Week 1 is in the books, Week 2 is on the horizon and now it’s time to start setting those daily fantasy football lineups. We’re going to take a look at a few of the top sleeper options for Week 2 in daily fantasy, while also giving some intel as to why we’re so high on these names below. Let’s jump right into it, and for what it’s worth, the Thursday Night Football game between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills won’t be included in this.
Duke Johnson Jr., running back, Cleveland Browns
While Johnson caught three-of-five targets in Week 1, he should be in for a pretty heavy workload in the passing game this week with Josh McCown under center. In McCown’s eight starts in 2015, Johnson caught a whopping 38 passes and looked like one of his favorite targets in the passing game. Very few people will be on Johnson this week, as he only received three carries (for 22 yards) last week, but make sure you keep an eye on him and pencil him in one of your daily fantasy lineups.
Tyrell Williams, wide receiver, San Diego Chargers
With Keenan Allen now out for the year, Philip Rivers needs someone to step up. The most likely candidate to get the first opportunity is Williams. The young wide receiver is 6-foot-3, and we know Rivers loves tossing it up to his tall wideouts. In Week 1, he saw five targets, which resulted in two catches for 71 yards. Expect Williams to be a focal point of the passing game, and his targets should easily hit double-digits this week.
Mike Wallace, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens
Wallace had a productive Week 1 in his debut for the Ravens, catching three passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. His 66-yard touchdown reception showed that he still has the breakaway speed to change games, and his six targets show that Joe Flacco was interested in trying to get him the ball. Now, Wallace and the Ravens are up against the woeful Browns, which should result in another strong fantasy day for Wallace, who still isn’t going to break the bank to get in your fantasy lineup.
Gary Barnidge, tight end, Cleveland Browns
Barnidge was essentially non-existent in Week 1 with Robert Griffin III under center. Now, he gets his old buddy McCown back. Six of Barnidge’s nine touchdowns from last season were thrown his way from McCown, so it’s obvious that the tight end should be pretty excited about this. While Barnidge had two drops in the opening game, he and McCown have a strong rapport, so don’t be afraid to put the veteran tight end in your lineups with confidence this week.
Marcus Mariota, quarterback, Tennessee Titans
Mariota wasn’t unbelievably amazing in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings, but he was still good from a fantasy perspective. He wound up completing 25-of-41 passes for 271 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He had a rough second half, but this week draws the poor Detroit Lions defense, who were just absolutely lit up by the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck. While Luck is still a superior quarterback to Mariota, without question, that doesn’t mean the second-year pro can’t put up a big game against the Lions. Luck threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns, so expecting 2-3 touchdowns and plenty of rushing yards for Mariota is very realistic.