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Hopefully you saw last week’s post about Karlos Williams, and were able to scoop him up before he dazzled & out-performed LeSean McCoy in Week 1. If not, grab him. He has the makings of a free agent lottery ticket. If he was the main guy, he’d be a monster. It’s a shame the dancing (and fading) McCoy is standing in his way.

Week 2 pickups are always the ultimate kneejerk reaction to Week 1 production. It’s the first glimpse of the REAL season, and the advice on every fantasy site is to pick up anyone that showed up on the stat sheet, or handcuffs/backups to injured fantasy stars. No shit. Separating the real gold from the fool’s gold, though, is the tough part. For the sake of not excluding the obvious pickups, you should add: Donte Moncrief (WR Colts), Ronnie Hillman (RB Broncos), Stevie Johnson (WR Chargers) — if they’re available.

On to the New Hits, I’ve highlighted 3 guys that could still be available your league (depending on size), and will be real difference makers. They’re followed by my Top 100 weekly player rankings. If you’re still not sure who to start, Tweet any lineup questions to @VoodooBrown.

New Hits for Week 2:
A “New Hit” will be a likely free agent that could be on the verge of a big week, and even regular production down the road. Some will be well known, some will be somewhat unproven & unknown. But it is much easier to scoop up a new hit BEFORE the waiver wire protocol hits on Tuesday, where you will have to wait your turn. Get on our New Hits before they blow up and get on your league’s radar.

 
week2-coleCole Beasley, WR Cowboys: With Dez Bryant out for anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months, the Cowboys are going to need a WR to step up. The logical thinking says the #2 (Terrance Williams) becomes the #1. Sure, he’ll get a few more looks, but he’s not Dez. It’ll be more of a running offense with a lot of dink & dunk. Who benefits most from that? The elusive slot guy — Cole Beasley (aka Bootleg Kid Rock). He’ll give the Eagles fits this Sunday, no doubt. He’ll be an early-season savior to anyone in need of WR help.
Bottom Line: Add now. Very startable in 12-team leagues, especially PPR formats. And 10-team leagues if you’re depleted.

 
week2-davidjDavid Johnson, RB Cardinals: Definitely on the radar after his 55-yard scamper, I felt obliged to put him here since I dropped him for Karlos Williams in my one league. I was on the fence with both of these guys, but only one roster spot. The only way he gets the main RB role is if Chris Johnson gets hurt. For some reason, Bruce Arians is an old-schooler that likes to make rookies “earn it”. What a tool. Arians might be forced to play him out of necessity, since Ellington is already on the sidelines for a few weeks and CJ1K is well on the downside of his career. We’ll see, but he’s a must-grab for Week 1 free agents.
Bottom Line: Pick him up for a bench stash. He could be useful in a few weeks, and for the long run.

 
week2-tyrodTyrod Taylor, QB Bills: OK, so maybe I am going overboard on the Bills this year — or maybe they really are a relentless & nasty team on both sides of the ball. Taylor isn’t going to be a Luck or Rodgers type of QB this year as far as hovering around 300yds / 3TDs on a weekly basis. What he will give you, though, are decent passing yards w/ 1-2 TDs, and a 30-80 rushing yards on a weekly basis. If you are in a league that only awards 4 points for passing TDs, his value greatly rises.
Bottom Line: Add him if your best backup QB is Alex Smith. He can be a decent fill-in starter.

 
And now for this Week’s player rankings…
It’s common sense, but if you have to decide between two players on this list, take the one that is ranked higher. If your player does not appear on this list, then he’s probably not very startable in most 10-12 team leagues. (Note, these rankings are based on PPR leagues)

 

QUARTERBACKS:
1. NO Drew Brees
2. IND Andrew Luck
3. ATL Matt Ryan
4. GB Aaron Rodgers
5. PIT Ben Roethlisberger
5. NYG Eli Manning
6. DAL Tony Romo
7. SEA Russell Wilson
8. PHI Sam Bradford
9. MIA Ryan Tannehill
10. NE Tom Brady
11. SD Philip Rivers
12. BAL Joe Flacco
13. BUF Tyrod Taylor
13. SF Colin Kaepernick
14. DET Matthew Stafford
15. TEN Marcus Mariota

 

RUNNINGBACKS:
1. SEA Marshawn Lynch
2. NO Mark Ingram
3. PHI DeMarco Murray
4. SF Carlos Hyde
5. MIN Adrian Peterson
6. MIA Lamar Miller
7. CIN Jeremy Hill
8. CHI Matt Forte
9. KC Jamaal Charles
10. GB Eddie Lacy
11. BAL Justin Forsett
12. BUF LeSean McCoy
13. DET Ameer Abdullah
14. PIT DeAngelo Williams
15. IND Frank Gore
16. DAL Joseph Randle
17. ATL Tevin Coleman
18. NYJ Chris Ivory
19. OAK Latavius Murray
20. NE Dion Lewis
21. NYG Rashad Jennings
22. SD Danny Woodhead
23. ARI Chris Johnson
24. WAS Alfred Morris
25. TB Doug Martin

 

WIDE RECEIVERS:
1. ATL Julio Jones
2. PIT Antonio Brown
3. NO Brandin Cooks
4. NYG Odell Beckham Jr.
5. SD Keenan Allen
6. PHI Jordan Matthews
7. ATL Roddy White
8. MIA Jarvis Landry
9. IND Donte Moncrief
10. CIN A.J. Green
11. HOU DeAndre Hopkins
12. GB Randall Cobb
13. NE Julian Edelman
14. ARI Larry Fitzgerald
15. DEN Demaryius Thomas
16. DEN Emmanuel Sanders
17. DET Calvin Johnson
18. WAS Pierre Garcon
19. BAL Steve Smith Sr.
20. NYJ Brandon Marshall
21. CHI Alshon Jeffery
22. IND Andre Johnson
23. ARI John Brown
24. SD Stevie Johnson
25. TEN Kendall Wright
26. BUF Sammy Watkins
27. DAL Terrance Williams
28. NYJ Eric Decker
29. DET Golden Tate
30. PIT Markus Wheaton
31. GB Davante Adams
32. NYG Rueben Randle
33. TB Vincent Jackson
34. KC Jeremy Maclin
35. GB James Jones

 

TIGHT ENDS:
1. NE Rob Gronkowski
2. KC Travis Kelce
3. DAL Jason Witten
4. CHI Martellus Bennett
5. CAR Greg Olsen
6. SEA Jimmy Graham
7. PIT Heath Miller
8. WAS Jordan Reed
9. IND Dwayne Allen
8. SD Ladarius Green
9. BAL Crockett Gillmore
10. TB Austin Seferian-Jenkins
11. CIN Tyler Eifert
12. MIA Jordan Cameron
13. GB Richard Rodgers
14. MIN Kyle Rudolph
15. NO Benjamin Watson

 

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS:
1. Miami
2. Carolina
3. St. Louis
4. New Orleans
5. Houston
6. Tennessee
7. Baltimore
8. Arizona
9. Pittsburgh
10. Minnesota

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Voodoo Brown
Voodoo Brown started playing fantasy football way back in 1994 — when you had to manually add up scores with the Monday edition of USA Today (yes, that’s how it was done). Since that time, he has amassed 16 championships and 7 runner-ups, with most of his success coming after 2003 (avg. participation of 2-3 leagues per year). These accomplishments are evidence that Voodoo steadily adjusts to the ebbs & flows of the ever-changing fantasy landscape. It’s a different game now than it was in 1994 — hell, even 2004. Rarely finishing as a doormat, Voodoo’s teams are always in the mix. If you want any roster or lineup feedback, you can message him at vb@voodoobrown.com, or hit him up on Facebook or Twitter (@VoodooBrown)

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