Seriously, I’ve lost track of the days already. Are we having Tuesday Night Football again? Is it 2020? How’s the Mu variant of the coronavirus doing? Why did I draft Drew Brees on my dynasty team? These are all questions I can’t really answer, at least not without the help of my trusty worksheet from the fair maiden Rudy Gamble. What? Rudy’s a man? I’m so out of sorts, I don’t even know who my boss is anymore. Maybe it’s time to jump into the stats and get you ready for Week 2 of fantasy football. 

Week 2 Player Highlights

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All right! Let’s jump in Steve Irwin-style and see what monsters we can wrestle into submission. 

Quarterbacks

Tom BradyLegend has it that the Crystal Skull of Monstradamus was stolen from its native protectors and installed in Tom Brady’s skull, giving him super-pliable muscles and an affinity for tequila. Brady is hands-down the favorite for “most snaps” in Week 2 while going against the Atlanta Falcons. I mean, we thought it was ridiculous to open the season with Brady against the Cowboys, where the Brady Bucs were -400 favorites (or for those not in the odds calculating business, a whopping 80% chance of victory), and now the Bucs are a -650 odds (nearly 90%) chance of shooting some prey out of the sky. The local fishwraps indicate that Bucs captain Bruce “Not an Ubermensch” Arians really wants to establish running back Ronald Jones this week. Is that like a social media flea flicker? [in the dark galleys of Buccaneers headquarters, Bruce Arians sips rum that has gunpowder floating in it] “Release the Jones hype!” Arians shouts to an empty room as he stabs a dagger into a treasure map titled, “Path to the Super Bowl.” Nah, unleash Brady in your GPPs and leagues. 

Running Backs

Chase EdmondsHow quiet was his 100 yard production last week? 60 on the ground, 40 in the air…that’s how you stay under the radar in fantasy and in investing. 60/40 stocks/bonds, and nobody makes an NFT of your face but you took the slow and steady path to wealth. Maybe that’s what Chase Edmonds is doing this year. Looking at his projected targets and carries (a nice feature provided in the Razzball Premium Tools), we’re looking at another 15 touch week for Edmonds as he is projected to be around RB20. Are you excited about RB20? No, I’m not talking about my 1990s-inspired reggae music project (UB40 representing). But there are a ton of Hero RB and Zero RB squads out there wondering who to slot into their RB2, and Edmonds looks like a nice option this week. He takes on the Vikings, who were absolutely embarrassed by the Bengals last week (Zac Taylor has one of the worst records as a head coach in NFL history and a former NFL GM said to Sports Illustrated that Taylor wasn’t qualified to coach in the NFL). We saw Joe Mixon come off a season-ending foot injury to get 34 touches against the Vikings in week 1, so I’d confidently bet the over on Chase Edmonds this week. 

Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

Let’s be fair — we’re going to see a ton of volatility on receivers to start the season, so let’s keep this at the “Quick Hit” level until we see more roles snapping into place. 

Corey DavisI recommended him last week and he snared 5 catches on 7 targets for 100 yards and 2 TDs. He faces New England this week and might have a tougher matchup but he’s still projected at 7 targets and 5 catches, and we’ll see if his TD prowess continues. 

Tim PatrickBasically free on waivers and is projected in the top 100 for targets. That’s — you know — deep league stuff. With Jerry Jeudy out and the Broncos still getting their feel of a healthy and new offense, Tim Patrick will be an explosive option for deep league teams. 

Brandon Aiyuk / Trent Sherfield49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan remarked that Brandon Aiyuk is in a surprise competition with Trent Sherfield for targets this year. Although it makes sense to us analysts to recommend Aiyuk, we can’t deny the reports that Sherfield is getting nearly as much time on the field as Aiyuk, who had big fantasy expectations coming into this year. That said, the QB situation in SF is volatile, and we already saw Trey Lance appear on the field to give Jimmy G some motivation, the result of which was 300 plus yards passing from JG. I remember when Donkey Teeth brought in a buncha rookie writers to try and replace me, and I got super-motivated to make hot takes like, “Le’Veon Bell will be a top 25 running back.” If you have Aiyuk, give him a start; if you’re building a DFS lineup, get a cheap Sherfield in there. 

Thursday Night Football Preview

Last week the football media gods believed that Tom Brady vs Dak Prescott was a winning combo, and for the most part they were right. Dak impressed despite his team having a 20% chance to win, and the Cowboys nearly caught the thieving Buccaneers until Tom Terrific did one of his patented game-winning drives. This Thursday, the NFL media gods have given us another barn burner…the New York Giants vs the Washington Football Team. [sigh] Washington is a slight favorite in this one at the time of writing, which is absolutely stunning given the fact they’re taking backup QB Taylor Heineke into battle. The over/under line is 41, which points to a low-scoring affair that you’ll want to DVR and then forget about as you’re catching up on the latest episode of Surreal Estate

Let’s check out some of the player options: 

Kenny Golladay / Sterling Shephard: The Giants want to get their passing game in order and might do a heavy air attack — Daniel Jones is favored for over 33 attempts and is 50/50 on over 230 passing yards (which is a fair bet for him). Razzball sees both Golladay and Shepherd in the 7 target range, which provides a nice upside. 

Saquon BarkleyAce running backs don’t always kick ass. Until Saqon strings together 3-4 poor starts in a row, we keep putting him out there. 

Antonio GibsonBasically the new captain of the Washington Football Team [insert “I’m the Captain Now” GIF]. Taylor Heineke is a short passer and the WFT will need to grind yards after the catch for the next part of the season. Gibson could get those D’Andre Swift levels of touches — 10ish catches and the moon’s the limit on his NFT collection. 

WAS DEF / NYG DEF: With a favored total points score of under 41, here’s where you stream your DEF. Daniel Jones is favored to throw at least one pick, and Taylor Heineke is favored to throw one TD. All you IDP fans, this is your game! 

What are your expectations for Week 2 in fantasy football? Let me know down in the comments! 

  1. JC says:
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    Best WW add in 1/2 PPR league:
    Z Moss, James White, Marquez Callaway, Carlos Hyde, Sammy Watkiins, Tim Patrick or Tevin Coleman?

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      I think Patrick or Callaway have the highest upside there, and i give an edge to Callaway

  2. Pink Doves says:
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    .5 PpR

    Shepard, Mooney, MVS, Schwartz.

    I have Terry MC and hate starting him in this matchup vs Bradberry w/ Heineken as QB. ESP with having Logan Thomas at TE.

    I can’t get too cute and bench him can I for someone like MVS or Schwartz playing the match up game??

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Don’t get cute with your legends — F1 is elite talent waiting for a QB. It’s a shame WFT is wasting his formative years with the worst QBs in the league. Still, you gotta start him. If you just can’t stomach F1, go with Shepard.

  3. giantsoverwashington! says:
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    start both golladay and saquon tonight?

    other options to sub one of them out: Latavius Murray, Will Fuller, Chark, Callaway

    I think I already know the answer per another razzballer, just wanted one more take.

    Cheers!

    • everywhereblair

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      Yeah I like both those plays tonight. Bookies are pretty mixed on the game script — it’s expected to be a low-scoring affair but nothing saying that two teams trying to redeem themselves from 2020 can’t end up in a blowout, and Saquon and Golladay would be at the center of that narrative if it happens.

  4. brett says:
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    Drop Gio Bernard for Trey Sermon?

    Thanks!

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Nah I hold tight to Gio there. If RoJo falters this week and Gio catches a bunch of passes that might be all Brady needs to declare his new preferred RB.

  5. hotmilk8 says:
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    Hey EWB, full Ppr 12 teams 2 flex start
    Rodgers
    AJones,JRob
    Hopkins,Lockett
    Andrews
    Deebo
    Viska
    Bench Hollywood,agholor,Hines, Bernard, Gesicki, R Moore

    2 Questions
    Should I use my #1 waiver on Gainwell and drop Gesicki?
    And
    Was offered Juju and M Davis for Lockett and Hines
    Whatcha think?

    Thanks

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Nah, save the waiver for something more concrete later. Gainwell won’t get a ton of touches unless somebody gets hurt.

      I think that trade is good — upside all around and downside is about equal.

      Hope that helps!

  6. G says:
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    Losing Jeudy, do you like Tim Patrick or Jakobi as my WR3? PPR

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Jakobi probably has the edge right now because he’s a WR1/2 depending on the day. Patrick is gonna be third in line for targets usually, possibly 4th if Bridgewater dumps the ball to Gordon a lot.

  7. scoboticus says:
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    CurrentlyI’m streaming Bears D in one league and New Orleans D in another. Is NYG better than either? WAS is taken in both.

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      only due to matchup lol…i wouldn’t overthink it too much…NYG is still a worse option than those two

  8. montysep says:
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    Hi Blair.

    New to fantasy football but Razzball has served me well for years on the baseball side.

    In 1/2 PPR Yahoo standard 10 team league do you tend to play WR or RBs more often in the Flex position? Any guidelines for this? Right now thinking about just using whomever has the highest weekly point forecast in the Pigskinator.

    Used your season rankings to draft a friend’s team for him. They crushed it last week with Deebo & Thielen. That’s what put me on the path to join a league. Thanks.

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Hey Monty! Thanks for the support! Much like baseball, you’ll see a lot of variance on a game per game basis, just to a lesser degree. By variance, I mean, a hitter might make contact on every at bat and hit the ball hard and still finish 0-4 one day, and another day, they swing at pitches out of the zone and end up with two doubles and a hit by pitch. In football, you want players who have the highest projected usage, whether it be targets or carries. If you have a RB that can get both carries and targets, that’s the ideal player. If you’re looking at a team that has a nebulous RB situation — like Tampa Bay — you want to sit all of those RBs in favor of WR in your FLEX spot. Sometimes, a coach might just give every RB 3 touches to start the game and see who is “hot,” and then stick with the hot hand the rest of the game. It’s tough to predict that stuff. But if you’ve got a WR who is first or second in line for targets on their team (say, Jakobi Meyers) — then you run with that player in your FLEX because you know that the gameplan will be sending them 7ish targets per game. If the game gets out of hand for scoring, those receivers often get the upside, and are the superior FLEX play.

      Hope that helps!

  9. Allan Lucido says:
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    currently in a dilemma

    Need a TE. Current TE is Jonnu Smith.

    Would you trade Gaskins for Kyle Pitts? Full Point PPR League.

    Current RBs are Zeke, Gibson, Mike Davis, Gaskins and Jamall Williams.

    • everywhereblair

      everywhereblair says:
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      Yeah I think you make that trade in a heartbeat if the other manager will take Gaskin for Pitts.

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