET (3)

2. Maurice Jones-Drew vs. AZ (17)

3. DeAngelo Williams @ ATL (22)

4. Michael Turner vs. CAR (28)

5. Chris Johnson vs. HOU (28)

6. Frank Gore vs. SEA (30)

7. Clinton Portis vs. St.L (40)

8. Steven Jackson @ WAS (43)

9. Marion Barber vs. NYG (44)

10. Brian Westbrook vs. NO (44)

11. Derrick Ward @ BUF (44)

12. Ronnie Brown vs. IND (45)

13. Cedric Benson @ GB (48)

14. Matt Forte vs. PIT (49)

15. Fred Jackson vs. TB (49)

16. Brandon Jacobs @ DAL (51)

17. Cadillac Williams @ BUF (52)

18. Ryan Grant vs. CIN (53)

19. Michael Bush @ KC (53)

20. Thomas Jones vs. NE (54)

21. Larry Johnson vs. OAK (55)

22. Steve Slaton @ TEN (56)

23. Darren McFadden @ KC (57)

24. Kevin Smith vs. MIN (58)

25. Jamal Lewis @ DEN (62)

26. Jonathan Stewart @ ATL (64)

27. Darren Sproles vs. BAL (64) *boost him 5 or 6 places if LT is inactive

28. Joseph Addai @ MIA (65)

29. Ray Rice @ SD (67)

30. Julius Jones @ SF (73)

31. LaDanian Tomlinson vs. BAL (74) *assuming he’s probable or better

32. Willis McGahee @ SD (75)

33. Ahmad Bradshaw @ DAL (76)

34. Ricky Williams vs. IND (77)

35. LenDale White vs. HOU (78)

36. Tim Hightower @ JAX (80)

37. Chester Taylor @ DET (87)

38. LeShon McCoy vs. NO (90)

39. Edgerin James @ SF (93)

40. Pierre Thomas @ PHI (94) *assuming probable or better

41. Reggie Bush @ PHI (98)

42. Knowshon Moreno vs. CLE (99)

43. Donald Brown @ MIA (99)

44. Mike Bell @ PHI (100)

45. LeRon McClain @ SD (101)

46. Mewelde Moore @ CHI (105)

47. Felix Jones vs. NYG (106)

48. Jerious Norwood vs. CAR (108)

49. Correll Buckhalter vs. CLE (109)

50. Leon Washington vs. NE (111)

 

 

Wide Receivers

 

1. Reggie Wayne @ MIA (11)

2. Greg Jennings vs. CIN (18)

3. Larry Fitzgerald @ JAX (19)

4. Randy Moss @ NYJ (27)

5. Santonio Holmes @ CHI (27)

6. Anquan Boldin @ JAX (33)

7. Calvin Johnson vs. MIN (34)

8. Roddy White vs. CAR (34)

9. Andre Johnson @ TEN (40)

10. Steve Smith @ ATL (41)

11. Roy Williams vs. NYG (43)

12. Terrell Owens vs. TB (44)

13. TJ Houshmandzadeh @ SF (46)

14. Brandon Marshall vs. CLE (51)

15. DeWayne Bowe vs. OAK (52)

16. Bernard Berrian @ DET (52)

17. Wes Welker @ NYJ (53)

18. Marques Colston @ PHI (58)

19. DeShaun Jackson vs. NO (60)

20. Vincent Jackson vs. BAL (61)

21. Jehrico Cotchery vs. NE (61)

22. Hines Ward @ CHI (63)

23. Santana Moss vs. St.L (63)

24. Anthony Gonzalez @ MIA (63)

25. Tory Holt vs. SF (66)

26. Eddie Royal vs. CLE (67)

27. Chad Ochocinco @ GB (70)

28. Braylon Edwards @ DEN (73)

29. Patrick Crayton vs. NYG (73)

30. Lee Evans vs. TB (74)

31. Donald Driver vs. CIN (74)

32. Percy Harvin @ DET (74)

33. Antonio Bryant @ BUF (77)

34. Josh Morgan vs. SEA (81)

35. Derrick Mason @ SD (88)

36. DeVry Henderson @ PHI (88)

37. Kevin Walter @ TEN (90)

38. Laverneus Coles @ GB (92)

39. Devin Hester vs. PIT (92)

40. Justin Gage vs. HOU (92)

41. Lance Moore @ PHI (94)

42. Steve Breaston @ JAX (95) * health is a concern

43. Nate Burleson @ SF (96)

44. Mushin Muhammad @ ATL (103)

45. Kevin Curtis vs. NO (104)

46. Michael Jenkins vs. CAR (108)

47. Issac Bruce vs. SEA (111)

48. Domenik Hixon @ DAL (113)

49. Arnaz Battle vs. SEA (111)

50. Mario Manningham @ DAL (113)

 

 

Tight Ends

 

1. Tony Gonzalez vs. CAR (18)

2. Todd Heap @ SD (21)

3. Zach Miller @ KC (26)

4. Jeremy Shockey @ PHI (27)

5. Owen Daniels @ TEN (29)

6. Dustin Keller vs. NE (32)

7. Antonio Gates vs. BAL (35)

8. Kellen Winslow @ BUF (35) *bump him up a spot or 2 if Bryant is out

9. Chris Cooley vs. St.L (36)

10. Jason Witten vs. NYG (46)

11. Dallas Clark @ MIA (41)

12. Benjamin Watson @ NYJ (43)

13. Bo Scaife vs. HOU (45) *watch the injury report

14. Jon Carlson @ SF (46)

15. Kevin Boss @ DAL (50)

16. Visanthe Schiancoe @ DET (50)

17. Heath Miller @ CHI (50)

18. Greg Olsen vs. PIT (51)

19. Tony Scheffler vs. CLE (56)

20. Brent Celek vs. NO (56)

21. Donald Lee vs. CIN (57)

22. Vernon Davis vs. SEA (57)

23. Brandon Pettigrew vs. MIN (60)

24. Mercedes Lewis vs. SF (60)

25. Jermichael Finley vs. CIN (63)

26. Robert Royal @ DEN (64)

27. Jared Cook vs. HOU (69) * boost him 8-10 spots if Scaife doesn’t go

28. Anthony Fasano vs. IND (71)

29. Billy Miller @ PHI (71)

30. Randy McMichael @ WAS (73)

 

 

Kickers

 

1. Ryan Longwell @ DET (11)

2. David Akers vs. NO (15)

3. Stephen Gostkowski @ NYJ (19)

4. Lawrence Tynes @ DAL (23)

5. Rob Bironas vs. HOU (25)

6. Joe Nedney vs. SEA (27)

7. John Carney @ PHI (29)

8. Neil Rackers @ JAX (30)

9. Mason Crosby vs. CIN (32)

10. Jason Elam vs. CAR (36)

11. Nate Kaeding vs. BAL (37)

12. Nick Folk vs. NYG (46)

13. Rian Lindell vs. TB (47)

14. Phil Dawson @ DEN (47)

15. Robbie Gould vs. PIT (48)

16. John Kasay @ ATL (48)

17. Shayne Graham @ GB (52)

18. Josh Brown @ WAS (53)

19. Jeff Reed @ CHI (55)

20. Kris Brown @ TEN (56)

21. Josh Scobee vs. AZ (56)

22. Shaun Suisham vs. St.L (58)

23. Matt Prater vs. CLE (59)

24. Adam Vinatieri @ MIA (60)

25. Mike Nugent @ BUF (60)

26. Olindo Mare @ SF (466)

27. Sebastian Janikowski @ KC (66)

28. Ryan Succop vs. OAK

29. Dan Carpenter vs. IND (68)

30. Jason Hanson vs. MIN (69)

31. Jay Feeley vs. NE (75)

32. Stephen Hauschka @ SD (77)

 

 

Defense / Special Teams

 

1. Giants @ DAL (12)

2. Vikings @ DET (13)

3. Steelers @ CHI (21)

4. Titans vs. HOU (22)

5. Jets vs. NE (22)

6. Eagles vs. NO (26)

7. Packers vs. CIN (26)

8. Redskins vs. St.L (27)

9. Patriots @ NYJ (33)

10. Bears vs. PIT (35)

11. Seahawks @ SF (35)

12. Ravens @ SD (38)

13. Dolphins vs. IND (43)

14. 49ers vs. SEA (46)

15. Chargers vs. BAL (48)

16. Panthers @ ATL (49)

17. Buccaneers @ BUF (49)

18. Raiders @ KC (52)

19. Cowboys vs. NYG (59)

20. Colts @ MIA (59)

21. Cardinals @ JAX (60)

22. Broncos vs. CLE (62)

23. Texans @ TEN (64)

24. Bills vs. TB (65)

25. Rams @ WAS (65)

26. Chiefs vs. OAK (69)

27. Lions vs. MIN (70)

28. Falcons vs. CAR (72)

29. Browns @ DEN (72)

30. Jaguars vs. AZ (74)

31. Saints @ PHI (75)

32. Bengals @ GB (85)

 

 

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