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Fantasy football: Week 2 SEC player rankings

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Here’s a look at how I rank SEC players by position in fantasy football for this week’s games.

QUARTERBACK

1. Dak Prescott, Mississippi State: Prescott torched LSU last season for 373 total yards and three touchdowns; he also had one of his four 100-yard rushing days against the Tigers. Prescott will be listed toward the top of these rankings each week.
2. Joshua Dobbs, Tennessee: I expect the Vols’ game against Oklahoma to turn into a shootout. Dobbs is a threat on every play. He racked more than 300 yards of offense last week against Bowling Green and accounted for three TDs. Both he and Prescott likely will have to play a full game this weekend, which is another reason they occupy the top two spots.
3. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss: The Rebels put up 76 points last week, and while Ole Miss has a tougher test this week against Fresno State, I expect Hugh Freeze to use the first two games to get Kelly comfortable in the passing attack.
4. Brandon Allen, Arkansas: The Razorbacks did exactly what they said they were going to do all offseason — they turned let Allen loose. He paid back the coaches’ confidence with four touchdown passes. I’m starting to believe in Allen.
5. Brandon Harris, LSU: I really like both LSU starting receivers. His spot here is more a reflection of my confidence in his playmakers than in him.
6. Jeremy Johnson, Auburn: His playing time may be limited because the Tigers are playing Jacksonville State, but I am expecting big numbers after a disappointing game against Louisville.
7. Will Grier, Florida: I think he is the better of UF’s two options at quarterback. The Gators play an East Carolina team that gave up nearly 500 yards to Towson last week.
8. Patrick Towles, Kentucky: The Wildcats play at South Carolina, whom they beat last season. Towles has reached the 200-yard mark in passing just twice in his past seven games.
9. Greyson Lambert, Georgia: Bulldogs quarterbacks completed only 10 passes last week. And they attempted just 14.
10. Jake Coker, Alabama: He was steady in his first start, but he seems likely to again share snaps with Cooper Bateman this week

RUNNING BACK

1. Nick Chubb, Georgia: The Bulldogs trampled the Vandy defense last season, rushing for 243 yards and 6.9 yards per attempt. Chubb should get 20-25 touches this week against a Commodores defense that I don’t trust yet.
2. Stanley “Boom” Williams, Kentucky: South Carolina gave up 200 rushing yards and 6.5 yards per carry last week against North Carolina. Williams went for 75 yards on the Wildcats’ first play from scrimmage in their opener. I can sense another huge run for “Boom” this week.
3. Alex Collins, Arkansas: He now is the feature back behind that powerful Arkansas offensive line. Anybody who gets extended touches in the Hogs’ rushing attack has to be a serious fantasy consideration.
4. Shon Carson, South Carolina: I love Carolina’s matchup in the running game this week, and Carson is the more likely big-play threat. The Gamecocks are playing a Kentucky team that gave up more rushing yards than any other SEC team last week.
5. Tra Carson, Texas A&M: The Aggies take on a Ball State team that gave up 36 points to VMI. Carson scored twice against Arizona State last week; more important, he got 30 touches in the Aggies’ victory.
6. Jalen Hurd, Tennessee: Hurd and Alvin Kamara will continue to share the workload in the Vols’ backfield. I expect offensive fireworks in their game against Oklahoma, and I think Tennessee is a run-first offense. Hurd is the first one to get carries in that backfield.
7. Derrick Henry, Alabama: He usually will be much higher on this list, but given Alabama’s matchup against Middle Tennessee State, it is unclear how long Henry will play. He is a physical mismatch and a big-play threat with surprising speed for a man his size.
8. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee: Both Hurd and Kamara are solid options out of Tennessee’s backfield this week against Oklahoma
9. Brandon Wilds, South Carolina: Wilds is talking like he will play this weekend despite a bruised shoulder
10. Leonard Fournette, LSU: He didn’t do much against Mississippi State last season, but his ability makes it hard for me to not have him as one of my top 10 running back plays in the conference.
An aside: I didn’t list any Auburn running backs in my top 10, but that’s only because it is nearly impossible to get a grip on how carries will be divvied up in that backfield. For those playing in a tournament format in a weekly game, all Auburn running backs are worthy of consideration this week. Gus Malzahn said on Wednesday that coaches expect everybody to be physically able to play against Jacksonville State.

WIDE RECEIVER

1. Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina: Gamecocks quarterback Connor Mitch was underwhelming last week and suffered a hip injury in the game. That would seem like it would be a detriment to Cooper, but the opposite might be true. Steve Spurrier tries to create 15-20 touches a game for Cooper, whether it be receiving, rushing or even passing. His volume of touches and big-play ability put on the top of this list.
2. Malachi Dupre, LSU: I think there are big plays to be had for LSU’s passing game this week and I expect Dupre to be the most likely beneficiary.
3. Travin Dural, LSU: I really like both Tigers wide receivers this week, but give the slight edge in my rankings to Dupre.
4. Keon Hatcher, Arkansas: Hatcher was the leading wide receiver in the SEC last week. With Brandon Allen being taken off the leash and a soft matchup against Toledo, I like Hatcher again this week.
5. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss: I closely watched Treadwell last week to see how he looked coming off of a broken leg suffered. Bad news for SEC defenses: He looked really, really good.
6. De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State: Wilson is a raw talent who performed well against LSU last season. I think the Bulldogs will need to score in the 30s to beat the Tigers, and Wilson’s big-play ability will come into play. Prescott will look to take a shot deep to Wilson two or three times a game; as a fantasy owner, you just need them to connect once.
7. Christian Kirk, Texas A&M: Josh Reynolds and Ricky Seals-Jones may be more common passing targets than Kirk, but Kirk appears to be the Aggies’ best big-play threat.
8. Duke Williams, Auburn: Williams is the most talented receiver on the Tigers’ roster and I would expect Tigers coaches would try to find some way to get Jeremy Johnson in some kind of rhythm before the conference schedule gets started.
9. ArDarius Stewart, Alabama:
Robert Foster had a touchdown reception last week. I think both guys score this week, but I like Stewart to get the better looks.
10. Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M: He was the Aggies’ leading receiver last week, and could be busy this week, considering Ball State’s secondary looks mediocre at best.

TIGHT END

1. Hunter Henry, Arkansas: Henry has gone seven consecutive games withot a TD catch, but he remains one of the Hogs’ best receiving threats.
2. Jake McGee, Florida: New Gators coach Jim McElwain said after their game last week that he believes in throwing to the tight end. I believe him.
3. Steven Scheu, Vanderbilt: Scheu was the target on both end-zone interceptions thrown by Vandy last week. The good news from that? Scheu definitely is a red zone target.
4. Ethan Wolf, Tennessee: Joshua Dobbs threw two TD passes last week. Both went to Wolf, who had three total catches.

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