Fantasy Football Rankings Week 2: Model that beat experts says bench Mariota
Advanced computer model says bench Marcus Mariota and start Ted Ginn this week.
If you're setting your Week 2 Fantasy Football lineups, thinking about trades or searching the waiver wire, you need to see what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say.
When it comes to ranking players, their model outperformed human experts last season by 25 percent when there was a big difference in ranking -- four spots for a QB, seven for a RB and nine for a WR.
Over the course of a season, that can be the difference between missing the playoffs and winning your entire league.
One player the model loves this week: Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn (projected WR18). He's owned in 82 percent of CBS Sports leagues - so he might be available on your waiver wire - and is coming off a 4-53 clunker against the Vikings. This week, Ginn and the Saints host the Patriots, who gave up four touchdowns to Alex Smith in Week 1. Put Ginn in your lineups with confidence in the game with the highest Over-Under of the week at 57 points.
A player to avoid this week: Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota against the Jaguars. Viewed as a breakout fantasy candidate coming into the season, Mariota should be on your bench this weekend. He's projected to have 19.1 points, a number that puts him 13th among quarterbacks.
Mariota was just 8-of-20 passing before going down with an injury last time he played in Jacksonville, where the Jags have won their past three meetings with the Titans. Avoid him this week and don't get burned again.
The model is also calling for a shocker at QB to crack the fantasy football rankings top 10. No one is talking about him, and he's likely sitting on your waiver wire right now.
So who should you sit and start this week? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 2 fantasy football rankings for every position, plus see which QB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that outperformed experts big-time last season, and find out.
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