It’s time to take stock of winners and losers from week two of NFL action. This week, some of our studs weren’t exactly studs. Some of our waiver wire darlings didn’t exactly make good on their promises of yesterweek. There were fumbles and foibles. In the end, some of us had fun, while, most certainly, many of us did not. That seems to be the plight of a fantasy football manager. It’s that slow slog through the NFL season where inevitably every Sunday you shun all of your friends and relatives, only to be sitting alone, asking yourself why you chose this as your life to live. On to the winners and losers of week two.
(All point totals will be written as standard/PPR)
Well, well, well. If it isn’t our old buddy Kyler Murray (33.1 pts). Last week I warned against getting too excited about Famous Jameis, but warned for getting too excited about Murray. What can I say? This guy is just too exciting. He was up to his usual tricks again, roasting the Vikings to the tune of 400 yards through the air with three throwing scores and an extra on the ground. You have to think he’s the early MVP favorite.
Lamar Jackson (32.2 pts) looked like he might soil the sleeping spot early in his tilt against the Chiefs, but managed to run his way to fantasy excellence. I’m not confident that he will be able to sustain this pace, but at the very least he should offer a very safe floor week after week. We also got this moment Sunday night, which was awesome:
Surprise, surprise. Tom Brady (29.6 pts) is on the list. At this point, even the most hardened Brady haters have to just laugh, right? What’d he do on Sunday? Five touchdowns. At the age of, I don’t know, like, 75 or something. Incredible. I’ll just say it now: Tom Brady might get that perfect season after all. Sorry Pats fans.
Don’t look now, but Daniel Jones (29.5) might be a viable starter. He still hasn’t shown elite passing ability, but that boy’s got legs. Who knows how much he’ll run when his supporting cast (Barkley, Golladay) are back to full health, but any fantasy manager would 95 ground yards and a touchdown.
After week one, I confidently declared that the New York Jets might have found their quarterback of the future in Zach Wilson (2.3 pts). After week two I’m not going to confidently declare anything. Or, at least, I’m not going to declare anything about the Jets. Wilson received a Bill Belichick welcome to the NFL and wound up throwing a yikes worthy four interceptions.
Dak Prescott (7.5) wasn’t bad, but fantasy managers are probably wondering where half of those throws from last week went. After attempting 58 passes in week one, Dak and the ‘Boys ceded to the ground game, throwing only 27 times for no scores.
The five touchdowns are a mirage! The five touchdowns are a mirage! What might be even more baffling is that Jamies Winston (8.3 pts) threw for less than 200 yards again. He’s always had turnover problems, but that generally came with good chunks of yardage. Listen. You know it and I know it. Trust Winston as your starter at your own risk. Yeah, you’re going to get weeks where he goes full blown silly. But you’ll also have weeks where he goes silly, and not the good silly, but the bad silly.
Oh Henry! This past Sunday was less of a snack and more of a feast for Titans bell-cow Derrick Henry (41.7/47.7 pts). Between his forty one touches (yes, you read that right), Henry racked up 237 total yards of offense and three TDs. That 2,000 yard rushing mark seems well within his sights for a second straight year.
If you needed a Monday night miracle and had Aaron Jones (35.5/41.5 pts) then you got it. After a lackluster week one by all of the Packers, the boys set the ship straight after a somewhat troubling first half. Jones was good for four touchdowns on the night, three through the air and one on the ground.
The Dallas Cowboys mostly kept the ball on the ground against the Chargers which was a boon to Ezekiel Elliott (15.7/17.7 pts) and Tony Pollard (20/23 pts). Those who roster Zeke can take a bit of a breath after last weeks dud, but still shouldn’t feel too comfortable with how much run Tony Pollard is getting. Not only that, but Pollard looks great. Maybe even better than Zeke. He should be rostered in all formats.
Is Cordarrelle Patterson (18.8/23.9 pts) a thing? Fantasy experts have wanted him to be a thing ever since his days with the Vikings, and now the wide receiver turned running back looks like he might have actually found a situation in an offense where he can thrive. He’s worth a dart throw to see if he can keep up this production.
Those who roster Trey Sermon (0.8/0.8 pts) must have been happy to see their preseason darling suit up for week two. That is, until he got hurt after his only carry of the day.
While everyone else was having fun in the Ravens vs Chiefs matchup on Sunday night, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (2.6/2.6 pts) was minding his own business. In what turned out to be a shootout, CEH couldn’t get anything going on the ground and coughed up a game losing fumble.
The panic bus is entering the station, but I would urge those who roster Alvin Kamara (3/7 pts) not to pay the fare. The Saints aren’t as bad as they looked this past weekend, and they aren’t as good as they looked week one. However, Alvin Kamara is an all-world talent, and that kind of talent wins out much more often than not.
A whole lot of people got fired up about Kenyan Drake (5.5/10.5 pts) having the whole Raiders backfield to himself, but it sure didn’t turn into much. Those who play in PPR leagues will take the 10.5 and be thankful for his five receptions.
Rams wide outs must be loving the upgrade at quarterback. This week, the beneficiary was Cooper Kupp (27.8/36.8 pts) to the tune of 163 yards on nine receptions and two scores. With Kupp getting his, I can only assume that a monster Woods week is coming up soon.
Managers who roster DK Metcalf might be a little miffed at speedster Tyler Lockett (23.8/31.8 pts). This is how it’s going to go this year for folks who invested in the Seahawks receiving core. Each of these exceedingly talented wide outs has a chance to finish each week as the WR1
Another great offense with a lot of mouths to feed produced another stellar fantasy day, but this time from big man Mike Evans (19.5/24.5 pts). As with the Seahawks weapons, things are going to be frustrating with the Tampa Bay weapons. In fact, it could be significantly more frustrating than any other situation in the NFL. While it is not unheard of for an offense to sustain two receivers for fantasy purposes, sustaining four (Evans, Godwin, Brown, Gronkowski) seems all but impossible.
Rondale Moore (17.4/24.4 pts) needs to be rostered in all formats. Not only is he a part of a Madden-on-easy-mode offense, but he is incredibly skilled. Don’t be surprised if Moore winds up being the waiver claim that wins your league.
It was a fun night for Marquise “Hollywood” Brown (17.3/23.3) but don’t expect the good times to keep rolling. Since entering the league, Lamar Jackson has been responsible for five, count them, five fantasy outputs of 20 or more points. And that’s with PPR scoring.
With Michael Thomas being out until week eight at the earliest, many fantasy managers were trying to figure out who his stand-in would be. Many, myself included, thought it would be Marquez Callaway (0.8/2.8 pts). Through two weeks he has three receptions for twenty two yards. I’m still holding him for a week, but that’s it.
Those excited for the Corey Davis (0.8/2.8 pts) break out party were thrilled with week one and trying to forget that week two ever happened. He’ll be a volatile WR3 moving forward, with some chance of being a WR2.
Another day, another two touchdowns for Rob Gronkowski (15.9/19.9 pts). I still can’t believe how much this dude was slept on in the preseason.
Another day, another monster performance from Travis Kelce (16.9/23.9 pts). These are truly the only two tight ends you can rely on week in and week out.
However, TJ Hockenson (12.6/20.6 pts) might join them in that group sooner rather than later. Goff clearly loves him, and doesn’t really have anyone else to throw to. I think Hock has a good chance to finish the year as TE1.
With Gerald Everett leaving, a lot of people were drafting Tyler Higbee (0.8/1.8 pts) to be a set it and forget it TE1. It must have been sick making to see him targeted only once in the Rams week two win over Indianapolis. The good news, however, is that he caught it.
People want George Kittle (1.7/5.7 pts) to be in the Kelce/Gronk conversation, but whether it is injuries or a conservative offensive scheme, he just doesn’t quite ascend to those levels. If you drafted him, you’re starting him. You just might feel a bit uneasy about it.