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Fantasy Football Week 2 DEF & Kicker Rankings: Titans on the Rise

It’s everyone’s favorite fantasy football roster bottom-feeders, defenses and kickers. As boring as they may be, these two are some of the most crucial positions that can alter a game at any moment.

Week one saw both the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans defensive units put up at least 23 fantasy points, that’s more than the likes of Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley, and Julio Jones just to name a few. Twelve kickers reached or surpassed the double-digit mark in week one.

Let’s take a look at which defensive units can keep their stellar play going, and which kickers can kick you to a win this coming week in our week two fantasy rankings.

P.S. Whatever you do, do not, I repeat do not start the Miami Dolphins defense under any circumstance.

* Player rankings are based off of full-PPR scoring formats.

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Better Than Usual

Carolina Panthers defense swarms the Saints ball-carrier Alvin Kamara

Panthers DEF vs. Tampa Bay Buccanneers

Bruce Arians’ arrival in Tampa was supposed to help take Jameis Winston to the next level. Instead, the 25-year old QB tossed three interceptions on opening weekend on his way to a 45.4 QB rating.

Winston has now tossed 17 interceptions over his last 14 games. Expect Carolina to get their hands on a ball or two on Thursday night.


Worse Than Usual

Jaguars DEF @ Houston Texans

If Jacksonville plays the way they did a week ago, they’ll never fit under this category again, because we’ll stop expecting better from their defensive unit. Jaguars allowed 40-points to Kansas City in week one.

They’ll have their hands full once again against the Houston Texans and QB Deshaun Watson who accounted for four touchdowns on his own in week one.


Week 2 PPR Fantasy Rankings: Defenses

[ QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | DEF & Kickers]

RANK PLAYER (POSITION – TEAM) MATCHUP
1. Patriots (DEF – NE) @ MIA
2. Ravens (DEF – BAL) vs. ARI
3. Bears (DEF – CHI) @ DEN
4. Bills (DEF – BUF) @ NYG
5. Panthers (DEF – CAR) vs. TB
6. Broncos (DEF – DEN) vs. CHI
7. Texans (DEF – HOU) vs. JAC
8. Titans (DEF – TEN) vs. IND
9. Cowboys (DEF – DAL) @ WAS
10. Browns (DEF – CLE) @ NYJ
11. Packers (DEF – GB) vs. MIN
12. Chiefs (DEF – KC) @ OAK
13. Chargers (DEF – LAC) @ DET
14. Colts (DEF – IND) @ TEN
15. Jaguars (DEF – JAC) @ HOU
16. Vikings (DEF – MIN) @ GB
17. Rams (DEF – LAR) vs. NO
18. Giants (DEF – NYG) vs. BUF
19. Eagles (DEF – PHI) @ ATL
20. Seahawks (DEF – SEA) @ PIT

Kicker Overview:

Chiefs Kicker Harrison Butker

Harrison Butker led all fantasy kickers in week one with 17 points. Butker should keep stacking up the points against Oakland this week. As the Raiders allowed the third-most fantasy points to kickers a season ago.

Expect Butker and Greg Z to battle it out for the top spot in scoring this week for kickers. Zuerlein should be busy in what is expected to be a high-scoring affair in the Rams-Saints game this week.

Week 2 PPR Fantasy Rankings: Kickers

[ QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | DEF & Kickers]

RANK PLAYER (POSITION – TEAM) MATCHUP
1. Harrison Butker (KC – K) @ OAK
2. Greg Zuerlein (K – LAR) vs. NO
3. Stephen Gostkowski (K – NE) @ MIA
4. Will Lutz (K – NO) @ LAR
5. Justin Tucker (K – BAL) vs. ARI
6. Jake Elliott (K – PHI) @ ATL
7. Ka’imi Fairbairn (K – HOU) vs. JAC
8. Robbie Gould (K – SF) @ CIN
9. Matt Bryant (K – ATL) vs. PHI
10. Brett Maher (K – DAL) @ WAS
11. Matt Prater (K – DET) vs. PHI
12. Michael Badgley (K – LAC) @ DET
13. Mason Crosby (K – GB) vs. MIN
14. Dan Bailey (K – MIN) @ GB
15. Jason Myers (K – SEA) @ PIT
16. Adam Vinatieri (K – HOU) @ TEN
17. Chris Boswell (K – PIT) vs. SEA
18. Steve Hauschka (K – BUF) @ NYG
19. Austin Seibert (K – CLE) @ NYJ
20. Aldrick Rosas (K – NYG) vs. BUF

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