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Updated: Wed, Sep 18th 2019 10:30:05 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

Venue: Bank of America Stadium(Charlotte)Thu. 9-12 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 48


Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers
Game Time: Thursday, September 12 at 8:20pm ET
Spread: Panthers -5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jameis Winston – It was an ugly start to the season for Winston as the 49ers defense kept the pressure on him and he continued to make poor decisions in a state of panic. He threw two pick sixes and was sacked three times. The Panthers don’t exactly have a scary defensive line, but the Bucs offensive line didn’t look great. If Winston is your starting fantasy quarterback you definitely want to see a good game this week or the panic might start.

Peyton Barber – Barber got more carries, and had one nice 14 yard run, and then the mediocrity set in. The second half didn’t do Barber any favors, and he lost carries to Ronald Jones . The Panthers did allow over five yards a carry to the Rams, but the Bucs line isn’t as good as the Rams. It will be tough to trust Barber in Week 2.

Ronald Jones – While it seemed like Peyton Barber could hold the starting job for a while again in 2019, the second half of the game was all Ronald Jones . He carried the ball 13 times for 75 yards and had one catch for 18 yards. Jones looked shifty, agile, and somewhat explosive. You’d have to think right now if you were going to start one Tampa Bay runner against the Panthers it will definitely be Ronald Jones .

Mike Evans – Sure Week 1 was a total disappointment especially in a game that was projected to be a big one for him, But Evans is still an elite receiver and won’t be held down for long. He should bounce back in a big way. This offense is too good to be held mostly in check two weeks in a row. If Evans let you down this past week, the upcoming week will be far better.

Chris Godwin – Godwin led the team in receiving with a paltry 53 yards, but did score a touchdown to save his fantasy day. He will still operate out of the slot, which should ultimately yield him more opportunities. Cooper Kupp had seven catches for the Rams out of the slot and there’s a good chance that Godwin could see those type numbers in Week 2.

O.J. Howard  – When your offense really doesn’t get in sync, it is hard for anyone to accumulate impressive stats. Howard looked particularly bad though, and his usual reliable hands were not there. He had a very catchable ball bounce out of his hands and was intercepted, and he also lost a fumble in this game. He did show his explosive ability, but was super sloppy in Week 1. Continue to start him and know there are better days ahead for Howard.

Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton – Newton failed to throw a touchdown pass in this game, and if you had to sum up his performance in one word it might be inefficient. Despite the fact the team scored 27 points, it never felt like Newton was in control, and his typical added fantasy value running the ball was gone. He had negative two yards on the ground, and admitted to feeling rusty. That could be the case as Cam is still dealing with a nagging injury, but the concern is real and he will need to bounce back in Week 2.

Christian McCaffrey – What a day Sunday was for McCaffrey! He led the team in rushing yards, receptions, and receiving yards, and totaled 209 yards from scrimmage. His two touchdowns also made his fantasy owners extremely happy. There is basically no stopping this guy. It’s full speed ahead this week and every week.

D.J. Moore – Moore had ten targets for the Panthers which ended up being good for seven catches for 76 yards, making it a solid game for Moore. There should be much more where this came from for Moore, and the fact that Cam Newton wasn’t overly good in this game makes his stat line even more impressive. Moore is a must start again this week against the Bucs.

Curtis Samuel – A player everyone was excited about coming into the season, Samuel disappointed with just four targets and three catches in Week 1. Despite scoring 27 points, the Panthers offense was never really in sync, and everyone should have better numbers against Tampa’s spotty defense. Samuel should definitely have at least five catches and 75 yards this weekend.

Greg Olsen – Olsen actually had the third most targets on the team with nine, which is an incredibly encouraging number. The only thing that holds Olsen back is injury, and while he is nursing a back injury, he is expected to play. Tampa did give up eight catches for 54 yards to George Kittle in Week 1, and he had a touchdown called back from a penalty. Olsen should be someone you can trust Thursday.

Summary: Jameis Winston looked very pedestrian when under pressure last week, and the Panthers should be able to muster a pass rush on him. The Buccaneers will have zero answer for Christian McCaffrey and the Panthers should get in the win column in Week 2 in a fairly easy fashion.

Prediction:  Panthers 27, Buccaneers 17

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Detroit Lions

Venue: Ford Field(Detroit)Sun. 9-15 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 46.5


Los Angeles Chargers at Detroit Lions
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Lions +2.5

Los Angeles Chargers

Philip Rivers – Rivers got off to his typical strong start with three touchdowns, although Austin Ekeler did most of the hard work on the one. He did all of this against a fairly strong Indianapolis defense. Rivers now faces a secondary in Detroit that held strong for three quarters, before they let Kyler Murray tear them up and blow a big lead. This has the looks of another potential three touchdown game for Rivers.

Austin Ekeler – As expected, most of Ekeler’s damage was done through the short passing game, and his 55 yard touchdown was all his effort. He did have 12 rushes to Justin Jackson ’s six, and totaled nine catches for 96 yards with three total touchdowns. Obviously this Melvin Gordon situation isn’t going to solve itself quickly and with the injury to Hunter Henry , Ekeler should be fired up again this week against Detroit.

Justin Jackson – Many thought that Jackson would get the better share of the carries, but not the receptions out of the backfield. However, he ended up only getting one-third of the timeshare with Ekeler. The good news for Jackson is that he averaged 9.5 yards per carry, so he made the most of the opportunities he received. In fact he gained just one less yard than Ekeler did on the ground with six less attempts. He only had one reception as well, so while he looked pretty decent he might not be the best fantasy play right now.

Keenan Allen – From the “exactly what was expected” department, Keenan Allen had another amazing game. He had eight catches for 123 yards and a really nice touchdown. This isn’t breaking news, nor should anyone be surprised. He will draw Darius Slay this week against the Lions which could mean that his numbers might not be quite so gaudy in Week 2, but there is never a reason to not be excited about Allen week to week, especially with the lack of depth at receiver.

Mike Williams – The only guy who you can really say disappointed for the Chargers on Sunday was Mike Williams . His two catches for 29 yards left fantasy owners scratching their heads, and the three targets was even more baffling on a day where Rivers did throw 34 times. He is very questionable dealing with a knee injury and is starting to look like he might miss the game. He is a no go even if he does play

Travis Benjamin – He has a chance of being more of a role if Mike Williams misses the game, but even if he does Benjamin is really hard to trust. He is someone who has to score a touchdown to have a solid fantasy game. And while the Lions defense isn’t a great unit by any stretch, Benjamin belongs on the waiver wire. 

Hunter Henry – Henry was diagnosed with a fractured left knee and will miss the next 4-to-6 weeks. Virgil Green is next on the depth chart for the Charges but he has never caught more than 22 passes in a season since entering the league in 2011.

Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford – Week 2 of the 2018 season was the last time Stafford had 45 passing attempts or more, so thinking that Stafford is back among the top ten fantasy quarterbacks will likely be a mistake. He needed every one of those fairly inefficient attempts to earn a tie with the Cardinals. The most impressive part of it all is that he did not throw an interception. Last week the Chargers didn’t give up a ton of yardage to Jacoby Brissett but he was 21 for 27 and did have two touchdowns. Los Angeles can be thrown on some, but expect Stafford’s attempts to be back in the high 20’s or low 30’s and another trip over 300 yards or three touchdowns is a long shot.

Kerryon Johnson – The coaching staff told you all offseason that they were going to limit Kerryon Johnson ’s rushes in an attempt to keep him healthy. They stayed true to their word as Johnson had just 16 carries and two catches in a game that played five full quarters. The more concerning number is the 3.1 yards per carry, so he didn’t do anything to earn more time. Not that C.J. Anderson blew anyone’s doors off either, but you could be looking at a 60/40 split in carries again in Week 2. You have to start Kerryon, but it is with a little less excitement after Week 1.

Marvin Jones – Jones ended up with a decent fantasy day with four catches for 56 yards, but he had to haul in all four of his targets to get there. He seems to be becoming much less of a focus in the offense as they turn to other, younger players. Considering it was already noted that quarterback Matt Stafford threw more times than he usually does, expecting more from Jones might not be a great idea. He will have a few big games along the way, but he is a WR3 at best these days.

Kenny Golladay – The touchdown he scored saved him from a very lackluster stat line as he finished with four catches for 42 yards. However, the good news is that he did have nine targets, so you are clearly seeing that he is the wide receiver of choice in this offense. He may be staring a lot across the field at Casey Hayward of the Chargers, but that shouldn’t make Golladay unplayable. The future is very bright for the Lions number one guy.

Danny Amendola – Amendola was targeted the most of any Lions receiver, which really should tell you how their day was because that surely wasn’t the game plan. Amendola got nearly half of his yards on his touchdown pass in which no one was covering him as he streaked down the field on a wheel route. He will continue to have some value in PPR leagues, but overall you can’t expect too many days like this.

T.J. Hockenson – When the Lions spent a top ten pick on a tight end, many wondered what the heck they were doing with so many other holes to fill on the team. Well, throughout the preseason and now through game one, Hockenson is showing how worth it he is. He had six catches for a team-high 131 yards and a touchdown. Linebackers are going to have a real hard time staying with this kid, as he proved the ability to get separation from them fairly easily. And although he was really open on his touchdown catch, he showed he could get up and potentially win jump balls. Expecting these big numbers again might be a bit of a stretch, but boy did Hockenson look good.

Summary: The Lions didn’t do their usual thing and blow the whole game last week against the Cardinals but they did blow a huge lead and gain a tie. This week they face a much better Chargers team and even though they are at home, there is almost no way Detroit wins. Philip Rivers has a big game and the Chargers roll.

Prediction: Chargers 31 -  Lions 14

Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennessee Titans

Venue: LP Field(Nashville)Sun. 9-15 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 43.5


Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Titans -3

Indianapolis Colts

Jacoby Brissett – He was very efficient with his passes as he finished with 21 completions on just 27 attempts, but it was only good for 190 yards. Brissett made the most of it that he could with two touchdowns, however, this was a game that the Colts fell behind and was forced to throw more than they wanted. The Titans pass defense is legit and made Baker Mayfield look like it was his first day on the job. Brissett could have trouble with the great secondary of Tennessee and if he didn’t top 150 passing yards it wouldn’t be a total shock.

Marlon Mack – Mack had a great day with 174 rushes on 25 carries including a nifty 63 yard touchdown. The best news was he had no competition for carries as Nyheim Hines had the next most carries and he had four. He won’t get you points in the passing department, but if the Colts pass game can at least be serviceable, that would be great news for Mack. He becomes a must play with his bell cow status on the team, and while he might not torch the Titans, he certainly should be an efficient RB2 in most weeks.

T.Y. Hilton – Two years ago when Jacoby Brissett was the Colts quarterback T.Y. Hilton had a miserable season. In fact, many fantasy players considered dropping him midseason. Well, he started 2019 with a bang with eight catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns. While the Titans kept the Browns held down, Odell Beckham still had a pretty good game. Unfortunately for Hilton, the Colts don’t have other weapons like the Browns do for the defense to pay attention to. Look for Hilton to be heavily blanketed and to have a rough afternoon.

Eric Ebron – Now this is the Eric Ebron we are used to! That 13 touchdown touchdown guy from last season was nowhere to be found, and Ebron had just one catch on three targets. There is a happy medium in there somewhere between the world beater in 2018 and this miserable performance that Ebron is likely to fall into this season. The sky isn’t falling just yet, but starting to shake. Ebron needs a much better game this week to instill some confidence.

Jack Doyle – While Ebron had three catches, Doyle had just one, but at least he caught it for a 20 yard pass. Your red flag meter has to be up, even if it is just one game. The problem has to be figuring how or if the Colts are going to feature their tight ends or not. Needing a reasonably good game against the Titans isn’t an enviable position to be in. Start Doyle at your own peril.

Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota – The shocker of the week was the Titans dismantling the Browns and Mariota far outplaying Baker Mayfield with three touchdown passes. The defense continued to put the offense in a favorable place, and 75 of his 248 yards came on a screen pass to Derrick Henry . This was his best game in a very long time, and if you can deal him off of this performance you should. He has a chance to have a second good game against the Colts defense who allowed Philip Rivers to rack up the yards and scores, although Mariota is no Rivers. Picking Mariota up off the waiver wire is only recommended in deeper leagues or if you had Nick Foles and your quarterback will be hurt for a while. Mariota didn’t just all of a sudden get better in the offseason.

Derrick Henry – He picked up where he left off last year with 84 yards and a touchdown on the ground and a screen pass that turned into a 75 yard touchdown. Henry is trying to prove that the end of last season was no fluke, and this was a great start. The Chargers were gashed by Marlon Mack on Sunday and Henry should be looking at another strong game.

Corey Davis – Davis was targeted three times, but that turned into exactly zero catches on the day. Of course, being covered by Denzel Ward a lot will tend to limit your fantasy production. This certainly is not the start Davis wanted especially on a day where the Titans scored 43 points. He is an incredibly risky play in Week 2.

A.J. Brown – Brown wasn’t on the field a great deal but he certainly made the most of his chances with 100 yards on three catches. He looks fast, agile, and a problem to tackle when he gets the ball in space. It might take another performance like this to get the snap count that should lead to consistent fantasy production, but this was the best start Brown could hope for. He is definitely a waiver wire add ahead of Week 2.

Delanie Walker – Welcome back to health Mr. Walker! One of fantasy football’s most consistent tight ends over the year, Walker had five catches for 55 yards and two scores in Week 1. Clearly this was a best case scenario game, and he won’t finish the season with 30 touchdowns. Walker is a great security blanket for Mariota though, and should continue to be productive. The Chargers kept both Colts tight ends under wraps last week, but Walker still should have at least four catches and 50 yards.

Summary: Jacoby Brissett manages this game brilliantly and it is Marlon Mack who is the star of the show. Marcus Mariota looks more like his usual self and turns the ball over multiple times. The Colts steal the win on the road in a squeaker

Prediction: Colts 20 - Titans 17

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins

Venue: FedEx Field(Landover)Sun. 9-15 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 46.5


Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Redskins +7

Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott – What a season debut for Prescott. The Cowboys bulldozed the Giants defense and Prescott threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns. He relied way more on his arm than he did on his legs, and he made an incredible case for a contract extension. You could say that this was against a subpar defense, which is true, but he will face another subpar defense in Washington in Week 2. This should be another big game for Prescott.

Ezekiel Elliott – Fresh off of his holdout, Zeke wasn’t his usual dominating self, but he definitely was good. He ran for 53 yards and a score and had a catch for ten yards. He put further distance between himself and any meaningful role for rookie Tony Pollard when Pollard gained just 24 yards on 13 carries. This might be one more shake off the rust game for Elliott, but he still should be very good against Washington

Amari Cooper – He continues his career resurgence since coming to the Cowboys as he led the team in targets and had another big game. Cooper had six catches for 106 yards and a score, and is proving that elite WR1 value. He should scorch the Redskins as well and another 100 yard game seems almost a given.

Michael Gallup – One of the bright, up and coming stars in the game, Gallup put the league on notice that he is arriving. He led the team with seven catches and 158 yards on Sunday and he was explosive doing it. He did it by catching the deep ball, but he also did it by taking a shorter pass and eluding the defense after the catch. This was against a horrible defense with the Giants, but there could be many more days like this for Gallup. If he is possibly on your waiver wire you must pick him up, and he should be startable in Week 2 against the Redskins.

Randall Cobb – Operating out of the slot for the Cowboys, Cobb had an impressive four catches for 69 yards and a score against the Giants. More than any other player, this one could have been a product of the defense they were playing. You should be looking for more production than one game from Cobb before adding him or thinking about starting him.

Washington Redskins

Case Keenum – Keenum looked far better than expected and the Redskins actually got out to a 17-0 lead before their defense coughed up the game. Keenum threw for 380 yards on 44 attempts and looked solid, especially on the deep touchdown bomb to Terry McLaurin . Even with this monster game, Keenum should stay on the waiver wire unless it is a superflex league.

Adrian Peterson – A healthy scratch and clearly in Head Coach Jay Gruden’s doghouse, Peterson looks to be forced into action in Week 2 after Derrius Guice suffered a knee injury. If given the opportunity, Peterson should perform quite well if opportunity presents itself after gaining 1,000 yards last season. This should be a game where the Redskins get behind early so the carries might be hard to come by in the second half. Even at well over 30 years old, Peterson still has something left in the tank, he just needs the chance to make plays. He has some flex consideration this week.

Chris Thompson – When Thompson is healthy he is going to make plays in the passing game. Unfortunately, he isn’t healthy often. However, he is right now and he led his team in targets with ten, and receptions with seven. Thompson should be scooped up in PPR leagues where you need some depth at running back and while his is out there he does have value. It could just be a matter of time before he’s in the training tent so enjoy him while you have him.

Terry McLaurin – McLaurin looked like the field stretcher he threatened to be as he collected 125 yards on five catches including a 70 yard touchdown bomb. He is the deep threat that any offense needs, although he still will likely deal with inconsistency, and oh yeah, Case Keenum is his quarterback. You gotta throw him out there if he is on your roster and he is comparable to another starter, just be careful to keep expectations in check.

Trey Quinn – The little slot speedster had a respectable debut with four catches for 33 yards and a score. The touchdowns might come sporadically, and his value really only lies in PPR leagues. The Redskins shouldn’t be counted on for 380 yards of passing offense a game, and Quinn would be a tough guy to trust this week.

Paul Richardson – The veteran of the group, Richardson was tied for the second most targets with seven, but they were good for just four catches for 36 yards. The receptions might be respectable, but the touchdowns and yardage could be spotty. Not a guy that you want in your starting lineup each week, Richardson is worth being on your bench for those bye week replacements.

Vernon Davis Jordan Reed missed Week 1 with a concussion, and there is no word on his availability for Week 2. Davis had 59 yards and a touchdown, but 48 of those yards came on one reception. He isn’t someone you can trust on a weekly basis.

Summary: The Cowboys put a trashing on one division rival with the Giants in Week 1, and they should do the same to their other subpar division rival in Washington on Sunday. Dak Prescott is putting the league on notice that he is a legitimate NFL star and should be treated as such. Zeke Elliott will have even less rust on him, and without Derrius Guice the Redskins have almost no playmakers. This one has laugher written all over it.

Prediction:  Cowboys 38 - Redskins 17

Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Venue: Heinz Field(Pittsburgh)Sun. 9-15 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 47


Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Steelers -4

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson – This game was played mostly on the ground like Seattle wanted to, so there wasn’t really a chance for Wilson to have a big fantasy day. He did throw two touchdowns, but in this era of huge fantasy production from quarterbacks, having only 196 yards won’t get it done. He also only ran for eight yards as it seems that he has run less and less in recent years. Wilson will likely have to throw more this week as the Steelers should put up more offense than they did last week, so he could outperform the 15 fantasy points he put up on Sunday, but not by a huge margin.

Chris Carson – This is the guy to own on the Seahawks all season long. As long as he can stay healthy, Carson is going to just pound the rock every week. He wasn’t very efficient with just 46 rushing yards on 15 carries, but he did have a rushing and receiving touchdown. He was also far more involved in the passing game than expected with seven targets that turned into six catches for 35 yards. Those believed that it would be Rashaad Penny ’s job look dead wrong through one week. If Carson is going to be in on running and passing situations he could have a monster year.

Tyler Lockett – The forgotten man on Sunday, Lockett had just two targets against the Bengals. Lucky for his fantasy owners he did catch one and it was for a 44 yard touchdown. It is very concerning that he was looked at so infrequently, and while you can still play him on Sunday, if he has another near no-show game, Lockett owner’s rightfully will start to freak.

D.K. Metcalf – This incredibly confident rookie came out and walked the walk after talking the talk all preseason. He was the most targeted wide receiver with six, and had four catches for 89 yards. He did fail to score, but this was a very encouraging day. He got open deep, he had a couple of tough catches in the middle of the field and looked better than expected. If he is available on the waiver wire he looks like a guy to run for this week.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger – It was a terrible game for Roethlisberger as the Patriots punched him and the Steelers in the mouth right from the opening gun. Ben was inefficient with his passing, and didn’t even throw a touchdown pass. You would have thought with three quarters of garbage time that he could have put up better stats, but never fear, better days are ahead. The Seahawks defense gave up over 400 yards to Andy Dalton and let a receiver in John Ross have his first monster breakout game. Ben should be able to throw two or three this week.

James Conner – When you are the running back and your team is down 20-0 in the first half it is almost never going to translate into a good day. Conner did what he could, but the Pats defense was just better and he finished with only 21 yards on the ground. He did add four catches for 44 yards to try to salvage his day, but it was definitely a disappointment. He won’t find it easy going against the Seahawks, but he should be able to at least top 80 yards.

JuJu Smith-Schuster – It just wasn’t a good offensive day for anyone in Pittsburgh, but Smith-Schuster did finish with six catches for 78 yards. He could have had a little more if he didn’t leave with a toe injury in the fourth quarter. You can exhale fantasy owners as his x-ray has come back negative. Assuming Smith-Schuster is able to play he is absolutely a must start. He is far superior to John Ross of Cincinnati, and Juju should be looking at similar coverage.

Donte Moncrief – The most targeted receiver on the team, somehow only had three catches for seven yards. Much was expected from Moncrief this year, and while you can’t panic after one game, the red flag is flying high around him. He will need to produce this week against Seattle to try to solidify himself a role in this offense. Everything is fluid after Smith –Schuster in this receiving group, and a good game early could help someone carve that out. Moncrief is being given the opportunity, he needs to take advantage.

Vance McDonald – A guy that got a lot of undue hype in the preseason, McDonald didn’t come blasting out of the gate with just two catches for 40 yards. He is not an athletic pass catcher, more of a plodder with a decent set of hands for a quarterback to find when he is in trouble. It is an important role on the team but one that might not lead to a lot of fantasy relevance. McDonald is another Steeler who needs to step up quickly.

Summary: The Steelers were embarrassed by the Patriots on opening weekend, and certainly have a bad taste in their mouths. This game will come down to who runs the ball better. As great as Chris Carson is, James Conner should win the day, and JuJu Smith-Schuster will bounce back. This should be a very close game, and the Steelers should win but not cover the spread.

Prediction:  Pittsburgh 24 - Seahawks 21

Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

Venue: Lambeau Field(Green Bay)Sun. 9-15 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 43.5


Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Packers -3

Minnesota Vikings

Kirk Cousins – Cousins didn’t have to do much on Sunday as the Vikings got off to a good lead and just held on. In fact, Cousins only threw ten passes and didn’t even top 100 yards although he did throw one touchdown. This shouldn’t be the norm. Cousins will have to throw more than ten passes to beat the Packers whose defense looked strong against the Bears. Cousins should be much better, but he likely won’t top 225 yards and two scores. He would be better served on your bench this week.

Dalvin Cook – Cook looked like the guy we’ve been hoping he would be without injury with 111 yards and two touchdowns. The great part was he carried the full workload with 21 carries and two catches. The Packers didn’t allow anything on Thursday against the Bears on the ground, but they will be hard pressed to hold Cook down that far. He still will likely run for 75 yards and another touchdown.

Adam Thielen – Thielen only could put up so-so stats when his quarterback only threw the ball ten times, but he did score a touchdown to save his fantasy day. He is an amazing slot receiver, but the Pack kept Chicago’s Anthony Miller off the stat sheet completely. There’s no way Thielen gets shut out and still should have five or six catches for 80 yards.

Stefon Diggs – Diggs had just two targets on the day, but we pretty much have to throw this game out for him. The Vikings just didn’t try to do much in the air. Diggs will see the same defense that allowed Allen Robinson to have a 100 yard day. Look for Diggs to have a big bounce back game and light up the stat sheet.

Kyle Rudolph – With the Vikings looking to run the ball more, Rudolph has become perhaps the fourth option to throw to which doesn’t really add up to much fantasy value. Facing a solid Green Bay defense, you would be best served to look in another direction.

Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers – It looked early that Rodgers was in for a very long day, but he got it together better in the second quarter. All in all it wasn’t a great fantasy day for Rodgers, but in fairness the Bears defense could be the league’s best. He should find it easier going against Minnesota, but this is far from a field day. They gave up 300 yards to Matt Ryan , but the Falcons fell behind early and had to throw the rest of the game. Rodgers should land in the 250-275 yard range with a touchdown or two.

Aaron Jones – Jones didn’t find any room to run on Thursday, and his three yards a carry was frustrating for his fantasy owners. He also only ended up with one target after there was word in the offseason that the offense would involve the running backs more in the passing game. Sure, this looks bad, but it isn’t time to panic. It might not get a ton better this week against the Vikings who aren’t bad against the run, but Adams certainly should top 70 yards and possibly a score.

Davante Adams – The passing offense still ran through Adams as he led the team with eight targets, although it only netted him 36 yards. Of course this is disappointing, but the Bears defense certainly came to play. There will be better days for Adams and Week 2 should be one of them.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling – The highlight of the game on Thursday certainly was the chemistry between Rodgers and Valdes-Scantling. MVS was able to get open on a few occasions down the field, and Rodgers threw him a couple of strikes. He was second on the team with six targets, and this is a connection we could be looking at all year. He is a must start in Week 2.

Geronimo Allison – Heading into Thursday night with Buster Skrine likely to guard him, it looked like a big day for Allison. However, he ended up without even a single target. No catches, no targets. Allison owners have to hope that this was due to a great defense in Chicago, some rust from not playing much in the preseason, and a bad day. He definitely should get in the box score this week, even if it isn’t with a huge afternoon.

Jimmy Graham – Graham did have a touchdown catch on Thursday, but it was one that Rodgers just kind of threw up there and hoped. Graham did end up with six targets which is more than expected, which translated to three catches. Without that touchdown though, it would have been a pretty bad game. The Vikings did allow Austin Hooper to have nine catches on them, but Graham still isn’t overly exciting from a fantasy perspective.

Summary: Dalvin Cook doesn’t find the running room he did last week against the Falcons, and Kirk Cousins isn’t ready for his first 300 yard game. Heck he finally throws the ball 20 times this week. But Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones get themselves right with ten days to prepare for this game and just barely cover the spread.

Prediction:  Packers 28 - Vikings 24

Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 9-15 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 44.5


Buffalo Bills at New York Giants
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Giants +2.5

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen – If the game was only three quarters long we would be talking about a pathetic game for Allen, but luckily he was pretty awesome in the fourth and the touchdown pass to John Brown won the game. Allen threw for 254 yards and ran for another 38 with two total touchdowns for a pretty decent day all around against an above average defense. This week he faces a below average defense in the Giants and should have a chance to throw for 300 yards or run for 75.

Frank Gore – The Ageless One certainly looked aged on Sunday as he gained just 20 yards on 11 carries. The sledding should be easier against the Giants, but perhaps Father Time has finally caught up with him. Gore is a very risky play this week against the Giants, especially when rookie Devin Singletary had a better day.

Devin Singletary – Singletary was buried on the depth chart a month ago, and he just creeps a little farther up each week. He had just four carries against the Jets, but ended up with 70 yards. He also corralled five of his six targets for 28 yards, giving him a strong 14 points in PPR leagues. The Giants defense isn’t as good as the Jets and Singletary could be looking at a better game this weekend. He definitely has flex consideration for Week 2.

John Brown – We heard a lot about the connection between Josh Allen and John Brown , and then we got to witness it on Sunday. Brown led the team with ten targets and brought in seven of them for 123 yards and a score. He is the deep threat the Bills need and Allen can throw the long ball. Brown might have to deal with Janoris Jenkins who could keep him in check, but Brown is someone to still consider on Sunday.

Cole Beasley – The safety net for Allen is Cole Beasley . A veteran slot receiver is just what the doctor ordered as the Bills don’t have a big tight end that is ready to make an impact yet. Beasley got a good deal of consideration with five catches on nine targets. He’s never going to average 15-20 yards a catch, but in PPR leagues Beasley is a good of the end of your roster option for those bye weeks and injury replacements.

New York Giants

Eli Manning – When you are getting beaten as bad as the Giants were, you might have a good stat line in garbage time. Manning threw for 306 yards, but just a single touchdown in a Week 1 blowout loss to Dallas. The Giants defense looked like garbage again, which could lead to a lot of late game throwing for New York. Eli is only going to be valuable for so long as Daniel Jones is sure to get into games more and more if the Giants continue to struggle. Unless it is a superflex league it is best to leave Eli on waivers.

Saquon Barkley –Barkley was his usual dynamic self, averaging nearly 11 yards a carry on the ground and coming up with four receptions on six targets. The dude is other worldly good, and will continue to be a weekly producer. In fact, the Giants should have given him more carries, and likely more targets, and his usage should rise in coming weeks.

Cody Latimer – The former Bronco played himself into more snaps this preseason, and with the game out of hand he actually didn’t do bad. Latimer ended up with the second most targets on the team with eight, and tallied three catches for 74 yards. If Shepard is forced to miss time with a concussion Latimer has some flex value, and even if Shepard plays Latimer has moved himself into a guy that you should be monitoring in the next week or two.

Evan Engram – Engram was the go-to guy on Sunday as he had 11 catches for 116 yards and a nice touchdown. This guy is a matchup nightmare as he is too big for safeties to cover and too fast for linebackers to hang with. If he can stay healthy he could the lead the Giants in catches, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns.

Summary: The Giants defense is so bad that they are underdogs at home against an average team. The fact is that they likely won’t cover the spread. Josh Allen should be able to do enough to win this game on the road and sweep the two “New York” teams. John Brown shines again, and Devin Singletary earns even more carries.

Prediction:  Bills 24 - Giants 16

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans

Venue: NRG Stadium(Houston)Sun. 9-15 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 43


Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Texans -9.5

Jacksonville Jaguars

Gardner Minshew -  By his name you would think he might be serving you tea at a fancy reception somewhere, but the rookie quarterback looked like he might just save the Jaguars bacon. Nick Foles went down with a broken collarbone and the first thought would be how the season is about to spiral out of control Now, they didn’t come close to beating the Chiefs, but Minshew certainly looked like he could play. He was 22/25 for 275 yards and two touchdowns. Whoa! The Jags did trade for a quarterback, but that was just for depth, Minshew should be their guy. You certainly shouldn’t throw down a ton in FAAB dollars to get him or waste a high waiver priority, but if your quarterbacks were Andrew Luck and Nick Foles , you can probably do worse than Minshew.

Leonard Fournette – Well, he got through the game healthy, and after last year that is a plus for Leonard Fournette . He wasn’t great, but 66 yards on 13 carries isn’t all that bad. The better stat is that he caught four passes for 28 yards, bumping his value some in PPR leagues. This game never looked like it would be a good one Fournette knowing that the team would be behind early, but in the end the result wasn’t awful. The Texans were giving up big chunks of yards in their Monday night game to both Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray , so if the Jaguars can stay in this one Fournette could have a good day.

Dede Westbrook – It wasn’t the most stellar day for Westbrook, but he did have six targets, for five catches. His 30 yards was certainly less than ideal, but he was able to score a touchdown to salvage his fantasy day. This one honestly should have been better for him with the Chiefs mauling the Jaguars so early. Westbrook will still be their most targeted guy at season end, but you want to see a better output from him next week.

D.J. Chark – You will be spared the singing of his name to the tune of the Baby Shark song, but just know that the thought was there. This kid was amazing on Sunday as he showed a great ability to get behind the defense, and amazing concentration on his touchdown pass from Nick Foles . There will still be some growing pains, and obviously you can’t expect games like this each week, but someone had to be reliable outside of Dede Westbrook , and the Jaguars might have their number two guy.

Houston Texans

Deshaun Watson – The Texans need to do more to shore up their offensive line and fast. Watson was under pressure all night on Monday against the Saints, but he still had a dazzling performance with both his legs and his arm. His touchdown run was a thing of beauty, and he seemed to escape injury when he came down on his back. His late touchdown to Kenny Stills couldn’t have been thrown any better. We have a special talent here folks. The Jags have a great secondary, but when Watson is on his game there is almost no stopping him. If the offensive line can keep the pass rush in check at all, Watson should be able to beat the Jags elite corners.

Duke Johnson – When the Texans brought in Duke Johnson it was immediately thought that he would get the majority of the carries, despite never holding that role before in his career. Even with less than stellar other backs while he was in Cleveland, Johnson was never the man. If Week 1 is any indication, he will have a similar role that he has had his whole career. He was solid with 57 rushing yards and four catches for 33 yards, but to think that he is going to carry it 15+ times and haul in five passes a week might be asking a bit much. Johnson is a decent flex play this week.

Carlos Hyde – It case you didn’t hear, Carlos Hyde is a bum and was no threat to Duke Johnson ’s reign in the backfield in Houston. Oh wait, the Texans didn’t get that memo. Hyde got ten carries to Johnson’s nine and he had 83 rushing yards to Johnson’s 57. There is a long season ahead and Hyde has had durability problems in recent years, but this was a great start. He is a risky play right now because of the split backfield and his lack of involvement in the passing game. However, he certainly belongs on rosters and in a tough situation he could be your flex.

DeAndre Hopkins – There is no better receiver in football. The defense knows that the Texans want to throw to Hopkins, they continually throw to Hopkins and you still can’t stop him. Hopkins had 13 targets and the next most targets on the team were a running back in Duke Johnson with five and he still had 111 yards receiving and two touchdowns. It doesn’t matter who they are playing, Hopkins is a threat to go for 100 yards and a touchdown every single week.

Will Fuller – One of the best burners in football, Fuller still remains in need of touchdowns a lot of times to have a better than average fantasy games. There are weeks however, where he catches three long passes and it turns into a great game. This wasn’t one of those as he had just two catches for 69 yards, but did not score. This is what you come to live with when you own Fuller, and you know that before long one of those huge games are coming. It very well won’t be this week against the Jaguars with their secondary, although the Chiefs certainly didn’t have trouble burning them. You can start Fuller if you must, but certainly do it with caution.

Kenny Stills – Stills was only on the team for a little over a week, so the fact that he wasn’t heavily featured in the offense shouldn’t have been a surprise. He did catch all three of his targets for 37 yards, and all 37 of those came on what should have been the game winning touchdown until the Saints won it in the waning seconds with a field goal. While Will Fuller is healthy, Stills might struggle to have fantasy value as they play a similar vertical game. Fuller gets hurt a lot, so if that happens, Stills becomes a must add.

Summary: While Jacksonville should stay in this game for a while, Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins are just too good and eventually the Houston offense will take over. There will be plenty of garbage time production to keep the Jaguars relatively close, but again they will fall short. The Texans get in the win column after getting their hearts broken on Monday night.

Prediction:  Texans 28 - Jacksonville 17

Arizona Cardinals vs. Baltimore Ravens

Venue: M&T Bank Stadium(Baltimore)Sun. 9-15 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 46


Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Ravens -13.5

Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray – For three quarters the Air Raid offense looked like it was out of air, but in the fourth quarter everything came alive. Murray’s ending stat line looked good with 308 yards and two touchdowns, but it was a very shaky 300 yards. He will really be tested this week by a swarming Ravens defense, and there has to be concern that he is not quite ready for this one. The future is bright it appears for Murray, but this will be a great test.

David Johnson – Johnson looked a lot like the guy who was a fantasy darling just a few years ago as he ran with some purpose and was very involved in the passing game out of the backfield. He finished with 137 total yards and a receiving touchdown. He will really have to earn it if he is going to have another strong week. Obviously he is a player that you don’t sit regardless of opponent, but if he had under 100 total yards, it wouldn’t be unexpected.

Larry Fitzgerald – This guy just never seems to stop. It was a bit of a rough 2018 for Fitzgerald, but it was for the entire offense. It is great to see a new offensive system in place, and for Fitzgerald to receive a team high 13 targets. He finished the day with eight catches for 113 yards and a score. Fitzgerald likes the middle of the field and some shorter routes, but this is a much more physical defense, and one that will hit you at the line of scrimmage. Six catches is about what to expect, but they likely won’t total any more than 75 yards.

Christian Kirk – The second year man was second on the team with 12 targets, but it only equaled a pathetic four catches for 32 yards. Kirk is going to have to be much more efficient in this offense to live up to his draft status from August. The talent is definitely there, although he is put in a role that doesn’t necessarily fit his skill set best. Kirk is going to have his hands full with this defense and he shouldn’t be expected to have a huge day.

KeeSean Johnson – The new, explosive young receiver had a pretty decent NFL debut with five catches for 46 yards. Johnson did have ten targets on the afternoon, which is an encouraging sign for his future production. He is going to have to muster a big play or two to salvage his fantasy value this week, and is likely to be a guy to keep on your bench against Baltimore. If he is on your waiver wire, you can think about adding him, although not expecting him to have a huge Week 2.

Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson –There is no way that the first game of the season could have gone any better for Jackson. He absolutely tortured the Dolphins to the tune of 324 yards and five passing touchdowns. Shockingly, he only ran three times for six yards. Three of his five touchdowns were over 30 yards, and this was certainly the most impressive game of his NFL career as far as throwing the ball. The Dolphins are awful so it will interesting to see what he does this week, but he is an absolute must start and a quarterback to consider in DFS.

Mark Ingram – It was a match made in heaven this offseason as the Ravens brought Ingram in after he had been in a time share for years in New Orleans. Ingram is a great between the tackles runner, and the Ravens want to pound the rock as much as they can. He made a stellar debut with 107 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries before giving way to Gus Edwards when the game got out of hand. He wasn’t involved in the passing game, but that is coming. The Cardinals defense handled the Lions run game fairly well, but Ingram should have a chance at another 100 yard game, and likely will play the whole game this time.

Marquise Brown – The main beneficiary of Jackson’s amazing passing game was Brown. The rookie caught one short pass, broke a tackle and was off to the races, and on his second touchdown he just flat out beat the corner for an 83 yard bomb. This is the field stretcher that Jackson needs, and this kid just bought himself a lot more playing time in the coming weeks. With Patrick Peterson still suspended for the Cardinals, there is a good chance Brown could shine again.

Willie Snead – The Ravens slot receiver did catch a touchdown, but he only mustered three targets and two catches in this one. Lamar Jackson was too busy throwing bombs all over the field to focus on short routes to Snead. He certainly doesn’t want to be a touchdown dependent guy, and should see more targets over the coming weeks, but likely isn’t someone you should be trusting in Week 2.

Mark Andrews – Everyone’s darling fantasy tight end sleeper showed up in a huge way, corralling all eight of his targets for 108 yards and a score. Andrews was too big and too quick for Miami to handle, and he could be a nightmare for teams to cover all season. You want to see him do this on more of a consistent basis, but Andrews is all systems go for Week 2 against Arizona who was torn to shreds by T.J. Hockenson last week against Detroit.

Summary: Baltimore’s defense should give Kyler Murray looks and pressures that he has never seen before. While Arizona got in rhythm late in the game, they should struggle to find much room to work their offense in Week 2. The Cardinals should struggle to move the ball against a physical Ravens defense, and Lamar Jackson should shine again. Another fairly easy win for Balitmore.

Prediction:  Ravens 31, Cardinals 17

San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium(Cincinnati)Sun. 9-15 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 46.5


San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Bengals +1.5

San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo – It certainly wasn’t a pretty game for Jimmy G as he threw for only 166 yards and a touchdown in the win against Tampa. Jimmy might never be a fantasy quarterback that throws for 350 yards and three touchdowns, but he gets the job done on the field. The Bengals didn’t let Russell Wilson go wild in their Week 1 game either, so expecting a huge fantasy game from Garoppolo might be the wrong idea.

Matt Breida Tevin Coleman left the game with an injury, but that still didn’t lead to a big game from Breida. In fact, you wouldn’t say that he was the best looking Niners running back on Sunday. Tampa’s defense is a long way from anything you’d call impressive, so a 37 yard game from Breida is a bit concerning. Cincinnati has a fairly good defense that kept the Seahawks running game to three yards a carry. So, while you should definitely start Breida in Week 2, expecting a huge game might not be smart.

Raheem Mostert –  In limited action Mostert averaged nearly 4.5 yards a carry and looked like the most explosive back San Francisco had on Sunday. This shouldn’t have come completely out of nowhere as he had impressive games in 2018 as well. Mostert runs hard and has decent speed and with Tevin Coleman to miss multiple weeks likely he is someone you should add for sure as Kyle Shanahan likes to use multiple backs.  Mostert will have some lower level fantasy relevance in the next month or so

Dante Pettis – Pettis was targeted just one time and had just seven yards in Week 1. This is a monster red flag, even though the offense just wasn’t in sync on Sunday. Garoppolo is still shaking off the rust after missing most of last year with an injury, and better days have to be ahead for Pettis. He is a shaky Week 2 start, but you should expect him to round into shape soon.

Marquise Goodwin – Not much of a weekly fantasy producer, Goodwin had just one catch for seven yards. He is totally touchdown dependent and will probably only be a fantasy worth receiver three or four games a year. The problem is trying to guess when those games are. It is a flip of a coin whether it will be against Cincinnati or not.

George Kittle – He had a touchdown called back with a penalty or it would have been a normal, impressive day for Kittle. He did still rack up eight catches, even if it wasn’t for many yards. He has become almost unguardable and is always a must start in fantasy football. It was encouraging to see him targeted ten times and clearly he will be just as big of a factor in the offense in 2019.

Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton – Dalton won’t throw the ball 51 times in many games this season, but he did on Sunday. This led to one of his best ever games with 418 yards and two scores. Despite holding Jameis Winston down, the 49ers secondary isn’t that great. If Dalton can avoid getting rattled by the San Francisco pass rush, he can be successful. However, don’t expect more than 250 yards and a touchdown, perhaps two at the most.

Joe Mixon – He left the game due to injury, but it already was a disappointing game for Mixon to that point. The Seahawks defense is decent but far from elite, so to see this kind of performance with the questions at offensive line was alarming. If he can play next week he should be better.

Giovani Bernard – With Mixon perhaps missing time, that opened the door for Bernard, but he didn’t crash the party. He gained just 21 yards on seven carries against the Seahawks, and probably won’t find much better sledding against San Francisco. His value is limited to PPR leagues, and unless it is a deeper league you can find better options.

Tyler Boyd – Picking up where he left off last year, Boyd corralled eight catches for 60 yards. Coming out of the slot, he isn’t much of a deep threat, but Boyd is a PPR machine. You should see games like this from him week in and week out. The 49ers did keep Tampa’s Chris Godwin in check out of the slot, but to do it two weeks in a row might be tough. Boyd should have at least six catches for 75 yards.

John Ross – The Seahawks secondary must be worse than expected with a semi-injured Ross ending with seven catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns. The majority of the defensive attention goes to Tyler Boyd , but it was Ross who led the team with 12 targets. This is an incredibly encouraging step for the former ninth overall pick, who nearly doubled his career yardage total in one game. With A.J. Green still out a while it might not be a bad idea to check the waiver wire to see if Ross is still around in your league. 

C.J. Uzomah – The Bengals did target their two tight ends a combined 11 times, but it is Uzomah who has come out as the fantasy relevant tight end. He had one less catch than Tyler Eifert , but it was for almost 40 more yards. Eifert has become nearly irrelevant due to injury, and Uzomah is now the guy you need to know. His 66 yards gave him a ten point game in PPR leagues, and is a great TE2 on any fantasy roster with a chance of moving up.

Summary: The 49ers pass rush and defense in general was the key to their win in Week 1. With the Bengals offensive line woes Nick Bosa and the rest of the Niners front four could cause trouble again. If the Bengals are without Joe Mixon there is almost no way they win this game. San Francisco should win this one by ten points.

Prediction:  49ers 24 - Bengals 14

New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins

Venue: Sun Life Stadium(Miami Gardens)Sun. 9-15 @ 1:00 pm EDTOver/Under: 48.5


New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 1:00pm ET
Spread: Patriots -14.5

New England Patriots

Tom Brady – It looked like Turn Back The Clock night on Sunday as Tom Brady sliced and diced the Steelers defense in route to an easy win. Brady was disrespected by the fantasy community this summer and was often drafted outside of the top 15 quarterbacks. He certainly looked better than that Sunday and now he will add Antonio Brown to his receiver mix. The Dolphins were absolutely embarrassed by Lamar Jackson and the Ravens, and the only thing stopping Brady from throwing for 500 yards would be if Bill Belicheck decides to run the ball in the second half.

Sony Michel – It was a horrible night for Michel as he ran for 14 yards on 15 carries. Even though this looks really bad, the good news is he got the majority of the carries while the game was close and The Rex Burkhead carries came later. Michel should enjoy a great game against a Miami team that can barely be called defense. Don’t be shocked if Michel goes for over 100 yards and a score.

James White – Everything went right for the Patriots, and that helped White have a pretty decent game with 26 rushing yards and five catches for 56 more yards. This should be a typical game this year for White, and Sunday against the Dolphins should be no different. He isn’t a strong DFS play, but in PPR leagues you have to put White out there.

Julian Edelman – Speaking of PPR leagues, Edelman continues to be a great source of fantasy points. Edelman even tried to show Tom Brady that anyone could quarterback that team as he even threw a 32 yard pass to Josh Gordon . He led the team with 11 targets which is no surprise, and he converted that into six catches for 83 yards. Edelman should eclipse both of those totals on Sunday and have a touchdown catch to boot.

Josh Gordon – Gordon certainly looked like a motivated player on his touchdown catch where he broke some tackles to get in the end zone. That is a very encouraging first game for a guy who has struggled to stay on the field for outside transgressions. The defense should be able to focus even less on Gordon once Antonio Brown is on the team and in sync with the offense. Gordon should continue to carry WR3 value as long as he can stay out of trouble.

Antonio Brown – The saga is finally over, and somehow through all of the nonsense Brown ends up on the Patriots. Even against the Dolphins he isn’t a great fantasy play this week as he has only been on the team for a week, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if the Pats put in a few plays to purposely get him the ball early. The Dolphins should offer little to no defensive resistance, but playing Brown in Week 2 is a risky proposition.

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Fitzpatrick   - Fitzpatrick was under duress all game long and never could get anything going. He only completed 14 passes and was sacked twice. He was eventually replaced by Josh Rosen , but it is certain that Fitz will start on Sunday. This is not a situation that could lead to garbage time production, even though the Patriots are poised to roll. In no instance should you consider Fitzpatrick.

Kalen Ballage – Ballage started the game, but it didn’t matter as he lost a yard on five carries, and had one catch for 15 yards. A guy who came into the season with some promise has watched most of it wither away in just a single week. The game script says Miami will have to throw a lot, and you can’t trust Ballage against the Patriots.

Kenyan Drake – Drake did more with his opportunity, but it still was putrid as he gained a combined 27 yards. This is not a week to trust either Dolphins back, and it is hard to pick a game where they might be productive.

DeVante Parker – You have the patience of a saint if you continue to trust this guy in fantasy football. But your blind faith did pay off as he had 75 receiving yards in the opening week. Of course the team had to throw the ball on almost every down since they were behind by 30 points by halftime, but he still did put up yards. The Dolphins could be behind by great margins consistently this season, but it is hard to trust Parker who has been in the league for a number of years and has always bust or gotten hurt.

Preston Williams – The lone touchdown for Miami did go to Williams, although he had only three catches. He was third on the team in targets with five, but there is just so little room for great production in Miami. You could add him and keep him on your bench to see if he gets similar run when the Dolphins get waxed again this week.

Mike Gesicki – The second year right end didn’t start the game, but he did end up with six targets. Of course, only two of those were converted into catches, but it was nice to see Fitzpatrick look his way. There isn’t fantasy value here right now, but he is a name to watch into Week 2.

Summary: Hide the women and children and don’t let them see the bloodbath that this game will be. Josh Rosen might see the field again when the Dolphins are down by 20, and the Patriots will absolutely roll. Miami doesn’t stand a chance.

Prediction:  Patriots 41 - Dolphins 10

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders

Venue: Coliseum(Oakland)Sun. 9-15 @ 4:05 pm EDTOver/Under: 53


Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 4:05pm ET
Spread: Raiders +8.5

Kansas City Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes – While some thought that perhaps Mahomes might take a little step back from last year’s elite performance, the guy wasted no time and had three hundred yards passing by halftime. He is going to be a monster all year long and obviously he is a must start every single week. Period, end of story, case closed.

Damien Williams – The bad news is that the carries were fairly evenly distributed between Damien Williams and newcomer LeSean McCoy . The good news is that the receptions out of the backfield almost all went to Williams. He had six catches for 39 yards which gave him almost a ten point bump in fantasy production for the day. He also did have the rushing touchdown. He only averaged two yards a carry but did have a touchdown to save his day.

LeSean McCoy – For those who own LeSean McCoy they are going to focus on one number. He gained 81 yards on just ten carries against 26 yards on 13 rushes for Damien Williams . And this came against a fairly stout run defense in Jacksonville. This gives some credence to the thought that McCoy should get more carries than Williams, and if he should outproduce him again versus Oakland we could see more of that going forward.

Sammy Watkins – It was a career day for Watkins with nine catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Not to take anything away from the effort, but the first touchdown had two or three missed tackles and the second one no one was guarding him. However, give credit where it is due, and the fact that Tyreek Hill is out for a little while means Watkins is the guy. You can never expect a repeat of this game, but he should have a great chance for solid numbers against the Raiders.

Mecole Hardman – With Tyreek Hill to miss some time, this should be show time for Mecole. The rookie is a blazer and should be able to easily step into a similar role that Hill played. Not that the Raiders defense is scary, but it might be a wise idea to take a wait and see approach on starting Hardman in his first meaningful action just to see how it goes.

Travis Kelce – If you look up the word stud in the fantasy football dictionary, there’s a very good chance you will find a picture of Travis Kelce . He might have only had three catches, but they were for 88 yards. It is a hair of a disappointing game, but that darn Sammy Watkins decided to catch everything for once. Kelce will roll over the Raiders in Week 2.

Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr – Carr came out looking like gang busters Monday night, and then the Raiders depended more on their running game in the second half. However, it was a great start for the much maligned quarterback in Oakland. He was ultra efficient with 22 completions on 26 attempts against a solid defense. He should be forced to throw the ball at least 40 times since it is nearly a given that the Chiefs will be up big by the second quarter and this could lead to a quality fantasy day for Derek Carr .

Josh Jacobs – The rookie from Alabama did a huge part in silencing his critics that said he couldn’t handle a full workload in the pros with 23 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. Jacobs was in a timeshare in college, and many wondered if he could hold up to a game long beating in the NFL. Well, through one game he answered with a resounding yes. The Chiefs defense isn’t great, but the concern is that Kansas City will get up big on Oakland early and the Raiders will abandon the run. You can throw Jacobs in your lineup if you are excited about his Week 1 performance, just be wary that the game script might not pan out for him getting 20+ carries again.

Tyrell Williams – Always a low volume reception, touchdown dependent player in his career, Williams showed he was worth that contract with six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown Monday night against the Broncos. Perhaps Williams was being held back with the Chargers with Keenan Allen , Antonio Gates , and others hogging all of the targets. He becomes someone you absolutely start this week against the Chiefs as the Raiders should be throwing the ball a lot in the second half.

Hunter Renfrow – Give Renfrow one more week of monitoring, and if he has no production in Week 2 then he can be passed by. There was hope that he could pick up some of the slack of targets left with Antonio Brown out of town, but he only had three targets and two catches on Monday night. He deserves one more week since the Raiders didn’t know anything about the Brown situation until the weekend, so they could incorporate Renfrow more this second game.

Darren Waller – If you didn’t hear about him enough in the preseason and during the airing of Hard Knocks, Waller introduced himself to you on Monday night. The athletic tight end had a team high seven catches for 70 yards on the night against a solid Broncos defense. He looks to be the guy who could lead the Raiders in catches this season and is an absolute go out and get him now option if he is on your waiver wire.

Summary: The Raiders might have gotten out to a strong start against Denver, but they won’t find the same luck against the relentless Chiefs. Derek Carr will be playing from behind all day, and while he might have a decent fantasy day, Kansas City is going to mop the floor with the Raiders. This one should be over by halftime.

Prediction:  Chiefs 41 - Raiders 21

Chicago Bears vs. Denver Broncos

Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High(Denver)Sun. 9-15 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 40.5


Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 4:25pm ET
Spread: Broncos -1

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky –There was nothing pretty about Trubisky’s opening night performance against the Packers, the only thing that gives him a pass at all is that Green Bay’s defense is pretty good. He was flustered, he made poor decisions, and he flat out didn’t throw the ball well. He failed to throw a touchdown pass on 45 pass attempts which is pretty hard to do. This is what happens when your starters don’t play at all in the preseason. It doesn’t get much easier this week against Denver, but with a full ten days to prepare for this one and a game under his belt, Trubisky should be better. You should definitely keep him on your bench, but better days are ahead for the former number two overall pick.

Tarik Cohen – Cohen didn’t get a single carry, but he was heavily involved in the passing game. Part of that was because Trubisky was on the run a lot and couldn’t find anyone else downfield, but it was a good sign for Cohen to be targeted so frequently. The running back situation will be in flux still this week as non one stood out, and it is a little risky depending on Cohen to be targeted ten times out of the backfield again. He deserves some flex consideration, but you might want to see the Bears offense actually perform before giving him a starting spot.

David Montgomery – If you watched the game on Thursday you would see that Montgomery is clearly the most talented running back on the team. His stat line doesn’t show it, but he was shifty and elusive, and often made the first tackler miss. He will definitely still be sharing carries with Mike Davis and even Tarik Cohen , but a big game is coming where he will claim the role. Montgomery is a bit of a risk in Week 2, but the Broncos were run on this Monday Night so it isn’t a given that he will struggle.

Mike Davis – All Davis is doing is holding Montgomery back. He was the most heavily featured back of the night on Thursday with his five rushes and six receptions, but all of that only added up to 36 total yards. He has little to no fantasy relevance, and will be pushed out of the picture soon by Montgomery.

Allen Robinson – Fantasy players were having flashbacks to Allen Robinson back in 2015 when he hauled in seven catches for 102 yards. No one else on the Bears could get open but Trubisky threw his way 13 times. There isn’t quite cause for celebration that Robinson is “back” just yet, but this was a fantastic first game. The talent is clearly there, is Trubisky the quarterback to get him the ball? Can the rest of the Bears keep the defense off of him so he can get in space? There certainly are some questions after the first game, but Robinson certainly looks like a very safe play in Week 2 after the Raiders gave up pretty good numbers to Tyrell Williams of Oakland on Monday.

Anthony Miller – Inexplicably, Anthony Miller was not even targeted against the Packers. Use caution when thinking of dropping him though, as this shouldn’t be a normal occurrence. Watch Miller this week and if he is ignored again you can pull the trigger on dumping him, but it might be a bit premature just yet.

Denver Broncos

Joe Flacco – The Raiders defense could be one of the worst in football this season, but Flacco wasn’t able to take advantage for a big game. He was respectable with 266 yards and a short touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders , but overall it was nothing exciting for Flacco. He is best used as a third quarterback in a superflex league, or maybe a bye week replacement in a redraft league even against poor teams. Flacco has had a nice career, but he just isn’t a very valuable fantasy commodity.

Phillip Lindsay – When your team goes down 14-0 in the first half, it doesn’t tend to lend itself to a lot of fantasy points for a running back. But the situation got worse for Lindsay when his competition for carries got almost as many rushes for him and did more with them. Lindsay appears to be the pass catcher out of the backfield as he did have six targets and four catches, and that will continue to keep his value reasonable. He was sitting as an RB2 coming into the year, but there has to be some concern after this outing and now he would be best served as a flex.

Royce Freeman – A third round pick a year ago, Freeman was poised to take the job before a subpar preseason and Lindsay coming in and running with the job. He took a big step towards getting at least back into a timeshare with 56 yards on ten carries. He did fail to score, but his 26 yard run was a nice one. He is a bigger back who can move the chains, and although he won’t catch many passes, he is breaking down the door for more carries. It will be tough to start either Broncos running back in Week 2, but Freeman could be the better option.

Emmanuel Sanders – A triumphant return from a nasty Achilles injury was topped off Monday night with a short touchdown pass for Sanders. He totaled five catches for 86 yards on the night, and you have to figure most games he will have more receptions than that out of the slot. He is a great safety net for Flacco in the short passing game, and he looks to be a veteran leader in a group of young receivers. He should be in your starting roster each week.

Courtland Sutton – It was a bit of a breakout party for Sutton, and the only thing that could have made it better was a touchdown. He proved that he isn’t just good for long plays down the field with a couple of tough catches over the middle where he showed great hands. He went from a borderline play in Week 1 to a guy who could be a star in the making. He shouldn’t be on your waiver wire, but if he is look to him as a potential add. Flacco might be an average quarterback, but he can serve up the long ball pretty well still.

Summary: How did the schedule makers put a team that played on Thursday night go against a team that played on Monday Night?  The Broncos got royally screwed here as they have so much less time to prepare. Mitch Trubisky certainly didn’t look good last Thursday, but he should find it a little easier this week against Denver. This one should be fairly ugly from an offensive perspective, but the Bears should win in the end.

Prediction:  Bears 20 - Broncos 17

New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(Los Angeles)Sun. 9-15 @ 4:25 pm EDTOver/Under: 52.5


New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 4:25pm ET
Spread: Rams -3

New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees – Brees always gets knocked for not playing as well on the road as he does at home, but much of that is his performances outdoors and sometimes in bad weather. This will be a nice cozy dome like he is used to, and it shouldn’t matter that he is on the road. Brees is still one of the best in the business and is likely to have to throw the ball 40 times in this one to keep the Saints in the game. This is a great week to look to Brees to lead your fantasy team.

Alvin Kamara – Kamara owners might want to get the popcorn ready this week for a potential massive game after the Rams let a similar player in Christian McCaffrey to blow up the fantasy scoreboard on them. Kamara was great in his own right on Monday night with 97 rushing yards and seven catches for 72 yards. He could be looking at another very similar game, perhaps even better and he should find the end zone. In PPR leagues, Kamara should top 25 fantasy points in Week 2.

Latavius Murray – Murray had the 30 yard touchdown run or it would have been mostly a lost day for him. He should continue to get five to eight rushes a game, and unless he breaks a big one likely won’t be overly valuable this week. The Saints are going to be in a shootout with the Rams so don’t expect them to ground and pound like they often did last season with Mark Ingram on the roster.

Michael Thomas – The new highest paid receiver in the NFL performed like it with a huge ten catch, 123 yard outing against Houston. At 6’3” and 212 pounds he is so hard to guards since he not only can get physical, but possess good speed as well. The Rams are going to have their hands full with Thomas on Sunday.

Ted Ginn – This was a better game for Ginn than expected as he brought in all seven of his targets for 101 yards. He did not score a touchdown, but he was targeted the second most of all receivers. There should be confidence in Ginn having another game like this, as it is the game projected to have the most points scored in it. He usually is pretty touchdown dependent and doesn’t tend to have more than five catches in a game, but Brees should throw a lot and Ginn should be a nice, cheap option this week.

Tre’Quan Smith – The second year man didn’t see a ton of action on Monday night, but he made the most of it with a touchdown. His final stat line is two catches for 26 yards on just two targets, but keep an eye on Smith. He is a younger version of Ted Ginn and could overtake Ginn or at least fill in once he gets hurt. Smith is a favorite under the radar player.

Jared Cook – Cook wasn’t used much in his Saints debut, but there is still plenty of time for him to get going. The Rams didn’t give up production to the tight end last week, so this might not be the best place to use Cook just yet. His breakout game is coming, Week 2 just might be a bit of a stretch to expect it.

Los Angeles Rams

Jared Goff - Goff certainly didn’t have the statistical game one would hope for in Week 1, but they took what the defense gave them, and that meant running the ball more. He failed to break 200 yards and only threw one touchdown. This game really should be different. This will be a shootout between two great offensive teams in a dome. Goff will atone for his Week 1 failings, and should top 25 fantasy points.

Todd Gurley – The Rams said before the game that Gurley wasn’t on a snap count, although that appears to be a bit of a lie. He carried the ball 14 times, for just under 100 yards, but he only had one reception, a very un-Gurley like stat. He was great with nearly seven yards a carry, and he should continue to be productive even with less than a full load. He should get more work as they get more into a rhythm this season, and the Saints defense should allow some large plays.

Malcolm Brown – The preseason should have told you that Malcolm Brown was the handcuff to Gurley as he was getting the most work with the first team. He is public enemy number one right now for Todd Gurley ’s fantasy owners as Brown vultured two touchdowns inside the five. He was given 11 carries in the game, and he was efficient as he nearly averaged five yards a carry. Brown should continue to get the secondary work to Todd Gurley , but his fantasy value might depend on if he gets the goal line work.

Robert Woods – Woods continued his ultra consistent play with eight catches for 70 yards on Sunday. He also led the team in targets with 13. He might be the Rams receiver with the least name recognition, but he has become the best in the bunch. Woods is a guy that always has to be out there on your fantasy team and could have ten catches this week against the Saints.

Brandin Cooks – He was the Rams receiver that was the bust this week as Cooks only had two catches from six targets for 39 yards. Of the three Rams receivers, he tends to get the lowest volume of receptions and is the most touchdown dependent. While Cooks will blow up and have some huge games, there are also some like this that you have to deal with. Look for a big bounce back game as Cooks goes against the team that drafted him in New Orleans. A 100 yard game is almost a given here in a game that should feature a ton of passing yards between the two teams.

Cooper Kupp – When he is healthy, Kupp is a dangerous receiver, and one of Jared Goff ’s favorite targets. That was evident in the ten times he did throw to Kupp who came up with seven catches for 46 yards. He is the slot receiver on the team, and can get the most receptions in any week. He doesn’t tend to get the huge plays unless he makes defenders miss after the catch, but he is a lethal PPR player.

Summary: This one is set to be the highest scoring game of the week with both teams being amazing on turf. It could come down to who gets the ball last. While the Saints pulled out the miracle finish on Monday night, the Rams should win this one in another nail biter and the spread looks to be super close.

Prediction:  Rams 38 - Saints 34

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Sun. 9-15 @ 8:20 pm EDTOver/Under: 53


Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons
Game Time: Sunday, September 15 at 8:20pm ET
Spread: Pick'em

Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz – It wasn’t a pretty start for Wentz, but by halftime he had it pulled together and started a massive comeback against the Redskins. When the final gun sounded Wentz led his team to victory and left his fantasy owners with a solid stat line including three touchdowns. Atlanta’s pass defense wasn’t tested last week as the Vikings only threw ten times, but if memory serves right the Falcons are no Chicago Bears. Look for Wentz to threaten 300 passing yards again and two to three passing touchdowns.

Miles Sanders – What promised to be a nightmare running back by committee sure played out exactly how we feared as all three backs were involved. Sanders did get the most carries with 11, but he didn’t even average 2.5 yards a carry with them. He also only had one catch in the game. The Redskins defense is far from impressive, so right now it would be hard to start Sanders in a fantasy week.

Jordan Howard – Howard only got six carries on the afternoon, and tallied a respectable 44 yards. He also had two catches, but they only led to 11 more yards. Even against a Minnesota defense that was absolutely torched by Dalvin Cook , putting Howard in your starting lineup is a dangerous proposition until this committee shakes itself out a little.

Darren Sproles – In what should have been a surprise to everyone, it was Darren Sproles who led the team in rushing yards with 47 on nine carries. He also added three catches, but they didn’t amount to much. Sproles is the oldest, as well as the most injury prone of the three backs, so while short term he may have the most value of the three, it almost seems inevitable if he gets used a lot that he will go out with injury. Unless this committee gives someone more of a clear upper hand over the others it might be best to avoid the Philly backfield altogether.

Alshon Jeffery – He has a reputation of being touchdown dependent in fantasy football, and he lived to that hype on Sunday. Without his touchdown it would have been a disappointing day for Jeffery. He was targeted six times which generated five catches for just 49 yards. Jeffery was drafted as a low end WR2 or possibly very high end WR3, and will need to generate more than 50 yards per game to make people happy. He will see a lot of Xavier Rhodes on Sunday who might not be living up to his expectations of late, but Jeffery still needs to get more involved and less reliant on catching that touchdown.

DeSean Jackson – Last week had big game written all over it for Jackson with his homecoming and playing his former team and he blasted the Redskins with a monster 154-yard, two touchdown game. You shouldn’t think he will be less motivated this week without storylines, but you certainly can’t expect that amount of production on a week to week basis. However, he was the most targeted receiver on the team and that very well should continue. He still could top 100 yards and pop another score against the Vikings this week.

Zach Ertz – Some were writing his fantasy demise this preseason, but Ertz continues to be a solid target. His five catches for 54 yards are a little less than you could have hoped for, especially in a game where his team threw the ball a lot in the second half. However, it isn’t an awful game. Minnesota didn’t get any production out of their tight end last week against the Falcons, but again they only threw ten times. Look for Ertz to get into the seven or eight catch realm this week.

Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan – It may have been one of the ugliest 300-yard games in recent memories, but Ryan did get there by the end of the game. It certainly helped that his team was down 21-0 at halftime and 28-0 after three quarters which necessitated him having to continually throw the ball. This week Ryan faces the Eagles defense, who came into the season looking to be one of the NFC’s best units. However, last week they made Case Keenum look like Joe Theismann (google him if you are too young to know who that is), for three quarters, and if Matt Ryan faces that unit, it could be an explosive day for the Falcons, especially in the dome.

Devonta Freeman – If Freeman could have written up his worst case scenario to start the season, last Sunday against the Vikings would have been it. He gained just 19 yards on only eight carries, and had just 12 receiving yards to boot. However, when your team is getting killed from the word go, that doesn’t lend itself to production at running back. He won’t find it much easier in Week 2 against a stout Philly front line, but he should be able to break the 50 yard mark. There’s no way to sit Freeman in any week, but you certainly put him in your starting lineup while holding your breath and hoping for the best.

Julio Jones – The Vikings certainly kept Jones in check after signing his big contract extension on Sunday. He was targeted a team high 11 times, but that only equaled six catches for 31 yards. Luckily there was a touchdown in there to make it not a total loss of a day. He should have an easier time against the Eagles secondary, and if Julio had his first 100 yard game this season, it should almost be expected.

Calvin Ridley – Ridley’s game wasn’t overly impressive, but he did outperform Julio Jones . He made four catches for 64 yards and had his first touchdown of the year. The gap between Ridley and Jones could be closing a little of who has the most productive season, and with Ridley usually seeing the number two corner, he could have some more breakout games. The sky is the limit for this kid, and he is definitely a weekly start in fantasy leagues. He is a big play waiting to happen and you can put him in your starting lineups glowing with confidence.

Mohamed Sanu – Sanu’s value is strictly in PPR leagues, as he is really the fourth option to throw to on the team. However, there are enough shorter passes to keep him fantasy relevant, and he usually hauls in most things thrown his way. He did have five catches for 57 yards last Sunday, and in a deeper PPR league that requires four receivers, he is someone to hold on to for those upcoming bye weeks. He is only going to have one or two big games all season long, but Sanu should consistently put up around ten points weekly in PPR leagues.

Austin Hooper – He has been bandied about as a fantasy tight end sleeper for a number of years, but after his 80 reception season in 2018, it appears that Hooper is finally ready to cash in on that reputation. He started the season by catching all nine of his targets for 77 yards, and although he didn’t record a touchdown, getting 16 points out of your tight end in PPR leagues is something you’d sign up for every week of the season. The Eagles did give up 59 yards to old Vernon Davis , but most of that came on one catch that involved lots of broken tackles. But Hooper is young, athletic, and has good hands, and while he likely won’t have nine catches again, six or more with another 75 yards should be no sweat.

Summary: The Falcons came out flat last week against the Vikings, and now they face another tough test with Philadelphia. The Eagles also got off to a super slow start before being able to overtake the lowly Redskins. This is a product of not really playing your starters in the preseason, and now that both teams have that first game out of the way things should get better. Philadelphia is the better team here, even if they are on the road and should win a close one.

Prediction:  Eagles 28 - Falcons 27

Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Mon. 9-16 @ 8:15 pm EDTOver/Under: 45


Cleveland Browns at New York Jets
Game Time: Monday, September 16 at 8:15pm ET
Spread: Jets +2.5

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield – This is not how the Browns drew up their opening game in their minds before the season started. Mayfield was pressured, flustered, and threw three interceptions in one of his worst games as a pro. The silver lining here is that the Titans actually have a pretty good pass defense, so you can almost give him a pass here. This week they face the Jets whose pass defense isn’t horrible, but it isn’t great either. Josh Allen was able to connect with his top receiver a number of times, so Mayfield should have a nice bounce back game.

Nick Chubb – Perhaps the only bright spot for the Browns was Chubb. He didn’t rush for 100 yards, and he only had three receptions, but he did average nearly 4.5 yards a carry, and had a respectable 75 yards in a game where his team was behind almost from the start. He should be able to break a couple good ones against the Jets and will make his fantasy owners happy this week.

Odell Beckham – The Browns newest offensive toy was strong in Sunday’s game with seven catches for 71 yards, but he got more publicity for the expensive watch he was wearing than his play on the field. This week should be a very different story. Josh Allen and John Brown torched the Jets defense for 123 yards and a touchdown and Beckham is 100 times the receiver that Brown is. This should be a game where Beckham is going to show why he’s considered one of the best in the business.

Jarvis Landry – Landry is an interesting receiver. He rarely wows you with the big game, but his consistency and reception numbers always make him a fantasy relevant player. He had just four catches for 67 yards in Week 1, but will look to better that this week. With more production in the passing game there’s no reason to think he can’t get close to ten catches against a far inferior pass defense this week. Get him in your lineups in PPR leagues. 

David Njoku – The long hyped Browns tight end did have a touchdown catch in this game, but his overall production still leaves plenty to be desired. Njoku had just four catches for 37 yards, and is really yet to break out in fantasy production. He still seems to be living off the hype that came when he was drafted high, but is going to have to be more productive to be a guy you can trust on a weekly basis. If you have anything that resembles a decent second option you might want to think about parking Njoku this week.

New York Jets

Trevor Siemian – This is going to be a bonafide disaster. Siemian has been a starter before in the NFL, but there haven’t been any good results from it. The Jets offense struggled in Week 1 against the Bills, and with their backup quarterback in, you shouldn’t expect them to be able to put up many points. Siemian has a ceiling of about 175 yards and one touchdown but it could be worse.

Le’Veon Bell – It was good to see Bell very involved in the passing game as he had six catches for 32 yards and a touchdown. It made up for his less than stellar 3.5 yards per carry running the ball. It might take another week or two before Bell knows how to trust his offensive line and feels comfortable running behind it. But we know the talent is there and will come through eventually. Bell has to be licking his chops to face the Browns defense that let Derrick Henry collect 84 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards against them. He had an MRI that came back clean, and he should be a guy to trust in Week 2

Jamison Crowder – It isn’t often that a receiver gets targeted 17 times, but that was the case on Sunday for Crowder. He caught 14 of them for 99 yards, but he did not score. With Darnold out of the game, this should only mean more targets for Crowder who should be a great short yardage safety net. He might not get 14 receptions again, but he definitely be targeted in the double digit range.  

Robby Anderson – Anderson looked to come into this season with the hopes of building off the second half last year and be a more consistent force. Through one week, that mission was not accomplished. Anderson had three catches for just 23 yards and was the reason many people lost their fantasy matchups. Was this just a case of going against a quality defense, or is Robby going to continue to be a guy that’s very tough to predict from week to week? He will likely see a lot of Denzel Ward this week and with a backup quarterback another subpar game could certainly be in the cards.

Summary:  The Jets coughed up a fourth quarter lead like so many Jets teams have done in the past. The Browns were embarrassed by the Titans in Week 1. It will be the Browns who exercise their first week demons  as they will roll over the Jets as Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham atone for Week 1 failures and win this one fairly easily with Darnold watching from his sick bed.

Prediction:  Browns 31 - Jets 7

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