Week 2

Note: The charts show my comfort level for starting each player at that position.  If you see a “+” sign next to a player, that means I can see them playing better than the level I have them listed at.  I tend to rank players at their floors, so no minus signs will be necessary.  Read through the comments for each game to get the detail behind the charts.  Good luck!

Thursday Night Football:

Buccaneers

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Panthers (6.5)

QB1 Cam Newton
Jameis Winston + QB2

RB1 Christian McCaffrey
RB2

WR1
Evans +

WR2

Godwin +

WR3 DJ Moore +
OJ Howard (sorry)

TE1

Flex Curtis Samuel +
No Thanks

Defense

Streamable
Running Backs, Brate Toss Up Greg Olsen (monitor)
Comments:

The Bucs stumbled out of the gate last week against the 49ers, hoping to avoid an 0-2 start on the road.  Jameis Winston let us down, so he steps lower into mid to low QB2 status.  Only usable in 2QB leagues this weekend, but I’m open to him playing better.  He’ll keep feeding Mike Evans and Chris Godwin targets. Target shares were actually spread very evenly last week; Godwin (6), Evans/Howard/Ogunbowale (5), Barber/Perriman (4).  I’m moving Evans down to a WR2 with upside, and Godwin to a WR3 with upside.  OJ Howard was just as disappointing as Evans last week, but he’s still a TE1 starter.  Cameron Brate actually had 2TDs called back from penalty, so Winston’s output could have look better.  Brate could be an interesting streaming option for us in the future and is worth a roster spot in deep bench leagues. Breshad Perriman was the clear #3 WR for the Bucs with four targets and a 64% snap share, just something to keep an eye on.  The running backs are in a three way committee with snap rates of: Dare Ogunbowale (38%), Peyton Barber (36%), Ronald Jones (32%).  Ogunbowale is the third down back here, earning 4 catches for 33yds on 5 targets and no carries.  Barber ran 8 times for 33yds and caught 2 of his 4 targets for 12yds.  Jones looked like the best of the group with 13 carries for 75yds and 1 catch for 18yds.  I don’t believe any of these guys are startable this week until we get to see this game through . Feels like Jones is going to get more work going forward, so continue to stash him.  Jameis finished with 249yds and 2TDs last year at home against the Panthers. I like his chances for another multiple TD game, but note that Jared Goff only put up 186yds and 1TD last week against this defense, although the Rams rushed for two goal-line TDs as well.

The Panthers do not want to start their 2019 season with back to back home losses.  Give me all the Christian McCaffrey in this one.  We don’t need to spend too much time on CMC, but he smoked Tampa Bay last year in both games with 27.7pts and 22.1pts. Cam Newton was a dud last weekend, throwing for 239yds, 1INT and -2 rushing yards.  The Bucs defense could help jump-start Newton’s season, so you should feel fine with him as your QB1 on TNF.  WRs DJ Moore (94%) and Curtis Samuel (93%) were on the field for most of the game last week.  Moore finished with 7 catches on 10 targets for 76yds, with Samuel at 3 catches on 4 targets for 32yds.  Moore shall remain in our lineups as a WR3 with upside, while Samuel becomes more of a flex play now.  Samuel played well against the Bucs last year, so I’m open to him getting on track this week in our lineups.  Greg Olsen is listed as questionable, so if you’re banking on him as your TE1, make sure he gets the green light.  He finished with 4 catches on 9 targets for 36yds.  I’m open to using him if he plays.  If he is out, Ian Thomas will step into the spotlight.  He showed some good things last year down the stretch and is one Olsen injury away from becoming the next hot waiver wire add.  If Olsen is indeed out, grab Thomas if you can.  I’m liking the Panthers to move the ball well with CMC and the WRs in this one.  I just hope it’s a good back and forth game!


Sunday Early Games:

Cardinals

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Ravens (-13.5)

QB1

Lamar Jackson

Kyler Murray QB2
David Johnson RB1

RB2 Mark Ingram +
WR1

WR2
Larry Fitzgerald WR3

Marquise Brown +

TE1 Mark Andrews
Flex

Willie Snead (maybe)

Nope Defense Start
Kirk, KeeSean, Byrd

Toss Up

Hill, Boykin, Edwards

Comments:

We got a lot of info on the Cardinals first game with Kyler Murray last week, thanks to the overtime tie with the Lions.  Murray threw the ball 54 times, completing 29 passes for 308yds, 2TDs and 1 INT.  He added 13 rushing yards.  Baltimore’s defense presents a much tougher test than the Lions, so limit expectations here, especially on the road.  He can be your QB1 but looks best as your QB2 in superflex leagues.  The Cardinals featured 4WR sets with the following targets: Larry Fitzgerald (13), Christian Kirk (12), KeeSean Johnson (10 targets) and Damiere Byrd (7 targets).  Larry is probably the only WR worth a start with this tough matchup.  Kirk only reeled in 4 of his 12 targets, so that is a concern.  Johnson is worth an add this week, while we monitor Byrd.  You’re starting David Johnson.  He logged 18 carries for 82yds and brought in 6 of his 7 targets for 55yds and 1TD.  The Cardinals offense was off in the first half, but got it together late for the rally.  I think we will have some nice moments scattered throughout the game, but this will be a great test to see how ready Murray really is.

Congrats if you drafted Lamar Jackson.  The offensive output was insane against the Dolphins.  We must take note that this impressive performance was against the worst team in the league, but Jackson’s season outlook looks really sweet.  You’re starting him as your QB1, bonus points if he’s your QB2 in Superflex.  The Cardinals are another defense we will continue to target while Patrick Peterson is out.  This should bode well for the running game, with Mark Ingram leading the way.  He rushed 14 times for 107yds and 2TDs last week, but did not receive a target.  He’ll likely receive more work this week with the more competitive opponent, making him our RB2 with upside. Gus Edwards got 17 carries but only managed 56yds, while Justice Hill ran 7 times for 27yds.  We’re not starting either, but I’m open to Gus Edwards on my roster if you’re an Ingram owner and couldn’t get Hill.  Hill still has the exciting unknown ceiling and could earn more work as the season continues.  The worst part about Sunday’s beat down was that none of these backs tallied a target.  Pivoting to the WRs, hopefully you were able to acquire Marquise Brown on waivers, or drafted him.  His 4 receptions on 5 targets for 147yds and 2TDs is very exciting, although he only played on 14 snaps.  His workload will be progressing as the season continues, but will remain a boom/bust WR3/Flex until further notice.  It might be fun to throw out our new toy in lineups this weekend, so give it a shot if you don’t have any other rock solid options.  The rest of the WR group is a mixed bag;  Seth Roberts (52), Willie Snead (50 snaps), Chris Moore (32) and Miles Boykin (18).  Snead and Boykin were both able to score, but are too risky to trust right now, but I’ll rank Snead as the safest option in PPR leagues.  We should be more interested with TE Mark Andrews, and even Hayden Hurst.  Andrews hauled in all 8 of his targets for 108yds and 1TD, although most was in the second half.  Hurst caught all 3 of his targets for 41yds.  Andrews can be your TE1 this week again, but continue to watch Hurst’s usage.  He could be a waiver wire add if something forces Andrews to miss time.  We love the matchup again this week against the Cardinals at home, but feel safest with just Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram.  Start Marquise Brown at Flex with the hopes of another big play to make your week.  Enjoy this fun matchup between Lamar and Kyler.


Cowboys (-5) @ Redskins
Dak Prescott QB1
QB2 Case Keenum
Ezekiel Elliott RB1
RB2 Chris Thompson
Amari Cooper WR1
WR2
Michael Gallup + WR3 Terry McLaurin
TE1
Randall Cobb Flex
Start Defense Nope
Witten, Jarwin Toss Up Peterson, Davis, Reed

Comments:

The Cowboys passing game was on full display in Week 1, with Dak Prescott throwing for 405yds and 4 TDs.  He was 25 of 32, an impressive 78.1%.  We’re starting him as our QB1.  Ezekiel Elliott only rushed 13 times for 53yds, adding 1 reception on 2 targets for 10yds.  He should get some more work in this one and will be your RB1. Amari Cooper led the way with 9 targets last week, catching 6 for 106yds and 1TD.  He’s a fringe WR1, likely your WR2.  Michael Gallup was fantastic last week, catching all 7 of his targets for 158yds.  I’d bet he finds himself in the endzone this week and is worth your WR3 spot.  I’m liking what we saw from Randall Cobb in his first game with the Cowboys.  He caught 4 of 5 targets for 69yds and 1TD.  Cobb should be owned in all leagues and will be worth a PPR Flex play.  I’m not sure we can bank on either of the tight ends in Jason Witten and Blake Jarwin. Witten caught 3 of 4 targets for 15yds and 1TD, while Jarwin caught all 3 of his targets for 39yds and 1TD.  Witten won’t offer us much in the yards department, but his steady targets and touchdown opportunities will be there.  I really like this Cowboys offense under new OC Kellen Moore.  We should not be scared of the matchup in Washington, so start your Cowboys.

The Redskins showed some life last weekend on the road in Philly, with Case Keenum throwing 44 times, completing 30 of them for 380yds and 3TDs!  Now the Eagles secondary is not exactly a quality group, so we must limit expectations against this stingy Cowboys defense.  Keenum only has value as a QB2 in Superflex leagues, but even that feels meh.  Derrius Guice has another knee issue and will be sidelined for at least a month.  I’m not sure I’d even want to hold him on my roster, but if you have an IR spot, that’ll do.  Adrian Peterson will get the bulk of the carries, but they’re still not exciting as a run offense.  Chris Thompson is the most intriguing back to own here, as he caught 7 of 10 targets last week for 68yds.  As long as he remains healthy, he has PPR RB2 upside, so make sure he’s not available in your leagues.  Terry McLaurin was most likely the hottest name on the waiver wire this last week.  He hauled in 5 of 7 targets for 125yds and 1 TD.  He now enters WR3/Flex territory.  I’m still going to advise caution when starting a rookie with Case Keenum, especially against Dallas,  but he’s worth a shot until he proves otherwise.  Trey Quinn might be the better PPR play this week.  He caught 4 of 6 targets for 33yds and 1TD last week.  We’re not really excited about starting any Redskins WR though, at least not until Haskins comes in.  Monitor the practice reports on Jordan Reed.  Even if he plays, I’m still not interested in starting him at TE.  Same for Davis.  I’d like to see one more week of this Redskins offense with Keenum against a good defense.


Colts @ Titans (-3)
QB1
Jacoby Brissett QB2 Marcus Mariota
RB1
Marlon Mack + RB2 Derrick Henry +
WR1
TY Hilton + WR2
WR3
TE1 Delanie Walker
Flex AJ Brown +
Startable Defense Startable
Ebron, Doyle, Cain, Campbell, Hines, Rogers Toss Up Davis, Lewis, Humphries

Comments:

The Colts played tough against the Chargers last week, giving us hope for our fantasy players with Jacoby Brissett. He completed 21 of 27 passes for 190yds and 2TDs.  He has QB2 Superflex value for the foreseeable future.  We’re most excited about Marlon Mack‘s performance from Week 1.  He look fantastic, rushing 25 times for 174yds and 1 TD, although he was not targeted in the passing game.  The Titans defense is respectable, so we should not expect Mack to rumble his way through again.  Very promising to see 25 carries though, hopefully some goal-line opportunities coming in this one.  Start him as your RB2 with upside.  TY Hilton owners were delighted with his Week 1 line of 8 catches on 9 targets for 87yds and 2TDs.  Brissett clearly favored Hilton, something I’d expect to continue.  Fire him up with confidence as your WR2.  Devin Funchess is now on IR, so we’re going to have to watch and see who emerges as the next man up between Deon Cain, Parris Campbell and maybe Chester Rogers.  No Funchess might mean better days for the TEs Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron.  Doyle had 1 catch on 2 targets for 20yds, while Ebron had 1 catch on 3 targets for 8yds, although he did have a TD overturned.  I think I’m going to wait and see one more week before starting any other Colts outside of Brissett, Mack and Hilton.  Ebron could find himself in the endzone this week, so I’m open to it if you don’t have a better TE.  Just a sigh of relief, overall.  We have hope for the Colts with life after Luck.

Impressive opening win by the Titans in Week 1.  Their defense dominated the Browns OL and dictated the positive game script for the offense to get Derrick Henry on track. He ran 19 times for 84yds and 1 TD, while adding a spectactular 75yd TD catch and run.  He’s your RB2 with RB1 upside every week.  Because of Henry’s success, Marcus Mariota was able to have himself a nice day, especially with play action passes.  He completed just 14 passes on 24 attempts, but totaled 248yds and 3TDs.  Take away that Henry TD and things could look pretty mediocre, but he did show some nice chemistry again with Delanie Walker for the other 2 TDs. Mariota is a QB2 in Superflex leagues until proven otherwise, with Walker being a solid TE1 option.  Outside of these main pieces, only AJ Brown should us something worth monitoring.  He caught 3 of his 4 targets for 100yds, while Corey Davis was shut out on just 3 targets.  Even Adam Humphries struggled with 1 catch for 5yds.  Brown offers us big play upside and will have every opportunity to earn more work going forward.  I believe he’s the best WR on this team, sorry Davis owners.  He reminded me of a young Demaryius Thomas with his after the catch ability.  Super excited for Brown, so take a look on your waiver wire for him if you need some WR depth.  The Colts have a solid defense themselves, so I’m really not sure how this game will go.  Start your Derrick Henry and Delanie Walker, with Mariota in Superflex.  Hopefully we get some more clarity from the WRs this week.



Seahawks @ Steelers (-4.5)
Russell Wilson QB1
QB2
RB1 James Conner
Chris Carson + RB2
WR1 Juju Smith-Schuster
Tyler Lockett + WR2
DK Metcalf + WR3
TE1 Vance McDonald
Flex
Maybe Defense Nope
Brown, Penny, Vannett Toss Up Moncrief, Washington, Samuels, Johnson

Comments:

Seattle’s offense should be very simple to dissect for fantasy purposes.  Russell Wilson only attempted 20 passes last weekend, but converted 14 completions for 196yds and 2TDs.  The Steelers secondary was lit up on SNF and are also favored to win, suggesting we might see more pass attempts here.  The Steelers lone bright spot in that ugly loss was the run defense, so I’m fine with Wilson as your QB1. Congrats if you drafted Chris Carson.  He rushed 15 times for just 46yds and 1 TD, but he led the team in targets with 7, catching 6 for 35yds and another TD.  The matchup on the road here against the Steelers will be tough, so start him as your RB2 but limit expectations.  Tyler Lockett was doubled teamed heavily, which resulted in his 1 catch on 2 targets.  He was able to strike up a 44yd TD on his lone reception though, so he should still be in our lineups this weekend as your WR2.  DK Metcalf had the most impressive day for the WRs, hauling in 4 of his 6 targets for 89yds.  He now enters WR3 territory and looks to be a solid fantasy asset for the year.  No other WRs were targeted outside of these top two guys, so fire both up.  Jaron Brown was on the field the most as the third WR, so monitor his production this weekend.  Will Dissly and Nick Vannett both were targeted twice last week, but are not exciting options.  Monitor Dissly’s practice reports, he appeared to hurt his knee again.  Rashaad Penny is nothing more than a handcuff at this point, carrying 6 times for 18yds.  Bank on the core of Wilson, Carson, Lockett and Metcalf in this one against a suspect Steelers secondary.

We’re not going to get into the SNF debacle last weekend.  Andy Dalton had a career day against this Seahawks defense, so I’m open to Ben Roethlisberger as my QB1, especially with the game at home.  Juju Smith-Schuster is a must start and might be the only guy we can trust going forward.  James Conner was a non-factor in the blowout loss, so I’m open to him getting back into our circle of trust as an RB2 this week.  If you drafted Vance McDonald as your TE1, I’m willing to start him another week before we start to get nervous.  The other Steeler WRs are very under-whelming, so I’m hoping they make it more of a focus to get McDonald his targets. We’re not starting Donte Moncrief after that performance, but we are interested in James Washington.  He could get more snaps as the season progresses, along with rookie Diontae Johnson.  We’ll keep an eye on Ryan Switzer and Jaylen Samuels to see if they might be worth a roster spot going forward.  This Steelers offense has to look themselves in the mirror this week and figure themselves out.  Luckily, this game is in Pittsburgh, so I’m hoping to see some signs of life from this offense.


Bills (-1.5) @ Giants
QB1
Josh Allen + QB2
RB1 Saquon Barkley
Devin Singletary + RB2
WR1
WR2
John Brown + WR3
TE1 Evan Engram
Cole Beasley Flex
Start Defense Nope
Jones, Gore, Foster Toss Up Fowler, Latimer

Comments:

Buffalo appears set up to start 2-0 this year.  Josh Allen was having a rough first half last week, but rebounded to finish with 254yds passing and 1TD while adding 38yds and 1TD on the ground.  He’ll be a fringe QB1 this week and a solid Superflex play.  John Brown had an awesome start with his new team, leading the team in targets with 10, as well as receptions with 7.  He finished with 123yds and 1TD, firmly setting himself up in our WR3 with upside range. Dak Prescott torched this Giants secondary last week, so start Brown with confidence.  Cole Beasley would be the next best WR to play, totalling 9 targets for 5 receptions and 40yds.  He can be flexed in PPR leagues if you need to.  Zay Jones finished with just 2 catches for 18yds on 4 targets, so we’ll keep an eye on him from our bench this week, most likely the waiver wire.  We should be very excited to see more from rookie RB Devin Singletary.  He ran 4 times for 70yds and also caught 5 of 6 targets for an extra 28yds.  This performance warrants for more snaps and carries. A positive game script will help the Bills establish the run, so I’m open to Singletary finishing as an RB2 in PPR.  Frank Gore was unimpressive with his 11 carries for 20yds.  He won’t have any fantasy value unless Singletary were to miss time. This offense seems pretty straight forward for fantasy at the moment.  So start Josh Allen, John Brown and Devin Singletary.

We’ll keep this very simple.  You have to start Saquon Barkley, so nothing new here.  Evan Engram is the only other Giant I’m willing to start.  He’ll likely lead the team in most of the receiving stats this year, so continue to expect to see him score among the top tight ends every week.  I’m not trusting Eli Manning in 2QB leagues.  Sterling Shepard is in concussion protocol, so monitor that.  Bennie Fowler and Cody Latimer would get the starts.  We are now on Daniel Jones watch, folks.  Hopefully Saquon and Engram can stay steady for us.


49ers @ Bengals (-2)
QB1
Jimmy Garoppolo QB2 Andy Dalton +
RB1
RB2 Mixon/Bernard
WR1
WR2
WR3 John Ross +
George Kittle TE1
Breida, Mostert Flex Tyler Boyd +
Nope Defense Maybe
Goodwin, Samuels Toss Up Willis, Uzomah, Eifert

Comments:

The 49ers outlasted Tampa Bay last week, despite scoring just one offensive touchdown. Jimmy Garoppolo completed 18 out of 27 passes for 166yds and 1TD.  He’ll be a mid to low QB2 in our lineups this week, so roll him out in Superflex leagues.  The Bengals Defense looked decent against Seattle, but the Seahawks only threw the ball 20 times, so I’m not sure how to judge this defense just yet. George Kittle is the best player on this team and the only true must start here.  He had 2 touchdowns called back last week, but still managed to catch 8 of 10 targets for 54yds.  Tevin Coleman is dealing with a high ankle sprain, pushing Matt Breida into the starting spot. Breida rushed 15 times for just 37yds and failed to bring in his 1 target.  Breida missed some time last week due to dehydration, allowing Raheem Mostert to get 9 carries for 40yds.  I like Breida this week, but am actually more excited about Mostert’s opportunity.  There is room for both backs here, as they will split time but with unknown usage.  This makes them both Flex plays for me, but I understand if you want to look elsewhere.  WRs Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin led the team in snaps, followed by Richie James and Kendrick BourneDante Pettis played only 2 snaps!  If you need to play any of these guys, go with Deebo (60 snaps) or Goodwin (50 snaps).  They will be boom/bust risks.  I’m only truly confident in George Kittle this week and would like to see more from this team as a whole.  Please make sure Mostert is not available in your leagues.

The Bengals unveiled a new offense last week that threw the ball 51 times, while running just 14 times. Andy Dalton completed 35 of those 51 passes for a career high 418yds and 2TDs.  He just might be a QB1 by season’s end if he can stay healthy.  He’ll be streamable this week if you need the help, otherwise use him as your solid QB2 in Superflex. I would look to add him if you’re a Cam Newton owner or in a similar situation.  Joe Mixon left the game with an ankle injury and as of Friday morning, he has not practiced all week.  He’ll be a game-time decision it sounds like, so monitor his reports.  If he plays, you can probably play him as your RB2, but I almost hope he takes the week off just to be safe.  If Mixon is out, fire up Giovani Bernard as your RB2/Flex in PPR leagues. The biggest buzz with this team is the breakout performance from John Ross.  He dominated last week with 7 catches on 12 targets for 178yds and 2TDs. He was a must add this week on the waiver wire and will be a start for me as your WR3. Tyler Boyd is also a starter for us in the WR3 range.  He caught 8 of 11 targets for 60yds. The Bengals have a starting TE duo of CJ Uzomah and Tyler Eifert. Uzomah caught 4 of 5 targets for 66yds while Eifert hauled in all 5 of his targets for just 27yds.  I’m actually open to both guys as a TE1 streamer and might even lean towards Uzomah.  We should not expect the Bengals to toss the ball another 50+ times this week, but 40 seems reasonable.  I like the Bengals at home in this one, so start your guys and monitor those Mixon reports.


Chargers (-2.5) @ Lions
QB1
Philip Rivers QB2 Matthew Stafford
Austin Ekeler RB1
RB2 Kerryon Johnson
Keenan Allen WR1
WR2
WR3 Kenny Golladay
TE1 TJ Hockenson
Flex Marvin Jones, Amendola
Startable Defense Maybe
Mike Williams (monitor) Toss Up CJ Anderson

Comments:

The Chargers are a very simple team to evaluate for fantasy.  Austin Ekeler is an RB1 at the moment in PPR leagues, a true must-start. He had 12 carries for 58yds and 1 TD, while adding 6 catches on 7 targets for 96yds and 2TDs.  His usage in the passing game is beautiful for our fantasy teams.  Philip Rivers had a great opener with 333yds passing and 3TDs and 1 INT.  He’ll be a fringe QB1 this week and a rock solid QB2 in Superflex.  Keenan Allen flexed his WR1 muscle with 8 catches on 10 targets for 123yds and 1TD.  He is a solid WR1 this week with the injury news from Mike Williams (hamstring) and Hunter Henry (knee).  We will need to monitor Williams’ reports, but even if he plays, he’ll be a boom/bust WR3 at best.  I’m not confident in any other Chargers at the moment, but am open to Justin Jackson being a little more involved here.  We’ll see if Travis Benjamin or Dontrelle Inman can step up as well.  Detroit’s defense is a bit of an unknown, but I’m expecting the Lions to slow this game down with their offense.

Matthew Stafford had a big day in the overtime tie last week with the Cardinals, inflating his numbers to 385 passing yards and 3TDs.  The Chargers defense is a much better unit, so we need to bump expectations down for Stafford to a QB2 level in Superflex leagues.  Kerryon Johnson totaled 16 carries for 49yds and hauled in both of his targets for 13yds.  I was hoping for more targets in the passing game, but the 18 total touches looks fine for RB2 status this week.  Marlon Mack had quite the game last week, so I’m open to Detroit having success running the ball. CJ Anderson had 11 carries for 35yds last week, so he’ll continue to be the main backup and steal touches for Kerryon.  Kenny Golladay projects as a WR3 for us this week after he caught 4 balls on 9 targets for 44yds and 1TD.  Not sure what to make of Danny Amendola and his 7 catches on 13 targets for 104yds and 1TD. He’s worth an add in all formats if he’s going to continue to lead the team in targets.  He fills the Golden Tate role well and is worth a flex this week, along with Marvin Jones. Jones caught all 4 of his targets for 54yds last week. TJ Hockenson is the real story here though.  The rookie TE caught 6 of his 9 targets for 131yds and 1TD. Congrats if you landed him on draft day.  He’ll be a TE1 for me going forward. It seems as if there are plenty of mouths to feed here in Detroit, which makes these WRs boom/bust for me.  I’m most confident in starting Kerryon and Hockenson, while taking a wait and see approach on the WRs.


Vikings @ Packers (-3)
QB1
Kirk Cousins QB2 Aaron Rodgers +
RB1
Dalvin Cook + RB2 Aaron Jones
WR1 Davante Adams
Adam Thielen + WR2
Stefon Diggs WR3 MVS
TE1 Jimmy Graham
Flex
Startable Defense Startable
Rudolph, Mattison Toss Up Allison

Comments:

Minnesota manhandled the Falcons last week, resulting in just 10 passing attempts from Kirk Cousins.  He will definitely be throwing more this week in Green Bay, but is just a QB2 in Superflex leagues.  I’m ranking Dalvin Cook as an RB2 with upside this week.  Green Bay’s defense looks legit, so limit expectations.  Cook struggled on the ground in two games against the Packers last year (20 carries, 67yds), but made up for it in the passing game.  We’re starting Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs.  Both guys dominated in their two games last year against the Packers, but this is a different defense.  Limit expectations, but keep them in your lineups.  I’m not sure we can trust Kyle Rudolph in this one.  Keep an eye on Alexander Mattison‘s usage.  This Vikings offense is fairly simple for fantasy.  Start Cook/Thielen/Diggs, Cousins as your QB2.

Not much excitement from the Packers offense last weekend, but it was against the Bears.  I’m open to things getting back on track, especially for Davante Adams.  He has caught a TD in four straight games against the Vikings.  Aaron Rodgers will be a fringe QB1 play this week.  He should look better in this one, but the Vikings still have a very solid defense. Aaron Jones got bottled up last week, but is still worth a shot as your RB2.  Hopefully we see him more involved in the passing game.  Marquez Valdes-Scantling is a boom/bust WR3 play.  He can make our week for us with just one play, so give him a shot.  He was the clear #2 WR over Geronimo Allison last week.  Leave Geronimo on the bench, but monitor him for a potential bounce back game.  Jimmy Graham looks like a decent TE1 streamer.  Green Bay is at home and wants to get the offensive rolling after a frustrating Week 1 output.


Jaguars @ Texans (-9)
QB1 Deshaun Watson
Gardner Minshew QB2
RB1
Leonard Fournette RB2 Duke Johnson
WR1 DeAndre Hopkins
WR2
Westbrook WR3 Will Fuller
TE1
Chark, Conley Flex
Avoid Defense Start
Toss Up Coutee, Stills, Hyde

Comments:

What can we really expect from rookie QB Gardner Minshew?  He could be an option in 2QB Superflex leagues.  He showed nice chemistry with his WRs in Dede Westbrook, Chris Conley and DJ Chark.  I feel the safest with Dede as my WR3 in PPR leagues.  Conley and Chark both present big play upside, but could both be duds.  You’re starting Leonard Fournette as your RB2.  Hopefully the Jaguars can get him going early to keep the Texans offense off the field.

Deshaun Watson is a beast.  It may be a tough matchup on paper against the Jaguars, but you’re starting him as your QB1.  DeAndre Hopkins goes up against Jalen Ramsey, so we’ll limit our expectations, but still start him as your WR1.  Will Fuller is healthy and should be in your lineups as a boom/bust WR3 flex.  I’m expecting to see more from Duke Johnson this week because of the matchup.  Carlos Hyde could be bottled up and Duke seems like a nice bet to be involved more in the short passing game, so fire him up in PPR as your RB2/Flex.  We’ll have to monitor Keke Coutee‘s status, but we’re not excited to get him in our lineups just yet.  Kenny Stills is another guy to keep an eye on.  He likely won’t have any fantasy appeal unless an injury occurs above him.

I’m super excited to see what Minshew can do in his first start, as well as see how Watson handles this Jaguars defense.


Patriots (-18.5) @ Dolphins
Tom Brady QB1
QB2
RB1
White + , Michel + RB2
WR1
Julian Edelman WR2
Josh Gordon WR3
TE1
Antonio Brown Flex
START Defense No way in Hell
Dorsett, Burkhead Toss Up Just Don’t

Comments:

Blowout of the Week.  Don’t start any Dolphins.  That is all.

Start your Patriots.  Like all of em.  Antonio Brown is a huge question mark but if he plays, you’ll probably be enticed to play him.  View this as a pre-season game where the Patriots will dial up looks for everyone.  James White and Sony Michel are both RB2/Flexes.  Even Rex Burkhead is worth a flex.  Tom Brady will do his damage in the first half, so start his weapons in Julian Edelman and Josh GordonPhillip Dorsett takes the backseat to AB, so I’m probably leaving him on my bench, but he still has upside as a Flex.  With this game looking like a blowout, please be aware that any of these guys could be a letdown.  Plenty of big plays will be made for sure, but not everyone may eat.


Sunday Late  Games:

Chiefs (-7) @ Raiders
Patrick Mahomes QB1
QB2 Derek Carr +
RB1 Josh Jacobs
Damien Williams RB2
Sammy Watkins WR1
WR2 Tyrell Williams +
Mecole Hardman + WR3
Travis Kelce TE1 Darren Waller
LeSean McCoy + Flex
Nope Defense Nope
Robinson Toss Up Grant, Renfrow, Richard

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Fantasy Bonanza of the Week!  Start, Everyone.  The Chiefs are without Tyreek Hill for a while, so hopefully you drafted or scooped up Mecole Hardman this week.  He’s worth a flex for sure. I don’t need to tell you to start Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins. Congrats if you drafted Watkins.  I’m open to both Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy ending up as RB2s this week.  McCoy looked better running the ball, but Williams is fantastic as a receiver.  The Chiefs defense is still not very good, so expect the Raiders offense to put up some points and keep the Chief’s offense needing to score.

Impressive win for the Raiders in the MNF opener.  Derek Carr is a fringe QB1 for me this week and a must start in 2QB Superflex leagues.  He’ll rely heavily on Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams again.  We’re starting Waller as a TE1 every week, so congrats if you snagged him on draft day.  Tyrell also looks like a steal and presents us WR2 upside.  Josh Jacobs looked great last week and offers us a steady RB2 going forward.  Because of the game-script, we might see more of pass catching back Jalen Richard, so I’m limiting my expectations for Jacobs. We’ll monitor the secondary WRs in Hunter Renfrow and Ryan Grant for potential future use.  This is a home game for the Raiders, so I’m open to them being competitive and putting up some points.


Saints @ Rams (-2.5)
QB1
Drew Brees + QB2 Jared Goff +
Alvin Kamara RB1
RB2 Todd Gurley +
Michael Thomas WR1
WR2 Brandin Cooks
WR3 Woods +, Kupp +
Jared Cook TE1
Latavius Murray Flex Malcolm Brown
Nope Defense Nope
Ginn, Smith Toss Up Everett, Higbee

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Probably the game of the week. The Saints squeaked out the spectacular comeback win last week and seek revenge in LA from last years playoff loss.  Drew Brees is just a QB2 for me here, but I can see QB1 upside.  We’re starting Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas without question. Jared Cook‘s week 1 was underwhelming, but we’ll go back to the well with him as our TE1.  The biggest question will be to start Latavius Murray. My approach on Murray is to start him in games where the Saint’s are favored to win.  The Rams are favored by 2.5 points, so I’m leaning towards no this week.  He can make your week with a touchdown and also has 3/4 catch upside in PPR leagues, so I’m open to him as your RB2 if you went 0RB or need help.  Ted Ginn and Tre’Quan Smith are too risky for me to use, but I’ll monitor them for future use. If I had to start one, give me Ginn.  This was a 26-23 game last January with both teams scoring 2TDs and settling for lots of field goals.  Can probably expect something similar.

The Rams have a very simple fantasy evaluation as well.  Jared Goff is a fringe QB1 and excellent QB2 in Superflex.  His WRs are all assets in Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp and Roberts Woods.  I’m ranking Cooks slightly higher here in his second revenge game against his former team.  Woods and Kupp slot in as solid WR3s with upside. The biggest unknown with this team is the usage of Todd Gurley.  Either way, you’re starting him, whether it’s your RB1 or RB2.  Doesn’t matter.  I’m open to flexing Malcolm Brown this week as well, hoping for another goal-line TD.  The playoff game between these two teams, both were stifled in the run game, so I’m more interested in the passing options for both teams. Fantasy aside, sit back and enjoy some good football here.


Bears (-2.5) @ Broncos
QB1
QB2
RB1
Tarik Cohen RB2
WR1
WR2
Allen Robinson WR3
TE1
Flex Emmanuel Sanders
Start Defense Start
Montgomery Toss Up Sutton, Lindsay

Comments:

This one will be gross, unless you love bad offenses and good defense. We will make this one quick.  The Bears offense looked awful Week 1 with too many Mitchell Trubisky pass attempts.  I’m not even sure he’s a QB2 in Superflex.  The only guys I’m using this week for Chicago are Tarik Cohen and Allen Robinson.  We’ll monitor David Montgomery‘s usage, but Mike Davis played a lot of snaps last week.  Hopefully Chicago can establish the run and get us more interested in this offense.

The Broncos were stunned by the Raiders last week and now get to be stifled by the Bears defense.  We cannot trust Joe Flacco and either of the running backs in Phillip Lindsay and Royce FreemanCourtland Sutton will likely be blanketed by Kyle Fuller, so Emmanuel Sanders is the only guy that I think would be worth a shot in my lineup. Even this feels risky though.  I strongly advise against using any Broncos this week.  Let’s wait and see who steps up this week, if anyone does.


Sunday Night Game:

Eagles (-1.5) @ Falcons
Carson Wentz QB1 Matt Ryan
QB2
RB1
RB2 Devonta Freeman
WR1 Julio Jones
Alshon Jeffery WR2
DeSean Jackson + WR3 Calvin Ridley +
Zach Ertz TE1 Austin Hooper
Howard, Sproles + Flex Mohamed Sanu
Nah Defense Nope
Sanders, Goedert Toss Up

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I’m looking forward to this SNF battle in hopes of an offensive outburst.  We’re starting Carson Wentz as our QB1, along with his main weapons Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Zach Ertz.  Please try to get DJax in your lineup.  We are a bit worried about this group of RBs with Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders and Darren Sproles.  Sanders had a TD called back last week, so he probably has the most upside as a Flex play.  I don’t mind Sproles as a punt in PPR leagues.  Howard is TD dependent and has the highest potential to bust. If you’re stuck with any of these guys, I would probably look elsewhere and collect another week of information on this timeshare. Atlanta still has defensive issues.

Offensively, Atlanta had some major issues last week in Minnesota.  The Eagles defense struggled with Case Keenum and allowed plenty of huge plays for TDs, so I’m definitely starting my Falcons this week. Plug Matt Ryan in as your QB1.  We’ll give Devonta Freeman another go at our RB2 spot.  Hopefully they can establish him early and keep this defense on their heels.  We’re starting Julio Jones as our WR1.  Calvin Ridley becomes a super nice WR3 with upside here.  Terry McLaurin got open deep with his speed, so I’m thinking Ridley does the same. Even Mohamed Sanu has some appeal here as a deep flex option. Go ahead and start Austin Hooper as your TE1. Green light go for your Falcons players, especially at home, against a team that allowed Case freakin’ Keenum to throw for 380yds and 3TDs.


Monday Night Game:

Browns (-6.5)

@ Jets
QB1
Baker Mayfield + QB2
RB1 Le’Veon Bell ???
Nick Chubb + RB2
Odell Beckham Jr WR1
WR2
WR3
David Njoku TE1
Jarvis Landry Flex Jamison Crowder
Start Defense Nah
Higgins Toss Up Anderson, Montgomery

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Let’s put last week out our minds for this Browns offense.  The offensive line will be the downfall for this team, but a matchup against the Jets might be just what they need to get their season on track. You’re starting Odell Beckham Jr, Nick Chubb and Baker Mayfield.  If you have a better backup QB option this week, I’m open to benching Baker.  The Jets will have no offense in this one, so everything points to a Nick Chubb game. Because of this potential game-script, Jarvis Landry and David Njoku become boom/bust risks, but I’m open to them in our lineups. It sounds like stud LB CJ Mosley will be out for a few weeks, so the Jets are in trouble here.

With Sam Darnold out, all Jets players lose fantasy appeal.  Trevor Siemien gets the start.  Le’Veon Bell might be worth an RB2/Flex play and you probably have to start him if you drafted him. His MRI came back fine for his shoulder, but keep an eye on Ty Montgomery going forward.  If that shoulder becomes more of an issue, TyMo gets the bump.  WRs Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson now become boom/bust flex plays.  I would not start Anderson, but am open to Crowder being the preferred target for Siemien. Crowder has Jarvis Landry upside from when he was on the Dolphins with Adam Gase.  This one’s going to be ugly though, folks.

 

 

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