There’s nothing worse than picking a player in fantasy football whom you expect to be one of your go-to studs and seeing him fall flat in Week 1. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the beast. Three players are poised to bounce back in a big way in Week 2.
For some stars who struggled, the matchups are brutal, or they just didn’t show much in terms of potential improvement. Others inspire a unique feeling. Whether these players are on your season-long fantasy team or are names you used in daily fantasy football, you should be confident in rolling them out once again in Week 2.
Let’s dive in deep to the Week 1 fantasy football disappointments who will right the ship in Week 2, starting with the biggest name on the board and the player who will come out hungry this weekend.
Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Le’Veon Bell certainly needed to shake off rust in Week 1. In the team’s 21-18 win over the Cleveland Browns, Bell rushed just 10 times for 32 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards. He was almost nonexistent in this game, which is shocking.
While some credit certainly needs to go to the Browns, Bell should get back to the old workhorse we’re used to seeing. The Steelers face a tough opponent in the Minnesota Vikings, who allowed just 60 rushing yards against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.
The Saints were playing from behind and love to air it out. I’m not concerned, and fantasy owners shouldn’t be either about Bell, because his production will come both on the ground and through the air against Minnesota.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Next up is Russell Wilson, who struggled brutally against a Green Bay Packer defense many believed he would torch. In that game, he completed just 51.9 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and only 158 yards. The good news: The Seahawks have their home opener in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, who struggled a fair amount against a rusty Cam Newton.
While Newton is still getting back from his injury, he got it going against the Niners, throwing two touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 87.2. Wilson should be able to roll against the 49ers’ defense, especially after they lost rookie linebacker Reuben Foster in Week 1.
Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
Thomas had a brutal matchup against the strong Viking secondary in Week 1, which resulted in catching 5 of 8 targets for 45 yards. It was a quiet showing from one of the best young wide receivers in the NFL, but there’s no reason to think he won’t turn that around in Week 2.
The Saints are not only playing their home opener, they’re up against a New England Patriot team which just got torched by Alex Smith to the tune of 368 yards and four touchdowns. No. 1 Kansas City wideout Tyreek Hill tallied 133 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. Expect Thomas to top the 100-yard mark and score one or two touchdowns, with the potential for his numbers to be even better than that this weekend.
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