Week 2 Fantasy Preview

Jets vs Patriots

Corey Davis has been a revelation for the Jets offense, and Zach Wilson hasn’t been too shabby either.  Despite giving up only 17 points to the Dolphins, the New England run defense didn’t seem much stronger in Week 1 than it did a year ago. Even so, avoid the Jets running game like the plague, as there are just too many mouths to feed to get an accurate read on who is getting the carries. Even though Mac Jones lacks Wilson’s arm power and quickness, he’s in a better position to win. The secondary of the Jets are holes in which the Patriots may exploit, and that spells good news for Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, and tight end Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.

Jaguars vs Broncos

This is the first time in Trevor Lawrence’s career that he has had to recover from a loss during the regular season. It will be hard for him to handle all the different coverage looks that Broncos coach Vic Fangio will throw at him. This gives me pause in starting anyone on the Jags offense,  including Laviska Shenault. Denver has already lost wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, but Tim Patrick is expected to slot in opposite Courtland Sutton. Noah Fant should also see an uptick in targets from QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Bills vs Dolphins

The Bills may find themselves in a hole in the AFC East if they lose this game. They need to bounce back and do so against a division rival. Stefon Diggs and Josh Allen are must starts, but trusting anyone else is a test on your depth. Tua Tagovailoa needs to demonstrate that he can win even when the play call or a teammate fails to do it for him. He will once again have Jaylen Waddle, Gesicki, and a decent running game in place to do so. While this is a very difficult road test for the Dolphins, the game should be closer than advertised.

49ers vs Eagles

RB Raheem Mostert suffered a season-ending injury in Week 1 for the 49ers, who had a rough start to the season. The benching of rookie Trey Sermon allowed Elijah Mitchell to break out and have a solid game. Look for Deebo and Kittle to have solid games as well. Brandon Aiyuk seems to be in the doghouse, avoid until further notice.  In their Week 1 thrashing of Atlanta, the Eagles displayed fresh schematic twists and variance on both sides of the ball, making them difficult to anticipate. The Eagles should take advantage of the 49er’s run defense, as well as the fact that SF will likely start practice squad players in their secondary. Devonte Smith, Reagor, Sanders, Gainwell, and Goedert should all have repeat solid performances against this team. 

Rams vs Colts

After the Seahawks beat the Colts in Week 1, it’s a no-brainer to back the Rams in Indianapolis. For the Rams, it’ll be simple to play Matthew Stafford against a defense that is weak on talented cornerbacks. Robert Woods, Tyler Higbee, and Cooper Kupp should all have big games. On the other side, last Sunday, Carson Wentz was forced to work hard for his air yards, as he exhibited some of the same tendencies that he had last year in Philadelphia. He made solid PPR players out of JT, Hines, and Zach Pascal, and it will be interesting to see how well he does against a better defense than he faced last week. 

Raiders vs Steelers

Raiders always seem to give epic last-minute performances in primetime games.  When it comes to throwing the ball, Jon Gruden looks more inclined to go all out than to play it safe, this should be good news for Darren Waller(duh) and the newly minted Raider hero Bryan Edwards. A former sleeper darling of the fantasy community, Edwards finally showed off some of his potential, and all in the 4th quarter! Ben Roethlisberger needs to start making some more accurate passes. In that offense, Pittsburgh’s wide receivers are simply too excellent to be covered so frequently. So fire up Najee Harris, JuJu, Diontae, and Claypool this week again. 

Bengals vs Bears

The Red Rifle Bowl! Andy Dalton faces the team that he spent many years with. He brings along Allen Robinson, Darnell Mooney, and Cole Kmet. David Montgomery, who has improved his burst with each passing season, should be in line for a solid game as well. On the other side, it seems all that Ja’Marr Chase worrying about was for nothing. He had a great game, as well as Joe Mixon. You should start those players with no second-guessing in this contest. 

Browns vs Texans

The Browns gave Kansas City all it could handle in Week 1 but just came up short. The Texans looked outstanding in their victory, and they deserved it. Tyrod Taylor and Brandin Cooks should have another solid outing but avoid the Texans backfield at all costs. It’s a mess back there. Cleveland has many developing weapons to call on in Njoku and Schwartz, as well as reliable players in Jarvis Landry and the running game of Chubb and Hunt. This is a good matchup for them, as the Texans aren’t as good as they showed in Week 1. Wheels up for Baker Mayfield and the offense.

Saints vs Panthers

A COVID-19 epidemic among assistant coaches has been the headline this week for the Saints. It comes the week the offense plays the aggressive young Panthers defense, as well as not being at home again. Jamies Winston shouldn’t be able to repeat his 5 TD performance, but I wouldn’t bet against him. Deonte Harris, Juwan Johnson, Alvin Kamara, and Marquez Callaway should be the main beneficiaries of more pass attempts. Sam Darnold had a solid outing in week one, and DJ Moore and CMC should be started again this week. I’m somewhat lukewarm about Robby Anderson, but he can be a valuable flex play.

Arizona vs Vikings

Arizona brings Kyler Murray, who torched the defense for 5 total TDs last week, up against a questionable Vikings Defense. Hopkins, Kirk, and Moore should once again see a majority of the targets, with Edmonds and Conner splitting the rushing work. Kirk Cousins had a decent game, and Dalvin Cook is a must-start. Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson are going to be rotating WR1 weeks all season, so both should be started.

Buccaneers vs Falcons

Rob Gronkowski has rediscovered his ability to beat safeties like a rented mule again. Antonio Brown is definitely more comfortable in the Buccaneers’ scheme, and he has Tom Brady’s full confidence in his abilities to succeed. Last Thursday, Gio Bernard took a better route to get a first down on Tampa Bay’s game-winning drive than any other Buccaneers running back had taken in the previous year. The Falcons just got hosed by Philadelphia, so start every Bucs pass catcher you possibly can in this matchup. As for Atlanta, they will have to re-earn the trust of fantasy players, though Ridley was drafted too high to simply bench.

Titans vs Seahawks

There is hope that the Titans’ offense will improve with the addition of Julio Jones, but we didn’t really see that week one. Jones, Brown, Henry, and Tannehill deserve another shot, but be wary of the game plan. The Seahawks absolutely bullied the Colts, and that should continue as Russell Wilson continues bombing the ball to Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf. Chris Carson and Gerald Everett will also chip in meaningful snaps for your fantasy squad.

Chargers vs Cowboys

You’d never guess Justin Herbert played his first game with his new offense last week. The Chargers should run circles around an overachieving Dallas defense. Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Jared Cook should have huge games. Austin Ekeler hopefully gets involved in the passing game as well. Dallas will come in with its complement of Dak, Cooper, and Lamb. The injury to Michael Gallup downgrades them a bit, but they should still put up top 10 numbers. Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin are cannibalizing each other’s numbers.

Ravens vs Chiefs

Only once in John Harbaugh’s tenure have the Ravens begun 0-2; but, facing the Chiefs on a short week will put that to the test. The carousel at running back makes it impossible to play any of them, leaving Jackson and Andrews and the only sure-fire plays from Baltimore. With all signs pointing to a Chiefs rout, look to Mahomes, Hill, and Kelce to continue fantasy domination, as well as CEH having a rebound game.

Lions vs Packers

Somehow, the Lions looked better than the NFC North rival they are facing last week. The Packers looked lazy, unmotivated and Aaron Rodgers looked like he had one foot out the door. The Packers have too many elite options at RB, WR, and QB to bench them, so you must play them again this week. Aaron Jones, Adams, and Rodgers should all bounce back. As for the Lions, I was surprised at how well TJ Hockenson played, and he should be a must-start at TE immediately. Jared Goff is a decent SF QB2 and you shouldn’t touch anyone else in Detroit.