Flex rankings for Week 2 of the fantasy season

The flex decision is a hard one, but Jeff Ratcliffe has his flex rankings ready to make that decision easier.

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Flex rankings for Week 2 of the fantasy season


Things move quickly around these parts. With Week 1 in the books, it’s important to not overreact to what we saw in the first slate of games. The first week of the NFL season is in many ways the fifth week of the preseason. A lot of times we see things in those initial games that can be misleading.

So for this week’s top-150 flex rankings, you’ll notice very few significant changes from last week’s list. Of course, in the NFL, one week can be an anomaly, but two weeks can be a trend. We’ll adjust accordingly if trends start to emerge.

1. Antonio Brown, PIT (WR1) – Proved last week why he’s the No. 1 fantasy option. You’re starting him every week. No matter what.

2. David Johnson, ARZ (RB1) – He finished as a top-five running back last week and dominated touches in the Cardinals’ backfield.

3. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG (WR2) – Didn’t find the end zone in Week 1, but saw eight targets. Gets a strong matchup against a Saints defense that just lost their best cornerback, Delvin Breaux, to injury.

4. DeAngelo Williams, PIT (RB2) – Picked right up where he left off last season as was the top fantasy running back in Week 1.

5. Julio Jones, ATL (WR3) – Jones didn’t see a massive workload in Week 1, but still found the end zone. He has a strong matchup against a porous Oakland secondary.

6. C.J. Anderson, DEN (RB3) – Huge Week 1 performance from Anderson. Better yet, he faces a weak Indy defense that gave up 4.8 yards per carry in Week 1.

7. A.J. Green, CIN (WR4) – Led all receivers in targets and yards in Week 1. He’ll continue to see heavy volume this week.

8. Lamar Miller, HST (RB4) – Wasn’t the most efficient back, but saw 32 touches in the opener.

9. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (RB5) – Only averaged 2.6 yards per carry, but racked up 21 touches and found the end zone in his debut.

10. Adrian Peterson, MIN (RB6) – Trending down, but certainly not out. Peterson is still an RB1 play this week against the Packers.

11. Mark Ingram, NO (RB7) – Not an ideal start for Ingram’s fantasy owners, but he averaged 4.8 yards per carry and is still the clear lead back in New Orleans.

12. Alshon Jeffery, CHI (WR5) – Just six targets in Week 1, but went over 100 yards. Jeffery will remains the clear top option in Chicago.

13. Allen Robinson, JAX (WR6) – Led all receivers with 14 targets in Week 1. He only caught six for 72 yards, but big games are coming.

14. Todd Gurley, LA (RB8) – Seattle is not who Gurley owners want to see this week, but his upside is enough to keep him in the back end of the RB1s.

15. Eddie Lacy, GB (RB9) – Only 15 touches for Lacy in Week 1, but he looked solid with 78 total yards.

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| Director of Fantasy

Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is one of the most accurate rankers in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.

  • Don Elretseo

    Poor headline for the article doesn’t really mesh with content. Flex usually implies your next option after starting RBs and WRs. This looks more like a top 150 fantasy player rankings.

    • Adam LeClair

      This. Also a lot of leagues have TE for flex too

      • Daniel Kelley

        Tight ends are included in these rankings. And yeah, flex is after you’ve filled out your starting RBs and WRs, but there’s no way for us to know how strong a particular roster is. The only players who would have no business being anyone’s flex are the literal top two WRs and RBs. It is theoretically possible someone could have (this week) Brown, Johnson, Beckham and Williams and have to decide between Jones and Anderson. Unlikely, but possible. Offering flex rankings that start at, say, 20 or 40 or what-have-you could ignore someone who comes here for someone above that.

    • Johnny

      Agreed

  • Noah

    Is this for standard or PPR?