Aaaand we are back! Week 2 is approaching fast and now that we have a week behind us I have more to talk about. I still may use stats from last year because it’s tough to use stats from one game, but I’ll do my best to keep it relevant.
This week I’m going to add in a new section. I’m going to add input from the other writers. Each of them will pick their favorite fantasy player for the week and give their reasons why.
Drew Brees against Giants
Before I even start, yes I in fact did say that Dak Prescott would have a great game against the Giants. Now that we’ve seen him play in a real game it’s safe to say I’ll stay away from that hype. That being said, if Drew Brees doesn’t light up the Giants defense I will be shocked. Last season he had a career game against the Giants. He threw for 505 yards and 7 TDs! That’s insane even by Madden standards. Oh and they only won the by three points, which is even crazier. Cooks and Snead will benefit the most as well. The Giants historically have a leaky pass defense, and Brees will exploit that.
Eli Manning against Saints
This was tough for me to do because in my heart I have a burning hatred for
Eli Manning. Putting my hatred aside, Manning is known for sprinkling in some huge games with really good stats. In that game I mentioned earlier, Eli threw for 350 yards and 6 TDs, with a passer rating of 138.2! Eli is a lot more inconsistent than Brees, but the Saints defense is just awful in the pass game. This should be a great game to watch.
Matthew Stafford against Titans
This choice is much more of a gamble. The Titans did not have a good pass defense last season, giving up the fourth most fantasy points to QBs. Stafford showed last week against the Colts he’s ready to be the leader of this Lions team. The Titans faced a weak QB last week in Shaun Hill and got off easy. Stafford has explosive weapons that the Vikings will not be able to handle, like Theo Riddick, Ameer Abdullah, Golden Tate, and Eric Ebron. Stafford looks to prove people wrong this season and it will continue against the Vikings.
C.J. Anderson against Colts
Every week that the Colts defense is playing, I will almost certainly be picking someone on the opposite side of the ball. Anderson is that lucky person. The Colts gave up a combined 47 total points to Detroit’s RBs last week. This past year, they were in the top 10 for worst run defenses as well. Anderson showed last week against the Panthers he’s going to be the focal point of their offense and it will show more than ever against the Colts on Sunday.
David Johnson against Buccaneers
I hope everyone gets used to this name because it will be featured a lot in the coming weeks. Johnson is a no brainer if you’re playing PPR. The Cardinals showed last Sunday that they plan on making him an asset in the pass game, catching 4 passes and amassing 43 yards. He also ran for 89 yards and scored one TD. I’m going to say this every week, but if he’s able to stay healthy the whole season, Johnson is going to have a season to remember.
Jonathan Stewart against 49ers
Often overshadowed by the Dab King himself, Stewart does not get enough love. This is more of a contrarian pick because of how dominant the 49ers defense was against Todd Gurley last week. I’m not buying it though. Last year, the 49ers were the second worst team against the run and I don’t see them jumping to elite status like last week. Cam Newton tends to be the guy in the red zone, but I’m hoping Stewart gets those looks this week.
Odell Beckham Jr. against Saints
For how polarizing OBJ is off the field, he backs it up with his play on the field. As I mentioned earlier with the Manning and Brees, this game is going to be a point fiesta. So who’s going to see the bulk of those points? On the Giants side, OBJ is all but guaranteed to have the most opportunities to score. He started off slow last week, not scoring against the Cowboys, but that just can’t happen this week. I honestly don’t know who is going to cover OBJ this week. My deepest apologies whoever is stuck with that task.
Brandin Cooks against Giants
Anyone getting sick of this game yet? If you are playing DraftKings or FanDuel I obviously wouldn’t recommend getting every player on the Giants or Saints this week. That just isn’t practical because they will be so highly owned. With that said, Cooks is approaching Antonio Brown type production, in my opinion. Last week against the Raiders, Cooks scored two TDs and had 143 receiving yards. This type of production took Cooks time, as we hadn’t seen it till late last season. I think we are witnessing Cooks maturation into an elite receiver and that will show this Sunday against the Giants.
Tajae Sharpe against Lions
Feels real good to put this name down. In all honesty, I’m not putting him here out of UMass fandom. On that topic, though, Sharpe was easily the most underappreciated WR in all of college football the past couple years. With that off my chest, let’s get to his fantasy potential. Sharpe has quickly positioned himself as the number one receiver on the Titans. The trade of Dorial Green-Beckham surely helped, but I believe that happened because of how the coaching staff viewed Sharpe. I stashed him away on my team not expecting for him to produce much right away. After being targeted 11 times last week and hauling in 7 passes, that has changed. To show how committed I am to this, I will start Sharpe at my flex position over Randall Cobb. Mariota needs a safety blanket at WR and Sharpe seems primed to be that guy with not much competition.
Delanie Walker against Lions
The Lions got absolutely torched in points against at the defense position last week. They by far gave up the most points, 29 points, to TEs with the next closest team being the Falcons with 18 points. Could that have been due to the multiple weapons at the disposable of Andrew Luck? Possibly, but I’d like to think Delanie Walker will have something to say. Walker was a top TE last season, and I don’t think that will change with their lack of weapons in the pass game. Walker was slightly disappointing last week with only three catches for 42 yards. His play is contingent on whether Sharpe is able to get open, and if he has a game that I think he will, Walker will be getting those opportunities.
If Gronk plays this week, he’s an immediate option at TE of course
Now onto our new feature to the fantasy preview, the staff picks. Each member of N2K Sports had the chance to do their own research and choose their favorite fantasy player of the week. Let’s see what they have to say.
TJ’s Pick – Eli Manning
My favorite player in week two of fantasy football is New York Giants QB Eli Manning. The last remaining Manning in the NFL is going to lead the G-Men onto the gridiron at MetLife Stadium as they take on the New Orleans Saints. Last week the putrid New Orleans pass defense let up 319 yards to Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders as a team gained 486 total offensive yards. The Oakland Raiders have Latavius Murray who can power the ball upfield, but the New York Giants rushing game isn’t as sound, more so Rashad Jennings can be extremely streaky. So I envision, Eli taking the reigns and therefore taking over this game offensively with help from Odell Beckham Jr, Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard. I would start Eli Manning this week over any other quarterback in the league, including Mr. Aaron Rodgers.
Tyler’s Pick – Brock Osweiler
I’ve made no secret my expectations for Osweiler, and after a decent Week 1 performance, I believe he is ready to break out in a big way against an average Chiefs secondary in a rematch of last season’s AFC Wildcard matchup. He has a top-5 receiver in the league in DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller looked like he has a grasp on Bill O’Brien’s offense and can be the field-stretching weapon they had in mind when they drafted him. I like Brock for +300 yards and +3 touchdowns in a Houston win.
Kevin’s Pick – Sammy Watkins
How can Watkins be a top player if he might not even play tonight. Two simple words, Revis Island. Watkins absolutely owns Revis when they go against each other which will be happening again tonight. The young receiver is simply too fast and explosive for Revis these days and when Tyrod can get Watkins the ball he finds the endzone. Don’t be surprised if he goes for over 100 yards and 2 TD’s he has the skill it’s just all about Taylor being able to hit him on the deep ball. If you have Watkins on your team take the chance and start him because there’s a chance he has a huge game yet again against the Jets.
Gabe’s Pick – Odell Beckham Jr.