Another week is in the books and whether you won or lost, nothing is decided yet. Every week grows in importance and every decision we make weighs heavier and heavier on the futures of our teams. You may not have gotten the primo waiver add or maybe you were the second highest scoring team in your league this week but you still lost. This is no time to get frustrated and lose focus. Let’s go over all the happenings from Week Two in this edition of the…
Fantasy Football Weekly Wrap Up
Just like Week One, the second installment of the 2018 season was a metaphorical symphony. A mixture of heavy metal, jazz, techno, rap, country, classical, soft rock, and any other kind of music you can think of all rolled into one. Here’s all the hit tracks (and some not so great) from the weeks action…
Risers and Fallers:
Week Two Risers
Patrick Mahomes QB K.C. (23/28, 326 yards, 6TD, 5 carries, 18 yards)
Why: Well the numbers are pretty self-explanatory but 10 TDs in his first 2 games this season. 15.3 yards per completion and an 18.1 TD% are surely unsustainable but for now, roll with it.
Tevin Coleman RB ATL (20 touches, 125 yards)
Why: Any time Devonta Freeman has missed time, Coleman has put up double-digit PPR points. He will get a couple more weeks at minimum to get the lion share of the work. Monitor Freeman’s injury moving forward.
James Conner RB PIT (13 touches, 65 yards, 1 TD)
Why: The shine came off Conner a little bit this week but he still managed to get in the end zone and add a 2PT conversion. The Steelers trailed early by 21 and all but abandoned the run yet Conner still gave you solid numbers.
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB T.B. (27/33, 402 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, 1 carry, -1 yard)
Why: Every time Fitz-magic shows up he gains a little steam in the potential QB battle to come. (9 total TDs in two games only trails Mahomes 10 TDs.)
Phillip Lindsay RB DEN ( 15 touches, 111 yards)
Why: Denver was behind and Lindsay is the receiving back for the Bronco’s but he out-touched/ snapped Royce Freeman (15/8, 14 rush attempts, 28/16 snaps)
- Andy Dalton QB CIN (24/42 265 yards, 4 TD) – If the O-line can keep protecting him and teams keep single covering A.J. Green in the red zone he should have no problem staying a viable low end starting QB for your team. Mixon’s injury will change how teams play the Bengals and Dalton’s second half wasn’t good but there are plenty of nice match-ups coming.
- Sammy Watkins WR K.C. (caught 6/7 targets, 100 yards,1 carry, 31 yards) – This offense might be able to sustain two to 24WR moving forward. Potential waiver add just in case.
- Amari Cooper WR DEN (caught 10/10 targets, 116 yards) – Top 15 wide receiver talent. Can Derek Carr be consistent enough to get him there?
Week Two Fallers
LeSean McCoy RB BUF (13 touches, 68 yards)
why: McCoy again was a victim of his team. Josh Allen definitely took this team a few steps up the ladder but the outlook is still bleak. He also suffered a minor rib injury late in week two. Monitor in the coming days.
Adrian Peterson RB WAS (14 touches, 50 yards)
Why: As effective as Peterson was in week one, he was equally as ineffective in week two against what was a very beatable defense.
David Johnson RB ARI (14 touches, 51 yards)
Why: This still has everything to do with the offense he plays in.
Derrick Henry RB TEN (18 touches, 56 yards)
Why: It’s looking more and more like if the game is close or the Titans are trailing that Dion Lewis will be the running back in the game. His snaps and usage went up this week but this could be due to Tennessee getting an early lead.
Alex Collins RB BAL (12 touches, 80 yards)
Why: Collins split work for the second straight week (Both backs received 49% of the snaps,) Buck Allen scoring a TD in the second straight game is definitely a concern and there is still a fumbling concern as well. He looks strong when he run the ball but hes not getting the workload needed.
Matchup Proof and Failure:
Who Came Through?
* Chris Hogan WR N.E.(caught 3/5 targets, 42 yards, 2 TDs)
Opponent- Jacksonville Jaguars – Again Jacksonville gets picked on in “Who Came Through?” The top pass defense in the league helped their team to the W, but Hogan was able to make some hay on minimal work.
Who Let You Down?
* Adrian Peterson RB WAS ( see “Fallers”)
Opponent- Indianapolis Colts – In week one the colts allowed 22 touches, 149 yards, 1 TD to Cincinnati’s Joe Mixon. Peterson was coming off a week one in which he tallied 28 touches, 166 yard, 1 TD.
Boom! or Blah…
(A lot on a little)
* Chris Hogan WR N.E. (caught 3/5 targets, 42 yards, 2 TDs)
(A little on a lot)
* Peyton Barber RB T.B. (17 touches, 29 yards.)
Weekly MVP And LVP Candidates:
(Ranks based on ownership and factors in position importance)
MVP (Most Valuable Player)
*1. Todd Gurley RB LAR (22 touches, 73 yards, 3 TD) – His opponent in week two ( The Arizona Cardinals) is an early candidate for the defense to target. Tyler Higbee scored if that tells you anything.
2. Patrick Mahomes QB K.C. (see “Risers”)
3. Travis Kelce TE K.C. (caught 7/10 targets, 109 yards, 2 TDs)
4. Melvin Gordon RB LAC (15 touches, 64 yards, 3 TDs) Monitor injury moving forward.
5. A.J. Green WR CIN (Caught 5/9 targets, 69 yards, 3 TD)- Often a Thursday night showing like Green had can make your opponent make a foolish lineup decision that can cost them the win in the end.
honorable mention –
- Stefon Diggs WR MIN (caught 9/13 targets, 128 yards, 2 TDs)
LVP (Least Valuable Player)
*1. Rob Gronkowski TE N.E. (caught 2/4 targets, 15 yards)
2. David Johnson RB ARI (14 touches, 51 yards)
3. Derrick Henry RB TEN (18 touches, 56 yards)
4. Jarvis Landry WR CLE (caught 5/7 targets, 69 yards) -A lot of people slotted him in their DFS lineups and were left only wanting.
5. Peyton Barber RB T.B. (17 touches, 29 yards.)
Fantasy Team Of The Week:
(Top performers at each position)
QB- Patrick Mahomes QB K.C. ( 23/28, 326 yards, 6 TDs, 5 carries, 18 yards)
RB 1- Todd Gurley RB LAR (22 touches, 73, yards, 3 TDs)
RB 2- Melvin Gordon RB LAC (15 touches, 64 yards, 3 TDs)
WR 1- Stefon Diggs WR MIN (caught 9/13 targets, 128 yards, 2 TDs)
WR 2- A.J. Green (caught 5/9 targets, 69 yards, 3 TDs)
TE- Travis Kelce TE K.C. (caught 7/10 targets, 109 yards, 2 TDs)
FLEX- Matt Breida RB S.F. ( 14 touches, 159 yards, 1 TD)
K- Mason Crosby K G.B. ( 5/6 FGs, 2/2 XPs)
DEF/ST- Miami Dolphins (12 points allowed, 3 sacks, 3 turnovers)
Los Angeles Rams (0 points allowed, 1 sack, 1 turnover)
Injury Updates And The Ripple Effects:
* Kenneth Dixon RB BAL (knee)
On IR. (Collin 12 touches, Allen 11) Collins was leading the way before A.J. Green went nuts. Allen converted his goal line opportunity. Collins didn’t.
* DeVante Parker WR MIA (finger)
Ruled out for week two. His outlook for week two was positive but last minute news had him inactive.
* Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT (elbow)
Banged up in week one but played well in week two. (see “Other Noteworthy Performances, WRs The Good”
* Marcus Mariota QB TEN (elbow)
Missed a significant portion of week one. Blaine Gabbert took over in his stead. Sunday morning news came out that he is still having issues with feeling in the elbow. He was active but didn’t play.
* Aaron Rodgers QB G.B. (knee)
Rolled up on in week one. had to leave the field on the cart and be examined but returned to finish the game in fantastic fashion. He suited up Sunday against the team that all but ended his season last year. He was definitely not himself but played well enough to put up 29 on the Vikings.
* Paul Richardson WR WAS (shoulder)
Didn’t practice Friday. Was active but a non-factor.
* Matthew Stafford QB DET (leg)
Banged up week one. Monitor going forward but he played Sunday. ( see “Other Noteworthy Performances, The Good”)
* Carson Wentz QB PHI (knee)
Remains out for week two. As of now, he has a chance to play in week three.
* LeGarrette Blount RB DET (knee /shoulder)
Limited on Friday. Played in week two but was largely ineffective and was ejected late in the game.
* Rex Burkhead RB N.E. (concussion)
Limited Thursday and Friday but was out there Sunday. Out touched by Sony Michel 11 to 6. His 18 carry game in week one could be a by-product of the Jeremy Hill injury.
* Leonard Fournette RB JAX (hamstring)
Didn’t practice all week. Ruled out for week two. Monitor moving forward.
* T.J. Yeldon RB JAX (knee)
Practiced in a limited fashion. He got the chance to be the workhorse Sunday. He wasn’t fantastic but the Jags had 4 passing TDs so he wasn’t needed all that much.
* Devonta Freeman RB ATL (knee)
Ruled out for week two and possibly up to four weeks. Tevin Coleman filled in just fine totaling 125 yards on 20 touches.
* David Johnson RB ARI (back)
Practiced all week. was highly ineffective but this had more to do with the ineptitude of the Cards O.
* Marlon Mack RB IND (hamstring)
Full go in Friday’s practice. Got his first action of the season. We will have to see how this backfield shakes out in the coming weeks.
* Sony Michel RB N.E. (knee)
Limited all week. Made his rookie debut on Sunday and tied James White for the lead in touches from the backfield.
* Darren Sproles RB N.O. (hamstring)
Was hurt in practice and ruled out for week two. Corey Clement with a big day in his absence (11 touches, 55 yards, 1 TD) Ertz and Agholor soaked up some of the targets Sproles would have gotten as well.
* Greg Olsen TE CAR (foot)
Out at minimum a couple weeks. Christian McCaffrey appears to have gotten the boost with 14 receptions in a big-time PPR day. Ian Thomas not really a factor.
* Vance McDonald TE PIT (ankle)
Full go all week. Made his season debut Sunday Jesse James photo received all the fantasy points.
* Davante Adams WR G.B. (shoulder)
Banged up in week one. Limited on Thursday and Friday. Played in week two and scored a touchdown in a tough matchup.
* Corey Davis WR TEN (hamstring)
Full go on Friday. 5 receptions for 55 yards. No lingering effects.
* Will Fuller WR HOU (hamstring)
Limited all week but made season debut Sunday in a big way with over a hundred yards in a touchdown on 8 receptions.
* Ted Ginn jr. WR N.O. (Knee)
Full go on Friday. Not sure if his injury affected him, but I do know Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara had huge targets days.
* Marquise Goodwin WR S.F. (quads)
Ruled out for week two. Pierre Garcon led the team in catches and yards in Goodwin’s absence with r receptions and 57 yards.
* DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU (foot)
Limited all week. in uniform Sunday. Came through for fantasy owners with over a hundred yards in a touchdown.
* DeSean Jackson WR T.B. (concussion)
Started practicing late in the week and cleared protocol. Then D-jacks did D-Jacks things including a 75 yard td.
* Alshon Jeffery WR PHI (shoulder)
Week to week. Practiced all week in a limited fashion. with Carson Wentz set to return and the offense showing some improvement in week 2 when Jeffrey returns he should be a wr2 for your team.
* Doug Baldwin WR SEA (knee)
Out for multiple weeks.
* Joe Mixon RB CIN (knee)
Was checked out multiple times during the game but was able to finish. Saturday Ian Rapoport reported that Mixon underwent a successful arthroscopic knee surgery and has a two-to-four week timetable for return. Gio Bernard should become an RB 2 for you in his absence.
* Josh Gordon WR CLE (hamstring)
News came out on Saturday that Gordon was ruled out for week two due to a hamstring injury. This was shortly followed by the news that Gordon would be released. Monday afternoon word came out that he was traded to the Patriots for a 5th round pick.
* Melvin Gordon RB LAC (minor injury)
Gordon said after the game that he thinks he will be fine but monitor going forward. If he misses any time Austin Ekeler has RB1 upside.
* LeSean McCoy RB BUF (rib)
McCoy left the game. Chris Ivory came in to get the goal line carry. Monitor the situation moving forward. Reports came out Monday that he would attempt to play through the injury.
* Jay Ajayi RB PHI (back)
Ajayi finished the game and saved his fantasy day with a touchdown but his injury needs to be monitored moving forward in the coming week.
* Delanie Walker TE TEN (ankle)
It’s hard to judge with Gabbert under center in week two but Jonnu Smith didn’t make an impact.
*Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI (hamstring)
Monitor moving forward. Fitzgerald said after the game that the issue cropped up last week. Said to be a minor injury.
* Theo Riddick RB DET (ankle)
Monitor moving forward. He has an extensive injury history. Kerryon Johnson might get his shot to take the lead here.
* Donte Moncrief WR JAX (knee)
Good news is that he walked off the field. Monitor the situation going forward. Westbrook and Cole should both see a slight boost in usage.
* Mike Wallace WR PHI (fibula)
Fractured his fibula in Sunday’s game.Out indefinitely. With Wentz expected back in week three this hurts the Eagles a bit to not have their deep threat. we will have to see if another Eagles receiver can take the role.
* Dalvin Cook RB MIN (hamstring/cramps)
Cook said after the game that he dealt with cramps and would be ok moving forward. Still need to monitor.
Other Noteworthy Performances:
The Good And The Baaaaad
- Andy Dalton QB CIN (24/42, 265 yards, 4 TD)
- Blake Bortles QB JAX (29/45, 377 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, 6 carries, 35 yards)
- Ryan Fitzpatrick QB T.B. (27/33, 402 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, 1 carry, -1 yard)
- Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT (39/60, 459 yards, 3 TD, 2 carries, 9 yards, 1 TD)
- Kirk Cousins QB MIN (35/48, 425 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, 2 carries, 5 yards)
- Corey Clement RB PHI (11 touches, 85 yards, 1 TD)
- Ezekiel Elliott RB DAL (22 touches, 87 yards, 1 TD)
- James Conner RB PIT (13 touches, 65 yards, 1 TD)
- Kareem Hunt RB K.C. (19 touches, 80 yards, 1 TD)
- Bilal Powell RB NYJ (10 touches, 80 yards, 1 TD)
- Michael Thomas WR N.O. ( caught 12/13 targets, 89 yards, 2 TD, He has caught an amazing 28 of 30 targets for a 93.3% catch rate and a monster of a target share at 37.5%.)
- Adam Thielen WR MIN (caught 12/13 targets, 131 yards, 1 TD)
- Will Fuller WR HOU (caught 8/9, 113 yards, 1 TD)
- DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU (caught 6/10 target, 110 yards, 1 TD)
- JuJu Smith Schuster WR PIT (caught 13/19 targets, 121 yards, 1 TD)
- Keelan Cole WR JAX (caught 7/8, 116 yards, 1 TD)
- DeSean Jackson WR T.B. (caught 4/4 targets, 129 yards, 1 TD)
- Zack Ertz TE PHI (caught 11/13 targets, 94 yards)
- Jesse James TE PIT (caught 5/5 targets, 138 yards, 1 TD)
- Jimmy Graham TE G.B. (caught 6/8 targets, 95 yards)
- OJ Howard TE T.B. (caught 3/4 targets, 96 yards, 1 TD)
- Eric Ebron TE DET (caught 3/4 targets, 26 yards, 1 TD)
- Sam Bradford QB ARI (17/27, 90 yards)
- Peyton Barber RB T.B. (17 touches, 29 yards)
- Demaryius Thomas WR DEN (caught 5/11 targets, 18 yards)
- Rob Gronkowski TE N.E. (caught 2/4 targets, 15 yards)
Other Important News And Notes From Around The NFL:
BAL @ CIN (TNF)
23 – 34
BAL- Alex Collins had 12 touches (Buck Allen- 11 touches and scored for the second straight game.) They each played in 49% of the snaps.
CIN- Gio Bernard will get the starting duties the next few weeks as Joe Mixon will be out with a knee injury. Tyler Boyd looked like a weapon for the first time since he was a rookie (6 receptions, 91 yards, 1 TD – 23% target share, 18% in week one – Potential waiver add.)
CAR @ ATL
24 – 31
CAR- Christian McCaffrey in PPR was a monster with 14 receptions for 102 yards to go with his 37 yards rushing.
ATL- The Falcons scored four red zone TDs and not one went Julio Jones. They were able to convert this week though whereas last week they weren’t when they forced it to Jones.
IND @ WAS
21 – 9
IND- Andrew Luck to Eric Ebron is a thing! Another TD this week has Ebron looking like a viable TE option for your team.
WAS- Adrian Peterson was as pedestrian as can be totaling 14 touches for 50 yards. A little better in PPR with 3 receptions but a major letdown from last week. (Thompson played in twice as many snaps 50/25)
HOU @ TEN
17 – 20
HOU- Hopkins and Fuller both with big games. Watson showed improvement but there’s still plenty of room for more.
TEN- Derrick Henry got a lot more work this week but it was still disappointing and still out-snapped by Dion Lewis 33/26.
PHI @ T.B.
21 – 27
PHI- Jay Ajayi selvages a poor day with a late TD. He suffered an injury but finished the game. This may just be a Patriots style backfield or maybe it was just about the injury.
T.B.- Do you believe in Fitz-magic?
K.C. @ PIT
42 – 37
K.C.- Patrick Mahomes is out there looking like 2007 Tom Brady.
PIT- Pittsburgh was put in a quick 21 -0 hole and had to all but abandon the run game.
MIA @ NYJ
20 – 12
MIA- Kenyan Drake might have taken a decent lead in the RB battle. Out-snapped Frank Gore for the second straight game.
NYJ- Sam Darnold was solid in his second rookie start. The Jets took the loss but he still threw for over 300 yards.
LAC @ BUF
31 – 20
LAC- The Chargers backfield duo looks like a force but Gordon’s injury needs to be monitored.
BUF- Josh Allen brought some life to Bills Mafia.
MIN @ G.B.
29 – 29
MIN- Diggs and Thielen totaled 21 receptions for 259 yards and 3 TDs. Can Cousins keep sustaining two WR1s is the question now?
G.B.- Rodgers was clearly not himself but he was able to do enough to move the offense down the field but they were unable to finish off some drives.
CLE @ N.O.
18 – 21
CLE-Josh Gordon being traded didn’t ensure Jarvis Landry 20 targets.
N.O.- Sean Payton was pretty heated after the Saints second fumble. N.O. better get this figured out ASAP.
DET @ S.F.
27 – 30
DET- An injury to Theo Riddick and LeGarrette Blount banged up could mean its the start of Kerryon Johnson time.
S.F. The RB duo was pretty even in touches but Matt Breida was the much more effective. Morris still led in snaps 31/26.
ARI @ LAR
0 – 34
ARI- The Cards are completely in shambles in all three phases it seems like right now.
LAR- Todd Gurley left the game with cramping and still gave you three touchdowns.
N.E. @ JAX
20 – 31
N.E.- New England just lost the tiebreaker this game could affect them when it comes to the playoffs and whether or not they’re at home or not, but of course a lot can change between now and then.
JAX- The Jags D was able to bottle up Gronkowski and the run game for the most part. Blake Bortles threw 4 TDs.
OAK @ DEN
19 – 20
OAK- Amari Cooper is alive. 100 yard receiving game against the tough opponent.
DEN-Phillip Lindsay on the rise. Out touched and outgained Royce Freeman in week 2. Still not a 20 touch guy in my opinion. (Snaps in the game – Lindsay 28/ Booker 22/ Freeman 16)
NYG @ DAL (SNF)
13 – 20
NYG- OBJ continues his struggles against Dallas still only having one game over 100 yards against the Boys d.
DAL- The Dallas defense was in Eli Manning’s face all night and kept the Giants talented rookie in check. The boys o-line didn’t allow a sack and gave Zeke some decent holes as the night went on.
SEA @ CHI (MNF)
17 – 24
SEA- Rashard penny was able to get a little space late in the game. Seattle definitely wants to use him as he was the running back on the field for most of the fourth quarter.
CHI- Allen Robinson is back. (10 receptions for 83 yards) This defense is a force to be reckoned with.
My Weekly Hot Take:
I feel like I could just keep telling everyone how Michael Thomas is the man and will be the top fantasy WR. (Actually I just did) This week though for my Hot Take we’re going to talk about the Kansas City Chiefs fantasy goodness. In 2018 the Chiefs will provide us with a top 10 quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end. No other team will do this.