Week one was a great start for my fantasy surprises. Matthew Stafford had a huge game, Ryan Mathews took advantage of his opportunity and others such as Vance McDonald, Marvin Jones and Nick Novak made the most of their opportunities. This is one of the interesting times of year in terms of fantasy as those in charge of teams have completely different styles to week one. Some tend to overreact in a big way. Have a guy who had 100 yards and a touchdown on waivers? This person has probably filed a claim. However, those games are usually the outliers in the player’s season.
Then the other owners are the ones who play the law of averages. You drafted someone like Adrian Peterson knowing he’s a candidate to get 1,300 yards or so. The beauty of fantasy sports is you don’t know how he’ll get there. So sure he had 30 some yards last week, but odds are he will have a game with 150 plus to get him back towards what you felt he was capable of. This early in the year, it’s the little things that could make the difference in a fantasy season.
QB: Philip Rivers vs Jaguars: With the quarterback position being deep and Keenan Allen going down for the year, Rivers isn’t getting a whole ton of fantasy love this week. Despite that, there is a lot to like in his week two matchup against the Jaguars. Despite improvements to the defense, the Jaguars still struggled in generating pressure in week one and Rivers still has some viable options.
While he and Antonio Gates obviously have a great rapport, Danny Woodhead is a more than capable receiver from the backfield. That doesn’t even include Travis Benjamin who figures to give the Chargers more of a vertical threat. He’s not going to have all the hype around him, but don’t be surprised if he’s one of the better performers at the quarterback position in this potential shootout. Expect around 250 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Rashad Jennings vs Saints: As we all know by now, it rained fantasy points in the Superdome the last time the Giants and Saints played each other. Remembering this, many are focusing on the passing attacks of both teams in terms of their fantasy performance. However, Jennings is well worth remembering.
The Raiders gashed the Saints on the ground last week and Jennings figures to see more touches than he did against the Cowboys as this game will be played at a higher tempo. Shane Vereen might get some passing down work, but he’s a very good RB2 in season long leagues and a nice under the radar option for daily fantasy. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.
WR: Mike Wallace vs Browns: Are you into boom or bust plays at the receiver position? If so, Wallace could be the guy for you this week. As we saw last week, the Browns secondary really struggled and appears to be a weekly target for fantasy owners. The Ravens have a lot of mouths to feed in the passing game, but Wallace due to his big play ability has the highest ceiling. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Gary Barnidge vs Ravens: If you started Barnidge last week, congrats you got a big goose egg from him in the scoring department. Things look to be much different this week though. Barnidge had a very nice rapport with Josh McCown who is replacing the injured Robert Griffin which included his fair share of success against the Ravens. If someone overreacted with Barnidge’s week one showing, don’t hesitate to pick him up and plug him into your starting lineup. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.
K: Caleb Sturgis vs Bears: As I say every week, this position comes down to opportunities. While the Eagles will be on the road this Monday night, we know the Bears defense isn’t one of the league’s stronger units at this time. Even if the Eagles play things safe with Carson Wentz, Sturgis should get his chances. Expect around two field goals and two extra points.
DEF: Lions vs Titans: While I’m not 100 percent sold on the Lions defense this week, they have the potential to end up putting together a nice week which makes them a perfect fit here. We know the Titans are going to try and establish their “exotic smashmouth” attack, but the Lions were pretty stout against the run in last week’s win. While players such as Delanie Walker who could prove that the Lions inability to cover tight ends wasn’t a mirage, there is still a decent amount to like here. Expect around three sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception.