Start/Sit Advice: Computer Projecting Ezekiel Elliott, Darwin Thompson and Duke Johnson to Come Through for Fantasy Teams in Week 2

Out of the top 60 running backs based on projected fantasy points, 27 have a projected rank that is substantially better than their season to date rank. Darwin Thompson (#45) and Duke Johnson (#30) are a couple running backs who are projected to improve on their season rank this week. But of all the running backs projected for good weeks, Ezekiel Elliott is the highest ranking one at #2, up from #5 season-to-date. There are 8 running backs that ordinarily are fantasy starters, that you may need to bench. Joe Mixon, for example, is projected to be just the #51 running back in week 2 and some owners may have better options. There are a number of running backs projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. At #16, Giovani Bernard is the highest ranking one.

[NOTE: In the early part of a season we include stats from last year in our 'current season' rankings.]

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[*] = Owned in Under 65% of Leagues, [+/-] = Players With Better/Worse Ranking vs Season-to-Date

TOP 1-2021-4041-60
C. McCaffrey (CAR) 21.1 FPJ. White (NE) 10.3 FP -J. Howard (PHI) 6.9 FP -
E. Elliott (DAL) 16.5 FP +L. Fournette (JAC) 10 FP +M. Brown* (LAR) 6.7 FP +
L. Bell (NYJ) 16.4 FP +A. Peterson (WAS) 10 FPD. Sproles* (PHI) 6.7 FP
A. Kamara (NO) 16.3 FPD. Johnson (ARI) 10 FP -D. Lewis (TEN) 6.7 FP
N. Chubb (CLE) 16.2 FP +D. Montgomery (CHI) 9.4 FP +D. Thompson* (KC) 6.6 FP +
J. Jacobs (OAK) 15.6 FP +A. Jones (GB) 9.3 FPC. Hyde* (HOU) 6.5 FP
S. Barkley (NYG) 15.2 FPL. McCoy (KC) 9.3 FP +P. Barber (TB) 6.4 FP -
A. Ekeler (LAC) 14.4 FP +L. Murray (NO) 9.1 FP +R. Freeman (DEN) 6.3 FP
D. Cook (MIN) 13.5 FP +D. Freeman (ATL) 9.1 FP +J. Samuels (PIT) 6.2 FP
J. Conner (PIT) 13.2 FPD. Johnson (HOU) 9 FP +J. Hill* (BAL) 6.2 FP +
D. Henry (TEN) 12.8 FPM. Sanders (PHI) 8.7 FP +J. Mixon (CIN) 6.1 FP -
C. Carson (SEA) 12 FPP. Lindsay (DEN) 8.5 FP -F. Gore* (BUF) 5.9 FP
T. Gurley (LAR) 11.7 FP -K. Drake (MIA) 8.3 FPC. Thompson* (WAS) 5.8 FP
S. Michel (NE) 11.6 FPT. Cohen (CHI) 8.1 FP -I. Smith* (ATL) 5.5 FP
M. Ingram (BAL) 11.6 FP +D. Singletary (BUF) 7.7 FP +J. Richard* (OAK) 5.5 FP
G. Bernard* (CIN) 11.4 FPR. Burkhead* (NE) 7.6 FPC. Anderson* (DET) 5.4 FP
M. Mack (IND) 11.2 FPJ. Jackson (LAC) 7.4 FP +A. Mattison* (MIN) 5.4 FP +
M. Breida (SF) 10.9 FP +R. Penny (SEA) 7.1 FP +T. Pollard (DAL) 5.3 FP +
D. Williams (KC) 10.6 FP +R. Jones* (TB) 7 FP +J. Williams* (GB) 5.1 FP
K. Johnson (DET) 10.6 FP +R. Mostert* (SF) 7 FPK. Ballage* (MIA) 5.1 FP +

Top 30 Projected Quarterbacks Week 2

If you need help at quarterback there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in week 2. Derek Carr, at #8, is the highest ranking quarterback of this waiver wire group. There are 9 quarterbacks whose projected week 2 rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. Tom Brady, at #2, is the highest ranking quarterback of this 'must start' group. There are 7 quarterbacks that ordinarily are fantasy starters, that you may need to bench. Kirk Cousins, for example, is projected to be just the #25 quarterback in week 2 and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
P. Mahomes (KC) 31.9 FPB. Roethlisberger (PIT) 22 FPM. Mariota* (TEN) 18.4 FP
T. Brady (NE) 27.9 FP +M. Ryan (ATL) 21.8 FP -M. Trubisky (CHI) 18.2 FP -
C. Newton (CAR) 26.6 FP +P. Rivers (LAC) 21.5 FPM. Stafford* (DET) 18 FP -
C. Wentz (PHI) 25.4 FP +J. Winston (TB) 21.1 FP +S. Darnold* (NYJ) 17.7 FP
L. Jackson (BAL) 25 FP +D. Brees (NO) 21.1 FP -K. Cousins (MIN) 17.7 FP -
B. Mayfield (CLE) 23.8 FP +R. Wilson (SEA) 20.4 FP -J. Brissett* (IND) 15.4 FP
D. Watson (HOU) 23.8 FPJ. Garoppolo (SF) 20.1 FP +J. Flacco* (DEN) 14.4 FP
D. Carr* (OAK) 23 FP +A. Rodgers (GB) 20 FP -K. Murray (ARI) 13.5 FP +
J. Goff (LAR) 22.8 FPA. Dalton* (CIN) 19.4 FPR. Fitzpatrick* (MIA) 13.4 FP
D. Prescott (DAL) 22.5 FPJ. Allen* (BUF) 18.4 FPE. Manning* (NYG) 11.6 FP

Top 90 Projected Wide Receivers Week 2

If you need help at wide receiver there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 90 in week 2. At #25, John Ross is the highest ranking one. There are 26 wide receivers whose projected week 2 rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. At #1, Sammy Watkins is the highest ranking must start. There are only 5 wide receivers who are projected to be week 2 fantasy busts. Sterling Shepard, for example, is projected to be just the #77 wide receiver in week 2 and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-3031-6061-90
S. Watkins (KC) 15.9 FP +S. Diggs (MIN) 8.8 FPA. Miller* (CHI) 5.8 FP
D. Hopkins (HOU) 13.3 FPJ. Landry (CLE) 8.5 FPA. Wilson* (MIA) 5.8 FP
O. Beckham (CLE) 13 FP +K. Golladay (DET) 8.5 FPP. Dorsett* (NE) 5.6 FP
J. Jones (ATL) 12 FPM. Brown (BAL) 8.3 FP +Z. Jones* (BUF) 5.5 FP
J. Edelman (NE) 11.7 FP +J. Crowder* (NYJ) 8.2 FP +M. Lee* (JAC) 5.5 FP
K. Allen (LAC) 11.7 FP +D. Pettis (SF) 7.9 FP +C. Kirk (ARI) 5.4 FP
M. Thomas (NO) 11.6 FPR. Anderson (NYJ) 7.9 FP +D. Samuel* (SF) 5.4 FP
R. Woods (LAR) 11.1 FPE. Sanders (DEN) 7.9 FPK. Stills* (HOU) 5.3 FP
J. Gordon (NE) 11.1 FP +M. Gallup (DAL) 7.6 FP +G. Allison* (GB) 5.2 FP +
D. Adams (GB) 10.9 FPM. Williams (LAC) 7.4 FP -P. Richardson* (WAS) 5.1 FP
T. Williams (OAK) 10.7 FP +D. Metcalf* (SEA) 7.2 FP +R. Higgins* (CLE) 5 FP
A. Cooper (DAL) 10.6 FP +M. Goodwin* (SF) 7.2 FPA. Brown* (TEN) 4.9 FP
A. Jeffery (PHI) 10.5 FP +D. Westbrook (JAC) 7.2 FPK. Coutee* (HOU) 4.8 FP
M. Evans (TB) 10.5 FPC. Sutton (DEN) 7.2 FPM. Hardman* (KC) 4.8 FP
J. Smith-Schuster (PIT) 10.4 FPW. Fuller (HOU) 7.1 FP +R. Cobb* (DAL) 4.7 FP
T. Boyd (CIN) 10.4 FP +M. Sanu* (ATL) 6.9 FPC. Latimer* (NYG) 4.6 FP
B. Cooks (LAR) 10.3 FPM. Jones (DET) 6.9 FP +S. Shepard (NYG) 4.6 FP -
A. Thielen (MIN) 10.2 FPJ. Washington (PIT) 6.8 FP +T. Gabriel* (CHI) 4.5 FP
T. Hilton (IND) 10 FPD. Moncrief (PIT) 6.7 FP +W. Snead* (BAL) 4.5 FP
D. Moore (CAR) 10 FP +M. Valdes-Scantling (GB) 6.6 FP +T. Taylor* (CLE) 4.3 FP
C. Kupp (LAR) 10 FP +M. Boykin* (BAL) 6.4 FPB. Perriman* (TB) 4.1 FP
T. Lockett (SEA) 10 FPT. McLaurin* (WAS) 6.2 FPQ. Enunwa* (NYJ) 4 FP
D. Jackson (PHI) 9.5 FP +N. Agholor* (PHI) 6.2 FPA. Humphries* (TEN) 3.9 FP
A. Brown (NE) 9.3 FP -L. Fitzgerald (ARI) 6.1 FP -D. Hamilton* (DEN) 3.9 FP
J. Ross* (CIN) 9.3 FPT. Smith* (NO) 6.1 FPT. Quinn* (WAS) 3.9 FP
C. Godwin (TB) 9.2 FPD. Chark* (JAC) 6 FPH. Renfrow* (OAK) 3.9 FP
A. Robinson (CHI) 9.1 FPC. Davis (TEN) 6 FP -P. Williams* (MIA) 3.7 FP
C. Ridley (ATL) 9 FPT. Ginn* (NO) 5.9 FPC. Beasley* (BUF) 3.7 FP
Jo. Brown (BUF) 8.8 FP +D. Parker* (MIA) 5.9 FPD. Robinson* (KC) 3.7 FP
C. Samuel (CAR) 8.8 FP +D. Amendola* (DET) 5.8 FPR. Grant* (OAK) 3.6 FP

Top 30 Projected Tight Ends Week 2

There are a number of tight ends projected to be major fantasy contributors who are widely available on waiver wires. Greg Olsen, at #14, is the highest ranking tight end of this waiver wire group. There are only 5 tight ends whose week 2 projected rank is much better than their season-to-date rank. Delanie Walker, at #4, is the highest ranking tight end of this 'must start' group. There are only 3 tight ends who are projected to be week 2 fantasy busts. Kyle Rudolph, for example, is projected to be just the #25 tight end in week 2 and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
T. Kelce (KC) 13.1 FPT. Hockenson (DET) 7 FP +I. Thomas* (CAR) 4.4 FP
G. Kittle (SF) 10 FPH. Henry (LAC) 6.8 FP +D. Goedert* (PHI) 4.3 FP
Z. Ertz (PHI) 8.9 FPA. Hooper (ATL) 5.7 FP -C. Uzomah* (CIN) 4.3 FP
D. Walker (TEN) 8.2 FP +G. Olsen* (CAR) 5.5 FPT. Burton* (CHI) 4.2 FP
E. Engram (NYG) 8.1 FPE. Ebron (IND) 5.3 FP -K. Rudolph* (MIN) 4.2 FP -
D. Waller (OAK) 8 FP +V. McDonald (PIT) 5.3 FPT. Eifert* (CIN) 4 FP
O. Howard (TB) 7.7 FP +J. Reed* (WAS) 5.2 FPB. Jarwin* (DAL) 4 FP
M. Andrews (BAL) 7.5 FPJ. Graham* (GB) 5.1 FPD. Harris* (CLE) 3.8 FP
J. Cook (NO) 7.3 FPV. Davis* (WAS) 4.6 FPN. Vannett* (SEA) 3.6 FP
D. Njoku (CLE) 7.3 FPC. Brate* (TB) 4.5 FPN. Fant* (DEN) 3.6 FP

Top 30 Projected Kickers Week 2

If you need help at kicker there are a number of players who are available in at least 35% of leagues and are projected to be in the top 30 in week 2. Sam Ficken, at #8, is the highest ranking kicker of this waiver wire group. Robbie Gould is the only kicker whose projected rank in week 2 is much better than their season-to-date rank. There are only 2 kickers who are projected to be week 2 fantasy busts. Jason Myers, for example, is projected to be just the #21 kicker in week 2 and some owners may have better options.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
S. Gostkowski (NE) 9.5 FPA. Seibert* (CLE) 7.3 FPJ. Myers* (SEA) 6.1 FP -
H. Butker (KC) 9 FPJ. Elliott (PHI) 6.9 FPB. McManus* (DEN) 5.9 FP
R. Gould (SF) 8.9 FP +C. Santos* (TEN) 6.9 FPM. Gay* (TB) 5.8 FP
J. Tucker (BAL) 8.9 FPM. Prater (DET) 6.9 FPA. Rosas* (NYG) 5.7 FP
G. Zuerlein (LAR) 8.3 FPC. Boswell* (PIT) 6.8 FPR. Bullock* (CIN) 5.6 FP
K. Fairbairn (HOU) 8 FPJ. Slye* (CAR) 6.7 FPS. Hauschka* (BUF) 5.5 FP
W. Lutz (NO) 7.8 FPD. Hopkins* (WAS) 6.7 FPE. Pineiro* (CHI) 5.4 FP
S. Ficken* (NYJ) 7.8 FPM. Badgley* (LAC) 6.6 FPD. Bailey* (MIN) 5.2 FP
M. Bryant* (ATL) 7.5 FPB. Maher (DAL) 6.5 FP -A. Vinatieri* (IND) 5.1 FP
M. Crosby* (GB) 7.3 FPD. Carlson* (OAK) 6.4 FPZ. Gonzalez* (ARI) 4.9 FP

Top 30 Projected Defenses Week 2

Below are projected rankings for Week 2 fantasy defenses. Teams marked with an asterisk (*) are owned in less than 65% of leagues. The best pickup to consider is the Carolina Defense. The Houston Defense should have a particularly strong week. You may need to bench the LA Rams Defense as they are projected for a below average week.

TOP 1-1011-2021-30
Texans 13.9 FP +Broncos 10.7 FP +Seahawks* 9.8 FP -
Ravens 13.5 FPColts* 10.6 FPSteelers* 9.7 FP
Patriots 12.2 FPJaguars 10.6 FP +Redskins* 9.5 FP
Bills 11.9 FP +Cowboys 10.3 FPEagles* 8.7 FP
Panthers* 11.6 FPChargers 10.2 FPSaints 8.7 FP -
Giants* 11.2 FP49ers* 10.2 FPLions* 8.7 FP
Bears 11 FP -Packers* 10.1 FPRams 8.1 FP -
Bengals* 10.9 FPChiefs* 10 FP -Cardinals* 7.8 FP
Vikings 10.8 FPJets* 9.8 FPFalcons* 7.4 FP
Browns 10.8 FP +Titans* 9.8 FPBuccaneers* 7.3 FP