The Best Fantasy Matchups of Week 2
Week one of the NFL season was certainly interesting to say the least. We saw Pat Mahomes completely torch the Chargers D, Matt Stafford self implode, and a tie. Yes, a tie between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns. Let’s see what we can conjure up for week two.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburgh Steelers – 1:00 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 53.5 (Heinz Field)
The Steelers are an offensive powerhouse. Last week was a sloppy mess of a game but Big Ben still threw for 335 yards. He did have three interceptions but that was Ben Roethlisberger on the road. This week, he is at home and he gets a Chiefs secondary that let Philip Rivers throw for 424 yards and 3 touchdowns last week. As of right now Ben is questionable for Sundays game but he did get in a full practice on Friday. As long as Ben plays, you can feel confident starting every Steeler you have. Ben, Brown, Juju, and Conner are all safe plays this week that should give you plenty of production.
Cleveland Browns vs New Orleans Saints – 1:00 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 49.0 (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
Last week, Drew Brees had a Drew Brees kind of day. 439 yards and 3 touchdowns. This week should be much of the same. I can actually see the Browns scoring some points and making this a game that Brees will have to throw. Michael Thomas had 16 receptions for 180 yards and a TD and Kamara scored two on the ground and one in the air. I don’t hate a Ted Ginn Jr. flex start either as he had 5 receptions for 68 and a TD as well. You can feel confident starting all of your Saints this week.
Indianapolis Colts vs Washington Redskins – 1:00 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 48.5 (FedEx Field)
Alex Smith and Andrew Luck should battle it out all day on Sunday. I would take the over on this one and just sit back and watch the shootout happen. Luck looked pretty good in his return and Smith did what Smith usually does, manages the game and throws touchdowns. The problem I have here is choosing what Redskins receiver to target, especially since last week Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, and Jordan Reed were the receiving leaders. The first Redskins receiver to show up was Crowder and he had a meager 3 for 32. I’d roll out Smith, Peterson, Thompson, and Reed. If you have a Skins receiver and need to use one, I’d probably still go with Crowder. On the other side of the ball, the Colts can’t run so they will have to lean on Luck, Hilton, and their TE combo of Doyle and Ebron. You can start any of those this week as well.
Detroit Lions vs San Francisco 49ers – 4:05 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 48.5 (Levi’s Stadium)
Matt Stafford isn’t as bad as he looked last week and you will see that against the 49ers. I predict that he will stay away from Richard Sherman and pick apart the niners on Sunday. Golden Tate was thrown to 15 times last week. I don’t think he will see that amount again but he will be a productive wideout again this week. Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay are also primed for a great day as well. Stafford tried to get Jones the ball a few times deep last week but just couldn’t get on the same page, but I feel that will change and you’ll see a few huge catches from Jones this week. Kennny Golladay caught 7 balls for 114 yards. He’s good and you should feel confident starting him as well. I look for Stafford to have a bounce back week and should find all three of his very talented wideouts for some very productive fantasy performances.