Week 2

Note: The charts show my comfort level for starting each player at that position.  Read through the comments for each game to get the detail behind the charts.  Good luck!

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Link to Snap Counts via Football Outsiders

Thursday Night Game (YouTube Link to Game Preview)

Bengals@Browns (-6.0)
QB1
Joe BurrowQB2Baker Mayfield?
Joe MixonRB1Nick Chubb
RB2Kareem Hunt
WR1
WR2
AJ GreenWR3
TE1Austin Hooper
Tyler BoydFlexJarvis Landry?
FlexOdell Beckham
NahDEFProbably Not
Gio BernardBenchDavid Njoku (to IR)
CJ UzomahBenchHarrison Bryant
John RossBenchKhaDarel Hodge

The Bengals have a sour taste in their mouth from that ending in Week 1 and I’m super excited to watch a full game of Joe Burrow and this offense. You’re starting Joe Mixon no doubt as your RB1/RB2. We’ll see if he gets more involved in the passing game. AJ Green led the team in targets with 9 for 5 catches and 51yds, 4 of those going for first downs. I think he’s a solid WR3 with really good upside in this one. Tyler Boyd can also be your PPR WR3/Flex. He was a bit disappointing last week with 5 targets, 4 catches for 33yds, so hopefully they get him going. John Ross actually led the Bengals WRs in snaps but finished with just 2 catches for 17yds on 5 targets. He might be a sneaky DFS play in Showdown slates, and also worth monitoring in deeper leagues if he is available. The next best player for them last week was TE CJ Uzomah with 4 catches for 45yds and 5 targets. In terms of snaps, it went Ross (57), Boyd (55), Uzomah (49), Green (45), Mixon (40), Sample (24), Bernard (20) and then 4 other WRs mixing in. I’m open to Uzomah as a TE1 streamer at some point this year and if you missed out on some of the high end options on the WW this week, Uzomah can be a sneaky high floor add. We’re monitoring Gio Bernard at the end of our bench, he finished with 4 catches for 21yds on 5 targets and added 1 carry for 7yds. Only Mixon and Gio touched the ball as far as running backs go. I think the Bengals can take advantage of some things here on TNF and have a decent chance to pull off the upset.

Alright Baker, show us something. After going 21/39 with 189yds, 1 TD and 1 INT last week against a very solid Ravens Defense, Baker has a lot to prove in this plus matchup against a vulnerable Bengals D. I’m only open to him as a QB2 streamer in Superflex leagues. If things go bad this weekend, we are officially on Case Keenum watch. You have to start Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in this one. Chubb was taken out of the game script last weekend with more passing, but I think they will look to establish him early here. Hunt remains what we drafted him for, an RB2 in PPR. I’m nervous about starting all pass weapons going forward. Odell Beckham Jr. was a let down with just 3 catches for 22yds on 10 targets. Jarvis Landry played better with 5 catches for 61yds on 6 targets. Landry missed practice because of his Hip injury on Tuesday, so keep an eye on his status leading up to kickoff. If he plays, he’ll be the safe WR3/Flex play. If he’s out, I’ll feel better about OBJ, but I view him just as a WR3/Flex for now. The Austin Hooper reveal was a dud, with 2 catches for 15yds on 2 targets. I’m not excited to start him this week and might prefer a guy like Uzomah over him even. With David Njoku now on IR, I’m keeping tabs on rookie TE Harrison Bryant. He had a great training camp and actually had more snaps than Njoku last week, so maybe he gets more run here. I’m hoping Baker can turn things around, but I need to see it before I get sucked back in. Start the RBs.


Sunday Early Games

Falcons@Cowboys (-6.0)
Matt RyanQB1Dak Prescott
QB2
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
Todd GurleyRB2
Julio JonesWR1Amari Cooper
Calvin RidleyWR2
WR3Michael Gallup
Hayden Hurst?TE1
Russell GageFlexCeeDee Lamb
Flex
NopeDEFNah
Brian HillBenchTony Pollard
Ito SmithBenchDalton Schultz
Bench

So Matt Ryan attempted 52 passes last weekend for 450yds and 2TDs. I’m not expecting those crazy numbers again here, but the Dallas Cowboys Defense is very suspect. The Atlanta offense logged 79 snaps vs Seattle. This number cannot be sustained. I’m still loving Ryan as your QB1 for sure, but just know that Week 1 is an outlier. We’re starting Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley every week. Todd Gurley only logged 36/79 snaps which is a little bit concerning, but he still finished the day with 14 carries, 56yds and 1 TD while adding 2 catches on 5 targets for just 1yd. Gurley is an RB2 for me here. The Hayden Hurst reveal was very disappointing. He logged 62/79 snaps and secured 3 of his 5 targets for 38yds. I’m OK with starting him for another week, but be ready to pivot just in case. The real story here though, was slot WR Russell Gage. He logged 55 snaps and caught 9 of 12 targets for 114yds. Gage should be owned in all leagues going forward. I think he’ll maintain WR3/Flex value in PPR leagues and also has built in upside if Julio or Ridley miss time. I expect the offense to flow smoothly against Dallas here and a potential upset for ATL.

So the Dallas fantasy evaluation is really simple. Dak Prescott is your QB1, Ezekiel Elliott is your RB1, Amari Cooper can be your WR1, Michael Gallup can be your WR3 and CeeDee Lamb has now entered the WR3/Flex range. The Cowboys lost TE Blake Jarwin, a player I was very high on this summer, so now the offense gets flooded with even more targets to these WRs and Elliott/Pollard. Russell Wilson lit the ATL defense up last weekend and I expect more of the same this week. The Jarwin replacement is going to be Dalton Schultz, but I’m not interested in him for fantasy quite yet.


Bills (-5.5)@Dolphins
Josh AllenQB1
QB2
RB1
Devin SingletaryRB2
WR1
Stefon DiggsWR2
John BrownWR3
TE1
Cole BeasleyFlexDeVante Parker?
Zack MossFlexPreston Williams
StartDEFNope
Dawson KnoxBenchJordan Howard
BenchMatt Breida
BenchMyles Gaskin
BenchRyan Fitzpatrick
BenchMike Gesicki

Josh Allen and the Bills lit it up last weekend against the Jets. In 4 career games vs the Dolphins, Allen has rushed for 318yds and 3 TDs while throwing for 913yds, 10TDs and 3 INTs. His fantasy finishes in these games were QB1, QB1, QB2 and QB7. Start Josh Allen. We’re also starting Stefon Diggs as our WR2/3, no question. John Brown missed practice on Wednesday with a foot injury, so monitor his status leading up to kickoff. If he plays, he’ll be a WR3/Flex option. I like Cole Beasley as a low end Flex option in PPR leagues, especially if Brown misses this game. The running backs Zack Moss and Devin Singletary can be used as low end RB2/Flexes. Singletary logged 51 snaps last week while Moss had 39. They both had 9 carries, with Singletary getting 30yds, Moss with 9yds. Singletary had 5 catches on 7 targets for 23yds, while Moss caught 3 of 4 targets for 16yds and 1TD. If we expect the Bills to win somewhat easily again, expect both RBs to get enough touches for fantasy.

The Dolphins make me really nervous right now. Not one player is in my circle of trust. Ryan Fitzpatrick is droppable in Superflex leagues. Jordan Howard saved his 8 carries for 7yd day with the goal line TD, but should remain on our benches. Matt Breida was an afterthought last week with only 14 snaps and 5 carries. Myles Gaskin actually led the backfield in snaps (39), targets (4), receptions (4), carries (9) and total yards (66). He’s worth a WW add for the end of your bench. DeVante Parker tweaked his hamstring last weekend but was able to put in a limited practice on Wednesday. Monitor his reports going into Sunday. I’m not sure I feel the need to start him this week, so if you have more attractive options, go ahead. Preston Williams led the team in targets last week 7 but only caught 2 for 41yds. He also led the Dolphins WRs in snaps with 56 (90%). If there was one guy I felt OK about to start, it’d be Preston as your low end WR3/Flex. Mike Gesicki logged 73% of the snaps at TE but struggled with 30yds on 3 of 5 targets. I think I’ll stay away from Miami players for now.


Panthers@Buccaneers (-8.0)
QB1
Teddy BridgewaterQB2Tom Brady
Christian McCaffreyRB1
RB2Ronald Jones
WR1Mike Evans
DJ MooreWR2
Robby AndersonWR3
TE1OJ Howard
Curtis SamuelFlexScotty Miller
Flex
NEVERDEFProbably Not
Ian ThomasBenchRob Gronkowski
BenchLeonard Fournette
BenchChris Godwin (conc.)

I’m excited for this one. The Panthers lost a tough one last weekend but had plenty of positives on the offensive side of the ball. You’re starting Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore. This was a floor game for DJ so hang in there. He still had a team high 9 targets and will only grow his chemistry with Teddy. There’s some speculation that he’ll draw coverage from emerging CB Carlton Davis, but I’m OK with ranking him as WR2 for now. Robby Anderson was a Boomer in Week 1 with 6 catches on 8 targets for 115yds and 1TD, making him a WR3 option going forward. Make sure he’s not available in your leagues. Curtis Samuel also saw 8 targets, catching 5 for 38yds while also adding 1 carry for 5 yards. He’s a low end Flex play for now at best. Nobody else will be needed in this offense for fantasy right now, unless Ian Thomas start stacking some good games. We expect Tampa to do as they please on Offense, so perhaps Carolina is forced into a heavy passing game script, making Teddy Bridgewater a decent QB2 in Superflex.

Let’s forget about Week 1 for Tampa Bay. Things will get better as the team gels with Tom Brady, who is a QB1 option this week, slam dunk QB2 in Superflex. Chris Godwin popped up on the injury report on Wednesday and is going through the concussion protocol. I am assuming he’s out this week. This could be a big Mike Evans game, and I’m also adding Scotty Miller wherever I can. If Godwin is indeed out, I like Miller as a WR3/Flex play. Miller might also have value even if Godwin and Evans are both healthy, so please check out your waiver wires. OJ Howard played well and caught 4 of 6 targets for 36yds and 1TD. He was outsnapped by Rob Gronkowski 54 to 37, but OJ Howard might be the better TE to own going forward. I’m open to streaming both Gronk and OJ this week without Godwin, although Gronk looked awfully slow again on his 2 catches. The running game should be a huge success this weekend against the worst defense in the league. Start Ronald Jones. Tampa gave him 33 snaps, McCoy 25 snaps and Fournette just 9 snaps. Rojo also out touched them with 17 carries for 66yds and added 2 catches on 3 targets for 16yds (McCoy no carries, 1 catch, Fournette 5 carries, 1 catch). He had one nice chunk catch and run called back from a stupid holding penalty on Evans, and also saw 6 snaps from the slot, showing that the Bucs want to throw the ball to him more. I’m not trusting McCoy or Fournette until we see otherwise, but both guys could have a nice play or two in this one. Start your Bucs!


Broncos@Steelers (-6.0)
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
QB2
RB1
RB2
WR1Juju Smith-Schuster
WR2
Courtland Sutton?WR3Diontae Johnson
Noah FantTE1Eric Ebron?
Melvin GordonFlexJames Conner
Jerry JeudyFlexBenny Snell
NopeDEFYes
Drew LockBenchChase Claypool
BenchJaylen Samuels
Royce FreemanBenchJames Washington
Phillip LindsayBench

You saw what that Steelers D did on MNF. I’m likely fading all Broncos this week, but perhaps they muster up enough in garbage time. I’m not interested in Drew Lock, even as a QB2 in Superflex. Saquon Barkley got bottled up last week, so I’m not exactly loving Melvin Gordon here either. He’ll be a low end RB2/Flex at best. The Steelers do allow passing numbers, so I’m open to Jerry Jeudy as a WR3/Flex and Noah Fant as your TE1. We are unsure about Courtland Sutton again, so check back on him before kickoff. He’ll be a WR2/3 for me if he goes. If Sutton does play, I’m more open to Drew Lock as a low end QB2 in Superflex. Phillip Lindsay is out with a turf toe, allowing Royce Freeman a chance for more playing time. But again, nobody will be running well on Pittsburgh this year. This is a tough spot for the Broncos young offense.

The Steelers offense will look to keep things rolling with Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game. Start Ben and Juju all day. Diontae Johnson had a rough first half but battled back and played well enough to be your WR3/Flex this week. Eric Ebron was often double teamed against the Giants and could be a sneaky DFS or TE1 streamer here. Chase Claypool looked solid and James Washington also made some nice plays, but we are not trusting them for fantasy yet. The running backs are the big question here. James Conner rolled his ankle right away and gave way to Benny Snell and Jaylen Samules. If Conner is out, I think Snell can be your RB2/Flex. We are likely not using Samuels at all, but monitor his usage. If Conner can go, I’m likely not starting any RB here. Expect the passing game to keep rolling against a suspect Denver secondary now without AJ Bouye.


Lions@Packers (-5.5)
QB1Aaron Rodgers
Matthew StaffordQB2
RB1Aaron Jones
Adrian PetersonRB2
WR1Davante Adams
WR2
Marvin JonesWR3Allen Lazard
TJ HockensonTE1
D’Andre SwiftFlexMarquez Valdes Scantling
Flex
NopeDEFStartable
Danny AmendolaBenchJamaal Williams
Quintez CephusBenchRobert Tonyan
Kerryon JohnsonBenchJace Sternberger
Kenny Golladay?BenchTyler Ervin

Tough loss last week for the Lions and rookie D’Andre Swift. Things will not be any easier on the road at GB this week. The Packers D played well but allowed some numbers in garbage time. Teams can still run on them, especially if Kenny Clark (groin) is out. This makes me consider starting Adrian Peterson and D’Andre Swift as RB2/Flexes. You can fire Matthew Stafford up as your QB2 in Superflex for sure. I’m hesitant to call him a QB1 with Kenny Golladay’s status up in the air again. He missed practice on Wednesday, so I’m leaning towards him being out again this week, but double check on Sunday morning. I’ll feel better about Stafford if he can go, but hamstrings are tricky man. This makes Marvin Jones a WR3/Flex option, with Danny Amendola also gaining Flex Appeal if no Kenny G. Rookie WR Quintez Cephus played a lot last week and led the team in targets. We can’t trust him yet, but we should be open to him be useful at some point this year. TJ Hockenson could be in for another big workload and has TE1 upside. Kerryon Johnson is likely droppable at this point, but I get it if you want to hold one more week. The Packers D has a great pass rush and solid secondary play, making me nervous for the Detroit offense this week.

Aaron Rodgers is back. Vintage Aaron Rodgers. He’s a QB1 this week, no question. You’re also starting Aaron Jones and Davante Adams without hesitation. Because we like the Green Bay offense at home, we should also consider flexing Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes Scantling. It really sounds like Rodgers is excited about MVS and will continue to look for him deep. Lazard also had a really nice game, catching all 4 of his targets for 63yds and 1 TD. He almost had a 2nd TD, but was downed at the 1. Jamaal Williams is a guy to keep an eye on for your benches. They used him a lot in the passing game (4 catches, 5 targets 21yds) and gave him 7 carries for 21yds. If anything happens to Jones, Jamaal gets a huge boost, although AJ Dillon probably becomes their leading ball carrier. The Detroit defense is pretty banged up at the moment, so make sure to snag some Packers in DFS.


Rams@Eagles (-3.0)
QB1
Jared GoffQB2Carson Wentz
RB1
Malcolm BrownRB2Miles Sanders
WR1
Robert WoodsWR2
Cooper KuppWR3
Tyler Higbee?TE1Zach Ertz
FlexDallas Goedert
Flex
MaybeDEFMaybe
Cam AkersBenchBoston Scott
Van JeffersonBenchJalen Reagor
Gerald EverettBenchDeSean Jackson
Josh ReynoldsBenchCorey Clement
BenchGreg Ward

The Rams were impressively efficient last Sunday Night against the Cowboys. Jared Goff didn’t throw a TD but he played well, throwing for 275yds and 1INT, adding 15yds on the ground. He’ll be a QB2 for me in Superflex leagues, somewhat risky in typical 1 QB leagues. It seems like the Rams running game is going to be run through Malcolm Brown, who you hopefully added this week. He rushed 18 times for 79yds and 2TDs while adding 3 catches for 31yds. Brown saw 44 snaps (60%), compared to Cam Akers’ 24 snaps (33%). Akers got 14 carries for 39yds and caught his lone target for 4yds. Darrell Henderson is an afterthought in this backfield and can be dropped. Hold onto Akers for now and keep him as a good bench piece. Robert Woods stuck out at WR with 6 catches on 8 targets for 105yds and added 1 carry for 14 more yards. He is a solid WR2 going forward. Cooper Kupp was a little disappointing, catching 4 of 5 targets for just 40yds. He was on the field plenty (62 snaps), even getting 1 more than Woods (61), so hopefully he returns to his normal self this weekend against a suspect Philly Secondary. The TE snaps were 65 for Higbee (89%), 23 for Everett (33%) and 10 for Johnny Mundt (14%). Higbee caught just 3 of 4 targets for 40yds while Everett hauled in 1 of 2 targets for 7yds. I trust Higbee’s playing time and talent enough to stick with him as my TE1 for this week, but it might be a good idea to make sure you have reinforcements in case this continues. No other Rams player is on our fantasy radar yet, but rookie Van Jefferson looked pretty good on his 1 catch for the night. He out-targeted Josh Reynolds and looks like the WR3 for now. Again, it was impressive to watch how well they ran the ball despite their OL deficiency’s. I expect more pushback from the Philly Run D, so maybe we see Goff toss the ball more than what we saw last week.

A disappointing loss to start the season against an overlooked Washington Football Team, the Eagles are looking to avenge themselves in their home opener. It sounds like T Lane Johnson and RB Miles Sanders are resuming practice and should be good to go for Week 2. You can fire Sanders up as your RB1/2 in all formats. I’m not sure there’s any WR I want to dabble with this week, but we’ll monitor DeSean Jackson and rookie Jalen Reagor for future weeks. It’s all about the TEs here. Dallas Goedert was the TE1 last week with 8 catches on 9 targets for 101yds and 1 TD. Zach Ertz caught 3 of his 7 targets for just 18yds and 1 TD. This is an interesting situation going forward, as Ertz wants a new contract and because of the younger Goedert, I’m not sure Philly is willing to extend him at his price range. Trade rumors have begun swirling. Ertz logged 58 snaps (85%) while Goedert had 54 snaps (79%), so it appears that they want both guys on the field together and to basically be their leading “WRs” at the moment. Please make sure Goedert is not hanging around your WW still. If you already have a Top TE1, consider using Goedert in the flex. I wouldn’t be surprised if he outscores Ertz again this week… We’ll keep Boston Scott and Corey Clement on the bench for now, monitor Miles Sanders’ health throughout the week and see if can get through this one unscathed. Carson Wentz is just a fringe QB1, best used as a QB2 in Superflex. The lack of WR help bothers me, but we do love the TE duo of Ertz/Goedert and the pass catching ability of Sanders/Scott. This game could go either way and will be one I keep my eye on closely.


Vikings@Colts (-3.0)
QB1
Kirk CousinsQB2Philip Rivers
Dalvin CookRB1Jonathan Taylor
RB2Nyheim Hines
Adam ThielenWR1
WR2TY Hilton
WR3Parris Campbell
TE1
Flex
Flex
MaybeDEFMaybe
Alexander MattisonBenchMichael Pittman Jr.
Bisi JohnsonBenchMo Alie Cox?
Kyle RudolphBenchZach Pascal
Irv Smith Jr.BenchJack Doyle
Justin JeffersonBench

The Vikings will have a very simple fantasy evaluation for me going forward. You’re starting Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen for sure. Kirk Cousins will be a decent QB2 option in Superflex leagues every week, especially with how bad this secondary is. I have a feeling the Vikings will be throwing the ball this year more than they had envisioned, so hopefully someone can emerge as a quality second receiving option. The candidates are Bisi Johnson, rookie Justin Jefferson, Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. None of them separated themselves last week, so I’ll continue to monitor this. Alexander Mattison looked great by the way. Make sure he’s not lingering on your Waiver Wire.

The Colts surprised us all last week, falling to Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars. Marlon Mack has been lost for the season with a torn achilles, so wheels up for rookie Jonathan Taylor as a potential RB1 going forward. Nyheim Hines also enters the RB2 discussion in PPR leagues and should be owned in every format. For snap counts, Hines led the way with 39 (53%), Taylor 26 (35%), Mack 11 (15%) and Wilkins 1(1%). At WR, Parris Campbell led the way with 61 snaps (82%), Hilton with 59 (80%), Pascal 46 (62%) and Pittman Jr. with 39 (53%). I’m really liking Parris Campbell as a WR3/Flex, especially in PPR leagues. TY Hilton remains a boom/bust WR2/3 option. For TEs, Jack Doyle had 54 snaps (73%) and Mo Alie-Cox 29 snaps (39%). Doyle has missed practiced all week, so I’m assuming he is out. This means Mo Alie Cox is the starter and could be a DFS or TE1 streamer if you’re feeling risky. I’m expecting the Colts to be able to run the ball well and consistently move in chunks through the air against this inexperienced Vikings secondary.


Giants@Bears (-5.5)
QB1
Daniel JonesQB2Mitchell Trubisky
Saquon BarkleyRB1
RB2David Montgomery
WR1Allen Robinson
WR2
Darius SlaytonWR3Anthony Miller
TE1Jimmy Graham?
Sterling ShepardFlexTarik Cohen
Flex
MaybeDEFStartable
Evan Engram?BenchDarnell Mooney
Golden Tate?BenchCordarrelle Patterson
Kaden SmithBench

So the Giants ran into the buzzsaw that is the Steelers D last Monday Night, but there’s some silver linings from this game. I thought Daniel Jones played well despite the non-existent run game. He threw for 279yds, 2TDs, 2 INTs and added 22 rushing yards. He’ll be a solid QB2 option this week and most likely going forward. He connected with Darius Slayton 6 times on 9 targets for 102yds and 2TDs. Sterling Shepard caught all 6 of his targets for 47yds. I think these are the only 2 passing options you want to start this week besides Barkley of course, who had 6 catches on 9 targets for 60yds. Evan Engram was simply not good last week, catch 2 of 7 targets for just 9 yards. I don’t feel comfortable starting him as my TE1, but I get it if you want to try one more time. Snap counts for the skill players were: Engram 64(94%), Barkley 59 (87%), Slayton 58 (85%), Shepard 53 (78%), Smith 29(43%), Toilolo 23(35%), Board 21(31%), Ratley 18(26%) and a few others under 10 snaps. Slayton seems to be the guy this year, so congrats if you snagged him late in drafts. Golden Tate may be back this week and could complicate the snaps and target shares, he put in a limited practice on Wednesday, so monitor his reports leading up to kickoff. If he plays, he’ll be a low end WR3/Flex. I’m optimistic about this Giants offense with Barkley and Daniel Jones, even against a good Bears D.

Mitchell Trubisky played poorly for 3 quarters on Sunday but put in one hell of a 4th quarter, finishing with 242yds and 3TDs, adding 26yds on the ground. Against the Giants, he’ll be a low end QB2 option in Superflex leagues. His targets in the passing game looked like this: 9 Robinson, 7 Graham, 6 Miller, 3 Montgomery, 3 Mooney, 2 Cohen, 2 Wims and then a handful of guys with 1. For fantasy, we only care about Robinson and Miller for WRs. Robinson caught 5 for 74yds, while Miller caught 4 for 76yds and 1TD. ARob can be your WR1/2 and Miller is a WR3/Flex this week. Jimmy Graham can be your TE1 streaming option after catching 3 of his 7 targets for 25yds and 1TD. As for the running backs, David Montgomery played well, rushing 13 times for 64yds and adding 1 catch for 10yds. He’ll be a low end RB2/Flex play. Tarik Cohen rushed 7 times for 41yds and caught both of his targets for 6yds. A bit disappointing for Cohen’s usage in the passing game, but he’ll still be a boom/bust RB2/Flex in PPR leagues. The Giants Defense can be taken advantage of, so I’m interested in seeing if the Bears can but together a more complete game this week and improve to 2-0.

49ers (-7.5)@Jets
QB1
Jimmy GaroppoloQB2
Raheem MostertRB1
RB2
WR1
WR2
WR3
TE1Chris Herndon
Jerick McKinnon?Flex
Brandon Aiyuk?Flex
STARTDEFNope
Tevin ColemanBenchSam Darnold
Kendrick BourneBenchBreshad Perriman
Jordan ReedBenchFrank Gore
Dante PettisBenchJamison Crowder (out)
George Kittle (out)BenchLe’Veon Bell (out)

The one game you won’t need to watch this weekend… The 49ers offense will be very run heavy against the Jets, so you can fire up Raheem Mostert as your RB1/2. George Kittle is dealing with a knee injury and has not practiced yet this week, although Kyle Shanahan said that Kittle can play without logging any practice time. I do not think this is wise, especially as they are favorites in this one by more than a score. George Kittle has been ruled out, giving Jordan Reed the start. Not sure I’m going to stream him but he’s definitely an option. The WRs are still a mess here. Kendrick Bourne and Dante Pettis led the team in WR snaps last weekend. Brandon Aiyuk is practicing in full and should make his rookie debut. I like Aiyuk at the end of my bench, so he might be worth an add if he is available. They also signed Mohamed Sanu this week, making me worry about the setback with Deebo Samuel’s foot injury. The safe answer is do not start any 49er’s player outside of Mostert. Jerick McKinnon played well in his first game in 2 years and should be added in PPR leagues. I won’t recommend starting him just yet, but he’s involvement in the passing game is hard to ignore. If Kittle can’t go, maybe Jordan Reed is worth a spot start. Not sure what to do with Tevin Coleman at the moment, hold on the bench for now. Start the 49er Defense.

Please avoid starting a Jet this week. Le’Veon Bell is on the 3 Week IR. Jamison Crowder is dealing with a hamstring injury now and has been ruled OUT. This leaves Chris Herndon as maybe the one guy you can even think about starting, but even that feels unsafe. I’ll be interested to see how the RB snaps and touches work out between Frank Gore and Josh Adams, but I’m not rushing out to add either one right now. Look away. (sorry Jets fans)


Jaguars@Titans (-10.5)
QB1
Gardner MinshewQB2Ryan Tannehill
RB1Derrick Henry
RB2
WR1
WR2
DJ CharkWR3Corey Davis?
TE1Jonnu Smith
Laviska Shenault Jr.?FlexAdam Humphries?
James RobinsonFlex
NahDEFMaybe
Keelan Cole?Bench
Tyler EifertBenchAJ Brown?
Chris ThompsonBench

Minshew Mania is so much fun. You can start him as your QB2 in Superflex leagues, probably not interested quite yet for standard 1 QB leagues. You can also fire up DJ Chark as your WR3/Flex. The real questions come with whether to flex Laviska Shenault or use James Robinson as your RB2/3. I thought Robinson looked really good at times against the Colts, and the Titans D just allowed Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay to combine for over 100yds and 1TD. Robinson is the clear guy in the backfield, logging 34 snaps (68%), compared to Chris Thompson’s 12 snaps (24%). I think I’m OK with him as your RB2/Flex this week! And for Shenault Jr., we see him as the 2/3 WR on this team. Chark had 42 snaps (84%), Cole 33 snaps (66%) and Shenault 31 snaps (62%). They also gave Shenault 2 carries, one of them out of the wildcat. He’s a boom/bust option as your WR3/Flex, so I think I’ll lean towards benching him and see what happens. Keelan Cole looked pretty good as the #2 option, but again, I think I want to see another game from the Jags offense before I recommend any other WR besides Chark. Chris Thompson and Tyler Eifert are not on our radar.

The Titans offense struggled on MNF, but has a good chance to get on track this weekend. You’re starting Derrick Henry. Ryan Tannehill is a decent QB2 in Superflex. AJ Browne was limited on Wednesday and not seen on Thursday, so I have some concerns here. Reports are saying he has a knee bruise and is considered “Week to Week”, so I believe he is out for this one. Corey Davis was fantastic and can be added in all formats. With the AJ Brown news, he can be your WR3/Flex. Jonnu Smith also played really well and should be trusted as your TE1. Adam Humphries in deep PPR leagues has some value without Brown, could be worth a Flex spot this week. Expect a TON of Derrick Henry in this one though.


Sunday Afternoon Games

Washington@Cardinals (-7.0)
QB1Kyler Murray
Dwayne HaskinsQB2
RB1
RB2Kenyan Drake
WR1DeAndre Hopkins
Terry McLaurinWR2
WR3
Logan ThomasTE1
Steven Sims Jr.?Flex
Flex
MaybeDEFMaybe
Antonio GibsonBenchLarry Fitzgerald
Peyton BarberBenchChristian Kirk?
Dontrelle InmanBenchChase Edmonds

The Washington Offense benefited from their great defensive day against the Eagles. Dwayne Haskins threw for 178yds and 1 TD on 31 passing attempts. He’ll be a very low end QB2 option in Superflex leagues only. The only must start player of Washington is WR Terry McLaurin. He caught 5 of 7 targets for 61yds and was on the field for 93% of the teams snaps with 65. Slot WR Steven Sims played 58 snaps (83%) and is a guy that should be added in all PPR leagues for your bench. He caught all 3 of his targets for 50yds and should have a solid floor every week. The big surprise in the passing game was TE Logan Thomas. He logged 36 snaps (74%) and caught 4 of his team high 8 targets for 37yds and 1 TD. He was likely snagged on the WW this week, but check and see if he’s available. He can be a low end TE1 going forward. The running back field is a mess. Peyton Barber had 17 carries for 29yds and 2 TDs. Antonio Gibson had 9 carries for 36yds and caught both of his targets for 8yds. Gibson is expected to slowly get more and more work as the season goes on, so hold on to him. Maybe not start him this week, but let’s monitor his usage again. I’m not excited to start Barber, but he appears to be the goal line guy and main ball carrier. I hope Haskins can get some downfield success with McLaurin in this one to really open up the offense. That’s the best option if they plan to beat the Cardinals.

Kyler Murray threw for 230yds, 1 TD and 1 INT while adding 91 rushing yards and 1 TD. His legs are his best asset for fantasy and apparently DeAndre Hopkins is going to be heavily targeted all season. Murray is a QB1 every week going forward. And DeAndre Hopkins is now a Top 5 WR option again. Kenyan Drake got 16 carries for 60yds and 1 TD and added 2 receptions for 5 yards. Chase Edmonds saw 6 carries for 23yds and caught 3 of his 5 targets for 19yds and 1TD. Edmonds actually looked like the better back in this one, but Drake was still able to log 58 snaps (71%) to Edmonds’ 28 snaps (34%). Drake can be your RB2 in this one, but keep in mind, this Washington front 7 is very good and could bottle up the running game. I have no interest in starting Larry Fitzgerald or Christian Kirk until they give us a reason to. Hopkins had 16 targets last week, Larry 5, Kirk 5, Edmonds 5, and a few others with 2. It’s too risky for me at the moment. I expect Washington to get after Murray and make him uncomfortable, but with Hopkins, he should be able to have some success.


Ravens (-7.0)@Texans
Lamar JacksonQB1
QB2Deshaun Watson
RB1
RB2David Johnson
WR1
Marquise BrownWR2
WR3Will Fuller V
Mark AndrewsTE1
Mark IngramFlex
JK DobbinsFlex
StartDEFNope
Willie SneadBenchBrandin Cooks
Miles BoykinBenchRandall Cobb
BenchDuke Johnson
BenchDarren Fells
BenchJordan Akins?

Start your Ravens, folks. Lamar Jackson, Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews are the obvious starts. I understand the hesitation on Mark Ingram, but stick with him as your RB2/Flex. JK Dobbins got the 2 goal line TDs, but this could be a fluid situation. With that said, he did get those touches and can be used as your low end RB2/Flex. I can’t trust Willie Snead or Miles Boykin, but I’m open to both of them snagging a TD this week. Lamar tossed 4 TDs against this team last year and the team amassed 256 total rushing yards. We saw the Texans defense last week get gashed by Clyde Edwards Helaire, so the Ravens offense should have no trouble as well.

I’m so nervous for the Texans offense. Last year, Watson only threw for 189yds, 0TDs and 1INT against the Ravens, and this was with DeAndre Hopkins. I’m not starting Watson as a QB1 this week, but he can be used in Superflex leagues. You gotta keep starting Will Fuller when he’s healthy, so fire him up as your WR3. David Johnson is the only other Texan I’d consider starting. He can be your RB2. He looked good as a runner and pass catcher last week, and might be the lone bright spot in this one. I’m not trusting Randall Cobb, Brandin Cooks or Duke Johnson. I liked what I saw from Jordan Akins last week and will watch him closely again in this one. He might be worth a pickup before kickoff, because if he scores another TD, we’ll be looking at him on the WW next Tuesday. Akins logged 81% snaps compared to Darren Fells with 42%, so it’s clear that he is their TE1 going forward if he does this again. It’s just a really tough spot here for the Texans offense and I’m not feeling great about any of these guys.


Chiefs (-8.5)@Chargers
Patrick MahomesQB1
QB2Tyrod Taylor?
Clyde Edwards-HelaireRB1
RB2Austin Ekeler
Tyreek HillWR1
WR2
Sammy WatkinsWR3Keenan Allen
Travis KelceTE1Hunter Henry
FlexMike Williams
FlexJoshua Kelley
StartableDEFNope
Darrel WilliamsBench
Mecole HardmanBench
Demarcus RobinsonBench

You’re starting Patrick Mahomes, Clyde Edwards Helaire, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. The only other guy I’d start on this offense is Sammy Watkins after his big week 1 again. Darrel Williams can be held onto for your bench, as well as Mecole Hardman. I’m hoping to see more touches for Hardman as the season goes on, so make sure he’s not hanging around your waiver wire. Don’t over think this offense. Start your Chiefs.

I’m nervous for all Chargers in fantasy. Tyrod Taylor is a fringe QB2 in Superflex leagues. Austin Ekeler is downgraded to just an RB2 for now. He needs to see more targets for sure. The bright spot last weekend was rookie RB Joshua Kelley, getting 12 carries for 60yds and 1TD. If you want to beat the Chiefs, the plan should be to keep Mahomes on the sideline by winning the time of possession and running the ball well, so I’m open to Kelley as a low end RB2/Flex play. The main passing weapons remain to be Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Hunter Henry. Williams led the way with 9 targets, Allen 8 and Henry 8. I’m open to Williams and Allen both being WR3/Flexes and Henry can be your TE1. If we expect the Chiefs offense to continue putting up points, the Chargers will also need to do so. We’ll see if Tyrod can get this offense rolling in week 2, hopefully with more Ekeler as a WR. Keep in mind, this offense really struggled last weekend against the Bengals, who just got beat pretty easily by the Browns offense. Proceed with caution for your Chargers.


Sunday Night Game

Patriots@Seahawks (-4.0)
Cam NewtonQB1Russell Wilson
QB2
RB1
James WhiteRB2Chris Carson
WR1
Julian EdelmanWR2Tyler Lockett
WR3DK Metcalf
TE1Greg Olsen
N’Keal HarryFlex
Flex
NahDEFProbably Not
Rex BurkheadBenchCarlos Hyde
Damiere ByrdBenchDavid Moore
Sony Michel?BenchWill Dissly

So excited to watch this one!

You gotta start Cam Newton in Superflex leagues and I think he’s a fringe QB1 in standard leagues as well. The Seattle Defense does not scare me. He weapons in the pass game will be Julian Edelman, Damiere Byrd, N’Keal Harry, Ryan Izzo and James White. As far as snaps go, this is how they shook out last week: Izzo 98%, Byrd 88%, Harry 80%, Edelman 58%, Burkhead 30%, White 30%, Michel 30%. The targets were distributed as this: Edelman 7, Harry 6, White 3, Izzo 2 and JJ Taylor 1. Newton only attempted 19 passes and will likely need to throw more this week, so I’m liking Edelman as a WR3/Flex. He has been limited in practice this week with a knee, so monitor his reports. I’m not sure how Damiere Byrd played the most WR snaps and did not get a single target, so he’s out of circle of trust. N’Keal Harry was busy, catching 5 of 6 targets for 39yds. He might be a boom/bust WR3/Flex play here. I’m not trusting any other New England players, but James White might be the only other option in PPR leagues. Only 18 snaps, but he caught 3 balls for 30yds and rushed 5 times for 22yds. Sony Michel had 10 carries for 37yds while Burkhead got 7 carries for 32yds. I’d stay away from Michel and Burkhead for now. Everything leads back to Cam Newton as being the only must start here, but I’m open to Edelman, Harry and White.

Seattle has a very simple evaluation. You have to start Russell Wilson, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, even with this tough matchup on paper. Metcalf logged 98% snaps and Lockett 94%. The RB snaps were Carson 45%, Hyde 34% and Travis Homer 21%. I’m slightly concerned for Carson in this one, but he was heavily involved in the passing game last week so I’m OK with him as your RB2. The carries were eye popping though, with 6 for Carson and 7 for Hyde. Homer got 3. Hyde also got the goal line TD. Greg Olsen logged 66% snaps while Will Dissly played 40%. It was nice to see Dissly get those snaps, but I think Olsen has some potential TE1 streaming value in this one. He caught all 4 of his targets for 24yds and 1TD. Dissly caught both of his targets for 8yds. Dissly is a guy I’m open to stashing on my bench if you can, his workload could increase as the season goes on and he gets stronger. No other Seahawks are on my radar, maybe David Moore in deep deep leagues. I’m excited to see what Wilson and company can do against Bill Belichick’s defense, as well as Cam Newton and the Patriots offense. Enjoy this one!


Monday Night Game

Saints (-5.5)@Raiders
QB1
Drew BreesQB2Derek Carr
Alvin KamaraRB1Josh Jacobs
RB2
WR1
WR2
Emmanuel SandersWR3Henry Ruggs III ?
Jared CookTE1Darren Waller
Tre’Quan Smith?Flex
Flex
StartableDEFNah
Latavius MurrayBenchHunter Renfrow
Taysom Hill?BenchBryan Edwards
Michael Thomas (out)BenchJalen Richard
BenchDevontae Booker
BenchNelson Agholor

No Michael Thomas for this week and maybe a few more? He’s got a high ankle sprain, so this is making me slightly nervous for the functionality of this offense without him. Because Thomas is out, I’m ranking Drew Brees as a QB2 for now. He’ll be relying heavily on Jared Cook, Emmanuel Sanders and Alvin Kamara of course. Kamara is the only real slam dunk must start in this one. I’m thinking Jared Cook is a really good TE1 start this week and could be the guy who gets the biggest bump in productivity. Emmanuel Sanders becomes a WR3/Flex and Tre’Quan Smith is now a Flex option as well. Smith actually out-snapped Sanders last week but Sanders had more productivity. I think I’m fine with starting Sanders, but I’m on the fence about trusting Tre’Quan right away. So if you added him, I’m probably willing to leave him on the bench and see what happens first. As good as the Saints looked last weekend, I have my concerns about Drew Brees. He was 18/30 passing for 160yds and 2 TDs. Thomas only caught 3 of 5 targets for 17yds in this one, so I’m actually wondering if this is how the offense will look without him. He’ll have to connect on some deep shots with Smith or Sanders to make him a viable QB1. Perhaps we see Taysom Hill more involved as a receiver too. Another weird thing from last weekend was seeing Latavius Murray out rushing Kamara with 15 carries for 48yds to Alvin’s 12 carries for 16yds. Murray remains a hold on benches. The Raiders are not a quality defense so I’m open to the Saints having their way.

The Raiders are a simple fantasy evaluation. You’re starting Josh Jacobs 100%. Darren Waller is also locked in as your TE1. I like Derek Carr as a QB2 in Superflex leagues. But what do we do with these WRs? Henry Ruggs missed mpractice with his knee injury on Thursday, so he might be a gametime decison this week. Bryan Edwards led the team in snaps last week but only had 1 target. Hunter Renfrow caught both of his targets for 21yds and can’t be used yet. I’m not sure I’m comfortable starting any Raiders WRs until we get some more data points, so roll with Jacobs, Waller and Carr in superflex.

Thanks for Reading! Good luck!

– KGB