Deebo Samuel prays for better weather against the Seahawks and Gabe Davis tries to keep his hype train rolling on Monday Night Football. At least, provided Davis can play after showing up in Saturday’s injury report with an ankle problem.
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Updated 9/18 at 11:45 AM ET. DELETED Julio Jones. moved Russell Gage op. Moved Gabe Davis (ankle) down with lack of injury information prior to Monday Night Football.
Week 2 recipients
WR Notes: Cooper, Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase remain a level unto themselves, but Davante Adams may have something to say about it. His 17 goals in his Raiders debut were equal for the fourth most of his career. That monstrous total came with silver and black playing two scores lower for almost the entire afternoon. unlike Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr also has other places where he can spread the ball. Anyway, we’re just splitting hairs at the top of the receiver board. The Cardinals are a delectable Week 2 foe… AJ Brown’s Eagles debut was made in the lab, with his 155 yards second only to Jefferson’s 184 among Week 1 wideouts. Only Adams, Chase and Kupp commanded more targets. AJB will now oppose Jefferson in a shootout awaiting Monday Night Football. … Frustrated by his “down” 2021, Stefon Diggs got on the “comeback path” by dominating Jalen Ramsey in front of a national TV audience. He also beat Ballyhooed teammate Gabe Davis 9-5, although both players found the end zone. Davis looked dangerous on the field, while Diggs’ biggest win came from a miscommunication in the coverage. Translation, it was a glorious start, but hardly a case closed. Diggs maintains his lead in the rankings as Davis crawls onto the WR2 board.
I spent the summer thinking if Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle may be closer than fantasy managers expect. Next, Hill defeated Waddle 12-5 vs. the Patriots. It’s one game – one in which Waddle got the big game and touchdown – but pledges don’t get much clearer than 12 cans against a defense of Bill Belichick. Mike McDaniel got the memo and knew how to implement it. A rebuilt Ravens defense is another tough week 2 test. For his part, Waddle and his YACified game remain a safe WR2. … Of Keenan Allen (hamstring) offside, Mike Williams jumps into the top 10 despite his disappointing week 1. There was nothing disturbing in Williams’ underlying use. He just played a bad game. … Keep an eye on Tee Higgins (concussion), but Wednesday’s limited session puts him on track to take on the miserable Cowboys. … CeeDee Lamb’s nightmare Week 1 featured the loss of his quarterback. But to prove himself as a true alpha, Lamb’s mission will be much harder with Cooper Rush in the middle. The peak week potential remains, but the low-end WR2 realism abounds.
5/57/2 isn’t blowing the doors like a statline, but it’s how Michael Thomas got his numbers that should cheer fantasy managers who wait the better part of three years. All in the second half. Both touchdowns in man cover versus the opposing team’s No. 1 cornerback. When the going got tough, Thomas and Jameis Winston got tough on their competition. … Behind Thomas were the seventh yards of Jarvis Landry’s career, and a man who seemed happy to be free from Baker Mayfield. Landry took advantage of the comeback mode, but gas stays in his tank when needed. He has moved to the border of WR3/4. … For at least a week, Christian Kirk was on his contract, gobbling WR1-level snaps, routes and goals, turning the workload into six catches for 117 yards. With precious little competition, Kirk is a realpolitik WR2. You may not want to believe it, but it’s true. … Jerry Jeudy recalled in week 1 how many great play options he offers from the slot machine. The young man can rawk after the catch. The summer story that put Courtland Sutton miles ahead of Russell Wilson’s pecking order didn’t come true either. Maybe Jeudy could end up in the higher-ranking Broncos after all.
Terry McLaurin provided the Commanders’ biggest game against the Jaguars. He was also tied for fifth in goals from a quarterback famous for not always looking his way. Carson Wentz certainly had an affinity for slashers Antonio Gibson and Curtis Samuel. Let’s call it a development situation. …Is Baker Mayfield another stink bomb at quarterback for DJ Moore? Please don’t let it be. Fortunately for Moore, most of Robbie Anderson’s 5/102/1 statline came on a fourth quarter catch. Not that Anderson isn’t known for great plays, of course. … Darnell Mooney and Brandon Aiyuk were week 1 megabusts with airtight alibis. Any passing numbers from the rain-ruined Bears/49ers affair should be tossed in the trash. Mooney has a tough week 2 date with Jaaire Alexander’s Packers, while Aiyuk has to deal with a feisty-looking Seahawks group. … If Julio Jones’ Wednesday DNP was just load management, he legitimately has WR3 juice. If not, a Mr Russell Gage will crash the top 36 at the receiver…if he plays. He was also “DNP” on Wednesday… It’s easy to get too excited with guys like Josh Palmer, but it’s really hard to imagine him getting less than 6-8 goals in Kansas City.
Last week’s insane use of the Jets will obviously crash back to Earth. I’ll stick with the same order we learned over the summer. Elijah Moore as the best overall player, Garrett Wilson as the No. 2 with juice and Corey Davis as the stubborn No. 3 who transfers enough work to hurt his younger teammates, but doesn’t quite generate his own fantasy value. … It was against a tough defense with his quarterback being laid flat on his back, but Allen Robinson’s one-catch, two-target Week 1 was very concerning. Robinson couldn’t break free from his coverage as Tyler Higbee cleaned up garbage time looks. Sean McVay knows how to get people open. Hopefully Robinson can still oblige. Week 2 opponent Atlanta has decent man corners. … Perhaps the only thing that “went right” for Kadarius Toney in Week 1 was Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) injured. Perhaps that will give the Giants coaching staff no choice but to use him after he showed his usual explosiveness during last week’s rush attempts. … Treylon Burks and Jahan Dotson recall the power of never betting against first-round pedigree. It’s worth seeing where it’s going. … I haven’t seen much in week 1 that has changed my mind that Romeo Doubs is the only Packers’ wideout worth betting at the moment, although Allen Lazard (ankle) is on track to return.