Not everybody can watch every game, so TFA wants to give you some instant fantasy analysis and weekly impressions from every game. This is hard-hitting, quick analysis (usually only about 1-2 sentences per match-up) to help you make waiver decisions, find trade targets, and digest each week’s action.
The story of week 2 is injuries, which is best discussed in our waiver article. Nevertheless, the weekly impressions for Week 2 will focus on analyzing the replacements.
Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns
There is certainly reason to be optimistic about A.J. Green’s future. Green has the second-most targets in the NFL through two weeks, and he racked up 218 Air Yards in Week 2 alone! On the other hand, he only played 62% of the snaps (less than Tee Higgins), and has only eight total catches. Still, 22 targets in two games is too many to ignore. Remember, targets are a skill statistic. Buy low.
New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears
After Saquon’s injury, Dion Lewis handled all of the rushing workload. Yet, he wasn’t terribly effective (20 yards on 10 carries; 5 targets, 4 receptions, 36 yards). I wouldn’t go spend all your FAAB on this backfield – the offensive line appears weak. And, there are rumors that Devonta Freeman may sign this week. Lastly, Wayne Gallman was a healthy inactive for Week 2. There’s no reason to spend big FAAB on either Freeman or Lewis.
LA Rams vs. Philadelphia Eagles
An injury to Cam Akers opened the door for Darrell Henderson, and he was fairly effective. Also, a week after receiving 4 targets, Malcolm Brown saw none (compare to Henderson’s 3 in Week 2). Brown still played more snaps, but saw little work in the second half after Henderson got hot. Monitor Akers injury status, but Henderson might be worth some FAAB.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Dallas Cowboys
Dalton Schultz’s day is a knife twist to Blake Jarwin truthers, but let’s take this game with a grain of salt – Atlanta’s defense is atrocious. Atlanta has played two very good QBs (Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott), but still, start all your players against Atlanta.
Carolina Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ronald Jones fumbled opening the door for Leonard Fournette, and he took advantage. It appears that Rojo’s leash was very short. Rojo only got 5 more touches after the fumble. Could have been a hot-hand approach, but I believe that this is Fournette’s backfield moving forward.
San Francisco 49ers vs. New York Jets
The loss of George Kittle did nothing to impact the offensive game-plan because Jordan Reed stepped in, led the team in targets, receiving, and effectiveness. Even the presence of Brandon Aiyuk changes nothing to the 49ers pecking order – the TE is the first read. Reed’s performance is nothing to get excited about against the hapless Jets, but George Kittle will dominate targets when he returns.
Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
We had a discussion on Twitter last night about who is the Steelers’ WR1. I said: “the one with the most targets”, meaning Dionte Johnson. Johnson has out-targeted Smith-Schuster for two straight weeks and leads him in targets on the year 23 to 14. Johnson looks like a late-round gem and should be in starting lineups moving forward, but hopefully, he already was.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
James Robinson is for real. The Titans haven’t looked spectacular on defense, but they are no push-over. That’s even better news for Robinson, who is looking like a true work-horse back.
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
While the Lions look like a trainwreck, one thing is clear: D’Andre Swift is the pass catching back (he saw 5 targets, Peterson saw none, and Kerryon saw 1). If the Lions continue to suck, they may be playing catch-up a lot, meaning a lot of Swift playing time. He could have flex value in games where the Lions are protected to lose.
Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
DeVante Parker looked limited, so that might have boosted Gesicki. However, I just don’t love Gesicki’s snap count numbers – a mere 55%. If the Dolphins aren’t playing catchup and Parker is healthy, do they need to throw him 11 targets? I am not so sure.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts
I have no explanation for Nyheim Hines usage in Week 2. It’s not that he wasn’t involved; it’s that he wasn’t even on the field (9 total snaps – 12%). Meanwhile, Jonathan Taylor was at 67% snaps, and even Jordan Wilkins saw more playing time than Hines. Our hope was that Hines could have an Austin Ekeler role for Indianapolis, but that’s not possible unless he’s on the field. This might be game-script related, so I’d hold for one more week, but this is very concerning. Great news if you roster Jonathan Taylor!
Washington Football Team vs. Arizona Cardinals
Antonio Gibson secured more of the Washington backfield, finding his way to 62% of the carries and 65% of the snaps. Even better news, Peyton Barber only played one snap (a 4th-and-1 carry). Seems that Barber is relegated to short-line situations only. Bonus Weekly Impression: Kyler is currently on track to run for over 1000 yards, and I think he will do it.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans
With Will Fuller nursing an injury, Brandon Cooks looks to benefit, and advanced stats like his prospects. He is averaging 15 air yards per target and received 44.5% of the team’s air yards. Even though Fuller is hurt, the fantasy perception on Cooks is down, so Cooks could be a buy low.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. LA Chargers
The Chargers look like a different team with Herbert at the helm. Yes, he made a bonehead mistake (throwing an interception when he could have easily run to pick up the first down yardage), but the offense as a whole looked rejuvenated. Anthony Lynn is standing behind Tyrod publicly, but Herbert impressed and ran an effective offense. Fantasy players relying on Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen should hope that Herbert starts.
New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks
Julian Edelman was a monster in this game (11 targets/8 receptions/167 yards). We were worried about the Patriots’ passing game, but Cam proved that he can carry that passing load (throwing for 397 yards!). From a weekly impressions standpoint, the Seahawks defense does not look great, but I think Edelman is a top 12 receiver down the line. Also, keep your eye on N’Keal Harry – who saw 12 targets himself.
New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Come back tomorrow for Weekly Impressions from this game!