Star of Week 2
QB: Tom Brady, TB: 24-36, 276 yards, 5 TD
RB: Derrick Henry, TEN: 35 carries, 182 yards, 3 TDs
WR: Cooper Coupe, LAR: 9 catches, 163 yards, 2 TD
TE: Rob Gronkowski, TB: 4 catches, 39 yards, 2 TD
Forty-four-year-old QB Tom Brady seems to have five or six more years to go. Will he play until he is 50? Goa had a neat five TD toss against the unfortunate Falcon. I’ll go beyond an organ here and say that Brady must start a weekly.
King Henry received this week’s award “for capturing the spirit of a group and holding them in front”, along with the victims of the Sihaks. Henry had only 35 racing yards at halftime, only about 150 racing yards in the second half plus overtime sessions. Henry has scored three TDs for the Titans, and he looks like every 5 RBs we’ve been hoping to get in the season.
Matthew Stafford has had a great success in the first two weeks of his move to Los Angeles and it appears that Stafford has settled on Cooper Coupe as his favorite goal. Who can argue with that? Coop found the last area twice while racking up 13 receiving yards against Cope. Kupp has been inched up to a high end WR2, and it makes sense that he moved to the WR1 region. In any case, Coupe should be in your lineup every week.
We put Gronk’s name here for the second week in a row, as he found the last area twice again, this time in a win over the Falcons. While Grunk has been looking so agile year after year, here’s a word of caution if you expect the top-5 to move forward. As I wrote last week, there are many faces for box crime, and there will be many weeks where Grank will not find the last territory. These games will result in four to six fantasy points, which are mostly like tight edges. Gronk should be seen as a high end TE2. If you can find a manager to pay a ransom for a business gran in your league, pull the trigger.
Week 2 Takeaways – A closer look
Every week we keep a close eye on a handful of performances and move forward to see what that kind of performance means.
– Justin Fields, QB- CHI: 6-13, 60 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT (10 carrying, 31 yards, 0 TD)
Analysis: After a failed attempt to trade for Russell Wilson in the offseason, the Bears made a bold trade to pick Ohio State Cubs Justin Fields in the 2021 draft. What could be the answer to Beers’ decades-long search for a franchise QB Fields? Only time will tell, but you don’t have to wait to enjoy the benefits of the field as a QB of imagination. Placeholder start QB Andy Dalton suffered an unfortunate knee injury, which pushed Fields into the game against the Bengals. As you can see from the statistics above, the field numbers were not significant. But let’s give Fields a Muligan here, because within weeks he was thrown into the line-up mid-game without going through Starter’s representatives. Here’s the deal – the relevance of the idea of fast-moving quarterbacks, whether they’re capable pedestrians. Remember Saint QB Taysom Hill from last year? Now a much better traveler than Fields Hill. Think of Galen Hearts as a reasonable vibe for the purpose of imagination. The Bears will face the Browns next week, with even more juicy matchups in 4 weeks … Detroit Lions, Babu! It can be started in the week in, and a perfect start in the week. We still have to see what happens to Dalton, but in any case, if you need QB, this is your last chance to choose the fields. He is available in about half the league, and it is expected that that percentage will drop to single digits after this discount period.
– Ezekiel Elliott, RB – DAL: Carries 16, 71 yards, 1 TD
Tony Pollard, RB – DAL: Carrying 13, 109 yards, 1 TD
Analysis: Over the years, Ezekiel Elliott has been the bell cow for the Cowboys, his backup only relevant in case of injury. Through two games, it’s not Tony Pollard, and not the healthy Jake, who leads the team quickly. Pollard has 123 racing yards to his name so far with 7.7 YPC (16 carry), while Elliott is proud of just 3.9 YPC on the way to 104 yards (27 carry). Even without a magnifying glass, it’s clear that Pollard has taken Elliott so far. So what can be done from the Arabic situation of the cowboys? First, Tony Pollard will carry one thing and Jake shares, whether he wants to or not. Pollard was too productive to leave the Kaulers on the bench. So far, Jake has carried roughly two-thirds of the shares in Timeshare, and that’s a ratio we’ll probably hold as we move forward. Cowboys ’offense will produce more than enough fantasy points to scatter resources, both in the air and on the ground. So if you have Jake, don’t panic too much with him. But let’s recalculate the expectations going forward. Jake is no longer Arabic 1, now a high quality Arabic 2. Pollard moves into Flex Territory, and Jake misses any time the top-five play in the event. If Pollard is found in your league, find him as soon as possible.
– Randall Moore, WR – ARI: 7 catches, 114 yards, 1 TD
Analysis: The Arizona Cardinals Fantasy darling QB Kyler Moore led these first two games to the offensive Jaguar. DeAndre Hopkins remains the alpha for the team on the wide receiver, but has been to occupy the No. 2 spot. Although WR Christian Kirk has entered his fourth year with the team, and Bengali legend WR AJ Green joined the team this past offseason, it is Rookie Randall Moore who should be your focus. The second-round pick from Purdue led the team with eight goals against the Vikings, seven of which were caught, resulting in 114 yards and a touchdown. Moore brings electricity to the position, acting as a threat to score any time the ball is touched. The Cardinals will continue to feed Moore the rock and let him do his job. Notice that Moore finished fourth on Snap in the WR (per PFF), although catches and goals led the team in the second week. Watch Moore’s snaps continue to grow, which will solidify Moore as a weekly flex play. Moore must add rationally to all deep leagues (12-plus teams), and 10-team leagues.
– Michael Pitman, WR – IND: 8 catches, 123 yards, 0 TD
Analysis: Indianapolis Colts have a solid WR group, even if no individual name wakes you up. Second year USC alum Michael Pitman announced to prepare himself for 2021 with 8 catches for 123 yards in 2 weeks. . No other Colts had more than two goals. Thus, QB Carson Wentz looked for Pitman early and often. Despite not being a burner, Pitman has good hands and the ability to make rival catches using his 6-foot-4 frame. The Colts run-first team remains, so here’s a thought on how to evaluate Pitman’s suitability in the imagination – place Pitman in matchups where the Colts are 1) will face a tough run defense, or 2) will need a lot of points to keep the other team going With Pitman will provide flex value in those matchups, especially in the PPR league. Now one more caveat, even if one is obvious – Wentz QB must be. I can’t trust Jacob Eason or any other Colts QB backup that’s enough to connect him to Pitman. The Colts will face the Titans next week, who have a weak secondary. If Wentz plays, Pittman will be a flex option. Pitman should be associated with all PPR leagues and 12-plus teams in the Standard League.
– Marquis Brown, WR – BAL: 6 catches, 113 yards, 1 TD
Analysis: Lamar Jackson has probably won his signature regular-season to date, not only beating Patrick Mahoms and the Chiefs in the “SNF”, but most of his supporters on the injured list have done it with the cast. In the Lamar Jackson era, the Ravens had effective running backs and tight edges for fantasy lineups, but not so much for wide receivers. Well, that was until 2021. Third-year WR Marquis Brown has jumped this season, as he has received six passes (including a TD) in each of the Ravens ’first two games, while averaging 91 yards per game. The growth here is not only for Brown, but also for Jackson, who has improved his downfield throw to make better use of his receiver. Brown made the break easily, and Jackson did well to get him the ball. Importantly, Jackson targeted Browse 10 times against the Chiefs, which shows the level of trust that has developed between the two. Brown needs to be upgraded to WR3 / Flex status to move forward. A few leagues where Brown is found, now snap him. If you are already Brown Roasted, keep him in your lineup with confidence.
Fire Rapid Fire Pickups
Each week we drop potential free agent pickups from each position for the deeper league, in each case a player 1) who is not shown above and 2) who remains available More than 50% Of the league.
QB: Derek Carr, LV (vs. MIA)
Arabic: James White, NE (vs. not)
RB: Cordarrelle Patterson, ATL (@ NYG)
WR: Darnell Mooney, CHI (@ CLE)
WR: Tim Patrick, DEN (vs. NYJ)