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From The Godfather: Week 2

Fri Sep 13 11:56pm ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Contributing Writer

Well, there weren’t too many surprises the first week. Nor too many injuries! And the Antonio Brown saga continues. If you’re a disgusted Brown owner as I am, no matter how you feel, if he’s playing for the Patriots Sunday, he should be in your lineup. Nothing like a couple touchdowns to help everyone feel better, right?

One of the take-aways from Week 1 was Lamar Jackson’s five passing touchdowns. I think it had more to do with Miami’s pitiful defense and offense. The expectation of continued performances like that should be tempered. But Jackson’s matchup this week against a Cardinals defense (minus Patrick Peterson) makes him a great play again, and a top-five quarterback play. If you have Jackson, continue to ride him.

New England gets the laugher with Miami, which means load up on Patriot players. For some reason, I do not trust Pats Coach Bill Belichick. So trying to figure out his game plan for this game is impossible. Common sense would say load up on the passing game with Tom Brady and Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, Brown, Phillip Dorsett, etc. But tricky Bill seems to do the opposite of what everyone thinks will happen, so he could employ a major running game plan. And I expect someone we don’t expect to star, like Rex Burkhead to come away with the best fantasy stats from the game. It does seem like a great place to get Antonio Brown some easy targets.

The biggest injury was the other bad boy, Tyreek Hill, who looks to miss six to eight weeks. If Mercole Hardman is available, pick him up as he’ll fill Hill’s shoes. Pat Mahomes should have an easy time with the Raiders banged up defense, and if they try to shut down Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce, Hardman should have a big day. He’s my sleeper pick to click this week.

Quarterback: Besides Jackson and Mahomes, Josh Allen and Buffalo should have a heyday with the New York Giants secondary that was torched by the Cowboys last week.

And Dak Prescott and the Cowboys should do what Carson Wentz and the Eagles did to the Redskins in Week 1. I look for the Cowboys to feature the passing game again as they ease their star running back, and biggest investment, into full playing time.

Running back: Sony Michel. At least for a half, he should run wild against the Miami defense. This is going to be a common theme for a while, playin the best running back on a team against the leagues worst rushing defense.

Giovani Bernard has a history of putting up good games when Joe Mixon is out. It looks like Mixon will be a no show for Sunday’s game against San Francisco, which puts Bernard in a great spot to put up big numbers.

Devin Singletary was very productive with his limited chances last week. He might not have more carries than Frank Gore, but he’ll do more with what he gets than Gore will against a soft Giants run defense.

Wide receiver: I expect to see Chargers receiver Keenan Allen at the top of the list for receiving yards this week. His matchup against a weak Detroit Lions secondary makes him a favorite this week.

Cowboy receiver Amari Cooper had a good first game, and I expect a bigger game versus the Washington Redskins this week. As mentioned above, Prescott should have a big game and Cooper should be the No. 1 guy he targets.

Back to the Chargers/Lions matchup, I’m expecting a big day from Marvin Jones Jr. The Chargers defense is banged up, and shut down corner Darius Slay will be shadowing Kenny Golladay, leaving Jones free to roam. Matt Stafford will find him early and often.

Tight end: Darren Waller burst on the scene catching seven of eight targets for 70 yards in Week 1, and now faces a Chiefs defense that’s soft on tight ends. I think the game script has the Raiders playing catch up all afternoon, and Derek Carr looking for Waller to keep the chains moving.

Streaming defenses: I could probably say this every week. What defense is going against Miami? This week it’s the New England Patriots. But I see them being a little soft in this one, playing some second team guys in a rout.

The top defense could be Cleveland, trying to show their embarrassing performance against the Titans last week was a fluke. Helping them along the way is a Jets offense missing their starting quarterback, running back Le’Veon Bell having shoulder issues, and wide receiver Robby Anderson having leg problems, so he won’t be a deep threat. With an offensive line that’s still trying to get in a rhythm, it looks like the Cleveland defense should be able to capitalize.

Have a great Week 2!

Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to cwiegert@cdmsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.

Player Notes
Dontrelle Inman Sep 27 9:00pm ET

Washington Football Team wide receiver Dontrelle Inman caught three passes on six targets for 38 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the Browns on Sunday. Inman was QB Dwayne Haskins' go-to option in the red zone as Inman caught touchdowns from 11 and 17 yards out. Despite the good game, Inman isn't a name to chase in most fantasy leagues. He has just seven catches through three games and the 38 yards Sunday is his high for the season. He should not be started in a tough Week 4 matchup versus the Ravens.

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Terry McLaurin Sep 27 8:50pm ET

Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin caught four passes for 83 scoreless yards in a loss to the Browns on Sunday. McLaurin added one carry for three yards. It was a typical game for McLaurin who was the most targeted receiver on a below-average offense that struggled to move the football. McLaurin is a safe receiver as he has a strong target floor so he is a good bet for at least a few catches every week. Smash-games will be few and far between on this offense, but McLaurin is a stable WR2 in fantasy.

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O.J. Howard Sep 27 8:40pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard recorded three receptions for 49 yards on four targets in the Week 3 win over Denver. Howard posted his best yards of the season, but that doesn't mean he should be a weekly TE starter going forward. The presence of Rob Gronkowski will always be a factor along with the wide receivers. Howard's role is not expected to be large each week as well, meaning he's best considered a TE2 going forward.

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Scott Miller Sep 27 8:30pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scotty Miller saw five targets in the Week 3 win against the Broncos and capitalized with three receptions for 83 yards, pacing the team. Miller has been streaky this season, considering he did well in Week 1 and had a dud in Week 2. With Chris Godwin now dealing with a hamstring injury, Miller could see flex value if Godwin misses time. Other than that, the inconsistency of Miller only makes him intriguing for deep leagues.

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Rob Gronkowski Sep 27 8:30pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski finally showed some semblance of himself in Week 3's win, seeing seven targets and getting six receptions for 48 yards. Gronk finally had a bit of meaningful production this week after only seeing four targets, two receptions, and 11 yards in the first two weeks. The tight end's name holds more fantasy value at this point. He should be considered more of a TE2 for now, at least until he shows some consistency in his numbers.

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Leonard Fournette Sep 27 8:20pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette only had 15 rushing yards on seven carries in Week 3. This was a major head-scratcher considering the back rushed for over 100 yards last week and had 12 carries. It's clear the Bucs are splitting carries between Ronald Jones II and Fournette, meaning the consistency is not there. With much uncertainty regarding his role, Fournette should remain the RB3 tier for now, at least until the roles between him and Jones are solidified.

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Frank Gore Sep 27 8:20pm ET

New York Jets running back Frank Gore was used as the workhorse back once again this week. He carried the ball 15 times for 57 yards in the loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3. The veteran back is likely going to be asked to carry the ball quite often until Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) returns. He has been unable to get much going on the ground this season. At this point, Gore is basically a desperation flex option and it'll likely stay that way versus the Denver Broncos next week.

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Mike Evans Sep 27 8:20pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans recorded two receptions for two yards on four targets in Week 3. Nevertheless, both of his receptions went for touchdowns. Evans salvaged his value this week with those touchdowns. With Chris Godwin injured in the game, Evans could once again see more targets come his way. Regardless of Godwin's presence, his strong role on this offense keeps him as a WR1 going forward.

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La'Mical Perine Sep 27 8:20pm ET

New York Jets running back La'Mical Perine made his NFL debut last week, but wasn't able to do much damage. He was expected to see a higher volume of touches during the Week 3 matchup versus the Indianapolis Colts. Perine saw seven carries for 24 yards in the loss. Veteran running back Frank Gore continues to be the workhorse back with Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) sidelined. Perine has some upside, but probably won't be able to find much room to run in New York. He belongs on the waiver wire in 12-team formats.

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Chris Godwin Sep 27 8:20pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin recorded five receptions on six targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in Week 3's win against the Broncos. Despite the productive day after returning from a Week 2 absence, this was overshadowed by the wideout suffering a hamstring injury during the game. Now, managers will have to monitor the status of the receiver going into Week 4. It's fair to say the start to Godwin's season hasn't been as smooth as hoped. If he's ultimately able to play next week, he remains a starter given his rich role in this offense.

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Tom Brady Sep 27 8:10pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady went 25-for-38 for 297 yards and three touchdowns in the Week 3 win over Denver. Brady has slowly grown more comfortable in this offense and he took full advantage against an ailing Broncos squad. Brady should remain in the QB1 tier most weeks considering his talent and the weapons around him.

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Dan Arnold Sep 27 8:10pm ET

Arizona Cardinals tight end Dan Arnold caught just one pass for 11 yards on two targets in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions. The Cardinals offense struggled overall in the game. Three Kyler Murray interceptions held the team back significantly. Still, Arnold has just five catches through three games this year. He's the team's clear No. 1 pass-catching tight end, but he's going to need to really see an increase in usage in order to be considered for fantasy rosters.

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Ronald Jones II Sep 27 8:10pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II had 13 carries for 53 yards and two receptions for 20 yards in the Week 3 win over Denver. At this point, the Bucs' backfield is simply too confusing considering Jones was the leading back in Weeks 1 and 3, but not Week 2. Though it's encouraging to see this back get the carries, the consistency is not there and the presence of Leonard Fournette will always loom. Jones is not an RB1 in fantasy, and is more in the RB3 tier considering his sporadic usage.

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Sam Darnold Sep 27 8:10pm ET

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold continued his awful 2020 campaign during the Week 3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He completed 17 of 29 passing attempts for 168 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. Darnold started off the game with a pick-6 on the opening drive. It honestly didn't get much better from there. To be fair, he had backup receivers, but it wouldn't have made much of a difference. Maybe he can rebound versus the Denver Broncos on Thursday night. However, Darnold belongs on the waiver wire or bench in basically all formats.

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Arizona Cardinals Sep 27 8:10pm ET

The Cardinals Defense wasn't able to put together a very substantial fantasy day against the Detroit Lions in Week 3. They yielded 26 points and a total of 322 yards while failing to record a single turnover. They did, however, record four sacks on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Cardinals Defense was put in a bit of a tough spot in the game as Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray threw three interceptions. Next week, the Cardinals Defense faces a Carolina Panthers offense that should be without star running back Christian McCaffrey. Once again, they could be considered as a low-end starting option.

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Nick Folk Sep 27 8:00pm ET

New England Patriots kicker Nick Folk had a rebound performance versus the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3. Folk missed one field goal in each of the first two weeks, but had a solid performance here. He connected on all three field goal attempts during the victory. He finished with a total of 12 points in this contest. Folk isn't the most trustworthy kicker, but the Patriots continue to give him chances. He's probably not worth owning in 12-team formats, but he could be useful when other kickers have bye weeks.

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Hunter Henry Sep 27 8:00pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry put together a solid performance on Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers. Henry was targeted seven times on the afternoon and caught five passes for 50 yards. Henry has been a big part of the Chargers offense this season and should continue to have success, but managers would be wise to test the trade market, because Henry has a tendency to get hurt. Henry remains a TE1 and should be started in Week 4 against the Buccaneers.

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Marvin Jones Sep 27 8:00pm ET

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. caught three passes for 51 yards in the Lions 26-23 last-second win over the Cardinals in Week 3. The veteran caught all three of his targets as Jones took a backseat to the return of star receiver Kenny Golladay. The Lions offense was able to post 270 yards through the air, a positive sign for a fringe-FLEX option like Jones. The Lions will have a tough matchup next week against the Saints in Week 4.

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Andy Isabella Sep 27 8:00pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella made the most of his increased workload in Week 3 against the Detroit Lions. Isabella caught all four of his targets for 47 yards and scored the team's only two passing touchdowns of the game. Isabella's increased opportunities came with the team's No. 2 receiver Christian Kirk (groin) sidelined for the game. Surprisingly, Isabella was out-targeted by KeeSean Johnson in the game as Johnson saw seven targets. Kirk's injury doesn't seem to be a long-term one and he could be back as soon as next week, which means Isabella is really only relevant as a fantasy option in deep leagues at this point.

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Larry Fitzgerald Sep 27 8:00pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald wasn't able to get anything going in the team's 26-23 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 3. Fitzgerald earned three targets in the game. He only caught one of them and it went for zero yards. DeAndre Hopkins led the way for the team's passing attack, catching 10 of his 12 targets for 137 yards while Andy Isabella scored the team's only two passing touchdowns. This game should be something of a rarity for Fitzgerald, who had 11 catches over the previous two games. Expect to see him bounce back in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers.

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