Week 2 tends to be a reality check for NFL and fantasy fans alike. We’re all riding the nice Week 1 high—football is back, your team is looking great, Patrick Mahomes looks like the steal of the draft—then Week 2 comes around and just to be a dick, dousses you with a bucket of cold water. WELL NOT THIS YEAR WEEK 2!
Ryan Fitzpatrick and Mahomes are still scoring touchdowns at will and Philip Lindsay might just be the best undrafted rookie running back ever. Oh, and John Brown looks mighty nice in Baltimore. Hope you paid attention to last week’s waiver wire article.
Without further ado, here are the players you should be instantly adding to your fantasy team (percent owned in Yahoo leagues).
QB Ryan Fitzmagic, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22 percent owned)
Ride till you die.
the nfls a better place with ryan fitzmagic in it pic.twitter.com/b26GI91jwl— Pete Rogers (@petemrogers) September 16, 2018
QB Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (28 percent owned)
We love to make fun of Blake but he looked pretty damn good against the Patriots Sunday even without Leonard Fournette in the offense. In fact, he had the second best fantasy day of his career, tossing for 377 yards and four touchdowns and scoring 33.58 points (Yahoo PPR). Fun fact: Bortles’ best fantasy performance came against the Titans, the very team he’s playing this week. If you’re a streaming QBs kinda person, Bortles is a great option this week.
RB Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals (27 percent owned)
It’s Gio time in Cincinnati and every fantasy owner should be doing whatever they can to get him onto their team. With Joe Mixon out for 2-4 weeks, Bernard is going to be taking over the RB1 role in what’s been actually a pretty explosive and efficient offense to start the season. I’ve long said this, but Bernard is one of those backs that if he ever got his own team, he’d breakout onto the fantasy scene because he’s an extremely talented runner. We saw it last year when Mixon was out for Weeks 13 and 14, Bernard tallied 92 yards on the ground and 81 through the air in those two games, including two touchdowns. He then broke out the next week with 116 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown with 52 yards on seven catches. Bernard is a must add player this week.
RB Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles (22 percent owned)
Another injury leading to another opportunity. Jay Ajayi missed two quarters in Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers with back trouble and Clement took full advantage of his absence, tallying 30 yards on six carries and a touchdown plus 55 yards on five catches. Ajayi did return to the game, however his injury track record is quite spotty and with Darren Sproles already out nursing a hammie, I’d expect we see plenty more of Clement moving forward.
RB Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (8 percent owned)
Allen has long been a vulture in Baltimore, stealing fantasy points here and there, but never enough to make him a regular starter. Well, this year things might be different as ol’ Buck Allen has seemingly been the Ravens’ go-to man on passing downs and on the goal line. He’s scored a rushing touchdown in each of the past two games and is currently third on the team in targets (13) and first in receptions (10). Allen has proven himself to be at the minimum a strong flex play.
RB Corey Grant, Jacksonville Jaguars (2 percent owned)
Yes Fournette AND T.J. Yeldon are ahead of him on the depth chart but Grant looked excellent Sunday against the Patriots. He only put up 13 yards on the ground but it was through the air that he did his damage, catching six balls on seven targets 56 yards. The hope would be that even with Fournette back, the Jaguars look to continue to involve him in the passing game where he looked very elusive. If you have the space on your bench to stash him, he could prove well worth the flier.
WR Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars (48 percent owned)
Did I mean for this article to be filled with Jags players? No, but it’s certainly worked out that way. And it’s not surprising given that the Jags offense looked actually good Sunday and I at least have a bit of faith restored in ol’ Blakey Bortles and the Jaguars’ coaching staff. Cole’s ownership is pushing the 50 percent mark that I like to keep things below here, but he looked le-friggin-get, catching seven balls on eight targets for 117 yards and a touchdown, including this marvel:
KEELAN COLE, CATCH OF THE YEAR! pic.twitter.com/DIfJ8oRhPk— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 16, 2018
WR Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (31 percent owned)
Any receiver in the Packers’ offense is worth stashing onto your fantasy team, especially if he’s 6-foot-3 and sees targets all over the field. Allison has seen the third most targets on the Packers through two games (14) and has the second most receptions (11). With two back-to-back 60 plus yard performances, the third year player seems to be developing into a target for Aaron Rodgers which often leads to bundles of fantasy points.
WR John Brown, Baltimore Ravens (25 percent owned)
WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED TO SEE FROM JOHN BROWN BEFORE YOU START ADDING HIM TO YOUR FANTASY ROSTERS? Seriously people, do I need to come to your house and Clockwork Orange your eyes and force you to watch both Ravens games? Because I will if that’s what it takes. Joe Flacco is either just a bad quarterback who makes stupid decisions, or he clearly has overwhelming faith in Brown, as demonstrated by his multiple double or triple coverage throws that he made to Brown Thursday night against the Bengals. And to his credit, Brown hauled in four for 92 yards and a touchdown. Brown will continue to make plays regardless if he’s on your roster or not, so don’t be dumb (like possible Joe Flacco), get him on your team.
WR Antonio Callaway, Cleveland Browns (6 percent owned)
I can’t believe we’re almost a 1,000 words in and I’m just now talking about how Josh Gordon is about to tear up the league catching touchdowns from Tom Brady. Man, I can’t wait for that reality. But meanwhile in Cleveland, someone has to help take the workload off Jarvis Landry (though let’s be honest, Landry loves having 15 plus targets per game). Callaway had a strong preseason and showed that Sunday posting 81 yards and a touchdown on three catches. The Browns are always a crapshoot but Callaway seems entrenched as their WR2 and that’s good enough for me.