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What To Watch Week 2 TNF: Is Joe Flacco Legit?

Joe Mixon totaled over 100 yards week 1, Andy Dalton was efficient with a 75-percent completion percentage and Joe Flacco put Lamar Jackson hype on the back burner with a three-touchdown performance.

8:20 pm 

Ravens at Bengals (Available on NFL Network, the NFL app and/or Yahoo Sports App)

Ravens

Joe Flacco: Unranked week 1, Flacco cracks week 2 rankings at QB19. Watch to see if Flacco can follow up his three touchdown performance against the Bengals’ defense with another quality outing, or if the Bills’ defense is just horrible.

More importantly, the former’s defense gave up over 300 yards and two touchdowns to Andrew Luck returning to action for the first time in almost two years, though he had almost 20 more pass attempts than Flacco week 1. Skepticism remains high on Flacco, the reason he’s no more than a two-QB league option this week.

Alex Collins and Javorius Allen: With Kenneth Dixon on IR the Ravens’ backfield got clearer for the foreseeable future. Collins is the running downs back, while Allen is the pass catching/third down back. But, Allen paced Collins in snaps 30-27 week 1, though the Ravens won big 47-3.

Due to the outcome of this game, it’s unsure whether Dixon was benched after a first-half fumble.

Allen carried the ball four times for 17 yards and caught five receptions for 15 yards. In addition, Collins carried the ball seven times for 13 yards with zero catches.

Watch to see if Allen is trusted to split carries with Collins with Dixon and his 13 carries in week 1 sidelined, or if Collins gets another week to cement himself as the starter. Collins is a low-end RB2 week 2 at RB23, while Allen is a borderline flex play at RB38.

The Bengals’ defense gave up less than 65 yards rushing to the combination of Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines but did allow 10 receptions, so Allen could be in line for heavy usage week 2. Watch and see.

Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead: Crabtree led the Ravens’ receivers in snaps, playing in 66 percent. Brown played in 60 percent, while Snead played in a percentage of 52. Crabtree and Snead tied for a team-high six targets, while Brown had four. The Bengals’ secondary allowed 10 receptions, over 100 yards and two touchdowns to the Colts’ receivers in week 1, though one was caught by a tight end.

Crabtree’s a low-end WR2, while Brown and Snead are unranked dart throws. Watch to see if Snead’s snaps increase in what should be a more competitive game, as six targets is a number that’s hard to sustain playing in about half of the team’s snaps. Brown could very well see his playing time and targets increase, too. Watch and see.

Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams: The Bengals allowed four receptions, 51 yards, and a touchdown to Eric Ebron week 1 while allowing seven receptions and 60 yards to Jack Doyle. Boyle and Williams aren’t the same duo as the aforementioned pair, but if you’re desperate at TE Boyle and Williams are top 24 TEs week 2.

Bengals

Andy Dalton: Hard to tell how good the Ravens’ defense is after playing a lethargic Nathan Peterman week 1, but they are good. In fact, the unit recorded two sacks, a fumble recovery and didn’t allow a point to the Bills. For those reasons, leaving Andy Dalton on the bench.

Joe Mixon: Mixon’s breakout campaign started week 1 with 95 yards and a touchdown on the ground, five receptions for 54 yards through the air. More importantly, he paced Giovani Bernard in carries 17-1, and in snaps percentage 79-21. Mixon’s talent plus usage has him as RB12 week 2. Bernard’s not a factor.

A.J. Green and John Ross: Green’s coming off a six reception for 92 yards and a touchdown performance on eight targets. Green’s WR9 week 2, though the Ravens held all Bills’ receivers to under 60 yards week 1. That said, John Ross, who played in 66 percent of snaps week 1, is a sit.

He scored week 1 but had one reception on two targets. In fact, Tyler Boyd paced Ross in targets 5-2. Don’t chase yards and touchdowns, chase sustainability.

Tyler Eifert: Eifert played in 41 percent of snaps week 1, recording three receptions on four targets for 44 yards. Coincidentally, the Ravens allowed three receptions for 42 yards to the Bills’ TEs last week. Eifert’s an okay streaming option in 12-team leagues or deeper as TE15 this week.

With the Thursday Night Football what to watch completed, look out for the what to watch for the full slate of games week 2 in the next couple of days.

Joshua Kellem is a Slippery Rock University graduate with a BS in Journalism. In addition, he is the creator of fantasy football website fftalk.org

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