Week 1 is in the books and we’re on to week 2. Last week I touted Andy Dalton (missed it by a week) and Jared Goff (QB15) as start worthy candidates. If you listened, then you sat Eli Manning and Derek Carr who suffered through tough matchups in Week 1. For wide receivers, Mike Williams finished as WR40 but put up an encouraging stat line of 5 catches for 81 yards. Jarvis Landry had a great game against the Steelers finishing as WR22 in PPR leagues. Kelvin Benjamin, Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin all struggled as I said they would. With that said, let’s see what’s in store for Week 2.
Disclaimer: You will never find names like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. in this article. If you drafted them then you don’t need to think twice about starting them. The purpose of this article is to uncover weekly gems and strong plays.
WAS QB Alex Smith
Smith had a solid performance in Week 1 against the Cardinals but it was mostly the running game carrying Washington. In Week 2, start Smith with confidence knowing he gets a bad Colts defense coming in to FedEx Field. I expect Alex Smith and Chris Thompson to be big factors this weekend and Smith should be a back end QB1 with high QB1 potential.
KC QB Pat Mahomes
How about that for a 2018 debut? Mahomes torched a very good Chargers defense, tossing 4 TDs and no picks to go along with 256 yards through the air. This, in Week 2 mind you, is the biggest game of the Chiefs season. I understand they still have another game against LA. I understand they have to face the Patriots later on down the line. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been the Goliath to the Chiefs’ David. Mahomes is the difference for the Chiefs this time around. Can they finally get over the hump that is the Steelers? If not now, then when because the Steelers may never be weaker than they are now. I think the Chiefs young signal caller can take advantage of a bad Steelers secondary that may be missing Joe Haden.
TB QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
I’ve seen Fitz-magic get some love after a brilliant performance in Week 1 against what was supposed to be a good Saints defense. I do not expect a repeat performance this weekend against the defending Super Bowl Champions. The Eagles made an explosive Falcons offense look extremely mediocre in Week 1 and with Foles and the offense struggling, the D knows it’s on them to win the game. I expect Fitz-magic to go back to being Fitz-tragic this Sunday.
DAL QB Dak Prescott
My preseason worries about the Cowboys’ weapons, or lack thereof, came to fruition in Week 1. I truly don’t believe the Cowboys boast a single receiver or tight end that belongs on an NFL depth chart. Talk up rookie Michael Gallup all you want, there’s a reason he fell to the 3rd round. Beasley is a nice player but when he’s your leading receiver that says a lot about your offense. I don’t care how much Dak can do on the ground with his legs, he is not a QB1 this season and the Giants D looks much improved from last season.
PHI WR Nelson Agholor
What an odd week for Agholor. If you play in PPR leagues, Agholor had a great week and his 8 receptions for 33 yards were fine by you. If you play in standard leagues, not only do you despise how Agholor played in Week 1 but you need to re-evaluate your fantasy priorities because Standard scoring should die in a hole. I like Agholor this week being the only target in the Eagles passing game other than Zach Ertz worth mentioning. Oh yea, the Bucs just gave up 40 points and will also be down their top 2 corners. Start Agholor.
NYJ WR Quincy Enunwa
Enunwa had a huge game against the hapless Lions in Week 1. His team leading 10 targets came as a surprise to some but to others such as myself, this is what to expect going forward. Robbie Anderson is a wonderful player but is more of a big play threat. Jermaine Kearse returning could hurt a bit but not enough for me to move away from Enunwa. He is the number 1 WR in this offense and I expect him to continue to lead the Jets receiving core week in and week out. Enunwa is a flex play with borderline WR2 upside. Stop sleeping on him and if he’s on waivers somehow, pick him up.
NE WR Chris Hogan
Ladies and gentleman, you’d be wise to heed my advice when it comes to the Patriots. Chris Hogan is way too inconsistent to be considered a WR2 much less a WR1 as some were expecting. He had 1 catch for 11 yards in an easy matchup against the Texans in Week 1. He has 3 more games until Edelman comes back and people realize how idiotic it was to even consider Hogan was the 1 over Edelman. Unfortunately for Hogan, this net game is against a nasty Jags D. Do NOT start him this weekend.
SEA WR Tyler Lockett
I am likely going to be way off with this one but I have a theory. With Baldwin out, Lockett now assumes the number 1 WR role for Seattle. Say teams start to zero in on shutting down Lockett, then that leaves Brandon Marshall, Will Dissly and Chris Carson/Rashaad Penny for Wilson to work with. I’ll take my chances with letting those guys try and beat you. My thinking is teams will start to crack down on Lockett, leading to some tough games ahead. The Bears allowed Rodgers to walk back into the game last week but that defense looked great. I’m staying away from Lockett this week.