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New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills
Not much of a reason to consider the New York Jets’ Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 2. In two games against the Bills last season, he averaged just 187 passing yards. He also finished with more turnovers (5), than touchdowns(4). Buffalo allowed just 16.6 fantasy points to the quarterback position last week, so he shouldn’t expect much different this week.
The Jets did allow 366 passing yards last Sunday, but don’t bank on Tyrod Taylor this weekend. He averaged just .22 fantasy points per drop back on Sunday. Last season, he had a .59. With the Bills’ quarterback averaging just 170 passing yards against the Jets in his career look for him to finish closer to the .22 this weekend.
In Week 1, the Jets’ Matt Forte looked like the running back of old. He finished with 96 rushing yards and added 59 through the air. The New York runner should look a bit older this week and the Bills allowed just 11.7 fantasy points to running backs in Week 1.
Last season, the Jets’ allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to running backs. While they were as strong last Sunday, they still were pretty stout against the run. In Week 1, they allowed just 12.1 fantasy points to the position.
Brandon Marshall had three catches for 32 yards in last week’s season opener. The wideout should bounce back this week. In 2015, Buffalo allowed 83.4 yards per game to opposing No. 1 wide receivers, seventh-most in the NFL. This is mostly due to the fact that Buffalo allowed the highest target percentage to wide receivers in 2015. Something about the Bills brings out the best in Marshall, as he has a touchdown catch in four of his last games against them.
Eric Decker caught another touchdown last Sunday, and he should look to do more of the same this week. In two games against the Bills in 2015, he was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass in each contest.
Quincy Enuwa played 66 snaps on Sunday and was target on 12 percent of them.
The good news for owners of Sammy Watkins is that the Jets’ allowed 35.6 fantasy points to wide receivers in the opening week this previous Sunday. Also last season, the Jets allowed the highest target percentage to WRs. The bad news is Watkins re-injured his foot and caught just four balls last week.
In 2015, the Jets allowed just 38.5 yards per game to No. 2 wide receivers, fifth fewest in the league, so don’t trust Robert Woods in Week 2.
Over their last 17 games, the Jets have allowed just 71 receptions and two touchdowns to tight ends so look elsewhere than Charles Clay when filling your tight end position this week.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers
The 49ers’ Blaine Gabbert threw for just 170 yards in San Francisco’s win on Monday night. You have to figure with the Panthers allowing just 178 passing yards last week, and the ninth-fewest fantasy points to the quarterback position in 2015, the 49ers’ signal caller won’t be a strong fantasy producer in Week 2.
After scoring two touchdowns against the Denver Broncos’ last week, you would think that Cam Newton would be in for a bigger day this Sunday, but the 49ers have been tough on quarterbacks as of late. In addition to shutting out the Rams on Monday night, San Francisco allowed just 22 touchdowns to quarterbacks in 2015.
In Week 1, Carlos Hyde rushed for 88 yards and two scores on 23 carries. Carolina allowed just nine rushing touchdowns to running backs all of last season so don’t expect a repeat performance from Hyde this Sunday. He probably won’t get much of an opportunity. For three straight years, Carolina has been in bottom-10 in rushing attempts allowed.
Although Jonathan Stewart received 75 percent of Carolina’s carries in the season opener, be leery of him moving forward. He had zero targets in the passing game, and Cam Newton stole a red zone touchdown from him in Week 1. For this week in particular, be careful, the 49ers held the Rams’ backfield to just 53 yards on Sunday.
Carolina allowed just nine catches to wide receivers for 91 yards last week. So even though Jeremy Kerley led the 49ers in receiving last week with seven catches for 61 yards, you probably can find better somewhere else.
San Francisco’s defensive backs were equally impressive last week allowing just 11 catches for 103 yards, but that is no reason to shy away from Kelvin Benjamin this week. After missing all of last season, the wideout looked like he hadn’t missed a beat in the season opener. He finished with six catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. Last season, the San Francisco defense allowed 85.9 yards per game to opposing No. 1 wide receivers.
Outside of Benjamin, no other Panthers’ wideout caught more than one pass so you likely will want to avoid any of them this weekend.
Vance McDonald has scored a touchdown in four of his last eight games.
Last season, San Francisco allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to tight end. So you still play Greg Olsen just don’t count on a monster game for the target.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington RedskinsDak Prescott was a disappointment last week, as he finished with just 227 yards and no touchdowns, but it wasn’t all bad. He had a sure-thing touchdown dropped by Cole Beasley and another called back. So while you probably won’t consider him in season-long formats, the signal caller should warrant some consideration on DFS sites this week. Last season, Washington allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks and is coming off a 300 yard, three touchdown thrashing by the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger.
Despite throwing for 300 yards last week, the Redskins’ Cousins’ probably is looking for a better game this week after not tossing a single touchdown, but the quarterback will be hard pressed to do much again this Sunday. In two games against the Cowboys last season, he averaged just 197.5 yards, and that is pretty consistent with Dallas’ way as they allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks last season.
In his much anticipated first game as a pro, Ezekiel Elliott largely disappointed. He finished with 51 yards on 20 carries. He did save face with a score, however. After watching the Steelers’ DeAngelo Williams run all over the Redskins for 143 yards, the rookie has to be excited to run against Washington. Especially considering that Washington allowed 4.8 yards per rush last season, second most in the league.
The sole reason people drafted Matt Jones in fantasy was because he was expected to at least be the Redskins’ primary ball carrier. Looks like that may not be the case. Chris Thompson outgained Jones by six yards despite getting two less touches. Although it probably makes sense to avoid this backfield when fielding your fantasy team, if you have to start one Thompson is your guy. The preferred pass catching back is facing a Dallas defense that allowed 49.8 receiving yards per game to running backs last season.
After last week’s game, Dez Bryant is now averaging just 3.5 receptions and 46.6 yards in 15 games without Tony Romo. In 70 games with his quarterback he has averaged 5.1 catches for 73.2 yards. If you are looking for a positive note, Bryant could see some snaps against Bashaud Breeland. The corner allowed eight receptions and 126 yard and two touchdowns to Antonio Brown in Week 1.
Last time Cole Beasley played the Redskins, he finished with five catches for 53 yards and two touchdowns. While he likely isn’t going scored twice, Beasley could be a nice play especially in PPR league. He finished Week 1 with eight catches and faces a Washington team that wasn’t great against No. 2 wide receiver last year. They allowed 55.6 yards per game to the pass catcher, ninth-most in the NFL.
A week after going for 102 yards, DeSean Jackson is primed for another big game this Sunday. In his last three contests against Dallas, he has either scored a touchdown or registered a 100-yard game.
It probably doesn’t matter this week because the Cowboys allowed a league low 32.5 yards per game to No. 2 wide receivers in 2015, but Jamison Crowder played on more offensive snaps as well as received more targets that Pierre Garcon in Week 1. Also, in his only career game against Dallas, Crowder finished with 109 yards and a score.
Last week, Washington allowed just five catches for 31 yards to tight ends, but it doesn’t mean you can’t lean on Jason Witten in Week 2. In 2015, the Redskins allowed the eighth-most receiving yards to the position.
Jordan Reed has had his hands full against the Cowboys in his career, as the Redskins’ tight end has never scored a touchdown against Dallas and is averaging just 53.3 yards per game against him. His struggles should continue this week. Last season, America’s Team allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to the tight end position while allowing just 36.9 yards per game to the pass catchers.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh SteelersA week after throwing for 366 yards and one touchdown, Andy Dalton will have it a bit tougher this weekend. In two regular season games against Pittsburgh last year, he averaged just 237.5 pass yards.
Cincinnati allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks last season, so Ben Roethlisberger could be a let down after his Week 1 outing. Especially considering he has just two passing touchdowns to four interceptions in his last three against Cincinnati.
You probably will want to avoid the Bengals’ backfield this week. Last season, the Steelers allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to running backs, and last week, they allowed just 47 rushing yards.
In 10 full games as the lead runner for Pittsburgh, DeAngelo Williams has averaged 23.8 touches and 127.1 offensive yards per game and he has scored 13 times in those 10 starts. Look for more of the same this week. In the final matchup of these two teams last year, the running back rushed for 76 yards and two scores, and if they happen to stop him on the ground, he should still be able to do damage via the passing game. Last season, the Bengals allowed 51.9 receiving yards per game to opposing team backfields as well as the fifth-most receptions to the position.
The Bengals’ A.J. Green is a must start this week. There is a lot to like about the pass catcher this week, starting with opportunity. Green saw 13 targets in the passing game in Week 1. He also owns the Steelers. He has scored a touchdown in four of his last five games, including each of the last three, against Pittsburgh. That notion falls right in line with the standard for Pittsburgh. They allowed the third-most fantasy points to wide receivers last year and allowed a 100-yard game to DeSean Jackson in the season opener.
Last week, Brandon LaFell finished with four catches for 91 yards and could be a sneaky fantasy option in Week 2. The Steelers allowed 74.3 receiving yards per game to opposing No. 2 wide receivers, while the league average was 49.1.
Antonio Brown is as close to as matchup proof as there is as long as he has Ben Roethlisberger. In his last 16 games with Big Ben under center, the wide receiver has 151 catches, 2,048 yards and 14 touchdown receptions. It should be noted though that Brown has just one touchdown in his last three games versus the Bengals. A lot of that has to do with Cincinnati’s ability to shut down opposing teams’ top passing threats. Last season, the Bengals allowed just 65.1 yards per game to No. 1 wide receivers.
Eli Rogers had six catches for 59 yards and an unbelievable touchdown last Monday. Do not expect a repeat performance in Week 2. The Bengals allowed just 42.4 yards to No. 2 wide receivers in 2015.
Tight end Jesse James had five catches for 31 yards in Week 1. He could repeat his catch total again this week as the Bengals allowed an average of 6.3 receptions to tight ends in 2015, but his ceiling is pretty limited. They allowed just one touchdown to the position in their last 17 contests.
New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants
This game could turn out to be a shootout if it goes anything like last season’s matchup between these two teams.
In that game, Drew Brees tossed 511 passing yards and seven scores. While that type of showing likely won’t happen against this week, expect the quarterback to be just fine. In 62 away games over the last eight seasons, he is averaging 306.53 passing yards per game. It certainly doesn’t hurt his chances that the Giants allowed the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks last year.
Last year, Eli Manning answered Drew Brees’ performance with a 350 yard, six touchdowns showing himself. The Saints allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks last season so Eli should perform quite well in this one again. New Orleans has already allowed one 300-yard passer this season.
After a slow start last week, Mark Ingram should get a boost this week. The Giants allowed 13 rushing touchdowns by running backs in 2015, but one thing to be concerned about his teammate Travaris Cadet.
Cadet had just three less snaps than Mark Ingram in Week 1 and received seven targets. In each of the last five seasons, New Orleans has ranked in top-two in team running back PPR scoring, which means you shouldn’t overlook Cadet this week, especially with the Giants allowing 48.6 receiving yards to running backs in 2016.
The Giants’ Rashad Jennings should be pumped for this game as it is an excellent matchup for him. Last season, when these two teams faced one another, he finished with 85 offensive yards on 12 touches. Look for New York to get him more touches in Week 2. Last week, he had 19 touches, and it appears if it would be a good idea to get him that many again this Sunday. New Orleans allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs in 2015 and is off to a similar start to 2016. Last week, they allowed 151 rushing yards and three touchdowns as well as 51 receiving yards on six catches to running backs.
For what it is worth, Shane Vereen had 8 receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown against the Saints last season.
Last week saw Brandin Cooks run wild. He finished with six catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns. It’s safe to say he will have another big week this Sunday. Last time these two teams played each other, he finished with 88 yards and two scores. With the Giants allowing the sixth-most receiving yards to wide receivers last season, more of the same is in order for Week 2.
Not only did Cooks light it up last week, but Willie Snead also had himself a game. He had nine receptions for 172 yards and a score.
Last season, the Saints allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to wide receivers so fire up Odell Beckham with confidence this week. He went for 130 yards and three scores in last season’s offensive showdown.
Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz scored touchdowns last week for the Giants. While it has been awhile since he played the Saints, Cruz has three touchdowns in two career games against them.
After Coby Fleener disappointed the masses last week with just one catch for six yards, it would be easy to dismiss the tight end, but you may want to give him one more week. In his lone game against the Giants, Fleener recorded four catches for 77 yards and a touchdown, but more importantly the Giants allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends last season, as they led the league in receptions and yards allowed to the position. And they left off right there in the season opener last week, as they allowed 10 receptions to Cowboys’ tight ends in Week 1.
New Orleans allowed the most fantasy points to tight ends in 2016, so you will want to target them. The tough part may be deciding which Giants tight end to target. If Week 1 is any indicator, Tye finished with three catches and Donnell just one, but his one was for a score.
Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots
Jimmy Garoppolo finished with 264 yards and a score in his first career start last week.
In four of his last five games against the Patriots, Ryan Tannehill has thrown for 300-plus yards, but in that time has just eight touchdowns and six turnovers.
Arian Foster finished Week 1 with exactly 100 yards on 16 carries.
The Dolphins allowed the most fantasy points to running backs last season so fire up LeGarrette Blount this week. The ball-carrier rushed for 72 yards on 17 carries against Miami last season.
If you are in PPR league you may want to consider the Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry. He has at least six receptions in each of his last three games against the Patriots. Just don’t count on him to do a lot with the opportunity. He has not scored a touchdown in any of those three games, and New England limited opposing No. 1 wide receivers to just 70.7 yards last season.
Julian Edelman led the Patriots with seven catches for 66 yards last week. Look for him to do quite a bit more damage this weekend. In his last four games against the Dolphins, he is averaging 8.25 receptions, 100.8 yards and a touchdown per contest and last season, the Dolphins allowed the 28th most production in the middle of the field.
Chris Hogan looks to have an important role in the Patriots’ offense. He had three catches for 60 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.
Jordan Cameron has two touchdowns in three career games against the Patriots.
You never sit Rob Gronkowski but the Dolphins allowed just four touchdowns to the tight end position last season.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans
Last week, Alex Smith threw his sixth career 300-yard game in 126 NFL games. With the Texans having allowed just 230 passing yards per game last year, look for the Chiefs’ quarterback to return to his normal self this week.
Brock Osweiler threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for the Texans. While it was a fine game, don’t expect him to be quite that good on Sunday. In a start against Kansas City last season, the quarterback finished with just 146 yards.
Spencer Ware is doing his best to get people to forget about Jamaal Charles. In Week 1, he finished with 199 offensive yards and a touchdown. He will have a tough time reaching that yardage total again this week but should still be a solid play in Week 2. In 2015, he rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries against these very same Texans.
The only running back to rush for 100 yards on Sunday was Lamar Miller, and the Texans’ cow-bell should have another nice game this week. The Chiefs allowed 177 yards and three scores to running backs last week.
Jeremy Maclin owners should be not be excited about this week. Not only did the Texans limit him to just 81 yards in two games last season, but on the year, they were very good against opposing No. 1 wide receivers. They allowed just 55.5 receiving yards per game to the position.
Last season, the Chiefs allowed 93.3 yards per game to opposing No. 1 wide receivers so be sure to get DeAndre Hopkins in your lineup for Week 2. The wide receiver has three touchdowns in three career games against the Chiefs as well.
Will Fuller saw six targets of 20+ yards in the air in Week 1 and connected for a score in his first game in the NFL, but be leery of the rookie in Week 2. Last season, the Chiefs allowed the fourth-fewest 20-plus yard passing plays in the league.
Travis Kelce led all tight ends in routes run in Week 1 with 46, but do not confuse activity for accomplishment here. The tight end failed to score a touchdown and now will face a Texans’ defense that has allowed just five scores to the position in their last 17 contests. In fact, in 2015, the Texans saw the fourth-lowest percentage of targets to the position.
Tennessee Titans vs. Detroit Lions
The Titans’ Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns in Week 1, and now has thrown for multiple touchdowns in three of his last four games that he has started and finished. Facing a Lions’ defense that allowed four passing touchdowns last week should allow the second-year quarterback to throw for a few more this week.
In his last seven games, Matthew Stafford has stepped up his game. He has 1,995 passing yards and 20 passing touchdowns in that span. Tennessee allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks last season so look for Stafford to continue his strong play for another week.
In his first game as a Titan, DeMarco Murray was less than spectacular on the ground. He finished with just 42 yards on 13 carries. He salvaged the day though with two receiving touchdowns on five catches. If the running back can’t get it going on the ground this week, his fantasy performance is sure to suffer this time. The Lions allowed just 34.9 receiving yards per game to running backs last year.
Tennessee allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to running backs last season, so now is not the time to hitch your wagon to Ameer Abdullah, despite the running back averaging 5.2 yards per carry last week.
Theo Riddick played only 24 snaps last week but made the most of them, as he touched the football or was targeted on 50 percent of those plays. That pace is hard to maintain so look for Riddick to slow down this week, especially against a Titans’ defense that allowed a mere 32.2 receiving yards per game to running backs in 2015.
The late preseason excitement over Tajae Sharpe proved to be real for at least one week. The rookie wide receiver led all Titans’ pass catchers with seven catches for 76 yards. However, he draws a tough matchup this week. The Lions allowed just 68.9 yards to opposing No. 1 wide receivers in 2015, and the rookie pass catcher is likely going to be shadowed by Detroit’s Slay. The cornerback was targeted on only 12.6 percent of his routes in coverage, seventh-best in the NFL last season.
No need to look at Rishard Matthews this week. The wide receiver had less targets than Harry Douglas and Andre Johnson in Week 1.
After being limited last week, Delanie Walker should rebound nicely in this one. Detroit allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends in 2015.
The tight end position was especially thin last week, as there were just eight touchdowns scored by the position. So you may want to consider the Lions’ Ebron. Not only did he play in 60 of Detroit’s 66 offensive plays, but he also was getting his looks down around the red zone. Three of his five receptions came inside or finished inside the 20-yard line. He finished Week 1 with 46 yards, including a touchdown. Also, Tennessee allowed 11 touchdowns to tight ends in 2015.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
At first thought, you would think this is the game if there ever was one to start Joe Flacco, but the numbers don’t agree. In his last three games against the Browns, the Ravens’ signal caller has averaged just 246 yards while throwing a total of just four touchdowns.
Although it was just one game, the Ravens’ pass defense looked pretty good last Sunday, as they allowed just 111 passing yards and zero touchdowns. So this may not be the week to throw Josh McCown in your fantasy lineup.
For now, it appears that Ravens are sticking to the hated running back by committee approach. In Week 1, Justin Forsett had 10 rush attempts while Terrance West carried the ball 12 times. As long as they continue to split the reps, neither has much fantasy worth but especially not this week, as the Browns allowed just seven rushing touchdowns to running backs in 2015.
Baltimore allowed the seventh-fewest fantasy points to running backs last season, so there shouldn’t be much thought to Browns’ running backs this week. The last time these two teams played one another, Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson combined for just 57 yards of offense.
Last week, Mike Wallace looked like the wide receiver of old as he hauled in three passes for 91 yards and a score. With the Browns allowing the most fantasy points to wide receivers last season, the pass catcher could be in play again this weekend. Particularly, if he has a hold of that No. 1 wide receiver position on the depth chart. Cleveland allowed 80.8 yards to per game to opposing No. 1 wide receiver in 2015.
While he didn’t do much last week, you may want to keep your eye on Kamar Aiken this week. Not only did the Browns allow 63.8 yards per game to No. 2 wide receivers, but the Ravens’ wideout has had great success against the Browns in the past. He has two touchdowns in three career games against Cleveland and also has topped 75 yards twice against them.
Corey Coleman and Terrelle Pryor led the Browns in receiving last week. With the Ravens’ allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to wide receivers last year, they both are in play again this week.
Dennis Pitta played on 82 percent of the Ravens’ offensive plays in Week 1 but saw just four targets, but if you are playing for just a touchdown out of your tight end position Pitta could be your guy. The Browns allowed 10 touchdowns to tight ends in 2015.
Even though he had zero catches in Week 1, don’t give up on Gary Barnidge just yet. In the eight games that McCown started last season, the tight end had 46 catches, 641 yards and six touchdowns.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams
Russell Wilson comes into this game a bit gimpy, so it may not be a terrible week to find another quarterback. The Rams’ were better than league average against quarterbacks last season, as they allowed the 20th-most fantasy points to the position.
It is probably a good idea to avoid all Rams in this one but especially at the quarterback position. The Seahawks allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to the position last season and surrendered just 186 passing yards in Week 1 this year.
The Rams allowed two rushing touchdowns to Carlos Hyde last week, so there is some room for fantasy points out of the Seahawks’ backfield. The problem will be deciding which back to play. Christine Michael had 15 carries in Week 1 but was closely followed by Rawls at 12 rush attempts. You may side with the one with the better hands as the Rams allowed 23.8 percent of their targets against to go to running backs in 2015, which was third most in the NFL.
In his last eight games, Todd Gurley has averaged just 73 total yards. Don’t expect anything different this week. The Seahawks have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in their last 23 games.
Los Angeles allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers last season so be careful of using any of Seattle’s pass catchers this week. The Rams’ were extremely tough on No. 1 wide receivers as they allowed just 54.5 yards per game to the position. That is not great news for Doug Baldwin.
Seattle allowed just six touchdowns to wide receivers all of the last season and also, did not allow one last week so run as fast as you can away from any Rams’ pass catcher this week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Arizona Cardinals
Jameis Winston started 2016 off with a bang last week when he tossed four touchdown passes.
Tampa Bay allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks last season, and they followed that up by allowing Matt Ryan to put up 25.7 last Sunday. So there is some room here for the Cardinals’ Carson Palmer to be successful this week and build on last week’s 271 yard, two touchdown effort.
Not only did Charles Sims outscore Doug Martin in Week 1, the running back was more efficient. He scored 1.44 fantasy points per touch in Week 1. With an Arizona defense that allowed just 3.7 yards per rush last season, you need to consider benching Martin this week.
David Johnson played in 95 percent of the Cardinals’ offensive plays and received 87 percent touch share in Week 1. He is a must-start on a weekly basis and should have a great game via the passing game this week. Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman combined for nine catches and 115 yards against the Bucs in Week 1.
Mike Evans’ owners beware this week. In 2015, the Cardinals held opposing No. 1 wide receivers to just 54.3 yards per game and did not allow more than 66 yards to a wideout last week. This is mostly due to low targets being thrown at them. In 2015, Arizona saw the seventh-fewest percentage of passes directed at opposing No. 1 wide receivers.
Vincent Jackson’s days as a fantasy option appear numbered, as he finished Week 1 with just two catches. If he isn’t finished for good, he certainly appears to be done this week. Arizona allowed just 40.9 yards to No. 2 wide receivers in 2015.
After catching two touchdowns last week, Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t appear to be slowing down which is bad for the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers last season. He also has three touchdowns in two career games against Tampa Bay.
Michael Floyd had three catches to John Brown’s one reception in Week 1.
Tampa Bay threw two touchdowns to tight ends last week, but it won’t be that easy this Sunday. Arizona allowed just six scores to tight ends in 2015.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers
Last season, Blake Bortles threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers.
After watching him score two touchdowns in Week 1, you may be excited about the prospects of
With Keenan Allen healthy last season, Philip Rivers scored the second-most fantasy points at the quarterback position. After the wide receiver went down with an injury in 2015, Rivers was just the 23rd signal caller. He should be fine this weekend, however. The Jaguars allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks last season.
San Diego allowed the fourth-most fantasy point to running backs last season, so T.J. Yeldon could be a sneaky play in Week 2 with Chris Ivory on the shelf with an injury. Last season, Yeldon had 52 offensive yards on 13 touches against the Chargers.
After watching Melvin Gordon go for two scores, fantasy owners are likely to be excited about the running back in Week 2. Don’t be. He played in only 23 of the Chargers’ 73 snaps last week.
While everyone is trying to figure out what Chargers’ wide receiver to trust this week, it may be running back Danny Woodhead that benefits the most from Allen’s absence. Last season, the running back saw two more targets per game and 1.7 more fantasy points in PPR leagues with Allen sidelined. At least for this week, he should be a solid play. The Jaguars allowed the third-most receptions to running backs, with 105, last season
Even after a less than stellar performance in Week 1, Allen Robinson still led the league with 15 targets. The Jaguars’ pass catcher continues to be a must-start each week and should rebound this week. He had five receptions for 56 yards and one touchdown against the Chargers last season.
Allen Hurns’ fantasy value is big play dependent. So this won’t be the week to play him. The Chargers allowed just 11 touchdowns to wide receivers last season.
Looking to replace Keenan Allen? Dontrelle Inman led the Chargers’ wide receivers in Week 1 snaps, but after Allen’s injury, Travis Benjamin saw seven targets.
In 2015, Inman had a five catch, 65 yard, one touchdown performance against Jacksonville.
San Diego allowed the 12th-most fantasy points to tight ends in 2015, so look for Julian Thomas to have a solid game this week. The tight end had nine catches for 116 yards and a touchdown in a game against the Chargers last season.
In addition to allowing 57.4 yards per game to tight ends last year, Jacksonville also allowed nine touchdowns to the position. All of which was good for allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to tight ends in 2015, so look for Antonio Gates to come alive in this one. And if he does watch out. In 2015, he found pay dirt twice against the Jaguars.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Oakland Raiders
A week after watching the Raiders allow 423 passing yards and four touchdowns, Matt Ryan has to be excited for Week 2, but he should probably temper his excitement a bit. Oakland allowed just the 13th-most fantasy points to signal callers in 2015.
The Falcons are another team that is likely to allow less fantasy points to quarterbacks this week than last. They did allow four touchdown passes in the season opener but allowed just 19 total passing touchdowns last season.
You may want to wait for more clarity before you trust the Falcons’ backfield. Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman struggled to rush the ball in Week 1, but Coleman found some success in the passing game and lead the Falcons in receptions.
Atlanta allowed 59.8 receiving yards per game to running backs in 2016 so Latavius Murray should be plenty busy on Sunday. In fact, Atlanta saw the most targets to running backs in the league last year. And should be in line for a nice outing as the Falcons allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs in 2015.
Oakland allowed three touchdowns to wide receivers in Week 1 so fantasy owners should be excited for Julio Jones’ prospects this week. Oakland also allowed 91 yards per game to opposing No. 1 wide receivers in 2015.
Mohamed Sanu enjoyed his first game as a Falcon last week. He finished with five catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. His success very well could continue this week. Sanu ran most of his routes out of the slot last week and if that happens again in Week 2 he will be covered by D.J. Hayden. Only four corners allowed more fantasy points that the Raiders’ defensive back last season.
Atlanta allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers last season, so temper expectations for Amari Cooper this week.
If you are looking for a Hail Mary play for the tight end position, Austin Hooper could be your guy. The rookie faces a Raiders’ defense that allowed the third-most fantasy points in the league last season.
Atlanta allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends in 2015. Clive Walford, who was third in receptions last week for Oakland, could be a nice play this Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Denver Broncos
You didn’t draft Andrew Luck to sit him but don’t expect a huge game this weekend from the gunslinger. Denver allowed the fewest fantasy points to the quarterback position last season, but he still can be serviceable. He threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns against them in 2015.
The Colts allowed the eighth-most fantasy points last season and 29.5 last week to quarterbacks but probably it is still not enough to start Trevor Semien this Sunday.
Frank Gore rushed for just 52 yards in Week 1 and not much more should be expected of him this week. Denver allowed just 69.3 rushing yards by running backs per game last season.
A week after thrashing the Carolina Panthers, C.J. Anderson should be in for another huge game this week. The Colts allowed 46.9 fantasy points to running backs in week 1, most in the NFL.
Denver allowed the fewest fantasy points per game to wide receivers last season, so if you can avoid the Colts’ wideouts this week. In 2015, Denver ranked second to last in percentage of targets allowed to wide receivers. In a game against the Broncos last season, TY Hilton and Donte Moncrief combined for just 112 yards.
If DeMaryius Thomas wasn’t banged up he would be a great option for Week 2. Last season Indianapolis allowed 83.8 yards per game to opposing No. 1 wide receivers.
But with Thomas ailing, look the way of Emmanuel Sanders. The pass catcher had six receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown in their matchup last week.
Dwayne Allen could be a nice play again this weekend. In 2015 the only way to attack the Denver defense was through the tight end. 25 percent of Denver’s targets allowed went to the tight end position and they allowed 61.7 yards per game to the position.
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Rodgers has had his struggles with the Vikings in the past. Over his last four games, he is averaging just 217 passing yards, but that could change this week as the Vikings allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks in the opening week.
There are no numbers to suggest that Shaun Hill is a play for this week. Green Bay allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points per game to quarterbacks last season.
Eddie Lacy has 100 rushing yards or a touchdown in five of his last six games against the Vikings. If he is going to reach those plateau again this week, he is going to have to do it as a part of the passing game. Last week, the Vikings allowed 76 yards and two touchdowns to running backs through the air.
Adrian Peterson really gets up for the Packers. He has scored a touchdown in eight straight games against them and 13 of his last 14. With Green Bay allowing 14 touchdowns to running backs in their last 17 contests, he has a great chance to continue to find pay dirt against the Pack.
Jordy Nelson returned from his season long injury to score a touchdown in last week’s season opener. The wide receiver has been held in check by the Vikings in his last three, as he has not topped 68 yards in either of those three games. Look for more of the same this week. The Vikings allowed just 69.8 to No. 1 wide receivers in 2015.
Just like Nelson, Randall Cobb has struggled against the Vikings. In seven games versus Minnesota, he has less than 62 yards in each game.
Davante Adams snagged a touchdown in Week 1.
The Vikings’ Diggs is the only Minnesota wide receiver worth starting this week. He had seven catches in the season opener but don’t get too excited about him. In 2015 he had just seven catches for 74 yards in two games against the Packers.
So much for the Jared Cook finally has a good quarterback narrative. The tight end only ran 18 pass routes last Sunday and does not deserve fantasy attention this week.
The Packers allowed the 15th-most fantasy points to tight ends last season but they did allow seven catches and a touchdown to the position in Week 1. So Kyle Rudolph, who had the second-most targets on the Vikings in Week 1, is worth consideration.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears
Carson Wentz had a good game in his first start in the NFL. Last week, he threw for 278 yards and two scores. He could have another decent game this week. The Bears allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2015.
Philadelphia allowed the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks last season, but that probably isn’t enough to convince you that Cutler is a strong play. He hasn’t scored more than 17 fantasy points in his last four games.
The Bears allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to running backs in 2015, so Ryan Mathews could be a decent flex play, especially if he is utilized in the passing game again this week. Chicago allowed opposing running backs to average 47.9 receiving yards per game in 2015.
So much for the idea that John Fox likes to use two running backs. Jeremy Langford played in 96 percent of the Bears’ snaps on Sunday and took 95 percent of the Bears’ running back touches. In four games as the lead back for Chicago, Langford is averaging 20.8 touches and also has five touchdowns.
Alshon Jeffery is once again a solid play in Week 2. The Eagles allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers in 2015.
Jordan Matthews saw 14 passes thrown his way in Week 1. With no other strong options in the passing game for the Eagles, expect that number again this Monday.