Fantasy football players everywhere experienced a wide range of emotions in week 1 – there were highs, lows, and a remarkable amount of points that were a surprise to many of us. It was an exciting week of football, and in the midst of all of it, we were able to pick up some clues on what to expect moving forward. This week we break down some of the best WR/CB matchups that will help you put together a winning roster in week 2.
Antonio Brown (PIT) vs. Steven Nelson (KC)
Draft Kings $8800/Fan Duel $8900 – Projected @ 21.5 pts.
Kansas City gave up a whopping 424 receiving yards last week on 34 receptions, according to Pro Football Focus (PFF). Unless they don’t drastically turn their coverage defense around, the Steeler receiving corps looks like a mighty fine choice this week. And sure enough, Brown is the number one projected receiver this week. He is as elite as they come, graded at 91.2 by PFF) and is facing Nelson who is only graded at a 64.3. You shouldn’t need info convincing to start Brown in this week – he’s a lock.
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) vs. Malcolm Butler (TEN)
Draft Kings $8000/Fan Duel $8400 – Projected @ 18.6 pts.
DeAndre Hopkins had a hard time getting anything going against the Patriots, but this week should prove easier. He faces off against Tennessee’s Malcolm Butler. Not only is Hopkins bigger – he is +2 inches taller and 20 pounds heavier – but he is more talented. PFF grades Nuk at an elite 90.4 versus Butler’s good, but not elite, 73.6. Hopkins outpaces Butler’s fantasy points per route (FP/R), .52 to .31. Fantasy Guru reports that Hopkins earned an average 24.1 fantasy points per game in the last two times these teams met, so let him roll!
Adam Thielen (MIN) vs. Jaire Alexander (GB)
Draft Kings $7100/Fan Duel $7600 – Projected @ 15.9 pts.
You should know by now that the Vikings dynamic duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are two of the best in the NFL. Either give any cornerback a lot to handle and last week proved no different. Thielen finished 6 targets for 102 yards and received 58.6% of the team’s total air yards (TAY) last week, per NFL Next Gen Stats. grades Thielen earns a stellar .44 FP/R, while first-rounder Alexander only produced .20 FP/G last week.
Allen Robinson II (CHI) vs. Tre Flowers (SEA)
Draft Kings $5600/Fan Duel $6500– Projected @ 15.2 pts.
Last week we saw the Seahawks give up a jaw-dropping 54.3 fantasy points to wide receivers, according to FantasyGuru.com. In the same week, NFL Next Gen Stats reports Robinson saw more than his half of the team’s TAY (50.6%). Pro Football Focus grades Robinson at 69.1, while only giving the rookie Flowers a paltry 28.5 last week. Flower’s NFL.com scouting report also says that his “his lack of adequate man cover skills could be an issue if offenses target him in space.” Robinson has one of the best matchups this week with a projected 15.2 points.
Stefon Diggs (MIN) vs. Tramon Williams (GB)
Draft Kings $6900/Fan Duel $7400 – Projected @ 14.5 pts.
I can’t bring up Adam Thielen without giving the other half of the duo a shout out. Tramon, the 35-year-old veteran, is similar in size and grade to Diggs (84.2 vs. Digg’s 82.7 per PFF) but is slightly slower than Diggs. Thielen is the better of the two this week, Diggs is a solid pick, especially for those that like to stack their WRs. Diggs produces an outstanding .43 FP/R versus Williams unimpressive .17 FP/R, so he should put up good numbers this week even with a qualified corner like Williams covering him.
Penny Pinching Picks
Randall Cobb (GB) vs. Mike Hughes (MIN)
Draft Kings $4600/Fan Duel $6200 – Projected @ 14.0 pts.
All Randall Cobb owners rejoiced when he went 9/142/1 (WR6 in total yards) in week 1. And he has another solid matchup against Mike Hughes this week. Hughes is actually graded higher by Pro Football Focus (73.2 vs. 67.8), but Cobb scores more fantasy points per route (FP/R) than Hughes (.34 vs. .27). He should also be in line for a decent workload after a team-high 10 targets last week.
It’s important to note that injury could change the script for this game. Michael Cohen of The Athletic reports as of Wednesday, both Aaron Rodgers (knee) and Davantae Adams (shoulder) are dealing with injuries. Check before game time to make sure Rodgers is still starting this one.
Quincy Enunwa (NYJ) vs. Bobby McCain (MIA)
Draft Kings $4600/Fan Duel $6500 – Projected @ 10.2 pts.
Even though McCain may have earned a higher grade of 79.1 from PFF over Enunwa’s 74.2, Enunwa is a big playmaker who earns a whopping .87 FP/R compared to McCain’s .16 FP/R. He also weighs 33 more pounds than McCain and stands three inches taller at 6’2.”
NFL.com thinks Enunwa may already be Darnold’s favorite target, sending ten passes his way on Sunday (no other WR topped three). If he gets the same love he saw Sunday, he should be in your lineup. You can read more about Enunwa in TFA’s Target Hogs and TFA’s Sit/Start picks of the week!
Mohamed Sanu (ATL) vs. Captain Munnerlyn (CAR)
Draft Kings $4000/Fan Duel $5300– Projected @ 9.9 pts.
Carolina’s Captain Munnerlyn is outmatched in this week’s game against Atlanta’s Mohamed Sanu. Although PFF says Munnerlyn averages more FP/R (.37 vs. .34), size is going to win this one. Mohamed Sanu stands five inches taller and weighs 45 more pounds than Munnerlyn. The Pro Football Focus rates Sanu as the better play – assigning Sanu a receiving grade of 73.5 against Munnerlyn’s 57.7. The Carolina Panthers’ secondary is beatable and Sanu went 7 receptions for 71 yards against them in December.
Mike Wallace (BLT) vs. Carlton Davis (CIN)
Draft Kings $3900/Fan Duel $5300 – Projected @ 9.4 pts.
Although last week Mike Wallace finished with 0 catches, he could prove to be a sneaky option, especially if you are looking for a low ownership play. According to NFL.com., Mike Wallace is faster than Carlton Davis, finishing 4.33 secs versus Davis’ 4.53 secs in the Combine 40-yd. dash. Pro Football Focus also gives Mike Wallace a higher grade of 67.1 vs. Davis’ grade of 46.4.
Last year Wallace led the Raven receiving corps with 748 yards and 14.4 yards per catch, so the talent is there. And NBCSports.com quoted Wallace saying after last week’s game, “We’ll be fine… it’s just a timing thing.”