Fantasy football: Week 2 Rankings

What a first week of NFL action. Huge performances highlighted the first week of the fantasy football season. Let’s look forward to Week 2 and try to get you to 2-0. Or if you had a rough start, here’s how you’ll right the ship. Without further ado, here are my Week 2 fantasy football rankings.

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

2018 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 250 Overall

With most fantasy football leagues drafting over the next two weeks, here are my updated top 250 ranked overall players. The widget below is updated frequently so make sure to bookmark this page and return to it as your draft approaches. You can sort through rankings by position by clicking on a position at the top of each row. Rankings are for half-point per reception leagues, splitting the difference between standard and full PPR.

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

Fantasy football: Week 11 rankings

After Monday night’s performance, fantasy football owners are probably disappointed Cam Newton is off next week. The Jets, Colts and 49ers are also off in Week 11. With that in mind, here are my early Week 11 fantasy football rankings.

RELATED: Fantasy football Week 10 recap and top waiver wire picks.

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Fantasy football: Week 6 rankings

The fantasy football season is in full swing. Here’s hoping you’re sitting high in the standings. The Cowboys, Seahawks, Bengals and Bills are off this week so keep that in mind as we take a look at the Week 6 rankings.

RELATED: Week 5 recap and top waiver wire picks.

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Fantasy football: Week 3 rankings

Congrats if you had Tom Brady or Michael Crabtree in your fantasy football lineup in Week 2. My condolences if you started Ezekiel Elliott or Jordy Nelson. That said, we’ll look forward to the Week 3 fantasy football rankings. Every week I’ll give you rankings for each position. Make sure to check back every Tuesday for analysis, trends and waiver wire advice throughout the season. In addition, every Thursday we’ll bring you start/sit suggestions. Rankings will be updated throughout the week so make sure to check back here.

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Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

Our fantasy defense and special teams rankings: Whose are best?

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting this weekend. Over the last few days reigning 3-peat Office Football League champ Rich Tijerina and I have been sharing our rankings for each position side-by-side. We’ve ranked quarterbacksrunning backswide receivers and tight ends. We close out with defenses. Make sure to stay updated up until your draft with our standard and PPR rankings.

1. Tijerina—Vikings; Vasquez—Broncos

2. Tijerina—Broncos; Vasquez—Seahawks

3. Tijerina—Chiefs; Vasquez—Texans

4. Tijerina—Texans; Vasquez—Cardinals

5. Tijerina—Steelers; Vasquez—Patriots

6. Tijerina—Panthers; Vasquez—Chiefs

7. Tijerina—Falcons; Vasquez—Panthers

8. Tijerina—Seahawks; Vasquez—Vikings

9. Tijerina—Jaguars; Vasquez—Giants

10. Tijerina—Cardinals; Vasquez—Rams

11. Tijerina—Eagles; Vasquez—Steelers

12. Tijerina—Patriots; Vasquez—Ravens

13. Tijerina—Giants; Vasquez—Bengals

14. Tijerina—Titans; Vasquez—Jaguars

15. Tijerina—Buccaneers; Vasquez—Bills

16. Tijerina—Chargers; Vasquez—Eagles

Contact Cat Vasquez at 512-445-3677. Email cvasquez@statesman.com. Twitter @AAS_Cat.

Our fantasy quarterback rankings: Whose are best?

There are just two weekends left before the NFL starts the regular season. Thousands of fantasy football leagues will be drafting this weekend. For the next five days reigning 3-peat Office Football League champ Rich Tijerina and I will share our rankings for each position side-by-side. We’ll start with quarterbacks followed by running backs, wide receivers, tight ends and defenses. At the end of this list are a few questions regarding where we ranked the QBs. Ranks in bold are discussed at the bottom.

QUARTERBACKS

1. Tijerina — Aaron Rodgers; Vasquez — Aaron Rodgers

2. Tijerina — Tom Brady; Vasquez — Tom Brady

3. Tijerina — Drew Brees; Vasquez — Drew Brees

4. Tijerina — Russell Wilson; Vasquez — Russell Wilson

5. Tijerina — Matt Ryan; Vasquez — Andrew Luck

6. Tijerina — Jameis Winston; Vasquez — Dak Prescott

7. Tijerina — Kirk Cousins; Vasquez — Matt Ryan

8. Tijerina — Dak Prescott; Vasquez — Kirk Cousins

9. Tijerina — Phillip Rivers; Vasquez — Andy Dalton

10. Tijerina — Marcus Mariota; Vasquez — Jameis Winston

11. Tijerina — Matthew Stafford; Vasquez — Derek Carr

12. Tijerina — Cam Newton; Vasquez — Marcus Mariota

13. Tijerina — Derek Carr; Vasquez — Matthew Stafford

14. Tijerina — Ben Roethlisberger; Vasquez — Philip Rivers

15. Tijerina — Andrew Luck; Vasquez — Cam Newton

16. Tijerina — Eli Manning; Vasquez — Ben Roethlisberger

17. Tijerina — Andy Dalton; Vasquez — Carson Palmer

18. Tijerina — Carson Wentz; Vasquez — Eli Manning

19. Tijerina — Carson Palmer; Vasquez — Carson Wentz

20. Tijerina — Tyrod Taylor; Vasquez — Tyrod Taylor

21. Tijerina — Joe Flacco; Vasquez — Jay Cutler

22. Tijerina — Deshaun Watson; Vasquez — Joe Flacco

23. Tijerina — Blake Bortles; Vasquez — Blake Bortles

24. Tijerina — Trevor Siemian; Vasquez — Deshaun Watson

25. Tijerina — Brian Hoyer; Vasquez — Sam Bradford

Three questions about these rankings:

Andrew Luck didn't throw a touchdown pass for the first time all year in Week 16. Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Andrew Luck didn’t throw a touchdown pass for the first time all year in Week 16. Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Why do you believe (or not) in Luck? 

Tijerina: I believe in Luck’s talent and viability as a top-five fantasy quarterback. It’s just that with the injury, his lack of offseason work and the fact that he probably won’t play in the preseason all make me want to see him prove it before I expend a high pick on him. In fact, I’m not sure there’s a single Colt that I wouldn’t fret about after drafting. Luck’s hurt, Moncrief is dependent on Luck, Marlon Mack might be a good value pick but he’s also an unknown. The offensive line is still shaky and the defense is still a question mark. Sure, Luck’s a stud QB. I just think there are safer QBs to go with this year.

Vasquez: He’s coming off a season in which he set a career high in total QBR and he’s been great when healthy. He started his career playing in every game for three straight seasons. After missing half the season in 2015, he played in 15 games last year. If Donte Moncrief can stay healthy he’ll provide Luck with another weapon to pair with T.Y. Hilton. Another plus to Luck’s game is his rushing ability. He had 341 yards and two rushing TDs last season. Luck has 14 rushing touchdowns in his career. I don’t think he’ll suffer from missing preseason.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton runs the ball in the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)

Is Andy Dalton a QB1 or QB2?

Tijerina: If Dalton hasn’t gotten to QB1 status by now with A.J. Green to work with, he’s not going to. But for me, he’s a fairly safe QB2; he’s got Green back from injury and also has Tyler Eifert — who has 18 TDs in his 20 games over the last two years — along with John Ross and Joe Mixon. His line lost its two best guys, however. I don’t see Ross blowing up as a rookie and I still see Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard taking away Mixon carries.

Vasquez: Dalton has thrown for more than 4,000 yards twice in his career, and one of those times was last season. It was a season in which he missed A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert for extended periods. He has the weapons with those two returning, not to mention two additions through the draft. Joe Mixon could take short dump off passes to the house and John Ross can fly on the outside.

Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after a touchdown by Jordan Howard #24 (not pictured) during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field on October 31, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Will Jay Cutler be a viable streaming option?

Tijerina: No. Miami won’t see much of a dropoff in the passing game but that’s also taking into account that Miami’s passing game was already average to below-average for fantasy purposes. Cutler lacks what Ryan Tannehill does best: Be mobile and draw plays out. If Cutler was a non-factor in fantasy his last few years in Chicago, I don’t see him catching fire with a set of receivers he doesn’t know.

Vasquez: Smokin’ Jay Cutler will definitely be a decent streaming option for teams with their No. 1 QB on bye. He looked solid, for someone set to be a broadcaster just days earlier, in his debut with Miami. Cutler completed 3-of-6 passes for 24 yards. His addition to the Dolphins could mean big things for DeVante Parker. Cutler could also make Julius Thomas a viable fantasy tight end if they build some chemistry. The quarterback knows head coach Adam Gase and performed well with him as an offensive coordinator two years ago in Chicago.

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Updated Fantasy Football Rankings: Standard and PPR

Here are the updated standard and point-per-reception rankings for the 2017 fantasy football season. Click on the different positions to get rankings by position. Toggle between STD and PPR to get standard and PPR rankings.

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2017 fantasy football position rankings: Quarterbacks

Over the next few weeks we’ll take an early look at our 2017 fantasy football position rankings. This week we’ll talk about the signal callers before turning our attention to running backs next week. We’ll rank the QBs from 1 to 32, the running backs from 1-36, the wide receivers 1-36 and the tight ends 1-24. Defenses and kickers will be ranked 1-12.

First up we’ve got the quarterbacks. You’ll notice Matt Ryan is still in the top-5, but he’s not the No. 1 quarterback like he was at the end of the 2016 season.

Quarterbacks

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers—He still has Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. Davante Adams is a rising star and the addition of Martellus Bennett should help Rodgers have the best season among QBs.

2. Tom Brady, Patriots—He’ll be 40 by the time the season starts but he seems to have a lot of tread left on the tires. The addition of Brandin Cooks and Mike Gillislee adds more weapons for the Super Bowl MVP.

3. Drew Brees, Saints—Probably one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, Brees just seems to put up numbers with whatever talent he has on the roster. His home-away split is a factor, but he should still end up top-3.

 

Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints drives for a touchdown during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 27, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

4. Andrew Luck, Colts—All the guy needs is time in the pocket and he’ll feast. The Colts got some protection help in the draft so his production should improve over last year.

5. Matt Ryan, Falcons—Last year was a career year for Ryan, his tenth in the league. He lost his offensive guru in Kyle Shanahan, so I’m expecting a bit of a regression in numbers.

6. Russell Wilson, Seahawks—Wilson’s best seasons have been when he’s been able to run around and make plays with his legs. Last season he was hurt early in the year. If he’s healthy to start the season he’ll start strong and possibly play well wire to wire.

 

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass against the New York Jets in the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 2, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

7. Derek Carr, Raiders—Carr was very solid last season and he seems on the verge of breaking into the top-5. He’s got Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and now Marshawn Lynch to help him out.

8. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers—A big winner after free agency and the draft was Winston. He got DeSean Jackson, a big-play threat, and O.J. Howard, a versatile rookie tight end, as new weapons.

9. Dak Prescott, Cowboys—You worry about a sophomore jinx, but with how poised he played last season he might be immune. He’ll have a full offseason to work with his receivers and you can’t forget about Zeke Elliott who can take a seemingly harmless screen pass 80 yards to the house.

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes in the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

10. Philip Rivers, Chargers—If Keenan Allen can stay healthy, Rivers can be even better than last year. He finished in the top six in standard scoring last season with a bunch of nobodies catching passes. Now he has Mike Williams, the top receiver in the draft, as another option.

11. Kirk Cousins, Redskins—He was actually one of the best fantasy quarterbacks last season and nearly threw for 5,000 yards. Losing DeSean Jackson hurts, but Jamison Crowder is coming on and the Redskins added Terrelle Pryor.

12. Cam Newton, Panthers—He’s still in my top-12, but barely. The addition of Christian McCaffrey should help him. He’s just not an accurate quarterback and his value drops when he isn’t running, which is something he cut back on when he was getting punished weekly.

Cam Newton will have to utilize his running ability to keep his fantasy value high. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Cam Newton will have to utilize his running ability to keep his fantasy value high. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

13. Marcus Mariota, Titans

14. Eli Manning, Giants

15. Andy Dalton, Bengals

16. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

17. Matthew Stafford, Lions

18. Carson Palmer, Cardinals

19. Alex Smith, Chiefs

20. Blake Bortles, Jaguars

21. Tyrod Taylor, Bills

22. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins

23. Carson Wentz, Eagles

24. Joe Flacco, Ravens

25. Sam Bradford, Vikings

26. Trevor Siemian, Broncos

27. Josh McCown, Jets

28. Brian Hoyer, 49ers

29. Tom Savage or DeShaun Watson, Texans (will update as starter becomes clear)

30. Mike Glennon or Mitch Trubisky, Bears (will update as starter becomes clear)

31. Jared Goff, Rams

32. Cody Kessler, Browns