Each week we learn a little more about fantasy players in terms of roles, opportunities and production. However, you’ll become a better fantasy football manager when you take a dive into team stats to help with those tough start/sit decisions. Below are a list of matchups in Week 2 that will give you a little extra edge in maximizing your roster and help with some last minute decisions.
Denver Weapons vs. Houston Defense
The loss to Seattle was shocking and quite disappointing for Broncos fans. Even rougher when you realize they went 0-4 in the red zone. But for fantasy purposes, consider the entirety of their night:
1. They put up 433 yards on the road against a fired-up Seahawks defense.
2. Russell Wilson threw for 340 yards and four different players eclipsed 50 yards.
3. Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III averaged 5.2 yards per carry.
Denver mostly had its way and multiple players were an inch or two (or a fumble) away from having big fantasy nights. This week they’ll host the Texans who looked stout against the Colts for three quarters but ultimately gave up 33 first downs and 517 total yards. Fire up the likes of Wilson, Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Gordon, Williams and even consider Albert Okwuegbunam as a tight end stream if you’re desperate.
Washington Wide Receivers vs. Detroit Defense
The fighting Dan Campbells fought tooth and nail with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1. Ultimately, they made it a one-score game, but it’s tough to ignore that their defense gave up 455 total yards, 215 of that on the ground. They did manage to pressure Jalen Hurts (19 times according to Pro Football Focus), yet it only amounted to one sack. To put it kindly, they’re a work in progress at every level of the defense.
This bodes well for the Commanders who showcased a multi-dimensional offense. Speed sweeps and YAC opportunities for Curtis Samuel, big-time plays from Jahan Dotson and even a timely Terry McLaurin deep ball helped elevate them to a win over Jacksonville. As you may have seen in the Waiver Wire Additions of Week 2 article, Curtis Samuel and Jahan Dotson look to be intriguing WR3/Flex options in what could be a shootout.
Green Bay Offense vs. Chicago Defense
The Bears capitalized on two critical 49ers turnovers to pull out a 19-10 victory despite being outgained by 127 yards and losing the time of possession battle by almost seven minutes. They were also bailed out by some incredibly sloppy penalties (12) to the tune of 99 yards from the 49ers.
Expect clearer weather and a cleaner game from their division rival Green Bay Packers. The Packers are coming off an ugly loss to the very underrated Vikings, but they’re likely to see WR Allen Lazard and All-Pro OL Elgton Jenkins back in the lineup. Over the last two seasons against Chicago, Rodgers is 4-0, completing over 70% of his passes and throwing for at least two touchdowns in every game. Expect a very personal bounce back game from him and make sure to put Rodgers, Lazard, AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones in your lineups this week. Lastly, keep an eye on Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson as the talented rookies duke it out for the WR2 job which could pay dividends.