For the first time, I’m unveiling a list of top fantasy players heading into a particular week. It’s like power rankings, except week-by-week performances are cumulative.
The player kicking off the list was a player I had making the quantum leap to ELITE status, before the season began. On Monday night, he faced the same elite QB that analysts suggested reminded them of. Yep, you guessed it; Matt Ryan kicks off the Fantasy elite list at number five.
5. Matt Ryan
Ryan, and his Atlanta Falcons, are an impressive 2-0. They defeated the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos pretty handily. Ryan, himself, looked in complete control in both games. He put on a clinic against the Chiefs, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another. Had he not taken his foot off the gas pedal against Denver, in the fourth quarter, he would’ve done more damage. Here’s a telling stat: he has nearly as many rushing yards as Chris Johnson. That doesn’t matter, though. He’s been lighting it up as a passer. He’ll have an interesting test against the San Diego Chargers this week.
4. Arian Foster
It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Houston Texans have become a run-oriented team, which bodes well for Foster owners. He has gotten 26 and 28 carries, respectively, in the first two games. If he continues to get that many carries, he will continue to put up double-digit fantasy points like he has so far. Let’s see how he does against the Broncos’ front four.
3. Reggie Bush
He’s been blistering since last year for fantasy owners, and he continued to do so last week with his 172 yards on the ground. With Bush running the ball effectively, it makes him double-trouble as he has already has proven himself as a pass catcher. His Miami Dolphins are facing the New York Jets, this Sunday, so he could be the player most likely on this list to have an off-week for owners.
2. Robert Griffin III
He is the number one scorer in all of fantasy football. Maybe players will start considering dual-threat quarterbacks in drafts more than ever. That’s why I picked him up. Dual-threat equals double the point total. RG3 torched the New Orleans Saints – and on their home field – while making it look effortless. Against the St. Louis Rams, he decided to beat them with not just his arm, but his legs too. The Bengals have been a charity case for quarterbacks thus far. Joe Flacco looked elite against them in the Monday Night Football opener, and they allowed Brandon Weeden to throw for over 300 yards, last week. He is the biggest green light for any owner this week.
1. C.J. Spiller
RG3 may be deserving of the number one spot, but he will continue to receive the spotlight all year. With Spiller being on the Buffalo Bills, he won’t receive much love from the press, so I’ll be the one to give it to him. He’s not your prototypical every-down back, but for someone who has gotten 15 carries a game, he’s done the absolute most with them. He is leading the league in rushing, and is averaging an unheard-of 10.1 yards per carry. The Bills are facing the Cleveland Browns, who have already allowed the fourth most rushing yards in the NFL. He’s another green light for owners.