QBs to Play in Week 2:
- Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (@San Diego Chargers): Yeah, the Jaguars lost to the Packers in week one. But what was the score? 27-23. The Packers and the Jaguars. Any other day, any other time, that score would be something like 50-0. But this year, it looks like the Jaguars are starting to find their way onto the radar. A week one loss doesn’t have to set the tone for the rest of the season. It doesn’t have to say “welp, that’s it, we’re done”. In a usual case, it would with the Jaguars. But not this time. Bortles completed 24 of 39 passes for 320 yards and one touchdown. He ended the game with a 61.5% completion percentage. Going up against a Chargers defense in week two that gave up 34 completions in their game against the Chiefs in week one. I wouldn’t expect the Chargers to be the team to give Bortles a harder time than the Packers did, and he got through that just fine.
- Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (@Los Angeles Rams): This may seem like a no-brainer, but Wilson didn’t exactly shine in week one against the Dolphins. He threw an interception, and only achieved a quarterback rating of 77.5. Not to mention, he hurt his ankle. BUT, don’t fear, the 2014 super bowl champion isn’t done yet. In week two, he’s up against the Rams, a newly moved team that clearly hasn’t found its groove yet. They gave Blaine Gabbert and the 49ers 170 passing yards and one touchdown through the air. Wilson even said “I’ll be all right, I’ll be ready to go”, and no one knows how Russell Wilson feels quite like Russell Wilson.
- Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Arizona Cardinals): In week one, the Cardinals gave the Tom Brady-less Patriots a run for their money, but ended up allowing backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo 264 yard and one touchdown for the win. Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers weren’t having an off day either, as Winston ran up 281 yards on 23 completions for four touchdowns and an interception. With Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins at his disposal, Jameis Winston should be able to do as much, if not more damage than Garoppolo.
RBs to Play in Week 2:
- C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (vs. Denver Broncos): In week one, Anderson ran up 92 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown against the Panthers. In 2015, the Panthers only allowed 86.5 rushing yards per game. Next week, Anderson will be up against a less than formidable Colts run defense that allowed the 7th most rushing yards per game last year at 122 yards. Not to mention, they already allowed
- DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. Cincinnati Bengals): With Le’Veon Bell out on a suspension for three games, DeAngelo Williams has had to take the helm. And he didn’t disappoint. In week one, Williams ran for two touchdowns off 143 yards on 26 carries. It looks like the Steelers’ offense is shaping up for a great year. With Big Ben under center, Antonio Brown at receiver doing what he does best, and a choice between Bell and Williams at halfback? So long as Bell is on his suspension (three games), Williams is an excellent choice for your RB1 slot.
- Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars): Although the Chargers lost to the Chiefs in week one, Woodhead still put up a fight. He was all over the field, rushing for 89 yards on 16 attempts, and receiving for 31 yards and one touchdown. Although he shares the field with Melvin Gordon, Woodhead still proves to be a formidable force. He’s going up against the Jaguars in week two, so I wouldn’t expect anything less than what he did in week one.
WRs to Play in Week 2:
- Willie Snead, New Orleans Saints (@New York Giants): Snead’s starting to shine. He and Cooks dominated the deep ball against the Raiders in week one. Brees is still firing on all cylinders, as he finished the game with a usual 423 yards and four touchdowns. And Snead? He finished with 172 yards and one touchdown. And against a Giants defense that allowed the most passing yards per game in 2015? I don’t think Snead is due for a downfall just yet.
- Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles (@Chicago Bears): Matthews dropped his first pass from Carson Wentz, but went on to finish the game with 114 yards and one touchdown against the Browns. In week two, he’s up against the Bears, who allowed Brock Osweiler 231 passing yards and two touchdowns in week one. Although the Eagles are dealing with a rookie under center right now, I think Matthews will come through again in week two, so I’d expect at least 10 points from him. Don’t replace your main starters, but if you can’t figure anything out, Matthews is the way to go.
- Will Fuller, Houston Texans (vs. Kansas City Chiefs): Against the Bears in week one, Fuller was able to rack up 107 yards on five receptions and one touchdown. And this was his rookie debut. In week two, the Texans play the Chiefs, who gave up 243 passing yards and a touchdown to the Chargers last week.
TEs to Play in Week 2:
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Arizona Cardinals): Jenkins pulled in an incredible touchdown catch last week against the Falcons, and I wouldn’t expect that to change next week against the Cardinals. Although he’s going up against top notch defenders like Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and the like, I believe Winston, Jenkins, and the Bucs will keep their momentum going in week two.
- Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts (@Denver Broncos): Tight ends were once the kings of receiving. In the primes of Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, tight ends ruled the league and led even the best of receivers in receptions. Now? They’re falling back to just being tight ends. But, there are still those that stand out among the rest, and Allen is one of them. In week one, he hauled in 53 receiving yards and one touchdown, including a two-point conversion. Andrew Luck is getting better and better every year, and I wouldn’t expect the Broncos to be the team to stop a big man like Allen.
- Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions (vs. Tennessee Titans): 46 receiving yards and one touchdown in week one. Yeah, it’s not great. But like I said, tight ends just aren’t what they once were a few years ago. But 46 yards and a touchdown is something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Matthew Stafford is just as good as he ever was, and he’ll be counting on Ebron next week to haul in good numbers against the Titans, who allowed 236 yards to Shaun Hill and the Vikings in week one.