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Fantasy Football Week 2 Takeaways: What You Need To Know

  • Jaime Eisner
  • September 19, 2022
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What a WILD week of NFL and fantasy football action we all witnessed in Week 2 of the 2022 regular season. Some of the biggest stars lived up to high expectations, while others flopped. Some rookies made their presence known while others failed to live up to the hype.

Let’s break it all down with my fantasy football Week 2 takeaways.

Fantasy Football Week 2 Takeaways

    • Christian McCaffrey had his first 100-yard rushing game since 2019, so I don’t want to throw too much cold water on what was a strong performance. However, the long-term concerning matter is his complete lack of involvement in Carolina’s passing game. McCaffrey had just 2 targets until deep in the fourth quarter (he finished with five after getting two on the final Panthers drive) just one week after having four targets. Without the receiving volume, McCaffrey won’t return top-three RB value.
    • Drop Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney. Despite some name value, neither player is a significant part of this new Giants offense. Golladay played a grand total of two snaps on Sunday. Toney played 29 but only ran a route on about half of them. Sterling Shepard is the cut WR1 with players like David Sills and Richie James mixing in. I don’t think there’s upside here.
    • Najee Harris was a bit more productive in Week 2 but still doesn’t look quite right. Whether it’s the foot injury, questionable offensive line play, poor quarterback play, or some combination of the three, Harris does not look like the first-round RB fantasy managers drafted. The 20 touches are encouraging but without Ben Roethlisberger’s plethora of dump-off passes, Harris may not take off until the offense as a whole looks better—and that might not happen until there’s a QB change.
    • If you’re trying to find the TE1 in the Saints’ offense, it appears to be Juwan Johnson. While you may be more familiar with his TikTok account than his football prowess, Johnson is a big pass-catcher that has 12 targets and six catches through two games. I’d rather roster him instead of Taysom Hill and Adam Trautman.
    • Hello, Garrett Wilson! After showing flashes in his first pro game last week, he was a monster in Week 2 and an integral part of the Jets’ improbable comeback win over the Browns. He led all Jets by a healthy margin with 14 targets, catching eight passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns—including the game-winner. There were rumblings coming into Week 1 that he could lead the team in targets. So far so good, although we’ll wait to see what his chemistry looks like with Zach Wilson in a few weeks.
    • Breece Hall looked solid this week but he’s still not seeing the field that often. He got eight touches but only played 20 total snaps. We also saw the re-emergence of Ty Johnson, who played 13 snaps and ran more routes (11) than Hall (9). Michael Carter is still the clear RB1 in New York’s backfield, so temper your early-season expectations for Hall.
    • As I suspected coming into the season, as evidenced by my preseason fantasy football rankings, David Njoku isn’t a significant part of the Browns’ passing offense. The Browns have thrown 61 times through two weeks and he has a grand total of just five targets. Treat Njoku as a dart throw, nothing more, just like most of the fantasy football tight end group.
    • That felt like a career-arc-changing game for Tua Tagovailoa. With 469 passing yards and six touchdowns, Tagovailoa overcame early mistakes and a massive deficit to lead the Dolphins to victory. It will take a lot for Tagovailoa to push into QB1 territory, but he’s solidified his role as a Superflex starter.
    • Rashod Bateman is a PLAYER. His 75-yard touchdown buoyed his 4/108/1 day. He also clearly was the most involved wide receiver in Baltimore’s offense. Mark Andrews will continue to be Lamar Jackson’s No. 1, but Bateman is proving to be a weekly flex starter for fantasy managers.
    • Amon-Ra St. Brown tied the NFL record by having at least eight catches in eight straight games, after finishing with nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns (plus 68 yards on the ground). The dude is an absolute stud and has to be considered a true fantasy WR1 going forward.
    • The Curtis Samuel resurgence is real. He led all Commanders in targets (9), catching seven passes for 78 yards and a score (plus a 21-yard rush). He may not be Terry McLaurin but he’s being used as a 1B more than a No. 2 right now. Stock up. 
    • Many laughed at how much the Jaguars paid Christian Kirk in free agency, but it’s not our money! For fantasy purposes, he looks like a star so far. He caught all six of his targets for 78 yards and two touchdowns against the Colts. His season slash line is now 12/195/2 with 18 targets through two games. He’s the very clear WR1 in Jacksonville and should return WR2 value for your fantasy team.
    • Tyler Higbee is a name to keep an eye on if you’re in search of a weekly tight end. Maybe his seven catches for 71 yards on Sunday caught your attention, but I’m more intrigued by his 20 targets through two weeks. Only Cooper Kupp has more on the Rams. For those worried that Higbee would lose target share to Allen Robinson, it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe when Van Jefferson comes back?
    • Drake London is a DUDE! He had a dozen targets when every other falcons pass-catcher had at most three. He’s got chemistry with Marcus Mariota and the Falcons continue to throw plenty because they’re not a very good team. London is a weekly flex starter going forward. Side note: Don’t freak out about Kyle Pitts yet.
    • Let’s hope for the best when it comes to Trey Lance, but I’m not optimistic. However, if you have any other 49ers on your team, I don’t expect any downgrade in production potential with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. If anything Deebo Samuel may get a slight bump up.
    • In a role reversal from last week, Dameon Pierce got pretty much all the backfield work for Houston this week. He was the only RB on the team to get a carry and he had 15 for 69 yards. While this was nice to see, Pierce should still be on your bench for the time being. We’ll talk when bye weeks start.
    • The Broncos’ offense just looks completely out of sync right now and Russell Wilson is not blameless. Wilson is completing less than 60% of his passes and has a 2:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He leaned on Courtland Sutton heavily after Jerry Jeudy’s injury but everyone else will have their upside stunted until this offense puts it all together. Wilson is still a QB1 but should be in the bottom third of the tier.
    • Greg Dortch is a bench player to add to your roster. If Rondale Moore is out for Week 3 or misses any other time later in the season, Dortch has proven to be productive in that role. He had 4/55/1 on Sunday after going 7/63/0 in the opener. Dortch isn’t a starter-level player yet, but he may prove useful to your team in the middle of the season.
    • As has been the case throughout his career, Marquise Brown seems to always be thisclose to becoming a fantasy star. He was fine on Sunday, but he also dropped an open deep ball in overtime that almost cost his team the game. He’s still a flex play, but man… he could be so much more that it’s quite frustrating for fantasy managers.
    • I don’t know what to make of Noah Brown’s game. On one hand, he’s going to have this opportunity presented to him each week until Michael Gallup returns. Plus, Cooper Rush and Brown might have some chemistry together. I’d say he’s worth a low-dollar add but he might be a better affordable DFS player than a season-long league bench player.
    • It’s tough not to be concerned about Justin Fields right now. He’s thrown just 28 passes COMBINED in the first two weeks of the season for less than 200 yards. While his three total touchdowns have saved him from utter disaster, the new coaching staff doesn’t feel comfortable letting him rip it yet. For those who took Fields as their QB1, you better start looking for other options.

If you have any specific fantasy football questions or want to know more about what I think of certain players in my fantasy football rankings this week, follow me on Twitter (@JaimeEisner) or Instagram (@JaimeEisnerTDN). I’d be happy to chat with you!

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