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FFL: Week 2 | NFL: Week 2

Brees breezes for TD in only series, Saints top Jets 28-13

Sat Aug 24 11:28pm ET
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, Trevor Siemian, Teddy Bridgewater, Taylor Bertolet, Ty Montgomery, Robby Anderson, Michael Thomas, Wil Lutz, Alvin Kamara, Sam Darnold

New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) breaks away from New Orleans Saints' Marcus Davenport (92) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)


New York Jets' Ty Montgomery (88) runs away from New Orleans Saints' Colton Jumper (51) for a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)


New York Jets' Robby Anderson (11) stiff-arms New Orleans Saints' Marcus Williams (43) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws a pass during the first half of the team's preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws a pass during the first half of the team's preseason NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell runs onto the field for the team's NFL preseason football game against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New Orleans Saints' Michael Thomas (13) catches a pass for a touchdown in front of New York Jets' Tevaughn Campbell (35) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throws a pass during the first half of the team's preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Drew Brees threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas to cap his only drive in his preseason debut, and the New Orleans Saints defeated the New York Jets 28-13 on Saturday night.

Brees didn't take a snap in the Saints' first two exhibition games, but Sean Payton gave the 40-year-old quarterback a brief regular-season warmup in this one. And, Brees and the starting offense breezed down the field.

Alvin Kamara had a 25-yard catch on third down, and a 20-yard grab by Thomas two plays later got the Saints (2-1) down to the 23. On third-and-6, Brees found Thomas in the back-right corner of the end zone with a perfectly placed ball over cornerback Tevaughn Campbell's head for the touchdown.

Brees finished 4 of 6 for 68 yards and was done for the night, along with the rest of the offensive starters, and was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater.

Sam Darnold's night for the Jets (1-2) lasted quite a bit longer as the second-year quarterback played midway into the second quarter, despite three projected starting offensive lineman - center Ryan Kalil and guards Kelechi Osemele and Brian Winters - sitting out.

After a sluggish start - and Darnold taking a hard shot from Trey Hendrickson to end his fourth drive - the starting offense got things going against the Saints' backup defense.

On third-and-5 from the Jets 40, Darnold connected with Robby Anderson down the left sideline for a 41-yard gain. After two runs by Ty Montgomery and a defensive holding call on Terrell Williams Jr. put the ball at the Saints 2, Darnold threw a pretty swing pass to Montgomery for a touchdown that cut the Jets' deficit to 10-7 with 8:22 left in the first half.

That was it for Darnold, who was 8 of 13 for 97 yards and the score. He was replaced by Trevor Siemian, who appears to be a lock as Darnold's backup.

HAPPY RETURN

Saints rookie wide receiver Deonte Harris returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown with 7:27 left, giving New Orleans a 23-13 lead. Harris, out of Assumption College, avoided a diving tackle attempt by punter Matt Darr before sprinting into the end zone.

KALIL SITS

Kalil was expected to make his debut with the team, but the team decided to have him sit out while he continues to get into football shape and learn the playbook. Jonotthan Harrison started again in his place.

Kalil, who played 12 seasons with Carolina, came out of retirement earlier this month and signed a one-year, $8.4 million deal with the Jets.

''(Last) Sunday night was his first night in pads, so he's only had really three practices,'' general manager Joe Douglas said before the game. ''So, we felt the smart thing to do was to hold him out. We'll re-evaluate it next week. Again, we're 15 days away from the opener, so we feel good that's he's going to have plenty of time to be ready for Week 1.''

JUST FOR KICKS

Jets kicker Taylor Bertolet - whose roster spot is uncertain - bounced back after missing two extra points last week, making field goals of 48 and 56 yards and converting on his one extra-point try.

STATS

Bridgewater was 15 of 26 for 143 yards before giving way to Taysom Hill in the third quarter. The do-it-all Hill ran for what appeared to be a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown late in the third, but it was wiped out by a holding call on Patrick Omameh. The Saints had to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Wil Lutz that put New Orleans up 16-13 with 2:36 left in the quarter. ... Lutz was also good from 39, 40 and 34 yards, but was wide left on a 43-yard attempt.

INJURIES

Saints: LB Josh Martin left in the third quarter with an apparent right arm injury.

Jets: S Brandon Bryant suffered a head injury in the third quarter after being called for unnecessary roughness for leading with his helmet on a play.

UP NEXT

Saints: home vs. Miami on Thursday night.

Jets: at Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Player Notes
JJ Arcega-Whiteside Sep 16 12:30am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside made his first NFL catch on Sunday night, gaining four yards. It was his only catch on a night where top wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson were forced to leave in the first half along with tight end Dallas Goedert. Despite all of the preseason hype, Arcega-Whiteside's usage in this one showed how far away he is from fantasy relevance in redraft leagues this season.

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Jake Elliott Sep 16 12:30am ET

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott made both of his field goal attempts in Week 2. His kicks came from 34 and 41 yards out. Elliott did not attempt any extra points, as the Eagles were playing from behind and decided to go for a two-point conversion after their touchdowns. Elliott should continue to be one of the better and more consistent fantasy kickers, but he can't control the game script.

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Philadelphia Eagles Sep 16 12:30am ET

The Philadelphia Eagles Defense had an up-and-down Week 2. They allowed 24 points to the Atlanta Falcons, but they also recorded three interceptions and a sack. It was a performance that showed what the Eagles defense could do, but also how they might struggle. Still, they performed somewhat better than expected, as this game was thought to be a total shootout and ended up with a rather moderate 24-20 final score. The Eagles defense will take on the Lions at home in Week 3.

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Hunter Renfrow Sep 16 12:20am ET

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow seen a team-high eight targets versus the Chiefs in Week 2 as he continues to build more chemistry with quarterback Derek Carr. He was only able to haul in four of these balls for 30 scoreless yards, but his growing involvement in the passing game is encouraging. Renfrow is a reliable receiver for Carr to target underneath the coverage, so his big-play ability is capped, but he could provide value in PPR formats as the season progresses. Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams will continue to get the bulk of the opportunities, but managers should keep an eye on the rookie and his involvement in the coming weeks.

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Zach Ertz Sep 16 12:20am ET

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught eight passes in Week 2, gaining 72 yards. Ertz watched wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery leave the game in the first half due to injury, but Nelson Agholor ended up drawing most of Carson Wentz's targets in the second half. Still, Ertz's weekly TE1 outlook will be even better if the Eagles are forced to leave their two best wide receivers on the sidelines for Week 3.

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Mack Hollins Sep 16 12:20am ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Mack Hollins showed up in Week 2 with five catches for 50 yards. Hollins was thrust into a bigger role after Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson were both forced to leave the game in the first half. Hollins could have some WR3/FLEX appeal in Week 3 if the top two wide receivers on the Eagles roster are forced to miss time.

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Darren Sproles Sep 16 12:20am ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles got just two offensive touches in Week 2. He didn't record a carry, but caught two passes for five yards. Fantasy owners who misinterpreted the role Sproles played in Week 1 were left with what was basically a hole in their lineup in Week 2. Sproles is the Eagles punt returner and will have more games on offense this season like Week 2 than he will like Week 1. He's rosterable in only the deepest standard leagues.

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Carson Wentz Sep 16 12:10am ET

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz found a way to make two touchdowns happen on Sunday night despite losing his two top receivers to injuries. With DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery both leaving due to injuries in the first half, Wentz was left with a preseason-like supporting cast for most of the game. Still, he threw for 231 yards, completing 25 of his 43 passes. His touchdown through the air was on a four-yard pass to Nelson Agholor. His other touchdown was on a one-yard QB sneak. Wentz missed some time due to an injury as well, but he was able to return shortly afterwards. Despite coming up short in the end, Wentz showed an immense amount of talent in this game, but his fantasy outlook would still take a hit if his two top wide receivers are not able to return next week.

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Miles Sanders Sep 16 12:10am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders couldn't get much going in Week 2. He ran the ball 10 times, gaining just 28 scoreless yards. He added three catches for nine more yards. Overall, it was a tough game for the Eagles on the ground, but Sanders did out-touch Jordan Howard by four. Sanders is clearly the lead back on the Eagles, but this is shaping up to be much more of a passing offense, at least for now.

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Jordan Howard Sep 16 12:10am ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard couldn't get anything going with the ball in Week 2. He gained 18 yards on eight carries, adding eight yards on his lone catch of the game. Howard and rookie Miles Sanders both struggled with the ball even though plenty of Eagles offensive playmakers missed time due to injury. Howard will likely only have fantasy value this season in weeks that he scores a touchdown.

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Derek Carr Sep 16 12:10am ET

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr got his team off to a hot start against the Chiefs Sunday, but failed to do much after the teams first two drives of the game. He marched the team down the field for a field goal and a touchdown pass to Tyrell Williams to open the contest, but went on to throw two disastrous interceptions the rest of the way while failing to score another point. Carr finished the night completing 23-of-38 passes for 198 yards in a game where we expected him to do much more against a susceptible defense. Hell be off the fantasy start list next week when the Raiders travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.

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Nelson Agholor Sep 16 12:10am ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor took advantage of injuries on Sunday, catching eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Agholor's score came on a four-yard pass from Carson Wentz in the third quarter. With DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery both forced to leave the game due to injury, Agholor took over as the top wide receiver for the entire second half. He flashed a bit, making a couple of great catches. If either of the receivers ahead of him on the depth chart are forced to miss more time, Agholor could suddenly become a WR2/3 option for a limited time.

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Robert Woods Sep 16 12:00am ET

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods caught two passes on two targets for 23 yards in the teams 27-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints. While Woods had a few plays called back due to penalties, his performance on Sunday afternoon was disappointing as Woods was the clear WR1 for the team during Week 1. However, Woods should be able to rebound for the teams Week 3 contest. Expect the slot wide receiver to continue to be a WR2 option across all formats.

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Cooper Kupp Sep 16 12:00am ET

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp caught five passes on nine targets for 120 yards in the teams 27-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints. After a strong Week 1 performance, Kupp continues to be quarterback Jared Goffs favorite target. The third-year receiver led the team in targets, receptions and yards, and he also almost capped off his afternoon with a TD on an incredible 66-yard reception where the wide receiver tore through tackles by Saints defenders. Lock Kupp as a high-end WR2 across all leagues, as his rapport with Goff should ensure a safe floor.

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Brandin Cooks Sep 16 12:00am ET

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks caught three passes on four targets for 74 yards and a TD in the teams 27-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints. After a poor performance during Week 1, Cooks rebounded and caught quarterback Jared Goffs only TD pass of the afternoon. While the veteran impressed during Week 2, his floor remains relatively volatile on a week-to-week basis. Cooks continues to be a WR2 in all formats, but be aware that the star wideout appears to be behind in targets to teammate Cooper Kupp.

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Jared Goff Sep 16 12:00am ET

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Josh Jacobs Sep 15 11:50pm ET

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Darren Waller Sep 15 11:50pm ET

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Tyrell Williams Sep 15 11:40pm ET

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams caught 5-of-7 targets and a touchdown in Sundays loss to the Chiefs. The veteran picked up 46 yards in the contest once again proving to be the clear-cut WR1 in the offense. Williams got one other red zone look that got intercepted as the offense as a whole faded in the second half. Hell remain to see a high volume of work, making him a weekly WR3. Williams Week 3 matchup against the Vikings, however, is on the unfavorable side so owners may want to fade him in lineups.

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Mecole Hardman Sep 15 11:00pm ET

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