Fantasy Studs and Duds – Week 2

Two weeks of the football season is in the books, which also means that two weeks of fantasy football are in the books as well. This is something I wish I would’ve stared in week one, but I guess it’s better late than never. I’ll make a full standard roster of players (no kickers) that had the best and worst weeks each week based on their projections and matchups. Here are your fantasy studs and duds for week two of the season.

Fantasy scores are based on ESPN standard scores

Studs

QB: Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles

Against the Chiefs defense that held Tom Brady to only 10 fantasy points in week one, Carson Wentz was able to put up great numbers. Although it was in a losing effort, Wentz threw for 333 yards and 2 touchdowns, while also gaining 55 yards on the ground for a total of 24 points and second most points among quarterbacks. Wentz went undrafted in most standard leagues, , but after averaging 21 points in the first two weeks, I expect him to be owned by closer to 80% of leagues compared to his current 47.1%. Wentz faces the New York Giants in week 3.

RB: Ty Montgomery – Green Bay Packers

Montgomery was one of the few bright spots in the Packers 34-23 loss to the Falcons. Going for 110 total yards and 2 touchdowns totaling 22 fantasy points. Montgomery has been off to a great start to the season after switching to running back full-time, and at an average draft position in the 4th-6th round, could be up for fantasy player of the year if he keeps at this pace.

RB: Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans

With DeMarco Murray struggling yesterday, Henry came in and lit it up. Going for 92 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. With the Titans continuing their run-first focus, Henry’s play this week will start a conversation of whether he will overtake Murray for the starting job.

WR: Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders

Crabtree had a field day against the hapless Jets secondary. Going for 6 receptions, 80 yards, and THREE touchdowns for a total of 26 fantasy points. He was far and away the highest scoring receiver this week, and will remain a must start in this explosive Raiders offense.

WR: Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos

Sanders isn’t a guy you can count on getting consistent points from with his quarterback play, but this week he was fantastic against the Cowboys. If you started him he got you 18 points on 62 yards and two touchdowns.

TE: Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots

After struggling in week one against the Chiefs, Gronk came back in a big way against the Saints. He was the most dominant playmaker on the field and led all tight ends in points with 116 yards and a touchdown (his 69th….nice). It was also a relief that the injury he suffered wasn’t a back injury and he should be a full go next week against the Texans.

FLEX: Martavis Bryant – WR – Pittsburgh Steelers

His second game after missing all of last season due to suspension, Bryant showed why he’s a must own option in this Steelers offense. He proved his worth as a deep threat with a 51 yard reception, and also had a 27 yard touchdown. He won’t get nearly the number of targets Antonio Brown does, but Bryant is always a high ceiling option due to his big play potential.

D/ST: Detroit Lions

The Lions defense had a real surprising day on Monday Night Football. I would consider them a below average unit, but they completely shut down the Giants offense. They sacked Eli Manning 5 times, picked him off once, only allowed 10 points, and had a punt return touchdown to top it off, leading the way with 18 fantasy points.

Duds

QB: Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins

Cousins was projected to be one of the top scoring quarterbacks this year in fantasy. After a very disappointing week one, Cousins just barely squeaked out a better score with only 11 fantasy points. Even though he was facing a tough Rams defense, Cousins was still only able to put up 179 yards and only one touchdown. For a player expected to rank near the top of his position, it’s a very pitiful performance. I would expect him to play better next week against the underachieving Raiders defense, but I would proceed with caution.

RB: Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears

Howard went into week two with slight injury concerns, but 98% of ESPN leagues (including myself) started him anyways. Howard finished the game with only 7 yards on 9 carries and didn’t score a single point. He also finished with less total snaps than rookie Tarik Cohen. Not a great start to the year for a guy drafted in the first round of most fantasy leagues.

RB: Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers

A guy I picked for offensive rookie of the year is off to a less than inspiring start of the season. Brought in to take the pressure off of Cam Newton in both the running and passing game, McCaffrey has scored a total of 9 fantasy points the first two weeks, including only 4 points this past week. He hasn’t overtaken Jonathan Stewart for the starting job yet, which is concerning, but he is still in on passing downs. As for next week, he’s still a must start in all formats going up against the worst defense in the league: The New Orleans Saints.

WR: Brandin Cooks – New England Patriots

In what could have been a great revenge game vs his old Saints team, Cooks could only muster up 3 fantasy points on 37 yards receiving. A WR1 in most leagues, you’re definitely the dud of the week at your position if that’s all you can do against the worst defense in the league.

WR: Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders

While the Raiders racked up 45 points this week, Cooper couldn’t take advantage. Only able to manage 4 receptions for 33 yards. Even if it isn’t exactly his fault that all 3 of the Raiders touchdown passes went to Crabtree instead.

TE: Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks

I was one of the many that expected Graham to be a big time playmaker when he got traded to the Seahawks back in 2016. But instead it’s the complete opposite. Against a rebuilding defense, Graham had one reception for 2 yards and is on the verge of becoming an unplayable option in Seattle.

FLEX: DeSean Jackson – WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In his first real game action with is new team, Jackson had only 3 fantasy points with 39 yards on 3 receptions. He was targeted 7 times, which is an encouraging number, he just couldn’t take advantage of it this week against the Bears.

D/ST: Jacksonville Jaguars

After setting records against the Texans in week one, the Jags ownership ratings had a huge jump to 95%. And then it all came tumbling down. They allowed 37 points to the Titans offense and finished with -1 points on the day. They have extraordinary talent on that side of the ball, but they’ll be inconsistent all year if their offense can’t keep them off the field.

 

Do you agree/disagree with the fantasy studs/duds of the week? Let’s start a conversation on Twitter @thomas_mooney1, @AFewGoodMics 

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