Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season is upon us. Last week, I rode the Ravens defense and James Conner to fantasy glory while holding Nathan Peterman on my bench in the hopes of trade bait and a good first game. Peterman didn't give me that game, but luckily he was just a bench guy. There are some fascinating story lines heading into week two, and some key opportunities to help your rosters. Who do I like this week? Here are some ideas. Good luck, and happy streaming!--Mike B.
Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills. Allen's not a guy I'd trust to carry my fantasy team yet, but if I can snag him now and flip him after a big couple of games, then he's worth it. I wouldn't start him against the Chargers, but he might just be worth a roster spot if he can put up Tyrod Taylor-caliber numbers in Buffalo.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I don't believe that Fitzpatrick is a viable fantasy option on a weekly basis. I do, however, believe that a team with a bad quarterback situation might pay for Fitzpatrick if you can get him on waivers. Get him, hold him, and if he has a big second week, trade him immediately for anything you can get. He's worth a flip at least.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens. I don't trust Flacco most weeks, and most weeks I wouldn't start him against the Bengals. However, the Bengals historically struggle in prime time games, and Flacco could be a sneaky streamer start this week at Cincinnati.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Cleveland Browns. Taylor almost beat the Steelers in week one, and will enter week two as the starting quarterback for the franchise. At the Saints, I expect the Browns to be playing from behind, which means that Taylor will see a large amount of passing attempts. He could be in for a good game.
Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens. With Dixon going down with injury, and with Cincinnati's prime time struggles, this might be the best week to start Collins. He could be a matchup-winner this week.
Carlos Hyde, RB, Cleveland Browns. Hyde had a nice week one for the Browns and should continue to take up a significant amount of touches for the Browns. He's a hold, and worth rostering.
Dion Lewis, RB, Tennessee Titans. Lewis is almost a must start for the Titans; I expect him to have another big week in the Titans passing game. If you're semi-weak at RB, plug him in as a RB3 or flex play.
Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots. Try to trade for Michel if you have a guy who overperformed in week 1; if you can get someone to sell on him easily, he's worth the move. He's a player that might be a league winner near the end of the season.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins. I don't trust older running backs, but Peterson's week one performance bears noticing. He had a great week one and if this continues, he could be a useful fantasy asset, and needs to be rostered. Against the Colts, he's worth starting.
TJ Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars. With Fournette banged up, Yeldon is a guy that needs to be on your radar. If he starts this week, then he needs to be in your lineup. The guy has talent and could help you win in week two.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles. Agholor might have a really big game for the Eagles against a Tampa Bay team with a weakened secondary. He might just be a good third WR option, but one that will put up decent points for your team this week.
Dez Bryant, FA WR. Dez is still lurking, and was seen at a concert with Jerry Jones. This could bode well for a potential return to Dallas. If you can go get him, get him now and keep him on your bench.
Quincy Enumwa, WR, New York Jets. Enumwa might have one of the best signatures in today's NFL, and he's also in line to make a run at the NFL comeback player of the year award. He showed a good rapport with Sam Darnold in week one and should be rostered, especially in PPR leagues.
Devin Funchess/DJ Moore, WRs, Carolina Panthers. With Greg Olsen dealing with injury and with the Falcons weaknesses in their secondary, Funchess and Moore have the potential for big weeks. Snag and start one if available.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins. I'm a huge Stills fan, and he is always undervalued. He had a huge week one and could build off of that start throughout the season. If nothing else, he could be a solid flex play throughout your fantasy season. Needs to be rostered in all formats.
Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders. Cook is a potential long-term starter for your fantasy team at tight end. If he's available it's time to add him to your roster. Go get him now.
George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers. I will never get the lack of love for Kittle. He needs to be rostered in all leagues, and if you have an option to add him to your team, take it and run. This kid is good.
David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns. If Njoku is unowned in your league, go get him. You'll thank me later. Let's get this straight now, Njoku has the talent to be a viable fantasy weapon in all formats.
Baltimore Ravens D/ST. The Ravens are facing a good offense against Cincinnati, but they face them in prime time. This could be a huge week for this unit.
Chicago Bears D/ST. The Bears are who I think they are, and that's a team with a pretty good defense. Against the Seahawks, they could be in for a sneaky-good game. I'm starting them if I can get them, especially with Khalil Mack.
LA Chargers D/ST. I always trust the Chargers defense, but against a rookie quarterback making his first career start in the NFL, I especially trust this unit. Well worth a start this week.
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