Week 2 Fantasy Football Preview. Suck it, Gruden!

What. A. Opener. Patrick Mahomes has arrived, not only as the savior of Kansas City, but as a viable QB1 option for fantasy owners. The Chiefs came out blazing, quickly showing they’ll be one of (if not the best) NFL’s highest scoring offenses. Tyreek Hill looks like the most dynamic receiver in the league, hell, they made Anthony Sherman into a weapon! With all the week one guessing out of the way, we can happily move on to week 2!

Boomers

Quarterbacks:

We mentioned Mahomes, but who in this universe thought Ryan Fitzpatrick would light it up for 4TDs over 400 yards and run one in for good measure? Nobody. I don’t expect this to keep up, but oh boy, these next few weeks without Winston will be interesting. Drew Brees, even in the loss, look absolutely brilliant, along with superhero Aaron Rodgers, it was a typical week one for the elites of the QBs.

Running backs:

Todd Gurley and Alvin Kamara did what everyone’s become accustomed too. Absolutely wrecking defenses and fantasy opponents. The Raiders had absolutely no answer for Gurley, or really anything. Gruden is going to set the Raiders back a bit. Fuck you, Oakland. James Conner wasn’t even expecting to play this season, let alone week one, and absolutely showed he can carry the load. While ball security looked like an issue, let’s hope we can chalk that up to the rain. I’m looking at you Big Ben.

Wide Receivers:

Tyreek Hill certainly made sure that he’s going to win a ton of fantasy owners games this year. The Cheetah scored on his first touch of the year on a 91 yard punt return, and only finished with 268 all purpose yards, and 2 more touchdowns. Julio Jones hauled in 10 catches for 169, but what else is new? Same thing with OBJ, who caught 11 for 111 yards against his supposed toughest matchup. Mike Evans was the beneficiary of Fitzmagic the most, finishing with 7 catches for 147 and a touchdown. The elites did what they do, no real surprises to report. Yet.

Tight Ends:

Gronk. We’re done here.

Busts

Quarterbacks:

Yikes, Big Ben. What a horrible, terrible, god awful game. There was a throw in overtime were you just threw it as far as you could to nobody. 3 picks to 1 touchdown just isn’t going to cut it, but your reward is throwing against Orlando Scandrick this week. Certainly a step down from that vaunted Browns defense…? Wait, what? Good job tying the BROWNS, you choke artist. Matthew Stafford….woof. Taken to the shed by the Jets??? Not only did Stafford look out of sorts, he wasn’t even reading zone versus man defense. 4 interceptions and only 268 in the air with one TD isn’t going to win you games, or any favors with fans and fantasy owners. Rounding out the disappointment, Derek Carr. Gruden’s suck has rubbed off on him. Beautiful pass to a linebacker to seal the loss. 3 picks. Suck it, Oakland.

Running Backs:

LeSean McCoy, this isn’t entirely your fault, but holy cow. 22 yards? That’s all? At least do something. The Bills are a train wreck, the only fantasy value in Buffalo is McCoy, and that is going to be a problem if they’re getting absolutely smacked by average teams like Baltimore by 40+. That means throwing the ball, probably to the other team. Also, no RB from the Lions should be owned. Ever. Devonta Freeman needs to stay healthy. The lingering knee issues are making everyone (including me) skeptical on his hold on the lead role in Atlanta. While Tevin Coleman didn’t do anything to take the job yet, Freeman needs to get back to 100% and fast.

Wide Receivers:

Devin Funchess almost made me believe he didn’t play. Aside from 3 catches late, he was a ghost against a bad Dallas defense. He’s slipping down to the bench this week. Speaking of Dallas, there’s absolutely no receiver there that deserves to be owned right now. They are all in on running the ball with Elliott. Amari Cooper, yes people thought he relearned how to catch a football from last year, he did not. 1 catch. Good job. Suck it, Gruden.

Tight Ends:

While technically a bust, I’m not worried about Travis Kelce going forward. The Chargers game plan to take him out of the game was successful, but at the cost of losing the game. Teams will have to focus more on Hill, which means more openings for Kelce. That being said, he needs to produce more than one catch.

Week 2 Must Starts

Quarterbacks:

I already know I trashed Big Ben. I know that. That being said, and as much as it infuriates me, the last time the Chiefs won in Pittsburgh was 1984. With the Chiefs secondary already getting torched by Rivers, Big Ben is a must start. Speaking of Rivers, he’s playing in Buffalo. Start him. Nothing more needs to be said, and I shouldn’t need to convince you of that. Other than those two, Drew Brees is playing Cleveland, he’s always a starter. I’m not sold on Fitzmagic just yet to call him a must start.

Running Backs:

Melvin Gordon is getting the same benefit as Rivers, which is playing Buffalo. Rivers constantly threw it to Gordon, and made him a focal point of there offense. He will win fantasy matchups this weekend. Saquan Barkley is going against an absolutely dreadful looking Dallas team, and with the added division rivalry, the Giants are sure to showcase their top pick in Jerry World. I haven’t mentioned Gurley and Kamara, and I don’t have too. Shame on you all. To round it out, Joe Mixon against Baltimore. He the lead back there in Cincinnati and he is dynamic. He will be a solid pass catcher and score plenty this year, even if Marvin Lewis screws it up.

Wide Receivers:

Obviously, Antonio Brown is a no brainer. He will continue to be a must start until otherwise noted. The same goes for Julio and OBJ. Emmanuel Sanders is going against the Raiders this week, who stop nothing. The Broncos have made Sanders a key figure in their scheme, and while Demaryius Thomas will get targets, Sanders is going to rack up points in a PPR format against Oakland’s aging defense. Remember Dominique Rogers-Cromartie? He starts there. Good luck. Jarvis Landry looked strong, he had a number of great catches and many targets. He’s going against an abysmal Saints defense, who got torched by Desean Jackson and company. Browns wideouts are rising quickly in value.

Tight Ends:

Gronk is playing Jacksonville. I don’t care, nobody does. Start him. George Kittle is another great option, he was being fed plenty of targets by Jimmy G, which makes sense. He comes from New England, which preaches throw the ball to the tight end. Oh, like I said earlier, start Kelce if you have him. Trust me, it’ll work.

Week 2 Must Bench

Quarterbacks:

Dak Prescott looks lost in Dallas right now. There’s absolutely no offensive game plan, other than just hand the ball off. Until he gets any sense of direction, avoid him. Nick Foles seems like a good choice, but let’s temper expectations. The man is a backup, and isn’t the same as he used to be. Will he do fine? Maybe. Will he win you a game this weekend against other quarterbacks? No. Find another option this week. If you’re trying to start Bortles, Dalton, Flacco, or Trubisky, I’m asking you politely, yet firmly, to leave.

Running Backs:

Any New England running back is just complete luck if they do well. There’s no consistency, and you can’t rely on them as a starter. Isaiah Crowell looked good, but it’s the Lions. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking this is a sustainable output for the veteran. Derrick Henry needs to prove to me that he’s for real. Dion Lewis has seized control of that backfield and I’m benching Henry until otherwise noted.

Wide Receivers:

Even if Marquise Goodwin is cleared to play, I’m avoiding him for now. The 49ers offense is looking an awful like a run first, safe throws operation. Plus, the emergence of Dante Pettis really limits Goodwin’s upside. I know Russell Wilson is in Seattle, I know their options are limited. Please don’t start Tyler Lockett. He’s a complete gamble every week to catch a 50 yard, busted coverage, broken play. There’s no evidence that he’s a reliable target for multiple catches a week.

Tight Ends:

Just don’t do anything silly. Don’t start a Ravens tight end, don’t start a Lions tight end. Use your noggin people.

Sleepers

To round out the preview this week, let’s go over some sleepers. These are players that have a good matchup this week, may be under projected, or good contrarian plays for you daily fantasy players.

Quarterbacks:

Alex Smith is a great play to ensure some points. The good and bad about Smith is you know exactly what you’re getting. Plus Indy’s defense isn’t great. Tyrod Taylor is going against the worst defense anyone has seen in a while. He’s shown grit, running for a touchdown, and a renewed confidence after Buffalo just completely butchered their handling of him.

Running Backs:

Chris Thompson is being overlooked. All he did last week was gain 128 yards of offense and score a touchdown. He’s the beneficiary of Captain Checkdown Smith, and is a fabulous option. I mentioned him earlier, but Dion Lewis is another great option. It doesn’t seem like a sexy pick, since he’s going against the Texans, but Houston struggles covering out of the backfield.

Wide Receivers:

Kenny Stills is the clear number one in Miami, and he had 2 touchdowns last week. I refuse to believe that the Jets are for real yet. Stafford lost that game more than the Jets won it. Give Stills the nod. With Alshon Jeffrey still sidelined, Nelson Agholor is a great option. Nick Foles finds him to be a security blanket, as he gets a much higher share of targets with Foles under center than Wentz. Also, Corey Davis will see a skyrocket in targets with Delanie Walker out for the year.

Tight Ends:

I mentioned Kittle earlier, but a sleeper this week is David Njoku. This entirely the matchup here, the Saints are that bad. If you’re desperate and looking to tell your friends you’re a wizard, look for Ian Thomas in Carolina and Jonnu Smith. You haven’t heard of them yet, but trust me, you will in the future.

For those of you that care, the Draft Smokes Sloths won this week. So I guess I know what I’m talking about. A little. Hey, I could’ve lost. I’ll see y’all next week. Good luck!

P.S. I’m starting a new segment called Best of Three with Depo and RP! Check it out, I’d love to have guests on. It’s all this fabulous content, plus current events, and trash talking.

-Relli (@Rellihan51)

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