It’s Week 2, people.
The early weeks of the NFL season are a critical time for injuries, depth-chart shuffling and hot waiver adds. Should you adapt early to what we’re seeing on the field? Or should you stand by your offseason projections and block out the noise?
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Thanks to everyone who reached out with Week 2 start or sit questions for this week’s mailbag. Let’s jump into it.
I Got 99 Problems But a Quarterback Ain’t One
Question: Ryan Fitzpatrick or Dak Prescott this week to pair with Philip Rivers in my 2 QB league? Really want to give Dak another week, but I didn’t love what I saw.
- Steven J Henrici @SteveyStats24
I’m bullish on Philip Rivers this week against the Bills, so props for having a nice QB1 already. Fitzpatrick and Prescott are neck-and-neck in terms of raw projections, and both quarterbacks have a top-15 floor projection this week. I don’t think you can really go wrong with either of them.
That said, I’m advising to ride with Dak Prescott one more week. His rushing ability buoys his fantasy floor and also offers nice touchdown upside.
Could the Rams’ Defense be Vulnerable Against Tight Ends?
Question: Half-PPR: Does the LAR defense continue to allow TEs to go crazy this week? Would you go Ricky Seals-Jones, Ben Watson or David Njoku?
– Blinky @BlinkytheDormat
For context regarding Blinky’s question, Jared Cook of the Oakland Raiders posted a ridiculous receiving line against the Rams last week. He was targeted 12 times and caught nine passes for 180 yards.
First, I believe Cook’s production is an anomaly. That volume of production likely won’t be normative for him — or for any tight end — against the Rams this season.
Second, I don’t think Cook’s production is necessarily tied to a weakness in the Rams’ defense. It’s more likely the product of Jon Gruden’s multiple-tight end power West Coast offensive scheme.
Now back to your original question: I’ll take Ben Watson.
He boasts the 13th-best median, ceiling and floor projections among tight ends for Week 2. David Njoku is one of our breakout candidates this season, and Ricky Seals-Jones is more of an upside play, but Watson outclasses them both this week.
Question: Half-PPR: Isaiah Crowell, Kenny Stills or Chris Hogan
– Michael Dunn @well_dunn15
After his dismal Week 1 performance, Chris Hogan is hard to trust this week against the stellar Jaguars secondary.
Isaiah Crowell vs. Kenny Stills is basically a toss-up. Crowell offers a more stable floor projection as a running back. By contrast, Stills’ floor isn’t fantastic, but his projected ceiling is much better. He functions as the Dolphins’ primary deep threat, which makes him a boom-or-bust option in any given week.
If you’re looking for conservative value, start Crowell. If you need upside, go with Stills.
Question: Half-PPR: Which two would you pick among Alex Collins, Chris Thompson and Allen Robinson?
- Neal @Ffpro_rkins
Well, this is posting on Friday, so Alex Collins has already played Thursday night against the Bengals, racking up 90 total yards. Let’s assume you started Collins, which leaves Chris Thompson and Allen Robinson as your FLEX options.
Robinson has nice upside against a depleted Seahawks defense this week, but I’m advising you to start Thompson. Last week he proved he’s recovered from a broken leg, racking up 128 total yards and one receiving touchdown against the Cardinals. He boasts the 41st-best floor projection among FLEX candidates this week. After his stellar 2017 campaign, Thompson could be poised for fantasy RB2 status this season.
Question: PPR Flex: Corey Davis, Royce Freeman, James White or Nelson Agholor?
- Adam Trachta @ATrachta
Corey Davis is tempting, but Nelson Agholor is my pick this week. Playing in brutal rainy conditions in Week 1, Agholor hauled in eight receptions on 10 targets, reinforcing his status as the Eagles’ No. 1 wide receiver. Alshon Jeffery is still recovering from shoulder surgery, which temporarily gives Agholor an inflated market share for receiving targets. He often goes overlooked for some reason, despite his excellent 62-768-8 receiving total in 2017. Start Agholor with confidence this week against the Buccaneers.
Fantasy Football Rankings
Question: Standard scoring… go with Corey Davis, Quincy Enunwa or Kenny Golladay?
- Brian Finn @brianfinn3939
Davis. He posted a 6-62-0 receiving line last week on a whopping 13 targets. That kind of target volume is rare, and it’s one of the reasons he’s among our breakout candidates in 2018. Moreover, his target market share may be even larger moving forward after Delanie Walker‘s season-ending dislocated ankle last week.
How to Handle Aaron Rodgers’ Sprained Knee
Question: Who should I start: Randall Cobb or Kenny Golladay?
- Viktoriya @Viktori26019882
Start Kenny Golladay this week. After immense preseason hype, Golladay delivered a healthy 7-114-0 receiving line on 12 targets against the Jets. He has the 35th-best projected ceiling among wide receivers this week.
Golladay and Randall Cobb have very similar median and floor projections for Week 2, but Cobb may have added downside risk due to Aaron Rodgers‘ sprained knee. Even if Rodgers plays against the Vikings, he may be limited. Be cautious with Cobb this week and continue to monitor Rodgers’ health through the weekend.
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