Here they are—rankings for Week 2 to help you decide who to start and who to sit on your fantasy football team.
1. Adrian Peterson (MIN) – It’s difficult not to love a match up that involves the best fantasy football option on the planet against arguably the worst defense in the NFL, especially after the show Peterson put on in week 1. We should note, however, that Peterson hasn’t always lived up to expectations in similarly favorable match ups against the Lions. In 4 career games against them, Peterson has failed to score a TD in 3 of the contests, including both times he faced Detroit in 2008. Regardless, this is a new year and Peterson is a clear cut candidate for a dominating performance.
2. Michael Turner (ATL) – Following a disappointing week 1 against a stout Miami run defense, we have high hopes for the elite running back in a favorable week 2 match up against Carolina. The last time Turner faced the Panthers at home in week 12 of last season, he produced his best fantasy effort of 2008 rushing for 117 yards and 4 TD’s. While you probably can’t expect him to hit pay dirt 4 times in this one, we expect him to bounce back in a big way against a shaky Carolina run D. Consider him a high end RB1 with this match up.
3. Clinton Portis (WAS) – A mediocre week 1 performance did not come as much of a surprise considering the quality of opposition Portis was up against. The good news is that a week 2 match up against St. Louis holds promise galore and we fully expect him to rebound in a big way. Portis totaled 143 yards and 2 TD’s in the Redskins embarrassing 2008 loss to the Rams. We love the revenge factor and the fact that an unimproved St. Louis defense allowed 167 rushing yards and a TD to a lackluster Seahawks ground attack in week 1.