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2017 Fantasy Football Week 2 Recap: Winners, Losers and Injuries

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How many people started Buck Allen this past week in fantasy? How about guys like JJ Nelson and Trevor Siemian? These guys rounded out the top 10 in fantasy scoring this past week. Each and every week there will be under the radar guys like that in which they blossom to the top of the leaderboards. That’s one of the best parts about fantasy football. Anything can happen in any given week.

One main thing not to do is to not overreact on a player’s performance from a week ago. A prime example is Tom Brady. Many people came to early conclusions after he struggled against the Chiefs in week one. Is Tom Brady on the decline? Is the Madden curse real for Tom Brady? Did we forget that Tom Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback of all time? Don’t be that person who overreacts after a single week of fantasy football. It’s a long season; let’s enjoy it week by week.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 2 Recap

It’s great to have fantasy football back. It was a low scoring week throughout the NFL. The outlier was the Saints and Patriots game. Thursday nights game wasn’t the most exciting game between the Texans and Bengals, but thankfully the games were better on Sunday and Sunday night. It’s time to look at the winners, losers, and the injuries that occurred during week two.

Winners

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

It was a great bounce back week for Brady and the Patriots. Tom Brady was almost as perfect as you can be playing against the Saints. He completed 30 of 39 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns. This performance looked like the Tom Brady we all know and love.

The loss last Thursday night was certainly a big wake-up call for Brady and the Patriots. Expect Brady to put up QB1 numbers from here on out, as he is one of the best quarterbacks to own in fantasy this season. He can become a player that wins you weeks in fantasy football all year.

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

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After being held to just 40 yards receiving last week, Travis Kelce had himself a day on Sunday. He caught eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Jumping over a number of defenders to make his way into the end zone in dramatic fashion finished off the touchdown catch.

Alex Smith looked to find Kelce all day as he brought great success to the Chiefs offense. It’s clear that Kelce is the main guy in the passing offense. He remains locked in as Smith’s number one target and he will remain in the TE1 discussion all season.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Oakland Raiders

Michael Crabtree was a fantasy star Sunday. He ended up catching six passes for 80 yards and three touchdowns. He was the highest-scoring wide receiver in most leagues, if not in every league. We all knew Carr loved Crabtree in the red zone but it was money in the bank for him in week two. Crabtree has always been an under-appreciated receiver in fantasy football for years. He has proven he can produce with the best of the best during recent years and you can count on Crabtree to produce high-end WR2 to low-end WR1 numbers during the course of the season.

Crabtree has always been an under-appreciated receiver in fantasy football for years. He has proven he can produce with the best of the best during recent years and you can count on Crabtree to produce high-end WR2 to low-end WR1 numbers during the course of the season.

Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins

Chris Thompson probably wasn’t started in many fantasy leagues in Week Two. He surely caught the attention of fantasy owners everywhere as he caught three passes for 29 yards while running the ball three times for 77 yards and two scores. He was one of the highest scoring running backs in standard and PPR leagues for this week. Thompson surely has earned himself an increased role in the backfield. With Rob Kelley leaving early due to an injury, Thompson can become a very sneaky flex play moving forward, especially if Rob Kelley misses time with the injury he sustained Sunday.

Thompson surely has earned himself an increased role in the backfield. With Rob Kelley leaving early due to an injury, Thompson can become a very sneaky flex play moving forward, especially if Rob Kelley misses time with the injury he sustained Sunday.

Losers

Kenny Britt, WR, Cleveland Browns

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This is starting to get real ugly fast. Kenny Britt was held to one catch for just two yards against the Ravens. Britt’s stats now for the first two weeks as a Cleveland Brown – two catches for 15 yards. This is not the type of performances coach Hue Jackson had in mind after breaking out last year with a depleted Rams team.

With the uncertainty of DeShone Kizer and his injury, he sustained against the Ravens, the future of Kenny Britt remains cloudy in Cleveland. Britt has almost become droppable as he has become a guy to ignore in fantasy football.

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

It was a forgetful day if you were a Jordan Howard owner. Howard rushed the ball nine times for only seven yards in the loss against the Bucs. Rookie Tarik Cohen out-touched the sophomore running back 15-9. Howard declined to talk to the media after the game as frustration has grown with him. Tarik Cohen wasn’t able to rack up many yards on the ground but that is not what he’s supposed to do. Cohen secured himself a significant role in the passing game as Jordan Howard was targeted only once. The struggles from Howard are making him tough to trust as a starting fantasy running back. Be cautious of starting Jordan Howard next week when he plays the Steelers.

Tarik Cohen wasn’t able to rack up many yards on the ground but that is not what he’s supposed to do. Cohen secured himself a significant role in the passing game as Jordan Howard was targeted only once. The struggles from Howard are making him tough to trust as a starting fantasy running back. Be cautious of starting Jordan Howard next week when he plays the Steelers.

Terrelle Pryor Sr, WR, Washington Redskins

All the preseason hype for Terrelle Pryor and we have yet to see him actually perform like a true wide receiver one. Week Two Pryor caught two passes for 31 yards. Both of those catches came on the final drive late in the fourth quarter. Drops remain a concern – another one against the Rams. He now has three drops on the year.

His Redskins career hasn’t gotten off in the right direction, but there is still plenty of football to play. He’ll have a favorable matchup next week against the Raiders. No need to bench him just yet, as he can be put in your flex position for this matchup.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Probably the biggest surprise all weekend. Ezekiel Elliott was held to just eight yards on nine carries against Denver. The Cowboys ran a ton of five-wide receiver sets, which limited Zeke’s rushing attack. As they played from behind almost the whole game, the Cowboys were forced to throw the ball mostly, hence why Zeke only ran the ball nine times.

Many different overreactions can be made from this game but Zeke is locked in as an RB1 moving forward.

Injuries

Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

The injury to Olsen is as serious as it can be. He was diagnosed with a broken right foot and will be out indefinitely. This is absolutely tough news to hear from Panthers fans and NFL fans. Injuries seem to be a naturally occurring thing each week in the NFL.

The loss of Olsen is a huge blow for Cam Newton and this Panthers offense. Arguably Newton’s favorite target, he’ll look to rely more heavily on Kelvin Benjamin, Christian McCaffrey, and Devin Funchess.

Corey Coleman, RB, Cleveland Browns

It was clear that Coleman and DeShone Kizer were out of sync against the Ravens. Reports after the game hint that Corey Coleman may have broken his hand – again. The loss of Coleman to a Browns team with limited skill at the receiver position is huge.

The team will now need someone to step up and produce for them as Coleman won’t be able to play for quite some time. Who will that be? The answer remains unknown till next Sunday. It’s going to be hard to trust any Browns players starting for your fantasy team moving forward.

Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins

Reports out of Washington are that Kelley suffered a rib injury during the game against the Rams. A return to the game did not happen, which suggests that it’s not an easy one to brush off. If he misses time, it will be a devastating blow to Kelley since he is the feature back in the offense. Although he wasn’t as efficient as he hoped to be, the opportunity was there for Rob Kelley.

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Without Kelley for week three, rookie Samaje Perine and Mack Brown would be in somewhat of a timeshare with Chris Thompson set as the passing down back.


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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a big time NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for years now. He goes in depth with stats and numbers to make his audience understand more not just about fantasy football, but about overall teams and players in the game. You can learn more about him by following him on twitter @Mike_Triv

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