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2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trends


In this article, I’ll be focusing on statistics such as snap counts, targets, or pass attempts in an effort to help you win your league.

These statistics are a critical part of potentially buying low or selling high on a player, so here’s my take what went down this week. 2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trends.

This week, we’ll be taking a look at the action that went on in Week 2 of the season.

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1. Streaming a Quarterback Still Works

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One of the most popular ways to play – and hopefully win – fantasy football is to stream a quarterback every week. This means that every week, you look towards the waiver wire for a new replacement who’s playing in a potential blow-up spot.

In Week 1, it was tough to identify a true “streamer” because you were definitely playing with the guys you drafted with. Week 2, though, was a different story. Guys like Matthew Stafford, Josh Allen, and Andy Dalton were all recommended as potential streamer candidates.

Well, all three of them worked out pretty well. In standard QB-scoring leagues, each of these guys put up at least 17 points. That definitely gives you enough to win your league.

Look to our 2019 Fantasy Football Week 3 Waiver Wire for some potential candidates next week.

2. Chicago Made the Right Decision 2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trends.

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Last week, fantasy football players everywhere were frustrated as the Bears ran David Montgomery just six times against Green Bay. The top rusher in the backfield, Montgomery got much more usage this past Sunday, rushing the ball 18 times for 62 yards and a touchdown.

While the stat-line might not be the best, it’s important to note who Montgomery went against. The Denver Broncos have a talented defense led by a formidable front seven. Plus, their head coach is Vic Fangio, the Chicago Bears’ defensive coordinator just one year ago.

Montgomery was a popular buy-low player for myself and many other fantasy analysts, and for good reason. He’s very good. Rushing should be easier this upcoming Monday against the Washington Redskins, who just allowed 213 yards on the ground to the Dallas Cowboys.

3. The 49ers Will Never Use a Workhorse RB 2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trends.

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It wouldn’t be fantasy football if we weren’t debating which Kyle Shanahan running back is the best to use for the upcoming week. With Tevin Coleman and Jerrick McKinnon both sidelined, people were sure Matt Breida would see most of the work. Wrong! Raheem Mostert and Justin Wilson saw double-digit carries as well.

Even though Breida was certainly the most effective runner, he finished with the least fantasy points. He rushed for over 10 YPC, but Raheem Mostert caught a passing touchdown in addition to seeing one more carry and Justin Wilson punched it in twice on the ground.

The important thing is that Breida did not have a bad game. 14 PPR points is still respectable. But, unless you can get him for very cheap, I wouldn’t go out and trade for him. Shanahan is very unpredictable.

4. Damien Williams is Not the Answer 2019 Fantasy Football Week 2 Trends.

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Damien Williams was a hot topic of discussion over the off-season. He finished strong last year, causing many people to think he would do great this year. Others, however, preached that Andy Reid never uses a bellcow running back and Damien Williams would suffer the same fate as many before him. Keep in mind, this was before LeSean McCoy was on the roster.

Through two weeks, it’s increasingly clear that fading Damien Williams was the right decision. Through two weeks, he has 22 rushes for 34. For any of you who don’t feel like doing the math, that’s bad! And, to add insult to injury, this past Sunday was against the Oakland Raiders. Not exactly the ’85 Bears on defense.

LeSean McCoy wasn’t much better against Oakland, rushing 11 times for 23 yards. So, maybe it’s just Patrick Mahomes‘s world and we are all living in it (it is). Last week, however, Shady rushed 10 times for 81 yards. Hopefully, this past Sunday was just a bad day.

At this point, it’s time to trade Damien Williams. He was a very early pick, meaning maybe you can fool a league-mate into trading for him. But, I want no part of him on any of my rosters.

5. Antonio Brown‘s Debut

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Believe it or not, Antonio Brown actually participated in a game of football on Sunday. And, he did good! He caught four passes for 56 yards and one touchdown in New England’s 43-0 embarrassment of Miami.

The important thing for Mr. Big Chest is that he led the team with eight targets. That’s three more than the second-highest recipient, Josh Gordon (no pun intended). Many people were skeptical of how much involvement Brown would have on the team, seeing as he was just acquired less than two weeks ago. Assuming his sexual assault case fizzles out, which many league sources believe it will, Brown will be a valuable season-long asset.

However, Brown’s involvement had a negative effect on Julian Edelman. Edelman saw just four targets on Sunday, his lowest since early in 2016. If I were a betting man, I would bet this was more of an anomaly than a sign of the future. Edelman is Brady’s guy, and he trusts Julian more than any receiver on the roster. If you have a share of Julian Edelman, I advise holding onto it.

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

About Noah Spurlock

Noah’s from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and isn’t afraid to show love for his hometown teams. If there’s a Steelers or Penguins game on, he’ll be watching. He’s been playing fantasy football since he can remember and isn’t afraid to give out some hot takes. Follow him on Twitter @NoahSpurlockNFL!

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