*Editors Note: Before the start of each week, we’ll go over how the previous week’s selections faired.
Week 1 Review:
Top QB: Derek Carr – finished 8th
Honorable Mentions: Drew Brees and Brock Osweiler finished 2nd and 16th respectively.
Top RB: LeSean McCoy – finished 16th
Honorable Mentions: DeAngelo Williams and Eddie Lacy finished 1st and outside the Top 25 respectively.
Top WR: Julio Jones – finished 14th
Honorable Mentions: Amari Cooper, Sammy Waktins, and DeSean Jackson finished 11th and outside the Top 25 respectively.
Top TE: Martellus Bennett – finished outside Top 25
Honorable Mentions: Jason Witten and Delanie Walker finished 10th and 18th respectively.
Top Defense: Kansas City Chiefs – finished 24th
Honorable Mentions: Houston Texans finished 9th
NFL’s Week 1 provided us a ton of things that turned our heads. Houston Texans’ tailback Lamar Miller is likely to get nearly 30 carries a game, Melvin Gordon looks like a revived man, Carson Wentz looks like a veteran quarterback, and Devonta Freeman looks to be dethroned by Tevin Coleman in the coming weeks. With that being said, my Week 1 predictions didn’t go amazingly well. To be fair, Week 1 isn’t exactly the easiest with no prior season happenings going on, but let’s try to turn it around in Week 2.
Eli Manning, New York Giants – Well, Eli wasn’t part of the shootout we thought was going to happen versus the Cowboys in Week 1, but a matchup against the Saints changes things. Last week Oakland’s Derek Carr slung it all over the field against the Saints’ defense and although Carr wasn’t the No.1 QB last week, Eli is a different story. With Victor Cruz seemingly becoming another weapon for Eli, Mr. Manning is a quarterback who absolutely demolished the Saints last season for 350 yards and six touchdown passes.
1. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – Stafford looks like a new quarterback after Jim Bob Cooter took over as the OC in Detroit. He has averaged nearly 21 fantasy points under Cooter and has amassed 23 TD passes with just four interceptions in that span. Stafford is also under the advantage of airing it out at Ford Field.
2. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers – Yes, Keenan Allen is out for the year, but Rivers does have other options. The Jaguars defense allowed 23.5 fantasy points to Aaron Rodgers last week on their own home field. Rivers is another beneficiary of playing at home and looked very good against a tough Chiefs defense. Look for this game to be high scoring.
3. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens – Rookie Carson Wentz tore apart the Browns defense, so why not Flacco? Flacco looked very comfortable against what most people consider an above average defense in Buffalo last week, so look for Flacco to be productive again here. With Mike Wallace emerging has a top candidate for targets, Flacco is going to throw all over Cleveland.
Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys – Zeke’s NFL debut wasn’t exactly stellar, but the hype is present for a reason. Elliott went up against a Giants defense that actually looked very improved from a season ago, so improved that it played into his underwhelming debut. Up this week, is the Washington Redskins. We all know Elliott is going to get his carries (20 carries in Week 1), and look what DeAngelo Williams did to the Redskins last week; the most fantasy points out of any running back.
1. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers – I am going to give Lacy another chance this week after predicting him as the top running back last week as he finished outside the Top 25. Last Sunday, Lacy beat out James Starks by 10 carries so we all know he is the lead back. Although Minnesota’s defense looks formidable this season, DeMarco Murray did catch and run all over them last week with two scores, posting 17.7 fantasy points against them (9th overall).
2. C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos – Anderson absolutely tore the Carolina defense apart last week by scoring two touchdowns and 25.9 fantasy points, also beating out Devontae Booker by 17 carries. With Booker sorting through fumble issues, there is no question right now that Anderson is going to be the workhorse. Also, the Colts weren’t exactly great against the run last week while trying to handle Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. The Colts gave up a combined 46.9 fantasy points to the Lions backs’ last week.
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants – With my prediction of Eli Manning being the No. 1 quarterback for Week 2, why not go with his No. 1 wideout? OBJ had a disappointing Week 1 in terms of explosiveness, but he still did put up 73 yards on four catches. There is no reason why he can’t produce No. 1 receiver numbers, in terms of points, against that terrible Saints defense.
1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons – Just like Eddie Lacy, I am going to give Julio a chance to redeem himself. The Falcons go up against an Oakland defense that allowed Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead to rack up a combined 50.6 fantasy points last week, (good enough for 1st, and 4th ranked respectively.) I like Odell a tiny bit more over Julio because I look for Oakland’s D to be a bit better at home, and Eli is most likely going to air it out more than Matt Ryan.
2. Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins – If you are part of a PPR league, you are going to eat up this matchup. With Landry already putting up a decent stat-line against Richard Sherman last week, (7 catches for 59 yards, equaling 12.9 fantasy points in a PPR is pretty good). Landry rolls into a Patriots’ defense that last week gave up nearly 30 fantasy points to Arizona’s pass attack.
Julius Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars – Julius definitely seems to be back after last week. With the third most fantasy points for tight ends in Week 1, it is time to continue to roll with one of Blake Bortles’ favorite red zone targets against the Chargers. With the TE position being a little weird without the usual Rob Gronkowski leading the way in Week 1, look for it to be thin again with Thomas at the top if Gronk doesn’t play against Miami.
1. Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans – Walker absolutely disappointed last week, but this week, not the case. The Lions allowed 28.8 points last week to Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle combined and looked very bad against opposing tight ends.
2. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers – If Gates didn’t already have top-value with Keenan Allen in the mix, he definitely does now. The Jaguars allowed the sixth most fantasy points to the position last season, and Rivers is for sure going to be looking to spread the ball around to others now that he doesn’t have the presence of his No. 1 option.
Seattle Seahawks – Squaring off against a Rams offense that didn’t even score a point against the 49ers, the Seahawks come into this week as the obvious choice for the No. 1 defensive unit. It’s probably unimaginable to think the Rams are going to be shutout in two straight games, but Seattle is definitely going to hold down the fort against Los Angeles.
1. New York Jets – Facing a Buffalo team that only scored a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens last week, provides good fortunes for the Jets tomorrow on Thursday Night Football. With Sammy Watkins questionable to play, and with the Jets having a great run defense, look for Gang Green to be up there with the top defenses of the week.