Fantasy football is back and we got our first glimpse of fantasy football disappointments last week. It was great to see if you take on one, but don’t you feel like your players are the only ones not showing up? Either way, these weeks of disappointment will happen on a regular basis. so we have to try to identify the fantastic busts from week 2 before they happen. Sure, some come out of nowhere, but we can take factors such as matches, injuries and ineffectiveness from previous matches to identify possible candidates for elimination and inform your start, sit ’em decisions.
Damien Harris against an awful Jets team? One of the hottest week 2 waiver thread adds, Mark Ingram? Mr. five affected himself Jameis Winston? You bet – and we have good reason to worry about each of them.
Last week we nailed the receiver group of Kenny Golladay, Marquez Callaway and Courtland Sutton as busts, but we were obviously sleeping on Jameis Winston and the Saints’ defense. (We blame the Packers.) Our headliners were Darrell Henderson and D’Andre Swift (oops), so we obviously had our fair share of hiccups. We learned a valuable lesson to move forward, don’t listen to Dan Campbell.
We won’t bore anyone with obvious seat candidates, but we will plead a case each time with reasonable cause for each selection. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t be sitting these players down if you don’t have better options (or if you just don’t want to – it’s your team after all), but at least prepare for scores. potentially lower than usual.
PPR WEEK 2 RANKS:
quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Fantastic busts of week 2: running backs
Damien Harris, Patriots @ Jets (Jackson Sparks). The game against the Jets looks terribly juicy, and that choice might seem silly after Sunday, but we can’t ignore Harris ‘late-game fumble that sealed the Dolphins’ victory over the Patriots in the week. 1. This is Bill Belichick that we are talking about here. Would it be really shocking if he punished Harris for at least a week? They shouldn’t need him to run the Jets, so it feels like a classic “bland a Pats RB” week. This scenario also makes James White and JJ Taylor sleeper candidates, as Rhamondre Stevenson also fumbled over his first carry-over in the NFL and didn’t see another for the remainder of the game.
Mark Ingram, Texans (Vinnie Iyer). Everything went perfectly for Ingram to have a heavy workload against the Jaguars, including the game script and the game. Throw it all out the window against the Browns.
Josh Jacobs, Raiders @ Steelers (Matt Lutovsky). Jacobs scored twice last week, but he didn’t look good otherwise. Sure, Baltimore is a tough defense, but Pittsburgh is even more so. Jacobs doesn’t seem to be much better after traveling across the country over a short week, so there’s no need to take a chance with him.
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Week 2 Fantasy Football Busts: Quarterbacks
Matthew Stafford, Rams @ Colts (Sparks). You shouldn’t be benching Stafford in every league, but he’s quietly a knocked out candidate in Week 2. The Colts’ defense was torched by Russell Wilson, but it looks like an unusual week compared to what is generally a stud defense. While the Rams are talented, Seattle arguably has a more superior high-end skill pool. If Stafford goes off in Indianapolis, we’ll assess Indy’s defense to move forward. For now, we still see them as top-tier defense, much better than what the Rams faced in Week 1 (Bears).
Jameis Winston, Saints at Panthers (Iyer). Winston didn’t throw much and still had five touchdowns last week, but don’t chase that score thinking he’s like Drew Brees. This match will be more of a running duel between Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey than a passing party.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans @ Seahawks (Lutovsky). Tannehill still seems to be finding his way to at least two touchdowns like he did last week, but the Titans’ offense seemed completely out of sync against Arizona. They couldn’t block, and there was no rhythm between Tannehill and his receivers. What is perhaps more concerning is that Seattle’s pass defense against the Colts looked much better than last year. With Seattle back home ahead of the “12th man,” Tennessee could step into yet another circular saw.
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Week 2 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide Receivers
Corey Davis, Jets vs. Patriots (Sparks). In Week 1 (@ Carolina), Davis (5-97-2) stat line looked pretty at the end of the day. However, these were late-game hits, one of which can be characterized as cooldown. Bill Belichick is known to have made rookie QB’s life hell, so we can assume Zach Wilson will be ineffective. Yes, Stephon Gillmore (quad) is out, but JC Jackson and Devin McCourty still exist, and Wilson will be under duress all day with left tackle Mekhi Becton (knee) out for the game.
Julio Jones, Titans @ Seahawks (Iyer). Jones didn’t really click offensively in his first game, and it’s hard to see the chemistry between him and a suddenly struggling Tannehill against a blazing Seattle on the road.
Odell Beckham Jr., Browns vs. Texans (Lutovsky). OJB got a surprise scratch last week because of knee pain. It’s entirely possible that Cleveland will keep him on the sidelines again this week in a game where he’s a favorite monster. If OBJ does play, however, it could be sparingly. He will have to score early to produce as there is a good chance he won’t play late when the game is out of control. Yes, the game is favorable, but it is fair to wonder if OBJ will get the volume needed in Cleveland’s heavy offense.
Update: Odell Beckham (knee) will not play in week 2.
STANDARD RANKING FOR WEEK 2:
quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | tight end | D / ST | Kicker
Week 2 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight Ends
Tyler Higbee, Rams @ Colts (Sparks). Higbee looked great with his new best friend, Matthew Stafford, and was second on the team with six targets. However, Seattle TE Gerald Everett only received two targets for 20 yards, although he did score a touchdown. Touchdowns are hard to project from week to week, so we can’t count on them. What we do know is that Everett was generally a non-factor, and eternal All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard will be tasked with covering Higbee for much of the game.
Mike Gesicki, Dolphins vs. Bills (Iyer). It’s more of a reminder that he’s no longer a rookie winger and is on the verge of a crash in this new offense.
Juwan Johnson, Saints @ Panthers (Lutovsky). Johnson was a darling fantasy last week with two scores, so many owners might consider him this week. Keep in mind that he only played 12 snaps and had three targets. His colleague TE Adam Trautman had six targets. It’s hard to know much about the Saints’ offense after their resounding victory, but Johnson is not immune to the opportunities ahead.
Week 2 Fantasy Busts: Tusks
Carolina Panthers vs. Saints (Sparks). The Panthers defense looked solid in Week 1, but you remember it playing against the Jets. Meanwhile, the Saints’ offense looked effective and scored 38 points on the board against Green Bay. This should really test the Panthers’ defense so we’ll see how they play out, but we can’t count on a strong performance in Week 2.
San Francisco 49ers to Eagles (Iyer). Secondary issues are cause for concern in the face of a burning offense on the road.
Miami Dolphins vs. Bills (Lutovsky). We love dolphins for the season, but not this week. They didn’t do much against rookie QB Mac Jones in Game 1, and we find it hard to believe the Bills’ powerful offense will still struggle. Miami is good, but they’re not quite Pittsburgh. Give the dolphins another week before you shoot them.