Matthew Hill’s 2023 NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings

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The uncertainty of Week 1 is in the rearview mirror. Unlike the educated guesswork of opening week, we can build and set lineups more confidently because of access to data, including snap counts, routes, targets and touches.

While there is a hesitancy to put too much stake in the small sample size, we can still use it to better understand which players to target and which ones to be light on or to fade altogether. 

My complete Week 2 rankings include highlights of players I have significantly above or below consensus, according to FantasyPros Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR). Player blurbs are included for the ones I have the strongest opinions on and which I will invest the most for DFS.

I will update my weekly rankings as new information comes in, including writing additional player blurbs. 

Hill’s Week 2 Fantasy Rankings


Rank Name Team Opp
1 Jalen Hurts PHI vs MIN
2 Josh Allen BUF vs LV
3 Patrick Mahomes II KC @ JAC
4 Trevor Lawrence JAC vs KC
5 Justin Herbert LAC @ TEN
6 Lamar Jackson BAL @ CIN
7 Justin Fields CHI @ TB
8 Joe Burrow CIN vs BAL
9 Anthony Richardson IND @ HOU
10 Jared Goff DET vs SEA
11 Tua Tagovailoa MIA @ NE
12 Daniel Jones NYG @ ARI
13 Geno Smith SEA @ DET
14 Brock Purdy SF @ LAR
15 Deshaun Watson CLE @ PIT
16 Dak Prescott DAL vs NYJ
17 Kirk Cousins MIN @ PHI
18 Russell Wilson DEN vs WAS
19 Jordan Love GB @ ATL
20 Derek Carr NO @ CAR
21 Mac Jones NE vs MIA
22 Matthew Stafford LAR vs SF
23 Baker Mayfield TB vs CHI
24 Sam Howell WAS @ DEN
25 Jimmy Garoppolo LV @ BUF
26 Ryan Tannehill TEN vs LAC
27 Kenny Pickett PIT vs CLE
28 C.J. Stroud HOU vs IND
29 Bryce Young CAR vs NO
30 Desmond Ridder ATL vs GB
31 Joshua Dobbs ARI vs NYG
32 Zach Wilson NYJ @ DAL

Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence is coming off a top-10 performance on the road against the Indianapolis Colts and now gets the Kansas City Chiefs at home in the week’s highest-totaled contest (opened at 51 points). No one has to tell you to start Lawrence in traditional leagues. He comes into the week undervalued at only $6,700 on DraftKings (the sixth-highest price on the main slate) and as the QB6 in the early ECR. 

Jared Goff, Lions

Jared Goff gets a Seattle Seahawks defense at home that just surrendered 334 yards to Matthew Stafford. The Lions-Seahawks matchup has the week’s second-highest total (48.5); Goff’s receivers are healthy, and he should have no trouble returning value on his $6,200 price tag. While his early ECR of QB11 is fair, Goff has high-end QB1 upside. 

Jimmy Garoppolo, Raiders

With the top-tier quarterbacks in smash spots and Goff being a great value, there is little interest in paying down for a quarterback. However, if I was looking to save at the position, Jimmy Garoppolo was a high-end QB2 in his Las Vegas Raiders debut. He could compile significant garbage time points at Buffalo. His ECR of QB30 is too low. 

Running Backs

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Christian McCaffrey SF @ LAR
2 Nick Chubb CLE @ PIT
3 Saquon Barkley NYG @ ARI
4 Derrick Henry TEN vs LAC
5 Bijan Robinson ATL vs GB
6 Travis Etienne Jr. JAC vs KC
7 Tony Pollard DAL vs NYJ
8 Josh Jacobs LV @ BUF
9 Kenneth Walker III SEA @ DET
10 Joe Mixon CIN vs BAL
11 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs MIA
12 Jahmyr Gibbs DET vs SEA
13 David Montgomery DET vs SEA
14 Dameon Pierce HOU vs IND
15 AJ Dillon GB @ ATL
16 Joshua Kelley LAC @ TEN
17 James Cook BUF vs LV
18 Rachaad White TB vs CHI
19 Alexander Mattison MIN @ PHI
20 Isiah Pacheco KC @ JAC
21 James Conner ARI vs NYG
22 Brian Robinson Jr. WAS @ DEN
23 Miles Sanders CAR vs NO
24 Jamaal Williams NO @ CAR
25 Najee Harris PIT vs CLE
26 D’Andre Swift PHI vs MIN
27 Raheem Mostert MIA @ NE
28 Javonte Williams DEN vs WAS
29 Breece Hall NYJ @ DAL
30 Gus Edwards BAL @ CIN
31 Tyler Allgeier ATL vs GB
32 Dalvin Cook NYJ @ DAL
33 Samaje Perine DEN vs WAS
34 Kyren Williams LAR vs SF
35 Justice Hill BAL @ CIN
36 Khalil Herbert CHI @ TB
37 Cam Akers LAR vs SF
38 Jaylen Warren PIT vs CLE
39 Jerick McKinnon KC @ JAC
40 Ezekiel Elliott NE vs MIA
41 Tank Bigsby JAC vs KC
42 Rashaad Penny PHI vs MIN
43 Zach Charbonnet SEA @ DET
44 Roschon Johnson CHI @ TB
45 Antonio Gibson WAS @ DEN
46 Tyjae Spears TEN vs LAC
47 Damien Harris BUF vs LV
48 Elijah Mitchell SF @ LAR
49 Jerome Ford CLE @ PIT
50 Deon Jackson IND @ HOU

Jahmyr Gibbs, Lions

Jahmyr Gibbs’ minimal involvement in his debut was frustrating. Still, what he did with his limited touches gave us a glimpse into his bright future. Gibbs totaled 42 yards on his seven carries and was targeted on two of his nine routes, securing both for an additional 18 yards. The fact that Gibbs received nine touches on only 19 snaps shows the Detroit Lions are committed to getting the ball in his hands. Gibbs’ role will grow each week, making his ECR of RB17 his floor. 

Najee Harris, Jaylen Warren, Steelers

Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren split touches in Week 1, with both backs earning eight. Warren appears to be the clear passing-down option at least through one week, out-targeting Harris six to two. The Pittsburgh Steelers now get the Cleveland Browns in a game with only a 40-point total. Cleveland’s defense held Cincinnati Bengals RB Joe Mixon to 53 yards last week. Harris is overvalued as the RB20 in the early ECR. 

Miles Sanders, Panthers

Miles Sanders conceded nine carries to Chuba Hubbard, with Hubbard seeing all third-down snaps. The preseason speculation about Sanders being a three-down back wasn’t the Week 1 reality. Sanders being ranked as a low-end RB2, while Hubbard carries an early ECR as RB53 that is not in line with what we saw last week. 

Brian Robinson, Commanders

Brian Robinson saw elite usage in Week 1, logging 19 carries compared with only three for Antonio Gibson. Robinson was surprisingly active in the passing game, running 18 routes to Gibson’s 17. Robinson has a tough matchup at Denver, but his projected volume at a $5,200 price tag is interesting for those who need a low-priced second running back.

Dameon Pierce, Texans

Dameon Pierce disappointed as road underdog against a tough Ravens defense. Pierce should have both more opportunity and find more running room at home against the Colts. Pierce is a high-floor volume play with touchdown upside.

Wide Receivers 

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Tyreek Hill MIA @ NE
2 Justin Jefferson MIN @ PHI
3 Ja’Marr Chase CIN vs BAL
4 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET vs SEA
5 Calvin Ridley JAC vs KC
6 A.J. Brown PHI vs MIN
7 Stefon Diggs BUF vs LV
8 Davante Adams LV @ BUF
9 Chris Olave NO @ CAR
10 CeeDee Lamb DAL vs NYJ
11 Keenan Allen LAC @ TEN
12 DeVonta Smith PHI vs MIN
13 Jaylen Waddle MIA @ NE
14 DK Metcalf SEA @ DET
15 Brandon Aiyuk SF @ LAR
16 Amari Cooper CLE @ PIT
17 Tee Higgins CIN vs BAL
18 DJ Moore CHI @ TB
19 Deebo Samuel SF @ LAR
20 Chris Godwin TB vs CHI
21 Mike Williams LAC @ TEN
22 Mike Evans TB vs CHI
23 Garrett Wilson NYJ @ DAL
24 Tyler Lockett SEA @ DET
25 Jahan Dotson WAS @ DEN
26 Zay Flowers BAL @ CIN
27 Michael Pittman Jr. IND @ HOU
28 Terry McLaurin WAS @ DEN
29 George Pickens PIT vs CLE
30 DeAndre Hopkins TEN vs LAC
31 Courtland Sutton DEN vs WAS
32 Jordan Addison MIN @ PHI
33 Gabe Davis BUF vs LV
34 Treylon Burks TEN vs LAC
35 Michael Thomas NO @ CAR
36 Nico Collins HOU vs IND
37 Drake London ATL vs GB
38 Zay Jones JAC vs KC
39 Romeo Doubs GB @ ATL
40 Christian Kirk JAC vs KC
41 Puka Nacua LAR vs SF
42 Brandin Cooks DAL vs NYJ
43 Elijah Moore CLE @ PIT
44 Jerry Jeudy DEN vs WAS
45 Marquise Brown ARI vs NYG
46 Jaxon Smith-Njigba SEA @ DET
47 Rashid Shaheed NO @ CAR
48 Kendrick Bourne NE vs MIA
49 Odell Beckham Jr. BAL @ CIN
50 Skyy Moore KC @ JAC
51 JuJu Smith-Schuster NE vs MIA
52 Kadarius Toney KC @ JAC
53 Tyler Boyd CIN vs BAL
54 Adam Thielen CAR vs NO
55 Darnell Mooney CHI @ TB
56 Van Jefferson LAR vs SF
57 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE @ PIT
58 Allen Robinson II PIT vs CLE
59 Robert Woods HOU vs IND
60 Jayden Reed GB @ ATL
61 Rondale Moore ARI vs NYG
62 Rashee Rice KC @ JAC
63 Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC @ JAC
64 Hunter Renfrow LV @ BUF
65 K.J. Osborn MIN @ PHI
66 Rashod Bateman BAL @ CIN
67 Tutu Atwell LAR vs SF
68 Allen Lazard NYJ @ DAL
69 Curtis Samuel WAS @ DEN
70 Isaiah Hodgins NYG @ ARI
71 Marvin Mims Jr. DEN vs WAS
72 Joshua Palmer LAC @ TEN
73 Quentin Johnston LAC @ TEN
74 Darius Slayton NYG @ ARI
75 Josh Downs IND @ HOU
76 Michael Wilson ARI vs NYG
77 Parris Campbell NYG @ ARI
78 Michael Gallup DAL vs NYJ
79 Jonathan Mingo CAR vs NO
80 Alec Pierce IND @ HOU
81 Tank Dell HOU vs IND
82 DeVante Parker NE vs MIA
83 Josh Reynolds DET vs SEA
84 Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN vs LAC
85 Marvin Jones Jr. DET vs SEA

Calvin Ridley, Jaguars

Calvin Ridley’s preseason excellence continued into his regular season debut. He posted eight catches for 101 yards and one touchdown. I will be massively overweight on Ridley as Lawrence’s go-to receiver in a game expected to be the week’s highest-scoring contest. His ECR of WR12 and DraftKings salary ($7,200) are too low.

Garrett Wilson, Jets

Garrett Wilson averaged 3.7 receptions for 45 yards in seven games with Zach Wilson last season. A spectacular touchdown reception saved his stat line on Monday night, but it is hard to overstate how bad Zach Wilson being under center is for Garrett Wilson. Add in the Jets being on the road at Dallas, and Zach Wilson’s ECR of WR14 is far too high. 

Nico Collins, Texans

Nico Collins secured six of 11 targets for 80 yards as the Houston Texans’ No. 1 receiver. Houston gets a vulnerable Colts defense at home. Still, Collins is the WR47 in the early ECR, making him a value at $4,800 on DraftKings. I will not be overweight on Collins. Robert Woods also saw 11 targets last week, and Tank Dell is lurking, but I will prioritize having some exposure.

Zay Jones, Jaguars

Zay Jones seems to have the WR2 spot opposite Ridley locked up. Jones out-snapped Christian Kirk (61-43), ran more routes (32-24) and saw more targets (6-2). Despite this, Kirk checks in as the WR30 with Jones as the WR50 in the early Week 2 ECR. Jones is severely underpriced, and Lawrence/Ridley/Jones triple stacks are in play this week in a projected shootout vs. Kansas City. 

Mike Williams, Chargers

Mike Williams is being overlooked against a pass-funnel Titans defense that allowed Derek Carr to throw for 305 yards last week. The Chargers were content to lean on the run last week, but with Austin Ekeler out against a stout Titans run-defense, the high-flying Chargers passing attack may be on display Sunday, making Williams undervalued.

Treylon Burks, Titans

As of Saturday afternoon, DeAndre Hopkins looks highly questionable. Treylon Burks was one of my favorite value plays at $4,500 on DraftKings, but if Hopkins were to sit, Burks seems locked into double-digit targets in a potential shootout.

Tight Ends

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Travis Kelce KC @ JAC
2 Mark Andrews BAL @ CIN
3 Darren Waller NYG @ ARI
4 T.J. Hockenson MIN @ PHI
5 Dallas Goedert PHI vs MIN
6 George Kittle SF @ LAR
7 Evan Engram JAC vs KC
8 David Njoku CLE @ PIT
9 Kyle Pitts ATL vs GB
10 Hunter Henry NE vs MIA
11 Dalton Kincaid BUF vs LV
12 Sam LaPorta DET vs SEA
13 Pat Freiermuth PIT vs CLE
14 Tyler Higbee LAR vs SF
15 Jake Ferguson DAL vs NYJ
16 Luke Musgrave GB @ ATL
17 Gerald Everett LAC @ TEN
18 Juwan Johnson NO @ CAR
19 Hayden Hurst CAR vs NO
20 Chigoziem Okonkwo TEN vs LAC
21 Dalton Schultz HOU vs IND
22 Cole Kmet CHI @ TB
23 Zach Ertz ARI vs NYG
24 Dawson Knox BUF vs LV
25 Taysom Hill NO @ CAR
26 Irv Smith Jr. CIN vs BAL
27 Logan Thomas WAS @ DEN
28 Tyler Conklin NYJ @ DAL
29 Cade Otton TB vs CHI
30 Noah Fant SEA @ DET

Sam LaPorta, Lions

Sam LaPorta secured each of his Week 1 targets and is an inexpensive way to get a piece of the Lions passing offense in a projected shootout. 

Luke Musgrave, Packers

Luke Musgrave turned his three receptions into 50 yards. He was wide open on an overthrow that would have allowed him to surpass double-digit PPR points had the throw been accurate. It seems a matter of time before Musgrave has his breakout game. His ECR (TE20) and DraftKings price ($3,200) do not reflect his potential ceiling. 

Zach Ertz, Cardinals

It was remarkable enough that Zach Ertz was active on opening weekend after tearing his ACL in Week 10 last season. Still, Ertz surpassed all expectations, securing six of 10 targets in his return. Ertz offered little after the catch, only totaling 21 yards. 

In a week characterized by star tight ends sitting out and others performing historically poorly, Ertz’s six catches were enough to have him finish as a low-end TE1, even with the minuscule yardage total. A home contest vs. the Giants could see the veteran perform similarly. 

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