Last week I was unable to put together my week two fantasy surprises due to complications following the storm, but week two was an interesting one from a fantasy perspective. For whatever reason it seemed many of the highly drafted running backs put up duds last week. Whether it was Jordan Howard and DeMarco Murray getting injured, or Ezekiel Elliott and LeSean McCoy being inefficient with limited touches it made for an odd week. The good news is that we saw last night with the Rams/49ers game is that scoring will pickup, which is never a bad thing for fantasy players.
QB: Jay Cutler vs Jets: While the Dolphins put an emphasis on the ground game last week, Cutler still managed to throw 33 times this past Sunday. DeVante Parker has missed some practice leading up to this contest, but assuming he plays Cutler could make for an intriguing daily fantasy play. While the Dolphins getting out to a lead could limit Cutler’s attempts, the ability to put up numbers should be there. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Christian McCaffrey vs Saints: Compared to the preseason hype, McCaffrey has disappointed fantasy players through the first two weeks. To this point he has 30 total touches (9 being receptions) for 129 yards and no touchdowns. The good news is that could change in a big way this week. While the Saints defense showed some flashes in the preseason, they’ve been the same struggling unit we’ve become accustomed to since the regular season started. This very well could be the breakout fans have been waiting for as the Saints are one of the worst in terms of defending pass catching backs. Expect around 100 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Rashard Higgins vs Colts: Targeted 12 times during his rookie season, Higgins came out of nowhere last week by recording seven catches for 95 yards on 11 targets. While the week two performance could be an anomaly, someone is going to have to emerge in Corey Coleman’s absence, and in deeper leagues Higgins is worth a shot in a favorable matchup. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Austin Hooper vs Lions: Hooper has only been targeted twice a game so far this season, but the matchup in this one is quite favorable. The Lions struggled covering tight ends all of last year, and it is an area where opponents have had success early in 2017. In a potential shootout, it is worth having exposure to Hooper in daily fantasy tournaments, or in deep fantasy leagues. Expect around 40 yards and a touchdown.
K: Dustin Hopkins vs Raiders: Through two weeks the Redskins haven’t been able to put up points the way they did in 2016. Granted, it can take time to adjust after losing your offensive coordinator, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. The Raiders defense to this point has exceeded expectations, and it wouldn’t shock me if this game turned into a shootout. For a kicker, all you can ask for is opportunity and a high scoring game would certainly give Hopkins those. Expect around three field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Jaguars vs Ravens: After a stellar week one performance, the Jaguars defense came back down to earth in week two. However a lot of that can be due to the offense stalling, and the Titans offense has the ability to put up points. While Blake Bortles and company could stall in this one, the Ravens offense isn’t as threatening. Like the Jaguars, the Ravens offense is more methodical and has emphasized the run. With arguably the league’s best guard out for the season in Marshal Yanda, yards could be tougher to come by this Sunday. In what figures to be a low scoring contest, the Jaguars defense is worth another shot. Expect around three sacks and an interception.