Fantasy soccer is again, and we obtained our first style of fantasy soccer disappointments final week. They have been nice to see in case you have been dealing with one, however would not it look like your gamers are the one ones who did not present up? Anyway, these letdown weeks will happen often. so we’ve to strive to determine Week 2 fantasy busts earlier than they occur. (Mark Ingram and Jameis Winston, anybody?) Of course, some come out of nowhere, however we are able to take elements similar to matchups, accidents, and former sport ineffectiveness to pinpoint attainable bust candidates and inform your begin ’em, sit ’em selections.
Damien Harris vs. an terrible Jets group? One of the most well liked Week 2 waiver wire provides in Ingram? Mr. 5 touchdowns himself Winston? You guess ya — and we’ve good motive to fear about all of them.
Last week, we nailed the receiver group of Kenny Golladay, Marquez Callaway, and Courtland Sutton as busts, however we have been clearly sleeping on Jameis Winston and the Saints’ protection. (We blame the Packers.) Our headliners have been Darrell Henderson and D’Andre Swift (oops), so we clearly had our fair proportion of misses. We did study a invaluable lesson transferring ahead, although — do not pay attention to Dan Campbell.
We will not bore anybody with apparent sit candidates, however we’ll make a case every time with cheap trigger for every choice. Keep in thoughts, you should not sit these gamers when you’ve got no higher choices (or simply don’t desire to — it is your group in any case), however at the least put together for probably decrease scores than normal.
Week 2 Fantasy Busts: Running backs
Damien Harris, Patriots @ Jets (Jackson Sparks). The matchup with the Jets seems to be awfully juicy, and this choose might look foolish after Sunday, however we won’t ignore Harris’ late-game fumble that sealed the Dolphins’ victory over the Patriots in Week 1. This is Bill Belichick we’re speaking about right here. Would it actually be stunning if he punished Harris for at the least one week? They should not want him to deal with the Jets, so this seems like a traditional “fade a Pats RB” week. This state of affairs additionally makes James White and J.J. Taylor sleeper candidates, as Rhamondre Stevenson additionally fumbled on his first NFL carry and did not see one other one for the remainder of the sport.
Mark Ingram, Texans (Vinnie Iyer). Everything went completely for Ingram getting a heavy workload towards the Jaguars, together with sport script and matchup. Throw that each one out the window towards the Browns.
Josh Jacobs, Raiders @ Steelers (Matt Lutovsky). Jacobs scored twice final week, however he did not look good in any other case. Sure, Baltimore is a tricky protection, however Pittsburgh is even harder. Jacobs would not determine to be significantly better after a cross-country journey on a brief week, so there isn’t any want to take an opportunity on him.
Week 2 Fantasy Football Busts: Quarterbacks
Matthew Stafford, Rams @ Colts (Sparks). You should not bench Stafford in all leagues, however he’s quietly a bust candidate in Week 2. The Colts’ protection was torched by Russell Wilson, however that simply seems like an uncharacteristic week from what’s normally a stud protection. Although the Rams are gifted, Seattle possesses arguably a extra superior top-end ability group. If Stafford does go off in Indianapolis, we’ll consider Indy’s protection transferring ahead. For now, we nonetheless view them as a top-flight protection, much better than what the Rams confronted in Week 1 (Bears).
Jameis Winston, Saints at Panthers (Iyer). Winston didn’t throw loads and nonetheless obtained 5 TDs final week, however don’t chase that field rating pondering he’s like Drew Brees. This sport can be extra of a runner’s duel between Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey than a passing fest.
Ryan Tannehill, Titans @ Seahawks (Lutovsky). Tannehill at all times appears to discover his approach to at the least two TDs like he did final week, however the Titans’ offense appeared fully out of sync towards Arizona. They couldn’t block, and there was no rhythm between Tannehill and his receivers. Perhaps extra worrisome is that Seattle’s go protection towards the Colts appeared a lot improved from final 12 months. With Seattle again in house in entrance of the “12th man,” Tennessee could possibly be strolling into one other buzzsaw.
Week 2 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide receivers
Corey Davis, Jets vs. Patriots (Sparks). In Week 1 (@ Carolina) Davis’ stat line (5-97-2) appeared fairly on the finish of the day. However, these have been late-game touchdowns, considered one of which could be labeled as rubbish time. Bill Belichick has been infamous for making rookie QB’s lives a dwelling hell, so we are able to assume Zach Wilson can be ineffective. Yes, Stephon Gillmore (quad) is out, however J.C. Jackson and Devin McCourty nonetheless exist, and Wilson can be underneath duress all day lengthy with left deal with Mekhi Becton (knee) out for the sport.
Julio Jones, Titans @ Seahawks (Iyer). Jones didn’t actually click on with the offense in his first sport, and it’s exhausting to see the chemistry between him and a struggling Tannehill immediately rev up towards red-hot Seattle on the street.
Will Fuller V, Dolphins vs. Bills (Lutovsky). We initially had Odell Beckham Jr. right here, however his knee harm will maintain him out one other week. Instead, we’re going with one other man who did not play final week. Fuller is completed serving his one-game suspension, so some fantasy house owners is likely to be excited to use him. He’s at all times a giant risk who might go off in any given week, however give him per week to see how he suits into Miami’s offense.
Week 2 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight ends
Tyler Higbee, Rams @ Colts (Sparks). Higbee appeared nice together with his new greatest buddy, Matthew Stafford, and was second on the group with six targets. However, Seattle’s TE, Gerald Everett, solely acquired two targets for 20 yards, although he did rating a landing. Touchdowns are powerful to mission from week to week, so we won’t rely on that. What we do know is Everett was typically a non-factor, and perennial All-Pro linebacker, Darius Leonard, can be assigned with protecting Higbee for a lot of the sport.
Mike Gesicki, Dolphins vs. Bills (Iyer). This is extra of a reminder that he’s not a startable tight finish anymore and is borderline droppable on this new offense.
Juwan Johnson, Saints @ Panthers (Lutovsky). Johnson was a fantasy darling final week with two scores, so loads of house owners is likely to be contemplating him this week. Keep in thoughts, he performed simply 12 snaps and had three targets. Fellow TE Adam Trautman had six targets. It’s powerful to know a lot concerning the Saints’ offense after their blowout win, however Johnson is not any lock for alternatives going ahead.
Week 2 Fantasy Busts: Defenses
Carolina Panthers vs. Saints (Sparks). The Panthers’ protection appeared strong in Week 1, however then you definately bear in mind it was enjoying towards the Jets. Meanwhile, the Saints’ offense appeared environment friendly and put 38 factors on the board vs. Green Bay. This ought to actually take a look at the Panthers’ protection, so we’ll see how they give the impression of being transferring ahead, however we won’t rely on a robust efficiency in Week 2.
San Francisco 49ers at Eagles (Iyer). The secondary points are regarding when dealing with a red-hot offense on the street.
Miami Dolphins vs. Bills (Lutovsky). We just like the Dolphins for the season, simply not this week. They didn’t do a lot towards rookie QB Mac Jones within the opener, and we’ve a tough time believing the Bills’ high-powered offense will wrestle once more. Miami’s good, however they’re not fairly Pittsburgh. Give the Dolphins one other week earlier than firing them up.