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Week 2 Rankings:         Top-20 Quarterbacks   1 ) Tom Brady (NE)   2 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB)   3 ) Matt Ryan (ATL)   4 ) Drew Brees (NO)   5 ) Derek Carr (OAK)   6 ) Jameis Winston (TB)   7 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN)   8 ) Cam Newton (CAR)   9 ) Philip Rivers (LAC)   10 ) Matthew Stafford (DET)   11 ) Russell Wilson (SEA)   12 ) Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)   13 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS)   14 ) Tyrod Taylor (BUF)   15 ) Alex Smith (KC)   16 ) Carson Wentz (DAL)   17 ) Dak Prescott (DAL)   18 ) Jay Cutler (MIA)   19 ) Carson Palmer (ARI)   20 ) Joe Flacco (BAL)   Top-40 Running Backs   1 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT)   2 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF)   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)   4 ) Kareem Hunt (KC)   5 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC)   6 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA)   7 ) Ty Montgomery (GB)   8 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN)   9 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL)   10 ) Todd Gurley (LAR)   11 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK)   12 ) Mike Gillislee (NE)   13 ) Leonard Fournette (JAC)   14 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN)   15 ) Jordan Howard (CHI)   16 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR)   17 ) Jacquizz Rodgers (TB)   18 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE)   19 ) CJ Anderson (DEN)   20 ) Tarik Cohen (CHI)   21 ) Lamar Miller (HOU)   22 ) Mark Ingram (NO)   23 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ)   24 ) James White (NE)   25 ) Terrance West (BAL)   26 ) Jonathan Stewart (CAR)   27 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL)   28 ) Javorious Allen (BAL)   29 ) Thomas Rawls (SEA)   30 ) Carlos Hyde (SF)   31 ) Kerwynn Williams (ARI)   32 ) Robert Kelley (WAS)   33 ) Theo Riddick (DET)   34 ) LeGarrette Blount (PHI)   35 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET)   36 ) Alvin Kamara (NO)   37 ) Joe Mixon (CIN)   38 ) Jeremy Hill (CIN)   39 ) Adrian Peterson (NO)   40 ) Frank Gore (IND)   Top-50 Wide Receivers   1 ) Julio Jones (ATL)   2 ) Jordy Nelson (GB)   3 ) Mike Evans (TB)   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT)   5 ) Amari Cooper (OAK)   6 ) Brandin Cooks (NE)   7 ) AJ Green (CIN)   8 ) Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG)   9 ) Keenan Allen (LAC)   10 ) Michael Thomas (NO)   11 ) Tyreek Hill (KC)   12 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA)   13 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU)   14 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)   15 ) Demaryius Thomas (DEN)   16 ) Golden Tate (DET)   17 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN)   18 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK)   19 ) Dez Bryant (DAL)   20 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT)   21 ) Davante Adams (GB)   22 ) Devante Parker (MIA)   23 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR)   24 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS)   25 ) Jeremy Maclin (BAL)   26 ) Adam Thielen (MIN)   27 ) Randall Cobb (GB)   28 ) DeSean Jackson (TB)   29 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI)   30 ) Danny Amendola (NE)   31 ) Cooper Kupp (LAR)   32 ) Sammy Watkins (LAR)   33 ) Tyrell Williams (LAC)   34 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA)   35 ) Corey Coleman (CLE)   36 ) Corey Davis (TEN)   37 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS)   38 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN)   39 ) Pierre Garcon (SF)   40 ) TY Hilton (IND)   41 ) Ted Ginn (IND)   42 ) Chris Hogan (NE)   43 ) Eric Decker (TEN)   44 ) John Brown (ARI)   45 ) Nelson Agholor (PHI)   46 ) Kenny Golladay (DET)   47 ) Allen Hurns (JAC)   48 ) Rishard Matthews (TEN)   49 ) Paul Richardson (SEA)   50 ) Brandon Marshall (NYG)   Top-20 Tight Ends   1 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE)   2 ) Zach Ertz (PHI)   3 ) Jordan Reed (WAS)   4 ) Greg Olsen (CAR)   5 ) Travis Kelce (KC)   6 ) Martellus Bennett (GB)   7 ) Delanie Walker (TEN)   8 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA)   9 ) Kyle Rudolph (MIN)   10 ) Charles Clay (BUF)   11 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN)   12 ) Jared Cook (OAK)   13 ) Austin Hooper (ATL)   14 ) Jason Witten (DAL)   15 ) Julius Thomas (MIA)   16 ) Hunter Henry (LAC)   17 ) Coby Fleener (NO)   18 ) Benjamin Watson (BAL)   19 ) Cameron Brate (TB)   20 ) Zach Miller (CHI)   Top-15 Defenses   1 ) Seattle   2 ) Arizona   3 ) Baltimore   4 ) Oakland   5 ) Carolina   6 ) Houston   7 ) Denver   8 ) Pittsburgh   9 ) Los Angeles Rams   10 ) Philadelphia   11 ) Cincinnati   12 ) Jacksonville   13 ) Kansas City   14 ) New York Giants   15 ) Tampa Bay   Top-15 Kickers   1 ) Justin Tucker (BAL)   2 ) Stephen Gostkowski (NE)   3 ) Matt Bryant (ATL)   4 ) Giorgio Tavecchio (OAK)   5 ) Will Lutz (NO)   6 ) Blair Walsh (SEA)   7 ) Dan Bailey (DAL)   8 ) Mason Crosby (GB)   9 ) Cairo Santos (KC)   10 ) Graham Gano (CAR)   11 ) Younghoe Koo (LAC)   12 ) Brandon McManus (DEN)   13 ) Matt Prater (DET)   14 ) Dustin Hopkins (WAS)   15 ) Chris Boswell (PIT)  

Daily Fantasy Football Stock Report 8/15/17: Falcons look to target Julio Jones more in the red zone this season

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Tier 1 – Genuinely Impactful Notes

These blurbs will undoubtedly cause moves and shakes on the ranks. This could range from significant injury, job promotions and demotions, unexpected volume or role changes, etc.

This was mentioned in the preseason that the Falcons wanted to target Julio Jones more in the red zone this season, and it looks like it’s actually happening. According to Pro Football Focus, Jones was only target NINE times in the red zone last season, all of which came in only four games. On those nine attempts, Matt Ryan’s passer rating was a lofty 101.9. Who was targeted more in the red zone you ask? Oh, just Devonta Freeman (16), Tevin Coleman (12), Jacob Tamme (11), Mohammed Sanu (10) and Justin Hardy (10). Completely inexcusable by both Kyle Shanahan and Ryan to only script up a handful of plays and target Jones only nine times on his 129 targets. In fact, Jones has not hit double digit touchdowns since he had 10 in 2012. Hopefully for everyone’s sake, that statistic changes for the better this season.

When our “Too-Soon” DFS picks dropped and I scrolled down to the tight end, I almost made Wolf send Jimbo on a leave of absence. Zach Ertz!? The same guy who had diddled fantasy owners since he entered the league? Well, it looks like the Ertz train is starting back up and it might finally be for good reason. In the two games without Jordan Matthews last season, Ertz recorded 22 receptions, 218 yards and three touchdowns on a whopping 31 targets. A 16 game pace of those statistics would read: 248 targets, 176 catches, 1,744 yards and 24 TDs (lol). I’m guessing Ertz will soon be rising on The Wolf’s Big Board.

Tier 2 – Fodder to File

Interesting stories to file away, though they might not cause immediate waves on the rankings quite yet. This is the puff stories that we want to see some actual tape / action backing up, stories or injuries that need more concrete developments before we move people in the ranks, etc.

“The seventh-year running back [Shane Vereen] remains a big part of the Giants’ plans this season. That’s primarily because his pass-catching skills (especially his route-running) are unparalleled among this current group of running backs. Perkins has proven to only be an average receiver this summer. In the Giants’ pass-happy offense, he’s going to play a significant role. It’s necessary. Even more so than the past, practices this summer have turned into checkdown central. McAdoo appears to be making his quick-pass offense even quicker. There are more wide receiver and tight end screens and passes to the running backs than previous years’ training camps.”

Jordan Raanan, ESPN.com

Shane Vereen has been quiet since he cashed in following a heroic Super Bowl effort against the Seahawks back in 2015, but it looks like injuries (he tore his triceps twice last season) are in the rear-view for the former Patriot. During Sunday’s practice, Vereen was the first running back on the field and he immediently caught a pass. He finished with four receptions during live drills, which topped all pass-catchers. With Paul Perkins struggling as a receiver, Vereen has solidified the third-down back role and could be a consistent PPR flex option — especially with Eli Manning’s recent tendency to checkdown early and often in Bob McAdoo’s offense.

“The Chargers are eyeing an October debut for first-round pick wide receiver Mike Williams. The Clemson product, who is recovering from a herniated disc in his back from the spring, has been sprinting on the treadmill and on the practice field. By all accounts, he’s making solid progress as the team has used rest and rehab, rather than a surgical option. Los Angeles is also being cautious. That’s why, according to several sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the plan is for Williams to play in October. How it happens will depend on what unfolds over the next three weeks until it’s time to make a roster decision on Sept. 2.”

Ian Rapoport, NFL.com

After surprisingly being selected No. 7 overall by the Chargers, Mike Williams has been no where to be found after (re)injuring his back during OTAs. Most believe that Williams masked his injury during the combine, which allowed the Chargers to feel comfortable taking him in the first round. After hurting his back in practice, there were rumors that he could miss his entire rookie campaign, but it looks like he might be able to avoid PUP and be ready by October. Depending on how his rehab goes and if he truly gets back on the field in October, this season will likely be a fantasy-wash for the rookie from Clemson.

Injury Report

  • Jay Ajayi has been in concussion protocol for two-plus weeks; this is starting to become worrisome
  • Leonard Fournette hurt his foot and has already been ruled out for Thursday’s preseason game vs the Buccaneers
  • Bilal Powell has been out for over a week with a “sore neck” but the Jets have not given much detail to the media #hmm
  • Devontae Freeman has entered concussion protocol and has been ruled out for Sunday’s preseason game
  • Jordan Matthews suffered a chip fracture in his sternum and is considered “week-to-week”
  • *Sigh* John Brown has been out with a quad injury since July 28th
  • Bengals rookie WR John Ross finally practiced after missing all of spring workouts and training camp with a shoulder injury
  • Demarco Murray missed about two weeks with a hamstring, but returned to practice on Monday

Top Plays of the Day

Odell did Odell things on Monday

Our man Kenny Golladay came down with this tough grab in the end zone

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