NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings

Ernie Horn
By Ernie HornPublished: September 13, 2023
NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings

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

Ernie Horn

CFB and NFL DFS Expert

Ernie brings 25 years of experience in the newspaper sector to the table. Initially, he dedicated his career to sports journalism, both reporting and editing, before transitioning to the digital sphere in 2022. At EatWatchDraft, Ernie focuses on covering college football and NFL Daily Fantasy Sports.