2018 NFL Week That Was: Week 2
Glenn Colton takes an in-depth look at the past week of the NFL season and how everything turned out for fantasy football owners.
Ryan Fitzpatrick lighting up the scoresheet highlights this week’s Football Week That Was.
Ryan Fitzpatrick : FitzMagic has been, well Magic. I am not sure how long this sleight of hand can last but, with the Steelers who gave up 6 touchdowns to Patrick Mahomes on the schedule in week 3, I am willing to roll at least one more week. Just never forget this is the same player who threw 17 picks against just 12 TD in his last starting gig in 2016. Bottom line: Do not trade for Fitz, enjoy a good week 3 matchup but do not be afraid to sell high if you get the right price. You already got your money’s worth!
David Johnson: David Johnson has another weak fantasy day Sunday. 13 carries for 48 yards; 1 catch for 3 yards and No TD. Ugh. Is their team bad? Yes. Can they block well? No. But what choice do they have but to find ways to get him the ball? Can I see Johnson having Saquon games (14 catches on dump offs as his QB runs for his life)? You bet. Buy low opportunity for sure. Repeat buy LOW opportunity. If the Johnson owner in your league wants first or even second round value, just wish him/her well and move along.
Bilal Powell : Bilal Powell had a good fantasy game doing Bilal things. He caught 5 balls for 74 yards and a TD. You read it here – Powell will be the Jets RB to own in 2018. As the season goes on, the young QB will continue to look for Powell as his safety valve and the PPR points will pile up. [In the last two years, Bilal has over 900 yards from scrimmage and 5 TD in each year. RB1 material? No. Flex value? Yessir].
Kenyan Drake : Kenyan Drake had a nice day carrying 11 times for 53 yards (and a TD) and catching another 4 passes to boot. Drake averaged close to 5 yards per carry while Frank Gore averaged under 3. As great a pro as Gore is (and he is), Drake is the better back now and will see more and more of the load as the season goes on. Now is the time to harp about Gore and get an undervalued back in your backfield. Kenyan Drake will be on a lot of title teams come December.
Julio Jones : Julio again fails to make the end zone. He is a great player but Austin Hooper and Calvin Ridley got the TDs. I am worried that the history of no TD is real. PPR magic, maybe. Standard worries. Definitely. In his seven NFL seasons, Julio has exactly one (yes one) season of double digit TDs. For whatever reason, Matt Ryan doesn’t look his way or forces the ball in bad situations. Either way, Julio’s fantasy owners suffer. Proceed with caution in standard leagues and sell high after the first two TD game if you can.
Cowboys DST: They look for real to me. Yes, I am biased but now the team has given up only 29 points in two games. The corners look good, Demarcus Lawrence is a beast and the when Sean Lee plays, the Boys DST is well, good. With the Seahawks coming off a short week next week and then the reeling Lions and still wobbling Texans on the horizon, this is a pickup for me. Oh, and since the ST matters too, remember that Tavon Austin is always a threat to take one to the house!
Final Note: It is an honor and pleasure to write about both baseball and football at Fantasyalarm.com. Next week, we will double up with the final Week that Was baseball and a Week That Was football. Until then...