Whether you are 2-0 or 0-2 or somewhere in between, inside the numbers is here to get you on the right track with an in-depth look at each and every matchup for Week 2 of the NFL. With two weeks of NFL action under our belts, Inside the Numbers will focus mainly on the two game sample size outside of head-to-head match ups.
Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots
The Texans’ Osweiler has averaged just 16.1 fantasy points per game. The quarterback should see a bump this week. The Patriots are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to the position this season.
Jacoby Brissett threw 46 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his college career. But don’t look his way this week. The Texans have allowed a total of just 25.5 fantasy points to the position on the season.
Lamar Miller has the second-most carries among running backs this season with 53 rush attempts. New England is an average defense against the rush so you have to ride the guy that is getting the big workload.
Houston is allowing 5.3 yards per carry to running backs this season, so the Patriots’ could lean on LeGarrette Blount in this one. The last time he faced the Texans, he had 17 carries for 72 yards.
The Texans have allowed just 28 receiving yards per game to the running back position so no need to give much consideration to James White in Week 3.
New England is allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers on the young season. So give consideration to all Houston pass catchers but especially make sure DeAndre Hopkins is in your lineups. Through two games this season, New England has allowed an average of 109 receiving yards to opposing No. 1 wide receivers.
And the Texans’ Will Fuller should probably crack your lineup as well. Not only does the wide receiver already have been targeted 12 times with passes 15-plus yards down the field, but also the Patriots are allowing big plays to receivers in 2016. The New England defense has allowed the third-most pass plays of 20-plus yards this season with 10 such plays.
It is tough to start a New England wide receiver with the prospects of Brissett starting, but Houston is allowing 102.5 yards per game to opposing No. 1 wide receivers in 2016 and nothing to anyone else. The No. 2 wide receiver is averaging just 24.5 yards per game.
Houston has allowed a total of eight catches and 48 yards to tight ends this season so you will want to be off of Martellus Bennett this week despite his 114 yards, one touchdown performance last week.
Arizona Cardinals vs. Buffalo Bills
Fresh off a 300-yard, three touchdown performance in Week 2, you know Carson Palmer has to be excited to play the Bills this week. Last Thursday, Ryan Fitzpatrick tore apart the Buffalo secondary for 374 yards.
Arizona is allowing just 239 passing yards per game and has four interceptions to just two touchdowns allowed, so you may want to reconsider Tyrod Taylor this week.
As he is every week, David Johnson is a must start. The Bills have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to the running back position, so Johnson should once again have his way.
You probably have to start LeSean McCoy this week but it doesn’t mean you should be happy about it. Arizona is allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to running backs thanks to giving up only 3.85 yards per carry. And the running back will have an even harder time getting yards in the air. Arizona has allowed just 44 receiving yards to running backs through two games this season.
The Bills are allowing the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers so Larry Fitzgerald is a very strong play in Week 3. The pass catcher leads the NFL in red-zone targets, with six. He also has five targets inside the 10-yard line.
The Cardinals’ Michael Floyd could be a nice sleeper play in Week 3, as the Bills are allowing 72.5 yards per game to No. 2 wide receiver.
Facing the Bills could be exactly what John Brown needs to get his season going. Buffalo is allowing 99.5 yards per game to opposing number three wideouts. They also have been allowing big plays in the early parts of 2016. In two games, they have allowed 11 pass plays of at least 20 yards and one that went for 40-plus. Last season, Brown thrived on those types of plays. He had 11 20-plus catches and six of the 40-yard variety.
Sammy Watkins has just six catches on the season so there shouldn’t be much faith in the pass catcher this week, as Arizona has allowed just 68 yards to No. 1 wide receiver in 2016.
Last week, Marquise Goodwin shined for the Bills with two catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. Tough to expect that type of result again this week but teams have been using their No. 3 wide receiver to attack Arizona so far this season. They have allowed an average of 88 yards per game to the position.
Arizona is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this season so no need to consider Charles Clay this weekend.
Oakland Raiders vs. Tennessee Titans
This is an interesting matchup for the Raiders’ Derek Carr. After two weeks, he has the fifth-most fantasy points but will face a Titans’ defense that has allowed the seventh-fewest to the position. If the past is any indicator of future success he should be just fine in this one. In his only appearance against the Titans last season, he threw for 330 yards and three scores.
If there was a week to run with Marcus Mariota this may be the one. So far this season the Raiders have allowed 819 passing yards and seven touchdowns through two weeks, and the quarterback was successful against them last season. He threw for 218 yards and three scores.
The Titans’ DeMarco Murray is one of just four running backs to average more than seven targets per game this season.
Latavius Murray has scored in two straight games to open up the 2016 season. With the Titans’ yet to give up a rushing touchdown yet this season, something will have to give.
While the Raiders have been busy giving up yards in the passing game, they have not neglected the opposing running backs either. They have allowed the seventh-most rushing yards on the season. So feel safe running out DeMarco Murray this weekend.
The last time these two teams faced off Amari Cooper finished with seven receptions for 115 yards. Expect similar results this week. The Titans are allowing 110 yards per game to opposing No. 1 wide receivers in 2016.
While Cooper should be in for a fine game, you will want to avoid Michael Crabtree this week. Not only has his production been slow this season with just 11 catches for 118 yards, but he has a tough matchup on Sunday. The Titans have allowed just 11 yards per game to No. 2 wide receivers.
Oakland is an ideal target for the wide receiver position. They have allowed 35 receptions for 564 yards and five scores to the position. Good for most fantasy points against so far in 2015. Tajae Sharpe should be a strong play this week. He has been targeted on 23 percent of pass routes this season.
With just seven catches on the season, you probably won’t be very interested in Rishard Matthews, but the Raiders have allowed an average of 95.5 yards per game to No. 2 wide receivers.
Tennessee has allowed just eight receptions to tight ends in two games this season, so Clive Walford is not a strong play.
After a big game last week, Delanie Walker is in line for another this week. Oakland has allowed an average of 186 yards to the position, second-most in the NFL.
Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants
Washington currently leads all teams in pass percentage. They have thrown on 76 percent of their offensive plays. All of which is good news for their quarterback. Kirk Cousins is averaging 44.5 pass attempts and 346 yards per game. The problem is he has just one touchdown thus far. While the Giants have allowed just one passing touchdown in two games in 2016.
After Eli Manning let down fantasy owners in Week 2, the Giants’ quarterback is in for another clunker this week. In his last four games against the Redskins, he has just one touchdown to four interceptions.
The New York Giants have been tough against the run to start the season. They have allowed just 3.2 yards per carry, and the fifth-fewest fantasy points to the position. You will want to stay away from Matt Jones and his 10 rush attempts per game.
If you trust that Rashad Jennings will play the whole game with an injured hand, he is a great fantasy play. Washington is allowing 27.2 fantasy points per game to running backs this year.
And if Jennings ends up not playing or is limited, Shane Vereen is a nice value option for the flex spot. Last Sunday, Shane Vereen tied a career high with 14 carries.
The New York Giants have held DeSean Jackson in check in recent history. He has just one touchdown in his last four contests against New York.
Jamison Crowder has played the second most snaps this season at wide receiver for Washington. He also has seen the most targets at the position for the Redskins.
In his last three games against the Redskins, Odell Beckham has five touchdowns. With the Redskins allowing 114 yards per game to No. 1 wide receivers and the seventh-most fantasy points to the position, look for the Giants’ pass catcher to continue his ways this week.
In three of his last four against the Redskins, Victor Cruz has finished with over 100 yards.
Sterling Shepard has caught 14 of the 15 passes thrown his way in his rookie campaign.
The Redskins’ Jordan Reed has yet to have a big fantasy game this season. He may have to wait another week before doing so. The Giants have allowed just 59 total yards to the tight end position this season.
Cleveland Browns vs. Miami DolphinsThe Browns’ Cody Kessler will make his first NFL start on Sunday. This preseason he went 19-for-28 for 92 yards and a touchdown. Not exactly numbers to ensure much trust in the first year signal caller.
Last week the Dolphins’ Ryan Tannehill threw for 389 yards and two touchdowns. He should get plenty of opportunities to chuck the football around in this one with Arian Foster out injured.
Miami has allowed 245 rushing yards so far this season, so expect to see plenty more of Isaiah Crowell again this week.
Duke Johnson on the other hand probably won’t be very busy in Week 3, as Miami has allowed just nine receptions for 56 yards to running backs in 2016.
Here is all you need to know about the Dolphins’ run game, through two weeks the leading rusher for the Miami Dolphins is Ryan Tannehill.
The Browns’ Terrelle Pryor has had just three catches in each of Cleveland’s first two games, so don’t count on him breaking out in this one. Miami is allowing just 38 yards per game to No. 2 wide receivers.
After being benched for Week 1, DeVante Parker played in 92 percent of the Dolphins’ plays last Sunday. Since Week 12 of last season, the wide receiver has gone for 80-plus yards in five of his seven games played.
Jarvis Landry has had at least seven catches in each of his last two games.
Waiting for Gary Barnidge to get his 2016 season started? This could be the game. The Dolphins are allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends this season, but while they have given up 151 yards and a touchdown to the position, the production has all come on just eight catches.
If you don’t want to take the risk on Barnidge, then roll the dice on the Dolphins’ Jordan Cameron. Cleveland has allowed the most receptions (17) and yards (193) to the position this season.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
After enjoying a strong Week 2 performance against the Cleveland Browns, Joe Flacco should make it two weeks in a row with plus performances. The Jaguars are allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Also when these two teams played each other in 2015, the Ravens’ passer threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns.
Last week, the Jaguars’ Blake Bortles had more turnovers(3), than touchdowns (2). His struggle is likely to continue this week. Through two games, the Ravens’ have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points per game to the quarterback position. In 2015, Bortles threw for 188 yards against Baltimore.
Although the Jaguars are allowing 4.3 yards per carry to running backs, the Ravens’ backfield by committee is not the place for fantasy players to exist. Terrance West had 12 touches compared to Justin Forsett’s 17 in Week 2.
In Week 2, T.J. Yeldon averaged a very pedestrian 2.4 yards per touch. With Cleveland allowing just 3.7 yards per carry, you will probably want to look elsewhere for your running back position this week.
Jacksonville has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season. This is mostly due to a league-high five touchdowns allowed to the position. If you are playing a Baltimore wide receiver it has to be for a touchdown because the Jaguars have allowed just 330 yards to wide receivers, 15th-most in the NFL. With Mike Wallace catching three touchdowns already (three more than any other Ravens’ wide out this year), he is the Baltimore pass catcher to target this week.
Allen Robinson has been targeted a team-high 19 times this season, so if a Jaguars’ wide receiver is going to have a big game it is going to be him. It just hasn’t happened yet this season, and it might not happen against this week. The Ravens’ have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season, giving up just 19 receptions for 227 yards total in two games.
Allen Hurns is averaging 4.5 receptions and 69.5 yards per game in 2016. Look for those numbers to decline a bit this week. The Ravens have allowed just 26 yards per game to No. 2 wide receivers this season.
This past Sunday, the Ravens’ Dennis Pitta led all tight ends with 12 targets, but be careful as Jacksonville has allowed just five receptions to the position in 2016.
Julius Thomas has at least four catches and 64 yards in each game this season, but the Ravens have been awfully good against tight ends. So far this season they have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to the position, and last season, they were even better allowing just the sixth-fewest.
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Matthew Stafford is averaging 300 yards per game this season. He also has four touchdowns to just one interception. But in the past, Green Bay turns Stafford into a turnover machine. In his last four games against the Packers, he has seven turnovers.
After struggling in the first two weeks of the season, the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers should get back on track this week. The Lions are allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, thanks to six touchdown passes allowed already. And in his past four games against Detroit, the Green Bay signal caller has nine total touchdowns and just two turnovers.
Theo Riddick is now the starting running back for the Detroit Lions. On the season, the running back has scored 1.09 fantasy points per touch so getting more touches should be a good thing for the ball carrier’s fantasy value, but facing the Packers might not be. Green Bay is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points this season thanks to a very impressive 1.84 yards per rush against average. And don’t look for Riddick to get his via the air like he normally does. The Packers have allowed just 23.5 receiving yards per game to running backs.
Eddie Lacy is averaging 4.3 yards per carry but has only gotten 26 attempts on the season. Detroit is allowing 5.1 yards against so maybe this is the week Lacy gets to eat.
Green Bay has allowed 135 yards per game to No. 1 wide receivers so look for Marvin Jones to continue to impress with his new team. Look for him to do his damage with big plays. Not only does he already have five plays that have gone for over 20 yards, the Packers have allowed nine such plays in 2016.
Golden Tate was held to 12 catches for 115 yards in two games against the Packers last season.
In his last five games against the Lions, Packers’ Jordy Nelson has been shutout of the end zone and has a high of 86 yards. Detroit has allowed just 58.5 yards per game to No. 1 wide receivers so far in 2016, so the Green Bay pass catcher should see his struggles against the Lions continue this week.
Randall Cobb has just 11 catches this season. With the Lions’ holding the wide receiver to nine catches and 82 yards in two games last season, there isn’t a lot of hope for a big game out of Cobb in Week 3.
Green Bay has allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends this season so you could do worse than Eric Ebron this week.
Through two weeks this season, the Lions are allowing an average of 10 targets, 7.5 receptions, 89.5 yards and two touchdowns to the tight end position if you want to gamble on Jared Cook.
Denver Broncos vs. Cincinnati BengalsThe Broncos’ Trevor Siemian has been given the task of game manager for Denver. He has yet to amass more than 11 fantasy points in a game yet this season and should be avoided in all fantasy formats again this week.
Andy Dalton has recorded 366 passing yards in each of his last two games but has scored a total of one touchdown. Denver has allowed just two passing touchdowns on the season so another week without a score is certainly within the realm of possibilities this Sunday.
This week should be another big one for the Broncos’ C.J. Anderson. He has 232 offensive yards on the year, while Cincinnati has allowed 354 offensive yards to running backs already this season.
Without a touchdown, Jeremy Hill’s fantasy worth is non-existent. So expect him to do little to no good for your fantasy team this week. In their last 19 games, the Broncos’ defense has allowed just 11 rushing touchdowns.
In Week 2, Gio Bernard led all running backs with 37 routes run, but that doesn’t mean he is a lock to be successful this week. Denver is allowing just 26.5 receiving yards per game to running backs this season.
The Bengals’ defense limited the Steelers’ Antonio Brown to just four catches and 39 yards last season so don’t look for much from the Broncos’ pass-catchers in this one. In fact, Cincinnati has held No. 1 wide receivers to just 35.5 yards per game in 2015.
If you have to play a Denver pass catcher Emmanuel Sanders is your guy. He has three touchdowns in his last two games against the Bengals.
A.J. Green was limited to just 38 yards last week and could be in for another long day at the office on Sunday. In two games, Denver has allowed a total of just 16 completions to wide receivers and the third-fewest fantasy points.
Cincinnati has allowed two touchdowns to tight ends on the season, so if you need a Hail Mary play at tight end Virgil Green could be your guy.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Carolina PanthersSam Bradford looked great in his first game for the Vikings. He finished with 286 yards and two touchdowns. Don’t expect him to look so good this week. The Panthers already have four interceptions on the season. And last season Carolina limited the quarterback to 205 yards and two turnovers.
Last week, Cam Newton had his best game of the young season. The quarterback put up 37.7 fantasy points in the contest. While he might not be that good again this week, he still is a must play. The Vikings have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
Minnesota has just 95 rushing yards this season and they enter this contest without Adrian Peterson. If there is a plus side the lackluster rush attack of the Vikings, the Panthers have allowed three touchdowns to running backs and the third-most fantasy points this season.
In the three games that Jonathan Stewart missed last season, Cameron Artis-Payne led Panthers’ running backs with 38 touches. Regardless of who is carrying the ball, don’t anticipate many fantasy points from the Panthers’ backfield. Minnesota has allowed just 98 rushing yards on 37 carries this season.
In each of his first two games this season, Stefon Diggs has recorded two 100-yard games. Through these two games, the Vikings’ pass catcher has produced an amazing 2.69 fantasy points per reception. Yet, Carolina will be his toughest test yet this season. They have allowed just 59 yards to No. 1 wide receivers in 2016.
Besides Diggs, you won’t want to play any other Vikings’ wideouts in this one. The Panthers are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to the position so far this year.
The Panthers’ Kelvin Benjamin has the highest points per opportunity for wide receivers on the young season with 0.79. The top fantasy wide receiver after two weeks is a must start.
Ted Ginn has just three catches in 2016.
Through two games this season, the Panthers’ defense has allowed just seven catches to tight ends. But those seven catches resulted in 121 yards and a touchdown. While it doesn’t make Kyle Rudolph a lock for Week 3, it makes him an interesting candidate with him receiving eight targets in each of the first two games this season.
Greg Olsen has 12 catches for 195 yards and touchdown this season and is the No. 1 fantasy tight end.
Los Angeles Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
You probably will want to go another direction, but Case Keenum has a great matchup this week. The Buccaneers are a classic pass funnel defense. They can stop the run but are getting ripped apart by the pass. They have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the quarterback position. And for what it is worth, Keenum did toss two touchdown passes against the Buccaneers when these teams faced each other last season.
After an excellent Week 1, Jameis Winston had a rough go last week, as he finished Week 2 with five turnovers against the Arizona Cardinals. This week won’t be much easier for the second-year quarterback. The Rams have allowed just one passing touchdown this season.
Todd Gurley has just 13.7 points in PPR formats this season, and things won’t get any easier this week for the second-year running back. The Buccaneers limited opposing running backs to 3.5 yards per carry last season and picked up right where they left off this season. They have held the Falcons’ Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman as well as the Cardinals’ David Johnson to a just a combined 2.97 yards per carry in 2016.
The Rams have allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to running backs this season, so with Doug Martin out with an injury Charles Sims should see the bulk of the touches and produce at a level that warrants a flex start. Last season, Sims had 10 touches for 72 yards against the Rams.
Last season Tavon Austin had his best game of the year against Tampa Bay. He finished with 73 offensive yards and two touchdowns. With Tampa already allowing five touchdowns to wide receivers this season, the wideout could find pay dirt again this week.
Kenny Britt saw 10 targets in Week 2 and could be a factor again this week. In 2015, he scored a touchdown against the Buccaneers.
Mike Evans was targeted 17 times on Sunday. But he only caught 35 percent of them. The rough Week 2 performance could be followed by another in Week 3. Los Angeles has allowed just 45 yards this season to No. 1 wide receivers.
Vincent Jackson has just six receptions on the season so it might be time to cut bait.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
For what it is worth, since the beginning of the 2015 season San Francisco has allowed 33.1 points per game on the road.
Blaine Gabbert has scored more fantasy points than Aaron Rodgers over the past eight weeks of NFL, but that doesn’t make him a good play this week. Seattle has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2016.
After two weeks of the season, the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson has just one passing touchdown. And don’t count on him adding many more this week. He has scored multiple touchdowns in just one of his last seven against the 49ers.
The 49ers’ Carlos Hyde is averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. He won’t have much luck finding any more running room this week. The Seahawks are allowing just 2.9 yards per rush in 2016.
The Seahawks’ Thomas Rawls had seven rushes for negative seven yards last week. If he is able to play he likely is going to have another bad outing. The 49ers are allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position this season.
Seattle is allowing the fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season so avoid all San Francisco wideouts this week.
San Francisco is allowing 87.5 yards per game to No. 1 wide receivers this season so Doug Baldwin is an ok play but not as strong as you would probably like. When he played the 49ers last season, he finished with just six catches for 60 yards.
In a game last season versus these 49ers, Tyler Lockett finished with 48 yards and two touchdowns.
Seattle has allowed just six catches and zero touchdowns to tight ends this season. So Vance McDonald, who has two touchdowns already, should be an easy fade in Week 3. But he did go for four catches, 65 yards and a score against the Seahawks last season.
New York Jets vs. Kansas City ChiefsIn six games against the Chiefs, Ryan Fitzpatrick has nine touchdowns and four interceptions. His stat line on Sunday should follow a similar path. Since the start of last season, Kansas City has allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks and has allowed the eighth-fewest so far in 2016.
The New York Jets have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2016, but not sure that is enough to entice you to jump on Alex Smith, who scored 3.2 fantasy points last week.
Matt Forte is scoring .75 fantasy points per touch this season. At his current rate of usage, 59 touches through two weeks, that is plenty of points. With the Chiefs allowing the fourth-most fantasy points to running backs in 2016, look for the Jets’ running back to get plenty of touches and therefore fantasy points again in this one. In 2015, the rusher finished with 109 yards and a touchdown when he faced Kansas City.
Spencer Ware leads the league with 304 yards from scrimmage through two contests, but the runner could find it tough to pick yards in chunks this week. Not only is it possible that Jamaal Charles makes his 2016 debut but the Jets are allowing just 3.96 yards per carry to running backs this season.
Brandon Marshall does not have a touchdown this season. Kansas City has allowed just one score to wide receivers in two games so far. But that all could change this week. Marshall has five touchdowns in four games against the Chiefs.
Eric Decker has recorded 80-plus yards and/or a touchdown in 18 straight so you might as well write his production in ink for Week 3, especially considering that the Jets’ pass catcher has seven scores in his last four versus the Chiefs.
Quincy Enunwa has certainly caught the attention of fantasy players with his 13 catches over the first two weeks of 2016.
Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has 21 targets this season, second most in the NFL and is a must-start in Week 3. The Jets are allowing 100 yards per game to No. 1 wide receivers and the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
In his only game against the Jets, Travis Kelce finished with 67 yards and a trip to pay dirt.
San Diego Chargers vs. Indianapolis Colts
Philip Rivers is fresh off a four-touchdown performance in Week 2 and is looking for more this Sunday. The Colts have allowed 606 passing yards in two games this season.
After throwing for just 197 yards last week against the Denver Broncos, San Diego will be a welcome sight for Andrew Luck. The Chargers have allowed the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks due to 692 passing yards and five total touchdowns allowed to quarterbacks in 2016.
Indianapolis has allowed the most fantasy points to running backs so far this season, so you could have a worse option than Melvin Gordon and his three touchdowns in 2016.
Frank Gore has rushed for just 103 yards on 27 carries this season. He also added seven catches in the passing game. The running back should add a few more receptions this week. San Diego has already allowed 23 catches for 185 yards to running backs this season.
Last week, Travis Benjamin led the Chargers in targets and yardage. He also scored two touchdowns. Indianapolis has allowed 354 yards to wide receivers this season with 208 of them coming against No. 1 wide receivers, so Benjamin should be heavily involved again this week.
Tyrell Williams has at least 61 yards in each of the Chargers’ first two games this season.
T.Y. Hilton has just 10 catches on the season for 120 yards. His production isn’t likely to look much better after Week 3. The Chargers and Jason Verrett have allowed just 58.5 yards per game to No. 1 wide receivers this season.
The Colts’ Dwayne Allen is getting more run this year. Last season he was asked to block on 26.8 percent off all pass plays but just 12.5 percent so far in 2016. Expect that run to net more results for the tight end this week. The Chargers have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have yet to allow a passing touchdown this season, but that should come to an end this week. The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for three touchdowns in two straight games.
Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz hasn’t been bad so far in his rookie campaign, but he hasn’t done enough to warrant a start this week against the Steelers. Pittsburgh has allowed just one touchdown to quarterbacks so far this season.
Since the beginning of the 2015 season, DeAngelo Williams has received at least 15 touches in 11 games for the Steelers. In those games, the running back has scored 14 touchdowns. With the Eagles’ allowing 4.98 yards per touch to running backs this season the Pittsburgh ball carrier is in good shape again this week.
The Eagles’ Ryan Mathews leads the league in goal line carries per game with nine such touches, but this week look for the Philadelphia running back to do his damage via the pass game. The Steelers have allowed 15 receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown to running backs.
Philadelphia is allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers in 2016. But of course, you still start Antonio Brown without hesitation. After posting just 39 yards last week, the wideout should return with a vengeance this week. He has not posted back-to-back games with less than 100 yards since Week 5 and 6 of the 2015 season.
After catching six passes in Week 1, Eli Rogers caught just one pass last Sunday. Until he has a more consistent workload, he can’t be trusted in fantasy football.
Sammie Coates doesn’t catch many balls, but the ones he does are for big plays. He has four catches on the season and three of them have gone for over 20 yards. This big play capability makes him an interesting play.
Jordan Matthews is clearly the go-to-guy for Carson Wentz. The wide receiver has 13 catches on the season and should be plenty busy again this week. The Steelers are allowing 103 yards to No. 1 wide receivers in 2016.
In each of the first two games this season, Nelson Agholor has caught four passes.
The Eagles have allowed just six catches to tight ends in 2016.
Chicago Bears vs. Dallas Cowboys
Dallas has allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season, so if you are brave and/or desperate you can run Brian Hoyer out.
The Cowboys Dak Prescott has not thrown a touchdown this season. Surprising the Bears have been pretty good against the quarterback so far. They have allowed just three touchdowns to the position.
Jeremy Langford has scored a touchdown in each of the first two games of the 2016 season.
Chicago is allowing an average of 103 rushing yards and a touchdown to running backs through two games. Ezekiel Elliott has received a heavy workload so far with 41 carries so expect him to produce again this week.
No fear Alshon Jeffery owners, Brian Hoyer is to the rescue. The quarterback loves to feed his top wide out. With the backup quarterback at the helm, DeAndre Hopkins had 111 catches for 1521 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Dez Bryant bounced back last week with a 100-yard effort on seven receptions, but don’t feel like you are out of the woods with him yet. The Bears have allowed just 62.5 to No. 1 wide receivers this season.
The Cowboys’ Cole Beasley could be an interesting sleeper play in Week 3. The wide receiver has seen 18 passes thrown his way through two games this season and the Bears are allowing 74.5 yards per game to No. 2 wide receivers. Also, the wide receiver has always enjoyed facing Chicago. In his last two contests versus the Bears, Beasley has three touchdowns.
Jason Witten has a total of just three catches in his last two games against Chicago.
Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints
Fire up the Falcons’ Matt Ryan this weekend. Not only have the Saints allowed 687 passing yards already this season but the Atlanta passer has owned New Orleans in the past. In his last four against them, Ryan is averaging 350 yards and two touchdowns per game.
You can also start the Saints’ Drew Brees with lots of confidence. The Falcons have allowed seven passing touchdowns already this season. And the New Orleans’ quarterback has a history of success against Atlanta. In each of his last three contests against them he has had a 300-yard game.
Tevin Coleman has twice as many targets as Devonta Freeman through two weeks and has six times as many receiving yards. And in Week 2, Coleman dominated red-zone opportunity over teammate Freeman. Coleman had five touches for 24 yards and a score. While Freeman had just three touches for eight yards, so Coleman should get the nod going against a Saints’ defense allowing the third-most fantasy points to ball carriers in 2016.
Atlanta is allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs this season. Unfortunately for Mark Ingram, most of the damage has been done via the passing game where the Falcons have allowed 18 receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown. So Cadet may be your guy, especially in a PPR format. The Saints’ other runner had six catches for 77 yards the last time these two teams meet up.
More bad news for Mark Ingram fans. He is only being used in 50 percent of the Saints’ plays in 2016. If you are looking for a positive for Ingram, he does have five touchdowns in his last three games against the Saints.
New Orleans has allowed a league-high 35 receptions to wide receivers so this could be the week that Julio Jones returns to his normally heavily targeted self on Sunday if he gets his usual workload expect a big game. The Saints are allowing 129.5 yards to No. 1 wide receivers this year and Jones has produced 100 yards in three of his last four against New Orleans.
Mohamed Sanu also could find himself being a big contributor on Sunday. New Orleans is also allowing 107 yards to No. 2 wide receivers through two contest this season.
Brandin Cooks was limited to nine catches for 63 in two contests against the Falcons last season.
Look for Willie Snead to have another big game this week. On the season, the Falcons have allowed 17 receptions for 225 yards and two touchdowns to the slot.
Believe it or not, but the Saints have been pretty good against the tight end so far in 2016. They have allowed just nine catches for 59 yards and zero touchdowns to the position.
If you like to take risks, Coby Fleener has a great matchup. Atlanta has allowed three touchdowns and the second-most fantasy points to the position this season.