Hello, Fantasy Community. This is the Week 2- Who’s Hot, Who’s Not Article. We made it through Week 2, some of us a little more healthy than others. This week certainly was a terrible week for players and fantasy owners alike. With all of the injuries we had, we still saw some great performances and some very impressive follow-up performances from Week 1.
Again, I will give my who is hot and who is not. Three hot and three not for each position. Tight End may vary because it is not a position with as many consistent players to begin with.
4. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks
Josh Allen – Allen followed up a good first week and a spot on the Hot List with another appearance. Allen did not run nearly as much, but was a much more efficient passer. Completing 24 of his 35 attempts for 417 yards, 4 TDs and no interceptions. The biggest stat to me was the no interceptions because he also did not lose a fumble. No turnover is a great sign for Allen owners. He has a much tougher task next week against the Rams, but you can almost certainly pencil Allen in as a weekly must-start.
Matt Ryan – What more can Matt Ryan do? He looked good against the Seahawks in a game the Falcons could have won. Week 2 had more of the same. In a game that looked like an easy win for the Falcons, the defense had yet another poor outing. In the last second loss, Ryan completed 24 of his 36 attempts for 273 yards, 4 TDs and no interceptions. That is 723 yards on the season. We could see a lot of hot weeks for Ryan if the defense continues to play this poor, but next week may be a little harder against a solid Bears defense.
Jared Goff – I had someone else in mind for this spot, but I am waiting to see how he performs next week. With that said, I decided Jared Goff deserved this spot. He is not putting up the insane yardage total as some quarterbacks, but he has been solid through the first two weeks. Goff had a pretty efficient Week 1 and followed that up with a very efficient Week 2. He went 20 for 27 with 267 yards, 3 TDs and no interceptions. He gets a match-up with a Bills defense that let Ryan Fitzpatrick look really good in Week 2.
Carson Wentz – One of my personal favorite Quarterbacks has had a rough start to the season. His defense is not good, Sanders is just now getting healthier, but we need to see more out of Wentz. Wentz completed 26 of his 43 passing attempts for 242 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions. That is back-to-back weeks with 2 Int’s, a trend that Eagles fans have to hope ends quickly. He gets a Bengals defense in Week 3 that could help him get right.
Kirk Cousins – Facing a defense, in the Colts, who let Gardner Minshew look efficient, Cousins was very disappointing. Cousins completed 11 of his 26 passes for 113 yards, 0 TDs and 3 interceptions. Cousins will look to put this behind him as they have a tough test against the Titans in Week 3.
Daniel Jones – Ok, I get it, Jones’ offensive line is not very good and now he lost Saquon. While he does get a small pass, he is not a rookie, and he needs to be able to navigate through misfortunes. He did play a solid Bears defense and went 24-40, 0 TDs and 1 interception. Jones also took 4 sacks and two of them could have been prevented. At times, Jones looks confused and uncomfortable. Jones will face a beat up San Francisco defense in Week 3 in hopes to figure things out.
3. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Running Backs
Aaron Jones – In a game that saw Davante Adams go down, the Packers needed a new plan of attack with no true number one Wide Receiver on the field. Aaron Jones stepped up in a big way. Rushing the ball 18 times for 168 yards for an impressive 9.3 yards per carry. Jones also had 2 rushing touchdowns and 4 catches for 68 more yards and 1 TD. The Packers will hope Jones can replicate his performance in a huge Sunday Night showdown against The Saints.
Leonard Fournette – Week 2, The Buccaneers decided to unleash Fournette. Ronald Jones, once again, did nothing in the run game so Fournette took over. He rushed 12 times for 103 yards and 2 TDs. He also had 4 receptions to add to his point total. I do expect the Bucs to limit his touches to keep him fresh, but even with 12-18 touches a game Fournette is capable of putting up a big day. Next week is a great match-up against the Broncos.
Nick Chubb – I know it has been only one week, but Week 1 had more to do with falling behind than anything. Chubb looked great Thursday night, rushing 22 times for 124 yards and 2 TDs. He also added 1 catch on the night. The Browns have a good match-up against a good Washington Football Team, and you can have a lot of Nick Chubb confidence heading into the week.
Joe Mixon – The slow starts continue. A lot of this has to do with two factors: One, the offensive line in Cincinnati is a disaster again. Two, the play calling is highly questionable. Mixon is one of the most dynamic and athletic backs in the league; yet, he only has 115 rush yards on the season. Hopefully, with the extra days to prepare, the Bengals can coordinate a good gameplan to get their bell cow involved.
Sony Michel – With Tom Brady out and Cam Newton in, the time to run was now. Michel is being given every opportunity to prove he is the guy. Through 17 carries this season, he has only managed 54 yards. With no viable options, Michel still has time but one has to wonder how much?
Jets Running Backs – Right now, the Jets backfield may be the most cold of any group in the league. Bell is hurt and no one seems to have any success. With no real receiving options, the Jets need to find success running the ball to help out Darnold. They get the Colts defense and will hope to find the hot hand.
2. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers
Calvin Ridley – Through two games, this is the most consistent Falcons weapon. Over 100 yards both games with 4 touchdowns. He is still young and has built great chemistry with Matt Ryan. Ridley could very well be this year’s Chris Godwin. Ridley has The Bears next week hoping to find openings in the defense.
Amari Cooper – Ceedee Lamb had a great Week 2, but one thing is certain, Cooper is the #1 on that team and Dak will feed him targets. Cooper is yet to score but is doing a lot with his targets in receptions and yardage with 16 catches for 181 TDs in the first two weeks. The TDs will come. Next week against Seattle could be another opportunity in possibly another shootout.
Stefon Diggs- Diggs followed up a solid Week 1 with a monster Week 2. Diggs hauled in 8 of 13 targets for 153 yards and 1 TD. Diggs’ talents were not always utilized in Minnesota, but Josh Allen sure does seem happy to have a true #1 Wide Receiver. Allen will need Diggs to step up in a possible Week 3 shootout against The Rams.
Christian Kirk – A guy being drafted later, who was expected to thrive with the addition of Hopkins, has had a slow start to the season. Kirk has 3 catches for 57 yards this season. With Hopkins garnering so much attention, Kirk needs to find spaces to get open. The Cardinals have the Lions in Week 3 and that could be beneficial to Kirk owners.
Mike Williams – While Week 1 was decent, Williams only managed 2 catches for 14 yards in a game that seemed like a good match-up. Some of this can be credited to Herbert getting the emergency start, but he is the QB of the future; so they need to get that figured out. Still, Williams owners are understandably getting frustrated with the numbers not matching the talent. The Panthers are next and could be a great chemistry-building game for Herbert and Williams.
AJ Green – As a Bengals fan, I understand AJ missed a full season and is getting back in the swing of things, but he had multiple drops in both weeks so far. 13 targets in Week 2, and he only brought in 3 of them. With a young QB with bad protection, AJ needs to be the consistent guy for Burrow to rely on. Green has The Eagles up next and the targets will be there; hopefully, the production is as well.
1. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Tight Ends
Tyler Higbee – Is there anyone else we can start this section with? One of my personal favorites heading into the season, Higbee is showing he is a weekly force to be reckoned with. Being the tight end with the receivers the Rams have will not bring a ton of targets, but Higbee catches everything thrown his way. In Week 2 he caught all 5 targets for 54 yards and 3 TDs. He won a lot of owners their Week 2 match-up and has proven to be trusted by Jared Goff. Higbee will be in that potential Rams vs Bills shootout, hoping to help give the Rams the edge.
Jonnu Smith – For years, the Titans had a reliable Delaine Walker; now they have Jonnu Smith. AJ Brown is good but Smith is Tannehill’s most trusted target. Through two weeks he has 8 catches for 120 yards and 3 TDs. Smith is a redzone threat and has the ability for long catch-and-run plays. Look for Tannehill to feed Smith more targets in Week 3 against the Vikings.
Jordan Reed – Welcome back, Mr. Reed. The 49ers needed a George Kittle replacement and Reed was clear of concussions, this resulted in an excellent day. Reed caught 7 of his 8 targets for 50 yards and 2 TDs. He proved if he can stay healthy, he still can succeed and help a team.
Austin Hooper – After having a breakout last season, Hooper switched teams and got paid. Now, as the Browns Tight End, Hooper is not giving owners the production they anticipated. Through the first two weeks, Hooper has 4 catches for 37 yards and 0 TDs. I do expect the numbers to improve, and owners can still plug him in with confidence against Washington.
Ian Thomas – A lot of people had Thomas hyped up in the offseason. Through two weeks, he has not delivered. Week 1 he had 2 catches for 16 yards, Week 2 he had 0 targets. With the lack of production and a Week 3 game against The Chargers, it is safe to bench him for the time being.
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