Fantasy Football Week 2 Play and Fade
Week 1 got this fantasy season started with a bang. Players like Lamar Jackson, Darren Waller, Courtland Sutton, and John Brown lived up to the pre-season hype but were on plenty of benches to start the season. Week 2 should have some more consistency, here are my play 'em and fade 'em for Week 2.
Quarterback Play 'Em
Matt Ryan vs. Philadelphia - Week 1 was a horrendous start to the season for the Falcons offense, I expect a big bounce back for the entire offense and it starts with Matt Ryan. The Eagles secondary has been a problem for years now and just let Case Keenum drop 380 yards and 3 touchdowns. I expect the Falcons to come out firing and this should be a high scoring game that leads to fantasy production.
Josh Allen at New York Giants- After getting off to a slow start, Allen turned it on late and led the Bills to a comeback victory in Week 1. Now they get a cake of a matchup as they play the Giants. The Giants just allowed Dak Prescott to throw for an absurd 8.6 average completed air yards. Considering Josh Allen has a massive arm and has one of the premier deep threats in John Brown, we could expect some big plays from the second year signal caller.
Quarterback Fade 'Em
Aaron Rodgers vs. Minnesota- The Packers offense did not look good in the season opener. Granted they played arguably the best defense in the NFL, but now they play the Vikings, who have a pretty good defense of their own. Last year, Rodgers only threw for two touchdowns in the two games against Minnesota. As we saw in Week 1, the Vikings are hell bent on running the football, which means less time on the field for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense, I am expecting less than 20 points from Rodgers for the second week in a row.
Kyler Murray at Baltimore- An impressive debut has fantasy owners loving the upside of Murray this season. However, I would bench the rookie in Week 2 as the Cardinals travel to Baltimore to face the talented Ravens defense. I expect the Ravens to get up big in this one so Murray should reach around the 54 attempts he threw for in Week 1. However, I expect the offensive line to be overwhelmed by the Ravens defense and I expect Murray to throw a pick or two.
Running Back Play 'Em
Derrick Henry vs. Indianapolis- What a matchup for Henry. The Colts just got torched by the Chargers on the ground and I expect Tennessee to adopt the ground and pound method in a low scoring affair. Look for Henry to plunge into the end zone while also catching some passes.
Kerryon Johnson vs Los Angeles Chargers- Letting down fantasy owners in Week 1, I expect Johnson to bounce back. He should be more involved in the passing game as game script should allow the Lions to be in catch up mode. Also don't forget Marlon Mack just dropped 174 yards on the ground against the Chargers.
Running Back Fade 'Em
Devonta Freeman vs. Philadelphia- Like the whole Falcons offense, Freeman was awful in Week 1. Thing is, the matchup is just as daunting as Week 1. The Eagles boast one of the best defensive lines in the league and with the Falcons offensive line banged up, there isn't going to be much running room for Freeman.
James Conner vs. Seattle- Conner struggled on the ground in Week 1 and could be in for the thing in Week 2. Seattle only allowed 3 yards per carry to Bernard. While they boast a strong front seven, their secondary is where teams can take advantage. I expect a lot of passing out of Pittsburg which means Conner could be phased out of the game plan and put up lower end RB2 numbers.
Wide Receiver Play 'Em
Brandin Cooks vs. New Orleans- In what should be one of the highest scoring games in Week 2, look for Cooks to get a lot of deep shots against his former team. As we saw on Monday night, the Saints defense has given up their fair share of long completions and Watson averaged 8.9 YPA. After being quiet in Week 1, I believe Cooks will catch a long touchdown in Week 2.
Tyrell Williams vs. Kansas City- The Jaguars underwhelming receiving group lit up the Chiefs and their corners. The Raiders are funneling their passing offense through Williams and their tight end Waller. Williams should push for double digit targets and that volume against the Chiefs means a field day for Williams and his owners.
Wide Receiver Sit 'Em
Davante Adams vs. Minnesota- This pains me to say, but Adams might have another down week. Not only will he being getting a heavy dose of Xavier Rhodes, but I expect the Vikings to burn up clock and keep the Packers offense on the sidelines. I am hoping for a touchdown to bail Adams out of this matchup.
Kenny Golladay vs. Los Angeles Chargers- One of the best corner groups in the NFL, the Chargers should put the locks on the Detroit deep passing game. Golladay is going to need a whole lot of volume to pay off due to his lack of efficiency. Look for Flex numbers rather than WR2 numbers.
Tight End Play 'Em
Evan Engram vs. Buffalo- Some might be scared of the tough matchup. However, Engram is the main option on this Giants passing offense and should lead the team in targets every week. He might not lead all tight ends in scoring, but he should flirt with top 6 numbers.
Mark Andrews vs. Arizona- Lamar Jackson looked like a new quarterback in the opener. The Cardinals offer another cake matchup and when Andrews gets at least 3 catches a game, he averages over 10 fantasy points. I expect him to find the end zone again in Week 2.
Tight End Sit 'Em
Jared Cook at Los Angeles Rams- Only 3 targets in Week 1, I don't expect Cook to get a lot more run in Week 2. Drew Brees has shied away from targeting tight ends and with so many other mouths to feed in this offense, I expect Cook to finish outside the top 7.
Vance McDonald vs. Seattle- One of the biggest sleepers of the year, McDonald totally busted in the first game of the season. I expect more in Week 2. He only got 4 targets in a game where the Steelers were trailing the whole game. Maybe with JuJu banged up, he gets more involved, but I am not counting on it.