With week one in the books, it’s time to look at your week 2 matchups. And with that, I will again look at The Fantasy Authority Staff Rankings and let you know who is being overvalued and undervalued. But before we get into that, let’s see just how my picks did in week 1.
My undervalued players were Rob Kelley, Adam Thielen, Robby Anderson and Charles Clay. I hit is right on the head with Thielen and Clay, as they smoked their average ranking. Kelley and Anderson not so much.
For my overvalued picks, Martavis Bryant and Eric Ebron were spot on. LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick were able to salvage their days with a touchdown apiece, both besting their consensus ranking. And with that, let’s see who falls on the list in week undervalued and overvalued players.
Week 2 Undervalued and Overvalued Players
Terrance West, Baltimore Ravens (RB34)
In week one we saw a great fantasy performance out of West. With the help of an injury to Danny Woodhead and a positive game script, West was able to rack up 80 yards and a score on 18 carries. So in week 2, we should look at two things.
Number one, Cleveland is coming to town, just about guaranteeing a positive game script like we saw in week 1. And two, Woodhead is still out. Despite the emergence of Javorius Allen, West should still be the recipient of the bulk of the carries, with Allen taking Woodhead’s role. Given the matchup and the good workload, West is severely undervalued at his low-end RB3 spot.
Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (WR41)
I view this one as just a slight undervalue. Last week, the Chargers put on a good offensive showing against one of the best secondary’s in football. This week, the load lightens as the get to play against the average Dolphins defense at home. The Chargers are favored and Rivers should be able to capitalize on the matchup, throwing for multiple scores.
And although Keenan Allen saw the bulk of the looks in week 1, Williams still saw 7 targets for 54 yards receiving. In what should be a great matchup, Williams has legitimate WR2 upside with a WR4 ranking.
Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings (WR34)
Similar to Williams, I don’t take huge issue with this spot. But I’m going back to the well, and I think that after his Monday Night Football showing, Thielen is being slightly undervalued here. Theilen torched the Saints secondary for 9 catches and 157 yards. And while the Steelers are no New Orleans on defense, they aren’t incredibly scary either.
In a game that doesn’t quite favor the Minnesota defense as much as week 1 did, the Vikings should be forced to throw again to keep up with Big Ben and the Steelers. Thielen should be able to produce WR2/3 numbers, especially in PPR formats.
Kerwyn Williams, Arizona Cardinals (RB35)
Admittedly, Williams is a bit of a wildcard this week. But he should be considered at the very least. The Cardinals sound set to employ the dreaded RBBC this week, but Williams has been the guy each of the past two times David Johnson left with an injury.
He is facing off against a dreadful Colts defense and should receive the most touches out of this backfield. Even with the uncertainty of how Arizona will use their running backs, Williams figures to see a good enough workload to reach high-end RB3 numbers and suffice as a flex play.
Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (RB27)
Let’s just say that I’m buying into the Chris Carson hype. Just this week head coach Pete Carroll has talked up the ability of Carson in the run game. And after his showing in pre- season and week 1, why shouldn’t he? Thomas Rawls has been effective when he’s played. But he is constantly battling injuries and the Seahawks know this.
After not playing in week 1, I don’t see Rawls receiving a good enough workload to justify even his 27th ranking. To make matters worse, the Seattle offensive line is atrocious. And even in a plus matchup against the 49ers, it wouldn’t shock me to see this run game struggle again.
Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens (RB23)
My issue here is where Allen is relative to Terrance West. More so than West, I believe that Allen was the benefactor of Woodhead being hurt and the blowout nature of the game. Allen was not talked about in this backfield for a reason heading into the season.
And while he out touched West in week 1, I think we can credit that to Baltimore being up in the fourth quarter. Allen receives a bump in PPR formats, but not this much. I would be very surprised to see Allen out- carry West again in week 2, making him overvalued. I view Allen as a strong RB3/ flex play this week.
Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (WR21)
Another repeat offender here. I chose Bryant last week mostly because he hadn’t played real football in so long. This week, I’m calling Bryant overvalued because of his matchup. I understand that Pittsburgh is a different team and a different offense at home.
However, that does not change what we saw from the Minnesota Vikings defense on Monday night. The Vikings took one of the best offenses and quarterbacks in football and ate them up. In a home matchup, I think that Bryant is a decent play this week, but there are too many guys below him that I would trust more.
Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings (WR12)
Now here I’m contradicting myself a little bit. After calling for Adam Thielen to be undervalued in week 1, I stuck by that in week 2. The Monday night performance by the Vikings wide receivers was phenomenal, but I’m not ready to buy into Diggs as a WR1 just yet. The Steelers will be able to contain Diggs better than the Saints in week 1.
And while I like Thielen better than his ranking suggests, I am not calling for another monster day out of him either. Diggs will still produce WR2 numbers, but with guys like Michael Crabtree, Keenan Allen and Tyreek Hill all having plus matchups behind him, Diggs needs to be moved down a touch.