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9 Players the Top Experts Like in Week 2

9 Players the Top Experts Like in Week 2

Another weekend full of football can cure all the ills… unless you sit the wrong guy on your fantasy team and he blows up your bench. The point is, every week of fantasy football brings its own set of ups and downs, but that’s what we’re here for. Our goal is to help you feel what the Broncos were feeling at the end of Thursday night’s game.

Whether you have a stacked lineup or a tricky FLEX decision, there are tough choices to make. To help with your decision-making, we asked the top accuracy experts from the past years to tell us why they like the players below more for Week 2 than our consensus rankings.

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Pierre Garcon (WR, WAS vs. STL)
John Paulsen’s Rank: WR22 | Consensus: WR32
“Garcon was already trending up once Kirk Cousins took over the starting job – he averaged 4.2-53-0.50 in the six games in which Cousins played in 2014 – and now that DeSean Jackson is out, Garcon should see plenty of targets as the team tries to replace that production. It doesn’t hurt that Garcon racked up 9-95 on 11 targets against the Rams last year.”
– John Paulsen (

Amari Cooper (WR, OAK vs. BAL)
Sean Koerner’s Rank: WR13 | Consensus: WR25
“Amari Cooper had a lackluster debut going 5/47/0. He most likely struggled because his QB had to leave the game early. Carr appears to be healthy now and I’m predicting the 1st (of many) Carr-to-Cooper TDs for a solid 5/65/1 line in Week 2.”
Sean Koerner (STATS)

Anquan Boldin (WR, SF vs. PIT)
Sablich Brothers: WR24 | Consensus: WR37
“Boldin went under-drafted this summer, because he’s 34 and not very exciting, but he’s been very consistent over the last two years and has not showed signs of decline. The 49ers didn’t need him much in Week 1, with Carlos Hyde going nuts, but the Steelers, unlike the Vikings, have a decent run defense. On the other hand, the Steelers’ pass coverage, ranked last by in Week 1, is there to be exploited. We expect an increase in usage this week. – Sablich Brothers”
Sablich Brothers (The New York Times)

Mike Wallace (WR, MIN vs. DET)
Tony Mauriello’s Rank: WR16 | Consensus: WR34
“Despite his team struggling in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, Wallace hauled in six balls for 63 yards and was the lone bright spot Monday night. The Vikings now get to face a Detroit Lions team that surrendered 404 yards through the air and two receiving TDs against the San Diego Chargers, who were playing from behind  in the second half. And of those 404 yards, 277 yards were attributed to the team’s WRs. The Vikings wideouts in Wallace and Charles Johnson profile comparably to Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson (who did the most damage to the Lions last week) and with Adrian Peterson likely able to control the game through the ground, Teddy Bridgewater will also take deep shots downfield to Wallace (and Johnson). The Lions’ DBs will shade their coverage towards Johnson, which should allow Wallace to run fly routes against man coverage. As the WR16, Wallace should pull in 6 balls for 78 yards and he has a 65% shot at a TD.”
Tony Mauriello (ProjectRoto)

Latavius Murray (RB, OAK vs. BAL)
Maurile Tremblay’s Rank: RB16 | Consensus: RB23
“Murray has a difficult matchup on paper. The Baltimore defense was tough last week against the Broncos, and the Raiders may find themselves playing from behind this week, which may hinder the running game. But the Raiders will feature Murray no matter the game script. He led the team in receptions last week, and should get plenty of touches against the Ravens even in garbage time. And he’s got the athletic skills to turn those touches into fantasy points.”
Maurile Tremblay (Footballguys)

Rashad Jennings (RB, OAK vs. ATL)
Kelly Smelser’s Rank: RB16 | Consensus: RB24
“Jennings is prone to drastic ups and downs and isn’t going to be a great play every week. That is certainly the case with the pseudo committee going on in New York. That said, the Giants will be facing a Falcons defense that struggled against running backs in Week 1. DeMarco Murray, Darren Sproles, and Ryan Mathews combined for over 50 fantasy points. Rashad Jennings may not be as dynamic as Murray or Sproles, but he shows flashes. Committee or no, Jennings should be expected to get the majority of touches. I expect their offense to bounce back after a tough Week 1 loss and Jennings will lead NYG backs with a good week against a suspect defense.”
Kelly Smelser (Punch Drunk Wonderland)

Danny Woodhead (RB, SD at CIN)
Ken Zalis’ Rank: RB14 | Consensus: RB26
“He is PPR GOLD, he is the short yardage back, the red-zone back, the passing down back and the 3rd down back. We have short memories, but in 2013 Danny Woodhead was a top 20 RB regardless of format for the first 9 or 10 weeks of the season. I expect the same to be true in 2015. His pass catching skills make him almost bust proof. In a game that yards on the ground may be tough to come by, Woodhead should be on the field often as SD goes to the air again in Week 2.”
Ken Zalis (PressBox)

Jared Cook (TE, STL at WAS)
Chet Gresham’s Rank: TE7 | Consensus: TE20
“I’m high on Jared Cook this week due to opponent and opportunity. Cook led the team last week in receptions and targets while facing a strong Seattle defense. His target numbers should stay near the top for the team due to Brian Quick not being quite healthy yet, and this week he will get a weak secondary in Washington. Washington also is stout against the run, as witnessed last year and in Week 1 versus the Dolphins, which should force Nick Foles to test the passing game more. Washington allowed Jordan Cameron four receptions for 73 yards last week, which is a nice yards per catch mark. When Cook is on he’s putting up big plays. Washington also has injuries at safety and their top cornerback is out, which will move some coverages away from Cook. He’s always a boom or bust play, but all signs are pointing to a boom this week.”
Chet Gresham (WalterFootball)

Dwayne Allen (TE, IND vs. NYJ)
Tony Mauriello’s Rank: TE5 | Consensus: TE16
Allen was targeted six times by Andrew Luck week one against the Buffalo Bills and caught three balls for seventeen yards and one touchdown. He also had a 27-yard reception called back due to a penalty. With T.Y. Hilton, who is dealing with a bruised knee, a game-time decision Monday, Allen should be in line for additional targets against a New York Jets defense that gave up 4-51 to the Cleveland Browns TEs week one. Moreover, the Colts may have a tough time rushing the ball against the NFL’s top-ranked defense against the run (albeit, with just one week’s worth of data) which will open up the passing game for Luck. If Hilton does sit the game out, Luck will take his shots downfield to Donte Moncrief, but the Jets should put two DBs on him to isolate Allen over the middle against a LB. He should haul in six balls for 50 yards and has a 60% shot at a TD in the red zone.”
Tony Mauriello (ProjectRoto)

Thank you to the experts for giving their picks for this weekend. For more from the experts, be sure to check out their profile pages and follow them on Twitter.

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