Fantasy Impact of Week 2

Fantasy Impact of Week 2

Game Analysis

Fantasy Impact of Week 2


Giants 16 Saints 13
This game was expected to produce a fantasy bonanza after the two teams played a 52-49 thriller last season. It ended up being a disappointment as a new year produced different results. A year after Eli Manning (368 yards) and Drew Brees (263 yards) put up 13 total touchdowns, the two combined for just one on Sunday.
Extra Points: Rookie WR Sterling Shepard recorded his first 100-yard game against the Saints. Shepard finished with eight catches for 117 yards…Odell Beckham has yet to score a touchdown through two games. Beckham caught eight balls for 86 yards on 11 targets…Neither team got anything going on the ground. Shane Vereen led the Giants in rushing with 42 yards, while Mark Ingram had his second straight disappointing game to start the year with just 30 yards…Coby Fleener (2/29) was supposed to be a big weapon in the Saints offense. He has three catches in two games.

Cowboys 27 Redskins 23
Dez Bryant put some fantasy owners in a panic after catching just one ball in Week 1. He bounced back on Sunday with seven catches for 102 yards on a team-high 12 targets.
Extra Points: The Cowboys scored three rushing touchdowns on Sunday. Ezekiel Elliott, Alfred Morris and Dak Prescott all scored on the ground…Prescott threw for 292 yards but still hasn’t registered a passing touchdown in two games…Cole Beasley was a factor for the second straight week. The Cowboys slot receiver caught five balls for 75 yards on six targets…Kirk Cousins threw for 364 yards but only one score and an interception. Through two games Cousins has one touchdown and three interceptions…Matt Jones ran for 61 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries (4.7 YPC). Jones has been the Redskins clear lead back in the first two games.

Patriots 31 Dolphins 24
For the second straight week Jimmy Garoppolo came out on fire. Garoppolo completed 18-of-27 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns before leaving in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. The Patriots are now down to third-string rookie Jacoby Brissett.
Extra Points: Martellus Bennett burned fantasy owners who started him in Week 1. Filling in for an injured Rob Gronkowski once again, Bennett rewarded those who stuck with him by catching five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown…Danny Amendola caught two of Garoppolo’s first half touchdown passes. Amendola finished with four receptions for 50 yards…LeGarrette Blount ran over Miami’s defense for 123 yards and a score on 29 carries…Ryan Tannehill recovered from a slow start to throw for 389 yards and two touchdowns. He was also picked off twice…The Dolphins had two 100-yard receivers on the day. Jarvis Landry caught 10 passes for 137 yards, while DeVante Parker added eight receptions for 106 yards…Arian Foster is already hurt. He suffered a groin injury on Sunday.

Panthers 46 49ers 27
The 49ers shut out the Rams in Week 1. It was a different story on Sunday. Cam Newton ripped San Francisco’s defense for 390 total yards and four touchdowns. The Panthers had two 100-yard receivers in Kelvin Benjamin (7/108/2) and Greg Olsen (5/122/1).
Extra Points: Jonathan Stewart left the game early with a hamstring injury. Fozzy Whittaker replaced him and rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries…Devin Funchess (2/19) hasn’t been a factor in the Panthers offense through two games but he did catch a garbage-time touchdown late from Newton…After getting run over by C.J. Anderson in the opener, the Panthers run defense shut down Carlos Hyde. Hyde only managed 34 yards on 14 carries…There weren’t many fantasy stars on the 49ers side of the ball, despite scoring 27 points. Torrey Smith caught three passes for 55 yards and a score on 10 targets…Blaine Gabbert also threw for 243 yards and accounted for three scores but he also threw two interceptions.

Titans 16 Lions 15
This game was marred by penalties, sloppy play and questionable coaching decisions. The result was not as many big fantasy performers came out of this matchup as expected.
Extra Points: Marvin Jones was Matthew Stafford’s receiver of choice on Sunday. Jones caught eight balls for 118 yards on 11 targets…Ameer Abdullah injured his ankle early on and that limited him to 38 yards. Detroit did run for 137 yards as a team but no player rushed for more than 38 yards…Golden Tate had a quiet game against the Titans. He was held to just two catches for 13 yards on nine targets…Marcus Mariota came on in the fourth quarter to finish with 238 yards, two touchdowns and an interception…DeMarco Murray had a strong game. He racked up 145 total yards and seven receptions…Delanie Walker was held in check by Minnesota in the opener. He rebounded with a 6/83/1 line on Sunday.

Texans 19 Chiefs 12
The Chiefs and Texans played an ugly game Sunday but the Houston receivers were once again a bright spot for fantasy owners. Will Fuller (4/104) recorded his second straight 100-yard game. DeAndre Hopkins added seven catches for 113 yards and a score on 11 targets in what has become an explosive Texans passing attack.
Extra Points: Lamar Miller had 100-yard game in the opener but he was held to 83 yards against the Chiefs. The good news is Miller got 25 carries. He’s now carried the ball 53 times in two games…After a big performance in Week 1, Spencer Ware shared touches with Charcandrick West on Sunday. West saw more playing time after Ware fumbled in the first half. Jeremy Maclin (6/68) and Travis Kelce (5/34) were ineffective for most of the game against the tough Texans defense.

Ravens 25 Browns 20
The Ravens stormed back from down 20-2 to beat the Browns 25-20. Joe Flacco threw for 302 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in leading the Ravens to the win.
Extra Points: Mike Wallace made a big impact for the second straight week. Wallace caught four balls for 41 yards and two touchdowns. He now has three touchdown catches in two games…Dennis Pitta is finally healthy again and it showed on Sunday. Pitta caught nine balls for 102 yards on a team-high 12 targets against the Browns…The Ravens have yet to find a rushing attack through two games. Baltimore ran for 80 yards on 26 carries (3.1 YPC) as a team on Sunday…Rookie receiver Corey Coleman broke out in Week 2. Coleman caught five passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns…Isaiah Crowell continues to be the Browns lead back early in the year. Crowell rewarded fantasy owners with 133 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

Steelers 24 Bengals 16
The Steelers and Bengals played their usual slugfest in rainy Pittsburgh. The Bengals have done a good job defending Antonio Brown over the last two years and that continued Sunday. Brown caught just 4-of-11 targets for 39 yards.
Extra Points: A.J. Green burned the Steelers in three games last year but Pittsburgh’s defense was able to control him this time. Green was held to two catches for 38 yards on eight targets…Andy Dalton (366 yards, one touchdown) had to look elsewhere and Gio Bernard was the beneficiary of 11 targets. Bernard caught nine balls for 100 yards and a touchdown. Big Ben spread the ball around to nine different receivers on Sunday. Neither the Steelers (3.4 YPC) nor the Bengals (2.6 YPC) could establish anything on the ground.

Cardinals 40 Buccaneers 7
The Cardinals surprisingly lost at home in Week 1 to an undermanned Patriots team. They came out like a team with something to prove against the Buccaneers. Carson Palmer threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns as this one was over early.
Extra Points: The Cardinals had fantasy stars all across the board. Three receivers (Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown) caught touchdown passes…David Johnson caught three passes and racked up 143 total yards…The Cardinals defense also dominated, registering three sacks, four interceptions, recovering a fumble and scoring a touchdown…Jameis Winston had a miserable game. He was off from the start. Winston threw for 243 yards, one touchdown and four picks. He also lost a fumble…Doug Martin tweaked his hamstring in the first quarter and finished with only 23 yards…The only bright spot for Tampa Bay from a fantasy perspective was Mike Evans managed to catch six balls for 70 yards and a touchdown on 17 targets.

Rams 9 Seahawks 3
In the ugliest offensive game of the day, the Rams rebounded from the egg they laid on Monday night to upset the Seahawks 9-3. No touchdowns were scores, so obviously the fantasy impact in the game was minimal.
Extra Points: Russell Wilson threw for 254 yards while playing on a hobbled ankle. At less than 100 percent, Wilson wasn’t a threat to run on Sunday. He finished with just 14 yards rushing…Tyler Locker led the Seahawks in receiving. He gained 99 yards on four receptions… Jimmy Graham was more of a factor in Week 2, finishing with three catches for 42 yards on four targets…Todd Gurley continues to struggle early in the year on a bad offense. Gurley gained only 51 yards on 19 carries. He’s still not being used much in the passing game either with just one reception for 19 yards against the Seahawks…Kenny Britt was a bright spot for the Rams offense. He caught six passes for 94 yards on a team-high 10 targets.

Falcons 35 Raiders 28
It’s obvious the Raiders can’t stop the pass. One week after giving up 423 yards to Drew Brees, Oakland’s defense allowed 396 yards and three touchdowns to Matt Ryan.
Extra Points: Julio Jones predictably woke up after a quiet Week 1 performance. He caught all five of his targets for 106 yards and a touchdown… Ryan targeted his tight ends 11 times versus the Raiders. Jacob Tamme and Austin Hooper combined for eight receptions, 159 yards and a touchdown…Latavius Murray averaged 7.1 YPC but for some reason he only got eight carries in the game. Murray did add six catches for 44 yards…TE Clive Walford is establishing himself as another offensive weapon. Walford caught 6-of-7 targets for 50 yards and a score.

Chargers 38 Jaguars 14
Philip Rivers has a history of big games against Jacksonville and Sunday was no different. Rivers threw for 220 yards and four touchdowns, as the Chargers blew out the Jaguars.
Extra Points: Danny Woodhead suffered a potentially serious injury early in the game. Melvin Gordon responded to the heavier workload with 102 yards and a score on 24 carries…With Keenan Allen out for the year, Travis Benjamin stepped up in his first game as the new No. 1 receiver. Benjamin caught all six of his targets for 115 yards and two touchdowns…Tyrell Williams also gave Rivers another option in the passing game. Williams caught 3-of-6 targets for 61 yards and a score…Blake Bortles saved his fantasy day by throwing for 329 yards and two scores but the Jaguars offenses was off its hinges all day. Bortles threw two interceptions and stud WR Allen Robinson (3/54) was shut out for most of the afternoon…The Jaguars only rushed 11 times Sunday for 69 yards.

Broncos 34 Colts 20
There will be better days for the Colts offense but going up against the Broncos defense, Andrew Luck was held to 197 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was also sacked five times and lost a fumble.
Extra Points: Luck spread the ball around to 10 different receivers Sunday but none made a fantasy impact. T.Y. Hilton led the way with four catches for 41 yards on 11 targets…Backup running back Robert Turbin scored a short touchdown but as usual, the Colts didn’t mount much of a ground game…Demaryius Thomas was a game-time decision and since it was a late game, it made it tough on fantasy owners. Thomas played and caught five passes for 90 yards…C.J. Anderson continued his hot start to the season piling up 93 total yards and scoring a touchdown…Emmanuel Sanders caught three passes for 39 yards. He has just eight receptions in two games.

Vikings 17 Packers 14
Sam Bradford made his Vikings debut one to remember. Bradford threw for 286 yards and two touchdowns in leading Minnesota to a big divisional win over the Packers.
Game Points: Adrian Peterson suffered what looked like a serious leg injury in the fourth quarter. Peterson had only rushed for 19 yards on 12 carries (1.9 YPC) before getting hurt. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata took over in Peterson’s absence…Stefon Diggs exploded with Bradford under center. The second-year receiver caught 9-of-11 targets for 182 yards and a touchdown…Aaron Rodgers struggled against the stout Vikings defense. He threw for just 213 yards, one touchdown and one interception…Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb saw a combined 18 targets. They managed to convert them into 10 receptions, 115 yards and a touchdown.


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