NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings

by Ernie Horn | Published: September 13, 2023

It’s only one week, but the top fantasy football performers for the 2023 NFL season feature a host of names readers found atop most mock draft boards before the season started. While there are a few surprises – especially at QB – fantasy managers should be happy with the results thus far.

Who are the surprises, and will they continue to make an impact for their teams? Read on to see the top 20 offensive fantasy performers for the 2023 season.

Top Fantasy QBs

Sure, Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert are in the top 10 after their first week. But stalwarts like Joe Burrow and Dak Prescott are nowhere near the top 20 performers this week. Two of the top five QBs on this week’s list are first-time starters, including a rookie from the 2023 draft class.

1. Tua Tagovailoa, Miami
2. Mac Jones, New England
3. Jordan Love, Green Bay
4. Anthony Richardson, Indianapolis
5. Deshaun Watson, Cleveland
6. Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers
7. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City
8. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville
9. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota
10. Brock Purdy, San Francisco
11. Sam Howell, Washington
12. Jimmy Garoppolo, Las Vegas
13. Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay
14. Derek Carr, New Orleans
15. Justin Fields, Chicago
16. Russell Wilson, Denver
17. Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams
18. Jared Goff, Detroit
19. Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia
20. Josh Allen, Buffalo

Top Fantasy WRs

Perhaps unexpectedly, the top fantasy WRs after the first week of the 2023 NFL season are names that have been atop leaderboards for multiple seasons. Of the top 20 receivers this week, 75% of this list saw eight or more targets in their first outing, including a surprise with Los Angeles Rams rookie Puka Nacua.

1. Tyreek Hill, Miami
2. Brandon Aiyuk, San Francisco
3. Jakobi Meyers, Las Vegas
4. Kendrick Bourne, New England
5. Stefon Diggs, Buffalo
6. Calvin Ridley, Jacksonville
7. Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis
8. Justin Jefferson, Minnesota
9. Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams
10. Romeo Doubs, Green Bay
11. Rashid Shaheed, New Orleans
12. Amon-Ra St. Brown, Detroit
13. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay
14. Chris Olave, New Orleans
15. Tutu Atwell, Los Angeles Rams
16. DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia
17. Jordan Addison, Minnesota
18. Zay Jones, Jacksonville
19. Darnell Mooney, Chicago
20. Zay Flowers, Baltimore

Top Fantasy RBs

This list is the least surprising of the top 20 rankings after the first week of the 2023 NFL season. The biggest shock, however, is that the Los Angeles Chargers have two rushers among the top 10 rushers thus far after both Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley ran roughshod over the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday.

1. Aaron Jones, Green Bay
2. Christian McCaffrey, San Francisco
3. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers
4. Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta
5. Tony Pollard, Dallas
6. Travis Etienne Jr., Jacksonville
7. Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams
8. Bijan Robinson, Atlanta
9. Breece Hall, New York Jets
10. Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers
11. Nick Chubb, Cleveland
12. Roschon Johnson, Chicago
13. David Montgomery, Detroit
14. Brian Robinson, Washington
15. Derrick Henry, Tennessee
16. Justice Hill, Baltimore
17. Raheem Mostert, Miami
18. Alexander Mattison, Minnesota
19. Rhamondre Stevenson, New England
20. J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore*

Top Fantasy TEs

Unless you’ve performed a true deep-dive preparing for your fantasy draft, the names leading the top 20 TE leaderboard includes a host of unfamiliar players. Research these players before picking them up on your fantasy team as only four – Hayden Hurst, T.J. Hockenson, Logan Thomas and Durham Smythe – received seven or more targets in Week 1 games.

1. Hunter Henry, New England
2. Hayden Hurst, Carolina
3. Donald Parham Jr., Los Angeles Chargers
4. Blake Bell, Kansas City
5. Harrison Bryant, Cleveland
6. T.J. Hockenson, Minnesota
7. Evan Engram, Jacksonville
8. Cole Kmet, Chicago
9. Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh
10. Luke Musgrave, Green Bay
11. Sam LaPorta, Detroit
12. Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams
13. Logan Thomas, Washington
14. Kylen Granson, Indianapolis
15. Adam Trautman, Denver
16. Durham Smythe, Miami
17. Kyle Pitts, Atlanta
18. Mike Gesicki, New England
19. Darren Waller, New York Giants
20. Juwan Johnson, New Orleans

* Indicates players is injured or not currently active

Ernie Horn

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