NFL Week 2 Takeaways

 Written by Sal Leto, FLAFFL House Podcast Co-Host, who goes by @sal33 on the Fantasy Life App and @letosal on Twitter

Well that was a load of crap. One of those fantasy weeks where nothing makes sense except if you own Cam Newton but man what a bloodbath. Doug Martin, Danny Woodhead, Ameer Abdullah, Thomas Rawls (again), Jonathan Stewart and everyone's biggest fear AP were all good RB starts this week and all left hurt. Jimmy Garoppolo did his best Tom Brady impersonation until he was slammed on his shoulder. We won't even list the under-performing number one wide receivers that left us shaking our heads. Let's scan the games for my takeaways.

49ers:

-          Not sure anything became clearer with the WRs here. This week Torrey Smith (3-55-1) got the TD but no one had more than 3 receptions.

-          Carlos Hyde (14-34) 2.4 yards per carry and a fumble. If it's not week one it seems he's not worth it.

Panthers:

-          With Jonathan Stewart (5-9) injured early and Cameron Artis-Payne not active it was the Fozzy Whittaker show with 100 yards rushing and 31 receiving. He’s worth an add, but I think CAP and Tolbert split time with him if Stewart remains out.

-          Devin Funchess (2-19-1) scored a late TD but the game was well in hand. For the most part he didn’t appear to be a factor in this offense.

Titans:

-          Demarco Murray 12 carries, Derrick Henry 9 carries. Seems pretty close until you see the 7 receptions for Murray who has done a great job holding off the rookie.

-          Rishard Matthews 4 catches, Tajae Sharpe 4 catches and Andre Johnson, yes that Andre Johnson, 1 catch for the game winning vulture touchdown.

Lions:

-          Matt Stafford had 4 touchdown passes. Problem was that 3 of them were called back on penalties. Just 3 of the 17 penalties for 138 yards that ruined both the fantasy and game day of the Lions.

-          If Abdullah (6-38) misses time then Theo Riddick (11-37, 4-28) jumps up to a weekly RB 2 and I think Zach Zenner will make an appearance next week.

Chiefs:

-          Where do I go here? This offense wasn't pretty to watch. Spencer Ware’s 5.7 yards per carry 2 receptions 48 yards and Charcandrick West’s 6 carries for 61 yards were the two best players out there further telling me Jamaal Charles isn't coming back to save your team.

-          There's no number two WR separating themselves here (Conley 2-15, Wilson 2-11).

Texans:

-          Lamar Miller (25-83) has 53 carries after two weeks. I'd add Alfred Blue (5-11) or Tyler Irvin if I owned him because he won't last long at this rate.

-          Will Fuller is the leader in the clubhouse for rookie of the year.

Dolphins:

-          Kenny Stills (2-39) held on to a touchdown this week but looks like DeVante Parker (8-106) has reinserted himself as the WR 2.

-          Tannehill has 389 pass yards, 2 TDs with 35 yards rushing. He's not pretty but he's having fantasy relevant games.

Patriots:

-          Jacoby Brissett (6/9 92) can do everything Dak Prescott can do, trust me.

-          I’m sure everyone soured on Bennett last week and then he puts up 5-114-1. Prime sell high target for me.

Saints:

-          All the anticipation of a shootout and all we got was shot in the foot. One touchdown pass from Brees after 7 last year vs the Giants. But it went to Willie Snead who is entrenching himself in your weekly lineup.

-          Mark Ingram (9-30) has not been involved in the offense the way we thought. For that matter the RB position and TE position appear to be going ignored in this offense, both of which have been key to its success in the past.

Giants:

-          The Giants won't let us down in this shootout though right? They too had one touchdown and it didn't even come from the offense. A blocked FG return and the Giants defense has been one of the more impressive fantasy options to start the season.

-          Shane Vereen had 14 carries, one more than Jennings, and caught 3 passes to Jennings 1. Definitely worth an add in 12+ team leagues, especially PPR.

Ravens:

-          Dennis Pitta (9-102) has risen from the dead and has jumped into the TE 1 conversation.

-          Kamar Aiken, one of my off season darlings, has really been bumped from the offense and is pulling special teams duty. Definitely a shame and definitely droppable in 10-12 team leagues.

Browns:

-          Corey Coleman (5-104-2) has alerted Will Fuller and Sterling Shepard that he's interested in rookie of the year conversation.  

-          Any talk of Duke Johnson taking carries away from Isaiah Crowell can be put to rest (18-133-1).

Bengals:

-          54 pass attempts for Andy Dalton to the tune of 366 yards but the big downfield play was taken away from him by Pittsburgh, rendering AJ Green an afterthought.

-          Round 2 of the RB war goes to Gio Bernard. The Bengals were trailing all day and Hill (11-22) was bottled up leaving the dump off to Gio (9 receptions, 100-1) as the best option.

Steelers:

-          The Eli Rodgers (1-9) hype was grounded in week two and the focus shifted to Sammie Coates (2-97). He only caught two but the ball was thrown to him deep multiple times (one intercepted, one under thrown) sparking resemblance to the way Martavis Bryant is used.

-          DeAngelo Williams had 36 touches. That's crazy for the oldest RB in the league. Can you fathom what Le’Veon Bell can do with those touches? Well don't, because Williams has done enough to remain a part of this offense weekly after week 3.

Cowboys:

-          I referenced adding Cole Beasley in PPR leagues last week and he went 5-75 this week. He's clearly the #2 target in the receiving game.

-          We tried to warn you not to sell low on Dez (7-102). It's really a bad idea to move stars early off of bad weeks. He will likely put a big day up on your team at some point as a big middle finger to you.

Redskins:

-          Josh Doctson finished with 1 catch for 57 yards but if you watched the game they attempted at minimum three 1-on-1 plays for him in the end zone. If Kirk Cousins didn't suck so badly he might have caught one.

-          Matt Jones (13-61-1) looked good and if he can get 20 touches a game, should be a solid RB2 for the season.

Buccaneers:

-          Jameis Winston week 1 had four touchdown passes then week 2 throws four interceptions. I think he’ll live somewhere in between.

-          Charles Sims, despite the lack of carries (9) when Doug Martin left injured, should still get the bulk of work. The Bucs were down big early and threw deep for most of the game.

Cardinals:

-          Chris Johnson (16-54-1) and David Johnson (12-45-0). Alarming? Yes and no. DJ also had 3 receptions for 98 yards giving him a solid day but CJ showing he still has life could make Arians look his way if DJ struggles.

-          Another week and Larry proves he's the man. Tread lightly however as he started out huge in weeks 1-3 last season and tailed off big time. Floyd and Brown however have done nothing to live up to preseason hype.

Seahawks:

-          Rawls averages -1 yard per rush before leaving early and is out in front for RB bust of the year.

-          In a game with very little offense to show, the Seahawks looked to be trying to get Tyler Lockett (4-99) the ball.

Rams:

-          I'm going to try to do the same thing I did last week and play to your senses. DON’T TRADE TODD GURLEY OFF OF TWO BAD WEEKS!

-          Kenny Britt (6-94) and Lance Kendricks (4-61) were both being targeted near the end zone and should be on your radar.

Colts:

-          Jack Doyle (4-37) might not be a weekly fantasy factor but he might be enough to take away from Dwayne Allen’s value.

-          The bad offensive line reared its head and made sure the Colts passing game was useless. Going forward it's absolutely something to consider when starting Luck on a weekly basis

Broncos:

-          Devontae Booker (9-46) flashed some of his ability. Is this a bad sign for CJA owners? No, but it is a bad sign for the Broncos passing game because they will look to be conservative and let the defense win games, not let the offense lose them.

-          Regardless of his poise, Trevor Siemian is not rosterable outside of two QB leagues

Falcons:

-          Devonta Freeman (17-93) had good rush totals but for the second week in a row, Coleman played a bigger role in the pass game and was in for the red zone work grabbing a touchdown run. Right now they are both flex worthy at worst.

-          I'm considering moving The Julio but only if I get premium for him. The ankle is starting to worry me.

Jaguars:

-          You should know about Marquis Lee (5-75). There's plausible chance he can have the best WR numbers on this team.

-          TJ Yeldon (7-28) really blew his chance to take hold of the backfield with Ivory out. He hits my bench until further notice.

Chargers:

-          I keep hearing sell high on Melvin Gordon (24-102-1). Well call me up because I'm buying, especially if Woodhead misses time.

-          Travis Benjamin (6-115-2) is the guy. No wait, it’s Tyrell Williams (3-61-1). Damnit, it’s Benjamin again. Just grab whichever one’s available, they will both play a role.

Packers:

-          I'm buying low on Eddie Lacy (12-50). This team will come out of the funk and you'll be glad you did.

-          It's safe to feel Jordy Nelson (5-73-1) is a weekly starter again. He seems like that if it's in his, direction he's getting it.

Vikings:

-          Stephon Diggs (9-182-1) is clearly the man here, but for the second week in a row the next best target was Adam Thielen (4-41). Worth a look in 14+ team leagues.

-          Jerrick McKinnon (2-2) is likely owned so I'm grabbing Matt Asiata (6-14) if AP misses time. A few years back he was the touchdown king with AP out injured.

Ok, get ready to hit that waiver wire because I'm sure we all lost someone this weekend. Check back tomorrow for our waiver wire articles from Jay and Tony, as well as some ideal trade targets from Ryan.