Stars of Week 2
QB: Tom Brady, TB: 24-36, 276 yards, 5 TDs
RB: Derrick Henry, TEN: 35 carries, 182 yards, 3 TDs
WR: Cooper Kupp, LAR: 9 catches, 163 yards, 2 TDs
TE: Rob Gronkowski, TB: 4 catches, 39 yards, 2 TDs
Forty-four 12 months previous QB Tom Brady seems to be like he has one other good 5 – 6 years in him. Will he play till he’s 50? The GOAT had a tidy 5 TD tosses in opposition to the hapless Falcons. I’ll exit on a limb right here and say that Brady’s a weekly should begin.
King Henry earned this week’s award for “grabbing a team’s soul and holding it in front of them”, with the Seahawks the victims. Henry had a mere 35 speeding yards at halftime, solely to rampage for practically 150 speeding yards within the second half plus additional time session. Henry scored all three of the Titans’ TDs, and he seems to be each bit just like the top-5 RB that we have been anticipating heading into the season.
Matthew Stafford’s transfer to Los Angeles has been a rousing success by way of the primary two weeks, and it seems that Stafford has settled on Cooper Kupp as his favourite goal. Who can quibble with that? Kupp discovered the tip zone twice whereas racking up 163 receiving yards in opposition to the Colts. Kupp has inched as much as a excessive finish WR2, and it’s believable that he strikes into WR1 territory. In any occasion, Kupp must be in your lineup each week.
We go away Gronk’s identify right here for the second consecutive week, as he as soon as once more discovered the tip zone twice, this time in a win versus the Falcons. While Gronk seems to be as spry as he has in years, a phrase of warning right here in the event you’re anticipating a top-5 TE transferring ahead. As I wrote final week, the Bucs have a number of mouths to feed on offense, and there’ll be many weeks coming the place Gronk doesn’t discover the tip zone. Those video games will end in a paltry 4 to 6 fantasy factors, much like most tight ends. Gronk ought to be seen as a excessive finish TE2. If you will discover a supervisor in your league to pay a ransom for Gronk in a commerce, pull the set off.
Week 2 Takeaways – A Closer Look
Each week we take a better take a look at a handful of performances and kind out what such performances imply going ahead.
– Justin Fields, QB – CHI: 6-13, 60 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT (10 carries, 31 yards, 0 TDs)
Analysis: After a failed try and commerce for Russell Wilson within the offseason, the Bears made a daring commerce within the 2021 draft to maneuver up and choose Ohio State QB Justin Fields. Could Fields be the reply to the Bears’ decades-long quest to discover a franchise QB? Only time will inform, however you don’t have to attend to get pleasure from the advantages of Fields as a fantasy QB. Placeholder Starting QB Andy Dalton suffered an unlucky knee harm, which thrust Fields into the sport in opposition to the Bengals. As you possibly can see from the stats above, Fields’ numbers weren’t something outstanding. But let’s give Fields a mulligan right here, as he was thrust into the lineup mid-game with out going by way of a starter’s reps in the course of the week. Here’s the deal – speeding quarterbacks have fantasy relevancy, whether or not or not they’re succesful passers. Remember Saints QB Taysom Hill from final 12 months? Now Fields is a a lot better passer than Hill. Think Eagles QB Jalen Hurts as an affordable comp for fantasy functions. The Bears face the Browns subsequent week, with a fair juicier matchup following in Week 4 … the Detroit Lions, child! He’s startable in Week 3, and an absolute should begin in Week 4. We nonetheless must see what occurs with Dalton, however in any occasion, that is your final probability to choose up Fields in case you want a QB. He’s out there in roughly half of leagues, and anticipate that share to drop to single digits after this waiver interval.
– Ezekiel Elliott, RB – DAL: 16 carries, 71 yards, 1 TD
Tony Pollard, RB – DAL: 13 carries, 109 yards, 1 TD
Analysis: For years, Ezekiel Elliott has been the bell cow for the Cowboys, together with his backups solely related in case of an harm. Through two video games, it’s Tony Pollard, and never a wholesome Zeke, who leads the group in speeding. Pollard has 123 speeding yards to his identify so far with 7.7 YPC (16 carries), whereas Elliott boasts a mere 3.9 YPC en path to 104 yards (27 carries). Even and not using a magnifying glass, it’s clear that Pollard has outperformed Elliott so far. So what to make of the Cowboys’ RB state of affairs? First off, Tony Pollard is a factor and Zeke will likely be sharing carries, whether or not he’d prefer to or not. Pollard has been too productive for the Cowboys to depart on the bench. Thus far, Zeke has obtained roughly two-thirds of the carries within the timeshare, and that’s a ratio that may possible maintain as we transfer ahead. The Cowboys’ offense will produce greater than sufficient fantasy factors to unfold the wealth, each by way of the air and on the bottom. So don’t get too nervous about Zeke you probably have him. But let’s recalibrate expectations transferring ahead. Zeke’s not an RB1, however now a high-end RB2. Pollard strikes to flex territory, and can develop into a top-five play within the occasion that Zeke misses any time. In case Pollard stays out there in your league, scoop him up asap.
– Rondale Moore, WR – ARI: 7 catches, 114 yards, 1 TD
Analysis: The Arizona Cardinals have been an offensive juggernaut these first two video games, led by fantasy darling QB Kyler Murray. DeAndre Hopkins stays the group’s alpha for the group at extensive receiver, however the No. 2 spot has been up for grabs. While WR Christian Kirk enters 12 months 4 with the group, and Bengals’ legendary WR AJ Green joined the group this previous offseason, it’s rookie Rondale Moore who ought to have your consideration. The second spherical choose from Purdue led the group with eight targets in opposition to the Vikings, seven of which have been caught, leading to 114 yards and a landing. Moore brings electrical energy to the place, serving as a risk to attain any time he touches the ball. The Cardinals will hold feeding Moore the rock and can let him do his factor. Note that Moore solely completed fourth in snaps at WR (per PFF), regardless of main the group in Week 2 in catches and targets. Look for Moore’s snaps to proceed to extend, which is able to solidify Moore as a weekly flex play. Moore’s a should add in all deeper leagues (12-plus groups), and an affordable add in 10-team leagues.
– Michael Pittman, WR – IND: 8 catches, 123 yards, 0 TDs
Analysis: The Indianapolis Colts have a stable WR group, even when any particular person names don’t arouse you. Hold that thought, as second 12 months USC alum Michael Pittman introduced himself prepared for 2021 with 8 catches for 123 yards in Week 2. Pittman led all Colts in passing targets with 12, adopted by TE Jack Doyle with eight and fellow WR Zach Pascal with six. No different Colts had greater than two targets. So, QB Carson Wentz regarded for Pittman early and sometimes. While not a burner, Pittman has good fingers and talent to make contested catches utilizing his 6-foot-4 body. The Colts stay a run-first group, so right here’s a thought on consider Pittman’s usefulness in fantasy – deploy Pittman in matchups the place the Colts both 1) face a troublesome run protection, or 2) will want lots of factors to maintain up with the opposite group. Pittman will present flex worth in these matchups, particularly in PPR leagues. Now yet another caveat, even when an apparent one – Wentz must be the QB. I’d not belief Jacob Eason or every other Colts QB backups to attach with Pittman sufficient to start out him. The Colts face the Titans subsequent week, who’ve a weak secondary. If Wentz performs, then Pittman will likely be a flex possibility. Pittman ought to be added in all PPR leagues and commonplace leagues with 12-plus groups.
– Marquise Brown, WR – BAL: 6 catches, 113 yards, 1 TD
Analysis: Lamar Jackson delivered maybe his signature regular-season win so far, not solely beating Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on “SNF,” however doing so with a lot of his supporting solid on the injured checklist. During the Lamar Jackson period, the Ravens have had helpful working backs and tight ends for fantasy lineups, however not a lot for extensive receivers. Well, that was till 2021. Third-year WR Marquis Brown has made the soar this season, as he’s hauled in six passes (together with a TD) in every of the Ravens’ first two video games, whereas averaging 91 yards per recreation. The progress right here belongs not solely to Brown, however to Jackson as properly, who’s improved his downfield throws to higher make the most of his receivers. Brown created separation with ease, and Jackson made good on getting him the ball. Importantly, Jackson focused Brown 10 occasions in opposition to the Chiefs, exhibiting the extent of belief that has developed between the 2. Brown must be upgraded to WR3/flex standing transferring ahead. In the few leagues the place Brown stays out there, snap him up now. If you’ve already bought Brown rostered, get him into your lineups with confidence.
Rapid Fire Pickups
Each week we’ll throw out potential free agent pickups from every place for deeper leagues, in every case a participant 1) who has NOT been featured above, and a pair of) stays out there in additional than 50% of leagues.
QB: Derek Carr, LV (vs MIA)
RB: James White, NE (vs NO)
RB: Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL (@ NYG)
WR: Darnell Mooney, CHI (@ CLE)
WR: Tim Patrick, DEN (vs NYJ)