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2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 F6P Rapid Reactions

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 F6P Rapid Reactions!

Each week, a rotating cast of Fantasy Six Pack writers will give their immediate thoughts about the biggest storylines of the weekend games.

This week, we’re looking at 1) some players who gain the most value from the onslaught of Week 2 injuries, 2) muddled backfields that may have sorted themselves out, 3) a debate between two stud rookie running backs, and 4) our hottest waiver wire grabs.

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2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 F6P Rapid Reactions

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1) Which player gains the most value from one of the many injuries in Week 2?

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Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams

I like what I saw from Darrell Henderson on Sunday. After the early injury to Cam Akers, Henderson had 121 total yards and a score on 14 total touches. He finally looks healthy and he thoroughly outproduced last week’s fantasy darling, Malcolm Brown. Henderson exhibited his upside and is ready to take on a bigger role in the Rams offense. – Dennis Sosic

Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers

For me, if Raheem Mostert misses time, it’s Jerick McKinnon of the San Francisco 49ers. That offense runs through its running backs. McKinnon, who was a big free-agent acquisition in 2018 after a slew of injuries, seems to finally be healthy again and ready to rock and roll. I’d check your waiver wires. – Bob Van Duser

Jerick McKinnon. He missed two seasons and in Week 2 of 2020, the top two backs in SF go down. Close second goes to the 49ers’ opponents after all those defensive injuries. – Jeff Hicks

Drew Sample, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

If Mostert is healthy I really like Drew Sample who now owns the starting TE role in Cincinnati. In relief of C.J. Uzomah, Sample really showed out and looked athletic and reliable. – Bob Van Duser

Justin Herbert, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

The injury that is the most impactful to Fantasy football didn’t even occur in-game. If Herbert gets the starting job and continues to do what he did today, we might see a resurgence for the Chargers offense. – Davis Peng

2) Which team’s backfield situation are you confident sorted itself out in Week 2?

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Green Bay Packers

I think fantasy managers can believe in Aaron Jones again. Coming into this season, the buzz was surrounding AJ Dillon after the Packers selected him in the second round in the 2020 NFL Draft. Jones’ Fantasy draft stock plummeted after fantasy analysts believed that Dillon would share the backfield duties with Jones and Jamal Williams. Jones has scored four touchdowns in two games and he is and will remain the featured back in a high-powered Packers offense this season. – Dennis Sosic

Cleveland Browns

Oddly enough I’m going to side with the Cleveland Browns backfield. After a Week 1 that quickly got away from the Browns, game script dictated more usage from Kareem Hunt and left Nick Chubb owners wanting more. Now with a more favorable game script against a lackluster defense, Chubb and Hunt went nuclear. This tells me if the game script is neutral to favorable both RBs are must starts. In negative scripts, Chubb might be tough to start whereas Hunt will likely be a solid flex play. – Bob Van Duser

Indianapolis Colts

Nyheim Hines is who we thought he was. – Jeff Hicks

Chicago Bears

The Bears running game has set itself as it now has perfect balance between David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen (who just signed a three-year extension). Mitchell Trubisky clearly needs a strong rushing attack to succeed, and he should have that now. – Davis Peng

3) Which rookie running back would you rather have for the rest of the season, Jonathan Taylor or Clyde Edwards-Helaire?

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Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts

I prefer Taylor over CEH. Taylor will be the workhorse behind a dominant offensive line in Indy now that Mack is out for the season. Additionally, he has exhibited his ability to catch passes, which is a huge boost to his fantasy value. CEH plays in a high-powered offense but also is one of the multiple weapons in KC that does not have to rely on him in the offense. You can’t go wrong with either rookie back, but give me Taylor in a close call. – Dennis Sosic

This is tough for me but I think I’m going to side with Jonathan Taylor. My reason being that Taylor is going to be the engine to his respective offense, whereas Edwards-Helaire is just a piece of his offense. Both backs are likely going to finish top 10, maybe top 15 at worst, but week in and week out I like Taylor’s chances of making a bigger impact. – Bob Van Duser

This is like asking which of my children I love the most. Both are versatile and essential to their offenses and not threatened by their backup, but I’ll say Taylor because he is clearly a necessity for Indy to succeed. – Jeff Hicks

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs’ offense is too hard to beat and Edwards-Helaire will most likely always be in the game plan both as a runner and a passer. – Davis Peng

4) Who is your number one waiver wire target?

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Dion Lewis, RB, New York Giants

My first target will be Dion Lewis. With Saquon Barkley believed to have a torn ACL, Lewis and maybe Wayne Gallman look to take over the Giants backfield. Lewis is a pass-catching specialist who should be a priority in PPR formats. Lewis will see a significant role in a Giants offense that will face plenty of negative game scripts. – Dennis Sosic

Jerick McKinnon, RB, San Francisco 49ers

I’m likely going to end up chasing McKinnon or Drew Sample for the reasons mentioned above. Saquon Barkley might be out for the season which will open up an opportunity for Wayne Gallman and Dion Lewis. However, Barkley was already having trouble behind that offensive line. Coupled with the fact that Gallman and Lewis are vastly inferior talents to Barkley, I’m not excited about their opportunity. A lot of Fantasy players will be chasing Lewis and Gallman – I will not be one of them. – Bob Van Duser

McKinnon is better than Mike Davis or whoever plays better between Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman. He’s also in a better offense and should have value even when the other Niners backs are back. – Jeff Hicks


Darrell Henderson, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Due to the injuries to many running backs this week you have to go with the running backs that took over for their team and still has an air game. That would be the Rams’ Darrell Henderson. He was originally supposed to be the lead back coming into the season until the Rams drafted Cam Akers. Well Akers is hurt now and I know I don’t want the Giants backup and we have no idea how the 49ers will look without Jimmy Garappolo and Mostert. – Davis Peng


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About Kevin Huo

Kevin is a fantasy football writer for Fantasy Six Pack. He considers every angle - whether statistical or theoretical - when weighing his options and isn't afraid to be a contrarian. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinMHuo

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