Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 2: Model that beat experts says start Demaryius Thomas, sit Tom Brady
SportsLine's advanced computer model reveals start-sit advice for Week 2
Week 2 of the Fantasy football season is here and it's time to set your winning lineups. However, finding the most accurate Week 2 Fantasy football rankings can be tough. Should you sit Tom Brady in a tough matchup against the Jaguars? Are quarterbacks like Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, and Nick Foles safe to start after a rocky opening week? How much will injuries affect quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger? Before you lock in your lineups, you need to see the Week 2 Fantasy football rankings from SportsLine's advanced computer model.
When it comes to ranking players, their model beat human experts in Fantasy football last season when there were big differences in ranking. And the model was closest to the hole overall, meaning it best pinpointed where every player would finish each week. Over the course of a season, that could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home empty-handed.
Last week, the model was high on Steelers running back James Conner even though he was only owned in 45 percent of CBS Sports Leagues. The result: Conner exploded for 135 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns -- anybody who picked him up was well on their way to a Week 1 victory.
Now the model, which simulates every game 10,000 times, has revealed its Week 2 Fantasy Football rankings.
One player the model loves this week: Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas.
Thomas immediately clicked with new quarterback Case Keenum last week, hauling in six catches for 63 yards and a score on 10 targets against the Seahawks. It was just the fifth time since the start of last season he had been targeted at least 10 times in a game.
Look for more of the same from Thomas on Sunday against a Raiders defense that was lit up for 33 points by the Rams last week and let Jared Goff toss two touchdowns. He also had a red zone target inside the 10 last week and provides a trusty target at 6-3, 229 pounds. SportsLine's model says Thomas will out-perform receivers like Keenan Allen, Davante Adams, and even Tyreek Hill in Week 2.
And a massive shocker: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, a top-three quarterback according to market value, stumbles big-time this week against Jacksonville and finishes outside the top 20. He's a player to consider putting on the bench, and SportsLine's model will show you plenty of better options.
The Jaguars' defense was the top ranked passing defense in 2017, and it picked up right where it left off. In Week 1, Jacksonville held an explosive Giants offense to just 15 points, all while forcing an interception and two sacks. Brady is projected to have just 17.9 Fantasy points, a number that puts him 21st among quarterbacks.
The model is also calling for a surprising quarterback you aren't even thinking about to finish in the top five of the rankings, and he might be 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 5, all from the model that out-performed experts big time last season.
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