Week 2 Fantasy Football: Heroes and Villains

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Another week of the fantasy football season has concluded, sports fans. Unfortunately, it was an injury-plagued Week 2.

Due to all the injuries that occurred, I fully expect an especially-active week on the waiver-wire — but, this isn’t an article on who to add from waivers. Week 2 had some players who had huge games and led fantasy owners to victory…and then, there were players who were expected to have huge days, only to come up short.

I’ll start this piece on a positive note:

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott warming up before the Week Two game starts versus the Atlanta Falcons.

HEROES

  • Dak Prescott: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was drafted early in many fantasy football leagues this year. After a mediocre season opener, Prescott had a monster home opener against the Atlanta Falcons, completing 72% of his passes for 450 yards and a touchdown, in addition to adding five carries for 18 yards and three rushing touchdowns — all making him the high scoring quarterback in fantasy football this week, with nearly 40 fantasy points! Maybe he doesn’t have a repeat of this effort next week against the Seattle Seahawks. However, with the receiving talent around him, I certainly wouldn’t put it past him to have more big weeks this season.
  • Calvin Ridley: All aboard the Calvin Ridley hype train! After his huge Week 1 performance, the Atlanta Falcons receiver followed that up with another superb receiving day, catching nine of ten targets for 109 yards and two touchdowns. I’ll admit, I was a skeptic about how productive he would be in that offense. However, after finishing as the WR2 in fantasy last week, and the WR1 in fantasy this week, Calvin Ridley is a must-start in all leagues. I was dead wrong about him.
  • Leonard Fournette: After Ronald Jones’ fumbling woes from last season continued this afternoon, Leonard Fournette made the most of his opportunity. After a quiet debut, the recently-acquired Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back finished with 12 carries for 103 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to four catches for 13 yards. Drafted high by fantasy owners when he was a part of another Florida football team, Fournette proved worthy of his draft status for today, at least. Going forward, I think he’s the Bucs’ running back to own in fantasy over Ronald Jones. Fournette and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Denver Broncos next week.
  • Tyler Higbee: After a disappointing home opener against the Dallas Cowboys, Tyler Higbee showed why he received the contract extension he did from the Los Angeles Rams earlier this month. Against the Eagles, Higbee caught all five of his targets for 54 yards and three touchdowns, finishing the day as the TE1 in fantasy this week. I wouldn’t expect him to catch three touchdowns every week, but it’s encouraging to see him finish second on the team in targets. Higbee remains a boom-or-bust fantasy option next week against the Bills.
Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews 29 yard catch versus the Houston Texans

VILLAINS

  • Mark Andrews: It pains me to list him here due to my rooting interest; however, coming off of a big performance against the Cleveland Browns, he delivered a letdown Sunday against the Houston Texans, managing to catch just one of three targets for 29 yards. I would definitely consider this an aberration, as the Texans did a great job covering him. Next week, he has a prime fantasy match-up, as the Baltimore Ravens host the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
  • Adam Thielen: After a big Week 1 performance in a loss to the Green Bay Packers, Adam Thielen, and the Minnesota Vikings passing game as a whole, followed that up with a performance so ugly, they’re barred from showing their faces around Minneapolis for a few days. Thielen caught three of eight targets for 31 yards at Lucas Oil Stadium against the Colts; receiving almost a third of the Vikings’ 95 total passing yards. The Vikings’ passing attack clearly missed Stefon Diggs today. Once the Colts started doubling Thielen, the offense couldn’t function through the air. However, I do believe this was an aberration; and better days are in store for Thielen. The Vikings host the Tennessee Titans next Sunday.
  • A.J. Green: Formerly the “Raven Killer,” A.J. Green had an abysmal outing on Thursday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns. The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver led the team in targets, yet managed to catch only three of 13 targets for 29 yards, and managed to drop a near-certain touchdown in the end zone. He looked bad against the Browns. This could be due to his injuries catching up to him, as he didn’t look like the A.J. Green of old — or, this could be due to Denzel Ward providing blanket coverage over him for the majority of the game; I think it’s more of a mix of both. Gone are the days of Green being a number-one receiver. I’d recommend starting A.J. Green as nothing more than a low-end flex player until he proves himself a better fantasy option. The Bengals play the Philadelphia Eagles next week.
  • David Johnson: Coming from a guy who drafted him fourth-overall in a fantasy league back in 2018, this is the David Johnson I remember. He and the Houston Texans got nothing going on the ground against the Ravens. Johnson finished the day with 11 carries for 34 yards, in addition to catching two of four targets for 13 yards. A 3.1 yards per carry average might have been the standard back in the day of the AFL-NFL merger, but today, that’s a miserable day running the ball. He and the Texans look to bounce back next week at Heinz Field, where they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. I would recommend Johnson as nothing more than a flex option next week.

FANTASY FOOTBALL SUPERMAN OF THE WEEK

Each week, I will highlight a player or two who had extraordinary fantasy performances on Sunday. This week in particular, I found two players who were major contributors to many fantasy teams’ victories this week:

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson runs the ball versus the New England Patriots
  • Russell Wilson

I’ll be the first to tell you, I doubted how good Russell Wilson would be against the New England Patriots and their elite secondary — and I was completely wrong. Russell Wilson was the second-highest scoring quarterback this week in fantasy. Against, arguably, the best secondary in the NFL, Wilson completed 75% of his passes for 288 yards, a whopping five touchdowns and an interception, along with five rushes for 39 yards. He recently said in an interview that he’s the best quarterback in the NFL; I agreed with that sentiment before he made that claim, and I still do. @wutangx1134 if you want to argue with me about it. The Seattle Seahawks host the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday.

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones running the ball versus the Detroit Lions.
  • Aaron Jones

Another week goes by, another Green Bay Packers skill-player finishes as the highest-scoring fantasy player for the week. Aaron Jones was unbelievable against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. After a mediocre performance against the Minnesota Vikings last week, Jones bounced back this week, to the tune of 18 carries for 168 yards and two touchdowns, along with four receptions on eight targets for 68 yards and a receiving touchdown. All-in-all, he had 45 fantasy points in PPR leagues. Jones may not have a similar showing next week when the Packers travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints, but he’s a must-start every week in fantasy. What an impressive showing.

(Photo Credits: Seahawks.com, Packers.com, BaltimoreRavens.com, DallasCowboys.com)

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