Week 1 is finally over! None of those points will carry over to week 2, so it’s time to find the guys who will score you points in week 2. These are my favorite players to target.
(Based on players who are owned in 67% or less of Yahoo fantasy leagues)
Mitchell Trubisky (4%) – CHI vs Giants
Mitch Trubisky did his best Tim Tebow impression by playing awful for 3 quarter before going Super Sayian in the 4th. He has good enough weapons and mobility to make him fantasy viable. He gets the hapless Giants in week 2.
Gardner Minshew (26%) – JAC vs Titans
The Stache had a very efficient game in week 1, completing 19 of 20 passes. Minshew may not be the best play for week 2, so this is more of a long-term play for the QB streamers because he plays a string of weak defenses starting in week 3. It is always good to stay ahead of your opponents when working the waiver wire.
Ryan Tannehill (45%) – TEN vs Jaguars
Jared Goff (67%) – LAR vs Eagles
Nyheim Hines (22%) – IND vs Vikings
Marlon Mack is unfortunately out for the season with an Achilles injury. Hines received plenty of work in week 1 and got more carries as a result of the injury. He should retain his receiving role, which will make him a weekly flex play in all formats.
Benny Snell Jr. (18%) – PIT vs Broncos
James Conner left week 1 with what we have been told is an ankle injury, and Benny SNell took advantage by rushing for 100 yards. He should be the biggest beneficiary of the Conner injury, although I wouldn’t recommend spending more than 25% of your FAAB budget on him since we don’t know how long Conner will be out.
Malcolm Brown (28%) – LAR vs Eagles
This was Déjà vu from week 1 of 2019, when Malcolm Brown scored 2 TDs against the Cardinals. He went on to do nothing the rest of the season, due to having a more talented back on the roster, in this case Cam Akers. If you are in need of an immediate starter, I would recommend prioritizing Brown. If you are just looking to fill your bench, focus on other options.
Joshua Kelley (14%) - LAC vs KC
Adrian Peterson (46%) – DET vs GB
Sammy Watkins (50%) - KC vs Chargers
All off season, fantasy owners were focused on Mecole Hardman, while Sammy Watkins was staring us in our face. This is oddly similar to 2019, however, when he went off in week 1 vs the Jaguars (I was at that game!) and then proceeded to do nothing for the rest of the fantasy season. He is strictly a stash play until we see him perform consistently for multiple weeks.
Mike Williams (45%) – LAC vs Chiefs
Mike Williams was reportedly dealing with a shoulder injury, but he did not appear to be hampered by it at all. Tyrod Taylor seemed to prefer Williams over Keenan Allen, so fantasy owners would be wise to consider doing the same.
Anthony Miller (56%) – ChI vs Giants
Anthony Miller was one of my favorite late round WR targets during draft season and he didn’t disappoint in week 1. Although he played limited snaps, he still received 6 targets and scored a TD. He has the eye of Trubisky, and with Allen Robinson reportedly not happen with the Bears, Miller could see a jump in usage sooner rather than later.
Preston Williams (38%) - MIA vs Bills
Robby Anderson (32%) - CAR vs Buccaneers
Parris Campbell (23%) – IND vs Vikings
Dallas Goedert (56%) – PHI vs Rams
Dallas Goedert out performed Zach Ertz in week 1, catching 8 or 9 targets for 101 yards a TD. He likely benefited from Desean Jackson playing limited snaps as well as Alshon Jeffrey being out. He is a solid low end TE1/ high end TE2 for as long as the Eagles have WR injuries.
Logan Thomas (2%) – WAS vs Cardinals
Logan Thomas has arrived. He took full advantage of the opportunity, receiving 8 targets and scoring a TD. He gets the Cardinals in week 2 who are notoriously bad against TEs. He should be a main priority for all George Kittle owners, as he is likely to be out for a few weeks with a knee sprain.
O.J. Howard (18%) - TB vs Panthers
Jonnu Smith (60%) - TEN vs Jaguars
Cleveland Browns (9%) – vs Bengals
Cleveland ran into a buzz saw week 1 as they were destroyed by the Ravens. Week 2 will be much easier, as they face the Bengals on Thursday night. They should be free to pick up this week.
Los Angeles Rams (49%) – vs Eagles
The Rams are likely not owned after being matched up with Dallas week 1. They face the Eagles and their injured offensive lines. Aaron Donald will have a field day and should rack up a few sacks.
Tennessee Titans (51%) – vs Jaguars
Green Bay Packers (12%) – vs Lions
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