With Week 1 almost in the books, winning and losing weekly fantasy football league players can now turn their collective attention to Week 2’s lineups.
The first weekend of matchups gave owners a slight idea of what to expect from fantasy’s top performers, but the most consistent players and what to spend on them each week can’t really be determined until about Week 4.
So for those banking on rookie Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota putting up four more touchdowns, or veteran Texans receiver Nate Washington notching another 100-yard game in Week 2, it’s best to sit back and rely on the more proven, experienced players when your draft or auction takes place.
Injuries will also play a major role with stars and lineup mainstays like Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton both going down, and to a lesser extant Cardinals running back Andre Ellington and Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson.
Keep those injuries in mind and take a look at our players to target below, broken down and ranked by position, for maximum output in Week 2.
1.Drew Brees, Saints
2.Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers
3.Tony Romo, Cowboys
4.Joe Flacco, Ravens
5.Matt Ryan, Falcons
Brees takes on a Tampa Bay secondary that let up four touchdowns and five plays of 20 or more yards. Roethlisberger looked very sharp in Week 1 and could pick apart a weaker 49ers secondary. Romo was scintillating late and draws an iffy Eagles D.
1.Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks
2.Matt Forte, Bears
3.Chris Ivory, Jets
4.Alfred Morris, Redskins
5.Adrian Peterson, Vikings
Forte started off his contract year just right against the Packers, and while he draws a tough Cardinals D his pass-catching out of the backfield makes him No. 2 in Week 2. Lynch can punish Green Bay just like Forte did, while Ivory leads a recharged Jets offense.
1.Antonio Brown, Steelers
2.Julio Jones, Falcons
3.DeAndre Hopkins, Texans
4.Andre Johnson, Colts
5.Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
Brown was terrific in Week 1 and should play well in Week 2, even against a solid San Francisco D. He’s still the best receiver in the NFL. Hopkins came on strong late, and players shouldn’t fret about Houston’s decision to wait on naming a starting QB until kickoff against Carolina. Johnson should get a ton more targets with T.Y. Hilton likely out.
1.Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
2.Travis Kelce, Chiefs
3.Martellus Bennett, Bears
4.Tyler Eifert, Bengals
5.Delanie Walker, Titans
Gronk reigns supreme for every week until Kelce or Eifert can snag as many touchdowns, even if he’s facing a ridiculously overpowering Bills D in Week 2. However, Kelce and Eifert are proven monsters and are awesome consolation prizes.
1.Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, Bucs
2.Jason Witten, TE, Cowboys
3.Keenan Allen, WR, Chargers
4.Danny Woodhead, RB, Chargers
5.Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins
Sefarian-Jenkins had his breakout game and should be Jameis Winston’s top target for Week 2 and beyond, while Witten’s sure to get more targets with Dez Bryant out. Allen can’t repeat his amazing performance for Week 1 against the Bengals secondary but he’s a solid third choice at the FLEX.
Terrell Suggs' season-ending injury should inspire, not deplete, Baltimore’s D against the hurting Raiders, while the Dolphins looked pretty sharp against a limited Redskins offense and next draw lowly Jacksonville. The Bills are for real, and should finally contain Tom Brady and the visiting Pats.
Update: A previous version of this article said Antonio Brown did not score a touchdown in Week 1. He did, and the change has been made.