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Week 2 Rankings

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Week 2 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Rob Gronkowski at JAC -
2 Zach Ertz at TB -
3 Travis Kelce at PIT -
4 George Kittle vs. DET -
5 Jordan Reed vs. IND -
6 Jimmy Graham vs. MIN -
7 Jared Cook at DEN -
8 Trey Burton vs. SEA -
9 Evan Engram at DAL -
10 Jack Doyle at WAS -
11 Kyle Rudolph at GB -
12 Tyler Eifert vs. BAL -
13 David Njoku at NO -
14 Ben Watson vs. CLE -
15 Eric Ebron at WAS -
16 O.J. Howard vs. PHI -
17 Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. NE -
18 Ricky Seals-Jones at LAR -
19 Charles Clay vs. LAC -
20 Vance McDonald vs. KC Questionable (foot)
21 Jonnu Smith vs. HOU -
22 Will Dissly at CHI -
23 Austin Hooper vs. CAR Questionable (knee)
24 Antonio Gates at BUF -
25 Jesse James vs. KC -
26 Ryan Griffin at TEN -
27 Ian Thomas at ATL -
28 Cameron Brate vs. PHI -
29 Dallas Goedert at TB -
30 Mike Gesicki at NYJ -

TE Notes: Rob Gronkowski was off to a slow start against the Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game before suffering a second quarter concussion. He still gets the Week 2 benefit of the doubt, especially with the Pats so thin at receiver. … Speaking of thin at receiver, the Eagles are really hurting without Alshon Jeffery. Zach Ertz received 10 Week 1 targets. That’s his over/under for the foreseeable future. … Coming off one of the quietest games of his career, Travis Kelce gets a Steelers defense that held him to 4/37 in 2017. Without Alex Smith checking it down every other play, Kelce could be more boom-or-bust this season. … Aside from literally dropping an 80-yard touchdown, George Kittle’s Week 1 was about as encouraging as possible. He posted the fourth-most tight end yardage of the week (90) and the third-most tight end targets (nine). Two of his looks came in the red zone, with one being an end zone overthrow from Jimmy Garoppolo. Perhaps Marquise Goodwin being sidelined played a part, but Kittle looked every bit ready to play a leading role in the 49ers’ offense.

Healthy, Jordan Reed posted 4/48/1 on five targets before the Redskins called off the dogs against an overmatched Cardinals team. Despite some promise in their safety group, the Colts don’t have the defenders to slow Reed down. … The Vikings’ elite defense couldn’t contain George Kittle. Jimmy Graham is a different kind of player but only an Aaron Rodgers absence would knock him down the Week 2 rankings board. … Before you scream “recency bias” at my Jared Cook ranking, remember that the Broncos just gave up 3/105/1 to “Will Dissly.” There’s also the matter of the Raiders having literally no one else to throw to. “Jared Cook weeks” have a way of ending poorly, but his setup is strong. … Trey Burton’s Week 1 usage went according to plan. His biggest risk is not a lack of targets but a lack of quality targets from shaky sophomore starter Mitchell Trubisky.      

Andrew Luck’s BFF Jack Doyle drew 10 Week 1 targets. Luck will continue to look his way as he rehabs his arm. Eric Ebron is just a TE2 dart throw despite his solid opener. … David Njoku played 78-of-89 snaps against the Steelers and was second on the Browns in targets (seven). Stay the course. … Ricky Seals-Jones dropped a touchdown against the Redskins, but he drew six targets and played 49-of-53 snaps. Excellent usage. … Charles Clay had a zero-look Week 1. The target-starved Bills are going to ensure that does not happen again. … Fourth-round blocker Will Dissly randomly decked the Broncos for 3/105/1. That will probably go down as his best game of the season, but it’s not like he’s facing stiff target competition. … Jonnu Smith and Ian Thomas are both athletic freaks. With a year of NFL experience and some actual production under his belt (18/157/2), Smith is the much safer call for TE2 desperados left in a lurch by Greg Olsen and Delanie Walker’s injuries.    

Week 2 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Greg Zuerlein vs. ARZ -
2 Wil Lutz vs. CLE -
3 Matt Bryant vs. CAR -
4 Chris Boswell vs. KC -
5 Robbie Gould vs. DET -
6 Dustin Hopkins vs. IND -
7 Justin Tucker at CIN -
8 Stephen Gostkowski at JAC -
9 Harrison Butker at PIT -
10 Caleb Sturgis at BUF -
11 Daniel Carlson at GB -
12 Brandon McManus vs. OAK -
13 Graham Gano at ATL -
14 Matt Prater at SF -
15 Josh Lambo vs. NE -
16 Mason Crosby vs. MIN -
17 Jake Elliott at TB -
18 Jason Myers vs. MIA -
19 Ka'imi Fairbairn at TEN -
20 Randy Bullock vs. BAL -
21 Ryan Succop vs. HOU -
22 Adam Vinatieri at WAS -
23 Zane Gonzalez at NO -
24 Jason Sanders at NYJ -
25 Cody Parkey vs. SEA -
26 Chandler Catanzaro vs. PHI -
27 Aldrick Rosas at DAL -
28 Brett Maher vs. NYG -
29 Sebastian Janikowski at CHI -
30 Mike Nugent at DEN -
31 Stephen Hauschka vs. LAC -
32 Phil Dawson at LAR -

Week 2 Defense/Special Teams

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

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