Fantasy Football: Winners and losers, numbers to know, and more from Week 2


You won’t have spotted it, however scoring is down up to now this NFL season. Quite a bit of, in truth. In Week 1, there have been 673 overall issues scored throughout all video games, in comparison to 768 in Week 1 a yr in the past. It wasn’t reasonably as unhealthy in Week 2, however all video games averaged 43.6 issues, down more or less 10% from Week 2 a yr in the past. 

There are some unsightly, unsightly offenses available in the market at this time. Chicago, Seattle, Houston, Carolina, New York (each groups!) … yeah, it is been tough stepping into a large number of puts via two weeks. And your Fantasy groups are most certainly feeling it. 

Especially in the event you handled one of the most accidents from Week 2. I wrote about the ones accidents in final night time’s e-newsletter, headlined via Trey Lance’s season-ender, and we’re going to have more within the coming days on the ones and no matter else comes -out earlier than Week 3 so you can be able to set your lineups. I gave my ideas at the peak waiver-wire objectives, too, led via a few truly thrilling rookie large receivers.

Before we transfer on to subsequent week for just right, let’s have a look again at Week 2 with my recaps for each and every recreation from Sunday and Monday. I’ve were given the largest winners and losers for each and every recreation from a Fantasy point of view, plus some notes you could have overlooked if you were not gazing the sport. You’ll be told so much from those.

Here’s what you want to know from each and every recreation the day prior to this. 

Week 2 recap

Here are the entire accidents you want to learn about, plus one winner, one loser, and one more factor to learn about each and every recreation. 

Bills 41, Titans 7

  • Winner: Stefon Diggs. After his three-touchdown recreation Monday, Diggs is up to 71 PPR issues throughout the first two video games, the most productive beginning via any WR previously 20 season, in step with Stealing Lines’ Dalton Kates. He was once weirdly inefficient final season, but when he is rediscovered his 2020 shape with Josh Allen, Diggs may just problem for the WR1 spot. He’s that just right. 
  • Loser: Derrick Henry. Or possibly each and every offense that has to face the Bills this season. They made lifestyles hell for Matthew Stafford and the Rams in Week 1, and it was once worse for Henry and the Titans Monday. Henry were given into the tip zone to form of salvage his Fantasy recreation quite, however he was once getting hit within the backfield so incessantly on his carries that it was once arduous to know whether or not his struggles have been as a result of a loss of burst or Buffalo’s dominance. For what it is price, Henry is averaging simply 3.1 yards in step with raise in 3 video games since coming again from his damaged foot throughout final yr’s playoffs, and I’m involved that he may not be as bodily dominant as he as soon as was once. For any individual whose Fantasy attraction is sort of solely tied to their outlier bodily dominance, that is relating to. 
  • One more factor: The Titans pulled the starters on the finish of the 0.33 quarter, however Treylon Burks was once making he roughly development we have been hoping to see earlier than then. He ran a direction on 68% of go performs via 3 quarters, simply in the back of Robert Woods for the workforce lead, and he persevered to draw objectives at a excessive fee, with a team-high six on simply 17 routes. Burks’ function is handiest going to building up, and he seems to be each and every bit like the longer term No. 1 choice in this offense in accordance with what he is carried out in a small pattern dimension up to now. He’s in the back of Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave in case you are having a look to upload a WR this week, however when you have house for him, he is properly price including. 

Eagles 24, Vikings 7

  • Winner: Jalen Hurts. Hurts completed the sport with 31 go makes an attempt, a complete he reached simply as soon as in his ultimate 8 video games final season — and that was once whilst throwing simply 4 passes within the fourth quarter. We was hoping that the addition of A.J. Brown would make Hurts more of a passer, and that is precisely what we have now noticed via two video games. But it hasn’t come on the expense of his dashing, as Hurts had 57 yards on 11 carries with two more dashing touchdowns. He may not be the No. 1 QB in Fantasy — Josh Allen, hi — however Hurts may belong within the dialog for No. 2. 
  • Loser: Dalvin Cook. The Vikings deserted the run early on this one, one thing they by no means truly did within the Mike Zimmer technology. They would possibly not fall in the back of as early maximum weeks as they did on this one, however new trainer Kevin O’Connell being prepared to cross away from Cook (who had six carries and six objectives Monday) does no less than put more game-script possibility in his means. The hope is this offense is progressed sufficient that Cook overcomes no matter he may lose at the flooring facet of the equation, however that did not occur this week. 
  • One more factor: We most often do not communicate a lot about defensive avid gamers right here, however Darius Slay merits main props for his efficiency Monday. He had two interceptions and allowed only one reception on six objectives when matched up in opposition to Justin Jefferson. Jefferson appeared unstoppable in opposition to a just right Packers protection in Week 1, however Slay was once ready to stay him in take a look at for no less than one week. This was once one of the crucial higher performances you are going to see from a nook all season. 

Dolphins 42, Ravens 38

  • Winner: Tua Tagovailoa. Most groups wouldn’t have one man who can do what Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle can do on any given play, and we noticed what an edge that duo may give Tagovailoa Sunday. He matched Dan Marino’s franchise report with six passing touchdowns, 4 of which got here within the fourth quarter, because the Dolphins overcame a three-touchdown deficit. Tagovailoa wasn’t even shut to highest – even one in all his lengthy touchdowns to Hill was once underthrown a bit of – however the margin for error is so much wider when you’ve got playmakers like that for your facet. It is sensible to be skeptical of Tagovailoa, however he may simply be a top-12 QB if this offense stays as pass-heavy as it’s been and Waddle and Hill stay wholesome. 
  • Loser: Chase Edmonds. I did not be expecting Edmonds to disappear in a recreation the place Miami threw the ball 50 occasions, however Raheem Mostert minimize into his function within the passing recreation as well as to main the workforce in rush makes an attempt Sunday. Mostert ran 25 routes to Edmonds’ 24, a unhappiness after Edmonds was once 0.33 at the workforce in routes run overall in Week 1. I’m now not shedding Edmonds – Mostert’s harm historical past by myself makes Edmonds must-roster – however I used to be lovely positive Edmonds was once the lead again for Miami, and now I do not know. I do not believe you’ll be able to believe him for a difficult matchup in opposition to the Bills in Week 3. 
  • One more factor: The Dolphins held Lamar Jackson in take a look at of their matchup final season with a blitz-heavy means on protection, however Jackson completely destroyed them Sunday. And you noticed the constraints of that blitz-heavy technique within the Ravens’ two lengthy touchdowns – there was once no protection assist overtop when Rashod Bateman were given a step on Xavien Howard on a slant for his 75-yard rating in the second one quarter, and there was once no one in the second one degree of the protection on Jackson’s 79-yard rating within the 0.33. Be skeptical of any claims {that a} protection has “solved” Lamar Jackson. He’s too just right for that.

Jets 31, Browns 30

  • Winner: Garrett Wilson was once the massive headline right here, however I would like to discuss Amari Cooper, who was once just about as productive because the intriguing rookie. Cooper garnered a large 37% goal proportion, and that is more like what I anticipated to see on this offense. He grew to become his 10 objectives into 9 catches for 101 yards and a landing, and it is only a reminder that, yeah, this man is a terrific participant. Jacoby Brissett is a beautiful unhealthy quarterback, and I believe that is going to make Cooper frustratingly unreliable, nevertheless it was once just right to see the Browns deal with him just like the No. 1 WR he’s, and to see Cooper dominate like this. And, for what it is price, whilst Cooper had simply 3 catches for 17 yards in Week 1, he additionally were given large open for what will have been a landing, drawing a go interference after all zone. 
  • Loser: Michael Carter and Breece Hall. Hall completed with 13 issues whilst Carter had 10 in PPR scoring, however after the duo blended for 19 objectives in Week 1, that they had simply six between them this week – with just one going Hall’s means. They break up carries, seven-seven, however this was once so much more worrisome for Hall, who performed simply 17 of 66 offensive snaps – together with handiest 8 go routes, fewer than Ty Johnson’s 10. If Joe Flacco was once going to stay dumping the ball off to those working backs as he did in Week 1, each may well be Fantasy related, however Hall’s utilization particularly this week makes it nearly unimaginable to believe him as a starter for Week 2. 
  • One more factor: Wilson had his two touchdowns in a large breakout recreation – one who makes him the most obvious peak waiver-wire goal heading into Week 3 at this time – however would you consider it would were even higher? He was once focused a whopping 4 occasions from throughout the 10-yard line, together with no less than one the place he was once open and Flacco overthrew him. Wilson looks as if the actual deal, regardless that I’m no doubt now not giving up on Elijah Moore, who nonetheless led the workforce in routes run regardless of a quiet recreation. But I’m now not viewing him as a starter given his disappointing beginning to the season.

Lions 36, Commanders 27

  • Winner: Amon-Ra St. Brown. What a participant. He has no less than 8 catches in 8 directly video games, together with 17 on 24 objectives via two video games this season with 3 touchdowns. St. Brown completed with a 12-9-116-2 receiving line Sunday and added 68 yards on a few carries, too. Maybe when Jameson Williams is wholesome sufficient to play, he will minimize into St. Brown’s goal proportion, however in the future, it is also simply useless to stay doubting him. St. Brown is simply an excellent soccer participant, person who will get open repeatedly, and so long as that is still the case, he is going to stay incomes a ton of objectives. I see no reason why to consider that would possibly not be the case shifting ahead. 
  • Loser: T.J. Hockenson. Hockenson has seven objectives in each and every of the 1st two video games, and he is grew to become them into seven catches for 64 yards and no touchdowns. Hockenson performs just about each and every passing snap and has little festival for objectives, however he additionally does not earn many downfield objectives and does not convert sufficient of his short-and-intermediate space objectives into catches constantly sufficient. You’re most certainly going to stay beginning Hockenson as a result of he is a good finish who will get seven objectives a recreation and there most certainly are not many higher choices, nevertheless it could be time to believe that he simply is not a in particular just right receiver. 
  • One more factor: You were given a little bit bit fortunate in the event you began D’Andre Swift regardless of his ankle harm. He ended up with simply 5 carries and two catches (5 objectives), however he additionally confirmed why he is this sort of nice Fantasy participant with a few giant performs. He had some other 50-yard run, his moment of the season and additionally scored a receiving landing the place he fell as he stuck it and then were given up to scamper 22 yards for the rating. Swift has been lovely just right for Fantasy via two video games, and I’m under no circumstances enthusiastic about his restricted workload on this one, given the harm. He’s an electrical playmaker, and I believe the 18-12 contact break up from Week 1 is more indicative of what to be expecting shifting ahead.  

Buccaneers 20, Saints 10

  • Winner: Chris Olave. In his moment occupation recreation, Olave was once moment at the workforce in routes and first in objectives, and he was once the one participant at the Saints to work out some way to ruin free in opposition to this difficult Bucs protection, hitting on a 50-yarder past due within the recreation. It’s not up to superb that he fumbled coming off that catch, nevertheless it nonetheless confirmed off his downfield talents, one thing he will want to do to separate himself from Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry. He had a whopping 334 air yards on his objectives Sunday, the third-highest single-game overall in TruMedia’s database, courting again to the 2000 season. With Jameis Winston as his QB, Olave goes to stay getting the ones alternatives, and I’d be attempting to purchase him earlier than he truly blows up. 
  • Loser: Russell Gage. The Saints are a difficult matchup, however this was once nonetheless a surprisingly disappointing appearing from Gage. He led the workforce in routes run however had simply 5 catches for 28 yards on six objectives, a beautiful depressing appearing given the absence of Chris Godwin, Julio Jones, and, for far of the sport, Mike Evans. Gage stunned past due final season with how properly he carried out as a go-to receiver for the Falcons, however he hasn’t been ready to raise it over to his new house. If he cannot produce with all the ones giant names lacking, what is he gonna do when he has to compete for objectives with them? 
  • One more factor: Marshon Lattimore is formally in Mike Evans’ head. Evans in truth had a good appearing on this recreation earlier than getting ejected. He had 3 catches for 61 yards on 4 objectives on 23 routes, however were given into it with Lattimore after a play that earned either one of them an ejection. That continues Evans’ stretch of futility in opposition to Lattimore, as he has crowned 13 PPR issues simply as soon as in 10 occupation video games in opposition to him now. 

Giants 19, Panthers 16

  • Winner: Sterling Shepard. I assume, if I set myself the duty of selecting one winner and one loser for each and every recreation, I’ve to practice via, however there truly is not any person right here I believe much better about than I did coming in. Shepard did earn 10 objectives whilst working a direction on 39 go performs, just right for moment at the workforce. He break up time more or less flippantly between the slot and out large, and he is had his maximum good fortune as a slot receiver, in order that’s a just right signal. It was once nonetheless a beautiful unimpressive day general, as he stuck six of the ten objectives for 34 yards, with a mean intensity of goal of simply 8.50 yards. But, so long as Kadarius Toney stays a non-factor, Shepard has an opportunity to be the workforce’s peak goal. 
  • Loser: Kenny Golladay. He’s carried out. Golladay may as properly were a wholesome scratch, as he performed simply two snaps on this one. At least Toney presentations some juice when he will get a chance. You have to return to Golladay’s Detroit days to get the rest well worth the squeeze. 25% rostered is much too excessive for Golladay. 
  • One more factor: This Panthers offense nonetheless seems to be lovely unhealthy via two weeks. They ran simply 54 performs on offense, one week after working 50, the second-fewest within the league. Baker Mayfield hasn’t been any roughly improve up to now, and D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey have simply 22 objectives between them via two video games. That’s inexcusable, and now they’ve the cruel Saints protection at the means. I’m now not giving up on Moore, however the Panthers have to have the option to get him more concerned. Matt Rhule is the present favourite to be the 1st trainer fired, and I will’t argue with that. 

Patriots 17, Steelers 14

  • Injuries: Damien Harris grabbed at his knee after a past due raise, however instructed newshounds, “I’m fine, dog,” after the sport. It’s one thing to watch this week, however I’m anticipating him to play at this level.
  • Winner: Jakobi Meyers. Meyers is a troublesome participant to get too fascinated by for Fantasy, however he does have 19 objectives and 13 catches via two video games. That regardless of the Patriots bringing in DeVante Parker, probably with the hope he would assist carry some playmaking to the passing recreation. Well, Meyer remains to be getting open and shifting the chains, as a result of that is what he does. He is not an exhilarating participant for Fantasy, however he is an invaluable man to have round for your bench in a pinch. Such are the meager joys from this unsightly recreation. 
  • Loser: The Steelers offense. Through two video games, the Steelers have had 24 offensive drives, and they have got get a hold of two offensive touchdowns. Mitchell Trubisky could be more cell than Ben Roethlisberger, and he could be more prepared to take a shot or two down the sphere, however the early returns counsel this offense remains to be going to be a slog. Diontae Johnson is just right sufficient that it won’t subject an excessive amount of for him, however it is a laugh to daydream about what he may just do with a greater QB. Similarly, Najee Harris stays a must-start choice nearly solely due to quantity, and it was once nice to see him get via a 71% snap proportion with out incident. But I’m nonetheless viewing him as a sell-high candidate given his foot harm. And I’m no doubt cautious of what he is going to seem like on a brief week this Thursday in opposition to the Browns. 
  • One more factor: I’m now not positive what to make of the Patriots RB break up on this one. Rhamondre Stevenson performed 41 snaps to simply 26 for Harris, and handiest 3 of the ones snaps got here after Harris’ harm. However, Harris had more carries (15 for 71 yards in comparison to 9 for 47), whilst they each had two objectives. Stevenson performed 11 of 17 0.33 downs, however the break up was once six to 4 in his desire on 0.33 downs with more than 5 yards to achieve. All in all, Stevenson did run 23 routes to simply 10 for Harris, so I do suppose it is truthful to say he is the “passing downs” in Ty Montgomery’s absence, so it can be a scenario the place this duo is recreation script dependent – when the Patriots are enjoying from in the back of, possibly Stevenson has a greater probability to beginning, whilst Harris will have to receive advantages in nearer video games or with the lead. Week 3 in opposition to the Ravens can be a Stevenson recreation, then. 

Jaguars 24, Colts 0

  • Winner: James Robinson. Robinson could be the most productive tale within the league via two weeks. Coming off a ruptured Achilles, he has re-established himself because the Jaguars No. 1 again, regardless of the presence of Travis Etienne. Robinson did not run the ball as successfully this week, however that he was once ready to deal with 23 carries and two objectives is spectacular in and of itself. Maybe if he continues to fight with potency we’re going to see more of Etienne shifting ahead – and the sport go with the flow clearly helped Robinson, who figures to be the lead rusher any means – however at this time, Robinson looks as if the simpler Fantasy again, particularly since Etienne is not essentially dominating as a pass-catcher but. 
  • Loser: Jonathan Taylor. With the Colts lacking their peak two large receivers and enjoying from in the back of for far of the sport, Taylor was once a non-factor within the passing recreation, incomes only one goal. The just right information is that he did run more routes than Nyheim Hines (21 to 14), nevertheless it was once disappointing to see him now not featured more. After he had seven objectives in Week 1, I had was hoping that possibly Matt Ryan may have helped liberate some more upside for Taylor. It’s tougher to make that case these days. This offense can be higher than this shifting ahead, in fact, however this was once a disappointing appearing from Taylor. 
  • One more factor: Etienne in truth ran fewer routes than Robinson on this one, and after he earned a downfield goal in Week 1, all 3 of his Sunday got here in the back of the road of scrimmage. If he is going to be at the small facet of a platoon at working again, he is going to want to dominate passing scenarios and see some precious objectives to be a viable Fantasy choice. I do not believe Etienne is at this time. 
  • Another observe: I’m beginning to suppose Christian Kirk goes to be one in all my largest misses this season. He scored two touchdowns this week, one in all which was once obviously schemed up for him, as he cleared around the line of scrimmage on a direction that reflected an illicit from Trevor Lawrence at the target line, main to a very simple landing. It’s arduous to make a case in opposition to him as a top-20 Fantasy WR at this time, and I wouldn’t have him on any of my groups. FOMO. 
  • Oh, and one more factor: This Colts recreation is a great instance of why the speculation of “next man up” does not truly observe at large receiver. And why I have a tendency to be skeptical of pleasure over the likes of Allen Lazard and JuJu Smith-Schuster turning into must-start Fantasy choices. You nonetheless have to be just right sufficient to get open and earn objectives – it isn’t like working again, the place being at the area method you can actually be passed the ball. Without their peak two go catchers, the Colts had one man peak 40 yards in a recreation they have been trailing early on. I believe we will be able to cross forward and put no matter latent Parris Campbell hype existed to leisure. 

Rams 31, Falcons 27

  • Winner: Drake London. London hasn’t been the most efficient rookie receiver up to now, however he is been very spectacular via two very tricky matchups. Having confronted Marshon Lattimore and Jalen Ramsey, he has 13 catches for 160 yards and a landing on 19 objectives. He may simply be a top-30 WR shifting ahead. 
  • Loser: Darrell Henderson. So a lot for the Rams by no means the use of a committee within the backfield. Henderson was once the lead again Sunday, however he performed 35 snaps to Cam Akers’ 27, with Akers taking at the larger function within the working recreation and Henderson working more routes. That’s now not the worst factor on this planet in the event you have to be in a committee – particularly since Henderson were given a landing from throughout the 10-yard line – however we have been hoping after Week 1 that he wasn’t in a committee in any respect. That makes me suppose it could now not take a lot for Akers to take over because the lead again outright. 
  • One more factor: It was once just right to see Allen Robinson get into the tip zone, and the Rams obviously made some extent of having him concerned – he had some other landing waived off due to a past due whistle for an on-field scientific timeout, and he was once overthrown on no less than one different finish zone goal. He could be lovely touchdown-dependent, however in the event you get sufficient of them, he may just nonetheless be a low-end WR2. I believe that is most certainly the ceiling, at this level, regardless that, so I do not thoughts attempting to promote excessive coming off this recreation. 
  • And some other factor: I would like to spend a while gazing this recreation more intently the following day as a result of I simply cannot make sense of Kyle Pitts’ utilization. Maybe he simply discovered himself covered up in opposition to Jalen Ramsey a number or one thing, however 3 objectives for 25 air yards on (a team-high, nonetheless) 29 routes is simply indefensible. I’m attempting to purchase low on Pitts, as a result of my expectancies have not modified a lot, and I’ve to simply stay reminding myself that he is more youthful than all however two of the first-round large receivers from this yr’s draft. 

49ers 27, Seahawks 7

  • Injuries: Trey Lance. Lance suffered what is thought to be a season-ending ankle harm, because of this it is Jimmy Garoppolo time. Garoppolo stored the road shifting, which is what he does. I wrote about attempting to change Lance the day prior to this, and why that turns out strangely arduous to do at the waiver cord at this time. 
  • Winner: Brandon Aiyuk. I do suppose Garoppolo taking on at QB is most certainly higher information for Aiyuk’s Fantasy price. This will nonetheless be a run-first workforce, however Garoppolo is not going to tuck and run just about as incessantly as Lance would have, which makes it more uncomplicated to venture a simply below-average selection of go makes an attempt, as adversarial to one of the crucial lowest within the league like I had them down for with Lance. Deebo Samuel will have to stay a high-end WR although he is the No. 2 choice within the passing recreation, however Aiyuk’s trail to being Fantasy related was once extremely slender with Lance at QB. That trail is a little bit wider these days, and it was once just right to see him opt for 8-5-63 Sunday. 
  • Loser: DK Metcalf. One factor that may have long gone under-discussed this offseason: 28% of Geno Smith’s passes went to Tyler Lockett final season, in comparison to 22% for Metcalf. The pattern dimension we are coping with this is small, however in the event you upload the 1st two video games of this season, Lockett now has 42 objectives from Smith in comparison to 34 for Metcalf. I believe the likeliest end result this is nor is constant sufficient to be price depending on, however Metcalf was once being drafted as a beginning caliber Fantasy WR whilst Lockett was once more like a WR4, and I do not believe that hole goes to be there. 
  • One more factor: It looks as if those could be two committee backfields, and that is unhealthy information for Rashaad Penny particularly. The Seahawks ran simply 47 offensive performs, after working 49 in Week 1 – they have been final in performs run final season at simply 56.1 in step with recreation. This is why I used to be fearful this could be the worst offense within the NFL, and if Penny is splitting carries with Kenneth Walker in Walker’s first recreation, it is going to be arduous for him to have a lot more than RB3 upside. And the worst factor of all could be that Travis Homer in truth led the workforce working backs in snaps. Gross. On the opposite facet, Wilson ran properly, with 84 yards on 18 carries, whilst Tyrion Davis-Price leapfrogged Jordan Mason for 14 carries for simply 33 yards. Wilson is within the RB2/3 dialogue, whilst Davis-Price may well be price the use of in case you are in determined want. 

Cowboys 20, Bengals 17

  • Winner: Tee Higgins. Higgins left Week 1 with a concussion, however he was once just right to cross Sunday and reminded us that, as just right as Ja’Marr Chase is, Higgins may be very a lot a 1B on this offense. Chase is the simpler participant, however Higgins has been as just right (perhaps even relatively higher) at incomes objectives when they have got shared the sphere, and that was once the case Sunday. I’ll most certainly simply venture them for equivalent goal stocks shifting ahead, and whilst Chase would be the higher Fantasy choice, Higgins is an outstanding participant in his personal proper, person who advantages from the defensive consideration Chase essentially attracts. 
  • Loser: Joe Burrow. The Bengals invested of their offensive line once more this offseason, however via two video games, it seems to be as unhealthy as ever. Burrow merits some blame for that – quarterbacks all the time deserve blame for sacks. The case for Burrow taking a step ahead this season was once constructed, partly, round Burrow having a greater line, however he is been sacked 13 occasions via two video games. He additionally simply hasn’t performed all that properly via two video games, averaging 6.0 yards in step with try with 3 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. The Bengals have not been ready to hit on giant performs with the frequency they did final season, and that was once a part of why I used to be enthusiastic about Burrow as a top-five QB in ADP this yr. Things can be higher shifting ahead – the Steelers and Cowboys have particularly tricky defensive fronts – however what we have now noticed up to now is an offense that’s not as just right as anticipated. 
  • One more factor: Even in a recreation the place Tony Pollard was once obviously more efficient than Ezekiel Elliott, Elliott performed 15 more snaps. The Cowboys simply believe Elliott, each as a runner and for his talent to do the grimy paintings within the passing recreation that does not display up within the field rating. You’ll take 9 carries and seven objectives from Pollard each and every week and be proud of it, however this utilization is most certainly nearer to the ceiling for Pollard so long as Elliott is wholesome. 

Broncos 16, Texans 9

  • Injuries: Jerry Jeudy exited the sport with a shoulder or rib harm. X-rays got here again adverse, however he will opt for more checking out Monday to decide the level of the harm. Courtland Sutton obviously benefited from Jeudy’s absence to put in combination a seven-catch, 122-yard recreation. 
  • Winner: Dameon Pierce. The Texans mentioned they sought after to get Pierce more concerned, and they did precisely that. Rex Burkhead was once a non-factor, as Pierce were given each and every unmarried one of the crucial 15 carries via a Texnas working again, whilst Burkhead earned simply 3 objectives. This recreation nonetheless highlights why I wasn’t fascinated by Pierce entering the season – he does not have a large function within the passing recreation and this offense is not going to create many scoring alternatives. However, Pierce was once the transparent lead again, and that places him within the RB3 dialogue I anticipated him to be in. He wasn’t there final week. 
  • Loser: Albert Okwuegbunam. Okwuegbunam was once focused simply two times on this one, and whilst he ran the third-most routes at the workforce, that handiest got here out to not up to two-thirds of the workforce’s passing performs. He’s now not getting the chance we was hoping he would to be the workforce’s No. 3 choice within the passing recreation, and the Broncos have not been in particular pass-heavy up to now. Maybe if Jeudy misses time Okwuegbunam can be a larger element, however at this time he looks as if simply some other over-hyped also-ran tight finish. And this time, I’m in charge of doing the hyping up to any person else. My groups are struggling for it. 
  • One more factor: Javonte Williams appeared more just like the lead again we might was hoping he could be this week. He had 15 carries to 10 for Melvin Gordon, however most significantly, additionally ran 22 routes to 8 for Gordon. If that roughly break up stays in position shifting ahead, Williams may just finally end up dwelling up to our lofty expectancies in the end. 

Cardinals 29, Raiders 23

  • Injuries: James Conner exited with an ankle harm, and Darrel Williams and Eno Benjamin just about break up paintings after his absence. But Williams did get the goal-line landing, and that is crucial function on this Cardinals offense, so I may desire him to Benjamin in Week 3 if Conner is out. 
  • Winner: Marquise Brown. Brown was once the No. 1 goal for Kyler Murray on this one, and he would’ve had an excellent higher recreation if a landing were allowed to stand – it was once overruled and he was once known as down on the 1-yard line on a play the place he additionally drew a go interference. Brown hasn’t had a actually large recreation but, however he is been a large a part of the Cardinals offensive plans, and he may well be one giant play away from a top-12 end. I’m anticipating it at some point. 
  • Loser: Davante Adams. Well, I assume if I’m going to have fun Adams main the league in objectives in Week 1, I will have to recognize his a lot more restricted utilization in Week 2. Not that I’m involved, or the rest – they nonetheless made some extent to function him close to the target line, and Mack Hollins, Hunter Renfrow, and Darren Waller contributing goes to make it tougher for defenses to focal point on Adams. But nonetheless, this was once a unhappiness after his large Week 1. 
  • One more factor: With Brandon Bolden out, Jacobs ran 19 routes to Ameer Abdullah’s 11. He’s the transparent lead rusher right here, with Zamir White getting the lone non-Jacobs raise a number of the workforce’s working backs, however the truth that he additionally noticed more of a passing recreation function than Ameer Abdullah bodes properly, regardless that he was once nonetheless under a 50% direction participation proportion, which is not nice. Jacobs is not a celebrity for Fantasy, however he has a more protected function than I anticipated, and stays a forged RB2 shifting ahead. 

Packers 27, Bears 10

  • Winner: Aaron Jones. Jones nonetheless break up paintings with AJ Dillon – Dillon in truth were given a couple of more carries once more this week – however Jones was once a far larger a part of the sport plan this week, as anticipated. And he was once superb, dashing for almost 10 yards in step with raise, and he were given two touchdowns, one each and every throughout the air and at the floor. With the Packers WR team having a look lovely pedestrian, the offense goes to run via Dillon and Jones, and seeing a leap again from Jones, with a number of high-value touches, was once a welcome sight, although it was once anticipated. 
  • Loser: Darnell Mooney. Look, it is arduous to take a lot from the Bears offense up to now – they performed in a lake in Week 1 and then threw the ball simply 11 occasions in Week 2 regardless of trailing via 3 rankings just about all the time. Of route, that could be a part of the issue – the Bears training group of workers simply won’t believe this passing recreation to lead them to wins. We idea Mooney was once going to have a significant portion of a small pie, however the go fee for the Bears up to now would make him a non-entity for Fantasy. Hopefully, we’re going to see higher days forward, and I’m nonetheless treating Mooney like a WR3 – regardless that this is down from the WR2 I believed he could be. 
  • One more factor: I made a comic story on Twitter Sunday night time that if you were given issues for Allen Lazard’s blocking off, he’d be a WR3 for Fantasy. He truly is reasonably a just right blocker. However, I’m now not positive he is a just right sufficient receiver to be a lot more than a beautiful irritating, touchdown-or-bust man. Whether that makes him a WR3 or WR4 or one thing else stays to be noticed, however I do not believe he is going to be a transparent No. 1 choice for this offense. He’ll make his proportion of performs, and his well-rounded talent set will stay him at the area – he led the Packers WRs in snaps and routes – however I do not be expecting him to be any individual you are feeling just right about beginning maximum weeks.
  • One very last thing (for actual, this time): Cole Kmet has but to catch a go this season. The similar caveats for Mooney observe right here, except for that each one Kmet truly has going for him is implied quantity – Mooney was once in truth just right final season, one thing we will be able to’t say for Kmet. I’m now not pronouncing Kmet is a must-cut, however this looks as if a foul offense to be invested in, and he is not raising himself whatsoever.

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