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Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings: Boom, Bust, Stream or Fade

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Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings: Boom, Bust, Stream or Fade

Week 1 recap


Marcus Mariota – He didn’t have a huge week, but Mariota still finished as the QB6 in week 1.

Carson Palmer – Palmer was awful against the Lions, scoring just 9 points and finishing as the QB22.

Dalvin Cook – Cook looked like a stud in his NFL debut, finishing as the RB11 in standard and RB10 in PPR.

Christian McCaffrey – McCaffrey didn’t fare as well as Cook in his debut, finishing as the RB29 in standard and RB23 in PPR.

A.J. Green – Green was not a top-3 receiver in week 1 as I predicted he would be, but he managed to finish in the top-30 despite the fact that the Bengals offense was downright horrid.

Kelvin Benjamin – This was a big miss. Benjamin put up 25 yards against the 49ers and failed to reach the end zone.

Zach Ertz – I expected a bigger performance, but Ertz was the TE6 in standard and TE4 in PPR.


Dak Prescott – Prescott played better than I expected, finishing as the QB11.

Philip Rivers – Rivers finished with 17.7 points, good enough for a QB10 finish.

Frank Gore – Gore was a bust in week 1, totaling just 52 total yards and no scores.

Mark Ingram – Ingram ran for just 17 yards against the Vikings, but managed to salvage his day with 54 yards receiving.

Dez Bryant – Bryant had just 43 receiving yards on 2 receptions against the Giants.

Alshon Jeffrey – Jeffrey was indeed a bust, putting up just 38 yards against Josh Norman and the Redskins.

Jack Doyle – Doyle had 2 receptions for 41 yards early on, and nothing after that.


Sam Bradford – Bradford had his best performance as a Viking, finishing as the QB3.

Brian Hoyer – Hoyer was awful against the Panthers.

Danny Woodhead – Woodhead looked great until he got hurt in the first quarter.

C.J. Anderson – Anderson was a decent streamer in week 1, finishing as the RB20 in standard and RB26 in PPR.

Pierre Garcon – Garcos was a WR2 in both standard and PPR.

Martavis Bryant – Bryant managed just 2 receptions for 14 yards.

Hunter Henry – Henry couldn’t even muster a single target against the Broncos.


Ben Roethlesberger – Big Ben failed to finish as a QB1 against the Browns.

Drew Brees – I was right in fading Brees, who was the QB15

All Bengals Running Backs – None of them performed well in week 1.

All Patriots Running Backs – Gillislee had a 3 touchdown game and he needs to be started every week unless he loses the goal-line job.

Michael Thomas – Thomas was a good fade in week 1, as he posted just 45 yards and no scores.

T.Y. Hilton – Hilton was a good fade as well; as he put up a mere 57 yards.

Eric Ebron – Ebron managed just 2 receptions for 9 yards.



Boom, Bust, Stream, Fade


Boom: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (vs. NYJ) – In two career games against the Jets, Carr has averaged 242/3/0, and those games came against significantly better Jet defenses. I expect Carr to throw for over 340 yards and multiple scores.

Boom: Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CHI) – The Bears allowed 17 or more points to each of their eight road opponents last year, and 20 or more to five of them. Winston has had two weeks to prepare for this game and a boatload of weapons at his disposal. He should go off.

Bust: Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (@ LAR) – Last year, the Rams held Ryan Tannehill, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Eli Manning, and Tyrod Taylor to 16 points or less. Washington’s offense looked out of sync in week 1 and in the preseason, and it’s unlikely that they will rebound this week against Aaron Donald and the Rams.

Bust: Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (@ DEN) – Denver allowed eight total touchdowns to quarterbacks at home last year. Eight. Only Cam Newton scored more than 16 points against them at Mile High. Dak probably has a floor of 13 due to his rushing ability, but his ceiling is extremely low. Avoid him this week.

Stream: Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. MIA) – The Dolphins allowed four road quarterbacks to score 23 or more. Rivers put up a respectable performance against the league’s best defense in week 1, and I expect him to be a top 10 quarterback this week against the Dolphins.

Stream: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (@ IND) – I’ll give Palmer one more shot before giving up on him. He gets a juicy matchup against a defense that allowed over 300 passing yards to Jared Goff. With David Johnson out, I expect the Cardinals to become a pass-heavy offense. If Palmer can’t put up a big performance against the Colts, he’ll be safe to drop in most leagues.

Fade: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (@ NYG) – The Giants were even better than the Broncos at home last year against quarterbacks, allowing just six touchdowns. Only Kirk Cousins managed to score more than 16. Fade Stafford in DFS and season-long leagues.

Fade: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (@ JAC) – The Jaguars defense was ferocious in week 1 against the Texans, and they have the talent to be a tough defense all season. I’m fading Mariota in DFS.


Running Backs

Boom: Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders (vs. NYJ) – Lynch played very well in week 1 and gets to face a much less daunting opponent in week 2. I expect the same type of yardage production with at least one score to go with it.

Boom: Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. CHI) – The Bears allowed more than 75 total yards to seven different running backs on the road last year. Rodgers had over 75 yards in each of his five starts last year, and 13 or more fantasy points in four of them.

Bust: Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (vs. ARI) – I’d keep Gore on my bench until Luck returns, and that’s especially true against the Cardinals. Though Arizona did allow some big games to running backs on the road last year, the Luck-less Colts won’t give Gore much to work with.

Bust: Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (@ BAL) – In his two games against Baltimore last year, Crowell posted lines of 18/133/1 and 9/23/0. Unfortunately for Crowell, the latter came on the road, where the Ravens allowed just two running backs to reach double-digit fantasy points. Don’t expect him to bounce back this week.

Stream: Bilal Powell, New York Jets (@ OAK) – The Raiders allowed six running backs to put up more than 80 total yards against them last year at home. They also allowed 11 touchdowns to running backs at the Coliseum. I don’t expect much from any Jets player, though I do expect Powell to pick his game up starting with this week in Oakland.

Stream: Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (vs. SF) – Rawls was expected to be the Seahawks starter to begin the season, but couldn’t go last week against the Packers. In his absence, the trio of Eddie Lacy, C.J. Prosise, and Chris Carson did not do enough take the job away from him. He could return to 15+ touches against a team that was historically bad against the run last year.

Fade: C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (vs. DAL) – The Cowboys allowed just one running back to run for 70 or more yards against them on the road. This should be a game where the Broncos lean on their passing game. I’m fading Anderson in DFS and flexing him in season-long leagues.

Fade: All Bengals running backs (vs. HOU) – Week 1’s matchup with the Ravens provided no clarity with regards to the Cincinnati backfield; Mixon had 11 touches, Gio had 8, and Hill had 7. I wouldn’t start any of them until one of them wins the job, though Gio isn’t the worst option in deep PPR leagues.


Wide Receivers

Boom: Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers (@ ATL) – Adams followed a pattern last year; he never had under 8 points in back-to-back weeks. In fact, here is how he followed up his five games with under 5 points (he had 4.7 against Seattle): 8.3, 25.2, 23.3, 16.4, and 10.4. I expect Adams to be a top-12 receiver this week.

Boom: Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. MIA) – Allen garnered 10 targets last week and put up 35 yards and a touchdown against the toughest secondary in the NFL. He should have a much easier time against the Dolphins secondary.

Bust: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. ARI) – Hilton will likely make plenty of appearances in this section while Andrew Luck is out. This week he gets a matchup against one of the better lockdown corners that the NFL has to offer in Patrick Peterson. I’m fading Hilton in DFS and treating him as a WR3 in season-long leagues.

Bust: Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams (vs. WAS) – Watkins managed just 5 catches for 58 yards against what is quite possibly the worst defense in the league; and now he gets a matchup with Josh Norman. I’m not touching him in DFS or season-long leagues.

Stream: John Brown, Arizona Cardinals (@ IND) – Brown posted a line of 4/32/0 on 9 targets against the Lions. He should see plenty of action against the Colts’ terrible secondary.

Stream: Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (vs. WAS) – Kupp posted a line of 4/76/1 in his NFL debut and looked like Goff’s most trusted target. With Watkins likely to occupy Norman, Kupp should be Goff’s top target again this week.

Fade: Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles (@ KC) – Jeffery goes from a matchup with Josh Norman in week 1 to facing off against Marcus Peters (who didn’t allow a single reception in coverage against NE) for some snaps in week 2. Jeffrey should be better than he was in week 1, but I’m still fading him in DFS and flexing him in season-long leagues.

Fade: Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (@ DEN) – Dez went up against Janoris Jenkins in week 1, and now he has to face Denver’s vaunted secondary in week 2. I’m treating Dez like a WR3 this week and not even considering him in DFS.


Tight Ends

Boom: Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks (vs. SF) – Graham’s posted a line of 6/100/1 in this matchup last year. With the tight end position being such a crapshoot this year, Graham is as close to a must-start as anyone not named Gronkowski.

Bust: Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (vs. ARI) – Doyle will be going up against the NFL’s best tight end defense without Andrew Luck, he shouldn’t be started in any format.

Stream: Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers (@ ATL) – The Falcons allowed more than 8 points to five different tight ends at home last year. The Rodgers-to-Bennett connection seems to be cultivating rapidly, and this should be the first of many TE1 performances.

Deep League Stream: Ben Watson, Baltimore Ravens (vs. CLE) – The Browns were atrocious against tight ends last year, allowing a line of 94/1012/13, and they started the 2017 season by giving up 6/41/2 to Jesse James. It’s worth throwing a dart at Watson, who was on the field for 61 percent of Baltimore’s offensive snaps in week 1.

Fade: Jesse James, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. MIN) – The Vikings allowed just two tight ends to score more than 8 points on the road against them last year. With James, you’re chasing touchdowns, and they allowed just 4 to the position all year. Look elsewhere for streaming options.


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Dzehren's picture

Flex non PPR

Would you play Adam Thielan , TY Hilton or OJ Howard Bucs vs Bears? Thanks

Elisha Twerski's picture

Definitely not Howard. I'm not sure that he'll have a big role early on. My updated rankings have Thielan ahead of Hilton. I'm a bit concerned that Thielan followed up all of his 100+ yard performances last year with duds, but I'm more concerned with the QB situation in Indy and the fact that Hilton is going up against Patrick Peterson.

Dzehren's picture

Thanks consigliere!

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