Fantasy Football Insights (2021): Week 2
With week one in the books, we can look at the highs and lows of the week, as well as take a peak at which matchups to exploit in fantasy football week two.
Leading up to week one, everyone is jacked up and amped for the return of football, only to come crashing down off of the high if your team loses. Please, please, do not overreact to week one. That is a huge mistake owners can make in fantasy football. Prime example is the Packers and the Bills offense. They will be fine people. Do not go selling Diggs, Allen, Rodgers, Adams, etc. for pennies on the dollar. Stay the course.
Week one brought some surprise performance at the quarterback position. It was good to see that Dak Prescott was back to his pre-injury form. Despite the loss, he threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. That is a huge sigh of relief for owners that took him early.
Two quarterbacks also stood out while making debuts in new threads. Both Tyrod Taylor and Matt Stafford came to play on Sunday. Tyrod proved the doubters wrong, showing he still belongs in the NFL to the tune of 21/33, 291 yards, two touchdowns, and 40 rushing yards. I would not go running out to the wire to pick him up. But if he keeps this up, he will be a good bye week fill in.
Matt Stafford looked right at home in LA, showing a smooth transition to his new offense. He carved up the Bears for 321 yards and three touchdowns. I really think he is in for a career year with the weapons around him and an offense tailored for him. A fantasy owner’s delight.
At the running back spot, Elijah Mitchell was the darling at the dance that everyone turned down when he asked them to prom. He took full advantage of the injury to Raheem Mostert and Trey Sermon’s healthy scratch. He scampered for 104 yards and a touchdown. With Mostert being out the year, Mitchell will be a hot fantasy football commodity for the week two waiver wire.
Joe Mixon (127 yards, TD), David Montgomery (108 yards, TD) and Damien Harris (100 yards) were other bright spots at the RB position. Mixon and Montgomery looked like key fixtures in their respective offenses, making them weekly starts. I would like to see Harris get in the endzone, but he dominated the touches in the backfield, getting 23 of the 30 rushing attempts. He is a safe RB2 or Flex play.
Brandon Cooks was the direct beneficiary of Tyrod’s dominant game. He hauled in five catches for 132 yards, becoming a favorite target for Tyrod. You can easily plug him into your fantasy lineup going forward. Houston will probably be behind most games, so Tyrod will continue to sling the ball around.
Deebo Samuel and Sterling Shephard were two other surprises in week one. Deebo dominated the Lions, making their corners look silly and showing that he is the WR to own right now in San Francisco. He caught nine balls for 197 yards and a TD. He is a must start moving forward.
Shepard lead the Giants in targets with nine, catching seven of them for 113 yards and a touchdown. It is a crowded WR room in NY, but if this keeps up, you can make the argument to start him in your flex.
The TE spot, outside of the usual suspects, had a mediocre day. I do want to bring up Noah Fant however. He led the team with eight targets and I think, with Jerry Juedy out multiple weeks, he could see even more targets. Lastly, keep an eye on the tight ends on the Jets. Zach Wilson targeted his tight ends a total of 11 times. If one Ryan Griffin or Tyler Kroft can emerge over the other, they are worth owning.
In week two, I really like the Packers to get back on track against the Lions. I am confident that Rodgers, Jones, Adams, and Tonyan will all have good games on Monday Night Football.
The Jags were having issue covering Brandon Cooks in week one, look for Cortland Sutton to have a similar week in week 2. Another matchup I really like is Joe Burrow against the Bears. Stafford had his way with the Bears secondary, and I can see Burrow and Chase having a day.
Remember it is week two. There is so much football left to play. DO NOT PANIC!!