Fantasy Football Recap – Week 2

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We have had 30 teams play so far, and the story of this week is definitely injuries. There were many major injuries, quite a few impacting star players on their respective teams, including 3 starting quarterbacks (Garrapolo, Locke and Tyrod Taylor), the top two fantasy football draft picks by ADP (McCaffrey and Barkley) and a few key defensive players (San Francisco’s Nick Bosa comes to mind).

Although there were many fantastic fantasy performances on Sunday, there is no doubt that the injury bug will impact your teams moving forward. Here is a fantasy football recap for week 2 of the NFL football season.

Stock Up

Quarterbacks

Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills

I realize he was playing the Miami Dolphins, but when you put up 424 yards and 4 touchdowns that is impressive regardless of who you are playing.

Combine that with his 312 yard performance with 3 total touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing), and it is safe to say if he is available in your league you should make a play to add him.

Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys

Most of the conversation around the Cowboys quarterback lately has been the lack of a long-term extension, but Prescott reminded fans on Sunday why he thinks he should be paid like a top-tier quarterback.

In a game against the Atlanta Falcons where his team was behind for almost the entire game, Prescott willed his team to an improbable comeback to win the game in the last seconds on a Zuerlein field goal.

He finished with 450 passing yards, and 1 touchdown through the air, while rushing for 5 times and 18 yards, along with 3 rushing touchdowns. Either he is going to get paid in Dallas or somewhere else, but he has proven he can play at an elite level in the NFL.

Cam Newton – New England Patriots

There has been a lot of discussion about whether Cam Newton can succeed in New England under Bill Belichek, but after two weeks it looks like he will have no problems acclimating to a new system.

After only attempting 19 passes in week 1, Newton was forced to throw a little more Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Completing 30-44 passes for 397 yards and a touchdown, while adding 47 yards on the ground with 2 more touchdowns, Newton showed he will be a force in New England.

Unfortunately for the Patriots, he needed one more touchdown to win Sunday, as he came a couple yards short on a called quarterback run at the end of the game, as the Seahawks won 35-30.

Honorable Mention

Russell Wilson was on the other sideline against Cam Newton Sunday, and he was able to pass for 288 yards but more importantly had 5 passing touchdowns. This team is led by Wilson now, with a defense that is good but not the Legion of Boom. Kyler Murray continues to show why he was taken with the top overall pick last year, throwing for 286 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 67 yards on the ground and 2 more touchdowns. That division will be interesting, with the 4 teams (Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks and 49ers) combining for a record of 7-1 through 2 weeks. Justin Herbert got his first action in the NFL, filling in for Tyrod Taylor when he went out with an injury. Herbert completed 22-33 passes for 311 yards and almost led his team to an upset win over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday. Look for him to start going forward.

Wide Receivers

Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons

Ridley is entering his third year in the league, and it looks like he is ready to be a force for the Falcons. With Julio Jones on the other side, Ridley is averaging 11 targets in his first two games, catching 7 of 10 against the Cowboys on Sunday.

He finished with 109 yards and 2 touchdowns Sunday, and is undoubtedly a WR1 moving forward, regardless of match up.

Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills

After Diggs left Minnesota in the offseason, many wondered if he could replicate his success in Buffalo. He had a decent game in week 1, catching 8 of his 9 targets for 86 yards, but improved in week two, catching 8 passes again (on 13 targets) but ending up with 153 yards and a touchdown.

Diggs is the top receiver on the Bills, out-targeting teammate John Brown 22 to 16 through two weeks, and should be considered a WR2 now.

Terry McLaurin – Washington Football Team

Second-year wide receiver Terry McLaurin followed up a solid week 1 performance, catching 5 of 7 targets for 61 yards, with an impressive week 2 game.

He caught 7 passes, out of 10 targets, for 125 yards and a touchdown. Given that the Washington Football Team could be behind in many games this year, McLaurin will put up good numbers, especially next week against the Browns.

Honorable Mention

DK Metcalf does not need double-digit targets to put up good number, going for over 90 yards receiving for the second straight week, this time with 4 catches. One of them was a 54-yard touchdown over New England Patriot cornerback Stephon Gilmore. CeeDee Lamb had his first of many 100-yard games for the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. With tight end Blake Jarwin out for the season, Lamb will see and uptick in targets, catching 6 of 9 against the Falcons for 106 yards. Diontae Johnson for the Pittsburgh Steelers has now seen 23 targets over the first two games, catching 8 of 13 on Sunday for 92 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos.

Running Backs

Leonard Fournette – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I mean we all knew that Fournette was eventually going to take over the top spot for the Bucs right/ And even though coach Bruce Arians says that Ronald Jones is still the starter, I am sure that Fournette will be a big part of the offense as the season goes along.

He finished Sunday with 103 rushing yards on 12 carries, and two touchdowns, which included a 46-yard run to put the game away. Fournette also caught 4 passes for another 13 yards, which is helpful in PPR leagues.

James Conner – Pittsburgh Steelers

After a first week that saw Conner leaving the game with an injury, it was good to see him play the entire game Sunday. He rushed 16 times for 116 yards, adding a touchdown, on a day that saw backup Benny Snell only carry the ball 3 times, fumbling once.

James Conner is back to a RB2 against the Houston Texans on Sunday.

James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars

It looks like we have figured out who the top back will be in Jacksonville, with James Robinson rushing 16 times for 102 yards and catching 3 passes for 18 yards.

With 16 carries for two consecutive weeks, even in a game that had gotten away from the Jaguars early, look for Robinson to get plenty of opportunities moving forward, especially next week against the Miami Dolphins.

Honorable Mention

Jonathan Taylor showed why the Colts drafted him so high this year, carrying the ball 26 times for 101 yards and a touchdown Sunday. With Marlon Mack out, many wondered who would be the top back coming into Sunday, but Taylor out touched Nyhem Hines 28 to 1, putting that debate to bed. David Montgomery is getting plenty of action with the Bears, rushing 16 times for 82 yards, plus 3 receptions for 45 yards and a receiving touchdown against the Giants. The Bears offense is still struggling to find consistency, but look for second-year Montgomery to continue to grow in his role as an all-purpose back. Kareem Hunt continues to make the most of his touches, rushing for 86 yards on 10 rushes and a touchdown, while adding 2 catches for 15 yards and another touchdown through the air.

Tight Ends

Mike Gesicki – Miami Dolphins

After a dud of a performance in week 1, only catching 3 passes for 30 yards, Gesicki exploded for 8 catches on 11 targets for 130 yards and a touchdown Sunday against Bills.

Through 2 weeks he is lining up in the slot on 79% of his snaps, and is getting 21% of Miami’s targets. He has a nice match up against the Jaguars this week, who just let Jonnu Smith have a career day yesterday.

Jonnu Smith – Tennessee Titans

Speaking of Smith, he caught 4 passes on 5 targets for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was only behind Adam Humphries in targets, who had 6, and looked to have a good connection with Ryan Tannehill.

He has a good match up against the Vikings coming up.

Hayden Hurst – Atlanta Falcons

There was a lot of hype concerning Hurst coming into this season, but he had a lack luster game in week 1 against the Seahawks.

Against the Cowboys on Sunday, however, Hurst looked like the player that could be a TE1, catching 5 of his 8 targets for 72 yards and a 42-yard touchdown. He was all over the field, and even with options such as Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones on the field, he was third in targets and should be rostered in all leagues.

Honorable Mention

Noah Fant’s numbers dropped a little from week 1, but had over 10 fantasy points for the second week in a row. With receiver Courtland Sutton out for the year, Fant will have plenty of targets the rest of the year. Dalton Schultz had a great game in the Cowboy’s comeback win against the Falcons, catching 9 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. His 10 targets were the most on the team, and will be an interesting pick up this week on the waiver wire. Mo Alie-Cox is relatively unknown, but after catching 5 of 6 targets for 111 yards, he will be on the fantasy radar moving forward. Jack Doyle’s status for week 3 is unknown, but keep an eye on Alie-Cox.

Stock Down

Quarterbacks

Jimmy Garappolo – San Francisco 49ers

Garappolo’s fantasy future depends a lot on how his ankle heals. He did throw for 2 touchdowns on 131 yards passing against the Jets Sunday, but if he is unavailable hopefully he wasn’t your QB1.

Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles

Wentz and the Eagles are having a rough start to the new season. After being up 17-0 against Washington, they have been outscored 64-19. In their most recent game against the Los Angeles Rams, Wentz did throw for 242 yards, but he had 2 interceptions as well.

Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts

Even though the Colts put up 33 points against the Jaguars Sunday, which was enough to get the win, Rivers was basically a game manager, throwing for 214 yards on 19 of 25 passing, with one touchdown and one interception.

The Colts rushed 40 times, showing what their game plan will be moving forward.

Stay Away From

 

Mitchell Trubiski cannot seem to put two halves together. After tossing 3 touchdowns in the 4th quarter a week ago against the Lions, Trubiski seemed to carry that momentum over to the Giants game, throwing for two touchdowns in the first half. In the second half, however, he only threw the ball 9 times for 31 yards, and two interceptions. Until he shows that he can be consistent, you should avoid adding him. Sam Darnold, once thought to be the savior of New York, just doesn’t seem to have it. Granted, the entire New York Jets team is bad, but only 177 yards passing on 21 of 32 is just not good enough in the NFL. Dwayne Haskins is still learning, throwing for 223 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals Sunday. The game plan is very conservative, so Haskins will not have a lot of opportunities anytime soon.

Wide Receivers

Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams

After making the Stock Up list last week, Woods stock is going down this week. Saving the day with a rushing touchdown, he only caught 2 of 5 targets for 14 yards Sunday against the Eagles, when most of his teammates were having good games.

Woods is still the top receiver for the Rams, but will have days like this considering there are so many weapons for Jared Goff to utilize.

Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos

This may be cheating a little, but the Broncos number 1 receiver is out for the year after tearing up his knee on Sunday against the Steelers.

Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns

It was a quiet night for the entire Browns passing attack on Thursday against the Bengals, with Baker Mayfield only passing 19 times. Still, Landry only getting 3 targets, even catching all of them, for 46 yards is not quite what is expected out of him.

Keep an Eye On

Davante Adams had a quiet day, only seeing 3 targets, catching them all for 36 yards. He was injured two separate times, hurting his ankle after getting rolled up on from behind, then exiting the game with a hamstring injury. When healthy, he is obviously one of the best and Aaron Rodgers favorite target, but you should definitely keep an eye on him this week in practice. Sterling Shepard left the game against the Bears with a toe injury and could miss some time. Allen Robinson has expressed that he is unhappy with the Bears not giving him an extension, which may have affected his focus Sunday. He only caught 3 of his 9 targets, one of which ended up being intercepted.

Running Backs

Ronald Jones – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Technically the starter in the Bucs backfield, he only had 7 rushing attempts Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He did salvage his day with a touchdown on his 23 yards rushing, but it is obvious that this will be Leonard Fournette’s backfield sooner or later.

Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals

Mixon did get 16 rushing attempts last Thursday against the Browns, which he turned into 46 yards, in addition to 40 yards receiving on 4 catches, but Mixon owners were expecting a little more when drafting him with one of their first two picks in most fantasy drafts.

He does have 10 days off before his next game, which will be against the struggling Eagles, so hopefully he will be able to get back on track.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Kansas City Chiefs

After a great first game as a pro last week, Edwards-Helaire came back to earth a little Sunday against the Chargers. He only had 10 rushes, for 38 yards, but did get involved in the passing game, catching 6 of his 8 targets for another 32 yards.

The Chiefs as a whole struggled to put up points, only finishing with 23 and had to go to overtime to beat the Chargers. That being said, it will be interesting moving forward how the Chiefs plan on keeping all the talented mouths fed in that offense.

Also Struggled

Todd Gurley only managed 61 yards on 21 rushing attempts, in a game that was primarily played through the air. Adrian Peterson had a rough game, only getting 7 rushing attempts as the Lions struggled to keep up with the Packers. Multiple running backs throughout the league left injured, including Saquon Barkley, who is out for the season, Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman for the 49ers, Christian McCaffrey and Cam Akers. Keep an eye on all of them, possibly adding their backups for next week.

Tight Ends

Eric Ebron – Pittsburgh Steelers

Ebron did have 5 targets Sunday, catching 3 of them for 43 yards. He is definitely the number one tight end on the team, but still 3rd or 4th in the pecking order once you include the receivers for Big Ben to throw to.

Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens

Andrews does not have many games like this, only catching 1 pass for 29 yards, but sometimes it happens. Lamar Jackson only threw the ball 24 times, but with the Kansas City Chiefs up next expect Andrews to have a bounce back game.

Austin Hooper – Cleveland Browns

Hooper is learning that Cleveland is not Atlanta. Without veteran quarterback Matt Ryan throwing him the ball, Hooper has only caught 4 passes through 2 games for 37 yards, including 2 for 22 yards last Thursday against the Bengals.

The Browns are just a running team, with two excellent backs, and an average quarterback at best in Baker Mayfield. He should not be on any rosters in fantasy football.

Also Avoid

Jimmy Graham failed to connect with Trubiski, catching his only target for 18 yards on Sunday. Dallas Goedert again out targeted Zack Ertz, but only caught 4 of his 8 targets for only 30 yards. Ertz only had 42 yards on 5 catches, while being targeted 7 times. Ian Thomas is getting a lot of targets, but not bringing them in. He had 9 targets but only 4 catches for 26 yards Sunday against Arizona.

Conclusion

It has been an interesting week so far in the NFL, with so many big names going down with injury there will be a lot of players that get opportunities to produce in the coming weeks. How is your fantasy team looking so far? Have you escaped the injury bug? Let me know in the comments below!

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