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Week 2 Rankings Update

Friday, September 18, 2009

Week 2 Running Backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Adrian Petersonat DET -
2Maurice Jones-Drewvs. ARZ -
3Chris Johnsonvs. HOU -
4Frank Gorevs. SEA -
5Ray Riceat SD -
6Michael Turnervs. CAR -
7Brian Westbrookvs. NO -
8Steven Jacksonat WAS -
9Clinton Portisvs. STL -
10DeAngelo Williamsat ATL -
11Darren McFaddenat KC -
12Fred Jacksonvs. TB -
13Matt Fortevs. PIT -
14Steve Slatonat TEN -
15Marion Barbervs. NYG -
16Brandon Jacobsat DAL -
17Mike Bellat PHIPierre not expected to play
18Ryan Grantvs. CIN -
19Cedric Bensonat GB -
20Kevin Smithvs. MIN -
21Thomas Jonesvs. NE -
22Ronnie Brownvs. IND -
23Darren Sprolesvs. BALNow starting
24Leon Washingtonvs. NE -
25Derrick Wardat BUF -
26Larry Johnsonvs. OAK -
27Donald Brownat MIA -
28Joseph Addaiat MIA -
29Julius Jonesat SF -
30Jonathan Stewartat ATL Probable(heel)
31Michael Bushat KC -
32Carnell Williamsat BUF -
33Reggie Bushat PHI -
34Willie Parkerat CHI -
35Chris Wellsat JAC -
36Tim Hightowerat JAC -
37Knowshon Morenovs. CLE Probable(knee)
38Felix Jonesvs. NYG -
39Jamal Lewisat DEN Probable(neck)
40Ahmad Bradshawat DAL -
41Willis McGaheeat SD -
42Correll Buckhaltervs. CLE -
43LeSean McCoyvs. NO -
44LenDale Whitevs. HOU -
45Ladell Bettsvs. STL -
46Rashard Mendenhallat CHI -
47Laurence Maroneyat NYJ -
48Chester Taylorat DET -
49LeRon McClainat SD -
50Jamaal Charlesvs. OAK -
51Mewelde Mooreat CHI -
52Fred Taylorat NYJ -
53James Davisat DEN Questionable(shoulder)
54DeShawn Wynnvs. CIN -
55Ricky Williamsvs. IND -
56Kevin Faulkat NYJ -
57Pierre Thomasat PHI Questionable(knee)
58Glen Coffeevs. SEA -
59Edgerrin Jamesat SF -
60Chris Brownat TEN -

RB Notes: Tampa's running game could be very good this year. Cadillac Williams runs with such insane abandon, we wonder if he can hold up all year. But he'll be fun to watch in the meantime. Derrick Ward remains the stronger weekly play because of his receiving skills and power combination. Ward had a couple early cracks inside the ten-yard line early in Tampa's loss, then Caddy finished it off from the one. Ward scored later in the game and broke a lot of tackles in a game that helps show he's not just the product of New York's running game. If Tampa could push around Dallas up front, they can run on Buffalo.

The Cowboys weren't kidding about a three-man running back rotation. Tashard Choice was in on the third play from scrimmage Sunday, and took more traditional third-down back snaps than Felix Jones. Choice also played in the Wildcat. This hurts Jones' potential more than Marion Barber, who is still "The Closer." Barber owners should be a little concerned MBIII didn't have any catches in Week 1, but he clearly has his explosion back after toe injuries last year. … After a preseason of talking up Glenn Coffee's role in the offense, the 49ers ignored him in Week 1. Their offensive line really struggled to carve out room for Frank Gore, but Gore was the entire offense. Their first six plays of the second half were all to Gore; two three and outs.

San Francisco risks overworking Gore, but the usage is a good sign; we wouldn't worry about the lack of yardage last week. … Maurice Jones-Drew is another back that basically was the entire Jaguars offense. (Montell Owens was the only other Jacksonville back to get a carry.) Mo-Jo took a lot of punishment against Indy, but looked good doing it. Look for another big day against Arizona, but the Jaguars would be wise not to wear their horse down too much early. … Miami's inability to make plays vertically will make life harder for Ronnie Brown, who had very little running room against Atlanta. Look for the Dolphins to try to impose their will physically on a smaller Colts line this week. Ricky Williams looked rather good in relief, which won't help Brown if it keeps up every week.

Tony Gonzalez already has shown he's a huge addition to the Atlanta passing game. He's not going to help Michael Turner, though. Gonzo whiffed a few blocks that got Turner killed in the Miami game. Turner is not a special running back talent; he gets what's blocked. Until the final meaningless drive last Sunday, he had 41 yards on 18 carries. Turner finished with 65 total yards, Jerious Norwood had 56, mostly on third-down catches. Carolina's rush defense is not impressive, so it's fair for Turner owners to be concerned if he struggles again this week. … Jonathan Stewart is already a bigger part of the Carolina offense than expected. Now the Panthers just need to play with the lead.

Pierre Thomas, Mike Bell, and Reggie Bush are ranked as if Thomas will play. He's still wearing a large brace on his knee, so they Saints are likely to work him into the mix slowly. But the job will be his eventually; he's simply more talented than Bell. … Tim Hightower's receiving numbers last week smacked of a fluky performance. He struggled on the ground, just like last year. … Knowshon Moreno looked tentative in his debut. He's not a lead back yet. … Michael Bush would be ranked higher, but the Raiders are threatening to possibly play Justin Fargas over him. This makes me angry; did Cable watch Bush run over the Chargers?

Week 2 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Larry Fitzgeraldat JAC -
2Andre Johnsonat TEN -
3Calvin Johnsonvs. MIN -
4Randy Mossat NYJ -
5Reggie Wayneat MIA -
6Roddy Whitevs. CAR -
7Greg Jenningsvs. CIN Probable(wrist)
8Chad Ochocincoat GB -
9Marques Colstonat PHI -
10Steve Smithat ATL -
11Wes Welkerat NYJ Questionable, should play
12Anquan Boldinat JAC Questionable, should play
13Vincent Jacksonvs. BAL -
14Santonio Holmesat CHI -
15Dwayne Bowevs. OAK -
16Braylon Edwardsat DEN -
17Terrell Owensvs. TB -
18Jerricho Cotcheryvs. NE -
19Roy Williamsvs. NYG -
20Brandon Marshallvs. CLE -
21Eddie Royalvs. CLE -
22Lee Evansvs. TB -
23Bernard Berrianat DET -
24Santana Mossvs. STL -
25DeSean Jacksonvs. NO Probable(groin)
26Devin Hestervs. PIT -
27T.J. Houshmandzadehat SF Probable(back)
28Hines Wardat CHI -
29Donald Drivervs. CIN -
30Kevin Walterat TEN Expected to start
31Lance Mooreat PHI -
32Patrick Craytonvs. NYG -
33Steve Smithat DAL -
34Josh Morganvs. SEA -
35Donnie Averyat WAS -
36Earl Bennettvs. PIT -
37Justin Gagevs. HOU -
38Davone Bessvs. IND -
39Nate Burlesonat SF -
40Derrick Masonat SD -
41Mark Claytonat SD -
42Michael Claytonat BUF -
43Percy Harvinat DET -
44Mark Bradleyvs. OAK -
45Torry Holtvs. ARZ -
46Domenik Hixonat DAL -
47Nate Washingtonvs. HOU -
48Kenny Brittvs. HOU -
49Chris Henryat GB -
50Louis Murphyat KC -
51Laveranues Colesat GB -
52Devery Hendersonat PHI -
53Ted Ginn Jr.vs. IND -
54Miles Austinvs. NYG -
55Mario Manninghamat DAL -
56Kevin Curtisvs. NO Probable(knee)
57Laurent Robinsonat WAS -
58Steve Breastonat JAC Questionable(knee)
59Andre Caldwellat GB -
60Troy Williamsonvs. ARZ -
61Chris Chambersvs. BAL -
62James Jonesvs. CIN -
63Austin Collieat MIA -

WR Notes: Brandon Marshall seemed to be lacking some explosion in Week 1 and dropped a few passes, but at least he was out there. It could take some time for him to get in the flow of the offense, but he's too talented to sit in leagues you start three wideouts.

Miles Austin didn't get a lot of targets, but he was a bad Tony Romo pass away from having two touchdowns over 40 yards. It's hard to play him, but he should be owned in all leagues and will benefit from a lot of matchups against sub-par defenders. … Michael Clayton no longer gets anyone excited, but he'll probably see enough targets all year to be worth owning in deeper PPR leagues, especially if Antonio Bryant can't get healthy.

The Jaguars are very thin in the secondary after Rashean Mathis. Since Mathis is staying on one side of the field primarily, all the Cardinals receivers should get a crack at Derek Cox and the other complementary corners in Jacksonville. (And safety Reggie Nelson gives up way too many big plays.)

Roy Williams made some difficult grabs for first downs in addition to his long score, a good sign. There are so many options on that offense, though, he's going to have quiet weeks. Patrick Crayton won't get many long scores, but he should be a very consistent WR3. We'd put Steve Smith of the Giants in the same class, as a fine every-week WR3/flex option in PPR leagues. Dude makes tough grabs and Eli Manning knows it. … Antonio Bryant doesn't look fully healthy yet, and is a risky play.

Davone Bess is clearly Chad Pennington's most trusted playmaker to move the chains. He may not make many big plays, but he's a serious threat to top 80 catches. … Miami's offensive line was awful against the Falcons, and faces another tough test against the Colts pass rush. There's not much reason to think they will give Chad Pennington enough time to find Ted Ginn deep. ... Laveranues Coles is the fourth-best wide receiver on the Bengals. His opening week drops were uncharacteristic, but it was telling that Andre Caldwell was the guy moving the chains with the game on the line.

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