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Fantasy Football: Rising and Falling for Week 2

Week 1 started a little meh in the first half of the early games, but we eventually got treated to a lot of great finishes throughout the afternoon. Here's a look at some players who are trending in the right direction and some that you should probably worry about.


RISING


Quarterbacks

Jalen Hurts, Eagles: We already knew his rushing ability made him a good fantasy option at the position, but having a true No. 1 wideout in A.J. Brown could help him flourish into a league winner for managers.


Carson Wentz, Commanders: Only Patrick Mahomes threw more touchdown passes (5) than Wentz's four in an encouraging debut at his new home.


Geno Smith, Seahawks: I'm not saying you should add him to your roster after his 195-yard, 2-TD performance against the Broncos, but if you have Dak Prescott and someone like Trevor Lawrence, maybe it's not a bad idea.


Running backs


Saquon Barkley, Giants: He looked like everything he's meant to be in the opener and has good matchups ahead.


Kareem Hunt, Browns: Nick Chubb still carried a heavy load, but Hunt got double-digit opportunities, including down near the goal line.


Cordarelle Patterson, Falcons: He had 25 touches after some thought he'd take a smaller role due to preseason narratives. And now Damien Williams is hurt.


Wide receivers


Gabe Davis, Bills: He's been a preseason darling among fantasy circles and proved to be as useful in Week 1 as he was during his hot playoff performance last season.


Robbie Anderson, Panthers: Doesn't it always seem like he's catching deep balls for touchdowns, no matter where he goes? He led the Panthers in receptions and yards and Baker Mayfield looked comfortable tossing it to him.


Devin Duvernay, Ravens: Lamar Jackson got Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman involved but still managed to find Duvernay on two passing scores.


Tight ends


O.J. Howard, Texans: Since finding useful players at this position is so tough, whenever one flashes, you take notice. The pedigree is there on a guy who's looking for a second chance.


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FALLING


Quarterbacks


Trey Lance, 49ers: Don't make a hasty drop, but you've got to be discouraged with Lance's Week 1 performance. I wouldn't put too much stock in the bad weather game, though.


Aaron Rodgers, Packers: P-A-N-I-C? Rodgers threw for just 195 yards, no TDs and a pick. Davante Adams isn't walking through that locker room door.


Tom Brady, Buccaneers: Low yardage and a pick while throwing just one touchdown has his stock falling, but it can shoot up next week against the Saints. It might have to.


Running backs


Alvin Kamara, Saints: Just 46 yards of offense against a Falcons defense isn't why you drafted him so high.


Travis Etienne, Jaguars: So much for James Robinson falling by the wayside in favor of the dynamic Etienne, who received just six touches.


Dameon Pierce, Texans: Preseason hype didn't deliver as Rex Burkhead out-touched the rookie 19-12 in Week 1.


Wide receivers


Allen Robinson, Rams: It was a gross outing for the new Ram, who Matt Stafford targeted just twice in the loss to the Bills.


DJ Moore, Panthers: Anderson stole Moore's thunder this week, but will that be the norm? Give Moore a chance to bounce back before getting too concerned.


CeeDee Lamb, Cowboys: With Dak Prescott out for a while, Lamb is not likely to put up typical numbers. He wasn't even good with Prescott in the game.


Tight ends


Kyle Pitts, Falcons: This wasn't something I expected. With not much in the way of quality options to throw to, Marcus Mariota found Pitts just twice for 19 yards.












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