Fantasy NFL Week 2: Keep running up that Hill with Tyreek
Offense is the buzzword in Kansas City and Tampa Bay but if you have Dallas skill players, you aren't feeling so good. Neil Monnery assesses the fantasy NFL landscape for week two...
On the negative front those Dallas Cowboys look pretty abject from a fantasy standpoint. 170 yards and no touchdowns for Dak Prescott might be a sign of things to come. If he is your fantasy QB then try and trade him now in the hope another manager believes in him.
What did we learn from Week 1?
The starting point has to be just how explosive the Kansas City Chiefs offense is. Patrick Mahomes can really sling it down the field and if you have Tyreek Hill then boy you've picked a good one. 35.3 points in a standard ESPN format for the wide receiver last week having scored three all-purpose touchdowns to go along with 169 receiving yards. Sammy Watkins didn't get going and Travis Kelce caught one pass for six yards but they'll be fine. It wasn't like they were facing a poor defense either but that performance has made any player who is a starter in a skill position a must get if available.
I love the over 53.5 points in Kansas City @ Pittsburgh at 19/20 (Sportsbook) (and Betfair columnist and all around fountain of knowledge on US Sports Mike Carlson also likes the over in this one)
Another team with fantasy players potentially available are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan Fitzpatrick had himself a day against the porous Saints defense. Could I interest you in 417 yards and four scores? I know the Eagles aren't as shambolic defensively as the team from Louisiana but it still isn't a bad match-up. DeSean Jackson is in concussion protocol after his terrific display on Sunday but the indications are he'll be good to go. If he doesn't start then grab Chris Godwin and enjoy a double-figure points day.
In the same game it became startlingly obvious that the Saints offense is going to be a juggernaut once more. In my fantasy league I took Drew Brees as my third string QB and in retrospect that blows my mind. Both in the fact I took two QBs before him and that no-one else grabbed him. This is a very similar scenario to Kansas City as if you have any opportunity of trading for or picking up a skill player who gets a starting position then do it.
On the negative front those Dallas Cowboys look pretty abject from a fantasy standpoint. 170 yards and no touchdowns for Dak Prescott might be a sign of things to come. If he is your fantasy QB then try and trade him now in the hope another manager believes in him. Ezekiel Elliott will continue to run well but with the passing game severely lacking, expect teams to load the box to stop the ground and pound attack.
Injury woes at Tight End
Delanie Walker is done for the season and Greg Olsen has broken his foot again and is out for a significant chunk of time. Both players are in the upper-echelon of fantasy Tight End's and if you've drafted either then you are pretty downbeat today.
Alternatives start with George Kittle out in San Francisco. Targeted nine times with five catches for 90 yards against a strong Vikings defense is a very nice haul. This week he goes up against a Detroit Lions team that put up an absolutely clunker on Monday night against rookie QB Sam Darnold. I'd fully expect another good week for the 49ers TE with the probability of reaching the end zone being high.
Another option is Jared Cook of the Raiders. He is unlikely to go for 180 yards again like he did in the other Monday night game but against the shell of a Broncos defense (who let Will Dissly go for 105 yards and a score on Sunday), I would expect another good performance.
What other injury concerns are out there?
Leonard Fournette is a first-round talent who is dealing with a hamstring injury. If you have him then pick-up his backup T.J. Yeldon now and wait until Sunday to see if the former LSU Tiger is active for the big showdown with the Patriots.
Devonta Freeman is also one to watch as game day approaches but even if he is healthy, I'm not totally sold that he's a slam dunk starter against the Panthers who held Ezekiel Elliott in check last week. His backup is Tevin Coleman who wouldn't be a bad play. I would prefer either Dion Lewis or James White if available however.
Which big names have Week 2 bust written all over them?
Chris Hogan had one catch for 11 yards against the Texans and that was an eyeopener to me. I still like him going forward being Tom Brady's deep threat but I'm all in on the Jags defense. This means if I had him, I'd be sitting his behind on the bench for this one.
When it comes to big names, you don't get much grander than Aaron Rodgers but question marks surround the Packers signal-caller. A sprained knee isn't ideal but he is a gamer who won't like being kept out. The Minnesota Vikings defense however is no joke and sometimes you have to lose the battle to win the war. Monitor his health closely towards game day.
Lastly it would be remiss of me to forget to tell you that the Josh Allen era will start this weekend in Buffalo and while it is an upgrade on Nathan Pederman, you don't want be considering the rookie QB fantasy wise. The Bills might be the worst NFL team this season and having nothing to do with any of their players is a mightily good plan.