Some fantasy teams took an injury hit in Week 1 with David Johnson out for a prolonged time and Allen Robinson on the shelf for the rest of the year. Just because you lost in Week 1, doesn’t mean it is time to panic. Here are some Remarkable! picks for Week 2:
Matt Ryan only tossed 1 touchdown in Week 1, but threw for 321 yards (in large part to 2 Austin Hooper catches). He’s thrown for 5,265 yards on 564 pass attempts (9.3 YPA) since the start of last season, 1st in the NFL. Ryan will face Green Bay in Week 2, which has allowed 8.0 YPA last season, ranking 31st.
Dak Prescott started the 2017 season off on the right foot, leading the Cowboys to victory against their division rival New York Giants. We recommend sitting Prescott as he’s thrown for 1,596 passing yards in 8 games (just 199.5 YPG) since Week 11 of last season, 28th in the NFL. Dallas will face Denver, which allowed just 199.5 passing yards per game last season, best in the NFL.
Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers get their first go at the 2017 season in Week 2. Winston should be a lock to start in your lineup. He has star players surrounding him and is facing a struggling Bears defense. The Bears defense has allowed a passer rating of 96.7 (359 Pass Attempts) since Week 7 of last season, 5th worst in the NFL.
Week 1 gave us some clarity about how New England will handle their running back committee going forward. Mike Gillislee is presumably the goal line back as he converted three short-yard TDs last week. He is a safe play for Week 2 as he has averaged a TD every 10.6 carries since week 11 of last season, 2nd among qualified RBs. New England will face New Orleans, which allowed a touchdown every 21.2 carries last season (NFL Rank: 31st of 32).
We are doubling up on Patriots running backs here, as James White has 291 receiving yards since week 11 of last season (NFL Rank: 2nd among RBs). The New Orleans defense is a doormat, letting anyone and everyone walk all over them. The Saints allowed the second most receiving yards to RBs last season, and we see this trend continuing. Use White as a strong Flex play, and upgrade him in PPR leagues.
Ty Montgomery will be able to put his natural receiving skills to use this week as Green Bay will face an Atlanta defense that surrendered 116 receptions to RBs last season, the most in the NFL. Montgomery hauled in 4 catches last week, so we feel extra confident in his matchup for Week 2, especially given how well Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen performed in Week 1 against the Falcons.
We’ve got a theme with RBs running routes out of the backfield. Duke Johnson has strong appeal this week as he has been targeted 79 times since the start of last season, fifth most among RBs. Baltimore has a stout run defense, but has been susceptible to pass-catching RBs, allowing the sixth most receiving yards to the position since the start of last year. Look for the rookie QB Deshone Kizer to get the ball out of his hand quickly this week with dump-offs and check-downs to Johnson, who will want to rebound after a disappointing season debut.
Terrelle Pryor and Washington face off against the Rams in Week 2. Expect Pryor to have a strong performance as the Rams defense has allowed a passer rating of 108.9 on plays where they have not pressured the QB (301 Pass Attempts) since week 7 of last season, 2nd worst in the NFL.
Sterling Shepard hauled in seven catches in Week 1. With Odell Beckham Jr. set to come back, Shepard might loses some touches. Don’t be weary of starting Shepard though as he was targeted 10 times in the Red Zone since Week 11 of last season, 12th among WRs. New York will face Detroit, who allowed 18 receiving touchdowns to WRs in the Red Zone last season, most in the NFL.
After a terrible Week 1 performance in Green Bay, the Seattle Seahawks hope to rebound against an abysmal 49ers unit. Starting Paul Richardson might be in the cards as the 49ers defense allowed a passer rating of 117.5 on plays in the red zone (76 Pass Attempts) last season, 2nd worst in the NFL.
Charles Clay found the endzone in Week one and scored 11.3 fantasy points. He’s averaged 8.9 fantasy points since Week 11 of last season, 3rd best among TEs. He will face a Carolina defense that allowed 7.7 points to its opponent’s top scoring TE each game last season — fifth worst in the league.
Eric Ebron was not a big part of the Week 1 win for Detroit, but he has 339 receiving yards since Week 11 of last season, 7th among TEs. Detroit will face New York, which allowed 1,111 receiving yards to TE last season, 4th most.
Jared Cook became a hero for the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs last year. Now dawning black and silver, Cook had a good first performance with 5 receptions and 56 yards. Cook is hard to bring down as he averaged 4.7 yards after catch, ranking 7th among TEs since the start of last season. Oakland will face the New York Jets, who allowed 5.1 YAC to TEs last season, 5th worst in the NFL.
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