2023 Fantasy Football Week 2 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo
2023 Fantasy Football Week 2 Vampire League Starters

Welcome back to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 2 Vampire League Starters article. I hope you guys were victorious in Week 1 and got to add a new gem to your team.

Unfortunately, I ran into a team with Tyreek Hill and the Cowboys' defense, so I got crushed by the two scoring options from Week 1. But I'm looking to bounce back in Week 2 and add a new gem to my team.

So, enough of my jibber jabbing; let's set a perfect vampire lineup for Week 2.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 2 Vampire League Starters

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Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mayfield looked alright in his first game as the new leader of the Buccaneers' offense. He completed 61.8 percent of his passes and had 173 yards with two touchdowns. He clearly is looking to build on the rapport with his great new weapons in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and has a perfect matchup against the Bears in Week 2 to have Evans and Godwin break out.

The Bears allowed 17.9 fantasy points, 261.5 yards, and 1.5 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks last season. In Week 1, the Bears' defense allowed Jordan Love to rack up 245 yards and three touchdowns, making Love the new owner of the Bears. It also bodes well for Mayfield and company that the Bears' offense looks simplistic and nonfunctional, which means lots of three-and-outs for the Bears' offense, which results in more plays for the Buccaneers offense.

Running Backs

Tyler Allgeier, Atlanta Falcons

I'm a little upset with myself; all of last week, I wanted to put Allgeier in my lineup because I felt Arthur Smith would continue his nonstop running offense from last season, but I wasn't sure of the split among the running backs.

Well, Allgeier led the Falcons in carries in Week 1 with 15 carries for 75 yards and two touchdowns. No vampire manager should expect Allgeier to lead in carries every week, but he will be used enough to be a consistent starting running back in lineups until you steal players to replace him. He has a fantastic matchup in Week 2 against the Packers, so fire him up.

The Packers allowed 22.3 fantasy points, 114.4 yards, and 0.8 touchdowns per game to running backs last season. In Week 1, they struggled at stopping the Bears' running game (who have a terrible offense) to rack up 63 rushing yards, 103 receiving yards, and one touchdown.

Gus Edwards, Baltimore Ravens

We never like to see a player go down with an injury, especially J.K. Dobbins, who has fought so many injuries already to have his season ended after a few dominant-looking carries. But that is the nature of football, and Dobbins' injury means more carries will go to Gus Edwards and Justice Hill in Week 2.

Hill had a splashy Week 1 with his two-touchdown performance, but he was super inefficient as a runner. Both Edwards and Hill had eight carries, but Hill averaged 1.13 yards per attempt, whereas Edwards averaged four yards per attempt in Week 1. So, even though Hill had the breakout in Week 1, vampires should lean more towards Edwards; not only is he more efficient, but the Ravens have trusted him in the past with most of the workload.

Edwards has an intriguing matchup against the Bengals in Week 2. The Bengals' defense looked less elite against the run in Week 1 than they were last season. Cincinnati allowed the fourth-most rushing yards to running backs last week.

Wide Receivers

Nico Collins, Houston Texans

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I'm sorry, but Nico Collins is appearing early this year. So many times last season, we got burned by Collins and his insane 6.6 targets per game. As you can see, I'm retaking the bait on Collins after his solid Week 1 performance. He had 11 targets, six receptions, and 80 yards.

Now Collins should have a decent performance against the Colts, who struggled at stopping the passing game last week. The Colts allowed 42.2 fantasy points, 165 yards, and two touchdowns to wide receivers in Week 1.

Romeo Doubs, Green Bay Packers

Every vampire was happy when they heard Romeo Doubs was activated in Week 1 and rushed to throw him in the lineup and it paid off with a two-touchdown performance (if you didn't face Tyreek Hill and the Cowboys' defense).

Doubs didn't have a stat line that screams breakout performance despite the two touchdowns. He had only five targets, four receptions, and 26 yards against the Bears. The Packers were clearly easing Doubs into action after his injury; he was only on the field for 48 percent of the offensive snaps.

The Packers might have to stop easing Doubs in because the team might be without Christian Watson again. If Watson is out in Week 2 and Doubs has a week of healthy practice, we could look at high-end wide receiver two numbers from Doubs.

Tight End

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers

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Don't worry, you don't have double vision. Gerald Everett is back for Week 2. Everett's Week 1 stat line was crazy, considering the shootout. He only had three targets and two receptions for 21 yards. Unfortunately, the tight end touchdown went to Donald Parham, but don't worry, Everett will have the big breakout in Week 2.

Everett has a fantastic matchup against the Titans, who allowed the third-most fantasy points to tight ends last season. They allowed 14.4 fantasy points, 67.3 yards, and 0.4 touchdowns per game to tight ends.


Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams

Williams was another Week 1 surprise performance, but the biggest surprise was how efficient Kyren Williams was over Cam Akers. Williams averaged 3.5 yards per attempt, whereas Akers only averaged 1.3 yards per attempt.

It also bodes well for Williams that he was on the field for 65 percent of the Rams' offensive snaps. I know the game turned into a blowout, which could explain the higher snap count, but it looks like Sean McVay trusts Williams and wants him on the field.

He has a tough matchup against the Niners' defense, but Williams has been the only running back to get targeted in the passing game. If the game script goes against the Rams early, Williams could see more snaps over Aker if the Rams are forced to rely on their passing more to keep up with the Niners.

Defense/Special Teams

New Orleans Saints

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The Saints still have a really great defensive unit this season, and in Week 2, they are going against a rookie quarterback in Bryce Young. In his first game, Young had two interceptions, two sacks, and one fumble against the Falcons, and the Saints have much better defense, so the turnovers could be plenty for New Orleans.

Cameron Jordan is licking his lip, thinking about how many sacks he will rack up, and Marshon Lattimore will snatch away a few passes for interceptions. All in all, it will be great for vampires in the defense department.

Good luck this week with my 2023 Fantasy Football Week 2 Vampire League Starters suggestions. Check out more Fantasy Football content from our excellent staff of writers here!

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