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Weekly Rankings: A.J. Green takes over at No. 1

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If you didn't win in Week 1 of your fantasy season, well, the season is over. Our research has shown that 90 percent of people who lose in Week 1 don't make the fantasy playoffs. And you should also know that I'm totally kidding about that. You're good. It's one week, you'll be fine. Well, my team in my League of Record will not be fine. Odds are, though, your team will be very good.

So now while you're either riding high on a nice victory or still stung by a harrowing loss, it's Turn the Page Tuesday and time to look at the way-too-soon rankings for Week 2. Understand a lot can change during the week as the players return to practice on Wednesday. Though the Patriots and Jets will square off on Thursday night, right on NFL Network. Be sure to check that out! In any event, let's get to the rankings.

Quarterbacks


1. Peyton Manning
2. Aaron Rodgers
3. Drew Brees
4. Colin Kaepernick
5. Matt Ryan
6. Andrew Luck
7. Tom Brady
8. Matthew Stafford
9. Robert Griffin III
10. Cam Newton
11. Tony Romo
12. Matt Schaub
13. Russell Wilson
14. Terrelle Pryor
15. Michael Vick
16. Jay Cutler
17. Carson Palmer
18. Eli Manning
19. Alex Smith
20. EJ Manuel
21. Philip Rivers
22. Joe Flacco
23. Sam Bradford
24. Ryan Tannehill

* Peyton Manning might not throw for seven touchdowns again. But you know what? He just might. He's the top fantasy quarterback for the rest of the season.

* Moved Andy Luck ahead of Tom Brady this week. Brady has thrown for a touchdown or less in eight of his last 10 games against the Jets. Think about that if you have a better option -- which you probably don't. Talk to me on Thursday to see if I've changed my mind at all.

* Matt Schaub has historically played well against the Titans. He's had 17 touchdown passes and just two turnovers in eight games against Tennessee. He's thrown at least two touchdown passes in seven consecutive games against the Titans.

Running backs


1. Adrian Peterson
2. LeSean McCoy
3. Jamaal Charles
4. Doug Martin
5. Reggie Bush
6. Ray Rice
7. Marshawn Lynch
8. Trent Richardson
9. Steven Jackson
10. Alfred Morris
11. Arian Foster
12. Matt Forte
13. C.J. Spiller
14. Stevan Ridley
15. Maurice Jones-Drew
16. Darren McFadden
17. DeAngelo Williams
18. Chris Johnson
19. Frank Gore
20. DeMarco Murray
21. Eddie Lacy
22. Daryl Richardson
23. Darren Sproles
24. Ryan Mathews
25. Rashard Mendenhall
26. David Wilson
27. Lamar Miller
28. BenJarvus Green-Ellis
29. Ben Tate
30. Joique Bell
31. Bryce Brown
32. Ahmad Bradshaw
33. Giovani Bernard
34. Montee Ball
35. Fred Jackson
36. Chris Ivory
37. Pierre Thomas
38. Mark Ingram
39. Knowshon Moreno
40. Danny Woodhead

* I might already be in love with Chip Kelly and his new offense. I don't care if they take the entire second half off if his team continues to put up a first half like that.

* Matt Forte has struggled in his career against the Vikings and he's been held without a rushing touchdown in the last eight meetings between the two teams. But remember, that was when he was getting yanked out at the goal line. Times have changed. And let's be honest, you can't bench him.

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* Chris Johnson has been shut down by the Texans in the past. And let's be honest, the Texans shut down a lot of running backs.

* Still no real clarity to the Saints' running back situation. Still handicapping Pierre Thomas to be the leader at some point. Just hasn't happened yet.

* We've talked about Bryce Brown being a nice flex option at times. He's worth keeping an eye on.

Wide receivers


1. A.J. Green
2. Calvin Johnson
3. Demaryius Thomas
4. Larry Fitzgerald
5. Brandon Marshall
6. Julio Jones
7. Randall Cobb
8. Dez Bryant
9. DeSean Jackson
10. Anquan Boldin
11. Reggie Wayne
12. Wes Welker
13. Jordy Nelson
14. Andre Johnson
15. Victor Cruz
16. Vincent Jackson
17. Marques Colston
18. Pierre Garcon
19. Danny Amendola
20. Hakeem Nicks
21. Antonio Brown
22. Dwayne Bowe
23. Steve Smith
24. Torrey Smith
25. Cecil Shorts
26. Eric Decker
27. Miles Austin
28. Steve Johnson
29. Mike Wallace
30. Mike Williams
31. Roddy White
32. Julian Edelman
33. Harry Douglas
34. T.Y. Hilton
35. Tavon Austin
36. Michael Floyd
37. Lance Moore
38. Greg Jennings
39. Brian Hartline
40. Kenbrell Thompkins
41. Golden Tate
42. Emmanuel Sanders
43. Denarius Moore
44. Chris Givens
45. Alshon Jeffery
46. Marlon Brown
47. Vincent Brown
48. James Jones
49. Andre Roberts
50. Kenny Stills
51. DeAndre Hopkins
52. Sidney Rice
53. Kenny Britt
54. Rod Streater
55. Greg Little
56. Malcom Floyd
57. Rueben Randle
58. Nate Washington
59. Mohamed Sanu
60. Jerome Simpson

* I'm about to be excommunicated from the ranks of fantasy football for not having Calvin Johnson as the top guy. But A.J. Green is just too good. He's on fire.

* Andre Johnson has been held below 80 receiving yards in six consecutive games against the Titans.

* Marques Colston has just two touchdown in his last 10 games against the Bucs.

* Antonio Brown topped 95 receiving yards in both games against the Bengals last year.

* Julian Edelman has value as long as Rob Gronkowski is out. But the moment Gronk comes back, it evaporates.

Tight ends


1. Vernon Davis
2. Jimmy Graham
3. Jason Witten
4. Jordan Cameron
5. Tony Gonzalez
6. Julius Thomas
7. Jared Cook
8. Greg Olsen
9. Brandon Myers
10. Jermichael Finley
11. Kyle Rudolph
12. Brandon Pettigrew
13. Owen Daniels
14. Brent Celek
15. Martellus Bennett
16. Fred Davis
17. Tyler Eifert
18. Dwayne Allen
19. Jermaine Gresham
20. Kellen Winslow
21. Marcedes Lewis
22. Coby Fleener
23. Dallas Clark
24. Antonio Gates

* Vernon Davis is going to be my top-ranked tight end until he's not. Which really says nothing, but he's on the cusp of having one of the greatest seasons by a tight end.

* Julius Thomas has way too many targets to compete with in Denver. So don't chase the fantasy points. That said, he's still a TE1 in most leagues.

Kickers


1. Sebastian Janikowski
2. Phil Dawson
3. Matt Bryant
4. Matt Prater
5. Justin Tucker
6. Stephen Gostkowski
7. Garrett Hartley
8. Greg Zuerlein
9. Josh Brown
10. Blair Walsh
11. Randy Bullock
12. Alex Henery
13. Steven Hauschka
14. Dan Bailey
15. David Akers
16. Kai Forbath
17. Robbie Gould
18. Mason Crosby
19. Adam Vinatieri
20. Caleb Sturgis

* I repeat: Seabass!

Defense


1. New England Patriots
2. Chicago Bears
3. Houston Texans
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. Oakland Raiders
6. San Francisco 49ers
7. Cincinnati Bengals
8. Denver Broncos
9. Seattle Seahawks
10. Arizona Cardinals
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
12. Dallas Cowboys
13. Baltimore Ravens
14. Indianapolis Colts
15. New Orleans Saints
16. Detroit Lions
17. Green Bay Packers
18. Miami Dolphins
19. Carolina Panthers
20. Minnesota Vikings
21. New York Giants
22. St. Louis FC
23. Atlanta Falcons
24. Philadelphia Eagles

* I repeat: Jets!

Did you know that Adam Rank won last year's Expert's League title? Oh that's right, it's like the only thing he ever talks about. Well congratulations, Rank. You finally did something. What have you done for us lately? Let's worry about 2013 and stop living in the past. Typical Lakers fan, am I right? Oh, if you found this useful (as if) check him out on the latest "Dave Dameshek Football Program". And follow him on Twitter, please. He's taking us to lunch if he gets 17 more Twitter followers today. And we only got 15 the last time, so step up fantasy enthusiasts!

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