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Week 2 Fantasy Football Stars and Stiffs Report

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Week 1 is in the books and it left us yearning for more action. From missed catches to dumb play calls, the preliminary thoughts will just make you scratch your head. However, watching rookies like Hollywood Brown step up and second-year players like Michael Gallup exceeding high projections, made it all worth my time.

Will Jimmy G bounce back from a poor week 1? Is the 50/50 split in Atlanta going to continue? Is the Green Bay offense just rusty or is it sputtering under a new coach? Will Lamar Jackson continue his dominance or was it all just a week one mirage? These are just a sample of the questions left up for debate. Bring on Week 2!

As always, I look forward to your opinions and feedback. You can tweet me with any questions (@TCutillo23) and leave your comments below. Here are my [PPR] picks for Week 2:

 

WEEK 2 STARS

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QUARTERBACKS

Phillip Rivers @ DET

Old man Rivers continues to perform better than his ADP. He consistently goes unnoticed in the draft and pays off huge dividends to the owner who waits it out. Last week, depending on your scoring, he put up 30+ points and this week should be much of the same. Start him with confidence against a Detroit defense who forget how to cover in the 4th quarter against rookie QB Kyler Murray last week.

 

Jared Goff vs. NO

I know he had a rough first week in Carolina, but this week he gets back on track. A trip back home against the Saints is just what the doctor ordered for a promising outing for Goff.

 

RUNNING BACKS

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Devin Singletary @ NYG

Some picked him up this week and some used their infinite wisdom to draft him late. Either way, any questions about who would be the man in Buffalo were answered. Now he faces one of the 2 worst teams in football and should have no problem putting up big numbers.

 

Josh Jacobs vs. KC

Josh showed he could do it all in week 1 against a stingy Denver defense. He may have only averaged 3.7 ypc, but he found paydirt 2x and showed flashes of brilliance.

Kansas City’s defense looked exactly the way we thought it would, weak. Look for another big week from the rookie RB.

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

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Jamison Crowder vs. CLE

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. Jamison Crowder is on the “Start List” for week 2. He was the most consistent Jets WR last week and he will continue to be a safety valve for whoever is under the helm for the Jets. A tally of 17 targets in one week is pretty impressive if you ask me.

 

T.Y. Hilton @ TEN

There was some early concern when Andrew Luck announced his retirement that Hilton’s numbers would take a hit. I didn’t buy into it and actually was on record as saying it would actually boost his value instead. This was evident last week as he was Jacoby’s favorite target. Even though the Colts face a stingy Tennessee defense at home, T.Y. will still find a way to get open.

 

WEEK 2 STIFFS

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QUARTERBACKS

Mitchell Tribusky @ DEN

 

Will the real Mitchell please stand up, please stand up! Here’s the unfortunate problem for Bears fans, he did stand up and the product was less than satisfying. The knock on Mitch has always his accuracy and mechanics, but last year Nagy covered it up with his crafty scheme. This year the book is out and defenses will not be as easy to crack. He had a poor showing in week 1 and a trip to Denver isn’t going to help his confidence, that’s for sure.

 

Ben Roethlisberger vs. SEA

 

Last week didn’t go too well for the Steelers offense and this week could be much of the same. Cincy showed some success against this team last week, but Seattle at home is always a tough matchup.

Until Big Ben shows a spark and this offense starts to click, I would temper expectations.

RUNNING BACKS

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Phillip Lindsay vs. CHI

Until the backfield situation pans out in Denver, Lindsay continues to be a matchup dependent starter. With that being said, Chicago isn’t the right matchup for me.

 

Devonta Freeman vs. PHI

Did you know there was a 50/0 split in Atlanta last week? If you didn’t know, now you know. Too much Ito Smith for me. Until I see more, I’m going to sit back and ride this one out.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

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Corey Davis vs. IND

The Titans offense exploded last week in Cleveland, but somehow Corey wound up with a single catch. I know a lot of owners thought this year would be different but it looks like much of the same. Until he shows anything, keep him on the bench.

 

Allen Robinson @ DEN

Allen had a very productive week 1 as he turned 13 targets into 7 catches for 102 yards. However, the Bears offense as a whole showed the inability to move the ball down the field and put up points.

This week in the unfriendly confines of Mile High, I see the struggle continuing with fewer targets to go around. This will be due in part to more involvement of Tarik Cohen in the passing game to create a spark.

SLEEPERS

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Michael Gallup @ WAS

There was a lot of promise for the former 1st rounder last year, but this is the year it all comes together. With a full season of Amari taking the pressure off his shoulders, Gallup showed he will be swallowing up everything thrown his way.

The Redksins allowed the Eagles offense to throw at will last week and this week should be no different. Old man Norman doesn’t scare me one bit!

Duke Johnson vs. JAC

The Jaguars defense looked to have more holes in it than anyone could have predicted. The Johnson/Hyde connection last week was very productive and both showed the ability to produce. However, this will be the week of the Duke. No stats, no theories; just a straight hunch!

 

BUST ALERT

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Joe Mixon vs. SF

He got hurt last week and is still not close to 100%. Even if he plays this week, it looks more and more likely he will split duties with Gio Bernard. This is certainly not the kind of production you drafted for.

 

Russell Wilson @ PIT

I know the Steelers defense was shredded last week against the Patriots, but a home game is a perfect scenario to get back on track.

This week is for pride and I see the Steelers going all out to reverse the perception. Mr. Wilson should find it difficult to be productive.

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Malcolm Brown vs. NO

DK Value = 4100

Todd Gurley is a week to week nightmare and someone has to be ready to go at any time. That person is Mr. Brown. Last week he stepped right in with 11 carries for 53 yards and 2 TDs. Even if Todd plays, Brown will have multiple opportunities in the game to score.

 

Tyrell Williams vs. KC

DK Value = 4400

I love this pick for week 2. No AB and a matchup at home against the 25th ranked defense in the NFL. Last week he tallied 7 catches for 105 yards and a TD.

This should be a weekly occurrence in an offense that’s looking for capable hands.

 


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