2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo
2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 Vampire League Starters

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 Vampire League Starters article.

I hope you other vampires were successful in Week 1 and got to snag your first player from your first victim. Despite strong outings from Jarvis Landry and Christain Kirk, it wasn't enough for me to overcome Jonathan Taylor's and the Bills' Defense's big games, so I walked away with the "L."

Congrats to you guys who won; if you are in the same boat as me looking for your first win, let's turn around our luck in Week 2.

2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 Vampire League Starters

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Quarterback

Carson Wentz, Washington Commanders

Wentz had a strong outing against the Jaguars in Week 1, walking away with 313 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Now Wentz has another great matchup against the Lions in Week 2.

Wentz averages 7.2 yards-per-attempt against the Detroit Lions throughout his career. In games where Wentz hits 7.2 yards-per-attempt or more, he averages 19 fantasy points. 

Wentz will test the Lions' secondary more than what Jalen Hurts did, and I'm willing (and you should too) to take the chance on Wentz putting together two great games in a row. I won't watch it because Wentz is going to Wentz, and I have seen enough of that.

Running Backs

Jeff Wilson Jr., San Francisco 49ers

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Elijah Mitchell is on the injured reserve, making Jeff Wilson the main guy in a Kyle Shanahan offense. I don't need to say much more, but you took all the effort to click a link on your phone, so I will give more reasons to start Jeff Wilson.

Wilson has a fantastic matchup in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. Last season the Seahawks allowed the most fantasy points to running backs, allowing 27.2 points, 95 rushing yards, and 65 receiving yards per game to RBs. Plus, the Seahawks also allowed the second most red zone touches to running backs. The Seahawks seemed to struggle against Denver's running backs in Week 1, and I doubt their goal-line fumbling luck will continue in Week 2.

Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions

Williams had a very interesting Week 1; he was only on the field 33 percent of the offensive snaps but was used quite a bit in that limited role. He had 11 carries, and half of them were inside the 10, which indicates that when it comes to crunch time, they rely on Williams to put points on the board. Williams will be a constant thorn for Swift's owners which means he'll be a great player for us vampires.

Williams has a great matchup in Week 2, where he could easily have another two-touchdown performance. The Commanders allowed 28.2 fantasy points to running backs in Week 1.

Wide Receivers

Curtis Samuel, Washington Commanders  

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Speaking of another Washington player with some potential, Curtis Samuel had a significant performance in Week 1, with 11 targets, eight receptions, 55 yards, and one touchdown.

Samuel has averaged 10.9 yards-per-reception throughout his career. In games where he has averaged 10.9 yards-per-reception and six targets, he averaged 11.8 fantasy points. Samuel should get at least six targets, and the Lions' secondary will most likely allow 10.9 yards-per-reception, giving Samuel enough upside for vampires to start him. 

As mentioned in the Wentz part of this article, I believe Washington will test the Lions' secondary. I want at least one of the Commanders' receiving options to stack with Wentz. Since Samuel led the team in targets last week, I'm going to take the chance on him.

Josh Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers

Officially, Keenan Allen will not play in Week 2 against the Chiefs. Sad news for Allen managers, but great news for vampires because Josh Palmer will help us claim a victim.

With Allen out, Palmer will see increased target share in Week 2 and more snaps which is excellent for a wideout who is already an integral part of the offense.

Palmer was on the field for 72 percent of the Chargers' snaps in Week 1. Last season in games where Palmer saw 60 percent or more of the offensive snaps, he averaged 7.3 targets, 4.6 receptions, 51.3 yards, and a touchdown. I will take that baseline in a game that projects to be a shootout.

The over/under for the Chargers and Chiefs game is currently at 54.5. Now add in the fact that the Chiefs allowed 32.9 fantasy points to wide receivers last week (which is very close to the 33.05 fantasy points they allowed last season), and you got all the recipes for a breakout game for a young wide receiver. 

Tight End

Hayden Hurst, Cincinnati Bengals

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Hurst is taking over the target share that CJ Uzomah left behind. Actually, Hurst might be getting a more significant target share than Uzomah. Hurst walked away with eight targets and was on the field for 75 percent of the Bengals' snaps. Plus, he averaged 9.2 yards-per-reception as well against a stout Pittsburgh defense.

Vampires should take the chance that Hurst will have an even better performance against the Cowboys, a team who is riddled with injuries and is going into Week 2 with Cooper Rush as their starting QB. The Bengals' offense will have the ball for most of the game, giving Hurst plenty of opportunities to score.

Flex

Julio Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Julio Jones is another wideout who is already a featured part of his offense and will get an increased workload because of a teammate's injury (Chris Godwin is out with a hamstring injury). 

In Week 1, Jones averaged 13.8 yards-per-target, and when he has hit that mark throughout his career, it has been a gold mine for fantasy managers. In games where Jones has averaged 13.8 yards-per-target, he has averaged 19.4 fantasy points in those games.

I know Jones isn't the game-changing wide receiver he used to be, but with this increased workload, I'll take the risk that Jones has one more week-winning performance in him.

Defense/Special Teams

Pittsburgh Steelers

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The Steelers have a fantastic matchup against the Patriots in Week 2. The Patriots' offense had three turnovers in Week 1 against the Dolphins. The way the Steelers defense picked apart Joe Burrow and company, it's highly likely they'll do the same thing to Mac Jones (who is dealing with a bad back) even without TJ Watt. 


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