Week 2 all is back to normal. Thursday night games are back to being uneventful and no one is on a bye week. Personally, I benched every player I had from either team in the Texans vs Bengals game. My call last week on Mixon was a bit of a bust and the way that backfield looks now I’m going to hold off on starting him until we see a spark. Hopefully, he becomes of the more reliable flex options sooner than later and Mixon doesn’t become the rookie bust of 2017. Did that jinx it already?
As always flex options are dependent on the matchup. Thankfully there appear to be many fantasy-friendly matchups this week. From two Hall of Fame ready quarterbacks in a dome. To the home opener for a team that is ready for redemption, and well rested from a week 1 Bye. Saddle up for some high-scoring offenses, and fantasy points.
Week 2 Flex Options
Back from their week 1 absence, the Falcons will play host to the Bears. With no week 1 numbers to dissect, we can look to the Bears defense for a touch of clarity. Chicago allowed 97 yards, 6 catches and a touchdown to running backs in week 1 which should excite Jacquizz Rodgers owners. As the lead back in Atlanta, with Doug Martin out, Rodgers stands to dominate the attempts and targets of the backfield. Home field advantage plus the extra week of rest has the Falcons chomping at the bit for an exciting home opener.
The Packers head to Atlanta where the Falcons have allowed the most receiving yards and receiving touchdowns to opposing backs in the league. Former wideout turned pass-catching back, Ty Montgomery, had a healthy week 1 against a tough Seattle defense. He had 19 attempts and 54 rushing yards with 1 rushing touchdown. While on the receiving side he had 4 catches for 39 yards. It’s also fun to mention that he played 10 more snaps than any other running back in week 1. Montgomery stands as the lead back in Green Bay with little competition, that plus the friendly matchup is what makes him an exciting start for week 2.
McCaffrey had a less exciting debut than other rookie running backs for week 1, but don’t let that discourage you. He led the team in targets (7) and catches (5). Though he was unable to make it to the end zone I believe it’s simply a matter of time. McCaffrey will continue to share the workload with Stewart and as he’s a dynamic player could even be considered for PPR formats at flex if he continues this pace. While the Bills defense is anything but inept, their first game against the Jets was strong. Comparing Josh McCown to Cam Newton would be ridiculous, however. Cam has plenty of weapons, an exciting rookie in McCaffrey and playing at home is a nice advantage as well.
Javorius “Buck” Allen
The unfortunate injury to Danny Woodhead last week moves Buck Allen up on the depth chart. After Woodhead left the game, Allen’s numbers ended up closely match Terrance West’s, separated mainly by a single touchdown. Allen had 21 rushing attempts for 71 yards, while West had 19 attempts for 80 yards. This even split of opportunity moves Buck Allen up for me. The home field advantage should help as well against a Cleveland defense that has done well defending the rush. Hopefully, Allen’s pass-catching versatility gives him an extra edge in this matchup.
James White – PPR
Sam, you must be mistaken. Surely you meant to write Mike Gillislee. Nope, I meant it, James White. Note, however, I’m placing him as my PPR flex option. Though Gillislee had an epic week 1, it’s not difficult to see how those numbers were touchdown dependent. Gillislee could easily remain the red zone back in New England, but there could also be a string of weeks where Dion Lewis fills that role or Rex Burkhead. Some consistency could be found however with White.
Alvin Kamara – PPR
My “dice roll” for the week. Kamara led the Saints with rushing attempts and was one catch (4) shy of matching Mark Ingram (5). As it appears Sean Payton’s new unfavorable is Adrian Peterson, which makes little sense. Kamara stands a chance for value in the pass-happy offense. The Saints are at home, in the dome with a healthy and Brees. Add in the Patriots defense, which seems to lack a persistent pass rush, and this stands to be high scoring game making Kamara one of the stronger flex options this week.