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12 Players the Top Experts Like/Dislike: Week 2 (Fantasy Football)

Sep 14, 2018

Cooper Kupp should continue seeing targets in Week 2

Getting negative points from your defense surely was not what fantasy owners of the Ravens expected, but expectations and reality do not always line up. With everyone trying to get off to good starts, whether it’s via our Who Should I Start? tool or sending us messages on Twitter (@FantasyPros), our weekly consensus rankings are generally a great place to start.

We realize that many of you want advice from the most accurate experts so to help fill that desire, below you’ll find players who the top pundits have differing opinions on vs. the rest of the fantasy industry.

*All rankings are based on PPR scoring

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Adrian Peterson (RB – WAS)
Bill’s Rank: RB9 | Consensus: RB20
“Fantasy managers have to ride Peterson while he’s fresh and the Colts can’t stop a leaky faucet let alone a motivated and seemingly rejuvenated Peterson. Expect another RB1 performance from the future HOF against Indy who was steamrolled by Joe Mixon in Week 1.”
– Bill Enright (FFChamps)

Cooper Kupp (WR – LAR)
Kevin’s Rank: WR21 | Consensus: WR25
“The targets were split evenly between the Rams’ three wide receivers last week, with Kupp catching 5 of 9, for 52 yards and a TD. Kupp operates from the slot the most often and will completely avoid coverage from Patrick Peterson. The Rams are always looking to get Kupp touches, he even had two rushes last week and Kupp is their primary red-zone target by a long shot.”
– Kevin Wheeler (NFL Mock)

Pierre Garcon (WR – SF)
Rudy’s Rank: WR14 | Consensus: WR38
“The most captivating thing about Garcon in recent years is the font snake hanging from his ‘c’ but he has had a consistently solid target share of around 20% since arriving in SF. Longhorn Legend Marquise Goodwin is out which should only help Garcon’s volume. A home matchup against Detroit looks good for Vegas implied points. I feel like Garcon’s got a high floor for this game with solid TD upside.”
– Rudy Gamble (Razzball)

Nelson Agholor (WR – PHI)
ScoutFantasySports’ Rank: WR14 | Consensus: WR20
“With Alshon Jeffery still injured, Agholor is the Eagles’ WR1 as they head into Tampa Bay for a juicy matchup with the Buccaneers. The Bucs allowed Michael Thomas to burn them for 16 receptions, 180 yards, and a touchdown. While Agholor is not the same type of talent as Thomas, Agholor remains an efficient receiver who can run crisp routes and break open in the middle of the field. Despite only gaining 33 yards, he did catch 8-of-10 passes thrown his way last week. The Buccaneers could be without their top two cornerbacks in Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves so don’t be surprised if Agholor racks in a top-15 performance at the WR position, especially in PPR leagues.”
– Staff Rankings (ScoutFantasySports)

Tyrod Taylor (QB – CLE)
Andy’s Rank: QB8 | Consensus: QB16
“In 2017, the Saints gave up the 4th most rushing yards (307) to QBs including the highest yards per carry (6.8) in the league. They were repeatedly torched on deep passes last week and now have to deal with Josh Gordon, who has (18.5 YPR) on 19 catches since Week 11 of last season — 4th best of 68 wide receivers in NFL. Tyrod’s upside is high and his floor is high.”
– Andy Holloway (The Fantasy Footballers)

Jimmy Garoppolo (QB – SF)
Bill’s Rank: QB5 | Consensus: QB10
“All that hype surrounding Jimmy G this summer quickly died in Week 1 thanks to the dominant Vikings Defense. But their Week 2 opponents made Sam Darnold look like a seasoned veteran instead of the youngest QB starter in NFL History. Jimmy G and company get back on track thanks to the tamed Lions coming to town.”
– Bill Enright (FFChamps)

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Royce Freeman (RB – DEN)
Rudy’s Rank: RB47 | Consensus: RB25
“Volume is king with RBs and Week 1 is always a challenge distinguishing signal vs noise in preseason coach speak regarding RB roles. My two likeliest scenarios with Denver in Week 1 were either a job share for Freeman/Booker or Freeman became the main back and Booker the 3rd down back. Enter Phillip Lindsay. We now have a 3 horse race and Freeman is probably the weakest pass catcher of the three (zero targets in Week 1 does not give me the warm and fuzzies). Maybe Freeman takes a greater role in Week 2. I would rather make him and the Broncos prove that vs pay for that volume this week.”
– Rudy Gamble (Razzball)

Carlos Hyde (RB – CLE)
Ken’s Rank: RB31 | Consensus: RB22
“This could be a true shootout type of game and that usually means Duke Johnson could get more touches and opportunities then Hyde. In Week 1, Hyde averaged less then 3 yards a carry and was only targeted twice in the passing while Duke was targeted 6 times. If this is a passing game, Duke will be the better back.”
– Ken Zalis (Pressbox)

Jamaal Williams (RB – GB)
Bill’s Rank: RB45 | Consensus: RB27
“A difficult matchup against the Vikings combined with a gimpy and questionable Aaron Rodgers equals a recipe for disaster for the Packers rushing attack in Week 2.”
– Bill Enright (FFChamps)

Tyler Lockett (WR – SEA)
Pat’s Rank: WR42 | Consensus: WR36
“People seem to be viewing Lockett as a proxy for the injured Doug Baldwin, and maybe that’s the right way to look at it since Lockett will get most of Baldwin’s slot snaps. There’s no precedent here — this will be the first game Baldwin has missed since Lockett came into the league. Russell Wilson has been unpredictable in his targeting of players other than Baldwin and the now-departed Jimmy Graham, and there’s a good chance Wilson spreads the ball around to a bunch of different pass catchers in Baldwin’s absence. The Seahawks also have a fairly low implied point total (20) for their road game against the Bears, so I’m approaching Seahawks other than Wilson cautiously this week.”
– Pat Fitzmaurice (The Football Girl)

Robby Anderson (WR – NYJ)
Jake’s Rank: WR43 | Consensus: WR33
“One catch. One reception. One touchdown. Anderson had a mere 4.8% market share and has a tough matchup with Xavien Howard. In fact, the Dolphins secondary is quite underrated, and if I’m gambling on a Jets receiver, it’s going to be the one Sam Darnold peppered with targets, not the one that saw one.”
– Jake Ciely (The Athletic)

Matthew Stafford (QB – DET)
Ken’s Rank: QB17 | Consensus: QB13
“Stafford is already banged up and now going cross country to face SF. It’s not that I don’t like Stafford, it’s just I like other matchups better in this case. Luck, Keenum, and Goff specifically.”
– Ken Zalis (Pressbox)

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