Mon Sep 16 9:09am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Dalvin Cook continues hot start
It was quite an entertaining week of games around the league. There weren’t a ton of high-scoring shootouts but several games were close and decided late. Nine games were decided by less than a touchdown. That is pretty remarkable, showing just how close this league can be on a weekly basis.
From a fantasy perspective, it was just a so-so week. There was good and bad. Six quarterbacks had at least three touchdown passes. And six quarterbacks also hit the 300-yard mark. That isn't a huge week from the quarterback spot but decent.
Rushing games didn’t see a ton of success for the second straight week. We had six running backs hit the 100-yard mark. There was just one running back that had multiple rushing touchdowns and that was a player no one used (Jeffery Wilson). It was not a great week at the running back spot.
Receivers had a little more success with 15 players hitting the 100-yard mark. And five receivers had multiple scores in Week 2. So receivers weren’t off the charts but pretty good.
Overall, it was a mixed bag in Week 2. Here is to hoping you were on the positive end of things and came out on top this week.
Bucs 20, Panthers 14
Fantasy Stud: Chris Godwin. Godwin scored a touchdown for the second straight game and also hit the 100-yard mark in this one. He had eight receptions for 121 yards and a score. Godwin has outplayed Mike Evans the first two games of the season and sure looks his way to a breakout season, like many predicted.
Fantasy Dud: Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey had an awful game for his standards. He had just 53 total yards in the game. And it wasn’t for a big lack of touches. He had 16 carries and two receptions. The Bucs just did a good job containing him. It really looked like their focus was accounting for McCaffrey throughout the game. We wouldn’t expect another game like this from McCaffrey in the near future, but it shows he is at least human.
Game Notes: Cam Newton really struggled in this one. He missed on a lot of throws, going 25-of-51 for 333 yards without a touchdown or interception. Newton still doesn't look quite right, missing on a lot of throws he normally makes.
Petyon Barber dominated the work at running back for the Bucs. He ran 23 times for 82 yards and a touchdown compared to four carries for nine yards from Ronald Jones. Barber seems to have a pretty strong hold on the starter’s job at this point.
49ers 41, Bengals 17
Fantasy Stud: Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo had a great showing the second time out this year, going 17-of-25 for 297 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. It was a very encouraging showing as he returns form his major knee injury. He seems to be rounding into form and could be a help to fantasy teams the rest of the way.
Fantasy Dud: Joe Mixon. Mixon was able to play and had double-digit carries, but did very little. He ran 11 times for just 17 yards. Mixon also had three receptions for just 10 yards. The good news was Mixon didn't look too slowed in the game. He should get better going forward.
Game Notes: Tyler Boyd had a huge game, catching 10 passes for 122 yards. Boyd has 18 receptions and 21 targets in two games this year, getting a ton of volume in this offense.
Matt Breida did a great job as the lead back for the 49ers, rushing 13 times for 124 Yards. He also had a catch for 11 yards, giving him 135 total yards.
Lions 13, Chargers 10
Fantasy Stud: Austin Ekeler. Ekeler continues to excel as the lead back for the Chargers. He had 17 carries for 68 yards and a touchdown. He also caught six passes for 67 yards. He had 175 total yards and a score. Ekeler has touchdowns each of the first two games and 12 total receptions. He has been a fantasy star to start the season.
Fantasy Dud: Philip Rivers. This doesn’t happen much but Rivers went without a score in this game. He was 21-of-36 for 293 yards with an interception. Rivers had a three-touchdown game to open the season, so this game was a bit of a surprise. Rivers can still produce at a high level but don’t be surprised if he has a few more dud games along the way. He isn’t getting any younger.
Game Notes: Kenny Golladay hit the 100-yard mark, catching eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. Golladay has touchdowns each of the first two games this season.
Keenan Allen had eight receptions for the second straight game. He had eight receptions for 98 yards. He has been targeted 25 times in two games.
Colts 19, Titans 17
Fantasy Stud: Jacoby Brissett. Brissett didn’t throw for many yards (146) but had three touchdown passes. He made plays in the red zone and produced well for all the fantasy owners that took a chance on him. Brissett has five touchdowns to just one interception his first two games. He is taking care of the ball and finding the end zone.
Fantasy Dud: Marlon Mack. Mack wasn’t much of a factor in this one after a huge Week 1. He did get 20 carries, but managed just 51 yards. He averaged just 2.5 yards per carry. He also caught two passes for 12 yards, producing little for all his fantasy owners. The good news is he continues to get a ton of volume. This was a tough matchup, so expect Mack to do just fine going forward.
Game Notes: Derrick Henry found the end zone for the second straight game. He had 15 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown. He also had two receptions for 12 yards, going him 93 total yards.
Eric Ebron had a much better showing after catching just a ball in Week 1. He had three receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown. Ebron showed his red-zone prowess once again.
Packers 21, Vikings 16
Fantasy Stud: Dalvin Cook. Cook had his second straight huge game, making a case for top fantasy back right now. He ran 20 times for 154 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 37 yards, giving him 191 total yards. Cook has back-to-back 100-yard games to start his season and seems well on his way to a monster season if he can stay healthy.
Fantasy Dud: Jimmy Graham. Graham showed some promise in the opener but didn’t do anything this week. He went without a reception on two targets. It was a disappointing showing after giving fantasy owners some hope last week. Graham is looking like a pure streaming play for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Jones was a dud last week but looked great here, rushing 23 times for 116 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 34 yards, giving him 150 total yards. Jones showed his huge potential in this matchup.
Davante Adams rebounded nicely from Week 1, catching seven passes for 106 yards. He looked a lot more like the Adams from last season.
Patriots 43, Dolphins 0
Fantasy Stud: Patriots defense. This unit absolutely dominated the Dolphins. It was an unbelievable showing from a fantasy perspective. The Patriots defense scored two touchdowns on interception returns. The team had four interceptions in all and had seven sacks. This defense is looking to be legit and one of the best for fantasy purposes this year.
Fantasy Dud: Josh Gordon. Gordon had a quiet game, having two receptions for just 19 yards. The addition of Antonio Brown and the Patriots throwing just 28 passes led to the down showing for Gordon. He is still going to have some big games in this offense but could be a little more up and down because of the factors mentioned.
Game Notes: Antonio Brown was active and led the team in receptions and yards. He caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Brown was kind of eased back into action this week but should get a lot more work the rest of the way - as long as he is on the field.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was a disaster for the second straight game. He was 11-of-21 for 89 yards with three interceptions. He was replaced by Josh Rosen once again. Rosen wasn’t much better, going 7-of-18 for 97 yards with an interception.
Bills 28, Giants 14
Fantasy Stud: Saquon Barkley. Barkley got it done on the ground once again. He rushed 18 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 28 yards, giving him 135 total yards. Barkley has two straight 100-yard games to start his season. The Giants might not be very good, but Barkley keeps getting it done for all his fantasy teams.
Fantasy Dud: Eli Manning. Manning wasn’t much of a help to fantasy teams once again. He was 26-of-45 for 250 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. You have to wonder how much longer Manning will keep the starting job if the Giants keep losing and Manning keeps struggling. His time could be coming to an end shortly.
Game Notes: Frank Gore started and had a decent game, rushing 19 times for 68 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Devin Singletary continues to impress with his work, though, running six times for 57 yards and a touchdown. He did injury his hamstring in the game and was lifted. So this is an injury to watch with Singletary playing well when on the field.
John Brown had seven receptions for 72 yards. He has 14 receptions in two games, having seven receptions each of his first two games.
Seahawks 28, Steelers 26
Fantasy Stud: Vance McDonald. McDonald didn’t have a bunch of yards but racked up seven receptions and scored twice. He had seven catches for 38 yards and two scores. McDonald might not get a ton of yards this year but should get a good amount of targets and red-zone looks in tis offense. He should be considered a low-end No. 1.
Fantasy Dud: Donte Moncrief. Moncrief led the Steelers in targets in Week 1, having 10, so many had some hope for him this week. Well, Moncrief disappointed all those that used him. He failed to catch a pass. So after two games, he has three receptions for seven yards. Moncrief is not a fantasy player to be used right now.
Game Notes: Ben Roethlisberger injured his right elbow and unable to return. He was 8-of-15 for 75 yards without a touchdown or an interceptions. Mason Rudolph played pretty well in relief, finishing 12-of-19 for 112 years and two touchdowns with an interception.
Rashaad Penny led the Seahawks in rushing. He ran 10 time for 62 yard and a touchdown. He outgained Chris Carson, who had 15 carries for 61 yards.
Cowboys 31, Redskins 21
Fantasy Stud: Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott got a much bigger workload this week and did well with his chances, rushing 23 times for 111 yards and a touchdown. He also had two catches for nine yards, giving him 120 total yards. Elliott doesn't seem to have any snap restrictions on him going forward and should be an elite fantasy back the rest of the way. He is just getting going.
Fantasy Dud: Vernon Davis. Davis looked to have a bigger role in the offense once again with Jordan Reed out. He had some big things expected from him after the Cowboys were torched by the tight end in their opener. Davis wasn’t much of a factor, though, having three receptions for 29 yards. He still has some potential in this pass-first offense when starting but expect inconsistent production at this stage of his career.
Game Notes: Terry McLaurin followed his rookie debut with another strong showing. He led the team in receiving once again, catching five passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. McLaurin has touchdowns each of his first two games and 16 targets during that stretch.
Devin Smith was a big surprise, catching three passes for 74 yards and a touchdown on three targets. He could be getting more chances going forward after this big game.
Ravens 23, Cardinals 17
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson followed his big opener with another great game. He was a much bigger factor as a runner after doing little running in Week 1. He hit the 100-yard mark, rushing 16 times for 120 yards. He also was 24-of-37 for 272 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. Jackson is off to a fantastic start and looking to be a huge fantasy factor in year two of his career.
Fantasy Dud: David Johnson. Johnson was able to find the end zone but did about zero besides that score. He ran seven times for 14 yards and caught pass for no gain. He also injured his elbow in the game but was able to play with the injury. Johnson had a good game in the opener, but did not look good in this one. It might be more of the same erratic play going forward, playing in an offense that runs the ball little.
Game Notes: Mark Andrews had his second straight 100-yard showing. He had eight receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. Andrews has eight receptions and at least 100 yard each of his first two games.
The Cardinals had two 100-yard receivers. Christian Kirk had six receptions for 114 yards and Larry Fitzgerald caught five passes for 104 yards. This could be the norm in this pass-first offense.
Texans 13, Jaguars 12
Fantasy Stud: D.J. Chark. Chark continues his emergence in the Jaguars passing game. He had seven receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. Chark has touchdowns each of his first two game and 11 total receptions. He is becoming the go-to target in this Jaguars passing attack. He deserves to be owned in all fantasy formats.
Fantasy Dud: Deshaun Watson. Watson had a really down game for his standards. He did not throw a touchdown pass and failed to even hit 200-passing yards. He was 16-of-29 for 159 yards without a touchdown or interception. He did get a rushing touchdown, which helped his overall numbers, but it was still a really poor showing for Watson. He scored little.
Game Notes: Gardner Minshew made his debut as the starting quarterback for the Jaguars and didn’t do too badly. He was 23-of-33 for 213 yards and a touchdown without an interception. The Jaguars don’t seem too afraid of going Minshew passing often as their starter.
Carlos Hyde led the Texans in rushing, getting 20 carries for 90 yards. Hyde has 80-plus rushing yards each of his first two games this season.
Chiefs 28, Raiders 10
Fantasy Stud: Patrick Mahomes. Not a surprise but Mahomes put on a clinic in this one. And this came after a slow start to his game, getting shutout in the first quarter. That didn’t stop Mahomes from producing big, though. He was 30-of-44 for 443 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. He is the best fantasy quarterback in the game and maybe the best fantasy player. He just posts huge numbers every week.
Fantasy Dud: Damien Williams. Williams had some touches but that didn’t produce much. He ran nine times for just eight yards, averaging less than a yard per carry. He did get a little work in the passing game, catching three passes for 48 yards. But overall, it was a dud of a game from Williams. LeSean McCoy actually out-touched him in the game, having 14 touches for 23 yards.
Game Notes: Demarcus Robinson had a monster game, getting a chance for an expanded role in the offense. He caught six passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson might be playing his way into a bigger role going forward.
Darren Waller led the Raiders in receiving, catching six passes for 63 yards. Waller has 13 receptions in two games and is a huge part of this passing game right now.
Rams 27, Saints 9
Fantasy Stud: Michael Thomas. Thomas didn’t score or hit the 100-yard mark, but he had 10 receptions. He finished with 10 catches for 89 yards. Thomas has double-digit receptions each of his first games to start the year. He is going to have another huge year as the top pass catcher in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Alvin Kamara. Kamara was surprisingly quiet in what seemed a great fantasy matchup for him. He ran 13 times for 45 yards and caught just a pass for 15 yards. You expected much better from him, especially in a game setup to be a high-scoring affair. Kamara will be just fine, but this game likely did in a lot of his fantasy owners.
Game Notes: Drew Brees injured his hand early in the game and was unable to continue. He tried to grip and throw a ball on the sidelines to return to the game but was unable to make it work. This is an obvious injury to watch going forward. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
Cooper Kupp had his first 100-yard game of the season. He finished with five receptions for 120 yards. He has been targeted 19 times in two games.
Bears 16, Broncos 14
Fantasy Stud: Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders looks all the way back from his torn Achilles’ from last year. He had a huge game, catching 11 passes for 98 yards and a touchdowns. He also converted a two-point try to give the team a brief lead in the game. Sanders is looking like a bargain for fantasy teams right now, having two straight strong showings to start his season.
Fantasy Dud: Tarik Cohen. Cohen was not a factor in this game, having six touches. He ran four times for 18 yards and caught two passes for seven yards. Cohen is a little hard to trust right now, plashing in an offense that rotates three backs. Cohen has 74 total yards in two games.
Game Notes: David Montgomery dominated carries for the Bears, rushing 18 times for 62 yards and a touchdown. he had 14 more carries than the next back. This could be a trend going forward.
Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay split the work at running back for the Broncos. Freeman had the better game, rushing 11 times for 54 yards. He also caught five passes for 48 yards, giving him 102 total yards. Lindsay had 13 carries for 36 yards and caught four passes for 30 yards, giving him 66 total yards.
Falcons 24, Eagles 20
Fantasy Stud: Julio Jones. Jones didn’t get the volume of work he normally gets but made the most of his chances. He had five receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Jones has touchdowns each of his first two game and 11 receptions in those games. He is having another fine season and performing like an elite fantasy receiver once again.
Fantasy Dud: Miles Sanders. Sanders did lead the team in carries this week but had little room to run. He finished with 10 carries for 28 yards. And he caught three passes for just nine yards. Sanders is off to a slow start to his rookie year with the Eagles struggling to run the ball. The good news for Sanders is Jordan Howard is doing little as well, rushing eight times for 18 yards in this game.
Game Notes: Both DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery left the game with injuries. Jackson injured his groin and Jeffery suffered a calf injury. Both injuries are something to monitor with both players starting at receiver for the Eagles.
Calvin Ridley had his first 100-yard game of the year and found the end zone for the second straight week. Ridley had eight recipients for 105 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Free-agent DT Datone Jones (Jaguars) is visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars Tuesday, Oct. 22.
The New England Patriots Defense stifled the Jets from the opening drive as the team cruised to a 33-0 win on Monday Night Football. The Jets offense rarely stood a chance as the Patriots held Jets quarterback Sam Darnold to a 34% completion percentage, 86 passing yards and a quarterback rating of 3.6. New England also intercepted Darnold four times and the unit now has two shutouts on the season. The Patriots defense has quickly emerged as, by far, the best defense in the NFL and will be the top fantasy option at the position heading into Week 8's action.
New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett caught three passes for 46 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown, in the Patriots Week 7 blowout of the Jets 33-0. Dorsett came into the game questionable but was able to deliver in a game that was over from the beginning. Dorsett made a nice catch in the first quarter for the touchdown to put the Patriots up 17-0 at the time. Dorsett now has four touchdowns on the season but has struggled with nagging injuries. If he can get healthy, Dorsett could have promising stash value in deeper fantasy formats as an offensive weapon that quarterback Tom Brady trusts.
New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson made his Patriots debut in Week 7, catching three passes for 18 yards in the Patriots 33-0 win over the Jets. It has been a roller coaster ride for Watson's time with New England but he is finally in uniform and contributing. The veteran still has the moxie and speed to produce in the NFL but it will take time to work his way into the flow of the versatile Patriots offense. Watson may not have fantasy value now but could become an intriguing waiver wire option if he can make strides in the coming weeks.
New England Patriots running back Damien Harris carried the ball four times for 12 yards in the Patriots 33-0 blowout win over the Jets in Week 7. It was the rookie's first real game action of the season and received his carries after the victory was already sealed for the Patriots. Harris performed well, at times, during the preseason but a wrist injury stunted his progress. Cracking the lineup as a rookie in the Patriots offense is a tall order but Harris was able to get a few game reps in. Only a series of injuries to multiple players would open up more playing time for Harris in the near future.
New England Patriots running back James White caught seven passes for 59 yards in the team's 33-0 demolishing of the Jets in Week 7. White tallied zero yards on five rushes in the game but was his usual active self in the passing attack. The veteran is now averaging 7.5 receptions over his last four games, propping up his value in PPR leagues only moving forward. The bad news is that White is far behind his touchdown production from last season, heading into Week 8 with only one touchdown after posting 12 scores in 2018.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught seven passes for 47 yards in the Patriots 33-0 rout of the Jets in Week 7. Edelman saw a team-high 12 targets in the game and racked up 20 rushing yards on three carries. The Patriots built a huge lead and the need for explosive plays in the passing game was deemed inconsequential. The veteran receiver now has at least seven catches in each of his last three games and will head into Week 8 with 45 receptions, 496 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers caught five passes for 47 yards in the Patriots 33-0 win over the Jets on Monday Night Football. With Josh Gordon held out with an injury, Meyers stepped in admirably by catching all five of his targets. The rookie now has 101 receiving yards over his last two games and has delivered when his number has been called upon in the offense. Meyers still has to compete for targets with established receivers Phillip Dorsett and Julian Edelman but has proven he can step in and produce off the bench.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 31 of 45 passes for 249 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the Patriots 33-0 romp over the Jets in Week 7. It was a workmanlike performance for the future Hall of Famer as the Patriots offense cashed in on several touchdowns via Sony Michel. The Patriots are now 7-0 but Brady has only four passing touchdowns over his last four games to show for it. Two rushing touchdowns in Week 6 help prop up his fantasy numbers but the Patriots don't need an explosive passing attack to win games. Despite the team's success, Brady is a mediocre fantasy play in 12-team formats heading into Week 8.
New England Patriots running back Sony Michel carried the ball 19 times for 42 yards with three touchdowns in the Patriots 33-0 win over the Jets. Michel again struggled with consistency in the running game but found himself back in the mix in the Patriots red zone offense. Michel is averaging only 3.3 yards per carry this season but now has six rushing touchdowns. The second-year back was losing out in the red zone the past few games but cashed in big-time in Week 7. Michel's arrow is pointing up moving forward.
New York Jets WR Demaryius Thomas registered three receptions for a team-high 42 yards on nine targets in Week 7 against the New England Patriots.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas was the best of the lot in the pass game, but that's not saying much. He remains nothing more than a WR5 in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams heading into Week 8 in Jacksonville.
New York Jets WR Jamison Crowder hauled in four receptions for 26 yards on five targets in Week 7 against the New England Patriots.
Fantasy Spin: Crowder remains a solid fantasy option in PPR leagues of 12 or more teams, but his yardage totals continue to be rather marginal. The Jets travel to meet the Jaguars in Week 8.
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson managed just one catch for 10 yards on eight targets in the Week 7 game against the New England Patriots.
Fantasy Spin: There was so much hope for Anderson after his big performance against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6, but he and the Jets pass offense was unable to carry over the momentum. They'll look to rebound in Week 8 at Jacksonville.
The New York Jets Defense was dominated by the Patriots in a 33-0 loss to the Patriots Monday night. The Jets allowed a 16-play touchdown drive to open the game and things went downhill from there as Tom Brady and the Patriots did anything they wanted in the game. Brady had clean pockets to throw out of all night as the Jets didn't record a sack and running back Sony Michel scored three touchdowns. The lone bright spot for the Jets defense was an interception by Trumaine Johnson on a tipped ball, but overall it was a night to forget for New York. The Jets will try and bounce back next week at Jacksonville but are nothing more than a low end streaming defense in the deepest of leagues.
New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell rushed 15 times for 70 yards while hauling in one of four targets for an additional six yards vs the Patriots Monday. Bell's 16 touches aren't ideal for fantasy, especially after getting only 15 touches last week, but he still dominated the backfield touches with the lower workload this week likely because New England dominated time of position and put the Jets in a passing game script early. No other Jet had more than two carries so fantasy owners can still insert Bell in their lineups expecting 15-20 touches weekly. The Jets offense has looked brutal at times this season but Bell is a borderline RB1 on volume alone, and with the schedule for New York softening a bit, Bell is a great buy-low running back.
New England Patriots LB Kyle Van Noy registered five total tackles with a fumble recovery in the Week 7 game against the New York Jets. It appeared he had a scoop and score, but it was ruled his leg was grazed by a Jets player when he was down on the ground, so the touchdown was taken off of the board.
New England Patriots FS Devin McCourty and CB Stephon Gilmore each had interceptions in the Week 7 game against the New York Jets, as did FS Terrence Brooks and CB Duron Harmon. Special teams maven WR Matthew Slater and LB Kyle Van Noy also had fumble recoveries, as the Patriots won the turnover battle 6-0.
New York Jets CB Darryl Roberts posted eight solo tackles in the Week 7 game against the New England Patriots.
New York Jets QB Sam Darnold completed just 11-of-32 passes for 86 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions with a fumble lost in the Week 7 shutout loss against the New England Patriots.
Fantasy Spin: Darnold and the Jets upended the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6, entering MNF with a ton of promise. But they proved they weren't quite ready for primetime. It's back to the drawing board heading into Week 8 on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
New England Patriots TE Benjamin Watson posted three grabs for 18 yards on five targets in Week 7 against the New York Jets.
Fantasy Spin: Watson was re-signed by the team this week and he knows the system. While he is a bit long in the tooth, he could help out fantasy owners in deeper leagues at a position that is a wasteland for fantasy purposes behind the top handful of studs. The Patriots host one of Watson's former teams, the Browns, in Week 8.