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2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trends: Wild Weekend


The 2nd week of NFL games was a crazy one, the second tie of the season occurred (Packers vs Vikings), the Jaguars ended their regular season winless streak against the Patriots, and Fitz-Magic continued as the Buccaneers beat the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles.

A wild weekend of games can cause trends to start to develop across the league, with those comes updated fantasy values and rankings. I will tell you which trends that I think will continue and which ones with come to a screeching halt so that you make crucial fantasy decisions.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trends

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1. Phillip Lindsay emerges as the Broncos No.1 RB

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In Sunday’s game against the Raiders, Lindsay cemented himself as the Broncos No. 1 running back going forward. He out carried Royce Freeman 14 – 8 and average 7.6 yards per carry.

He also set an NFL record by becoming the first undrafted rookie to accumulate 100+ scrimmage yards in each of his first two games. I really feel like Lindsay is the guy in Denver and I feel like the trend of him getting the majority of the carries will continue.

I think this trend will continue because of Lindsay’s higher usage rate and superior yards per carry in Week 2. If Lindsay is still on the waiver wire in your league I highly recommend picking him up.

2. Bengals WR situation becomes clear

It is clear that A.J. Green is the number one wide receiver in Cincinnati but what wasn’t clear going into the season was who was going to take on the WR2 role. Many thought that would be John Ross. It turns out that it is Tyler Boyd.

In Week 2, Boyd saw nine targets and turned that into six receptions for 91 yards and one touchdown. Whereas Ross was targeted just four times and only caught one pass. That is two weeks in a row with just one reception.

I think this trend will continue. To me, Andy Dalton seem to be more connected with and have more confidence in Tyler Boyd. Boyd is second on the team and targets, receptions, and yards. For me, this is enough evidence to confidently say that he is the new WR2 in Cincinnati.

3. Redskins‘ Wide Receivers

For the second straight week, a clear-cut No. 1 wide receiver has not emerged in Washington. The Redskins continued to use multiple wide receivers in their week 2 loss to the Colts.

Many people including I thought that Jamison Crowder would be the number one in Washington. That is after his breakout season last year. The root of Crowder’s early struggles, I believe, is the quarterback change that occurred in the offseason.

I don’t think this trend will continue. Crowder will eventually emerge as the number one in Washington. I look for him to build a connection with quarterback Alex Smith similar to the one Smith had with Tyreek Hill in Kansas City last season.

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About Dylan Small

Dylan Small is from Virginia and is an avid fan of the Washington Redskins. Dylan has been playing fantasy football for the past 5 years and he loves the RB heavy draft strategy. Ask him fantasy questions on twitter @DylanSmallFF1

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