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Updated Week 2 Rankings

Sunday, September 16, 2012




Week 2 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jimmy Graham at CAR -
2 Rob Gronkowski vs. ARZ -
3 Aaron Hernandez vs. ARZ -
4 Jermichael Finley vs. CHI -
5 Antonio Gates vs. TEN Questionable(ribs)
6 Vernon Davis vs. DET -
7 Tony Gonzalez vs. DEN -
8 Greg Olsen vs. NO -
9 Jared Cook at SD -
10 Brandon Pettigrew at SF -
11 Kyle Rudolph at IND -
12 Fred Davis at STL -
13 Jason Witten at SEA -
14 Coby Fleener vs. MIN -
15 Brent Celek vs. BAL -
16 Jacob Tamme at ATL -
17 Owen Daniels at JAC -
18 Dennis Pitta at PHI -
19 Jermaine Gresham vs. CLE -
20 Martellus Bennett vs. TB -
21 Scott Chandler vs. KC -
22 Heath Miller vs. NYJ -
23 Marcedes Lewis vs. HOU -
24 Joel Dreessen at ATL -
25 Dustin Keller at PIT -
26 Dallas Clark at NYG -
27 Lance Kendricks vs. WAS -


TE Notes: Ex-scout Daniel Jeremiah believes Hernandez may be the toughest cover in the NFL outside of Calvin Johnson because of the separation he gains from defenders on every play. ... Finley is the Cover-2 killer. Play him against the Bears with Jennings likely out. ... Cook played 92.3 percent of the offensive snaps in the opener. It's a promising sign considering his snap-count for the 2011 season stood at 59.1 percent. ... Pettigrew flubbed a 23-yard touchdown that would have given him a 6/100/1 line against the Rams.

Beyond the box score: Fleener's 10-target, 82-yard performance was artificially inflated by the Bears Cover-2 defense that leaves the middle of the field open in two-minute drills. While Fleener offers plenty of long-term potential, he's not yet a reliable TE1 option with Austin Collie returning. ... Pitta is the real deal as a solid TE2 option in the Ravens' new up-tempo offense. Going back to Week 14 of last season, he has nearly double the production of teammate Ed Dickson.

Gresham hasn't reached the point where he can be trusted by Andy Dalton or fantasy owners. He ran the wrong route on Ed Reed's pick-six in the opener. It's been a persistent problem for Gresham going back to his rookie season. ... I need to see Keller take on a bigger role than blocking specialist Jeff Cumberland before I trust that his hamstring injury won't be an issue. ... Clark played fewer snaps than Luke Stocker in the opener.



Week 2 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 David Akers vs. DET -
2 Sebastian Janikowski at MIA -
3 Garrett Hartley at CAR -
4 Matt Bryant vs. DEN -
5 Stephen Gostkowski vs. ARZ -
6 Robbie Gould at GB -
7 Mason Crosby vs. CHI -
8 Dan Bailey at SEA -
9 Matt Prater at ATL -
10 Shayne Graham at JAC -
11 Billy Cundiff at STL -
12 Jason Hanson at SF -
13 Nate Kaeding vs. TEN -
14 Adam Vinatieri vs. MIN -
15 Alex Henery vs. BAL -
16 Rob Bironas at SD -
17 Lawrence Tynes vs. TB -
18 Justin Tucker at PHI -
19 Justin Medlock vs. NO -
20 Steven Hauschka vs. DAL -
21 Connor Barth at NYG -
22 Shaun Suisham vs. NYJ -
23 Ryan Succop at BUF -
24 Greg Zuerlein vs. WAS -
25 Blair Walsh at IND -
26 Nick Folk at PIT -
27 Rian Lindell vs. KC -
28 Josh Scobee vs. HOU -
29 Mike Nugent vs. CLE -
30 Jay Feely at NE -
31 Dan Carpenter vs. OAK -
32 Phil Dawson at CIN -



Week 2 Defense/Special Teams

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Texans Def/Spec Team at JAC -
2 Patriots Def/Spec Team vs. ARZ -
3 Steelers Def/Spec Team vs. NYJ -
4 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. CLE -
5 Ravens Def/Spec Team at PHI -
6 Redskins Def/Spec Team at STL -
7 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team vs. DET -
8 Giants Def/Spec Team vs. TB -
9 Jets Def/Spec Team at PIT -
10 Raiders Def/Spec Team at MIA -
11 Eagles Def/Spec Team vs. BAL -
12 Lions Def/Spec Team at SF -
13 Chiefs Def/Spec Team at BUF -
14 Seahawks Def/Spec Team vs. DAL -
15 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. KC -
16 Cowboys Def/Spec Team at SEA -
17 Bears Def/Spec Team at GB -
18 Packers Def/Spec Team vs. CHI -
19 Broncos Def/Spec Team at ATL -
20 Vikings Def/Spec Team at IND -
21 Chargers Def/Spec Team vs. TEN -
22 Titans Def/Spec Team at SD -
23 Browns Def/Spec Team at CIN -
24 Dolphins Def/Spec Team vs. OAK -
25 Saints Def/Spec Team at CAR -
26 Jaguars Def/Spec Team vs. HOU -
27 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team at NYG -
28 Colts Def/Spec Team vs. MIN -
29 Rams Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
30 Falcons Def/Spec Team vs. DEN -
31 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at NE -
32 Panthers Def/Spec Team vs. NO -


Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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