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Fantasy Football: Five Things to Watch in NFL Week 2

If you're looking for help deciding which players to start and sit this week, look at my Week 2 Fantasy Football rankings here. In this offering I'm taking a look at five things to watch out for as the NFL moves to Week 2.


1. These guys will bounce back from a disappointing start.


Allen Robinson and Matthew Stafford of the Rams, Kyle Pitts of the Falcons and Trey Lance of the 49ers should all perform better in Week 2. Robinson garnered only two targets in the Thursday opener and the Rams lost big. Stafford should find a way to get more skill players besides Cooper Kupp involved against the Falcons. Pitts shouldn't be held down, and though the Bills tight ends didn't fare well against the Rams, Pitts is a tier above Buffalo's best at the position. I'm chalking up all the bad performances in the Bears-49ers game to bad weather. Lance will get loose and find more targets against the Seahawks.


2. These guys won’t bounce back from a disappointing start.


Robert Woods of the Titans, Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys and Tyler Lockett of the Seahawks won't meet expectations relative to where they were drafted. Woods and the Tennessee passing game won't fare much better than the Rams did against the Bills. True, Kupp had a big day against Buffalo, but Woods isn't Kupp. Elliott did rush for 52 yards on just 10 carries, but the fact that he had just 10 carries is a bad sign. A matchup against the Bengals makes you think Dallas may not be able to stick to the run game. As for Lockett, Geno Smith is an OK quarterback that can't sustain two quality WR fantasy scores. And if you have to pick one Seattle receiver to do well, you should probably go with DK Metcalf.


3. These guys could flash this week.


Greg Dortch of the Cardinals, Jeff Wilson of the 49ers and Mike Williams of the Chargers are set up to turn in solid performances. Dortch is a personal sneaky favorite of mine. He's been playing in the slot in place of Rondale Moore and garnered nine targets last week. Wilson is filling in for Elijah Mitchell and should have a better chance to be productive in better weather. Williams could end up being the top target for Justin Herbert with Keenan Allen out of the game Thursday against the Chiefs. Josh Palmer, lining up on the other side of the field, also has a shot at turning in a surprising performance.


4. These defenses are worth starting.


The Bengals, Browns and Steelers should all be good plays this week. The Bengals take on a Cowboys team that just lost Dak Prescott and looked sluggish even with him. The Browns take on the Jets at home. The Steelers, though without T.J. Watt, will face a Patriots offense that didn't inspire much confidence.


5. One of these tight ends will replicate his first week success and the other won't.


Gerald Everett and O.J. Howard each served as productive tight ends, a tough position to fill for fantasy, in Week 1. Everett will likely keep up the production as he faces the Chiefs in a possible shootout. Howard, on the other hand, scored on each of his two catches for the Texans last weekend. That's not a reliable level of efficiency, and the Texans face the Broncos on the road.





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