Week 2 Fantasy Football Matchups


JAX @ TEN 42.5 o/u TEN -9

This divisional matchup pits the two teams atop the AFC South. Tennessee is coming off a hard-fought Monday night game in Denver that came down to a last second FG, while the Jaguars completed a similarly hard-fought battle against the Colts, pulling out a win in the final 6 minutes after playing catch-up most of the game. If the game follows Vegas’ predictions, it should be relatively low scoring, ending with a comfortable win for the Titans at home.


JAGUARS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Gardner Minshew led the passing game for Jacksonville and he looked great last weekend, completing 19 of his 20 attempts and notching 3 TDs. The scores went to Keelan Cole, Laviska Shenault, and DJ Chark. None of them broke 50 yards in the game, and Chark is the only one that we can recommend as a start in fantasy this week against a much stouter Tennessee defense.


Rushing Attack:

The Jacksonville run game was a bit of a surprise in week 1, as they decided to feed James Robinson, who was the only RB with a carry during the game. He looks to be the main man in the offense and is someone to take a look at for your flex/RB3 spot. It will be interesting to see how well Robinson can do in the coming weeks, and he may become a staple in your starting lineup if the volume keeps coming.


TITANS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Tennessee will be led by their signal-caller Ryan Tannehill, who started out well Monday night, throwing for 249 yards and two TDs on 67% completion. His leading target was Corey Davis, with 7 catches for 101 yards, followed by Adam Humphries and AJ Brown with 6 and 5 catches respectively. However, his tight ends were the ones finding paydirt, with Jonnu Smith hauling in a score to go along with 36 yards, and another TD to Mycole Pruitt, whose 1-yard TD was his only catch. Tannehill is a sneaky good streaming start in this matchup, as the Titans should be moving the ball well. AJ Brown would be a good WR2 or Flex option this week but is nursing a bone bruise that will likely miss this contest. To a lesser trusted extent Corey Davis can be slotted in your lineups as well but just know his floor is really low. Jonnu should be a good streaming option as a low-end TE1.


Rushing Attack:

Tennessee’s run game is a 1-man show, and he’s locked and loaded every week in your lineup. Derrick Henry was the only RB on the team with a carry, getting the ball 31 times for 116 yards. He didn’t get into the endzone, but it won’t be long before he breaks through. Don’t overthink this one.


Kicking Game and Defense:

Tennessee’s D/ST is a good start this week, while Jacksonville’s is not worth owning for now. After 4 missed kicks on Monday, I would avoid Stephen Gostkowski at K for the Titans, but Josh Lambo is a great option as he makes almost everything, and Jacksonville is likely to be stopped short of the goal line frequently during the course of the game, forcing a FG attempt.

CAR @ TB 48.5 o/u TB-9

This NFC South battle features two teams looking for their first win. The Bruce Arians-led Buccaneers look to match the pre-season hype their team generated, while the underdog Panthers are just trying to get the first win for rookie head coach Matt Rhule.


PANTHERS Preview:

Passing Attack:

The Panthers are led by Teddy Bridgewater, who still has some work to do before being a rosterable fantasy option. He’ll be looking to get the ball to DJ Moore, Robby Anderson, and Curtis Samuel at WR. DJ Moore should have a busy day and is ranked as a solid starter this week, while the other two are just on the edge of the rankings and should only get a look if you have injury issues. Ian Thomas is the main TE threat, but he isn’t a good starting option for now.


Rushing Attack:

At RB, the analysis is much simpler. Start Christian McCaffrey with confidence, and don’t look back. Due to his importance to both the rushing and passing attack, he is locked in for a huge workload each week no matter how negative the game script.


BUCCANEERS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Behind center for Tampa Bay is Buccaneers legend Tom Brady, acquired in free agency this off-season. He’ll look to bounce back after a 2-TD, 2-INT performance on Sunday. He’ll be helped by having his main pass-catcher, Mike Evans, back healthy, as he was limited to just 1 catch for 2 yards last week (although it was for a TD). The problem could come with last week’s leading WR, Chris Godwin, who has been in the concussion protocol all week and whose status is up in the air. Both WRs are worth a start if you have them. Tom also looked at Scott Miller in Evans’ absence, and he could get a similar workload if Godwin misses this week. Probably not worth a start if the other two play, however. At TE, Brady looked to both OJ Howard and Rob Gronkowski, with Howard ending up getting a TD. They’re both low-end streaming options, but they’ll be TD dependent.


Rushing Attack:

The Buccaneers ground game was led by Ronald Jones II in the opener, but the vibe from the coaching staff is that they would like to get Leonard Fournette more involved than his 5 yards on 5 carries would indicate. For now, it seems that Jones is the better option, but that may change as the season progresses, and it’s hard to recommend either as a great starting option this week, with Jones ranking as a low-end RB2 and Fournette as a desperation play RB4.


Kicking Game and Defense:

The Tampa Bay D/ST is a good option for the week, as a heavily favored home team. Their kicker, Ryan Succop, should get a few opportunities, and is a decent option at K. Joey Slye, the Panthers’ kicker, is a decent streaming option, but you can probably do better.


DEN @ PIT 41.5 o/u PIT -7

Two teams who played Monday night get to take on each other after a short week of practice. Denver looks to rebound from a last-second loss at home, while Pittsburgh is riding high after a solid team win in East Rutherford.


BRONCOS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Drew Lock leads the Broncos offense, and it looks like he’ll get one of his best weapons back this week. Courtland Sutton was out with a shoulder injury last week, but reports indicate he should be good to go this weekend. He’s joined at WR by rookie Jerry Jeudy and last week’s fill-in Tim Patrick, as well as KJ Hamler and DaeSean Hamilton. The real benefactor of Sutton’s absence was Noah Fant, who had a great night at the TE spot, and is definitely worth a start again this week. Sutton is a good option at WR2 as he slots back in, and Jerry Jeudy is a low-end WR3 that should get at least a few looks, especially if Denver is playing catch-up in the game.


Rushing Attack:

The rushing group is led by Melvin Gordon, and with Philip Lindsay likely sidelined after a turf toe injury last week, he should be the primary option in the backfield. Gordon is a solid start at RB2.


STEELERS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Pittsburgh is still led by Ben Roethlisberger, who can still put up solid fantasy outings even pushing 40. He enters this week just outside QB1 status in the rankings, but he is a solid streaming option if you went late at QB. His weapons include WRs Juju Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and James Washington, and TE Eric Ebron. Juju and Washington both scored last week, while Johnson led the team with 10 targets, although he seemed to struggle with confidence after muffing a punt in the 1st quarter. Look for Juju to be a solid start at WR1, while Johnson comes in at low WR3 status. Ebron and Washington aren’t worth the risk this week.

Rushing Attack:

The Steelers have been led on the ground by James Conner, although after he came out with an injury Monday night, Benny Snell slotted in for him and had a solid night. This is a tough call, because even if Conner plays this week, he will likely be limited, but Snell should have a good opportunity if Conner does sit out. I would fade both if Conner plays, but Snell is a solid option if Conner is inactive. Keep an eye on this one.


Kicking Game and Defense:

The Steelers’ D/ST should be started this week, and you should avoid the Broncos group. The Steelers’ kicker is Chris Boswell, and he should have plenty of opportunities. Brandon McManus, Denver’s kicker, is a reliable kicker at home, but I’m worried about how many chances he’ll get this week.


LAR @ PHI 46 o/u LAR -1.5

After an embarrassing week one loss to The Washington Football Team, the Eagles and Carson Wentz will look to bounce back at home against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams on the other hand are coming off a primetime victory against the Cowboys and look to ride that wave into Philly this weekend.


RAMS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Jared Goff had a very Jared Goff week 1... very pedestrian. He threw for 275 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT, doing just enough to not lose the game. I expect another pedestrian performance from Goff week 2 against the Eagles defense who only allowed 178 passing yards last week to Washington. Sit Goff until a prime matchup against a soft defense presents itself. Many of us drafted Cooper Kupp in the earlier rounds (myself included) hoping for more than a scoreless 40 yard performance in week 1. Unfortunately, I expect a similar stat line given the struggles of Goff against strong defenses. Cupp is a WR3 with some upside for this week. Robert Woods was Goff’s security blanket last week racking up 8 targets and 119 yards, This week is a tougher matchup for Woods but I am still starting him as a low-end WR2 based on the target volume we saw last week. Josh Reynolds and Van Jefferson are obvious fades this week. I see Tyler Higbee getting even more run this week now that Gerald Everett is dealing with a back issue and the fact that Higbee was on the field for 90% of the snaps last week.


Rushing Attack:

I don’t think anyone saw last week’s performance coming from Malcolm Brown, given the RBBC talk McVay was spitting this offseason. If you cashed in on his 21 touches, 110 yards, and 2 TDs and had the balls to start him, kudos to you. I still think McVay runs with the hot hand and I’m putting my money on Brown getting the first crack at getting things going this week. I would start him as a TD dependent FLEX this week and fade on Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson.


EAGLES Preview:

Passing Attack:

Carson Wentz was sacked 8 times last week and this week gets the train that is Aaron Donald charging towards him. The offense is healthier with Miles Sanders returning this week and that should help but this Eagles O-line is down 3 key pieces and I foresee another mediocre performance from Carson Wentz. Treat him as a high end QB2. DeSean Jackson led the Eagles receivers last week with 7 targets but that only translated into 46 yards. Jackson could be a decent FLEX start if you are desperate based on potential volume alone. Jalen Raegor is a fade until further notice until we see his role pick up in this offense. Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert are the only pass catchers I am comfortable starting on a weekly basis. Ertz is obviously the first choice here.


Rushing Attack:

Miles Sanders is “healthy” after missing week one with a hammy injury. You are starting him if you have him but lower your expectations given the state of this offensive line. The good news here, is that there is no competition for touches after a disappointing performance from Boston Scott last week.


Defense and Kicking Game:

I’m starting the Rams DS/T this week as a top 10 option going against a swiss cheese Eagles O-line. Aaron Donald should feast. Eagles D/ST could be a sneaky streaming option with their talented secondary taking a few passes away from Goff. Both kickers are worth a look this week, Sam Sloman (Rams) offers more upside than Jake Elliot (Eagles) given the struggles we are seeing from the Eagles offense.


SF @ NYJ 42.5 o/u SF -7

San Francisco, viewed as a top 3 team coming into the season, are coming off a tough divisional loss against the Cardinals and should have their way with the hapless New York Jets. I’m surprised the 49ers are only favored by 7 points in this one. I expect a blowout against a completely lost Adam Gase and injury-riddled Jets offense.


49ERS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Jimmy Garoppolo had a surprising performance last week despite a lack of receiving options and a talented Cardinals defense. This week the talent could be much worse if George Kittle is forced to miss time with a knee sprain. If Kittle plays, put Kittle in your lineup and start Jimmy G as low end Q2 with limited upside due to game flow and lack of pass catching talent. Leave Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, and Dante Pettis on the bench and probably on the waiver wire while you’re at it.


Rushing Attack:

Raheem Mostert is the lead back in this backfield, out-snapping both Jerrick Mckinnon and Tevin Coleman 36 to 19 and 6 respectively. Fire him up as a strong RB2 given the matchup on potential boost in carries given this can become a blow-out by half-time. Only other RB I'm looking at is Jerrick McKinnon as a potential FLEX this week especially if Kittle sits.


JETS Preview:

Passing Attack:

How is Adam Gase still a head coach in the NFL? Seriously, this Jets offense is lost with him leading the way and we are seeing him waste the prime of a talented young Quarterback in Sam Darnold and the once dynamic Le’Veon Bell. I’m staying away from Darnold, especially against an elite 49ers Defense. Jamison Crowder is OUT this week with a Hamstring injury. Another young talent being wasted on this offense is Chris Herndon, he is a low upside TE2 for me this week given the injury to Bell and Crowder and an increase in targets he should see.


Rushing Attack:

Frank Gore is eternal, and at this point I'm convinced he is going to be playing football forever. Gore gets another chance to lead the backfield now that Le’Veon Bell is on the IR with a hamstring injury. Although this can be seen as a revenge game for Gore going against his old team I’m dialing back my expectations because this is a very tough matchup. If you are thin at RB put in Gore as a very risky FLEX against a stout 49ers D-line. Josh Adams is a fade even though in theory there is potential for the passing down work and the Jets should be playing catchup all game.


Defense and Kicking Game:

Start the 49er’s D/ST this week against the hapless Jets. Also start Robbie Gould this week as this offense will have no issue moving the ball this week. Do not start the Jets D/ST or their kicker Sam Ficken.


BUF @ MIA 41 o/u BUF -5.5

Bills Mafia and Josh Allen travel down to sunny Miami this weekend to take on Ryan FitzMAGIC and the Miami Dolphins. The Bills handled the Jets pretty easily last week and we could see the same this week against a limited upside Miami offense with Fitpatrick behind center.


BILLS Preview:

Passing Attack:

I am all in on Josh Allen this year! This kid is going to be a star and we saw a glimpse of that last week posting a 3TD (2 passing, 1 rushing) and 369 total yards (312 passing, 57 rushing). This was the first 300+ yard passing for the Bills since 2007 (Tyrod Taylor). The Miami secondary is much better than the Jets but Josh Allen should have similar success this week with all of the new talent around him this season. Fire him up as a QB1 this week. Many fantasy football analysts were worried about the volume Stefon Diggs would see after being traded to the BIlls but if last week was any indication, we can put those concerns to bed. Diggs was targeted 9 times and cashed them in for 86 yards. On the other side John Brown also saw plenty of targets week one (10) and even got into the endzone. I’m trusting both of these WR this week as WR2, and if we can get them into the endzone your day is made!


Rushing Attack:

Devin Singletery and Zack Moss are locked into a RBBC headache this year. We saw Singletery lead the way in snaps 51 vs 39 but it was Moss who got the goal line carries and caught a TD pass from Allen. Without that TD from Moss both would have a combined stat line of 26 total touches for 80 yards (eww). I’m plugging these guys in as RB3 until one truly takes over this backfield. I like Zack Moss slightly more than Singleterry due to him locking down the goal line work.


DOLPHINS Preview:

Passing Attack:

There was no MAGIC with FitzMAGIC in week 1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, instead, went for 191 passing yards, 0 TDs, and 3 INTs. The only reason he is a starter is Miami is being cautious with Tua and don’t want to destroy his confidence going up against a top ranked Bills defense is his first start. That being said stay away from Ryan Fitzpatrick, I don't see any magic returning this week. DeVante Parker injured his hamstring last week and isn’t expected to play this week. This could lead to an increase in targets for Preston Williams and Mike Gesicki, but this is a very tough matchup for both. Gesicki is a volume based TE2 this week and it would be hard to start Williams matched up against Tre'Davious White.


Rushing Attack:

Miami deploys Jordan Howard, Matt Brieda and Myles Gaskin aka Running Back Hell. This backfield is a nightmare all around and I would avoid as long as possible. If you got hit by the injury bug and lost an RB like Marlon Mack week one and need a desperation start, I would go with Myles Gaskin here. He was on the field for 39 snaps compared to Jordan Howard (9), and Matt Brieda (140), plus he was involved in the passing game. One final note: Jordan Howard did injure his hamstring but was able to return to punch it in for a touchdown.


Defense and Kicking Game:

Like last week I’m rolling with the Bills DS/T this week against a struggling Miami offense. This defense should have no problem picking off and sacking Ryan Fitzpatrick. Rookie Kicker Tyler Bass didn't have a great debut going 2/4 in FG attempts, there are better options out there. Speaking of better options I would also not look to start Miami D/ST nor Jason Sanders this week.

MIN @ IND 48 o/u IND -3

Boy was I wrong last week when I told everyone the Colts and Philip Rivers were going to embarrass the “tanking” Jaguars. It’s the home opener for the Colts against the Minnesota Vikings who are also coming off a loss against Green Bay. Lets see who rebounds this week, nonetheless it should be a good game.


VIKINGS Preview:

Passing Attack:

The Colts defense allowed 3 passing TDs from Gardner Minshew in week one, so I’m taking Kirk Cousins as a top streaming option this week who could have QB1 upside if the Colts secondary puts out a similar effort like they did last week. Adam Thielen is locked in as a WR1 this week, as he should continue to see high volume in this offense as Kirks’ most reliable receiving option. Thielen will look to build off of his monster 110 yard and 2 TD performance last week against this struggling Colts secondary. I would fade on the other pass catchers on this offense as the volume isn't there to support WRs outside of Thielen, Kirk only attempted 25 passes last week.


Rushing Attack:

I’m sure many of you, myself included, were sweating bullets when the Vikings fell behind before half time and thinking: “This is it, Dalvin Cook is going to get game-scripted out! I lost this week!” Luckily for us Dalvin is a main cog in the wheel of this offense and they still committed to the run and it paid off in a big way for Dalvin who turned in a 50 yard, 2 TD and 2 2-pt conversion performance. Of Course you want to see the attempts and yardage increase and that should be the case this week against an easier matchup against the Colts. Expect Dalvin to get cooking early on this one and lock him as your RB1 this week. Alexander Mattison will get a couple carries to spell Cook but he is nothing more than a handcuff stash on your benches.


COLTS Preview:

Passing Attack:

The first start as a Colt for Philip Rivers was good, bad and everything in between. The GOOD: he completed 78.3 percent of his passes for 363 yards. The BAD: 2 Interceptions. EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN: 1 touchdown. This week could be a prime matchup for QB streamers to exploit. Now, Philip Rivers is not Aaron Rodgers, but the Vikings defense is without key pieces and just let up 364 yards and 4 TDs to Rodgers last week. Roll with Rivers as a QB2 this week and let's pray for multiple TDs. T.Y. Hilton looks to finally have competition for targets on the Colts offense, both him and Parris Campbell received 9 last week. I would roll with T.Y Hilton this week as a WR3 with upside given what we just witnessed the Packers WRs do to the Vikings. I’m still on the fence about Parris Campbell and will not be starting him this week but I am going around and picking him up and stashing him on my bench. Jack Doyle is our this week.


Rushing Attack:

Who else had “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison stuck in their head all morning to then have the record scratch when Marlon Mack tore his achilles in the 1st quarter? Mack’s season is obviously over and his time in Indy is all but over as well. Those who drafted Jonathan Taylor are excited to see what the talented rookie can do after being named the starter on Monday. Let the rookie loose in your line-up this week as a solid RB2. Potential league-winner Nyheim Hines came out of nowhere posting 8 catches for 45 yards and a TD while also rushing 7 times for 28 yards and a TD. Are we seeing the success Austin Ekler saw with Philip Rivers? Only time will tell, in the meantime start him as an RB2 in PPR leagues this week and RB3 in standard leagues.


Defense and Kicking Game:

I’m not a big fan of either of these D/ST this week especially after their performances last week. Rodrigo Blankership’s time in Indy could be soon over after a disappointing debut, Colts signed Matt Gay to their practice squad this week. Drop Rodrigo, even though he does have a really cool name. Dan Bailey is kicking for the Vikings and if you started him you hated to see them go for 2-pt multiple times in that game but he is still a good kicker and i would keep him in your lineups.


DET @ GB 48.5 o/u GB -6

The home opener for Green Bay will not disappoint with this legendary divisional showdown against the Detroit Lions. The Lions look to recover after blowing a 17-0 lead in Week 1 and ultimately losing to the Bears at home after a horrendous dropped pass in the endzone. Meanwhile, the Packers look to continue their dominant opening.


PACKERS Preview

Passing Attack:

Aaron Rodgers connected 32 times for 364 yard and 4 touchdowns in the Season Opener. Faced by an inexperienced cornerback team in Minnesota, DeVante Adams consumed 14 of these targets for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns. And word on the street is that Detroit is dealing with injuries at their cornerback position so Devante Adams could feast once again. This situation also piques more interest in the remaining receiving corps - Allen Lazard and even Marquez Valdez Scantling were hot waiver adds this week.


Rushing Attack:

Aaron Jones proved to be the lead back in Green Bay and was incorporated into both the run and pass game hauling in a touchdown in both categories. But look out, Coach LeFleur insists he will use AJ Dillon more as the season progresses, vowing to keep his RBs fresh throughout the duration of the season. Dillon’s quiet start may mean your outcry if you aren’t keeping an eye on the shifts in this backfield.


LIONS Preview:

Passing Attack:

The Matthew Stafford Revenge Tour continues as Mr. 5000 proves he is capable of a return to glory. After playing 136 consecutive starts dating back to 2011, Stafford ended 2019 early with broken bones in his back. He’s off to an okay start now throwing for 297 yards and a touchdown in their week one loss to the Bears but his team is not as ready to go. Deandre Swift shattered hopes with a dropped pass in the endzone for the win and Kenny Golladay is out with an injury. The bright spots are a reliable Marvin Jones and an up and coming TJ Hockensen at Tight End.


Rushing Attack:

Adrian Peterson looks to take on the lead back role for the Lions after rushing 14 times for 93 yards in week 1 after joining the team on September 7th. This comes as a shock to DeAndre Swift truthers who ate crow while Swift ate AstroTurf diving for a missed catch last Sunday. Stafford insists his trust is cemented with Swift but fantasy players may want to hang back as Peterson is poised to mow-down a Packers defense that just let up 134 yards and 2 touchdowns to the run.


ATL @ DAL 52.5 o/u DAL -4.5

The Cowboys will play at home on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcon in a game Vegas predicts we’ll see the highest scoring matchup of the week. This will mean for explosive on-field play and fantasy starts you want to have.


FALCONS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Matt Ryan impressed, throwing for 450 yards, two touchdowns with just one interception on Sunday. This aging Matt Ice is leaning more and more on his slot role and Russell Gage is there to receive. With the dynamic duo Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley engaged, this Falcons offense could be juicy. In fact, according to Elias Sports Bureau this was the first time a team had three players with 9 catches and 100 yards in the same game. Watch out!


Rushing Attack:

Todd Gurley has not given fantasy managers the sigh of relief they are looking for just yet. In his week one debut with Atlanta, he carried the ball 14 times for 56 yards and one touchdown, which happened on the goal line. Not bad… but let’s see where it goes. If Gurley gets the same treatment Malcom Brown received last week from a weakened Cowboys secondary, he may begin solidifying an impressive opening run.


COWBOYS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Both teams coming into this matchup could see three receivers go for 1,000+ years this season and Dak Prescott, who is still fighting for a contract, is in a great position to make it happen. Lead receiver Amari Cooper is battling to start with a foot injury so Michael Gallup is an even more enticing start. Rookie CeeDee Lamb looks to improve on his debut and may not be ready for fantasy lineup lights just yet.


Rushing Attack:

Ezekiel Elliott and there really isn’t much more to say. The Falcons have to be doing everything they can to devise a plan to stop him but he will just laugh at that plan while he runs past them scoring touchdowns.


Kicking Game and Defense:

This is going to be such a high scoring game I can’t see either defenses being a good start this week.


NYG @ CHI 42 o/u CHI -5.5

I think Vegas is dead wrong on this one! Look, the Giants struggled to engage the run (which goes by the name of Saquon Barkley) and yet came just an endzone interception away from beating the freaking Steelers. Meanwhile, the Bears snuck out a win in a game that the Lions nearly locked. These storylines will flip this week and a near-perfect Daniel Jones will lead the Giants to victory over a collapsable Bears offense.


GIANTS Preview:

Passing Attack:

The Giants prospects are high with Daniel Stephen Jones III as Quarterback. His upside continues to shine through and his receiving corps looks ready to make plays happen. Sterling Shepard is the WR1 but it’s Darius Slayton who surprised on Sunday. Tight End Evan Engram also lurked in the shadows and could explode at any second.


Rushing Attack:

Saquon Barkely struggled to engage against a tough Steelers secondary but will rebound on the road in Chicago. There is no other running back you want to have for the Giants so just sit tight and wait for Saquon to shine.


BEARS Preview:

Passing Attack:

This offense shared three touchdowns week one but is on shaky ground headed into week two. Mitch Trubisky is playing to win as much as he is playing to keep his own job. And the news from the Bears locker room this week didn’t bode well for reports of team harmony with lead receiver Allen Robinson making headlines for his contract disputes (things are said to be fine now). Anthony Miller may be the most exciting unknown in this offense after proving to be extremely explosive on plays against the Lions.


Rushing Attack:

David Montgomery is a solid start this week and is my guess to be the point leader in terms of fantasy output for the Bears Offense. Neither team has a kicker worth your time.


Kicking Game and Defense:

The Bears Defense led by Khalil Mack are playmakers all on their own. They’ll surely earn a few sacks on Daniel Jones and will likely be worth a start in spite of my predictions for this game. I also think the Giants could be a sneaky defensive start, likely snagging an interception or more off Trubisky.


WAS @ AZ 46.5 o/u AZ -6.5

In a showdown of two undefeated teams only one will come out 2-0. Washington stunned against the Eagles Week 1 but the Cardinals boast a stronger secondary and the more elite receiving corps.


FOOTBALL TEAM Preview:

Passing Attack:

What a concerning start for Dwayne Haskins, proving why he should be nobody’s fantasy quarterback this early in the season.


Rushing Attack:

All eyes are on the Washington backfield as we wait and see who becomes and remains a fantasy relevant start. Three-headed backfields have rarely proved fantasy-useful and the hope is Antonio Gibson will run away with it, but Peyton Barber and JD McKissic are keeping a grip. I’d stay the hell away from this mess for now but I know that’s my fantasy running back privilege talking so thoughts and prayers to you if you are stuck in this muck.

CARDINALS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Kyler Murray and his new pal DeAndre Hopkins wasted no time together week one completing 14 of 16 passes for 151 yards. Fellow Cardinals receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk were hardly engaged week one and who knows how long this will continue as Murray and Hopkins unleash their newfound chemistry.


Rushing Attack:

Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds will share time and Drake will continue to carry the majority load but it is interesting to see how Edmonds has been incorporated into the passing game out of the gate. But this week, I fear both will be completely shut down on the run against a strong Washington D. We certainly don’t have much to look at given Miles Sanders absence from Week 1 but it’s enough to have me worried if I am leaning on Drake’s performance this week. Kyler Murray may end up leading the run game this week.


Kicking Game and Defense:

The Cardinals’ Defense are a good fantasy play this week as we say Dwayne Haskins and the Washington Offense easily bottled up in Philly. Washington’s Defense may have had its day in the sun last week but they will be no match for Murray and Hopkins.


KC @ LAC 47 o/u KC -8.5

Both of these squads exited week one undefeated but they seem to be on much different team-speed levels. Kansas City more than doubled Los Angeles’ point total of 16 from week one with 34 against the Texans. That was a game where Mahomes did not look very sharp and that is a scary thought for the rest of the league as I expect him to play much better and so do the oddsmakers in Vegas.


CHIEFS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Fresh off his Super Bowl LIV victory and MVP, Patrick Mahomes was far from perfect in last week’s NFL kickoff game. Mahomes sailed several balls and nearly threw a couple picks and yet even with all the rust being knocked off he notched 3 TDs. This week he will look to face a Chargers defense that is mostly intact from 2019 and limited Mahomes to a QB14 finish in week 11 and a QB23 finish in week 17. With 10 days to prepare and not returning from a sprained knee this time around, and with his plethora of weapons, Mahomes should do just fine. Perhaps the most dangerous of those aforementioned weapons is Tyreek Hill. Hill has struggled over his last 7 only scoring 3 TDs in that span and not topping 100 yards since week 10 of 2019. Hill scored last Thursday and as Mahomes rounds into elite form Hill should see more week to week ceiling plays. Also locked and loaded into your lineup is Gronk 2.0, Travis Kelce. Kelce had a solid week one and tallied a score on his way to a TE4 finish on the week. Kelce is one of this year's best bets for positive TD regression only converting on only 2 of his 10 2019 targets inside the 10. I like his scoring chances this week facing a Chargers team that just let up 4 catches for 45 yards including 2 red zone targets to Cincy’s TE C.J. Uzomah. Sammy Watkins did some very Sammy Watkins-type things last week finishing as the WR10 in most formats behind 82 yards and a score. Given last week’s performance and the offense’s upside it may be tempting to flex Sammy this week, but it should be noted that Watkins has a career of volatility even in this offense and he will face Chargers CB Casey Hayward on the majority of his snaps this week. Further down the pecking order we find Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman. Robinson missed out on a few big plays via frustrating drops including an absolute dime of a potential TD from Mahomes. Mecole only played on 29% of the team snaps and both these WRs need to be treated as wait and see bench stashes until further notice.


Rushing Attack:

We know the Chiefs are a high flying offense that fantasy football GMs want a piece of. What was more questionable was just how good Kansas City’s first round pick and rookie RB, Clyde Edwards-Helaire would look and just how much Andy Reid would choose to deploy him. Questions were quickly answered when CEH ran the ball 25 times for 138 yards and a touchdown in his debut. Edwards-Helaire looked explosive and dynamic as a runner even if he looked smaller and less powerful in short yardage situations. He is locked into your lineups and those who drafted him in the first round are looking pretty smart to their league mates after one week of action. His backup and a “must roster” if you have CEH is Darrel Williams who logged just 9 touches for 30 yards last week.


CHARGERS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Heading into Sunday we got plenty of questions asking if Tyrod Taylor was worth a start in fantasy given his rushing floor and ball security. It turns out this offense was a lot more conservative than we thought and Taylor should not be rolled out in lineups any time soon. Even though Keenan Allen played 95% of snaps (70), he was out-targeted by Mike Williams (9 vs 8), who played 78% of snaps (58), and tied Hunter Henry in targets (8 vs 8), who played 80% of snaps (59). It seems like in this ball control style that HC Anthony Lynn wants to play, Keenan Allen may be the odd man out. If there is a week to start Allen it is this one against KC. Your best hope is to start Allen in a nice spot and try and sell high following this week. Williams is worth the FLEX this week given the matchup and how strong he looked last week. Hunter Henry will likely end this year as the most consistent play in this offense.


Rushing Attack:

It is hard not to be concerned about Austin Ekeler after he only saw one target in the passing game in week one. On the other hand, he operated as the true starting running back, piling up 84 yards on 19 carries. He will be started until that work goes away but temper expectations for a guy you drafted in the 2nd round. The hot waiver add of the week was Ekeler’s backfield running mate Joshua Kelley. Kelley scored the Chargers only TD and seemed to operate as this team’s goal line and short yardage back. Kelley ran hard and looked strong with 4.25 yards before contact and this week he is facing a KC defense that could be exploitable after posting the 3rd worst rushing defense numbers from week one. Don’t be afraid to FLEX him this week.


Defense and Kicking Game:

Harrison Butker is a locked in kicker for you on the league's best offense whereas Michael Badgely isn’t the sexiest kicker on the week but this game should have plenty of points to go around. “Sexiest kicker,” is that a thing? Stay away from both defenses this week if you can help it.


BAL @ HOU 51.5 o/u HOU -7

These two teams could not have been more different in their week one showings. Baltimore seemed to be a direct mirror of their 2019 selves as they thumped the Browns and showcased that maybe Lamar Jackson is a lock to improve as a passer every year. Conversely, the Texans lacked identity and their signal caller did not look sharp. As Vegas predicts, Houston is likely in trouble this week as well.


RAVENS Preview:

Passing Attack:

After a bit of a rusty start, Lamar Jackson brushed off the cobwebs and posted 3 touchdowns, going 20 of 25 for 275 yards. He added 45 yards on the ground and is locked into your lineup facing a Houston squad that let up 4 passing touchdowns and 85 yards rushing to the reigning MVP last year. We knew Mark Andrews was good but we also knew what his ceiling could be if he played more snaps after Baltimore traded Hayden Hurst to the Falcons. Andrews cashed in on two touchdowns including a beautiful one-handed snag that completely bailed out his quarterback. Mark MANdrews will continue his quest for overall TE1 this week. This is an absolute smash spot for Marquise Brown this week as he faces week one’s third worst secondary and his QB faces the second worst pass rush. Keep an eye on Willie Snead and Miles Boykin to see if either can emerge as a true #3 in the offense. Neither should be rostered, let alone played this week.


Rushing Attack:

After this offense produced the overall RB8 in 2019 in Mark Ingram, Baltimore’s backfield is shaping up to be a game plan-dependent, “hot hand” rushing attack. There is hope that Ingram will see more work than his week one performance that saw him receive 10 touches for 29 scoreless yards. You’re rolling him out there this week with Baltimore favored by more than a TD but you have your eyes glued to the rip cord and ready to pivot if week one repeats itself. Part of the reason that ripcord is so tempting is rookie J.K. Dobbins who saw all the red zone and goalline work for this team last week and as this season goes on could easily usurp Ingram as this team’s primary back. Gus Edwards still exists but should not exist in any starting lineup.


TEXANS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Admittedly I did not think we would be convinced that the Texans had this far to go to establish a passing game identity but I guess that is what happens when you trade away a HOF wide receiver. We are looking at you Bill O’Brien. Outside of the typical Will Fuller connection, Deshaun Watson did not look sharp. Even if we chalk it up to COVID offseason rust or first game jitters, Watson is not in a favorable spot this week against an elite Baltimore defense. You most likely keep Fuller in your lineup but expectations are tempered against a secondary that allowed OBJ to catch only 3 balls on 10 targets last week. You can’t trust either Brandin Cooks off his ailing quad injury and lack of chemistry with Watson or Randall Cobb and his dismal team-low 6.7 ADOT. Neither Jordan Akins nor Darren Fells can be rostered or started in this matchup.


Rushing Attack:

The best looking part of the Texans offense last Thursday night was David Johnson. Johnson is likely the player you trust most this week and that is saying something against a tough defensive front for Baltimore. It would make sense that if BoB wants to win this game, he will play keep away from Lamar and try to establish the running game early and often. I am not sure if I trust O’Brien to make much sense these days though. Duke Johnson has seen some practice time this week after missing most of week one with an ankle injury but you are not rolling him out in your fantasy lineups unless something happens to David Johnson.


Defense and Kicking Game:

Justin Tucker is the best opera singer I know and he doubles as the best fantasy football kicker as well. I can almost hear you trying to sound out Ka'imi Fairbairn’s name as you read this. You can start him again as Houston could stall out a few times against this Baltimore Defense. Speaking of the Baltimore D, Watson provides nothing that scares you as he and the Texans try to work out their offensive kinks.


NE @ SEA 45 o/u SEA -5

In a rematch of Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, the Seahawks are hosting the New England Patriots. It is quite fitting that with all the talk about letting “Russ cook,” the Hawks will play against Bill Belichick who’s Patriots won the 2015 Super Bowl by intercepting a pass thrown by Russ at the goaline. The rosters have changed slightly but this will be an enticing matchup with multiple fantasy implications.


PATRIOTS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Part of the roster turnover I mentioned starts at the QB position. After 20 years of Tom Brady the Patriots unveiled Cam Newton last week. The questions of how Cam would mesh with the “Patriot Way” were mostly answered last week as he played exceptionally against the Dolphins as he looked like the Cam of old. An interesting matchup to watch will be Seahawks new safety Jamaal Adams versus Cam Newton, but even with the 2017 first rounder shadowing him, you can start him with confidence. Given his dominance on the ground, Newton only threw for 155 yards last week, most of which went to Julian Edelmen on 5 of 7 for 57 yards. This is a matchup where you can feel comfortable with firing up Edelman as the Pats are likely going to need to work back against a Seattle lead in this one. Many fantasy football analysts believe the breakout is incoming for second year wideout N’Keal Harry, who had it not been for a fumble through the back or the end zone would have been the talk of the Patriots wide receiving corps. If you are in need of a “what the heck” FLEX this week, Harry could be that guy.


Rushing Attack:

This backfield seems to be quite the fade these days. Even in what should have been an exploitable matchup last week none of the Patriot backs had more than 10 carries. Sony Michel led the RB room with those 10 carries but was second on the team to Cam. Rex Burkhead was the most effective back with a 4.6 ypc but only 7 carries while James White and J.J. Taylor mixed in as well. This distribution in that type of game script was concerning and I think it is a sign of things to come for the pure runners in the backfield. I do have a hunch that this could be a big James White game as the Pats aim to keep up with Russ and Co. and he is worth a FLEX in most instances.


SEAHAWKS Preview:

Passing Attack:

The fantasy football universe rejoiced last week as Russell Wilson finally got his wish for the Seahawks to be more aggressive and pass happy last week. It paid major dividends as Wilson amassed 322 yards and 4 touchdowns on his way to QB1 overall. You are rolling out Russ no matter especially when he is throwing to his stud WR combo of Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. You are starting those WRs until further notice. You may also want to take a look at Greg Olsen if you are looking for a spot start tight end this week. Greg Olsen is hot off of a 4 catch performance for 24 yards and a TD last week.


Rushing Attack:

Well if you are going to let Russ cook it likely means you are sacrificing some touches for your running backs. This is not great news for Chris Carson who saw his lowest carry total in a single game in over a year with 6. He saved his day with not one but two scores. He was out-carried by his backfield mate Carlos Hyde. I still give the nod to Carson and he can be trusted in this week's matchup but keep a watchful eye on his usage in this one. No need to start Hyde in any format.


Kicking Game and Defense:

Neither of these team’s kickers placed in the top 12 at the position last week and I imagine you can find a better option this week. Patriots D will be facing Russ this week so I could understand your hesitancy to start them. Stream away.


NO @ LV 49.5 o/u NO -5.5

The Saints, fresh off of spoiling Tom Brady’s debut as a Buccaneer will now look to play spoiler again as they travel to Las Vegas for the Raiders first game in their new home. The offense will be without Michael Thomas but will look to cash in on an exploitable matchup this week.


SAINTS Preview:

Passing Attack:

Drew Brees looks to no longer have his deep ball and maybe Sean Payton is ok with that. Without a big game from Michael Thomas, Brees only threw for 160 yards and two touchdowns last week at home. Thomas underperformed for his fantasy GMs and then suffered a high ankle sprain that will keep him out at least this week if not several more. Given Emmanuel Sanders propensity to soak up slot routes he will get a conceivable bump. Jared Cook is likely to see more looks as well fresh off his 5 catch 80 yard performance a week ago. If you are feeling brave you could dart throw Tre’Quan Smith as the deep option but again, it will be hard to believe in a deep ball from Brees until we see it again. Start Brees, Sanders, and Cook against this very beatable Raiders defense.


Rushing Attack:

The Saints offense begins and ends with the newly extended Alvin Kamara who was inches away from a 3rd touchdown last week and will look to feast upon a Carolina defense that allowed 134 scrimmage yards and two scores to CMC. Latavius Murray could get run in this game and potentially your FLEX after getting 15 carries last week. If this offense plays to their defense more this year while covering for Brees arm concerns, Murray could be a sneaky play week in and week out.


RAIDERS Preview:

Passing Attack:

In one of the best matchups that Derek Carr will get all year he still only managed a QB25 finish last week against a porous Carolina defense. He faces a much more daunting task this week against the Saints defense and should be avoided at all costs. The touches that were manufactured for Henry Ruggs were encouraging but his nagging knee/ankle injury is not and should be monitored. If Ruggs suits up he is no more than a FLEX as he will draw some of Marshawn Lattimore's shutdown attention. Fire up Darren Waller as he looks ready to lead this team in targets yet again this year.


Rushing Attack:

He almost surely won’t score three touchdowns again this week but Josh Jacobs set single game highs in targets(6) and receptions(4) last week. This is the beginning of some nasty matchups for Jacobs but you aren’t benching your 1st round pick.


Kicking Game and Defense:

You can start the Saints Defense in this game as they are favored and could get opportunistic against the bumbling Derek Carr. I also like Wil Lutz in this game given the high over/under.


The Fantasy Whisperers

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music

© 2023 by The Fantasy Whisperers. Proudly created with Wix.com

Join the Whisper Nation

  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Snapchat