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Fantasy Football Rankings Week 2, 2021: Model that beat experts says start Nick Chubb, sit Adam Thielen

There are plenty of questions to sort out as you create your Week 2 Fantasy football rankings. Questions like whether Buffalo’s Josh Allen is fool’s gold, if Aaron Rodgers is washed-up, and whether Antonio Brown is the No. 1 receiver in Tampa Bay have led the conversation. How much stock should you put into a shaky or winning Week 1 performance when it comes to setting your Week 2 Fantasy football picks?

Players like Allen, Rodgers and Brown are all starters in your Fantasy football lineups, but how should you rationalize their debuts? Before you lock in your lineups, be sure to check out the Week 2 Fantasy football rankings from the proven computer model at SportsLine. It can help you make those tough decisions on which players to start and which players to leave on the bench.

When it comes to ranking players, SportsLine’s model beat human experts in Fantasy football for the past several seasons especially when there were big difference in ranking. Over the course of a season, that could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home emptyhanded.

Last week, the model was extremely high on Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, saying he’d finish as a top-five player at his position. The result: Brady completed 64 percent of his passes for 379 yards and four touchdowns against the Cowboys. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a huge week.

Now, the model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, has revealed its Fantasy football rankings for Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. Head to SportsLine now to see them.

Top Week 2 Fantasy football picks 

One player the model is extremely high on this week: Browns running back Nick Chubb. Everyone knew Chubb was in the top tier of running backs this season, but last week, he beat out Christian McCaffreyDalvin Cook and others to be the top back in SportsLine’s projections. Last week, he only got 15 carries, but put up week-winning numbers in a loss to Kansas City. Chubb finished the game with 83 yards on the ground for 5.53 yards per carry and two touchdowns.

This week, the Browns catch Houston after the Texans won their season-opener against Jacksonville in convincing fashion. The Jaguars never fully committed to the run last week and had just 16 carries for 76 yards. Still, the Texans allowed 4.8 yards per carry. Cleveland should take out the frustration of last week’s loss on a Texans team that might be a little too high on itself this week.

And a massive shocker: Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen, who recorded nine receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns last week, stumbles big-time and doesn’t even crack the top 25 at his position. 

Thielen led the team in targets, catches and receiving yards last week, but he’ll now face-off against one of the NFL’s stingiest defenses. The Vikings will travel to Arizona to face the Cardinals, who are coming off a dominant 38-13 victory over the Titans. The Cardinals gave up just 162 passing yards to Tennessee, while holding Julio Jones and A.J. Brown under 80 combined receiving yards. With such a tough matchup on Sunday, Thielen is a player to consider putting on the bench in Week 2.

How to set your Week 2 Fantasy football rankings

The model is also calling for a surprising quarterback you aren’t even thinking about to finish in the top 10 of its Fantasy football rankings. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.

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