There are only 3 certainties in life as far as I’m concerned: Death, taxes, and the Fantasy fallout going into Week 2 of the NFL season. Keep in mind I’m only going to touch on the items that warrant some kind of action moving forward …
Texans – 20 @ Chiefs – 34
- Duke Johnson has a sprained ankle and is in danger of missing this week and maybe more. David Johnson has already proven to be an immense value in fantasy and now looks to be in a 3-down role for the next game or two.
- Will Fuller(8 rec /112 yards) was the only Texans pass catcher to have more than 5 targets, though 7 other players had at least 2 targets. Fuller is the only sure thing in the WR corps right now. It should be noted that Randall Cobb was going against Tyrann Mathieu most of the night, so I wouldn’t drop him just yet.
- Darrel Williams(30 yards) did get 9 touches on the night, but that paled in comparison to the 25 that Clye Edwards-Helaire(138 yards/1 TD) had. This is not a committee. It’s still worth holding onto Williams just to have a piece of the KC offense.
- Speaking of KC pieces you can still grab, Demarcus Robinson(2 rec/20 yards) had 6 targets on the night to match Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, while Mecole Hardman only had 1 target on the night. It’s just one game, but Robinson deserves a long look in redrafts and strong consideration in daily formats.
Seahawks – 38 @ Falcons – 25
- With only 20 carries between 5 players, the Seahawks looked like a different team from the last couple of years, as they went to the air all throughout the day. Carlos Hyde(6 car/23 yards/1 TD) actually led the Seahawks in rushing, which isn’t saying much on the day, but it looks like Pete Carroll wasn’t joking when he said Hyde would be heavily involved. He’s only a desperation add against the Patriots this week.
- Behind D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Chris Carson was actually the 3rd leading receiver for Seattle, catching 6 balls for 42 yards and 1 TD. Greg Olsen seemed to play ahead of Will Dissly, 4 targets to just 2, so you can leave Dissly on waivers for now.
- Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones both had 12 targets, but so did Russell Gage(9 rec/114 yards). Gage should probably be owned going into what should be a shootout with the Cowboys this week.
- 14 carries seems light, but Todd Gurley came out of Week 1 unscathed. Phew. The next closest back, Brian Hill, only had 3 carries. Gurley looks like a steal.
Browns – 6 @ Ravens – 38
- Kareem Hunt out touched Nick Chubb 17 to 11 on Sunday. This was probably in large part due to a negative game script, but it shows that the Browns are more than comfortable with Hunt as their primary back. In games where you can expect the Browns to trail, expect Hunt to thrive.
- Odell Beckham had only 22 yards, but he was targeted 10 times on the day. He’ll have better days, but he’s only going to be as good as his QB is.
- Mark Ingram led the Ravens in touches(10), despite only putting up 29 yards on the day. J.K. Dobbins only had 7 carries, but he had all of the goal line action(2 TD). It was a blowout, so this may not be indicative of either of their normal usage. Ingram owners could be in for a long season if he doesn’t get any run inside the 5 though.
- Willie Snead has intriguing TD upside underneath for Lamar Jackson. That, and the fact that he’s constantly on the field, brings him some interest in deeper formats. I do like Devin Duvernay better in the slot, but it may be awhile before he adjusts to the NFL.
Bears – 27 @ Lions – 23
- David Montgomery‘s groin injury didn’t slow him down on Sunday, but Tarik Cohen‘s 7 carries to his 13 do give me some pause.
- Anthony Miller was the best receiver on the field in Detroit, making some spectacular catches on the way to leading the Bears in receiving(4 rec/76 yards/1 TD). I don’t trust Mitch Trubisky yet, but Miller needs to be picked up. His ceiling is high, if Trubisky can get it to him.
- Jimmy Graham only came down with one pass, fortunately a TD, but he was second on the team in targets(7). He’s worth starting, if he can get that kind of action on a weekly basis.
- Adrian Peterson wasn’t the starter for Detroit, that was Kerryon Johnson, but Peterson got hot and the Lions rolled with him. D’Andre Swift was used on passing downs and scored once, should have been twice, but Peterson(17 tou/114 yards) did enough to warrant a decently high waiver request this week. It’s still a committee though.
- Danny Amendola led the Lions in receiving(81 yards), but Quintez Cephus led in targets(10). Both of these guys could come in handy this week if Kenny Golladay can’t return from his hamstring injury.
- T.J. Hockenson(5 rec/56 yards/1 TD) is still unowned in 25% of leagues. He shouldn’t be.
Colts – 20 @ Jaguars – 27
- Nyheim Hines(73 yards/2 TD) was the big story for the Colts on Sunday. With Marlon Mack looking lost for the season with a torn achilles, he’s a must add in all formats. Both he and Jonathan Taylor are going to get a ton of run in Indy, especially if Phillip Rivers continues to target his RBs like he did in Week 1.
- My favorite WR in last year’s draft, Parris Campbell(6 rec/71 yards) showed why he was such a viable prospect, as he got open with ease as Rivers’ favorite target(9) – Well, tied with T.Y. Hilton. At worst the no.2 WR in Indy, Campbell needs to be owned in all formats.
- James Robinson handled almost every carry for the Jags and did an admirable job at it, putting up 90 yards on 17 touches. Owned in less than 60% of leagues, he should be your top RB add as what looks like the bellcow role in Jacksonville.
- You already know I’m a fan of Laviska Shenault(3 rec/37 yards/1 TD) and think he needs to be owned, but Keelan Cole made a case for himself in Week 1, as well. Leading the Jags in receiving(47 yards/1 TD) and targets(5), he played ahead of Chris Conley on Sunday. Gardner Minshew only threw the ball 20 times, so I’m not souring on D.J. Chark, but Cole deserves to be added if you need another flex option.
Jets – 17 @ Bills – 27
- The Jets looked absolutely pathetic against the Bills – Don’t let the score fool you. Maybe Week 1 is the equivalent of the 1st preseason game for some teams, but the Jets were horrid against the Bills, and things might get worse against San Fran this week. LeVeon Bell left the game with a hamstring injury and isn’t an advised start against the 49ers this week if he does play. If not, neither Josh Adams nor Frank Gore makes for anything more than a low ceiling flex.
- Jamison Crowder(7 rec/115 yards/1 TD) was the only ray of light for the Jets on Sunday and is still available in a quarter of leagues. He and Chris Herndon will serve as safety valves for a pressured Darnold this week.
- Jamaal Williams surprised me on Sunday, not by getting 11 touches in a race to kill the clock at the end of the game, but by getting 8 touches in the first half. He’s still only a handcuff to Aaron Jones, but he could work his way into flex consideration in deeper leagues if he keeps getting consistent action.
- Marquez Valdes-Scantling(6 tar) and Allen Lazard(4 tar) both scored on Sunday, but both players were a distant 2nd and 3rd option to Davante Adams who had 17 targets on the day. MVS’ floor seems a bit higher, but both are unreliable options as long as Adams is on the field.
- Dalvin Cook got the TDs, but Alexander Mattison outgained him on the day 80 to 50 yards, catching 4 passes for 30 yards. Mattison has often been considered a high-value handcuff for Cook and not much more, but the dearth of reliable options at receiver may bring him into weekly flex value sooner than later.
Dolphins – 11 @ Patriots – 21
- Myles Gaskin led the Dolphins in rushing with 40 yards on the ground, as a part of a 3-headed committee with Jordan Howard and Matt Breida, though Breida was used sparingly at best. Jordan only contributed 7 yards on the ground, but he got the goal line action, so you should probably keep him around. Breida can be dropped for a hot waiver option. Gaskin is worth a pickup in deep leagues. The Dolphins will probably be in negative gamescripts often, so he could be serviceable.
- DeVante Parker‘s hamstring injury flared up enough to take him out of the game on Sunday, and he didn’t return. This injury has been bugging him for sometime, so the Dolphins may want to rest him up so he doesn’t keep reaggravating it. Preston Williams needs to be added where you can get him.
- Sony Michel did start this one, and he did score, but he only gained 37 yards on the day, and only had 3 more carries than Rex Burkhead(7). The question is whether he’ll be able to gain enough on the ground to make him worth the days that Cam Newton vultures the goal line attempts. The good news is that the Patriots look like a run heavy team in the mold of the Ravens.
- N’Keal Harry and Damiere Byrd started over Julian Edelman in 2-wide sets, and the Patriots only threw the ball 19 times all day. Edelman is still the best option in PPR formats, but Harry’s red-zone upside makes him a reasonable flex in standard formats. He’s going to have to score to be worth rostering in this run-first offense though.
Eagles – 17 @ Washington – 27
- Boston Scott left the game with an injury after putting up 51 all-purpose yards against Washington. Corey Clement took over and proceeded to put up 21 yards on 8 touches. We can only hope Sanders can make it to the game in Week 2, but I’m not getting my hopes up. Corey Clement is the presumed starter at this point and can be added as a flex consideration. Clement hasn’t gotten much run in awhile, but he has been serviceable in the past.
- DeSean Jackson and Greg Ward led the Eagles WRs in targets(7) on Sunday, but it was Jalen Reagor‘s 55 yard bomb that caught my eye. It was his only catch on the day, but he’s going to be electric if Carson Wentz gets time to throw the ball.
- If the Eagles’ o-line continues to struggle, we’re going to see a lot of the passing offense go through the TEs like it did on Sunday. Dallas Goedert(8 rec/101 yards/1 TD) led the Eagles in receiving and needs to be owned in more than the 55% of leagues he’s currently owned in.
- Ugh, Peyton Barber out-touched rookie Antonio Gibson 17 to 11 on Sunday, and looked about as underwhelming as we were expecting him to, picking up only 29 yards on 17 rushing attempts. The bad news is that he got almost all of the goal line attempts and scored twice. Gibson looked explosive, and his arrow is up, but you can’t ignore Barber’s usage. He should be owned and flexed with a clothespin over your nose.
- The Washington passing attack was about what we imagined, except for the heavy dose of Logan Thomas(8 tar/ 4 rec /37 yards/ 1 TD). It makes sense for Dwayne Haskins to use him as a safety blanket though. He’s worth streaming against the Cardinals this week, a team that struggles to contain TEs.
Chargers – 16 @ Bengals – 13
- Well it’s clear who the 2nd back in LA is at this point, according to the 12 touches for Joshua Kelley and just 2 for Justin Jackson on Sunday. I suppose there’s a chance the Chargers were just easing Jackson in after injuring his hamstring in August, but it doesn’t look good for his chances. Kelley is rostered in only 13% of leagues and needs to be added in all of them. He’s a standalone value as the predominant goal line option in LA.
- Rumors of Mike Williams‘ demise were exaggerated it seems. Williams led the Chargers in targets(9) and receiving(69 yards) and didn’t seem bothered by his shoulder at all. He’ll be up and down all season, but he should feast against the Chiefs this week.
- Joe Burrow looked like a rookie at the most inopportune times on Sunday, but he gave the Bengals a chance to win and provided enough with his feet(46 yards/1 TD) to warrant his use in fantasy. He’ll face a much worse Browns secondary this week.
- John Ross(5 tar /2 rec /17 yards) played as the 3rd WR in the Bengals’ offense on Sunday, so despite having a ho-hum game, he should see plenty of action as the Bengals play a lot of 3-wide sets. He’s someone to target in daily leagues due to his upside.
Buccaneers – 23 @ Saints – 34
- Mike Evans was one catch away from being blanked against the Saints, and fortunately that catch was a TD. Scotty Miller, who was in the Week 1 Garbage Grab by the way, was 2nd in yards(76) and targets(6) to only Chris Godwin for the Bucs. You need to pick this guy up. Brady loves him.
- Ronald Jones(33 snaps) played way ahead of Leonard Fournette(9 snaps) in Week 1, so did LeSean McCoy(25 snaps) for that matter. I guess that isn’t a huge surprise Fournette just joined the team though, and Jones didn’t do much to run away with the job. Expect Fournette to get more involved this week, but it doesn’t look like Jones is going anywhere.
- The Saints played pretty conservatively with a lead over the Bucs, and Michael Thomas(3 rec /17 yards) suffered for it. He also suffered from a teammate rolling over his ankle late in the game. Tre’Quan Smith will see an uptick in targets this week if Thomas sits.
- That conservative gameplan boded well for Latavius Murray, who led the team in carries(15) for 48 yards. He could offer standalone value in games where the Saints are expected to win big.
Cardinals – 24 @ 49ers – 20
- Not all defenses will be as good as the 49ers’, but it’s still a bad sign for Christian Kirk owners that DeAndre Hopkins got 16 targets to Kirk’s 5. I wouldn’t drop him just yet, but he could be boom or bust all season.
- Chase Edmonds(45 yards/1 TD) had 9 touches to Kenyan Drake‘s 18, but he was effective and was used in tandem with Drake at times. Edmonds looks like a prime candidate to offer standalone value in fantasy.
- With 2 of their primary WRs sidelined, the 49ers implemented 3 of their backs to mitigate the loss. It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Mostert, Coleman and McKinnon all offer standalone value as long as Deebo Samuel is out.
Cowboys – 17 @ Rams – 20
- Blake Jarwin is lost to an acl tear and is gone for the year unfortunately. Rookie Dalton Schultz looks like his immediate replacement, but it’s CeeDee Lamb(5 rec /59 yards) who really benefits from Jarwin’s absence. I fully expect Lamb to end up, at worst, second in targets for Dallas.
- I know this will burst many a fantasy bubble, but Tony Pollard(4 tou /32 yards) doesn’t look like a standalone value in fantasy from what I saw in Week 1. He’s a high-end handcuff for now.
- Malcolm Brown(110 yards /2 TD), another Garbage Grab Week 1 entry, impressed as the 1B to Cam Akers 1A in LA. He didn’t get the start, but he had the best game and earned more touches moving forward. He played ahead of Darrell Henderson on 3rd downs and he definitely needs to be owned moving forward. Henderson may have been limited by his hamstring injury, but he looks droppable in 12 team leagues.