Now that week 1 is over, fancy managers have a better idea of ââtheir team. They also have players who are injured and they need to make quick replacements. Those with Raheem Mostert, Jerry Jeudy, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Michael Gallup on their roster need to find someone else to fill out (if they haven’t already). Odell Beckham Jr. has already been ruled out for Week 2. Saquon Barkley is still playing his part (which, ironically, turned into more rushing yards for Daniel Jones). Therefore, take a good look at your roster and make sure you can start the best players you have.
Please note that 5 Up / 5 Down is a guide to which players are expected to exceed or fall below their rank this week. This is based on past performance, injury status and the game. This is not a start / sit column, but rather a guide.
Positional rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST IKI Flex
Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams vs. Indianapolis Colts
In Stafford’s debut with the Rams, he threw for 321 yards and three touchdowns on “Sunday Night Football” against the Bears. He looked good, connecting with three different receivers for touchdowns. Cooper Kupp nearly scored a second touchdown but was deemed just short of the goal line. Either way, the stat line is good and Stafford should keep throwing the ball into the pitch. He is ranked No. 15 but could slip into the top 12.
Kenyan Drake, Las Vegas Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Josh Jacobs is the Raiders’ main running back, and he’s the one who saw that goal line work in Week 1. Jacobs had 10 carries for 34 yards and two touchdowns and added a reception for six yards. . During this time, Drake was used in the passing game. He had only 11 rushing yards, but he had five receptions for 59 yards. Jacobs was questionable heading into Week 1 with an illness and he missed practice this week with an ankle / toe problem. It is possible that Drake will return to work with Jacobs a bit more. Drake is ranked # 37 but especially in PPR formats it should exceed that.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns vs. Houston Texans
In Week 1, Landry tallied five receptions for 71 yards. However, he added two carries for 13 yards and a touchdown that improved his stat line. With Odell Beckham Jr. already ruled out for Week 2 (he didn’t play in Week 1 either), Landry should have another good week. It is ranked No. 40 but should surpass that. He was a PPR machine, but the targets aren’t there as much this year, but that doesn’t mean he won’t see them. The fact that Landry can also be used as a running back only reinforces his fantastic value.
Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles vs. San Francisco 49ers
Zach Ertz pulled his hamstrings in week 1 and missed practice time this week. His status for week 2 is on hold and that should just mean more goals for Goedert. In week 1, Goedert had five goals. He caught four for 42 yards and a touchdown. Ertz had only two targets but he caught them both for 34 yards. Goedert is ranked No 13, but he could squeeze into TE1’s consideration with Ertz absent.
Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Fant is ranked No.11, but with Jerry Jeudy out, his role is expected to increase. In week 1 he had eight targets. He caught six for 62 yards. Even if he didn’t find the end zone, it was still a solid exit. In week 2, look for those numbers to increase. The Broncos face the Jaguars in Week 2 and while it’s too early to determine how the teams fare against the various positions, the Jags have given Pharaoh Brown four receptions for 67 yards. Start Fant with confidence this week.
Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys
Herbert looked good in Week 1, but it was against the Washington football team. His 337 yards, one touchdown and one interception aren’t terrible, but he’s ranked No.5 against the Cowboys this week. While Tom Brady certainly made it look easy against the Cowboys in Week 1, the ‘Boys have probably rocked the rust and can improve this performance. Herbert is still a QB1, but he’s ranked too high this week.
Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Harris didn’t have the best start in the NFL. He ran 45 yards on 16 carries in Week 1. Part of the problem is the Steelers’ offensive line, but for a top running back he should be more successful. He’s ranked # 9 this week, and after last week’s performance it looks awfully high. It doesn’t help that Harris wasn’t part of the passing game (a reception for four yards). If Harris can break through or catch passes, he may be an RB1, but he’s not there yet.
Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
“Hollywood” Brown had six receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown in Week 1. Last year’s Fantasy managers recall he alternated between having good games and having a dry touchdown that lasted apparently forever. He has emerged as a boom or bust player, and he will be hard to trust. Brown missed practice Wednesday and Thursday of last week with an ankle problem. He will likely adjust for Week 2, but that might be enough to knock him off his No.35 ranking.
Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Maybe it’s the fact that many fantasy managers started to expect something from Aiyuk and instead received nothing, but it’s hard to trust him this week. Trent Sherfield (started in less than 1% of leagues) was the 49ers’ second wide receiver. While it’s certainly possible that Aiyuk will have an escape game at some point, fantasy managers would be wise to let that game play out on their bench before putting them back into their rosters. It is impossible to trust him, even ranked No. 71 (down from the ECR).
Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
In week 1, with Will Fuller suspended, Gesicki had two goals. He didn’t catch either. The Dolphins used Durham Smythe and Hunter Long and now Adam Shaheen is returning as well. It looks like Gesicki isn’t a fantastic option. It will probably be used in certain situations. He’s a tight end who blocks and will catch a touchdown or two at some point, but he’s definitely not in the top 10, according to the standings, this week.
Full Week 1 Disclosure
High (2/5 correct)
- Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Washington Soccer Team (Ranked: 21, Actual: 36) (Injured Early)
- Justin Jackson, RB, Los Angeles Chargers (Rated: 71, actual: 67)
- Darrell Henderson Jr., RB, Los Angeles Rams (Rated: 23, actual: 16)
- Dyami Brown, WR, Washington Soccer Team (Rated: over 50, actual: 119)
- Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (Ranked: 18, Actual: 26)
Low (2/5 correct)
- Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Rated: 12, Actual: 15)
- D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions (rated: 25, actual: 4)
- Kenny Golladay, WR, New York Giants (Ranked: 35, Actual: 54)
- Nelson Agholor, WR, New England Patriots (Ranked: 55, Actual: 22)
- Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (Ranked: 8, Actual: 6)
– Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats and breathes fantasy football. Got a fantasy football question? Send it to him on Twitter @ Sarah_Lewis32.