Fantasy Football 2018: Week 2 Spreadsheet and Game-by-Game Predictions

Vikings @ Packers

GREEN BAY (These predictions are based on Rodgers playing)

Aaron Rodgers – In eight career home games versus the Vikings, Rodgers has averaged 22.7 points – while never scoring less than 15. Rank: Top 6 QB.

Jamaal Williams – Williams will likely struggle against the stingiest run defense in the NFL. His best shot as fantasy value comes as a receiver. Rank: Mid-level RB3.

Davante Adams – Last season, Adams posted a line of 5-54-1 against the Vikings with Brett Hundley at the helm. He’s more of a WR2 against Xavier Rhodes, though still a must start.

Randall Cobb – Cobb was huge in week 1 but will now face a Vikings team that has held him to an average of 38.4 yards over their last eight games. Nevertheless, he was Rodgers’ favorite target on opening day and should be started if Rodgers is active. Rank: High-end WR3.

Geronimo Allison – Allison tied Adams for the second most targets on the team in week 1, which is a great sign for his fantasy prospects. As for this week, a matchup with Trae Waynes is cause for concern. Rank: High-end WR4.

Jimmy Graham – Graham managed just two receptions for eight yards in week 1, but could fare better against a secondary that allowed five receptions for 90 yards to George Kittle.


Kirk Cousins – Pettine’s defense did an excellent job against Mitch Trubisky, but Cousins is a far better quarterback. Rank: Mid-level QB1.

Dalvin Cook – The Packers allowed 5.4 yards per carry to Chicago running backs in week 1. Cook could be an RB1 if he gets enough volume.

Stefon Diggs – Green Bay’s secondary is improved, but are they good enough to slow down Diggs? He’s a back end WR1 for this contest.

Adam Thielen – Thielen’s matchup with rookie Jaire Alexander is a negative one. That being said, the star slot receiver should still have his fair share of wins. Rank: Mid-level WR2.

Kyle Rudolph – Rudolph will have his work cut out for him against a defense that limited Trey Burton to one catch for 15 yards. Rank: Back-end TE1.

Vikings D/ST – They’re the number one option if Rodgers doesn’t go, and outside the top 10 if he does.

Prediction – Packers 28, Vikings 24.

Ravens @ Bengals (TNF)


Andy Dalton – Starting Dalton against the Ravens takes guts. In his six starts against them on his home turf, he has scored 23 in two of them and averaged 8.6 in the other four. Rank: Mid-level QB2

Joe Mixon – In week 1, Mixon handled 94% of Cincinnati’s carries while also garnering a 25% target share. Baltimore’s defense swallowed up Shady McCoy last week, but this isn’t Buffalo’s inept offense. Rank: Low-level RB1/High-end RB2

Gio Bernard – He has no relevance with Mixon dominating the backfield touches. Rank: Bench

A.J. Green – Green has certainly had some floor games against the Ravens, scoring less than five PPR points in 3 of 10 games, but he has also had more than 12 in the other 7 games and more than 25 in 3 of them. There’s no lockdown corner on the Ravens to worry about. Rank: Mid-level WR1.

John Ross – He’s a dart play and will likely see a decent amount of Marlon Humphrey. Rank: Deep league flex option.

Tyler Eifert – Eifert was on the field for just 22 snaps in week 1 and saw a mere 10% of the targets. He’s a touchdown-dependent option in a slightly positive matchup. Rank: Mid-level TE2.


Joe Flacco – Flacco was a QB1 in week 1, but don’t expect him to repeat that performance in week 2. In 18 games against the Bengals, Flacco has scored 12 or less in 10 games and more than 18 just four times. In Cincinnati, he has had just one game with more than 12 points, and that took place 10 years ago. Rank: High-end QB3.

Alex Collins – Collins was out-snapped by Buck Allen 30 to 27 in week 1, though that’s likely due to the blowout. He should see more run against the Bengals, a team he went for 96 total yards and a score in their lone matchup last year. Rank: Mid-level RB2.

Buck Allen – There definitely is some PPR appeal to Allen, though it’s worth noting that he failed to record a reception in two matchups with the Bengals last year. Rank: Deep PPR flex play.

Michael Crabtree – It’s probably not wise to use last week’s game as a gauge, but Crabtree led the Ravens with a 16.2% target share. Whether he faces William Jackson or Dre Kirkpatrick, the matchup won’t be a gimme. Rank: High/Mid-level WR3.

John Brown – Brown will square up with Kirkpatrick and Jackson as well, but his speed makes it a better matchup for him. He saw just 10% of the targets in week 1, though that should go up in a competitive game. Rank: 12 team flex play.

Willie Snead – Snead tied with Crabtree for the team lead with a 16.2% target share, though he was out-snapped by Brown and Crabtree. His matchup with Darqueze Dennard is less than ideal. Rank: Deep league flex option.

Nick Boyle – Boyle has some deeper league appeal against a Bengals defense that allowed 12 receptions for 124 yards and a score to tight ends last week. Rank: Low-level TE2.

Bengals D/ST – This unit is always worthy of consideration against Joe Flacco on their home turf. Rank: Top 12 option.

Prediction – Bengals 23, Ravens 20

Chiefs @ Steelers


Ben Roethlisberger – Ben’s home/road splits are certainly well documented. Over the last two seasons, Big Ben has scored at least 17 points in 11 of 14 home games. In six of those 11 games, he scored 25 or more. Rivers was the QB3 against the Chiefs last week, and that’s right about where Ben should finish. Rank: Top 5 QB.

James Conner – Conner was the RB2 last week and now goes up against a defense that allowed the second most points to running backs in week 1. Rank: Top 10 RB.

Antonio Brown – Denzel Ward did an admirable job slowing down Antonio in week 1. The Chiefs have no such corner on their roster. Rank: Top 3 WR.

JuJu Smith-Schuster – Juju’s matchup with Kendall Fuller isn’t one to take lightly. With that in mind, he is still a highly attractive start. Rank: Top 24 WR.

Jesse James – Vance McDonald might be back. The best option is to wait and see which tight end emerges. Rank: Mid-level TE3.


Patrick Mahomes – Mahomes’ upside was on display in week 1 as he and Tyreek Hill tore apart the Chargers secondary. This week he will face a Steelers defense that allowed 23.5 points to Tyrod Taylor. Rank: Top 12 QB

Kareem Hunt – Hunt saw 72.7% of the carries in week 1, a far cry from his 90% share a year ago. I expect the Chiefs to get him more involved this week, though it might not equal last year’s workload. Rank: Low-level RB1.

Tyreek Hill – In week 1, Hill garnered 32% of Mahomes’ targets and 9% of Kansas City’s carries. The most electric player in the league has established himself as his Mahomes' favorite target and has the upside to be the WR1 every week. There’s no corner on the Steelers that can go toe-to-toe with Hill. Rank: Top 10 WR.

Travis Kelce – Kelce managed just one reception for six yards in week 1, despite his 24% target share. The Steelers allowed just 25 yards to Cleveland tight ends and project to be one of the better tight end defenses all year. Nevertheless, Kelce’s target volume keeps him in the elite TE1 conversation. Rank: Top 8 TE.

Sammy Watkins – Watkins’ matchup with Artie Burns is a tough one. Until he proves to be on the same page as Mahomes, he needs to be left on the bench. Rank: Low-level WR4.

Prediction – Steelers 31, Chiefs 27.

Colts @ Redskins


Alex Smith – Streaming quarterbacks against the Colts is going to be a thing this year. Alex Smith doesn’t have the highest of ceilings, but his floor, particularly in this game, is high. Rank: Fringe QB1.

Adrian Peterson – Peterson was given elite volume last week and it paid off, as he posted an RB6 finish. If he continues to get 70% plus of his team’s rushing share, he will be in the RB1 conversation on a weekly basis. Now he will face a Colts defense that allowed 149 total yards and a score to Joe Mixon. Rank: High-end RB2.

Chris Thompson – Thompson led the Redskins in targets on opening week and has a chance to do so again this week. This will likely be a closer contest, so he should see more than last week’s 33 snaps. Rank: Low-level RB2.

Jamison Crowder – Crowder has a plus matchup in Nate Hairston and Kenny Moore, but it’s a matter of him getting targets. He finished fourth on the team in targets behind Thompson, Reed, and Richardson. His targets should increase as he and Alex Smith get more acquainted. Rank: PPR WR3/WR4.

Jordan Reed – Alex Smith has always showered his tight ends with targets and Reed is as good as they come when healthy. The Colts are a neutral matchup. Rank: Top 5 TE.

Paul Richardson/Josh Doctson – Doctson played more snaps while Richardson garnered more targets in week 1. Neither player are startable options. Rank: Deep league flex plays.


Andrew Luck – Fantasy owners should be encouraged by Luck’s week 1 performance, as he looked like he was back to his QB1 ways. Though they shut down Sam Bradford, the matchup with the Redskins is not particularly daunting. Rank: Mid-level QB1.

Jordan Wilkins / Nyheim Hynes / Marlon Mack – If Mack is healthy, he will likely get most of the touches. If he can’t get go, it will be Wilkins. Either way, none of these guys are more than a flex option.

T.Y. Hilton – The Colts like to move Hilton around, so he will see some of Josh Norman, Quinton Dunbar, and Fabian Moreau, all of whom are above average cover corners. All that said, the matchup is still better than last week and his chemistry with Luck is hard to ignore. Rank: Mid-level WR2.

Jack Doyle – Doyle was second on the Colts in targets in week 1 and that should be a trend that continues throughout the season. The Redskins are a plus matchup for tight ends. Rank: Low-end TE1.

Ryan Grant – Grant will face the same three corners as mentioned above (see T.Y. Hilton), which makes this a tough matchup. He still has week-to-week value in PPR. Rank: PPR flex option.

Eric Ebron – Could Ebron finally be a relevant fantasy player? It certainly seems like it. The speedy tight end has scored in each of his last two extended stints with Luck and he will be a touchdown dependent start again this week. Rank: Mid-level TE2.

Prediction – Colts 24, Redskins 21.

Eagles @ Buccaneers


Ryan Fitzpatrick – It’s safe to say that Fitzpatrick ending up the QB1 was the biggest surprise of the week 1 slate of games. He gets a tougher matchup this week, but then again, I thought New Orleans would be a tough matchup. He has 19 or more points in three of his last six starts, and less than 14 points in the other three. He’s a high upside, low floor streaming option. Rank: Mid-level QB2.

Peyton Barber – Barber dominated the backfield snaps and touches (86%), yet it didn’t result in much fantasy production. The matchup with the Eagles is definitely one to shy away from. Rank: Mid-level RB3.

Mike Evans – Evans finished as the WR7 against Marshon Lattimore, who was one of the premier lockdown corners last year. Julio Jones dominated this secondary a week ago, and Evans should do the same this week. Rank: Top 8 WR.

DeSean Jackson – He’s battling a concussion and shoulder injuries. Monitor his status throughout the week. If he plays, the matchup with Jalen Mills is an exploitable one. Rank: Mid-level WR3.

Chris Godwin – Godwin saw just 14% of the targets in week 1, though that number could jump should DeSean Jackson be forced to miss the game. Rank: Mid-level WR3 (if Jackson is out).

Cameron Brate / O.J. Howard – Howard out-snapped Brate by nearly 20 snaps, though each player saw just 7% of the targets. Neither of them are startable until further notice.


Nick Foles – Foles has now scored 10 points or less in three of his last six starts, and 25 or more in the other three. He has a chance to post a big statline against a defense that allowed 439 yards and 3 touchdowns to Drew Brees. Rank: High-end streamer.

Jay Ajayi – Ajayi was the RB7 despite seeing just 58% of his backfield’s carries. I expect his share to go up a bit and he has multiple-touchdown potential each week. It’s worth noting that the Buccaneers allowed just 3.2 yards per carry against the Saints. Rank: Mid-level RB2.

Darren Sproles – Rank: PPR Deep league flex.

Nelson Agholor – Agholor tied Ertz for the team lead in targets last week, though it only resulted in 33 yards. The matchup this week is an appetizing one, so feel free to start him in most leagues. Rank: High-end WR3.

Zach Ertz – The matchup for Ertz this week is significantly more appealing than it was last week. Rank: Top 5 TE.

Mike Wallace – The matchup is good, but Wallace is merely a dart play this week.

Eagles D/ST – It takes guts to start them, but Fitzpatrick is always capable of throwing a few picks.

Prediction – Eagles 26, Buccaneers 24.

Dolphins @ Jets


Sam Darnold – Even in a 48 point victory, Darnold managed just 13.8 fantasy points. He’s not rosterable at the moment.

Isaiah Crowell – Crowell was the RB3 despite being on the field for just 24 snaps and seeing just 33% of the team’s carries. Needless to say, that’s not sustainable. Rank: Mid-level RB3.

Bilal Powell – Powell handled 40% of the team’s carries and was more involved in the passing game than Crowell. The matchup with the Dolphins is neutral. Rank: Mid-level PPR RB3.

Quincy Enunwa – Only Julio Jones (49%) saw a higher percentage of his team’s targets than Enunwa (48%). The 26-year-old was Darnold’s safety blanket over the middle and shouldn’t be effected much by the return of Jermaine Kearse. The matchup with Bobby McCain is a juicy one, though he will have a tougher time if Minkah Fitzpatrick lines up across from him. Rank: Mid-level PPR WR3.

Robby Anderson – If not for his one big catch, Robby Anderson would have dropped a goose-egg last week. He’s a volatile play against Xavien Howard. Rank: Low-level WR3.


Ryan Tannehill – Tannehill isn’t a great fantasy option against a Jets defense that picked off Matthew Stafford four times in week 1. Rank: Mid-level QB3.

Kenyan Drake – It is as everyone feared, the timeshare between Drake and Gore is real. In week 1, Drake received 56% of Miami’s carries while Gore got 36%. Drake’s fantasy value will be hindered as long as Gore is stealing touches. Rank: Low-end RB2.

Kenny Stills – Stills is a rising fantasy star, but his matchup with Trumaine Johnson is a worrisome one. Stills played all but three snaps last week, and his volume makes him worth starting, despite the tough matchup. Rank: High-end WR3.

Danny Amendola / Albert Wilson – Both players have plus matchups and are serviceable in deeper PPR leagues.

Prediction – Dolphins 22, Jets 17.

Texans @ Titans

Marcus Mariota – Mariota appears as if he’s good to go on Sunday. I wouldn’t consider him to be a fantasy option against one of the league’s better pass rushes. Rank: Mid-level QB3.

Derrick Henry – Henry struggled last week and could struggle again against a defense that held Rex Burkhead to 64 yards on 18 carries. The 24-year-old had just 20 snaps to Dion Lewis’ 49 and received just 38% of the carries. Rank: Mid-level RB3.

Dion Lewis – Lewis was excellent in week 1 and should continue to produce against a defense that allowed 10 receptions for 71 yards and a score to running backs on opening day. It would surprise me if Lewis did not lead the Titans backfield in snaps and touches once again. Rank: Mid-level RB2.

Corey Davis – The volume that Davis is receiving will eventually start producing results. His 34% target share should get even higher with Delanie Walker out for the season. The matchup isn’t great, but it’s not fearsome either. Rank: High-end WR3.

Rishard Matthews – He should have some deeper league appeal with more targets available.


Deshaun Watson – Watson looked rusty last week, but he’s very capable of busting out a huge performance against any defense. Tennessee’s secondary is improved, but if he’s on his game, Watson can put up QB1 numbers. Rank: Mid-level QB1.

Lamar Miller – The Titans did not allow a rushing touchdown last week, though they did give up 4.7 yards per carry. Rank: High-end RB3.

DeAndre Hopkins – A return of Will Fuller and his field-stretching ability would be most welcome for Hopkins owners. Even if Fuller doesn’t return, there isn’t much risk of Malcolm Butler shutting Hopkins down. Rank: High-end WR1.

Will Fuller – Fuller is a high-risk play when healthy, he’s even riskier on a bum hamstring. If he plays, start him at your own risk. Rank: Low-level WR3.

Houston D/ST – They’re worth a start, especially with Mariota not at 100%.

Prediction – Texans 27, Titans 21.

Chargers @ Bills


Josh Allen – Ummm…ok.

LeSean McCoy – All I can say is, I’m glad I don’t own Shady. The good news is, he can’t really get worse than he was last week (yay!). Rank: Low-level RB3.

Kelvin Benjamin – Yuck!


Phillip Rivers – Joe Flacco was the QB7 against the Bills, need I say more? The only drawback to starting Rivers is the potential for a run-heavy blowout. Rank: Mid-level QB1.

Melvin Gordon – He could have a huge game, or he could be shut down early if the Chargers are up 40-0 in the first half. Rank: Mid-level RB1

Austin Ekeler – He’s a sneaky flex play this week due to garbage time upside. Rank: PPR flex play.

Keenan Allen – Buffalo’s only talented player, Tre’Davious White, doesn’t travel to the slot. Rank: Mid-level WR1.

Chargers D/ST – Do you like points? If you answered yes, start the Chargers defense.

Prediction – Chargers 31, Bills 14.

Panthers @ Falcons


Matt Ryan – Ryan hasn’t scored 20 points in a game since 2016 and his offensive coordinator makes Jeff Fisher look like an offensive genius. I wouldn’t touch Ryan against a solid Panthers defense. Rank: Low-level QB2.

Devonta Freeman – Freeman didn’t practice on Wednesday, so it’s worth keeping an eye on Atlanta’s injury report. If he plays, don’t expect RB1 numbers from either running back in Atlanta. Rank: High-end RB3.

Tevin Coleman – Coleman is always startable in PPR, but he has RB1 potential if Freeman is out. Rank: High-end PPR RB3 (High-end RB2 if Freeman is out).

Julio Jones – Over his last six games against the Panthers, Julio has averaged 137 yards a game. That includes a 300 yard explosion in 2016 as well as a 178 yard performance in 2015. Rank: High-end WR1.

Mohamed Sanu – He has some PPR flex appeal against Captain Munnerlyn.


Cam Newton – Atlanta’s defense will be without its top safety and linebacker. Sure, the Panthers offense will be sans Greg Olsen, but Newton has a nice floor in this one. In his last 10 games against the Falcons, Newton has not scored less than 13.5 or more than 22. Rank: Mid-to-low level QB1.

Christian McCaffrey – McCaffrey got just 53% of Carolina’s rushing share, but made up for it with a 36% target share. The targets should only go up with Olsen out. This has the potential to be a big receiving game for CMC, as the Falcons are without their top cover linebacker. Rank: Low-end RB1.

Devin Funchess – The biggest beneficiary of Olsen’s injury will be Devin Funchess. The matchup with Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford is a tough one, so don’t expect a gaudy statline. Rank: High-end WR3.

Prediction – Falcons 24, Panthers 23.

Browns @ Saints


Drew Brees – Over his last 17 home games, Brees is averaging a ludicrous 25.2 points per game. Don’t think twice about starting him, even against an improved Browns defense. Rank: High-end QB1.

Alvin Kamara – Kamara was the RB1 last week and faces the defense that allowed James Conner to be the RB2. He should be the RB1 once again in week 2. Rank: Top RB.

Michael Thomas – All Thomas did last week was catch 16 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. This week he will see a lot of Terrance Mitchell and Denzel Ward. He should finish inside the top 5 for the second consecutive week. Rank: Top 5 WR.

Ted Ginn – Ginn figures to see the most of the rookie Ward, which is not a good draw for him. He’s a risky WR4 this week.

Ben Watson – Watson could be a decent sleeper this week against a defense that has generally been very giving to tight ends.


Tyrod Taylor – Taylor was noticeably better at home as a member of the Bills. It remains to be seen if those splits will continue with the Browns. He has to be a streaming consideration against a defense that just allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to finish as the QB1. Rank: Top 15 QB.

Carlos Hyde – Hyde led the Cleveland backfield in week 1 with 73.3% of their carries. That number could go down if the Browns find themselves in a hole early. The matchup itself is a negative one against a Saints front seven that allowed just 76 yards and no scores on 22 carries to Tampa Bay runners. Rank: Mid-level RB3.

Duke Johnson – Johnson has his usual PPR flex value in what could be a high-scoring affair.

Jarvis Landry – Landry got 38.5 of his team’s targets in week 1, and four of those targets were deep passes. The matchup with Patrick Robinson is tough on paper, though everyone in the Saints secondary was torched last week by the Bucs. Rank: Mid-level WR2.

Josh Gordon – Until it becomes a pattern, I will be fading receivers going up against Marshon Lattimore. Gordon has the talent to beat him, however I’m not sure that the volume will be there. Rank: Back-end WR3.

David Njoku – Njoku’s matchup this week is much friendlier than it was last week. He should be able to rebound. Rank: High-end TE2.

Prediction – Saints 30, Browns 23.

Cardinals @ Rams


Sam Bradford – He looked terrible last week and the Rams have an elite secondary. Rank: Low-level QB3.

David Johnson – He’s an elite RB1, but his upside is capped by the limitations of his offense. Rank: Mid-level RB1.

Larry Fitzgerald – Fitzgerald should avoid Peters and Talib in the slot, though he can’t avoid Sam Bradford. At a 29% target share he should be able to put up some production. As usual, he’s a better option in PPR. Rank: Low-end WR2.

Ricky Seals-Jones – RSJ got 18% of Bradford’s targets in week 1 and was on the field for all but four snaps. Those type of numbers could result in production against a defense that just allowed 9 receptions and 180 yards to Jared Cook. Rank: Mid-level TE2.


Jared Goff – As was the case last week, Goff’s ceiling could be limited by a low volume of pass attempts in what figures to be a blowout. Rank: Mid-to-high level QB2.

Todd Gurley – This is the defense that just allowed two rushing touchdowns to Isaiah Crowell. Rank: Top 3 RB.

Brandin Cooks – The Rams divided their targets rather evenly in week 1, with 27% each going to Kupp and Robert Woods, and 24% to Cooks. Goff did attempt some downfield passes to Cook, which is a great sign for his fantasy prospects. He’s likely to see some of Patrick Peterson, along with Jamar Taylor. Rank: Low-end WR2.

Cooper Kupp – Kupp has the most favorable matchup (Budda Baker), as he’s the only one who will never have to face PP. Rank: High-end WR3.

Robert Woods – Woods will likely see the most of Peterson, which makes him the fade of this group. Rank: Mid-to-low level WR3.

Rams D/ST – They’re a top option against Sam Bradford.

Prediction – Rams 28, Cardinals 16.

Lions @ 49ers


Jimmy Garoppolo – Dating back to last season, Jimmy G has had less than 16 points in four of his six starts, while totaling 19.2 and 22 in the other two, respectively. The Lions allowed 48 points on Sunday, though Sam Darnold managed just 13.8 points in that contest (thrashing?). I would expect Garoppolo to finish right in between the 15 and 20 point mark. Rank: High-end QB2.

Alfred Morris – Morris and Breida had a near even split in week 1, with Morris leading by a slim four snaps and one carry. Where they differed though was their goalline looks – Breida had none, while Morris led the league with five. Against a defense that allowed two rushing scores to Isaiah Crowell, I’d expect Morris to get into the end zone at least once, maybe even twice. Rank: Low-end RB2.

Matt Breida – Those hoping for Brieda to be a trustable back in PPR were surely disappointed by his mere two targets against the Vikings. He does have value as a runner against a front seven that allowed 177 rushing yards to the Jets backfield. Rank: Mid-level RB3.

Marquise Goodwin – As of Thursday afternoon, Goodwin has yet to practice. If he plays, his matchup with Darius Slay and his quad injury are reason enough to fade.

Pierre Garcon – Garcon could also see some of Slay on Sunday, especially if Goodwin is out – though he will have a more favorable matchup when he lines up in the slot. Rank: PPR WR3.

George Kittle – With plenty of targets up for grabs, Kittle (29% target share in week 1) could have another big day against a secondary that allowed Quincy Enunwa to post a line of 6-63-1. Rank: Back-end TE1.

Dante Pettis – Pettis could have a big role in week 2 if Goodwin is out. Keep an eye on the injury report.


Matthew Stafford – Stafford had an abysmal game on MNF and will now face a 49ers defense that allowed 20.4 points to Kirk Cousins. The potential for a huge game is always there with Stafford, however, it is worth noting that he has scored less than 15 points in 10 of his last 16 road games. Rank: High-end QB2.

Detroit RBs – The Lions gave their three running backs a near even split in week 1, rendering their backfield almost completely useless. The only player with some value is Theo Riddick in deeper PPR leagues.

Marvin Jones – Jones finished third in target shares in week 1 (15%), behind Golden Tate (29%) and Kenny Golladay (25%). The matchup certainly had something to do with it, and this week he figures to see a lot of Richard Sherman. I’d fade him again until his target share goes up. Rank: Mid-level WR3.

Golden Tate – Tate had an excellent game against the Jets and has another favorable matchup this week. He’s the top dog in this offense (for now). Rank: Mid-to-Low level WR2.

Kenny Golladay – Golladay started the season off with a bang, catching 7 passes for 114 yards on MNF. The matchup this week is not one to fear. Rank: Mid-level WR3.

Prediction – 49ers 29, Lions 23.

Patriots @ Jaguars


Blake Bortles – Bortles averaged 18.5 points at home last year, but even then he was hit or miss. I don’t trust mistake-prone quarterbacks against Belichick defenses. Rank: Mid-level QB2.

Leonard Fournette – Fournette averaged 16.4 PPR points on his home turf last year, and also totaled 16.9 points in the Conference Championship against New England. All that said, he has yet to practice and hamstring injuries tend to linger. He’s a middling RB2 if he plays.

T.J. Yeldon – Yeldon filled in nicely when Fournette went down last week and should get his fair share of touches even if Fournette is active. He’s a high-end RB2 if Fournette can’t go, and an RB3 if he does play.

Keelan Cole – Amongst Jacksonville’s receivers, Cole led the group in snaps in week 1 but finished fifth on the team in targets. Much of that had to do with him going up against Janoris Jenkins. He draws another tough matchup in week 2 in Stephon Gilmore, who did an excellent job covering DeAndre Hopkins in week 1. Rank: Low-level WR3.

Dede Westbrook – Westbrook finished third in snaps behind Cole and Donte Moncrief, but led all receivers with an 18% target share. He has a slightly negative matchup in week 2, though he’s still worth starting as a flex in PPR. Rank: Mid-level PPR WR3.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins – ASJ couldn’t produce against the team that allowed the most points to tight ends a season ago. I wouldn’t trust him against the Pats. Rank: Low-end TE2.

Jaguars D/ST – In their one matchup last year, the Jaguars sacked Brady three times and recovered one fumble. They’re not a top 3 option this week, but if you own them you probably should start them.


Tom Brady – Brady put up 20 points in the Conference Championship against this unit, but that was on his home turf. Brady scored less than 16.5 points in five his eight road games last season. It’s tough to bench the 41-year-old in any matchup, but he is a lower level QB1 for this game.

Rex Burkhead – Burkhead is in the league’s concussion protocol and this is a tough matchup for him even if he does play. Rank: RB3 if active.

James White – The matchup favors James White even if Burkhead does play. If Burkhead is out, White could see a heavy workload. Rank: Low-end RB2.

Chris Hogan – Hogan managed just 20 receiving yard and failed to score in their postseason matchup. He could struggle again this week. Rank: Mid-level WR3.

Rob Gronkowski – If there was ever such a thing as a tough matchup for Gronk, this would be it. He caught just one pass for 21 yards in the Conference Championship. All that said, there are only a handful of tight ends you can start ahead of Gronk. Rank: Top 8 TE.

Phillip Dorsett – Dorsett posted a line of 7-66-1 in week 1, but this is a disconcerting matchup for him. Rank: Back-end WR4.

Prediction – Jaguars 26, Patriots 24.

Raiders @ Broncos

Derek Carr – After his performance last week, I wouldn’t trust Carr against the Bills, let alone the Broncos! Rank: Back-end QB2.

Marshawn Lynch – Lynch was on the field for just 27 of 74 possible snaps, though gamescript had a lot to do with it. Denver’s defense allowed a mere 59 yards on the ground last week, but that was to Chris Carson and Seattle’s horrendous offensive line. Rank: Low-end RB2.

Jalen Richard – Rank: PPR Flex play.

Amari Cooper – Going back to the beginning of last season, Cooper has had eight games with less than eight PPR points. He has immense bust potential every week. Having said that, his matchup with Bradley Roby and Tramaine Brock are significantly more favorable than his matchup last week. He will need to see more than 8% of the targets in order to be successful. Rank: High-end WR3.

Jared Cook – Cook exploded last week for 180 yards against an elite secondary. This week, he faces a Broncos team that allowed Will Dissly (who?) to finish as the TE2. Cook will be fighting the narrative of always letting fantasy owners down – the last time he had back-to-back games with double digit points in any format was 2011. Rank: Mid-level TE1.

Jordy Nelson – Jordy played all but two snaps in week 1, though that didn’t translate into fantasy production. His matchup this week is a bit more advantageous. Rank: Mid-level WR4.


Case Keenum – Keenum should once again be a steady fantasy option against a porous Raiders defense. Rank: Low-end QB1.

Royce Freeman – Freeman led Denver’s backfield with 29 snaps last week, but ended up tied for the team lead in carries with Phillip Lindsay. The matchup is a good one but the timeshare is concerning. Rank: High-end RB3.

Phillip Lindsay – Lindsay burst on to the scene with an RB11 performance in his NFL debut. He can be started as a flex option in all leagues in a juicy matchup.

Emmanuel Sanders – Sanders was Keenum’s go-to guy in the preseason and it carried over into the regular season as he posted a line of 10-135-1. He should maintain his 28% target share throughout the season. Rank: Mid-level WR2.

Demaryius Thomas – Thomas has a salivating matchup and should get enough targets to finish as a WR2. Rank: Low-level WR2.

Broncos D/ST – They’re a top option given what Derek Carr played like last week.

Prediction – Broncos 24, Raiders 21.

Giants @ Cowboys (SNF)


Dak Prescott – Dak had averaged 15.2 points in his four matchups with the Giants, though that number could be his ceiling given his total lack of viable targets. Rank: Mid-to-low level QB2.

Ezekiel Elliot – Two of Elliot’s three lowest scoring games of his career have come against the Giants. Despite that, he’s still a top 6 option at RB.

Cole Beasley / Allen Hurns – Both players should avoid Janoris Jenkins and have some value as deep PPR flex options.


Eli Manning – Eli has averaged less than 10 points a game in his last six bouts with the Cowboys. He’s had some monster performances in Dallas in the past, but you’d have to be very desperate to start him this week. Rank: Back-end QB2.

Saquon Barkley – Barkley managed an RB8 performance against the best defense in the NFL – he’s a top 8 option again this week.

Odell Beckham Jr. – OBJ has averaged 17.3 PPR points in his six games against Dallas. Combine that fact with his absurd 42% target share, and he’s a top 3 WR.

Sterling Shepard – Shepard had a 20% target share in week 1, but his week 2 matchup with Byron Jones is not a great one. Rank: PPR WR4.

Evan Engram – A dwindling target share and a slightly negative matchup is enough reason to fade Engram this week. Rank: High-end TE2.

Prediction – Giants 21, Cowboys 17.

Seahawks @ Bears (MNF)


Mitch Trubisky – Trubisky has upside due to his vast arsenal of weapons, though he failed to utilize them last week against the Packers. Rank: Mid-to-low level QB2.

Jordan Howard – Seattle allowed 146 rushing yards to Denver running back last week and Howard should be able to take advantage of that with a 75% share of Chicago’s carries. Rank: High-end RB2.

Tarik Cohen – The Seahawks also allowed 4 receptions for 46 yards and a score to runners in week 1, so Cohen should have some PPR value. Rank: PPR flex play.

Allen Robinson – The Seahawks were the fourth most generous team to receivers last week, but the question for ARob is volume, not matchup. Rank: Mid-level WR3.

Trey Burton – As is the case with Robinson, the hurdle for Burton is volume. The matchup is neutral. Rank: High-end TE2.

Chicago D/ST – They’re a top 5 option against Seattle’s leaky offensive line.


Russell Wilson – He will be without his top target going up against a frightening pass rush, but it matters not – he’s a top 10 option every week.

Chris Carson / Rashaad Penny – So much for Carson being the “workhorse” – he and Penny split the carries evenly in week 1. They’re both flex options against an above average Bears front seven

Tyler Lockett – The Bears allowed the second most points to receivers last week, including 142 yards and a score to fellow slot receiver Randall Cobb. Lockett should see a higher number of targets with Baldwin out. Rank: Mid-level WR3.

Brandon Marshall – There is a “revenge game” narrative here, but Kyle Fuller is a very capable corner. Still, Marshall should get enough volume to have a productive fantasy day. Rank: Mid-level WR3.

Will Dissly – The week 1 star will have a tough going against a secondary that locked down Jimmy Graham a week ago. Rank: Low-end TE2.

Prediction – Bears 20, Seahawks 17. 


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September 14, 2018 at 05:18 am

Vikings by 7

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September 14, 2018 at 09:40 am

Thanks, Elisha!

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