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2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Preview: Hollywood


Ready for more? What most of us are looking for is which of the upstarts keep it going in Week 2. The waiver claims and drops were astonishing. Seems my advice last week of holding genuine prospects like Geronimo Allison, Anthony Miller or even Corey Davis into September went unheeded. The shiny objects won the day – again.2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Preview

Perhaps the most glittery among the gems was Marquise “Hollywood” Brown of the Ravens. Although his snap count was low in comparison to his production, fantasy buyers are banking on an uptick. There’s no question he earned more after he began the wave of destruction on the Dolphins.

More importantly, we saw that the Ravens offense is going to have a very different scheme this season as advertised. Not only will Lamar Jackson run heavy this year, he’ll also pass heavy. Whatever measure deemed necessary from week to week. The Flacco offense already seems like a distant memory, very distant.

The rest of the league had several players explode out of nowhere too. No need to name them – you guys all know who they are.

So, it’s on to Week 2. For those who staked their claim in the Week 1 gold rush, you’re going to find out if you hit the mother lode. The best result is for your new acquisitions is to just get targets and yardage – a workhorse role. If they just get that, you know you pulled a winner.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Preview

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Games to Watch

A brief rundown of the big games of the week. You drafted your players, now it’s time to watch ’em.

Early Sunday: Seahawks (1-0) at Steelers (0-1)

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Over the years, following a game where the Steelers get a butt-kicking, they never wait around for another. I mean never. The Steelers rip up the carpet, throw it over a line, and beat the hell out of it. They aren’t shy of shaking things up early; as opposed to staying the course and hope things get better.

What they exactly have cooking is anyone’s guess. But I suspect we’re going to see some Jaylen Samuels and James Washington. We might see some Diontae Johnson too. It wouldn’t surprise me if Benny Snell steps up.

Seattle has the unfortunate task of entering this nest of angry bees. The Seahawks know all too well how angry they are and will prepare accordingly. They are top five against the run, but bottom five versus the pass.

Seattle’s offense operates as we know on the ground, but will likely have to abandon that. For them, the matchup is similar in nature to the Bengals. So they can consider that game last week just a warmup for a team at the next level. Russell Wilson will use his legs and his new weapon, D.K. Metcalf, to try and keep up.

This is the first time the Seahawks with Russell Wilson are visiting Heinz Field.

Fun Fact: The Steelers’ previous touchdownless blowout of 30+ points on the road was a 34-3 loss to the Eagles in Week 2 of 2016. The Steelers clobbered the Chiefs at home 43-14 in Week 3.
Sleeper: Jaylen Samuels, RB, Steelers (one more time!)

Other Early Games in Brief…

Patriots at Dolphins

2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 PreviewSpeaking of lopsided games, well, y’know. Our favorite soap star is on track to start in his first game with the Patriots, we think, and the team as a whole should get some good exercise with the punching bag. I expect Miami will look for a late field goal for a victory over the Vegas spread.

Bills at Giants

Devin Singletary is taking over the Bills’ backfield with a will. But, not so fast. The committee approach should remain in place for a while yet. The Giants gave up the most fantasy points to wide receivers last week, so John Brown looks like a good play.

Chargers at Lions

The Chargers are shorter in size downfield without Hunter Henry and probably Mike Williams as well. With two pass-happy quarterbacks and both with strong running games to spread the field, looks like an airshow is on tap.

Colts at Titans

The Colts are a competitive football team. No sense in arguing anymore that Marlon Mack is the real deal and T.Y. Hilton has the circuitry hooked up with Brissett. Speaking of circuitry, A.J. Brown of the Titans was one of three 100-yard rookies last week. Corey Davis had to wait a year for his first of two in his career to this point.

Jaguars at Texans

D.J. Chark had the best game of his career last week in the loss to the Chiefs. But the real buzz surrounded Gardner Minshew after taking over the offense. Minshew holds a distinctive record in a season opener as a non-starting rookie for most consecutive completions, yardage, and passer rating. Other team records too.

Cowboys at Redskins

Terry McLaurin of the Redskins is in the triad of 100+ yard breakout rookies. His team faces the Cowboys with Dak Prescott coming off his second-ever 400+ yard passing game. With a broken down rushing game minus Derrius Guice, a healthy un-scratched Adrian Peterson needs to turn back the clock and fast.

49ers at Bengals

The new Zac Taylor offense found a way to put John Ross on the fantasy map. Conversely, the 49ers passing game is a fantasy mess. Behind George Kittle, no one looks good. Without Tevin Coleman, Matt Breida leads a split backfield with Raheem Mostert. Joe Mixon of the Bengals leans doubtful at the time of publication. Without him, Gio Bernard is more than a solid play.

Vikings at Packers

The Vikings didn’t need much from their receiver studs last week because of Dalvin Cook running everywhere. Aaron Rodgers looked rusty in Chicago, but with a stretch of mostly home games coming up, there’s plenty of Lambeau leaping to go around.

Cardinals at Ravens

Hooray for Hollywood! Have you ever picked up an empty box expecting it to be heavy? The Ravens will find the Cardinals not as lightweight as their previous opponent. For the Cardinals, Kyler Murray notched a tie in his grand opening NFL start. A game with a real college atmosphere.

Late Sunday: Saints (1-0) at Rams (1-0)

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I don’t know if you can call this a revenge game. The Rams weren’t at fault for the non-call in the NFC Championship, the officials were. Nonetheless, the Saints have unfinished business with their main obstacle who beat them to Super Bowl. Like their regular season matchup last year, this game has deep playoff implications for the seedings.

Yes, the Saints have determination. However, squeaking out victories at home by squandering chunks of yardage late in the fourth quarter doesn’t exactly match the grit. In the end, I guess all that matters is that they got the win.

The first order of business for the Saints is to work the short passing game and preventing Aaron Donald to break contain on Drew Brees. In a way, the Texans helped Brees prepare because J.J. Watt is no easy customer. It’s their standard setup for most gameplans these days to feed Alvin Kamara and keep the chains moving.

The problem for the Saints is defense. Defending the Rams is almost the same as if they had to defend against their own offense. And that’s a very possible story for this game. The last defense standing.

Fun Fact: The Rams at home have won four of their last five against the Saints. However, the last time the Rams played at home off a road win against the Saints was Week 10 of 2009 – losing 28-23. This accounts for their single home loss to the Saints in their last five.
Sleeper: None

Other Late Games in Brief…

Chiefs at Raiders

2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 PreviewA grouchy rivalry. Patrick Mahomes destroyed a very tough Jaguars secondary last week. The Raiders’ defense overall is passive by comparison. They will rely on Josh Jacobs for clock control and keep Mahomes off the field. It’s a great matchup in fantasy terms. The Chiefs play a ‘keep up if you can’ offense and the Raiders will try to do exactly that.

Bears at Broncos

Probably the most ho-hum matchup on paper this week. The Bears can walk in and take a win home if they template the Raiders gameplan on defense. The Broncos are vulnerable on the ground and this plays right into the hands of a team like the Bears and a primary reason the Raiders had success in the passing game. The Denver offense is a work in progress.

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Sunday Night: Eagles (1-0) at Falcons (0-1)

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The Eagles started slow last week and I expect the same from them this week. Dalvin Cook gashed the Falcons on the ground last week, but the Eagles play a non-rhythm, multi-back timeshare. This means Carson Wentz will do what he does best and throw the football for most of the evening.

Last week, Matt Ryan had a problem connecting with Julio Jones deep – even after Xavier Rhodes left the game because of injury. Did the Falcons give Jones a three-year deal to produce 40-50 yard games? I think not. Expect him to scoop up those passes dutifully in primetime.

Fun Fact: This is the Eagles first regular season game at Mercedes-Benz stadium. The Eagles last played the Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Week 1 of 2015; losing 26-24.
Sleeper: Jordan Howard, RB, Eagles

Monday Night: Browns (0-1) at Jets (0-1)

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Sam Darnold will miss several weeks because of illness. Trevor Siemian will get the start in an offense very different from the Broncos, who are technically the last team he actually played for.

The Browns have all the makings of a powerhouse football team, but on the field is where it counts. For some reason, the Browns once again looked like, well, like the Browns against the Titans in Week 1. If there was a game for them to get on track and start winning football games – this is it.

The Jets are one dimensional with Le’Veon Bell (questionable) and we have no idea which of the receivers Siemian will favor with targets. We can assume Jamison Crowder, as Darnold does because they have few others, but we’ll need to wait and see.

This game is an identical matchup, although opposite city venue, as the first Monday Night telecast in September 1970. This gesture of scheduling is part of the NFL 100 celebrations.

Fun Fact: The Browns are 0-20 since Week 7 of 2015 on the road off a loss.
Sleeper: Josh Bellamy, WR, Jets

In the Booth on Sunday2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Preview

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Kenny Albert (center)

CBS Early

Patriots at Dolphins: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Bills at Giants: Greg Gumbel, Trent Green
Chargers at Lions: Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon
Colts at Titans: Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta
Jaguars at Texans: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton

Fox Early

Cowboys at Redskins: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis
Seahawks at Steelers: Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber
49ers at Bengals: Thom Brennaman, Chris Spielman
Vikings at Packers: Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston
Cardinals at Ravens: Brandon Gaudin, Cris Carter

CBS Late

Chiefs at Raiders: Jim Nantz, Tony Romo

Fox Late

Saints at Rams: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Bears at Broncos: Dick Stockton, Mark Schlereth

Check out the rest of our 2019 Fantasy Football content from our great team of writers.

About Richard Savill

Richard is an NFL Fantasy Football Writer and Editor of Fantasy Six Pack. Host of The Fantasy Edge Podcast. FantasyPros Contributor. Member of the FSWA. Richard is known for his "outside the box" insight into NFL fantasy football. He ranked 6th in draft rankings on Fantasy Pros in 2020.

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