I'm back for another week of Bond's Banter, where I'm going to be giving my 2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 Reaction.
If you're new to this column, let me explain what I'll be doing. Each week, I will do this in a format called Bond's Banter. It's where I will give my reaction, from a more Fantasy perspective on each game of the week. I will be informative, but also just banter in my own way to make it as entertaining as possible.
I used to do this on The Last Call, live Sunday nights. But I am not able to do that anymore, so I handed that off to Dylan Clemons and Mike LaPlant. Catch their reaction to Week 2 on YouTube.
Week 2 is probably one of the more interesting weeks of the NFL season. The reason is that we get all the reactions, mostly overreactions to Week 1, then we get to see if they hold true or not.
2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 Reaction
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Week 2 Reaction Early Games
Jets 31 - Browns 30
There is going to be a theme for this week and that theme is comeback. The Jets pulled off a miracle comeback scoring 14 points in the last two minutes of the game. Just unbelievable.
For the Browns, there was concern about Nick Chubb's lack of usage in the red zone last week. It could be a week-to-week thing with this team so it's still something to monitor, but Chubb saw six touches in the red zone, scoring three times, to Kareem Hunt's two red zone touches this week.
Commanders 27 - Lions 36
The Lions tried to squander this game, but their 22-0 lead at half proved to be just too much.
Carson Wentz officially needs to be picked up in every league at this point. I don't care who he has played, he now has seven touchdowns on the season. It is clear that the defense is not going to be very good for the second year in a row, so Wentz should have plenty of opportunities to throw.
For the Lions, Amon-Ra St. Brown is a beast. So many of us thought what he did last season was a fluke, thanks to being one of the only healthy options for a period of time. He is proving us wrong.
Even on a snap count, D'Andre Swift was amazing. He is going to be a league winner if he can stay on the field.
Buccaneers 20 - Saints 10
Both offenses were bad too. Tom Brady only threw for 190 yards and one touchdown. Of course, he was down two receivers to start and then three after Evans got ejected. Something feels off for Brady this season so far.
Panthers 16 - Giants 19
Both of them disappointed along with their quarterbacks, who threw for under 200 yards each, bleh.
One last take. If you have any shares of Kenny Golladay you can get rid of them. He saw zero targets yesterday. I can't explain it, but the guy is completely washed.
Patriots 17 - Steelers 14
Stat sheets can be deceiving. If you were to look at the Patriots box score your eyes would tell you that Damien Harris outplayed Rhamondre Stevenson. Not a completely false statement, but closer examination and you would see that Stevenson was on the field for 61% of the snaps compared to 39% for Harris. This tells me that Harris is going to be very inconsistent this season.
I know the Steelers said they were going to sit Kenny Pickett all season, but after two horrible games by Mitchell Trubisky, I'm not sure how they can keep that plan. At this point, Pickett can't be any worse. It is going to be hard for guys like Diontae Johnson and Najee Harris to live up to their potential with Trubisky.
Colts 0 - Jaguars 24
If I could have put money down on any team to get shutout, the Colts would have probably been the last team I would have picked.
As for the Jags, it's pretty clear to me that James Robinson is the lead back on this team. He out carried Travis Etienne 23-9, only saw one less target and was on the field for twice as many snaps. Not good for Etienne truthers like me.
Dolphins 42 - Ravens 38
My jaw is still on the floor after watching the Dolphins score 28 fouth quarter points to win this game. Just unbelievable.
I mean the stat sheet for the Dolphins passing game is bonkers. Both Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle caught 11 passes, both scored twice and had 190 and 171 yards respectively. Tua Tagovailoa threw for six touchdowns!
On the Ravens side of things, outside of Mark Andrews, it is going to be tough to rely on the receiving corps most weeks. You will be relying on big plays from Rashod Bateman, like his 75-yard catch and run for a touchdown.
Week 2 Reaction Late Games
Falcons 27 - Rams 31
The Falcons were down 28-3 at one point and almost came back.
Allen Robinson is alive. He caught four of five targets for 53 yards and a touchdown. He should have had two scores, but one was called back due to a false start.
Cam Akers managers can breathe a little. He was on the field 43% of the time and saw 15 carries and three targets. He wasn't efficient with them, just 2.9 yards per carry, but you like to see the workload.
Drake London for the Falcons is really the only bright spot. He saw a team-high 12 targets, after seeing seven last week.
I can't pretend to not be worried about Kyle Pitts. He has now caught just two passes in both games this season. This quote by Arthur Smith does not sit with me well for Pitts.
Arthur Smith when asked about Kyle Pitts lack of targets: "It's not fantasy football. We're just trying to win."
— Tori McElhaney (@tori_mcelhaney) September 18, 2022
Seahawks 7 - 49ers 27
First off, I hope Trey Lance heals up well after breaking his ankle Sunday. Such a shame we won't be able to see him unleashed for yet another season.
The offense does take a bit of a step back with Jimmy Garoppolo under center, but we know that he can support very successful Fantasy players so I wouldn't worry if you have Deebo Samuel. If anything I like it more for him since now we don't have to worry about Lance taking carries.
The Seahawks looked absolutely lost on Sunday. Geno Smith, after playing very well last Monday, looked like a guy who is supposed to be a backup. I mean they even ran a trick play near the goalline having DeeJay Dallas throw the ball, for a pick by the way. If that doesn't scream lack of confidence from the coaching staff I don't know what does.
Bengals 17 - Cowboys 20
Perhaps you should figure out how to protect your star quarterback. This is not what the Bengals have done. In two games, Joe Burrow is the most sacked quarterback with 13. You think they would have made that a point of emphasis after he was sacked a league-high 70 times last season.
I'm not panicking with the Bengals, as I think their offensive players that you drafted will be just fine. They just might not win as many games as we thought they would if they can't figure out how to protect Burrow.
Texans 9 - Broncos 16
This was a much closer game than everybody thought it was going to be. I also have quite a few thoughts about this game. I'll start with the Texans.
After we all freaked out last week about the lack of playing time for Dameon Pierce, he goes out and takes 71% of the snaps this week to Rex Burkheads 36%. Also, Pierce got 15 carries to Burkhead's zero. Burkhead wasn't involved much in the passing game either.
The Broncos just look off. Russell Wilson is not cooking. It could be the new team factor, I mean we saw Tom Brady get off to a sluggish start in his first season in Tampa, but something is not clicking.
It could also be coaching. Nathaniel Hackett has looked lost at times on the sideline. Time management does not appear to be a skill he has. This past week they had multiple delay-of-game penalties. In Week 1, they shockingly didn't use any of their timeouts on the last drive of the game to try and win. Even the fans tried to help him out by counting down the play clock. Yikes!
Cardinals 29 - Raiders 23
This was another crazy comeback. The Cardinals were down 23-7 in the middle of the fourth only to come back and win in overtime, thanks to a game-tieing touchdown run by Kyler Murray as the clock hit zeroes in regulation.
If you're opening your Fantasy matchup today and see Kyler have 25 Fantasy points you're very happy. Let me tell you though it was not a pretty 25 points. It was a struggle most of the game for the entire Cardinals team. Kyler came to life late and was able to use his legs to bring this team back.
For the Raiders, Davante Adams went from 17 targets in Week 1 to seven this week. Still a good number, however, those who were excited thinking he was going to get the targets he saw in Green Bay might need to pause a little bit.
As for the meltdown, this was a mix of bad luck and then sloppy defense. Hunter Renfrow fumbled the ball three times, losing it twice. Not something he is known for. Then there was a series of plays where the defense just decided they weren't going to pressure Kyler at all. There was legit a play where he had 20 seconds to throw the ball. 20 SECONDS!!! WHAT?
Bears 10 - Packers 27
Yup, Aaron Rodgers still owns the Bears.
Aaron Jones had the far better Fantasy day, but don't take that as this is now being his backfield. Both he and AJ Dillon saw just about the same number of snaps. Dillon actually out-touched Jones once again, even seeing the same number of targets. Both will be good, but it is going to be hard to project monster games from either of them given the split workload.
Justin Fields was straight garbage Sunday night. He attempted just 11 passes for 70 yards. I'm not really sure how you only throw the ball 11 times when you are trailing the entire game, but they figured out a way.
Darnell Mooney is suffering the most though. He now has just five total targets on the season and actually finished with negative yards this week. His stat line for the season is two receptions for four total yards. Mooney gets a pretty nice matchup next week against the Texans, but I think he is WR3 or Flex-worthy at best right now.
Bench Cole Kmet.
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