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 was 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 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. Le’Veon Bell, PIT (RB1) — Last week wasn’t what fantasy owners expected, but Bell gets back on track in Week 2.
2. Antonio Brown, PIT (WR1) — He’s off to a hot start with double-digit catches in Week 1.
3. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (RB2) — Elliott did what he does with 100-plus rushing yards in the opener.
4. Julio Jones, ATL (WR2) — This is a fantastic matchup for Jones at home against the suspect Packers secondary.
5. Mike Evans, TB (WR3) — Evans gets on the field for the first time in 2017. Expect plenty of targets.
6. Melvin Gordon, LAC (RB3) — Though he struggled on the ground in Week 1, Gordon added plenty of fantasy value as a receiver.
7. LeSean McCoy, BUF (RB4) — He saw 27 touches in Week 1 and that heavy workload will continue.
8. Jordy Nelson, GB (WR4) — Despite a tough matchup, Nelson still found the end zone in Week 1.
9. Todd Gurley, LAR (RB5) — Gurley wasn’t a factor on the ground, but his six targets were the second-most of his career.
10. Kareem Hunt, KC (RB6) — It’s a tough matchup, but Hunt’s fantasy upside is real.
11. Brandin Cooks, NE (WR5) — Cooks got off to a solid start in New England and gets a fantastic matchup this week.
12. Odell Beckham Jr., NYG (WR6) — Will he play? We aren’t sure yet. Have a backup plan in place to be safe.
13. Marshawn Lynch, OAK (RB7) — Lynch looked like his old self in Week 1 and figures to see a very favorable game script.
14. Devonta Freeman, ATL (RB8) — Freeman is still on the right side of the Atlanta committee, but keep in mind that Tevin Coleman saw 12 touches in Week 1.
15. A.J. Green, CIN (WR7) — Andy Dalton struggled mightily in Week 1, but Green remains a WR1.