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2021 Fantasy Football Week 2 Bulletin Board


Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 2 Bulletin Board. Every week we will highlight news and notes from every NFL team and transform it into a quick and easy read.

Can you believe we are already looking ahead to Week 2 in the NFL?!

Week 1 was a wild ride that saw eight underdogs win their game, including five on the road!

We will go division by division and add a Fantasy Football spin when warranted.

A huge thanks to Jon Witt (AFC East), Dennis Sosic (AFC North), Davis Peng (AFC South), Garret Ball (AFC West), Tyler Mulligan (NFC East), Dylan Clemons (NFC North), Michael Bonni (NFC South) and Preston White (NFC West) for their efforts in bringing you the latest news from around the league.

We hope to be your one-stop-shop each week this NFL season when looking for the most impactful Fantasy Football news.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 2 Bulletin Board

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AFC East (@JPW2542)

Buffalo Bills

  • Josh Allen was inaccurate for most of the game resulting in 30 for 51 but he did manage to throw a TD and rush for 44 yards.
  • Moss was a surprising healthy scratch, allow Singletary to dominate the backfield. He had 80 all-purpose yards with three catches.
  • Both Diggs and Beasley had fantasy-relevant games, combining for 27 targets. Diggs ended up 9 rec 69 yards while Beasley went 8 for 60.
Fantasy Spin

I would not panic with Allen. They played against a top 5 defense and just could not find their flow. This may become a backfield to avoid if healthy scratches are going to be rotated, but if this job starts to become Singletary’s, he could be a viable RB 2. Diggs is an every-week WR1, and Beasley can be trusted as a flex most weeks.

New England Patriots

  • Mac Jones had a solid but not spectacular debut. He was pretty accurate, throwing 29/39 for just 202 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions.
  • Harris looked the part and got the lion’s share of the carries (23 of 30). He rushed for 100 yards but did have a costly fumble at the end of the game.
  • Mac really spread the ball around. Jonnu, Agholor, White and Meyers all had five or more targets and five or more catches.
Fantasy Spin

As long as Harris does not develop fumble troubles, he is the clear-cut RB1 in New England, making him a safe RB2 on your roster. I still really like Jonnu in this offense but it may be hard to predict who will perform better on a weekly basis between Meyers and Agholor.

New York Jets

  • Similar to Mac in NE, Zach Wilson had a good debut. He threw for 258 yards with two touchdowns.
  • The backfield was a mess for the Jets. They only ran the ball a total of 17 times, with nine of those going to Tevin Coleman
  • Corey Davis was by far the best WR on Sunday, and clearly has the trust of Wilson. He caught five of the seven targets for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
Fantasy Spin

Wilson showed flashed why the Jets drafted him high. He is not a weekley starter yet (outsides of Superflex leagues) but that could quickly change with games like this. This still remains a backfield to avoid. Not really jumps out to start, even in a flex. Davis should remain a weekley starter, whether it is a WR2 or flex play. Three to five recpetions if not more per game seems likley

Miami Dolphins

  • Tua was unimpressive against New England. He only threw the ball 27 times for 202 yards with a TD and a pick.
  • The run game was non-existent for the Dolphins. Gaskin only scampered for 49 yards but saved his day with 5 catches for 27 yards.
  • Parker and Waddle led the Dolphins in targets, both catching four balls. Waddle did manage to find the end zone.
Fantasy Spin

Tua is still a wait-and-see type of QB. You can make the case to roster him, but I would not start him unless you have to in a Superflex league. Gaskin is going to be hard to trust this season unless the Dolphins focus on establishing the run. Start him at your own risk. Waddle has a much higher ceiling and a rapport with Tua. He still remains the WR to own and start in this offense

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Baltimore Ravens

  • What a way to end Week 1! Ravens lose to the Raiders in overtime 33-27 in dramatic fashion.
  • The glut of injuries at RB had the Ravens scrambling. It pushed Ty’Son Williams into the starting role and he showed that he is more than capable of handling the workload. Williams rushed nine times for 65 yards including a 35-yard TD run. He also caught three passes for 29 yards.
  • Latavius Murray also chipped in a TD and had 10 rushes for 28 yards.
  • The Ravens defense gave up a whopping 435 passing yards and two touchdowns to Derek Carr. They could not stop tight end Darren Waller who caught 10 of 19 targets for 105 yards and a TD.
  • Lamar Jackson made some eye-popping moves and rushed 12 times for 86 yards. He also threw for 235 yards and one TD. His two fumbles were game killers.
  • The Ravens will host the 1-0 Kansas City Chiefs in the Week 2 Sunday Night Football primetime matchup.
Fantasy Spin

Lamar Jackson committed two fumbles with one in OT on a strip-sack by Carl Nassib that set up Derek Carr’s game-winning touchdown pass. Ty’Son Williams looks to have taken over the J.K. Dobbins role while Murray has stepped into the Gus Edwards role. Both running backs will be FLEX options with RB2 upside. Their ceilings are limited due to the rushing ability of Lamar Jackson.

Sammy Watkins and Marquise Brown both played well with Watkins grabbing four catches for 96 yards and Brown had six receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown. Mark Andrews disappointed with only three catches for 20 yards. Watkins will disappear soon. I think we might be seeing Brown breakout season. In last year’s matchup, Patrick Mahomes threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns while Lamar Jackson almost matched his rushing yards (83) with his passing yards (97). Look for plenty of scoring in this matchup. I wouldn’t shy away from anyone in the matchup.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • The Bengals offense led by Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon and Ja’Marr Chase led the team to a winning field goal in overtime to beat the Vikings 27-24.
  • I guess Ja’Marr Chase can catch the ball! Chase caught a 50-yard bomb from Joe Burrow and finished with five receptions for 101 yards.
  • Joe Mixon saw a career-high 33 touches in Week 1 on his way to 150 total yards and one touchdown.
  • The Bengals hit the road in Week 2 when they travel to Soldier Field to take on the Chicago Bears.
Fantasy Spin

Burrow made several crucial throws although he was sacked five times behind an offensive line that remains a question mark. Kudos to Fantasy managers who bought low on Chase due to the case of the drops during camp and preseason. Chase will be fine and will be a stud. It’s great to see Mixon heavily involved. He was a volume monster and Fantasy managers know that volume is king! This type of usage catapults Mixon into a sure-fire RB1 with top five upside each week. The Bengals will either see an old friend in Andy Dalton or have to figure out how to stop rookie QB Justin Fields – who will it be Matt Nagy?

Cleveland Browns

  • Odell Beckham has been ruled out for Week 2.
  • After the Browns blew a 29-20 lead with 10:24 left in the game, on its way to a 33-29 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski shared his thoughts, about Week 1, “We didn’t play our best when it mattered most. We didn’t coach our best when it mattered most.”
  • With Odell Beckham, Jr. being a surprise inactive in Week 1, third-round rookie WR Anthony Schwartz made the most of his opportunity, catching three passes for 69 yards including a 44-yard ball and had one carry for 17 yards.
  • Offensively, the Browns were a machine in the first half but fizzled when they needed to seal the win. Baker Mayfield went 21-28 for 321 yards and no touchdowns. Nick Chubb scored twice and Kareem Hunt punched in a touchdown. Jarvis Landry led the team with five receptions and added a rushing score.
  • The TE position saw a lot of action on Sunday. Some of the production can be related to not having Odell Beckham but we saw David Njoku step up with three receptions for 76 yards. Austin Hooper had three catches on the first drive but was not even targeted for the remainder of the game. Harrison Bryant chipped in one reception for 17 yards.
  • In Week 2, the Browns welcome the 1-0 Houston Texans to First Energy Stadium in their 2021 home opener.
Fantasy Spin

The Browns committed three turnovers, two of those turnovers turned into 10 points for the Chiefs. The third turnover, a Baker Mayfield interception ended the game. Cleveland has plans for Schwartz who played little in training camp due to a hamstring injury. Schwartz played on 31 of the 59 offensive snaps. The Browns had five players with three or more receptions. Landry continues to be the go-to guy when they need a big pass play. Fantasy managers won’t be able to trust any Browns TE with the way Stefanski utilizes multiple TE sets and Mayfield spreads the ball around.

Chubb and Hunt spilt the snaps fairly evenly with Chubb recording 31 snaps while Hunt recorded 28. Both running backs will continue to be Fantasy studs.

The Browns welcome former Browns QB Tyrod Taylor who threw for two touchdowns and nearly 400 yards in Week 1. Stefanski and the Browns offense will have to get ready for Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 defense. Look for the Browns to attack the middle of the field.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • The Steelers trailed the Bills 10-0 at halftime and used their defense and special teams to a Week 1 23-16 win over the Buffalo Bills.
  • Najee Harris played all 55 of the Steelers offensive snaps! Harris was the only Steelers running back to get a carry on his way to 48 total yards.
  • T.J. Watt showed why he deserved his $112M contract extension with a brilliant performance – two sacks, five QB hits, and one forced fumble.
  • New OC Matt Canada called for quick short passes with an aDOT of only 5.7 yards – Ben Roethlisberger didn’t attempt a pass over 20 yards.
  • The Steelers welcome the Las Vegas Raiders to Heinz Field in Week 2.
Fantasy Spin

The offense looked horrible in the first half. In the second half, they never punted and scored on every possession besides the kneel down at the end of the game. They did what they had to do to win but it wasn’t pretty. You have to love Harris’ usage and he has established himself as the bell-cow back for the Steelers. The results were not encouraging but Fantasy managers should view Harris as a low RB1 as we enter Week 2. Pittsburgh averaged 3.6 yards per carry and that is with a Chase Claypool 25-yard gain on an end-around. It will be intriguing to see what the Steelers produce against a Raiders defense that sacked Lamar Jackson on Monday Night Football and forced three fumbles (two lost) including the game-winning fumble by Jackson.

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AFC South (@PengsPicksFF)

Houston Texans

  • Texans blowout the Jaguars 37 – 21 (Last-second touchdown by Trevor Lawerence makes the game closer).
  • RB Mark Ingram leads the Texans backfield with 26 rushing attempts while averaging 3.3 yards per carry.
  • TE Pharaoh Brown is second highest in yardage with 67 yards behind Brandin Cooks along with four receptions.
  • WR Nico Collins has the second-highest snaps of all WR behind Brandin Cooks. Collins ran a route on 73% of dropbacks, good for sixth-highest out of all rookie wide receivers. Finishes with 7th highest rookie WR snap% at 55.1%.
Fantasy Spin

Mark Ingram is an interesting stash as he did lead the team in touches, but I don’t expect him to be the lead back. Overall inefficient and most likely received all the touches due to the cushion the Texans had. Keep an eye on Pharaoh Brown, Tyrod Taylor does have favorites and if he continues to pepper Brown he could be a nice TE streamer or possibly even an every-week start. Nico Collins is still the WR2 on this Texans team until further notice but may not be the second receiving option.

Indianapolis Colts

  • Colts lose to the Seahawks in what would have been considered a blowout besides the last-minute touchdown.
  • No Colts WR eclipsed 50 receiving yards – the best one of the day was Zach Pascal with four receptions for 43 yards and 2 touchdowns.
  • The leading receiving option on the team was RB Jonathan Taylor with 60 yards on 6 receptions. Taylor was ineffective on the ground.
  • RB Marlon Mack plays 0zero snaps.
Fantasy Spin

Jonathan Taylor is the guy to roster, I wouldn’t be afraid of Marlon Mack or Nyheim Hines. His day would have looked much better if Zach Pascal didn’t cause a holding call taking Taylor’s touchdown away. Total yards from scrimmage is great but the rushing at 3.3 yards per carry is daunting. Although Zach Pascal had the better week all WR had either three to four targets. No clear lead wide receiver for the team in regards to targets. If you are rostering any of the Colts wide receivers do not drop them yet.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • RB James Robinson gets out-touched by Carlos Hyde 11 to 8 in a losing game.
  • WR D.J. Chark received the most targets on the team with 12 but only three receptions.
  • WR Laviska Shenault saw 10 targets and one rushing attempt – much more efficient than Chark but the total stats are lacking.
  • WR Marvin Jones saw nine total targets and caught seven of them. Most efficient with targets out of the entire roster.
Fantasy Spin

Closely monitor the situation going forward if you roster James Robinson. Urban Meyer has shown that he isn’t a huge fan of Robinson. Do not expect a repeat of 2020 James Robinson, downgrade to FLEX play until further notice. Jaguars are struggling offensively and defensively, they do not have a confirmed identity as a team. Trevor Lawerence has no qualms slinging the ball, as he did 51 times in Week 1. All Jaguars WR are rosterable until further notice. Consider all of them FLEX level plays.

Tennessee Titans

  • Titans sign new kicker Randy Bullock.
  • Titans offense as a whole was inefficient, but All-Pro Taylor Lewan had never given up more than two sacks in a season. That all ended Week 1 against Chandler Jones. This could be due to the ACL tear suffered in 2020.
  • QB Ryan Tannehill overall played well but the stat to take note of is Ryan Tannehill play-action rate was 36% in previous seasons. In Week 1 it was only 11.6%. Could be the lack of production from Derrick Henry or it could be due to the change at Offensive Coordinator – from Arthur Smith to Todd Downing.
Fantasy Spin

If you want the kicker for this potentially high-power offense, here is your heads up! The offense as a whole really suffered from the bad offensive line play. Derrick Henry was hit numerous times for losses. The offensive line was a strength for the Titans, if it continues to suffer, downgrade each player in your rankings. This should be taken with a grain of salt until further notice. There could be many reasons why the Titans offense was less effective this week. A lot of it though doesn’t rely on Ryan Tannehill at QB, do not be scared to roster or start Tannehill yet.

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AFC West (@GarrettBFF)

Denver Broncos

Fantasy Spin

Though I favor Tim Patrick, Patrick and K.J. Hamler are both worth adding this week. Courtland Sutton and Noah Fant also will get bumped up Fantasy Football Week 2 rankings. Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon both had good usage and should both be Fantasy viable for a while. Bridgewater looks to be a solid QB2 and a streaming play, especially this week vs the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Mecole Hardman was out-snapped by DeMarcus Robinson 48 to 45.
  • The Cheifs have a lot of holes to fill – against the Browns their whole offense was Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill & Travis Kelce.
  • Their defense provided stops and turnovers – crucial to winning.
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the top Kansas City running back in touches and snaps, despite a “disappointing” performance.
Fantasy Spin

Do not freak out over CEH, he was on the field a lot and the Browns defense is underappreciated. Hardman was a popular breakout wide receiver this year, but if Robinson is actually taking snaps over him, it needs to be watched.

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Darren Waller lead the Raiders in targets with 19. Hunter Renfrow was second in targets with nine, Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards were not really involved till late (5 targets each).
  • Josh Jacobs, though he performed well (2 TDs), was visibly hampered by a toe injury.
  • The Raiders pass rush/defense overall did surprisingly well against the Ravens.
Fantasy Spin

Is it possible we thought of the wrong two WRs all along for the Raiders? Renfrow might be a sneaky “mini-breakout” of sorts. Keep an eye on Jacobs injury. Kenyan Drake filled in well for Jacobs, especially on passing downs. In IDP formats, give Maxx Crosby a look.

Los Angeles Chargers

Fantasy Spin

If he stays healthy and target totals continue to go to Williams like this, good luck trying to trade for him. The Chargers offensive line is massively improved, even with an injury to Bulaga. This is good news for Justin Herbert! I doubt that Ekeler ever has 0 targets again, but there was a change at OC during the offseason so some things may have changed.

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NFC East (@TyMulligan)

Dallas Cowboys

  • QB Dak Prescott looked healthy in his return from injury – a huge relief for Fantasy managers that invested in him this offseason.
  • RB Ezekiel Elliott only rushed for 33 yards on 11 carries and was not involved in the passing attack.
  • WR Michael Gallup lands on the IR – even more targets for Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb.
  • TEs Dalton Shultz and Blake Jarwin share the workload and combined for 10 targets.
Fantasy Spin

You had to love what you saw from the Cowboys offense against a very good Bucs defense last Thursday. It won’t be much easier going against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2 but the Cowboys weapons are all locked into Fantasy lineups and should be fine moving forward. Hopefully, Zeke can be more involved before the Tony Pollard hype-train rolls through Fantasy Land again.

New York Giants

  • QB Daniel Jones still hasn’t learned how to hold onto the football. He was able to add a rushing touchdown on top of 267 passing yards and a score.
  • RB Saquon Barkley returned to the field but only played five more snaps than Devontae Booker.
  • WR Kenny Golladay suited up for the first time as a member of the G-Men and hauled in four of his six targets for 64 yards.
  • WR Sterling Shepard had one of the best games of his career going over 100 receiving yards and scoring a touchdown on nine targets (7 rec).
  • WR Darius Slayton only caught three of his seven targets.
Fantasy Spin

We all knew the Giants offense would get off to a slow start as players return from injury. It will be very interesting to see how many games it takes Saquon to get his legs under him and Golladay to have one of those games where they remind the league just how explosive they can be. Sterling Shepard could carve out a nice role for himself in this offense with Evan Engram out and the other guys slowly recovering.

Philadelphia Eagles

  • QB Jalen Hurts looks like he could be the steal of Fantasy drafts at his ADP (QB12). He threw three touchdown passes and added 62 yards on the ground.
  • RBs Miles Sanders averaged 4.9 yards per carry on 15 attempts (74 yards) but failed to score.
  • Rookie RB Kenneth Gainwell played 25% of snaps in the blowout.
  • Rookie WR DeVonta Smith exploded onto the scene – he caught a touchdown and gained 71 yards with a 25% target share (8 tgt)
  • TEs Dallas Goedert (5) and Zach Ertz (2) combined for seven targets. Goedert caught a touchdown pass.
Fantasy Spin

The Eagles offense put up 32 points on a bad Falcons defense. They ranked 6th in both Pass and Rush DVOA according to Football Outsiders. They should be able to stay nice and balance all season long.

Washington Football Team

  • QB Ryan Fitzpatrick lands on the IR – Taylor Heinicke to start in a short week against the New York Football Giants on Thursday Night Football
  • RB Antonio Gibson carried the load with 20 rushing attempts, gaining 90 yards and a team-high 23.8% target share (5 tgt).
  • WR Terry McLaurin caught all four of his targets for 62 yards.
  • Rookie WR Dyami Brown played nearly every snap with Curtis Samuel on IR. He was only able to catch one of his four targets and it went for negative yards.
  • TE Logan Thomas caught a red zone touchdown from Heinicke

Fantasy Spin

This offense was already in trouble when they decided to rely on Ryan Fitzpatrick to lead a Playoff worthy roster. Now, with Heinicke under center, you have to lower your expectation for McLaurin. Gibson and Thomas should hold their value. This offense could really use a weapon like Curtis Samuel right now to help spark the offense. Do they dare go after any free agent quarterbacks or even trade for a veteran backup?

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NFC North (@dclemons2222)

Chicago Bears

  • The Bears Offense was able to move the ball a bit against the Rams, just couldn’t push the ball down the field.
  • Andy Dalton was mediocre at best in the tough matchup. He didn’t complete a pass that traveled further than 10 yards in the air.
  • Justin Fields came in and scored a rushing touchdown in the red zone.
  • David Montgomery looked very good in the loss. He took 16 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown.
  • Darnell Mooney played 100% of snaps but only saw a 10% target share which was fifth on the team.
  • Quiet night from Allen Robinson, but it was expected against Jalen Ramsey.
  • Cole Kmet played 51 snaps compared to Jimmy Graham‘s 14. Kmet saw seven targets and caught five of them for 42 yards.
Fantasy Spin

As the Bears try to help the struggling defense, look for Montgomery to get 25 carries in a juicy matchup against a poor Bengals defense in Week 2. Look for the Bears wideouts to bounce back a bit against the Bengals this weekend as well. Unfortunately with the Bears not being able to throw the ball downfield, this limits Mooney’s upside. If Kmet keeps seeing these target numbers, he will need to be rostered in leagues. If you need help at tight end, I’d think about picking Kmet up!

Detroit Lions

  • Jared Goff throws for 338 yards and three touchdowns in the loss against the 49ers.
  • Both Lions running backs produced – D’Andre Swift played 63 snaps and saw 11 targets (104 total yards) – Jamaal Williams played 32 snaps and was targeted nine times (110 total yards).
  • Khalif Raymond played the most snaps at receiver – 69.
  • Tyrell Williams played the 4th most snaps at receiver 32.
  • T.J. Hockenson saw 10 targets and caught nine of them for 98 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy Spin

Don’t expect to see volume from Goff like that every week, 57 pass attempts. Goff is still a high-end QB3 and shouldn’t be rostered in 12 team leagues. Swift is a borderline RB1 if he keeps seeing these targets. Jamaal Williams is a FLEX play and maybe an RB2 during bye weeks. None of these Lions receivers should be rostered. If you drafted Tyrell Williams, please drop him now. Pass offense runs through Hockenson, If you drafted him you may have the TE3 on your roster.

Green Bay Packers

Fantasy Spin

Look out for an angry Aaron Rodgers this week against a terrible Lions Defense. Rodgers will return to QB1 form this week! This Saints game will be the outlier to the Packers run game this season. I am curious to see how much Dillon cuts into Jones workload this week. Pre-season hype for MVS might be very real and he could work his way into weekly FLEX territory. Tonyan is a touchdown dependant tight end, he just won’t ever get the volume in this offense.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Kirk Cousins was 36-49 for 351 yards with two touchdowns in the loss vs the Bengals.
  • Dalvin Cook couldn’t get much going on the ground – 20 carries for 61 yards, a touchdown and a fumble.
  • K.J. Osborn played 67 snaps at receiver which was 3rd most on the team. He caught seven of 9 targets for 76 yards.
  • Jack Conklin saw 71% of the tight end snaps and caught all four targets for 41 yards
Fantasy Spin

Don’t expect volume like that from Cousins every week, The Vikings got down early so they were forced to throw. Cousins in a high-end QB2, and a streamer pending the matchup. The touchdown saved Cook’s day but he should be solid vs the Cardinals this weekend. Osborn should be on your watchlist in deeper leagues if this volume keeps up. Conklin should not be rostered yet, but keep an eye on him.

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NFC South (@ike2121)

Atlanta Falcons

  • QB Matt Ryan had a rough day- 21/35 164 yards – zero touchdowns.
  • RB Mike Davis saw 75% percent of snaps (No Wayne Gallman yet) – 15 attempts for 49 yards (3.27 YPC) six targets, three catches for 23 yards (17.1% target share).
  • RB/WR Cordarrelle Patterson had seven carries for 54 yards (7.71 YPC) two catches on two targets for 13 yards (33% snaps).
  • WR Calvin Ridley played 85% of snaps but only had five catches on eight targets for 51 yards (24.2% target share).
  • WRs Russell Gage (68%) & Olamide Zaccheus (26%) get a combined two targets with 0 catches.
  • TE Kyle Pitts played 68% of snaps – eight targets, four catches and 31 yards. 74% of snaps lined up in slot/out wide (24.2% target share).
  • TE Hayden Hurst played 60% of snaps and caught all four targets for 28 yards
Fantasy Spin

Expect more of the same? Not much of a running game, No Julio. Snap% will go lower if he doesn’t perform. Middle of the road RB2 for me. Don’t expect that much usage from Patterson when Gallman gets involved. Ridley will get his. R-E-L-A-X. It’s probably safe to drop Gage who is officially on the hot seat. Both TE’s will have a role and I am calling it now – Pitts will get a ‘WR’ designation in Fantasy!

Carolina Panthers

  • QB Sam Darnold gets the win against his former team – 24/35 279 1 TD, 1 Rush TD.
  • RB Christian McCaffrey up to his usual shenanigans – 188 total yards.
  • WR D.J. Moore saw eight targets and caught 6 for 80 yards (24.2 team target share).
  • WR Robby Anderson only  saw three targets with one catch but it was a 57 yard touchdown (9.1% target share).
  • Rookie WR Terrace Marshall played 53% of snaps and saw six targets. He caught three for 26 yards (18.2% target share)
  • Dan Arnold and Ian Thomas get a combined five targets for three catches and 23 yards.
Fantasy Spin

Darnold has some weapons now – keep him on your radar for you QB streamers out there. Terrace Marshall has a role but is it trouble in paradise for Robby Anderson? Consider Robby Anderson a borderline WR2, dare I say high-end WR3. Do not roster a Panthers tight end.

New Orleans Saints

  • QB Jameis Winston outduels Aaron Rodgers – 14/20 148 yards with five touchdowns.
  • RB Alvin Kamara plays 73% of snaps, 20 carries for 83 yards, four targets good for three catches, eight yards and a touchdown (20% target share).
  • RB Tony Jones rushed 11 times for 50 yards.
  • WR Marquez Callaway played 84% of snaps but saw just two targets with one catch for 14 yards.
  • WR Deonte Harris caught both targets for 72 yards and a touchdown.
  • TE Adam Trautman (82% snaps, 28.6 target share) – caught three of six targets for 18 yards
  • Juwan Johnson (19% snaps, 15% targets) – caught all three targets for 21 yards and two touchdowns..
Fantasy Spin

So Jameis is good huh? Creeping up into starter worthiness for Fantasy. I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting any of the Saints wide receivers. Keep Callaway for now, but a few more bad weeks and he should be gone. Leave Harris on the waiver wire for now. Don’t count out Trautman just yet and don’t be rushing to the wire to get Juwan Johnson. Wait a few weeks to see how this all pans out.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • QB Tom Brady did G.O.A.T things – 32/50 for 379 yards and four touchdowns (two interceptions).
  • RB Leonard Fournette led with 65% of snaps (15.2% target share). Nine rushing attempts for 32 yards. Added seven targets, five catches and 27 yards. Dropped ball that led to an interception. 7 snaps in slot!
  • RB Ronald Jones fumbled and spent the rest of the game on the bench. Named Week 2 starting RB.
  • WR Chris Godwin (30% targets) 14 targets, nine catches for 105 and a TD.
  • WR Mike Evans (13% targets) six targets for only three catches and 24 yards.
  • WR Antonio Brown (65% snaps, 15% target percentage) comes back to life with five catches on seven targets picking up 121 yards and a touchdown.
  • TE Rob Gronkowski played 88% of snaps and saw 17% of Brady’s targets. He caught all eight for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Cameron Brate barely play and don’t get any targets”}” data-sheets-userformat=”{“2″:8705,”3”:{“1″:0},”12″:0,”16″:14}”>O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate barely play.
Fantasy impact

Oh boy! This is a true mess of a backfield. I don’t want any of them to start for me right now. Fournette is safe on the bench but Rojo could be in trouble. Think about dropping him if he has another bad week. I am a little worried about Evans with the emergence of Antonio Brown again. Evans now the WR3? He is still one of the best WR3 options in Fantasy, but boom or bust every week. Gronk is back to being Fantasy relevant – this offense is deadly!

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NFC West (@FF_Engineer_)

Arizona Cardinals

Fantasy Spin

While the two RBs had an equal amount of touches, Edmonds saw more targets. For now, Edmonds appears to be the Cardinals RB to roster due to his receiving role, but this will no doubt be a true timeshare. Moore remains the WR4 despite the fact that he saw 5 targets. Good news is this Cardinals team utilizes 4 WR sets at a league high rate. A.J. Green remains the WR2 for now. However, Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore are proving to be more efficient. Snap counts and targets will be something to monitor in this WR room.

Los Angeles Rams

  • Sean McVay still has confidence in RB Sony Michel, but hinted at the reasoning behind Darrell Henderson‘s Week 1 workload may be due to the hot hand approach.
  • WR Van Jefferson had a snap percentage of 69%.
Fantasy Spin

Michel may still be getting adjusted to the new offense. With that said, I’m not too confident starting Michel until I see/hear he’s ready. I have full confidence in Henderson at this time. It seems as if Van Jefferson will assume most of the WR3 role. Jefferson is worth the stash in deeper leagues and could be an interesting dart throw in DFS.

San Francisco 49ers

  • RB Raheem Mostert is out for the rest of the season.
  • RB Trey Sermon was inactive Week 1 due to being beat out in camp by running backs Elijah Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty.
  • Mitchell is now in Mostert’s role, and Sermon will make his debut Week 2.
  • WR Brandon Aiyuk‘s snaps were limited due to a hamstring injury.
Fantasy Spin

RB Elijah Mitchell stepped up Saturday as the lead back, out-touching Hasty 19 to 2. Mitchell becomes the top waiver priority with Mostert out for the season. I would hold onto Sermon for now, as Lombardi indicates Sermon has a dedicated role. We know San Fran will feature at least two backs, so there’s still hope for Sermon. The interesting point is that Mitchell is in Mostert’s role now, but Mitchell was not targeted in Week 1. Perhaps Sermon’s role could involve some receiving work. The good news is, Aiyuk’s lack of production Week 1 seems to be less about the off-field rumored issues. The bad news is, he’s still dealing with the injury. Keep an eye on the reports before starting Aiyuk this week.

Seattle Seahawks

  • TE Gerald Everett only out-snapped Will Dissly by one snap.
  • WR Dee Eskridge suffered a concussion during Week 1.
  • RB Chris Carson saw 77% of the snaps and handled 83% of the RBs touches in Week 1.
Fantasy Spin

The bad news is, Dissly out targeted Everett three to two. The good news is, Everett saved Fantasy managers by hauling in one of his targets for a touchdown. Both tight ends saw a snap rate above 70%, mostly due to Seattle using two TE sets 38% of the time. So for now, it appears to be a true split. Eskridge’s health is something to monitor. The rookie saw three touches prior to going into the concussion protocol. Eskridge is someone worth adding to your watchlist in deep leagues. Great news for Fantasy managers as Chris Carson could be a league winner given his ADP if he can keep up this usage. The fact that he’s getting near bell-cow treatment on a team that likes to run the ball and can thrive off of Russell Wilson‘s efficiency is incredible.

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