Week 1 was not kind to our matchup plays. Per usual in fantasy football, things didn’t exactly go as planned.
Check out the carnage in more detail here, but to make a long story short — Sam Bradford and John Brown showed up.
DeSean Jackson got hurt, which you can never predict and especially not in Week 1. Doug Martin fell victim of game script despite averaging 4.7 yards per carry in the first half. And Mike Wallace was our only true dud, as was the entire Minnesota Vikings offense on Monday.
Looking ahead to Week 2, there’s a whole batch of sneaky matchups to exploit in the middle tier of players. Again, if you have Julio, AP, Rodgers, etc. you’re going to play them every week.
But each week, there are certain guys worthy of pulling off the bench and into the starting lineup. Here’s a few for Week 2.
Steve Smith Sr.
The Baltimore Ravens offense was a collective mess in Week 1. It was like watching a train wreck in ultra slow motion. But what better chicken soup is there for a broken soul than the Oakland Raiders?
I expect a huge bounce back from the Ravens offense in Oakland Sunday and that starts with their veteran leader and only wide receiver with any pedigree. The Raiders lost both Charles Woodson and Will Allen, so a bad secondary just got notably worse.
Roll with Steve Smith Sr. this week.
The first thing that piqued my interest here is the Jets playing at home on Monday night. Besides his first season in New York, Eric Decker has been fairly productive on Monday Night Football.
And that’s because ED has always been a complementary receiver. Now that Brandon Marshall is a Jet, Decker can be that piece once again – even if it’s from the slot. With the Colts’ Vontae Davis hawking Marshall the entire game, Decker is a good bet to find the end zone for the second week in a row.
Welcome to the section of the post where I hype up rookies.
But seriously, Tevin Coleman is the real deal. He rushed for 80 yards in his NFL debut against a good Eagles front seven, and now gets a weaker Giants run defense.
That Falcons-Eagles Monday night game was ugly at times, and there were tons of holding calls that directly affected Tevin’s final yardage totals – or he may have dropped triple digits in his premiere. He also had a deep target that was under-thrown by Matt Ryan. The opportunity is there.
There is the concern over Devonta Freeman stealing touches, but he’ll primarily be in on passing downs. Look for Coleman to get a sizable workload again on Sunday, as well as find the end zone for the first time in his career.
This is a gut bounce back feeling after Agholor was essentially blanked in Week 1. The Eagles ran into a Falcons defense that played out of its mind, and there were positives to extrapolate from Agholor’s debut.
He played 59 offensive snaps, second only to Jordan Matthews. He also ran the second most routes. Just because Sam Bradford only looked his way three times doesn’t mean he’s a forgotten part of the offense, it’s just how that particular game unfolded.
That changes against the Cowboys. I love this kid to break out for the Eagles in Week 2.
Seems obvious, no? It’s Carson Palmer. It’s the Bears.
I don’t see many turnovers coming from the Cardinals’ offense against the Chicago Bears defense. Though the Bears didn’t look horrid against the Packers and Aaron Rodgers (an accomplishment itself), they still aren’t a very good unit.
Palmer has a the crop of receivers to make a wave in Chicago too. Plus, I don’t envision Bruce Arians leaning on his run game that highlights the shadow of Chris Johnson. Very safe pick who’s probably sitting on your bench right now.
And if you’re a Bears fan, starting Palmer this week is an ideal emotional hedge.