We enjoyed another exciting Sunday of NFL action, including a lot of missed kicks. Here’s what you need to know from Week Two.
Mahomes is the Truth
After throwing for four touchdowns in the season-opener, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes bested that performance with a whopping six scoring passes in the Chiefs win over Pittsburgh. Mahomes is the first quarterback to ever throw ten touchdowns in the first two games of a season and it is hard to pick any fantasy QB you’d rather have right now.
Gordon on the Block?
By now, you’ve already seen the surprising news from the weekend that the Browns plan to release…err…trade WR Josh Gordon. Gordon was ruled out after a surprise hamstring injury and then the team reportedly decided to release him. Instead, they began to receive trade offers from as many as ten teams and are expected to make a move sometime today.
Thomas on Record Pace
There’s been a lot of attention given to the early quarterback performances and somehow Saints WR Michael Thomas is on pace to shatter the NFL receptions record, catching 28 passes through the first two games. We know Thomas can’t keep up this pace, but that doesn’t make his start any less impressive. He’s the WR1 in PPR leagues through two weeks.
Backs Catching Passes
Entering yesterday, only five running backs in NFL history had recorded 14 or more receptions in one game. That number grew by two yesterday as Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey and Giants rookie RB Saquon Barkley each caught 14 passes, leading their respective teams in receiving. Washington’s Chris Thompson also got in on the act, catching 13 passes for 92 yards. These RBs provide huge value in PPR leagues, even when they don’t make an impact on the ground.
Vikings WR Duo Dominates
I challenge you to find a better WR duo than the two Minnesota Vikings starters. WR Stefon Diggs caught nine passes for 128 yards and two scores, while his teammate WR Adam Thielen hauled in 12 passes for 131 yards and the game-tying score. Pending Monday Night Football, these two are the current WR1 and WR2 in fantasy leagues, both putting up over 30 fantasy points.
Fuller Impact Felt
The Texans welcomed back speedy WR Will Fuller, who missed the season opener with a hamstring injury. As he did last season, Fuller made a quick impact, catching eight passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Fuller gives that offense some balance and keeps defenses honest.
After suffering a knee injury last Sunday night, there was some question about the status of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who missed the majority of practices during the week. Rodgers did draw the start and was able to play the entire game against the same Vikings defense that put him out of action last season. Rodgers threw for 281 yards and a touchdown in the Packers/Vikings tie. He will reportedly play through the pain throughout the season.
It was unbelievable to see veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick throw for 400 yards and four touchdowns in Week One, but if you were in shock then, just wait. He did it again. Fitzpatrick began the game with a 75-yard touchdown bomb to WR DeSean Jackson and never let up, finishing with 402 passing yards and four touchdowns and most importantly, another upset of an NFC contender. There is now a legitimate question if QB Jameis Winston regains his starting job in a couple of weeks when his suspension ends.
Veterans Dealing with Injuries
Fortunately, yesterday was not a day marred by serious injuries as many NFL Sundays are, but a pair of veterans on the league’s worst teams did miss some time. Bills RB LeSean McCoy (ribs) and Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (hamstring) were both forced to leave their respective games. Both injuries appear to be minor but are worth monitoring. The Bills and Cardinals might be two teams fantasy players want to avoid, regardless of health status.
Lindsay Takes Over
It was nice to see undrafted free agent rookie RB Phillip Lindsay have a solid Week One, totaling over 100 yards from scrimmage and scoring a touchdown. In Week Two though, he took command of the backfield, out-producing RB Royce Freeman 111 yards to just 28, while Lindsay carries the ball 14 times to only eight for the highly touted Freeman. This could still end up as a committee, but Lindsay is certainly in the driver’s seat for now.
Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23) is a freelance contributor for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.
Every Sunday morning our team of Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto bring you their Bold Predictions of the week. Maybe they are out of their minds or maybe they have the player that can win it all for you this week.
Zay Jones ($3,300) eclipses 100 receiving yards and scores a touchdown.
Second-year WR Jones led the Bills in receiving last week, but that only took a 3/26 stat line. This week, rookie Josh Allen makes the start and say what you will about him, he should be an upgrade over Nathan Peterman (we think.) Other factors in Jones’ favor include the surprise release of veteran Jeremy Kerley, who saw four targets a week ago, not to mention the Chargers, who gave up the fifth-most fantasy points to receivers in Week One. – Ryan Mcdowell
Christian McCaffrey ($8,000) will finish the week as RB1 overall
McCaffrey has never had more than 66 yards rushing in a game and has had 101 yards receiving twice in his career. His opponent this week, The Falcons, allowed the most receptions to running backs in each of the last three years. With Greg Olsen out, McCaffrey averaged over eight targets per game last year. This week he will finish with both 100 yards rushing and receiving. Oh, and he’ll find the endzone twice. – Sal Leto
T.J. Yeldon ($5,500) Finishes With At Least 125 Total Yards
Leonard Fournette is looking doubtful for Sunday’s key matchup with the Patriots, leaving T.J. Yeldon as the favorite for heavy touches. While not an elite talent, Yeldon has shown he is capable of being a productive fill-in and is a strong play against a New England defense who yielded 109 all-purpose yards to Lamar Miller in Week 1. Attempting to beat the Patriots by bludgeoning them with Blake Bortles passes is generally unwise. Jacksonville figures to lean on its running game, and Yeldon has enough tools to post borderline RB1 numbers. He’s a great fill-in and DFS play this Sunday. – Rob Willette
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.