With every week in the NFL, the sample size gets bigger, and the picture for fantasy football managers clears somewhat. Of course, that is not always the case, as some players can put in conflicting performances that leave us scratching our heads as to their role in the offense. Let’s take a look a look at what we have learned in Week 2.
Week 2 fantasy takeaways | Thursday
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
The biggest concern coming out of the game for Justin Herbert is the injury, seemingly to the ribs. There was speculation of broken or fractured ribs, as well as a potential rib cartilage issue. We will likely find out today or over the weekend, and that result will determine how to continue.
If you are relying on Herbert and you have a bench spot to flip around this week, you may want to consider looking ahead to jump on a streaming QB for Week 3 ahead of this weekend’s roster lock. If Kirk Cousins is available in your league, the Vikings face the Lions next week. In deeper leagues, Geno Smith and Marcus Mariota could be options in the clash between the Falcons and Seahawks.
Austin Ekeler, Joshua Kelley, and Sony Michel | RB
The Chargers’ RB situation is starting to cause panic because Austin Ekeler has had two quiet weeks by his standards. In non-PPR, he only had 9.9 fantasy points this week after a quiet time in Week 1. However, he’s still the clear No. 1 back. Ekeler played 63% of the snaps and finished with 14 of the 22 rushing attempts by RBs, as well as 10 targets.
The majority of Ekeler’s usage in the passing came in the fourth quarter when the Chargers were starting to chase the game. He was targeted eight times in the fourth quarter, demonstrating that when LA is in tight games, Ekeler is the back they turn to. Sure, the usage is lower than last year, but that might ultimately be a good thing long-term if it keeps him healthy.
The biggest concern was that Sony Michel saw the first two goal line carries, but Ekeler did see the third goal line carry. Additionally, Ekeler saw more than two-thirds of the short-yardage opportunities. Joshua Kelley did see four of the five third-down opportunities. If you drafted Ekeler, there are some minor concerns, but he’s still the No. 1 back and remains a player you steadfastly start.
Kelley and Michel are really only deep-league relevant. If Michel continues to see goal line work, then he can have value. Meanwhile, Kelley’s Week 2 role on third downs could be useful. However, this could all just have been load management for Ekeler with two games in five days. Reading too much into it would be unwise.
Mike Williams, DeAndre Carter, and Joshua Palmer | WR
We saw a clear indication in this game that when Keenan Allen is out, Mike Williams is the guy Herbert will lean on. If Allen is inactive, Williams is a must-start. When Allen is playing, Williams becomes a matchup-based fringe Flex option.
Joshua Palmer is the clear backup to Allen, playing 91% of the offensive snaps. He had eight targets, catching four for 30 yards, and found the end zone. The Chargers seem to be using him more on short routes, capping his ceiling outside of PPR leagues. When Allen returns, Palmer is only relevant in really deep PPR leagues.
DeAndre Carter played on 63% of the snaps. While his usage was less than Palmer’s, he’s getting chances deeper down the field. Carter caught all three targets for 55 yards, but that is still just a mediocre fantasy return. While he offers more upside than Palmer, he also has a lower floor. Carter is a matchup-based fringe Flex starter when Allen is out but really only relevant in leagues larger than 14 teams.
Gerald Everett and Tre’ McKitty | TE
We saw some clarity in the tight end picture after both Gerald Everett and Tre’ McKitty saw four targets last week. This week, Everett had 10 targets, including some red-zone looks. The Chargers clearly want McKitty involved in his second season, as he still saw 52% of the snaps. Everett played on 67% and was heavily involved, but it’s still a strange situation.
When Donald Parham returns from injury, this situation could get more convoluted, especially if the Chargers want to keep McKitty involved. Additionally, when Allen returns, it might be tough for Everett to see 10 targets. If someone will give you a solid asset at RB or WR for Everett right now, I would sell high. However, I’m not simply giving him away because 14 targets in two weeks is solid usage at the TE position.
Patrick Mahomes | QB
Not every day will be like last week for Patrick Mahomes, but this return is more than solid, knowing the upside he can give you. This performance is far closer to his floor than the ceiling.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Jerick McKinnon, and Isiah Pacheco | RB
The numbers for Clyde Edwards-Helaire are a little wonky this week after he missed some snaps following being stepped on. He finished with a solid return, thanks to a long run late in the game. Even in this game where his usage was light, CEH still received 12 opportunities, including four targets. This offense will utilize Jerick McKinnon, limiting Edwards-Helaire’s ceiling. He’s a Flex starter, but there will be weeks where the final line is concerning.
McKinnon is the third-down back, and his fantasy value is limited in that role. He saw just six opportunities this week, despite Edwards-Helaire missing snaps. Isiah Pacheco stepped in when Edwards-Helaire was out, but he saw just two opportunities on five snaps. He’s the handcuff in this backfield but has no standalone fantasy value.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Mecole Hardman, Justin Watson, and Skyy Moore | WR
Marquez Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster saw over 70% of the offensive snaps. Mecole Hardman saw 54%, despite leaving the field at one point with an injury. This is the starting trio, and they will drive you crazy week to week knowing whether to start them.
MVS had seven targets this week but only caught two of them. Meanwhile, Smith-Schuster caught all three of his targets for just 10 yards. Hardman had 49 yards on three receptions from four targets. All of them are fringe options at Flex in 12-team leagues, but I would not feel comfortable starting any because of how the ball is spread around in this offense.
Justin Watson was the player who came in for Hardman following the injury. He caught both targets and finished with a touchdown. He needs an injury to be relevant, but Mahomes did not hesitate to look his way. An intriguing deep-league stash, but his value will always be tough to judge in this offense.
Unless you have a deep bench or play in a deep league, it’s time to consider moving on from Skyy Moore. I was low on him entering the season because he appeared to be the WR5 on this depth chart. That appears to be the case with just two snaps. Yes, his role might grow during the season, but in shallow leagues or where you have shallow benches, you need that spot.
Travis Kelce, Noah Gray, and Jody Fortson | TE
Do not panic about this return from Kelce. He historically struggles against the Chargers, averaging 2.5 to four fantasy points lower than his average in these matchups during his career. Last year, he had his two best performances ever against the Chargers, so somewhat unsurprisingly, there was a regression to the mean in this matchup. Kelce remains a must-start, and any attempts to “buy low” after just 50 yards should be rebuffed.
Noah Gray appears to have the second TE role in this offense, but he remains without fantasy value as of now. In deep TE premium leagues, you could stash Gray in case of a Kelce injury. Jody Fortson saw another red zone target. That appears to be his role in the offense, so his fantasy value is exclusive to deep Best Ball lineup leagues, where that inconsistent TD production really has an impact. Even then, it’s likely limited to a max of seven points unless he catches multiple TDs.
Week 2 fantasy takeaways | Sunday
Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens
Tua Tagovailoa | QB
What a performance this was from Tua Tagovailoa. Mike McDaniel took off the handbrake, and after a shaky start, Tua rewarded him and fantasy managers. With game-breakers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, this potential is always there. However, Tua is still someone to be selective about starting in 1QB leagues. This week against Buffalo is not one to get carried away with, for example.
Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds | RB
This RB situation just got immensely more complicated. Last week, it was Chase Edmonds dominating touches. This week it was Raheem Mostert. They had similar snap counts, but Mostert finished with 14 opportunities to eight for Edmonds. While both are healthy, neither can be reliable week-to-week starters in 12 or 14-team leagues.
Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle | WR
It was a slow start for Hill, with just five targets at the half. However, in the second half, he proved how explosive he is to finish with 190 yards and two touchdowns. You start him with no question.
I was concerned about Jaylen Waddle only seeing five targets last week, but it seems that concern was overblown. Waddle saw 19 targets in this game and finished with 171 yards and two touchdowns. There will be lean times because a lot of his yards rely on him making plays after the catch. However, what we saw today means that he is virtually impossible not to start weekly in all leagues.
Mike Gesicki | TE
This was a nice bounce-back for Mike Gesicki. However, he is one of a number of TD-dependent TE options. This was considered a good game for him, and he saw just four targets. He is a matchup-dependent streamer who will be hard to rely on.
Lamar Jackson | QB
Lamar Jackson is really good.
J.K. Dobbins, Kenyan Drake, Mike Davis, and Justice Hill | RB
J.K. Dobbins’ job, and by extension Gus Edwards’ job, appear to be very safe. The Ravens RBs have really struggled the past two weeks. While Dobbins is out, none of them have a high enough floor or ceiling to be a worthwhile starter or even a stash right now. We will find out when Dobbins comes back whether that is a product of their play or partly due to poor offensive line play.
Rashod Bateman, Devin Duvernay, Demarcus Robinson, and Tylan Wallace | WR
Rashod Bateman is the only receiver you can really trust for the Ravens right now. In leagues that reward kick return yards, Duvernay has value, but that is pretty niche. Duvernay remains a bench stash in deeper leagues, but outside of Bateman, this is a touchdown-dependent group for any of them to have value.
Mark Andrews and Isaiah Likely | TE
Mark Andrews remains a stud. Meanwhile, the Ravens appear to want to get another tight end involved. Likely had five targets despite playing just 21 snaps. Right now, he is a deeper league or tight-end premium option. However, that could yet change when Nick Boyle returns from injury.
New York Jets at Cleveland Browns
Flacco backed up what we thought would be a good week for him in Week 1 with an even better output in Week 2. The Jets are likely going to be chasing a lot of games this year, so their QB will always have a shot of having a big game. Flacco remains an intriguing starting option in 12-team Superflex leagues next week.
Michael Carter, Breece Hall, and Ty Johnson | RB
You might realize it from the box score, but this was a three-man backfield. Michael Carter had 61 percent of the snaps, with Breece Hall at 27 percent and Ty Johnson at 19 percent. Johnson did not register a carry but had three targets and saw the majority of third-down work.
Carter remains the main back, leading in opportunities on early downs, goal line opportunities, and inside two minutes. He remains a player to start as a flex option in 12-team leagues. Hall had a solid day in the box score with 50 rushing yards on seven carries and a 10-yard reception. However, he is still clearly second on the depth chart to Carter and now has to look over his shoulder at Johnson.
Garrett Wilson, Elijah Moore, and Corey Davis | WR
With Braxton Berrios hampered by an injury, this became a clear top three. Garrett Wilson saw the biggest value jump thanks to 14 targets, eight receptions, 102 yards, and two touchdowns. However, he played the least snaps of the three leading receivers, so expectations for repeat performances should be tempered. Wilson was targeted on almost a third of his total snaps. That ratio is likely unsustainable, and when Berrios is healthier, the picture could be more muddled. Wilson is a fringe flex starter in 12-team leagues, especially while Flacco remains under center.
Elijah Moore and Corey Davis had mixed days. Davis’ day was saved by a 66-yard touchdown reception, but otherwise, it would have been a disaster if you started him. These mediocre performances are a warning shot, but this is also likely the floor right now as the Jets chase games. Both are 16-team league options right now.
Tyler Conklin | TE
Tyler Conklin saw a lot of opportunities with C.J. Uzomah out. However, his nine targets only turned into 40 yards, and he fumbled. He remains a deep-league-only option who could have little relevance once Uzomah is healthy.
Jacoby Brissett | QB
This was a more efficient outing from Brissett. The passing numbers are still meh, with 229 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. His 43 yards on the ground means he will finish as a QB2 option at worst this week. However, that is really his ceiling. Brissett remains an option to avoid starting outside of 14-team or deeper Superflex leagues.
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt | RB
Last week, Kareem Hunt scored twice, this week, Nick Chubb scored three times. The fluctuations in fantasy outcomes will be frustrating, but both are heavily involved and are 12-team league starters every week.
Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and David Bell | WR
Amari Cooper and Jacoby Brissett appear to have found the same book, at least in Week 2. Whether they are on the same page, we will see in future weeks, but this was promising. Cooper is back in flex starting contention in 12-team leagues after a much more promising showing.
Donovan Peoples-Jones was the main casualty, and this underlines why if you added this week, you cannot start him right now. His fantasy outputs will be frustrating and very much based on how teams play Cooper. It was nice to see David Bell in the box score, but he is a long way from fantasy relevance.
David Njoku and Harrison Bryant | TE
Harrison Bryant saw another four targets this week, but the output remains nothing to be excited about. He now has five receptions for just 63 yards. He needs a touchdown a week to be fantasy relevant with those numbers. However, the usage at least outs him on TE premium league radars.
David Njoku had a better week with five targets, three catches, and 32 yards. The difference in whether he was fantasy relevant or not this week came down to a touchdown pass he could not quite reel in. While he and Bryant share targets, neither have value in leagues shallower than 16 teams.
Washington Commanders at Detroit Lions
Carson Wentz | QB
The Washington Commanders are going to be in a lot of high-scoring games this year, and Carson Wentz will be the benefactor. It isn’t always pretty, but his final line will mean he is always a 12 or 14-team streaming option and a regular starting option in Superflex leagues.
Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic | RB
Gibson got his double-digit carries but needed a TD to really save his day. He only saw four targets this week, compared to double that in Week 1. With Brian Robinson’s return looming, the opportunity to sell Gibson while he has some semblance of value is closing fast.
The difference in J.D. McKissic’s usage this week to last is all about the game script. With the Commanders trailing for long periods, he saw seven targets. That made up for just his three rushing attempts. He remains a fringe 12-team flex starter in PPR formats, especially when the Commanders are expected to be trailing in the second half.
Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, and Jahan Dotson | WR
The usage for Terry McLaurin was better this week, but it still took one big play to give him starting value. He remains a starting option, but he has been big-play dependent, so there will be weeks when that big play does not arrive.
Curtis Samuel is now a must-start for me. He is a top-10 WR in terms of targets and third at the position in rushing attempts. The Commanders are looking for ways to get him the ball, and that will give him a fantastic floor. One more week scoring a touchdown and getting to 20 fantasy points and you might see sell-high opportunities, with the touchdown luck only having one way to go from there.
Jahan Dotson is doing a solid job and is providing good deeper league fantasy value. The touchdown dependence means he remains just a matchup consideration in 12-team leagues, but anything deeper and he is right in the mix as a potential weekly flex starter.
Logan Thomas | TE
Another five targets, and this time it came with a touchdown. His ceiling is not as high as it was when this was a limited passing game with just three targets. However, he has the usage to give him a solid floor and the potential to provide a nice ceiling. He should only keep improving as he gets further removed from the injury.
Jared Goff | QB
The Lions appear set to play in a lot of shootouts, which is really helping Goff’s floor. The passing yardage totals are rarely likely to be high, and he doesn’t run the ball. Therefore, he needs touchdowns to really unlock the ceiling, and it will likely not be often he throws four in a game — this was the first time since 2018. However, he is a solid QB2 flex option in 12-team leagues or bigger.
D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams | RB
The Lions definitely controlled D’Andre Swift’s usage a little, but his ability to make big plays meant that it did not matter. He had a 50-yard run and a 22-yard touchdown reception. Those two plays accounted for 72 of his 87 yards and 13.2 of his 14.7 fantasy points in non-PPR. He remains a must-start going forward, even on a snap count.
Jamaal Williams provided on his solid floor with Swift limited, but just one target really hurt his ceiling. He finished with a pedestrian fantasy total but still saw two of the four-goal line carries, so this could have looked a lot different. He is a fringe flex option in 12-team leagues and a serious flex consideration in anything deeper than 14 teams.
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds, and D.J. Chark | WR
Amon-Ra St. Brown is now a borderline WR1. His usage continues to be high and is something you can rely on.
Josh Reynolds and D.J. Chark’s value is a little harder to gauge. The touchdown last week saved Chark’s day for fantasy purposes, while this week, he failed to pull in an end zone target. The drop in targets to four is a concern, and from what we have seen so far, he is only really startable in 14-team leagues or deeper, outside of good matchup opportunities. In 12-team leagues, he is a bye-week stash.
This week it was Reynolds whose day was saved by the touchdown. That will likely remain the case for a while as he and Chark share targets. He, much like Chark, is a 14-team league option but sits a little lower in terms of ranking starters in that sized league.
T.J. Hockenson | TE
We have to keep trusting the usage here for now. Another seven targets for T.J. Hockenson but just three catches. If he and Goff click, this usage will pay off in a big way. He has two red zone targets, but none inside the 10 so far, which caps his ceiling. Ride it for one more week, and if the results look the same, we might need a rethink.
Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars
Matt Ryan | QB
This was really ugly for Matt Ryan, albeit without any real recognizable receiver. While Pittman is out, he is outside of the startable range in 12-team Superflex leagues and a fringe option in 14-team leagues.
Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines | RB
Not the day you want from Jonathan Taylor, but you have to just ride these out for now.
Hines is frustrating because five targets are nice, but only 37 yards and just one rush attempt make this a disappointing week. Hines is a deceptively boom or bust fantasy option, and despite the game script in this one suiting a pass-catching back, he was a bust. That brings some red flags.
Parris Campbell, Ashton Dulin, Dezmon Patmon, and Mike Strachan | WR
Based on what we have seen through the first two weeks, Ahston Dulin is the top WR here outside of Michael Pittman. He has 13 targets through two weeks and is producing big enough on those targets to bring fantasy returns. His value remains limited to the bench in 12-team leagues, but anything deeper and his big-play upside has him as a weekly flex consideration.
You should probably just forget about the rest of these names.
Mo Alie-Cox and Kylen Granson | TE
We nearly had Mo Alie-Cox doing what he does best and scoring touchdowns. Unfortunately, based on the usage through two weeks, both of these two need touchdowns to have fantasy relevance.
Trevor Lawrence | QB
We have had two solid performances from Lawrence through the first two weeks. I don’t expect this game script to happen often, where the Jaguars get up big, and Lawrence only throws the ball 30 times. The efficiency here was a good sign and an improvement on Week 1. Lawrence is a Superflex QB2 and a 16-team 1QB league consideration based on matchups.
James Robinson and Travis Etienne | RB
Again game script-wise, this game is likely atypical for the Jaguars. Therefore, we should not probably read too much into the 23 rushing attempts for him. His rushing efficiency, though, is a concern. More outings like this, and we could see Travis Etienne getting more chances, although he was not much better in this one. Robinson remains a flex starting option in 12-team leagues.
Etienne is more concerning. At least we got to double-digit touches, but again, it was an atypical game for Jacksonville. He is very much sliding into the “take-a-seat on the bench” area in 12-team leagues and fringe flex contention in 14-team leagues.
Christian Kirk, Marvin Jones, and Zay Jones | WR
Christian Kirk has cemented himself as a must-start. If this game were closer, he would likely have seen double-digit targets again. Not every game will be this efficient, but the usage is set to remain high.
Marvin and Zay Jones are slightly more frustrating. As I said last week, predicting how each will go will be tough on a weekly basis. For now, neither are that exciting in 12-team leagues, and they are even outside starting considerations in 14-team leagues. It will take an injury to one to make the other a consistent fantasy asset in 14-team leagues or smaller.
Evan Engram | TE
This is now Evan Engram’s job, and it was a promising showing. If this usage continues, he is very much in the frame for a weekly TE starting gig in 14-team leagues or deeper. We need a little more upside in 12-team leagues, but at least we have a start with the usage.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints
Tom Brady | QB
The Saints appear to have a hold on Tom Brady, but this is now two mediocre performances in a row. With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin both potentially set to miss next week, we may have to wait a little longer. He is too good not to be a fantasy asset, but if you can bench him and stream someone next week, it might be advisable.
Leonard Fournette and Rachaad White | RB
Leonard Fournette was limited coming into this game and had 28 opportunities. He is the clear RB1, and you should ride him until injuries catch up to him and cause him to miss time. Rachaad White is the clear backup, but he needs an injury to Fournette to have any fantasy value.
Mike Evans, Russell Gage, Breshad Perriman, and Scotty Miller | WR
Evans was having a good game by his standards against the Saints. That was until he saw red and got ejected. He could now be suspended for Week 3. When he returns, he is a starting option again, but it has been a frustrating start.
The usage for Gage here with six targets is promising. As he gets healthier, hopefully, those targets will result in more than just 28 yards. If he is back at full practice this week and both Evans and Godwin are out next week, he creeps into 12-team flex consideration.
Good luck predicting Breshad Perriman week to week. This week he got the touchdown, but he needs a touchdown every week to have any value across the scoring formats. Scotty Miller was inactive in Week 1 and led the team in targets in Week 2. If the Buccaneers are short-handed next week, he could be an intriguing PPR option.
Cameron Brate and Cade Otton | TE
There is no fantasy value here at the tight end position right now. Cameron Brate and Cade Otton are splitting snaps and targets, while Ko Kieft is lurking as the third tight end. Kyle Rudolph was inactive again.
Jameis Winston | QB
Jameis Winston looked like a man playing with fractured vertebrae, and that is because he was a man playing with fractured vertebrae. The Buccaneers are a brutal matchup for any QB, so we can only read so much into this. If he struggles again against the Panthers next week, he slides out of 12-team Superflex consideration. It is tough to start him in Week 3 after what we just saw because those vertebrae are not healing any time soon.
Now would also be a good time to stash Andy Dalton in Superflex leagues.
Mark Ingram, Dwayne Washington, and Tony Jones | RB
In the absence of Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram was the clear lead back for the Saints. He had 10 of the 20 rushing attempts with two targets. It would have been a fine, if uninspiring, return had he not lost a fumble for the second week in a row. If Kamara misses more time, he remains a flex option based on matchups.
The other two have little fantasy value right now. They need Kamara and Ingram to be absent even to have a chance to provide value.
Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry, and Chris Olave | WR
Michael Thomas once again salvaged his day with a touchdown. I am leaning towards selling high because he cannot keep finding the end zone, and without it, the returns are nothing special.
It was Chris Olave’s turn to be the target monster. He only caught five of them, but 80 yards makes for a solid output. Projecting what this offense looks like for these receivers is tough. Jarvis Landry was the one they leaned on last week, but he had just five targets this week. With uncertainty over Winston, Olave and Landry are tough to trust in 12-team leagues.
Juwan Johnson and Taysom Hill | TE
It is nice to see Juwan Johnson with 12 targets through the first two weeks. His usage is solid, and if the production can come with it, he has a chance to be a regular tight end starter in 14-team leagues.
Hill had three touches but didn’t manage to break one. He is enticing because of these touches in high-leverage situations. Additionally, we could see that usage increases if Winston misses time, and they have t get creative with Andy Dalton.
Carolina Panthers at New York Giants
Baker Mayfield | QB
It has been an uninspiring two weeks for Baker Mayfield as the Carolina Panthers starting QB when it comes to fantasy. He has attempted an average of just 28 pass attempts per game. Those pass attempts have resulted in an average of around 11 fantasy ppg, with his work running the ball supplementing that. Without the rushing touchdown in Week 1, he would be averaging just 12.6 fantasy ppg through two weeks. We cannot count on those to happen often, so right now, he is only really relevant in 14-team Superflex leagues or as a bye-week fill-in for 12-team Superflex leagues.
Christian McCaffrey | RB
This is what Christian McCaffrey does, he scores double-digit fantasy points more often than not. When he is healthy, you start him.
The fact I didn’t even list D’Onta Foreman or Chuba Hubbard above should tell you all you need to know about how I view them right now. Neither is relevant until McCaffrey is hurt. Foreman appears to be the handcuff.
DJ Moore, Robbie Anderson, and Shi Smith | WR
Last week was Robbie Anderson’s chance to shine, and this week it is DJ Moore with double-digit fantasy points. However, it required a touchdown or long breakaway play both times to get them there. It will be tough for Mayfield to support two fantasy-relevant pass catchers a week. Moore is the “safer” option, but the way they are splitting targets severely hurts his weekly ceiling.
Shi Smith has now played 70 percent of the offensive snaps through two weeks. He saw six targets in Week 2 but only had one reception. There is intriguing potential in deep leagues, but right now, all his presence is really doing is taking away opportunities from Moore and Anderson.
Ian Thomas, Giovani Ricci, and Tommy Tremble | TE
Ian Thomas is clearly the TE1 for them through two weeks, but his usage is not high enough to provide any real value. On six targets, he has 66 yards, of which 50 yards came on one play. The other five targets have combined for 16 yards.
Daniel Jones | QB
I was so hopeful for Jones entering the season, but through two weeks, it has just looked uninspiring. He is completing passes at a decent clip, but Brian Daboll is not asking him to do much. His 5.7 intended air yards per pass attempt ranks 27th in the league through two weeks and leaves a lot being required from his receivers to offer fantasy value. Until Daboll opens up the offense, Jones is just a matchup-based starter in 12-team Superflex leagues.
Saquon Barkley, Gary Brightwell, and Matt Breida | RB
This is the Saquon Barkley show. The Giants are just going to feed him 20-plus opportunities a game, it seems. An easy starter.
Matt Breida is seeing the most snaps in relief of Barkley (18 percent) but has only touched the ball seven times. He appears to be the number two to Barkley based on snaps. However, Breida’s style of play is not suited to being a lead-back. Adding him as the handcuff to Barkley is taking a leap. We could easily see Gary Brightwell step up in an every down role, with Breida keeping or slightly increasing his usage in a similar role.
Sterling Shepard, Richie James, Kenny Golladay, David Sills, and Kadarius Toney | WR
Sterling Shepard and Richie James have now put together two solid games, be it with fantasy output or opportunities. This offense is lacking dynamism, limiting the upside of both in non-PPR. However, with double-digit targets through two weeks, both have PPR league value.
Kenny Golladay went from playing the majority of the snaps to playing two snaps in a week. David Sills and Kadarius Toney picked up the extra snaps. This could be a situation that fluctuates week to week. This offense cannot support three pass catchers the way it currently operates, so none of these three have value right now. Toney is the one with the most intriguing upside, but his role has been very limited so far, and he has dealt with a hamstring niggle this week.
Daniel Bellinger, Tanner Hudson, Chris Myarick | TE
Daniel Bellinger is playing the most snaps and got a red zone target this week. Tanner Hudson got the most targets. None of them have any value right now, and Bellinger is the one with the most upside in really deep leagues.
New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers
Mac Jones | QB
The first two weeks from Jones emphasize the concerns around him as a fantasy asset. This offense is unlikely to throw the ball regularly more than 40 times a game. He is also extremely limited in the value he offers with his legs. Therefore, he is going to need to be hyper-efficient and throw a couple of touchdowns to get above 15 fantasy points. He is a borderline Superflex option in 14-team leagues, but that is really it.
Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson | RB
This backfield is really hard to decipher. Damien Harris had 15 rushing attempts, two targets, three red-zone carries, including two inside the 10, and a red-zone target. Meanwhile, Rhamondre Stevenson had nine rushing attempts and three targets but did not see any opportunities inside the red zone. To further complicate this picture, Stevenson had 62 percent of the offensive snaps, compared to 40 percent for Harris.
Harris also left the game with an injury, but that appears not to be serious. For now, the red zone work gives Harris a slight edge. Fantasy managers should look at him as a flex starting option in 12-team leagues. Stevenson has value in deeper leagues as a fringe flex option, but these extra snaps need to translate into more work before he carries 12-team relevance. We may find this switches from game to game which will be frustrating, but the red zone work has now been Harris’ in two straight games.
Jakobi Meyers, DeVante Parkers, Nelson Agholor, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, and Kendrick Bourne | WR
This was a big game for Meyers target-wise, with more than a third heading his way. He should be rostered in all 12-team leagues, but his value is limited to being a weekly flex option in PPR. I still worry about the potency of this offense week-to-week, but if anyone has value, it is Meyers in PPR formats.
Six targets for Nelson Agholor were really promising. It would be good to see this again next week. In deeper leagues, he is worth a speculative waive wire addition because he has that big-play ability. The other WRs have no fantasy value right now. DeVante Parker is playing a lot of snaps but not seeing many targets right now.
Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith | TE
These two are going to frustrate fantasy managers this year. A combined four targets and zero receptions was their output this week, after five combined targets last week. Hunter Henry’s one target this week did at least come in the red zone, but just relying on him to score is not a sound strategy. In 16-team leagues or shallower, both of these are hard even to roster, given their usage so far.
Mitch Trubisky | QB
On the surface, the Steelers appear to be treating Mitch Trubisky with kid gloves. He is throwing it over 35 times per game on average but is averaging just 5.1 yards per attempt. However, when we look deeper, he ranks ninth this year in terms of intended air yards per pass attempt at 7.9. The 5.1 yards per pass attempt is a product of his poor completion rate and his receivers averaging just 3.6 yards after the catch.
This all presents a mixed message. Right now, it is resulting in bad fantasy output, but the intent is there in the offense, he just is not realizing it. The question is whether that will switch as Trubisky goes through the season. Instinct would say no, meaning Trubisky is limited to a fringe Superflex option in 14-team leagues only.
Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren | RB
It is not going to be pretty, but the Steelers are going to try and get Najee Harris the ball 15-20 times a game. That volume alone will keep him a starting option for fantasy.
Jaylen Warren appears to be the primary backup and is the player to roster as a potential handcuff. He was the only other RB to see offensive snaps this week. The concern is that the offensive line is so bad he might not even have that much value as a starter.
Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool, and George Pickens | WR
This is a clear leading three, with all of them playing more than 80 percent of the snaps this week. Diontae Johnson had 10 targets to go with his 12 from last week. He is the clear number one and a must-start in PPR leagues. The output so far has been less than ideal, with just 13 receptions for 112 yards.
Chase Claypool saw six targets again this week, but this time did not have any rush attempts. He is being used close to the line of scrimmage with an ADOT of just 5.7, which is a huge change from the role we saw him in the past two years. That lack of ambition in his targets is significantly limiting his fantasy value.
George Pickens has the playing time but just three targets in both weeks. He is an intriguing stash in deeper leagues but needs to see those targets go up before he can find his way into your starting lineups.
Pat Freiermuth | TE
Pat Freiermuth is second on the team in targets with 17. He caught four of seven for 22 yards, and a touchdown ensured he did not fail for fantasy managers. The usage is the key here when it comes to deciding whether to start him each week.
Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams
Marcus Mariota | QB
This week’s fantasy output of 13.4 points is almost exactly what we would have got from Mariota if he had not rushed for a touchdown last week. The 10-15 point region is one he should often reside in this year. His ability to make plays with his legs gives him a ceiling above that, but it will also ensure this is his floor most weeks. He still has value as a matchup-dependent starter in 12-team Superflex leagues.
Cordarrelle Patterson and Tyler Allgeier | RB
Cordarrelle Patterson was clearly the lead back here, with 59 percent of the snaps, while Tyler Allgeier had 31 percent. However, the two split carries, with Patterson proving to be the more efficient at 4.1 yards per attempt.
There are two concerns with Patterson. Firstly, he has just six targets through two weeks. In a game where the Falcons trailed for long periods, he had just one target. Additionally, in Week 2, he and Allgeier split red-zone carries, with Allgeier having the only two carries inside the 10. There is no reason for panic yet, but this usage supports why Patterson is someone you can consider selling high on whenever he has a good week.
Allgeier has intrigue in deeper leagues, but we need to see what it looks like when Damien Williams comes back.
Drake London, Olamide Zaccheaus, and Bryan Edwards | WR
Drake London has quickly established himself as a high-quality option. He should be in most starting lineups every week going forward.
Olamide Zaccheaus played on 43 percent of the snaps, while Bryan Edwards was at 26 percent, and KhaDarel Hodge at 20 percent. One of Zaccheaus’ targets came in the red zone, but just six targets through two games is a concern going forward. Outside of London, there is no one seeing enough targets here to have value right now.
Kyle Pitts | TE
This was a bad outing for Pitts with just three targets. You aren’t giving up on him yet, but the alarm bells are starting to ring.
This was more like it from Matthew Stafford, with a near 20-point performance. His ceiling is somewhat capped because he does not run with the ball, and he is hurting his value with the interceptions that are coming far too frequently. He remains a starter most weeks in 12-team 1QB leagues but will have weeks where matchups suggest going elsewhere.
Darrell Henderson and Cam Akers | RB
As I suspected last week, we saw more of Cam Akers in Week 2. He led the team in carries with 15 and had the only three targets to RBs. However, he looked pedestrian out there, which was a concern late last year after his return from injury. More inefficient performances like this one will likely hand more playing time back to Darrell Henderson.
Henderson should see at least 10 touches a game. He will likely need to find the end zone to produce double-digit fantasy outputs, however. If Akers is going to continue to see this usage, Henderson is going to be very hard to start in 12 and 14-team leagues on a weekly basis.
Cooper Kupp, Allen Robinson, and Ben Skowronek | WR
Cooper Kupp remains a very good football player. Ben Skowronek is a useful role player but has no really fantasy value with the role he is occupying. It will be intriguing to see how Van Jefferson is utilized when he returns.
Allen Robinson saw more usage than last week and found the end zone. However, five targets for 53 yards is still not really going to cut it as a weekly starting option. I am willing to give it one more week to see if his role grows again, but if he has another five target day with a touchdown next week, I would be tempted to try and sell.
Tyler Higbee | TE
Higbee is the second receiving option in this offense. He has the most targets at the tight end position through two weeks. It hasn’t translated into huge days yet, but if you need a tight end you can just start and forget, Higbee offers that with this usage. He should be rostered in most leagues when waivers run this week.
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
Geno Smith | QB
It is not unsurprising that Geno Smith had a down week against the 49ers in Week 2. However, he remains a streaming Superflex option in 12 and 14-team leagues.
Rashaad Penny, Kenneth Walker, and Travis Homer | RB
With the way this game went, there is not great data to analyze. No back played more than 50 percent of the snaps, with Travis Homer leading the way at 45 percent, Rashaad Penny at 41 percent, and Kenneth Walker at 24 percent.
What we saw here is that Homer is the pass-catching back, which is the role that could have the most value for Seattle this year. Unless Penny and Walker can earn consistent targets, they could be unusable in anything less than 16-team leagues most weeks. Homer’s value is mostly in PPR formats.
Tyler Lockett and D.K Metcalf | WR
Tyler Lockett will make you angry in trying to work out when to start him. He had 11 targets this week compared to four the week before. You have to make a decision to either start him and take the bad with the good, or bench him, not let the good weeks annoy you, and just use him for bye week cover and hope the good weeks come then. He is a maddening player to have on your roster.
In contrast, DK Metcalf has seen consistent usage but has not been able to do anything with it. He is averaging just 5.5 yards per target with an average depth of target of 6.3. That is half where it was last year. It is asking a lot for him to make it happen entirely with his legs. This trend of short targets with Metcalf is extremely concerning. I am to the point of giving it one more week. If the usage remains the same, he might very well be headed to the bench.
Noah Fant and Will Dissly | TE
Both of these need a touchdown to have relevance with the way they are used. While both are healthy, neither is fantasy relevant.
Trey Lance and Jimmy Garroppolo | QB
The Trey Lance experiment is over for 2022. It is a shame, but he has to be dropped now. I am not going to read too much into Jimmy Garoppolo playing in limited practice reps for a game plan not developed for him. In Superflex leagues, he makes sense as an add. We know roughly what it will look like because we saw this offense with him under center last year. He is a mid-QB2 in Superflex leagues.
Jeff Wilson, Tyrion Davis-Price, Jordan Mason and Kyle Juszczyk | RB
This looked like a committee between Jeff Wilson and Tyrion Davis-Price. However, TDP got hurt and is out for 4-6 weeks. That leaves Wilson as the clear lead back, who is startable most weeks. Jordan Mason is worth adding, but he has yet to see an offensive snap. We have no idea what role he might play, so you cannot use him this week if you add him.
A speculative pickup of Kyle Juszczyk in deeper leagues is also an option. He only had three opportunities this week but did plunge in for a goal line touchdown. He could see additional usage with TDP now out.
Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk | WR
The injuries in the backfield mean we will likely continue to see Deebo Samuel around five rush attempts per game and 10-15 opportunities per game.
As for Brandon Aiyuk, the injury to Lance opens up the passing offense a little more. That should suit him, as we saw Garoppolo go to him frequently, resulting in a team-high eight targets. That usage will make him a matchup-dependent flex starting option in 12 and 14-team leagues.
George Kittle and Ross Dwelley | TE
Hopefully, we will see George Kittle back this week, but I would be cautious starting him unless he is full go at practice.
Ross Dwelley had the long touchdown, but that was his only target. There is not much fantasy value here outside of when Kittle gets healthy.
Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys
Joe Burrow | QB
Another six sacks of Joe Burrow this week as the offensive line continues to struggle. This has not been a fun year so far, and the output has been messy. Burrow is now in the fringe 12-team 1QB starting region based on matchups.
Joe Mixon | RB
Joe Mixon remains the clear number one and should volume his way to being a starting RB option most weeks. It won’t always be pretty to watch, however.
Tee Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase, and Tyler Boyd | WR
Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase are starting options whenever they are active. Both remain a huge part of this offense.
Tyler Boyd is a little trickier. If one of Chase or Higgins gets hurt, he would be a solid starter. Therefore, he is worth a bench stash, but it is hard to start him outside of deep leagues.
Hayden Hurst | TE
Another seven targets for Hurst were nice to see, but the usage was very shallow. His average depth of target for this year is just 3.8 yards. With Burrow under pressure a lot, Hurst is proving to be his short-yardage outlet. That has value in PPR but is much more limited in non-PPR, especially when he does not see red-zone targets.
Cooper Rush | QB
This was solid from Cooper Rush. Teams will likely figure him out more over time, but if you need a Superflex starter in 14-team leagues, he shouldn’t be asked to do anything extravagant enough to really hurt you. The real proof of performance will be in games where the Cowboys trail big, and they have to chase the game. If he can still be at least a solid option for fantasy, then he will become a weekly starting option in those 14-team Superflex leagues.
Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard | RB
Ezekiel Elliott got his usage but was inefficient with it. The offensive line needs to gel, and when it does, the picture might change. Zeke has fallen from clear-cut RB2 to the RB3 range, where you consider him as a flex starter rather than a definitive start at RB.
Tony Pollard certainly offered more pop, and based on this usage of 16 opportunities is a borderline must-start. If we see similar usage next week, you can pencil him in as a starter every single week.
CeeDee Lamb and Noah Brown | WR
The most important thing this week was to see Rush get the ball to Lamb a lot. He targeted him 11 times, and a 7-for-75 line is more than a solid return. This outing means Lamb remains in the fringe starting WR area, but he is much closer to 24th in the rankings than he is to the top 10 where you drafted him.
Noah Brown backed up Week 1 with another solid outing. The touchdown made it look like a great week, but the usage itself was promising. If someone gets carried away and offers you a WR2 price, then take it. However, he should have solid flex consideration most weeks going forward.
Dalton Schultz and Jake Ferguson | TE
Dalton Schultz had a quiet day and then left late with an injury. If he misses time, there is no obvious tight end value to be found right now in Dallas. It is hard to see Rush supporting three pass catchers and Pollard each week.
Houston Texans at Denver Broncos
Davis Mills | QB
This was always going to be a matchup to avoid Davis Mills in. The Broncos on the road is a tough matchup, and it showed. He is a matchup-dependent starter in 12 and 14-team Superflex leagues.
Dameon Pierce and Rex Burkhead | RB
Of course it was Dameon Pierce with 15 carries, a target, and 62 percent of the snaps this week. This RB situation is tough to trust, but Pierce really dominated early downs and short-yardage, as well as having the only goal line carry. If I can, I’d like to wait one more week just to see if this was legit or another fake-out by the Texans’ coaches.
Rex Burkhead is the third-down and two-minute back. That has value in deeper leagues, but he needs more than three targets to realize it. If you can hold him one more week, don’t write Burkhead off completely. Things could shift again next week.
Brandin Cooks, Nico Collins, and Chris Moore | WR
Brandin Cooks’ week would have looked a lot different if he had caught that touchdown. This is somewhat what we can expect from him. There is a boom and bust element to his play, but 10 targets, four receptions, and 54 yards is not a disastrous “bust” week. He remains a weekly starting option.
Nico Collins getting nine targets was intriguing. He played on 67 percent of the snaps for the second straight week but saw increased usage. He is a flex option in 16-team leagues and is on the verge of being in that region in 14-team leagues. He is an intriguing player to consider adding on waivers this week.
Chris Moore saw increased playing time, but seven targets through two games are not enough to have real value.
Pharoah Brown, Brevin Jordan, and O.J. Howard | TE
Pharoah Brown led the group in snaps and targets but only had 24 yards. Brevin Jordan got four targets for just three yards and O.J. Howard had one target. There is a chance someone emerges from this with consistent fantasy value, but we really need at least one removed from the picture to find out who.
Russell Wilson | QB
The Broncos offense has not looked in sync yet, and Wilson’s fantasy managers will be a little nervous. Things should come together, but Wilson is now in a situation where a player with a nice matchup could be a better option to start over him. That is a clear downgrade from the start of the season.
Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon | RB
Javonte Williams took a little more control of this backfield in Week 2. Intriguingly he had all three goal-line carries after they were split last week. We need another week of data on that front to see if that is a new plan or just dictated by the game flow. Williams remains a clear starting RB option heading into Week 3.
Melvin Gordon is still seeing solid usage. However, he needs to score to be a regular contributor for fantasy in 12-team leagues when just seeing 10 to 15 touches a game. He is a flex option in 14-team leagues and deeper but just a fringe flex option in 12-team leagues.
Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tyrie Cleveland, Kendall Hinton, and Montrell Washington | WR
Jerry Jeudy being considered day-to-day means there is likely not a big shift in value here. Assuming he can get back on the field in a timely manner, both he and Courtland Sutton are weekly starting options.
The rest remain unusable for fantasy. K.J. Hamler, who didn’t play in this game, would likely benefit the most if he can get healthy and Jeudy misses time.
Eric Saubert and Albert Okwuegbunam | TE
Albert Okwuegbunam saw the most playing time but had a horrible drop on one of his two targets. Meanwhile, Saubert caught the touchdown to make his day look pretty fantasy point-wise. Albert O is the tight end that should emerge as the main fantasy option, but right now, the usage pattern makes it hard to trust either of them.
Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders
Kyler Murray | QB
Kyler Murray is a lot of fun to watch play football. When he uses his legs and makes plays, everyone benefits as long as he is also avoiding taking hits. Week 1 was pretty poor at times, and he scored 20 fantasy points. Week 2 was not pretty either at times, and he got to 25.9 fantasy points. Murray remains a must-start every week because his legs give him such a good floor, and he is producing despite limited resources around him to open the season.
James Conner, Eno Benjamin, and Darrel Williams | RB
The Conner injury is seemingly not serious or long-term, so that is good news. When he is active, you start him and take what you get. It is rarely pretty, but if he falls in the end zone, it is worth it, and he does it quite frequently.
Eno Benjamin has some standalone value regardless of Conner’s status. He seems to have a role as the change of pace back. That value is limited to 16-team leagues and deeper as an actual startable option right now, but there is at least some value.
Darrel Williams would likely be the big beneficiary if Conner missed time. He would still have to split touches with Benjamin, so his value would be limited to a flex consideration. He is the handcuff to roster if you need one for Conner.
Marquise Brown, Greg Dortch, and A.J. Green | WR
Marquise Brown saw a jump in usage from six to 11 targets, but with the touchdown in Week 1, he had the better fantasy return. He saw over 90 percent of the snaps both weeks and remains a starting WR option with DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore out currently.
A.J. Green had seven snaps but struggled to make the receptions. The usage is promising, but it has a short shelf life. When Hopkins and Moore are back, his role should decrease significantly. The same could be said for Greg Dortch, who has 13 targets through two weeks. However, his snaps dropped from 91 percent to 71 percent and from nine targets to four. Zach Ertz picked up some extra work, and it ate into Dortch. The touchdown was key for his fantasy value. He is an intriguing PPR player to add in 12-team leagues. However, he is only in starting consideration in 14-team leagues or deeper.
Zach Ertz | TE
Now Ertz is healthy, he should see a lot of usage until Moore and Hopkins return. He is a regular starter for the foreseeable future.
Derek Carr | QB
Derek Carr produced a solid output this week and finished as a top-12 QB. However, it still wasn’t that dynamic, and it was a reasonably friendly matchup. He remains a matchup-dependent starter in 12-team 1 QB leagues.
Josh Jacobs | RB
Josh Jacobs’ role actually grew a little in Week 2, largely thanks to the absence of Brandon Bolden. With Bolden gone, Jacobs had 72 percent of the snaps and 19 of the 21 rushing attempts. He remains a weekly starter.
Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow, and Mack Hollins | WR
After the Raiders force-fed Davante Adams last week, they backed off a little this week. The split in targets this week between Adams, Hunter Renfrow, and Darren Waller was how I projected this offense to look. If we continue to see the split look like this, Adams shifts closer to a weekly WR2 than he does a WR1.
Hunter Renfrow saw increased usage this week, despite a slight decrease in snaps. He was used close to the line of scrimmage and left to make plays with the ball in his hands. He had two fumbles in overtime and was being evaluated for a concussion when the game ended. The usage was more promising, but the end left a sour taste. He remains a PPR option but has limited utility in non-PPR.
Mack Hollins’ eight targets were eye-opening. He had limited Week 1 usage but really got more involved this week. The raiders seem to love what he does, and he has played over 90 percent of the offensive snaps so far. He is a deeper league waiver wire add, especially in PPR.
Darren Waller and Foster Moreau | TE
The decrease in snaps from 80 percent to 59 percent for Darren Waller is somewhat concerning. He had a good fantasy output with 11 points in non-PPR. However, that largely came from the touchdown, so without that, we would view this week somewhat differently. Eight targets is still solid usage for a tight end, but the reduction in snaps needs to be monitored.
Foster Moreau picked up some of those extra snaps and had four targets. He is on the radar to be a deep league TE add if he keeps seeing his role grow.
Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Justin Fields | QB
Justin Fields’ ability to get out of the pocket, make plays with his legs, and even find the end zone make him intriguing. However, the passing output was woeful, and the fact they only trusted him to throw the ball 11 times despite trailing most of the game is telling. Until we see him trusted more, it is hard to start him, even in 12-team Superflex leagues. Stash him on your bench and hope things improve.
David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert | RB
David Montgomery looked really good in Week 2. It was tough to get a read on him from Week 1, but he looked explosive and agile this week. He had four carries this week inside the red zone and two inside the 10-yard line. All of those touches went to Khalil Herbert in Week 1. Montgomery remains a solid RB2 option going forward.
Herbert saw a reduction in usage from Week 1, and it cemented his place as just a handcuff to Montgomery at this stage.
Equanimeous St. Brown and Darnell Mooney | WR
Darnell Mooney led the position in snaps, while Equanimeous St. Brown was second. St. Brown scored and led the team in targets, with Mooney seeing just two targets. When Fields is throwing the ball an average of 14 times a game, it is hard to support one pass catcher, let alone two. St. Brown is a little intriguing in deeper leagues, but until we see more consistent usage, both need to stay rooted to the bench.
Cole Kmet | TE
That use we hoped to see from Kmet does not appear to be coming. He has two targets through two weeks. He ran routes more this week and played on 85 percent of the snaps, but the looks were not there. He is droppable right now for a streaming option at the position each week.
Aaron Rodgers | QB
The offense certainly looked better this week, but it wasn’t due to Rodgers changing anything significantly. His average depth of target was below six yards again, but the results were better. What that means going forward is hard to judge. However, it is more likely he is in the double-digit point range going forward than the output we saw in Week 1. The question is whether there is room for him to go higher than this or if this will be a typical output.
Next week will be hard to judge with a tough matchup against the Buccaneers. That might be one to sit him for and find a streaming option instead.
Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon | GB
These two essentially flipped spots in terms of fantasy output relative to the position. AJ Dillon is still seeing more usage in terms of opportunities, but it is close. Both are weekly starting options, and you just have to ride the highs and lows that come with it.
Sammy Watkins, Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs | WR
The Packers said they would go WR by committee, and they very much have. Allen Lazard is the most intriguing, especially as he gets healthier. He has a shot to emerge as the number one after playing the most snaps and running the most routes. Lazard is the one with 12-team starting potential. It might not be in Week 3, but if someone drops him, he is a player to stash.
The others will be a mess on a weekly basis until a couple of them drops out of the picture. Sammy Watkins is the only other one playing over 50 percent of the snaps and seeing semi-reliable usage. He has some deep league value but will be hard to start outside of 16-team leagues.
Robert Tonyan | TE
Two targets are frustrating, but much like the WR situation, until someone emerges, this is a messy pass-catching situation. Tonyan is a weekly matchup-based streamer but could ultimately prove to be touchdown reliant as he has in previous seasons.
Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills
Ryan Tannehill | QB
Hard to read too much into this game after the starters were pulled in the fourth quarter. This was always a game to avoid starting Ryan Tannehill if you could, and so it proved. The Raiders game needs to be a bounce back at home, or we are talking about him sliding into the only useable in 14-team Superflex or deeper leagues.
Derrick Henry and Hassan Haskins | RB
Derrick Henry is clearly the lead back still, but the efficiency is woeful. He is going to need incredible volume or touchdowns not to prove a serious disappointment with the way things have looked so far. There will be big weeks, just simply because of his style, but when one of those comes, you need to try and sell high.
Hassan Haskins showed some pop that was exciting to see. He is the handcuff to Henry, but nothing more at this stage of the year.
Treylon Burks, Robert Woods, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, and Kyle Phillips | WR
Treylon Burks led the team in targets with six, despite playing less than 50 percent of the snaps. He is a player that is showing some upside. If you have him on your roster, hold on a little longer, and hope this develops further into a significant opportunity to start him. He had five targets in the first half with Tannehill, and if the game had not gone off the rails, he could have got closer to 10.
Robert Woods and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine played the most snaps at the position. However, neither had significant enough usage to make them a viable option right now. Four or five targets per game are simply not going to cut it unless you are breaking big plays and or scoring touchdowns. However, this is a tricky game to decipher because of Tannehill getting pulled early.
Kyle Phillips was injured coming into the game and had little usage. It is had to judge his future outlook based on this game. If you picked him up last week, do not panic. Hold on if you can, and see what we get when he is healthier entering the game.
Austin Hooper | TE
After two weeks, Hooper is simply not seeing the usage we hoped for. He has just six targets and had just two in the first half when this game was still reasonably close. He is not relevant for fantasy right now. Any value he has is as a streamer.
Josh Allen | QB
Yeah, this guy is pretty good. He didn’t even need his legs this week.
Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, and James Cook | RB
Devin Singletary popped a nice run early and then just got frozen out of the game. The Bills had their way with the Titans’ defense and then sat their starters. Therefore, reading too much into this would be unwise. The positive news is that in the first half, Singletary had five of the nine carries. The bad news is the Bills ran the ball just nine times in the first half. Averaging under 10 rush attempts per game is far less than ideal. Right now, you have to lean towards benching him until we see more usage.
Zack Moss and James Cook are clearly behind Singletary on the depth chart. Ignore the fantasy point output in this game because it largely came when the Bills were just trying to get the game over after blowing out the Titans through two and a half quarters.
Stefon Diggs, Jake Kumerow, Isaiah McKenzie, and Jamison Crowder | WR
Stefon Diggs is quite good, at least so it seems.
Hands up if you had Jake Kumerow second among WRs in targets at the half and playing as the replacement for Gabriel Davis. Yeah, neither did I going into the game, but it makes sense. His game makes the mouse sense as a replacement for Davis. If Davis misses time next week, Kumerow could be an intriguing spot start option.
McKenzie had just two targets in the first half, and Crowder had zero. That was a surprise, but it really shows that they are rotational pieces out of the slot right now. One will keep eating into the others potential until an injury solves this issue for us.
This was much better for Knox. He had four targets in the first half and was being used more creatively. If that continues, then he can work back into being more than a matchup-based streamer in 12-team leagues.
Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles
Kirk Cousins | QB
Nothing went right for Kirk Cousins in Week 2. The last time he had a performance worse than this was Week 2 of the 2020 season, against the Indianapolis Colts, whose defensive backs were coached by now Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon. My belief is that this was just a bad game and Cousins remains a solid QB2 option in Superflex with streaming potential in 1QB 12-team leagues.
Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison
This game script got away from one suiting Dalvin Cook. Normally the Vikings would look to have him heavily involved throughout, but down 17 at half time makes that tough. Alexander Mattison stealing 31 percent of the snaps from Cook could be something, or it could be just related to the way this game went. That is something to monitor going forward.
Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and K.J. Osborn | WR
Justin Jefferson had a tough night, but that doesn’t diminish his weekly value. Adam Thielen is in this weird spot where he might only be PPR relevant again. It is tough to start him in even 14-team non-PPR leagues. He is a flex consideration in 12 and 14-team PPR leagues. Meanwhile, K.J. Osborn just does not have a consistent enough role in the offense to be fantasy relevant right now. He needs an injury to reach that point.
Irv Smith and Johny Mundt | TE
Irv Smith moved past Johnny Mundt as the lead tight end and got eight targets. That usage is promising and could see him creep into weekly starting consideration in 12-team leagues.
Jalen Hurts | QB
Hurts did it all last night and proved why he is such an exciting fantasy prospect you have to start every week.
Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, and Kenneth Gainwell | RB
Mile Sanders continues to be the leader of the run game. His usage in this game seems high with 20 touches, so don’t be surprised if we see it closer to 15 going forward. However, he has cemented himself as an RB2 or flex starter most weeks going forward.
Boston Scott and Kenneth Gainwell combined for 34 snaps, with Gainwell slightly out snapping Scott. Gainwell’s night would look a lot different if a screen that went for a touchdown were not called back. However, that would just have masked that these two do not have consistent enough usage for fantasy right now.
A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Quez Watkins | WR
This was a much more expected balance of targets between A.J. brown, DeVonta Smith, and TE Dallas Goedert. Last week was them forcing the ball to Brown, and this week they made a real effort to get Smith going. It is tough to know what this means going forward for all of them. With no one dominating targets, both Smith and Brown will have disappointing weeks. Smith creeps back into flex consideration territory, while Brown’s usage here has more of a WR2 look than the WR1 he looked last week.
Quez Watkins caught a long touchdown. His fantasy value will be big-play dependent, making it impossible to trust. Do not get suckered in by this to spending resources on him on the waiver wire.
Dallas Goedert | TE
This is what we want to see from Dallas Goedert. An increase in targets and still averaging over 15 yards per reception. Ideally, we would get another target or two going forward, just to help the floor. However, he remains a starting tight end in all leagues.