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3 Crazy Bold Predictions for Week 2!

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.

Week 2 TE Sleepers and Landmines

Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will bring you a few sleepers and landmines for each position. Our sleeper picks could be on your waiver wire or a low-priced DFS target or could simply be going overlooked this week. On the other hand, our landmine players are getting attention, too much attention. These are players we feel are being overvalued and overpriced and would avoid for this week.

SLEEPERS

Ben Watson $4,500

No, I’m not kidding he is still in the league. And he’s back with the Saints wherein 2015 he had career-high stats across the board. It might be hard to remember just how much Brees loves the tight end after sitting through Coby Fleener last season. Escort in the Cleveland Browns a perennial basement dweller when it comes to defending tight ends. The Browns have surrendered double-digit touchdowns three years straight to the position totaling 33 over that time. Watson caught all four of his targets a week ago for a modest 44 yards. Those numbers look a lot better with the high probability of a touchdown added in.  – Sal Leto

Ricky Seals-Jones  $4,300

A popular summer sleeper, Ricky Seals-Jones disappointed owners with a meager 19 yards on three receptions in the opener. Take a look under the hood, however, and there are some promising signs. His six targets were third on the team and placed him in a tie for eighth among tight ends in Week 1. The Cardinals have little in the way of secondary receivers beyond Larry Fitzgerald, with Chad Williams looking overmatched and Christian Kirk not yet ready for a big role. A third playmaker other than Fitzgerald and David Johnson is desperately needed, and Seals-Jones flashed efficiency on limited reps late in 2017. The Cardinals figure to play from behind again in Washington, giving Seals-Jones plenty of appeal as a tight end streamer.  – Rob Willette

David Njoku $4,500

The late news that the Browns will be without WR Josh Gordon as they face off against the Saints in New Orleans is a boost to all other Browns pass-catchers and TE David Njoku is chief among them. Njoku had a quiet Week One, but a dominant pre-season, which could carry over to this game, which should be a high-scoring affair on the turf.  – Ryan McDowell

LANDMINES

Charles Clay $3,700

What about Charles Clay? That’s the question you hear when people say “well someone has to catch the ball in Buffalo.” To which I say “no they don’t.” Eleven! That’s how many balls were caught a week ago by Buffalo players. OBJ and Michael Thomas exceeded that themselves. The Chargers are lining up on the opposite side this week after holding Travis Kelce to a one catch six yards stat line a week ago. This is a public service announcement, say no to Bills.  – Sal Leto

Kyle Rudolph $5,900

I was in the camp which thought Kyle Rudolph would be a big part of the Minnesota offense in 2018. Kirk Cousins showed an affinity for tight ends in Washington and Rudolph has been a steady if unspectacular performer in Minnesota. Week 1 had other plans, as Rudolph had only two targets, salvaging his day with an 11-yard score. While you cannot extrapolate one week’s of results throughout the entire season, you can notice a few trends. The Vikings figure to be in the driver’s seat in many football games, relying on their running backs and defense to simply salt away football games. Add in two receivers who demand a high target share and a Green Bay defense which just erased Trey Burton, and there are other places to look this week. Rudolph may find his way into lineups given a semblance of name-brand cache but there are better streamers in the mix.  – Rob Willette

Travis Kelce $6,900

The Chiefs have three elite options on offense and they’re not all going to produce on a weekly basis. Last week it was WR Tyreek Hill as the focal point and this week, I expect the Chiefs to work the running game with RB Kareem Hunt. This could mean another slow game for Kelce, especially when considering the Steelers are typically tough defenders against tight ends. – Ryan McDowell

 

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.