Week 2 brought a few big injuries and put several teams in emergency mode if they have dreams of the playoffs. A few players were scratched over the weekend or even on Sunday, and it was a good reminder to always check your team and finalize things Sunday morning before games start. The recommendations I give here take injuries into account, but things change up to game time, and players must be verified as playing, even if there is no injury news previously.
Let's jump into Week 2's games and who surprised, who disappointed, and who is trending up or down. I am also going to point out some sleepers moving forward; these will generally be players who started slow, are returning from injury, or have a path to a bigger role coming. Sleepers are hard to identify when we have so much information and time spent on players, but I'll do my best to identify some guys here.
Fantasy scores and rankings are from ESPN standard scoring unless otherwise noted.
Minnesota Vikings vs Philadelphia Eagles
- Kirk Cousins has gone over 700 yards after two weeks (344 then 364) and doesn't look ready to slow down after 44 attempts in back-to-back games. Minnesota was throwing to catch up, but they throw in every situation, and Cousins has looked great against two good defenses.
- D'Andre Swift had the first big performance in the unsure backfield situation in Philly, totaling 175 rushing yards and a touchdown on 28 carries (after touching the ball twice in Week 1). Kenneth Gainwell, the lead back in Week 1, missed the game, and Swift may have just gained himself a new role. All other backs touched the ball nine times compared to Swift's 31. Swift is a not-so-sleepy sleeper, though the Philly backfield will probably change week-to-week.
- DeVonta Smith went for 131 receiving yards and a touchdown, scoring for the second straight week. He has 11 catches and 178 yards so far, pacing Eagle receivers.
- T.J. Hockenson had eight receptions Week 1, a boon in PPR leagues, but only produced 35 yards. Week 2 was a much stronger performance with his seven catches going for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Hockenson is a weekly starter, and his 15 receptions through two weeks have him on pace for over 100 catches.
- Jordan Addison scored a touchdown for the second straight game and hit 72 yards after 61 last week. As Cousins has excelled, Addison has been his third option and made the most of his opportunities. He is probably at must-start status in three-receiver leagues.
- Alexander Mattison had his second low-output game in as many weeks, finishing with just 39 yards on 11 touches while losing a fumble. A receiving touchdown saved his Week 1 (when his 14 touches produced only 44 yards), but fantasy owners didn't get that benefit in Week 2. Two weak games is excessively worrying on a team that loves to pass the ball.
- Dallas Goedert hauled in six passes after getting shut out in Week 1, but he gained only 22 yards. His PPR performance was fine, but Goedert has underwhelmed early.
- A.J. Brown hasn't had a bad start to the season, with 11 catches for 108 yards so far, but he has been outshined by fellow receiver Smith and was "having a moment" on the sideline during Week 2 when he wasn't getting the ball as often as he wanted. He should be fine, but Smith has been the top receiver in Philly so far.
- Justin Jefferson's performance through two weeks can't be called a surprise, but he has hit 150 yards in both games. He hasn't scored a touchdown, but that will come; Jefferson is as consistent as anyone to start the season.
- Jalen Hurts's raw numbers weren't great (193 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception; 12 carries for just 35 yards), but he scored on two of Philadelphia's patented "push sneaks," adding 12 points to his fantasy total. His running will always be a big part of his fantasy production, and this week was an extreme example (61.5% of Hurts's fantasy points came from rushing).
Seattle Seahawks vs Detroit Lions
- Geno Smith struggled hard in Week 1, but the Lions are a great matchup for quarterbacks and allowed Smith to go for 328 yards and two touchdowns (and 20 rushing yards). Smith won't be a weekly starter, but he has a trio of good receivers and is an option against weak passing defenses.
- Jared Goff tried his best to keep up, throwing for 323 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Seattle has allowed over 320 passing yards both weeks so far. Goff has settled in as Detroit's quarterback, and he can be counted on some weeks as a fantasy starter.
- Rookie tight end Sam LaPorta has five catches in back-to-back games to start his career, and he gained 63 yards this week after just 39 in Week 1. He's not the safest option, as first-year tight ends usually struggle, but his 10 catches on 11 targets make for great volume. LaPorta can be considered in the right matchups.
This was a big offensive game with 68 total points, and no one underwhelmed here.
- Kenneth Walker is the clear lead back in Seattle and an every-week starter. He had just 54 yards on 18 touches, but two rushing touchdowns elevated him to a great fantasy day.
- DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett were affected as the whole passing game struggled Week 1, but Metcalf had 75 yards and Lockett had 59 and two touchdowns in bounce-back performances. There may be up-and-down weeks, but these receivers are too good to be held down consistently.
- David Montgomery was acting as the lead back again in Week 2 and had 74 yards on 17 touches with a rushing touchdown. He was hurt in the third quarter, though, and must be monitored moving forward. Rookie Jahmyr Gibbs ended with seven carries and seven receptions for 56 total yards, and he will be a hot option if Montgomery misses any time.
- Amon-Ra St. Brown had 102 yards after opening the season with 71 and a touchdown. He is a top receiver producing as expected.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Buffalo Bills
- Gabriel Davis is a boom-or-bust player, and this was a boom. The Raiders will allow big performances to receivers all season, something to watch moving forward. Davis's 92 yards and a touchdown is a performance he topped only three times last season, and once was in the playoffs against Miami. This was a great day, but a tougher Washington defense next week might not be so giving. Star receiver Stefon Diggs had seven catches for 66 yards, a pedestrian day.
- I initially thought James Cook could fall in the "disappointed" category because his backups Damien Harris (seven carris, 33 yards) and Latavius Murray (six carries, 22 yards) both scored a touchdown, but Cook ran 17 times for 123 yards and added four catches and 36 yards for a sterling day; a touchdown was the only thing missing. A lot of backs got carries on a day where Buffalo blew out the Raiders, but Cook is the top guy here.
- Josh Jacobs is a weekly starter, but this was putrid: nine carries for -2 yards. That's negative two. Five catches for 51 yards gave him positive fantasy points, but Jacobs was a non-factor on a bad day for all of Las Vegas football.
- Josh Allen had a down Week 1, scoring in single digits, but he bounced back against a bad Raider defense with 274 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Allen will often get a lot of points with his legs, but he ran just three times for seven yards; Allen didn't put his body on the line in a blowout win.
- Davante Adams had 84 yards and a touchdown as the only Raider with a good fantasy day. He is nearly matchup-proof.
- Rookie tight end Dalton Kincaid has nine catches in his first two games, out-producing veteran Dawson Knox both weeks. Kincaid is a player to watch in a high-powered offense.
Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals
- Lamar Jackson bounced back from a single-digit Week 1 to throw for 237 yards and two touchdowns, adding 54 rushing yards. That rushing production will regularly make his middling passing days very good/great fantasy days.
- Nelson Agholor led the Ravens with five receptions and 63 yards while scoring a touchdown. Agholor wasn't a hot preseason name amongst a mess of Baltimore receivers, but Odell Beckham left with an ankle injury, so things are even murkier.
- Tee Higgins was shut out last week in a rainstorm but responded with eight receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns in Week 2. Higgins had more yards this week than Ja'Marr Chase has in both games combined.
- Joe Burrow had the worst game of his career last week and followed it up in Week 2 with an uninspiring 222 yards on 41 attempts, two touchdowns, and one interception. He finished the week as just the 20th quarterback in fantasy scoring.
- Ja'Marr Chase has suffered along with his quarterback as he was held to 31 yards on five receptions. That's 10 receptions in two weeks but just 70 yards and no scores. That's not the start fantasy owners envisioned when they drafted Chase as the second receiver and a top-five pick.
- Mark Andrews returned after missing Week 1, and he had five catches for 45 yards and a touchdown. It looks like he's back to normal. Zay Flowers had a great debut with nine catches for 78 yards, and he followed it up with a solid 62 yards on four catches Sunday, just one below the team lead. Flowers is a player to consider each week and the only Baltimore receiver I trust.
- Gus Edwards had 10 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown, and Justice Hill turned 14 touches into 53 yards. J.K. Dobbins went down last week, and coach John Harbaugh said this would be a committee situation; Week 2 proved that. It's hard to know who to trust here each week.
- Joe Mixon had 95 yards on 17 touches, a decent day for Cincinnati's lead back. He hasn't scored a touchdown yet but is averaging 84 yards per game. Mixon's 17 touches dwarfed the three given to other backs, so he will continue to be a startable player each week.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Jacksonville Jaguars
- Skyy Moore was "the guy" this week, leading Chief receivers with 70 yards and scoring a touchdown. He had only three catches, while the much-maligned Kadarius Toney had five catches and a rushing attempt. Rashee Rice led receivers with three receptions in Week 1 and scored a touchdown; he had two catches in Week 2. It's impossible to know who to trust with this unit; if someone can make a consistent connection with Patrick Mahomes, he will be one of the best receivers in fantasy. No one has been "the guy" consistently through two weeks, though.
- Christian Kirk went for over 1,100 yards last year and had 11 catches for 110 yards after being essentially shut down in Week 1. He is a player the Jaguars look to get the ball. Tight end Evan Engram had five catches last week and six this week (for 57 yards), and he will be a weekly starter at tight end moving forward.
- Jacksonville's entire offense had an ugly day, and Trevor Lawrence had only 216 passing yards on 41 attempts with no touchdowns or interceptions and four sacks taken. He ran for 26 yards but lost a fumble. It was a tough day for the Jaguars' franchise QB. Lawrence is a weekly starter, but performances like this will make owners think twice.
- Travis Etienne was part of the struggle, turning 14 touches into just 42 yards. Calvin Ridley, whom I proclaimed a weekly starter, had two catches for 32 yards (though he caught two passes in the endzone but just out of bounds). Jacksonville had a bad day overall.
- Even in a middling Patrick Mahomes game he goes for 305 yards, two touchdowns, an interception, and 30 rushing yards. It was a good week for quarterbacks, and Mahomes fell outside the top 10 in fantasy scoring, but he still had over 21 points.
- Isiah Pacheco had all but one running back carry for the Chiefs and racked up 70 yards. Other KC backs had five receptions, but Pacheco remains the lead back for the best QB in football, and he will get chances to produce and score.
- Travis Kelce made his return after missing Week 1; he had just four catches for 26 yards but scored a touchdown.
Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons
- Rookie receiver Jayden Reed received some preseason hype, but he was third on the depth chart at best entering the season. Top receiver Christian Watson has been out each of the first two games, and Reed took advantage with two touchdowns on four catches in Week 2 (the same line Romeo Doubs had Week 1). Reed is an interesting player for the end of your bench, but we need to see him do more to trust him, especially when the team is full strength. Dontayvion Wicks also caught at touchdown pass and led the team with 40 receiving yards.
- Atlanta running back Bijan Robinson turned 19 carries into 124 yards and added four catches for 48 yards. Robinson was drafted eighth overall and was sure to be used a lot, but Tyler Allgeier out-touched him Week 1 and scored two touchdowns. Allgeier had 16 carries Week 2 but gained just 48 yards as the rookie balled out. I expect Robinson to get more work moving forward, but there is enough to go around for Allgeier to have good weeks.
- Aaron Jones was out, meaning AJ Dillon had the chance to take the reins in the backfield. He turned 16 touches into just 63 yards. Dillon didn't do anything to stand out during his week in charge.
- Kyle Pitts had just two catches for the second week in a row, but this week he produced just 15 yards rather than the 44 from Week 1. Pitts could continue to struggle moving forward.
- I said I didn't believe in Jordan Love as a fantasy quarterback, but he threw three touchdowns and no interceptions for the second straight week. He finished outside the top 15 at the position, though, as he threw for just 151 yards and ran for 23, and the Packers didn't do much as the Falcons erased a double-digit fourth quarter deficit. I still don't believe in Love as a fantasy QB.
- Desmond Ridder was the 12th-ranked QB in Week 2, and he buoyed his stats with 39 rushing yards and a touchdown. Atlanta's offense is built around running, but Ridder threw 32 times in Week 2 as Atlanta made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter. Even top-20 performances will be rare for Ridder.
- Drake London had a good day as his quarterback threw more, hauling in six of seven targets for 67 yards and a touchdown. I've been against London and Pitts all season because of the low passing volume in their offense, but they are both talented players who will have good weeks.
Los Angeles Chargers vs Tennessee Titans
- Keenan Allen seems like he's been around forever (drafted in 2013: so, pretty much), but he's still putting up 111-yard, two-touchdown games like he did in Week 2. Number two receiver Mike Williams had the same eight receptions Allen did and turned them into 83 yards, a good day for the top two receivers in LA.
- Joshua Kelley had a stellar Week 1 behind Austin Ekeler, turning 16 carries into 91 yards and a touchdown. Ekeler was ruled out for Week 2, so Kelley had the chance to really break out; he responded with just 39 yards on 13 carries. Kelley is a sleeper moving forward as Ekeler has a lot of touches over the last few years and is getting older. He could miss more games, and Kelley should do better if he gets another chance.
- Derrick Henry wasn't efficient, requiring 28 touches to hit 95 yards, but he scored a rushing touchdown and racked up raw numbers, the only thing that matters in fantasy. He's just doing his thing.
- DeAndre Hopkins saw a huge target share Week 1 which I expected to continue. He led the Titans with five targets and four receptions in Week 2, but it wasn't the dominating share we had seen. His 40 yards were a blah performance, and Hopkins not getting a large share would downgrade him severely in a run-first offense.
- Ryan Tannehill had an OK game, throwing for 246 yards and a touchdown and running for 12 yards and another score. Tannehill isn't young anymore, but he can still run a little bit, and that helps him have fantasy-relevant weeks.
- Treylon Burks's 76 yards are interesting. He's a boom-or-bust player, and he led the team in receiving Week 2, but I have a lot of trouble trusting him; 70 of those yards came on one long pass.
- Justin Herbert had 305 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions; that's a typical performance for him, though some quarterbacks would call it a great week.
Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans
- Anthony Richardson has exploded onto the scene in the fantasy world with his rushing production. He was checked for a concussion in the second quarter and never returned to the game, so Richardson's status is up in the air. He scored over 17 fantasy points in the time he did play, running in two touchdowns, so fantasy owners can hope Richardson is back soon; he has become a weekly starter already.
- Week 1 was ugly for Colt running backs, but Zack Moss returned from injury to start Week 2 and gained 88 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown, adding four catches for 19 yards. Moss was the only back to touch the ball for Indianapolis, and he should be added in all leagues. We don't know if Jonathan Taylor will return, so Moss is a major sleeper to be a starting back all season.
- C.J. Stroud had the first big game of his career with 384 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions (while taking six sacks). Stroud threw 47 times this week after 44 attempts Week 1, surely more than they want their young quarterback airing it out. The playcalling might be more balanced when the Texans aren't throwing to catch up, but continued high usage would make Stroud a fantasy option.
- I didn't believe in Nico Collins, but he had 80 yards in Week 1 before busting out for 146 and a touchdown in Week 2. His production is surely tied to Stroud's volume, but Collins has been a big-time player through two games and must be considered every week.
- Tank Dell had 72 yards and a touchdown on seven catches, forming a nice rookie connection with Stroud for 10 completions through two weeks. Dell is a player to watch and could be added in deep leagues and those starting three receivers.
- Dameon Pierce had over 900 yards in just 13 games last season and looked like a solid fantasy option, but he has had 11 carries for 38 yards and 15 carries for 31 yards through two weeks and his four catches produced just 14 yards. I thought he would be a weekly starter, but Pierce is now a player to be leery of in tough matchups. He did have 17 touches to just five for backup Devin Singletary.
- Michael Pittman has had a good start to the season and added eight receptions but just 56 yards in Week 2. Only one catch for 12 yards came from Richardson, and the rest were from backup Gardner Minshew. The quarterback situation will need to be monitored, but Pittman has proven himself a player who must be considered every week.
Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- I've been way down on D.J. Moore due to a lack of passing volume in Chicago's offense, but he had six catches for 104 yards in Week 2. I saw Tampa Bay as a good defense, but the Vikings tore them up last week in the passing game and Bears' receivers combined for 140 yards and a touchdown (scored by the maligned Chase Claypool). I'm not buying Moore as a consistent option, but he is a talented player and will have big weeks.
- Baker Mayfield was fantasy-relevant for the second straight week against a bad pass defense, putting up 317 passing yards and a touchdown (with 17 rushing yards and no sacks) against Chicago. He is still closer to 20th than the top 10 in Week 2, and it's hard to trust him in most matchups.
- Mike Evans has had 1,000 yards in every season of his career, and he is rolling in 2023 even with a supposed downgrade at quarterback. He had 171 yards and a touchdown in Week 2, totaling 237 yards and two scores on the season. Evans has faced two weak defenses and will see a tougher Philadelphia team in Week 3, but it's hard to argue with the results so far. Chris Godwin has 10 catches for over 100 yards, but he hasn't hit the heights of his fellow receiver.
- Rachaad White had 103 total yards on 22 touches and scored a rushing touchdown, a performance he should be able to approximate often this season. He is the lead back in Tampa and had twice as many opportunities as all other backs combined.
- Justin Fields has scored between 14 and 15 fantasy points both weeks this season; that was 16th in Week 1 and outside the top 20 in Week 2. That's a rough start for a player who was supposed to be improved and have a high floor with his running game. I believed in Fields as a player who could jump into the top-five among fantasy QBs, but he hasn't shown anything resembling that ceiling so far. Keep starting him if you don't have a very good Plan B, but it's something to monitor.
- Cole Kmet was seen by some as a top-eight tight end and near weekly starter. I never bought it, and you could make a case either way: he does have nine catches in the first two weeks, but they have only gained 82 yards. That's not horrible production by any means, but I see Kmet more as a borderline player than must-start.
- The Chicago backfield is an enigma. Fields will always be a big part of the running game, but he only ran four times for three yards in Week 2 (while scoring a touchdown). Khalil Herbert has 16 carries for 62 yards and 4 receptions for 60 yards this season; Roschon Johnson has nine carries for 52 yards and a touchdown and eight receptions for 45 yards. Herbert has been getting more carries, but he hasn't been doing enough to warrant much fantasy consideration. Johnson also isn't fantasy-relevant, but he is a rookie and seems most likely to expand his role moving forward. Both backs should be rostered, but it's hard to trust either right now. Grab Johnson if he's still available in your league as I see him as a sleeper as the season moves on, stealing more touches each week.
New York Giants vs Arizona Cardinals
- Daniel Jones is fantasy-relevant because of his running, but his arm also helped his case in Week 2: Jones had 321 passing yards with two touchdowns and an interception to go with his 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Jones was the top scoring quarterback in Week 2.
- Saquon Barkley added to the offensive onslaught as the Giants made a furious second-half comeback, totaling 92 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving). Barkley left the game with an ankle injury late, but his Week 2 was very good. Barkley's backup, Matt Breida, is a big-time sleeper and should be added as Barkley has been ruled out for several weeks.
- I had a rule about never trusting Cardinal players, but maybe we'll have to amend that. Joshua Dobbs is athletic, and his 228 passing yards and touchdown were enhanced with 41 rushing yards and a score on the ground. Dobbs scored over 25 fantasy points and tied for fourth among quarterbacks.
- James Conner added to the surprise Cardinals, carrying the ball 23 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. Other Arizona backs only had three carries, so Conner is getting a full workload early in the season.
- I won't trust any Arizona pass-catcher, but Marquise Brown had 54 yards and a touchdown on six catches in Week 2. He is a number one receiver, but it's hard to expect consistency.
Each team had a big offensive half, and no one disappointed in this one.
- Darren Waller essentially acts as New York's top receiver, and he delivered with six catches and 76 yards in Week 2 after a disappointing opening game. Waller is a weekly starter at tight end.
- The Giant receivers will rotate in and out of effectiveness, and Isaiah Hodgins had 40 yards and a touchdown this week. No player at the position can be trusted for fantasy purposes.
San Francisco 49ers vs Los Angeles Rams
- Matthew Stafford threw for over 300 yards for the second straight week, but it took him 55 pass attempts to get there: one more than last week's high from Mac Jones. His efficiency was horrible, but Stafford's raw numbers propped up a still-weak fantasy day. Stafford will throw the ball, but it's hard to trust him for consistent fantasy production.
- Puka Nacua is officially the hottest thing in fantasy football, and someone surely has him by now; if not, go put in a waiver claim! Nacua had 15 receptions for 147 yards on 20 targets!!! That's staggering volume, and he is a must-start moving forward.
- With Cam Akers a healthy scratch, Kyren Williams had 100 total yards and both a rushing and receiving touchdown. Williams went for 52 rushing yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 while Akers had 22 carries for 29 yards (and his own touchdown), and Williams has now been elevated to the of the depth chart. I was up on Akers coming into the season; turns out the idea was right but the player was wrong. Grab Williams if no one has yet.
- Receiver Tutu Atwell had 100 receiving yards in Week 1 and 77 in Week 2. He might still be a free agent in your league, and he is worth grabbing after two big outings. It's hard to call him a sleeper with that production, but he's a name many probably don't know because of the attention Nacua is receiving.
- Brandon Aiyuk was off to another good start but suffered a shoulder injury early and labored through the game. Aiyuk had only three catches for 43 yards, and his status is uncertain for next week.
- George Kittle had three catches for the second straight week, gaining 30 yards after just 19 in Week 1. I think this can be called a minor emergency. Kittle was drafted as about the fifth tight end in fantasy drafts and was expected to be an every-week starter, but two slow games to start throw doubt into his status. Another quiet game is reason for re-evaluating Kittle.
- Deebo Samuel had five carries and six receptions, totaling 101 yards and running in a touchdown. His role was expanded with Aiyuk limited, and he would be a much bigger part of the gameplan with his fellow receiver out.
- Christian McCaffrey keeps doing his thing, totaling 135 yards with a rushing touchdown. He's the most consistent back in fantasy right now.
- San Francisco kicker Jake Moody was 3/3 on both extra points and field goals (26, 27, and 57 yards) for the second straight week and is a top kicking option right now. Add him if he is still a free agent; he is a weekly starter and a sleeper at kicker if there ever was one.
New York Jets vs Dallas Cowboys
- CeeDee Lamb had 11 catches for 143 yards against one of the best pass defenses in football last season, and he is matchup-proof at this point. Lamb is one of the top receivers in the league.
- It was an ugly day for the Jets' offense, but Garrett Wilson's day was saved by a 68-yard touchdown to go with a 15-yard reception. Wilson's consistency may be compromised without Aaron Rodgers, but he has the ability to put up big plays at any time.
- Breece Hall had a huge Week 1 while returning from a major knee injury, but he tallied just four carries for nine yards in Week 2. Dalvin Cook and Michael Carter had similar output in a terrible game for the Jets against a tough Dallas defense.
- Tony Pollard had another good day with 109 total yards (with seven receptions for a PPR boost). Pollard is a solid running back every week.
- Neither tight end can be counted on in fantasy, but Jake Ferguson and Luke Schoonmaker each caught a touchdown for Dallas in Week 2.
Washington Commanders vs Denver Broncos
- Brian Robinson was my biggest breakout pick at running back, and I'm feeling good about that prediction after two weeks. Robinson had 20 touches to Antonio Gibson's five and gained 129 total yards with two rushing touchdowns. Robinson is close to a weekly starter if not there already and has a nice matchup against the Dolphins in Week 3.
- Russell Wilson put up big numbers with 308 passing yards and three touchdowns (with one interception), but he added 56 rushing yards while losing a fumble, giving a boost to his passing output. Wilson was the third-highest scoring QB of Week 2.
- Javonte Williams got the starter's workload after a fairly even split in Week 1, but he had only 58 total yards on 14 touches. Samaje Perine had just four touches for 24 yards. Williams would be very attractive moving forward with that same touch share, but he will need to increase his efficiency, which has suffered the first two games.
- Terry McLaurin had 54 yards and a touchdown, but I have trouble trusting him weekly. Quarterback Sam Howell is unproven, and McLaurin had just two catches for 31 yards in Week 1. The same is true for Jahan Dotson who had five catches for 40 yards in Week 1 and just three for 22 in Week 2.
- Courtland Sutton led the Broncos with five receptions, but two other receivers had more explosive days. Brandon Johnson had two catches, for 50 yards and 16 yards, and they both went for touchdowns. Rookie Marvin Mims had a 60-yard touchdown and one other catch that went for 53 yards. There were more big plays than consistent drives for Denver.
Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots
- Raheem Mostert is getting a full workload with Jeff Wilson hurt, and he turned 18 carries into 121 yards and two touchdowns Sunday night. Mostert has scored three touchdowns and been productive through two weeks, so he might continue getting more opportunities even when Wilson returns.
- Hunter Henry had his second good game to start the season, racking up six receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Miami is a good matchup for tight ends, but Henry might be a weekly starter right now; he is esentially the top receiver for the Patriots.
- It's not fair to hold Tua Tagovailoa to the standard of 450 yards, but he had a tough Week 2 and scored only about 12 fantasy points. Some owners may have expected the big performances to continue, but the Patriots are a better defense and held Tua down.
- Tyreek Hill was kept to a manageable 40 yards and one touchdown on five catches, a result New England has to feel is a win. Jaylen Waddle had four receptions for 86 yards to lead the team.
- Rhamondre Stevenson had a decent day with 60 total yards on 18 touches and a rushing touchdown. His biggest selling point is his volume, as he out-carried Ezekiel Elliott 15 to five. New England sometimes has a murky backfield situation, so it's nice to have a clear lead back identified.
Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jerome Ford came on after an unfortunate injury (we'll get to that in a second) and totaled 131 yards and a receiving touchdown. Ford is a hot commodity; sleeper is probably the wrong word after that performance, and he will get a lot of attention and be ready to carry the load moving forward.
- I loved George Pickens coming into the season, and he had a big game in Week 2 as Pittsburgh's top receiver (while Diontae Johnson is out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury). Pickens caught four passes for 127 yards and took one reception for a 71-yard touchdown. Pickens will get opportunities while Johnson is out; he had 10 targets, more than twice as many as any other Steeler wide receiver.
- Oh no. Oh no, no, no. Don't go watch the video of Nick Chubb's knee injury. (Do it, you know you want to.) It's an unfortunate end to Chubb's season. He had a great start to the year but will miss at least the rest of this season.
- Deshaun Watson has struggled to throw, but his running ability usually keeps his floor relatively high. Watson's 22 rush yards were more than undone by two lost fumbles to go with an interception, though. The turnovers doomed the Browns on Monday night, and they also tanked his fantasy score.
- Najee Harris has faced two tough defenses to start the year, but he's been essentially shut down with 31 rushing yards in Week 1 and 43 in Week 2. Making things worse, backup running back Jaylen Warren, who had a lot of buzz in the preseason, had 20 rushing yards on just six carries (compared to 10 for Harris) and caught four passes for 66 yards. Harris is in a precarious spot, possibly in danger of losing touches.
- Pat Freiermuth had only one catch for the second straight week. His three-yard catch in Week 1 went for a touchdown, but his two-yard catch in Week 2 wasn't as fortunate for fantasy owners. Again, Pittsburgh has played two tough defenses, but Freiermuth is off to an ice-cold start.
- Amari Cooper had a rough Week 1 but bounced back with seven catches for 90 yards. Cooper is near weekly-starter status.
New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers
- The Saints are dealing with injuries and a suspension at running back, and Taysom Hill took advantage with nine rushes for 75 yards. He even completed a pass for eight yards!! If New Orleans is short on backs in Week 3, Hill would be a MAJOR sleeper. He can be played at tight end in most leagues, and Hill is a fantasy-relevant player if he gets 10 touches again.
- Tony Jones took over after Jamaal Williams left with an injury, and though his 12 carries went for just 34 yards, he scored two touchdowns. I'm willing to bet no one reading this had Jones in their lineup this week. He would be worth considering if he is the starting running back next week and would be a nice sleeper for one week before Alvin Kamara returns.
- Adam Thielen is aging and can't be trusted consistently, but he had seven catches for 54 yards and a touchdown against a tough Saints defense. Thielen also caught a two-point conversion, but he is just a bench player in fantasy.
- Miles Sanders was near 100 total yards in Week 1 and will be the lead back, but his 17 touches went for just 47 yards Monday night. Chuba Hubbard had just two carries but caught five passes; Sanders should be the guy moving forward and have better performances.
- Chris Olave had 86 yards a week after hauling in eight catches for 112 yards. Olave will be one of the most productive receivers on a weekly basis.
- Rashid Shaheed and Michael Thomas have had decent starts to the season and work nicely with Olave leading the charge. Both players should be added in deep leagues and those starting three receivers if still available; Shaheed, in particular, is going to touch the ball a lot of different ways.
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