Published on August 21st, 2013 | by Anthony Kelly0
NFL Preseason Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings Wrap-Up
Week 2 of the 2013 NFL Preseason is in the books. Here is a breakdown of some of the events that are sure to impact fantasy football rankings for the upcoming 2013 NFL season.
Andrew Luck is proving the critics wrong.
107 yds. and 2 TDs. He not only looked good through the air but also put together a nice scramble for a first down, making all-pro DE Justin Tuck look silly. This kid has plenty of weapons and all the young, raw talent in the world. Climbing the fantasy football rankings every day, the sky is the limit for him.
Kenbrell Thompkins Kool-aid might get you drunk, but T.Y. Hilton Hi-C will get you wasted.
I could talk about this guy for hours, and Week 2 brought no surprises as T.Y. looks like he’s in midseason form through two preseason games. His touchdown this week came on a 17-yard toe-tapping corner end zone catch. Hilton is agile and quick with hands to match. Don’t ignore the obvious in your draft, the coaches in Indy sure won’t.
Let’s not forget about Reggie Wayne.
34-years old and the guy still makes it look easy with one-handed catches and juggling end zone grabs for touchdowns. Wayne still has it. Don’t pass up this veteran when making notes on your fantasy football rankings, as the Colts will obviously be keeping it vertical this year.
SSSHHHHHHHHH… No one say anything about Julius Thomas, he is in a deep sleep.
I mean, really: two preseason games, 8 for 8 for 105 yards. Seriously, this guy is running away with the TE1 slot in Denver while Tamme nurses his hamstring. Peyton loves him, and the coaches are giving him all the reps he can handle. This is a recipe for a breakout; if you tune your fantasy radars just right, he might show up.
The Seahawks D is not playing around.
These guys are not for the faint of heart- they play for keeps. 77 total team tackles and some nice special teams work showcased by a kickoff return for TD from Jermaine Kearse (who also had a TD reception) and a 107-yard return by Brandon Browner. Bobby Wagner also got in for a nice hit on Peyton. He must get football on his phone…
Russell Wilson don’t need no Percy.
We have watched this guy rise and fall in the fantasy football rankings, but Wilson looked solid without his new shiny wideout, posting an 8-for-12, 127-yard, two-TD performance. On his TD pass to Kearse, Wilson fumbled the snap, but savvy hands and quick thinking turned the mishap into seven points. Don’t worry about Russell not having Percy; it seems as though he will be just fine.
The Bengals D will push for recognition as a Top-5 defense this year.
These guys are electric, with 76 total team tackles and a lockdown secondary on display against the Titans. With an All-Star cast of Geno Atkins, Peko, Pac-Man, Terence Newman, and James Harrison, this is one scary defense. They should put up consistent, shutdown games for your fantasy squad.
Giovani Bernard for president.
Some people would consider the hype on this young fella to be too much. I say the hype is not enough: 65 rushing yards and two TDs on 17 attempts in the preseason. Believe the hype; Bernard is a must-have in dynasty and a sneaky middle round pick in PPR leagues. Watch this kid’s stock rise as we approach Week 1 of the regular season. You can either cash in on it or watch him carry your buddy to the playoffs. You make the call. Don’t let this guy get away as he sneaks up the fantasy football rankings.
Eddie Lacy will lead NFL running backs in yards after contact. Just you watch.
This guy is a snow plow that barrels around the field as if he is looking for contact from defenders. Don’t be surprised if Green Bay starts making honest men out of defenses with this guy’s ability to find gaps and break tackles.
Daryl Richardson is the starter for St. Louis.
If he is not, then one of two things happened:
- He shot himself in the leg at a club.
- Jeff Fischer had a stroke and forgot to put him on the 46-man roster.
Other than that, this guy is a lock for RB2 with huge RB1 upside. Steven Jackson 2.0 has the speed and football smarts to have a great career in the NFL.
“Romo to Bryant.” Be prepared to hear that a lot this season.
These two men have developed the chemistry many Dallas fans have been waiting for. They look right on schedule to pick up where they left off last season. There is value to be had with both of these players, except that you can get Romo around the 10th or 11th Round. That’s major value for a guy who just last season had eight games with 20 FPs or more, four of which he put up 30+ FPs and one of which was a 44-point game in Week 16.
Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace are finally on the same page.
Thank the Lord for that, as the acquisition of Mike Wallace this offseason was looking to be a major bust until this past week. These two men are on their way to doing some nice things this season. As long as Lamar Miller can keep defenses honest, this connection should be devastating to defenses all season long.
Zach Sudfeld is making his case.
Watch out for this guy; there isn’t much to say except that this man can ball. New England probably found their answer to their two-TE formations since the loss of Hernandez. Look for this guy to rise in the fantasy football rankings and be a PPR monster if he makes the squad.