Mon Sep 14 9:28am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Rodgers has huge Week 1
Well, that was quite an interesting start to the NFL season. The good news is we had football, which was great to see. And we also had some big fantasy performances. But for the most part, it wasn’t a huge scoring week for fantasy teams. There wasn’t a ton of huge fantasy performances. A few teams sputtered offensively, leading to a few down games from some top fantasy players.
Passing games ruled offense again, much like the last few years. There was just one 100-yard rusher, which came in the Thursday night game. Some runnings backs did have big games, though, because of multiple touchdowns. Four backs had multiple rushing touchdowns. So it wasn’t all bad at the running back spot.
Five quarterbacks hit the 300-yard mark, including one player going over 400 yards. Two others topped 360-plus passing yards. And all the big passing games led to 12 pass catchers hitting the 100-yard mark. Three receivers also had double-digit reception totals.
Chiefs 34, Texans 20
Fantasy Stud: Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Edwards-Helaire didn’t catch a pass but had a huge game in his professional debut. He ran 25 times for 138 yards and a touchdowns. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry and made several big plays throughout the game. The Chiefs are obviously very high on their young back and should make him a big part of their offense on a weekly basis. His fantasy potential is huge for the coming year, especially after seeing him in this first game. Very impressive.
Fantasy Dud: Randall Cobb. There was a lot of talk of Cobb maybe leading the way at receiver for the Texans this year. Well, if the first game is any indication, that isn’t going to happen. Cobb had just two catches for 23 yards. He was targeted just three times in the game. Will Fuller got a ton of looks for the Texans in the game, maybe showing he is going to be the top target for Houston this year with DeAndre Hopkins gone.
Game Notes: Duke Johnson injured his ankle in this game and had to leave the game. He had five carrels for 14 yards before the injury and failed to catch a pass. This injury might keep him out of action a few games.
David Johnson had an impressive debut with his new team, rushing 11 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 32 yards, giving him 109 total yards in the game.
Patriots 21, Dolphins 11
Fantasy Stud: Cam Newton. Newton had a strong first game for the Patriots. He didn’t throw for 200 yards or have a passing touchdown but still produced well for his fantasy owners. Newton led the team in rushing, running 15 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns. His rushing totals gave him a solid fantasy day. Newton was 15-of-19 passing for 155 yards without a turnover.
Fantasy Dud: Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick had a rough day against a very good Patriots secondary. He was 20-of-30 for 191 yards with three interceptions. He failed to score a touchdown or pass for 200 yards in the game while turning the ball over three times. Fitzpatrick has some fantasy potential but only in the right matchup.
Game Notes: DeVante Parker was able to play but didn’t last, leaving the game early because of his hamstring injury. He had four receptions for 47 yards before exiting the game.
Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry led the Patriots at receiver. Both finished with five receptions. Edelman caught five passes for 57 yards while Harry had five catches for 39 yards. Harry did lost a fumble at the goal line, though.
Jaguars 27, Colts 20
Fantasy Stud: Gardner Minshew. Minshew was near perfect in this game, going 19-of-20 for 173 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also ran five times for 21 yards. Minshew had some huge games last year and showed he is capable again for this season. He remains more of a matchup play but certainly has fantasy potential at the quarterback position.
Fantasy Dud: Michael Pittman. There was a lot of offense in this game, including through the air for the Colts, but Pittman got little action. He caught two passes for 10 yards. Pittman is going to have a role with the Colts this year but showed he could be hit or miss in this offense his rookie season.
Game Notes: Marlon Mack left the game early because of a possible torn Achilles’ tendon. He had four carries for 26 yards before the possible devastating injury. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
Nyheim Hines was a huge part of the offense for the Colts even before the injury to Mack. Hines scored twice - once rushing and another receiving. He ran seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown. And he led the team in receptions, catching eight passes for 45 yards and a score.
Raiders 34, Panthers 30
Fantasy Stud: Josh Jacobs. Jacobs had a monster first game of the season, scoring three touchdowns. Jacobs ran 25 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns. He also was a little more involved in the passing game, catching four passes for 46 yards. Jacobs had 139 total yards and three touchdowns. Jacobs flashed his huge fantasy potential for the season.
Fantasy Dud: Bryan Edwards. Edwards got a start his first game in the NFL but caught just a pass for nine yards. He was targeted just once in the game. Edwards is going to be a hard player to trust until he starts getting more consistent work. He might be starting but that doesn’t mean he belongs in fantasy lineups.
Game Notes: Robby Anderson hit the 100-yard mark in his first game as a Panther. He led the way at receiving, catching six passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Christian McCaffrey had a typical game for his standards. He scored two touchdowns and finished with 134 total yards. He did have a few less receptions, catching three passes.
Seahawks 38, Falcons 25
Fantasy Stud: Russell Wilson. Wilson was spectacular in this game, going 30-of-34 for 319 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. He also led the team in rushing, running three times for 29 yards. Wilson has been a rock solid fantasy starter the last several seasons and seems on his way to more great production this season.
Fantasy Dud: Hayden Hurst. There was all sorts of offense in this game, but Hurst wasn’t a huge factor in his first game as a Falcon. He had three receptions for 38 yards. He should get better going forward but could be a little erratic like this much of the year in an offense hat that a lot of top options in the passing game.
Game Notes: The Falcons had three different receivers hit the 100-yard mark receiving. And all three had nine receptions in the game. Julio Jones had 157 yards. Calvin Ridley had 130 yards and two touchdowns. And Gage had 114 yards.
Chris Carson did not lead the Seahawks in rushing and had one fewer carry than Carlos Hyde. Carson ran six times for just 21 yards. He was a big factor in the passing game, though, catching six passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Hyde read seven times for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Bills 27, Jets 17
Fantasy Stud: Josh Allen. Allen had a career day throwing the ball, going 33-of-46 for 312 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also led the team in rushing, running 14 times for 57 yards and a touchdown. His only negative was losing two fumbles. He had three total scores and hit the 300-yard mark passing.
Fantasy Dud: Breshad Perriman. Perriman had three receptions for 17 yards. He did very little in the game, seeing teammate Jamison Crowder do most of the damage in the passing game. Perriman could be up and down like this all season in an offense that could struggle at times, especially throwing the ball.
Game Notes: LeVeon Bell was unable to finish the game, leaving with a hamstring injury. He had six carries for just 14 yards and two catches for 32 yards. Frank Gore led the Jets in rushing, running six times for 24 yards
Devin Singletary and Zack Moss each had nine carries for the Bills. Singletary ran the ball nine times for 30 yards while Moss had nine carries for 11 yards. Moss did find the end zone as a receiver, having three catches for 16 yards and a score.
Bears 27, Lions 23
Fantasy Stud: Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky was not good for three quarters but turned it on in the fourth and led his team to a big comeback victory. Trubisky was 20-of-36 for 242 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Trubisky is a hard player to trust for fantasy teams but can have the big game, making him a possible platoon option.
Fantasy Dud: Tarik Cohen. There was thought Cohen could get a little ore work this week with David Montgomery a little banged up. That wasn’t the case, though. Cohen ran seven times for 41 yards but caught just two passes for six yards. He did not get a ton of work, failing to hit double-digit touches in the game. He is going to need his targets to go up in a hurry if fantasy teams want to feel comfortable playing hm.
Game Notes: Adrian Peterson led the Lions in rushing, having more carries than Kerryon Johnson and D’Andre Swift combined. Peterson ran 14 times for 93 yards. Swift did score a touchdown but ran three times for just eight yards and dropped a touchdown pass late in the game.
T.J. Hockenson looked good in his first game of his second season. He tied for the team lead in receptions, catching five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Packers 43, Vikings 34
Fantasy Stud: Aaron Rodgers. The demise of Rodgers might have been a little exaggerated. He was awesome in this game, going 32-of-44 for 364 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. He made several great plays throughout the game. It was a great start to the season for Rodgersw, who we all know is capable of posting huge fantasy numbers when he is on his game.
Fantasy Dud: Justin Jefferson. Jefferson did not do much at all in his debut, catching just two passes for 26 yards. He was targeted just three times total. It might take some time for Jefferson to get up to speed in the offense and gain the trust of Kirk Cousins.
Game Notes: Davante Adams had a monster game, catching 14 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. It should not come as a surprise to see Adams so heavily targeted in the game.
Adam Thielen hit the 100-yard mark for the Vikings. He had six receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns. He also converted a two-point attempt.
Washington 27, Eagles 17
Fantasy Stud: Dallas Goedert. Goedert was the top pass catcher for the Eagles, outproducing fellow tight end Zach Ertz. Goedert had eight receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. It would not surprise to see Goedert be a big part of this passing game all season long with the Eagles already having injury issues at receiver.
Fantasy Dud: Boston Scott. Scott got some starts this week because of the injury to Miles Sanders, but didn’t help the fantasy teams that used him. Scott ran nine times for 35 yards and caught two passes for 19 yards. He did leave the game early because of an injury but did little with his chances before the injury. Scott showed that he might be a hard fantasy player to trust even if starting for the Eagles.
Game Notes: Peyton Barber got the most carries for the Redskins at running back, rushing 17 times for 29 yards and two touchdowns. Antonio Gibson was the more productive back, though, rushing nine times for 36 yards.
Jalen Reagor was active but had just a catch. The good news is Reagor’s catch was a 55-yard reception. He made quite the splash with his only catch.
Ravens 38, Browns 6
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson picked up right where he left off last season. He did most of his damage as a thrower in this game, though. He was 20-of-25 for 275 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He also led the team in rushing, running seven times for 45 yards. It sure looks like Jackson is setup for another huge fantasy season in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Odell Beckham. Beckham did not have the start to the season fantasy teams hoped. He caught just two passes for 21 yards. He was quiet once again and failed to make a big play in the game. Beckham had a lot of question marks heading into the season and did nothing to alleviate those after a week.
Game Notes: Mark Ingram had the most carries for the Ravens but rookie J.K. Dobbins wasn’t too far behind. Ingram ran 10 times for 29 yards. Dobbins had seven carries for 22 yards and a touchdown.
Marquise Brown hit the 100-yard mark his first game of the year. He had five receptions for 101 yards. This could be the start of a big season for the second-year wideout.
Chargers 16, Bengals 13
Fantasy Stud: Joshua Kelley. Kelley was impressive in his Chargers debut, rushing 12 times for 60 yards and a touchdown. He got a lot of work as the backup to Austin Ekeler, getting double-digit touches. This should be a trend going forward because the Chargers look to have a run-heavy offense this year.
Fantasy Dud: Joe Mixon. Mixon had 20 touches in the game but didn’t do much with the work. He ran 19 times for 69 yard, averaging just 3.6 yard per carry. And he caught just a pass for two yards and lost a fumble. You just expect better from Mixon, especially with that amount of work.
Game Notes: A.J. Green returned to action for the first time in over a year and led the Bengals in receiving. He had five receptions for 51 yards.
Austin Ekeler had 19 carries for 84 yards. The issue for Ekeler was a lack of work in the passing game, catching just a pass for three yards.
Saints 34, Bucs 23
Fantasy Stud: Alvin Kamara. In all honesty, Kamara had a rough day at the office but found the end zone twice and caught five passes. His overall numbers were just fine for fantasy teams. He ran 12 times for just 16 yards and a score. Kamara also caught five passes for 51 yards and a score. So Kamara had 17 touches for 67 total yards and two scores. It is a little concerning seeing backup Latavius Murray rush for more yards, running 15 times for 48 yards.
Fantasy Dud: Michael Thomas. Thomas didn’t have a game like this all season last year, catching just three passes for 17 yards. It was a very unexpected showing in a matchup that has been very favorable for him in past seasons. Thomas should be fine going forward but this game really disappointed all the owners that took him in the first round this year.
Game Notes: O.J. Howard was the most productive tight end for the Bucs, catching four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. Rob Gronkowski had two receptions for 11 yards in his Bucs debut.
Tom Brady was up and down in his first game with the Bucs. He was 23-of-36 for 239 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. He did run in a score, finishing with three carries for nine yards and a score.
Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
Fantasy Stud: DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins looked just like the Hopkins for the Texans in his Cardinals debut. He might be even better with his new team, catching 14 passes for 151 yards. It is obvious that Kyler Murray is going to look his way often this year. This duo could be really deadly for fantasy owners.
Fantasy Dud: Christian Kirk. Kirk was the forgotten man in the Cardinals offense this week. He had just a catch for no gain. Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald got most of the work at receiver for Arizona. We wouldn’t expect his every week but it wouldn’t surprise to see Kirk have some up and down performances like this throughout the season.
Game Notes: Raheem Mostert dominated carries for the 49ers. He had 15 carries for 56 yards and caught four passes for 95 yards and a score. He had 151 total yards and a score. Tevin Coleman had four carries for 18 yards in a backup role.
George Kittle briefly left the game in the second quarter because of a leg injury but was able to return. He had four receptions for just 44 yards, posting pretty mediocre numbers.
Rams 20, Cowboys 17
Fantasy Stud: Malcolm Brown. Brown was the surprise leader in the backfield for the Rams. He had 18 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 31 yards, giving him 110 total yards and two scores. It was an impressive showing for Brown, who is the current leader in the clubhouse for Rams running backs. It is early, though.
Fantasy Dud: Cooper Kupp. Kupp was really quiet in this one, catching just four passes for 40 yards. The Rams were really run heavy, though, so this could be a trend going forward. Kupp might not get his targets from previous seasons. It was just a week, though, so don’t jump to too many conclusions just yet.
Game Notes: Amari Cooper had Jalen Ramsey covering him much of the night but was still able to produce. Cooper had 10 receptions for 81 yards, getting off to a great start despite the matchup.
Ezekiel Elliott topped 100 total yards and scored two touchdowns. He ran 22 times for 96 yards and a score. Elliott also had three receptions for 31 yards, giving him 127 total yards and two scores.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Cold Plays: Week 2
The Cleveland Browns Defense picked up three sacks in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Cleveland also recovered a Joe Burrow fumble near the Cincinnati goal line in the game, which wasn't as close as the final score indicates. Myles Garrett led the way as he was the one who forced the Burrow fumble on a sack in the third quarter. The Browns offense cashed in on that turnover two plays later on a Nick Chubb one-yard touchdown run. Cleveland's defense has another plus matchup in Week 3 against the Washington Football Team.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. caught four of his six targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Beckham and Baker Mayfield connected for a pretty 43-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give Cleveland their second TD of the evening. That went in the books as Beckham's first score of the 2020 season. The star receiver has now drawn 16 targets through the first two games of the season, totalling seven catches for 96 yards. He will be a solid WR2 in Week 3 when he faces the Washington Football Team.
Indianapolis Colts rookie wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (toe) was a limited practice participant on Thursday after not showing up on the injury report on Wednesday. Pittman should be good to go on Sunday against the Vikings as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. The talented big-bodied receiver played fewer snaps than Zach Pascal in the season opener, finishing with two catches for only 10 yards in his NFL debut. Even if tight end Jack Doyle (ankle, knee) doesn't play, Pittman is too far down the pecking order in Indy's passing game to be considered a viable fantasy starter in most leagues.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry caught three of his four targets for 46 yards in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. It was a quiet game for Landry, who can normally be counted upon to see more than four targets in most games. That being said, the Cleveland offense under new head coach Kevin Stefanski wants to be run-heavy, which will cut into Landry's looks. Landry has caught eight of 10 targets for 107 scoreless yards through the first two games of the season. He will take on the Washington Football Team in Week 3.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson (ankle) practiced on a limited basis on Thursday for the second straight day. Johnson was listed as week-to-week after suffering an ankle injury last Thursday in the season opener, but it looks as though he's made some quick progress. However, even if the 27-year-old winds up playing against a nasty Ravens Defense this week, he'll be a desperation flex play in PPR leagues. Buddy Howell is set to be the primary backup to David Johnson if Duke Johnson has to sit this one out.
Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper caught two of four targets for 21 scoreless yards in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. It was another quiet game for Hooper, who only caught two passes for 15 yards in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. There was some hope he would have more chances in Week 2 after David Njoku was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week. It didn't help that the Browns only attempted 23 passes in a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicates. With just four catches for 36 yards through two games, Hooper is slipping into low-end TE2 territory in fantasy. He will look to rebound in Week 3 against the Washington Football Team.
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb carried the ball 22 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Chubb also tacked on a nine-yard reception on the way to Cleveland's first win of the season. It was an excellent performance for Chubb, who had a quiet game in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens. He capped off Cleveland's first drive with an 11-yard TD run and then scored on a one-yard plunge in the third. Chubb now has 185 rushing yards and two touchdowns after the first two weeks of the season. He will be a strong play in Week 3 against the Washington Football Team.
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt had a big day in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Hunt carried the ball 10 times for 86 yards and a score while adding two catches for 15 yards and another TD in the winning effort. Hunt got wide open behind the closest defender on his touchdown reception, an easy six-yard grab near the right pylon toward the end of the second quarter. He later tacked on what would be Cleveland's final score on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. The veteran running back has been busy over Cleveland's first two games, racking up 23 rushes and six receptions. The new Cleveland coaching staff seems more inclined to use Hunt than the previous regime did in 2019, which bodes well for his fantasy value going forward. Hunt will be a solid option in Week 3 against the Washington Football Team.
Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle (ankle, knee) missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday. The Pro Bowl tight end is now in serious doubt to play in Week 2 against the Vikings. With Trey Burton already on the shelf with an injury, Mo Alie-Cox would be forced into a starting role if Doyle can't suit up this weekend. Doyle played 54 offensive snaps in the Week 1 loss to the Jaguars and was targeted four times, finishing with three catches for 49 yards. For now, consider Doyle a very shaky TE2 this weekend. He'll need to get in at least a limited practice on Friday to have a shot at playing. Receivers T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell and rookie Michael Pittman Jr. could see more targets if Doyle is inactive.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (ankle) and wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Diontae Johnson (toe) all returned to practice on Thursday. Conner, who was an injury disappointment in 2019, was injured in the season opener and gave way to an efficient Benny Snell Jr. If Conner can avoid setbacks on Friday, he should be ready to go for Week 2 against the Broncos, although it's fair to wonder how much time he'll split with Snell. Snell will be the more attractive RB3/flex for fantasy managers until the Steelers show that they're willing to go back to Conner as the featured back. Smith-Schuster and Johnson should both be fine and could both feast against a young and inexperienced Denver secondary. Smith-Schuster had two touchdowns in Week 1 and is a must-start WR1. Johnson is more of a WR3/flex with upside now that Ben Roethlisberger is back and healthy.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 16 of 23 passes for 218 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in a 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2. Mayfield was effective in the win, finding Odell Beckham Jr. for a 43-yard score in the second quarter and a wide-open Kareem Hunt for a six-yard touchdown right before the half. It was a much-needed outing for Mayfield, who had begun to hear whispers that his starting job wasn't safe after a Week 1 loss. Mayfield heads into Week 3's showdown with the Washington Football Team with three touchdowns and two interceptions through two games.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (foot) returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday. Barring a setback, Brown should be expected to suit up in Week 2 against the Dolphins. The 30-year-old had six catches on a team-high 10 targets for 70 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Jets, but he should see a lot of cornerback Byron Jones this Sunday. Brown beat Miami for three touchdowns in his two meetings with them last year, but things might be a bit more difficult this time around. Don't forget that Stefon Diggs is Buffalo's top wideout. Treat Brown as a WR3/flex this week and don't expect a repeat of his Week 1 numbers.
Cincinnati Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) has been declared out for the Thursday night game after leaving the contest on a cart with an Achilles injury. The only good news here is that Uzomah had four receptions on six targets for 42 yards and a touchdown before departing with what looks to be a serious injury. He finished second on the team in receiving yards (45) in Week 1, too, catching four of his five targets. If Uzomah is forced to miss considerable time, Drew Sample should step in as the primary pass-catching tight end for rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. A long-term injury would also likely mean more targets for the receiving corps of A.J. Green, Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins and John Ross.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (foot) was limited in practice on Thursday, while left tackle Tyron Smith (neck) sat out. With La'el Collins and Cam Erving already on Injured Reserve, Smith's injury is one to watch heading into Week 2 against the Falcons. Cooper should be good to go this weekend as long as he doesn't suffer a setback in practice on Friday. If he were to sit out on Sunday, rookie CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup would see more targets in the passing game, especially with tight end Blake Jarwin out for the season. But if Cooper is active as expected, he'll be a surefire WR1 against a defense that was carved up by Russell Wilson in Week 1.
On the heels of Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp's long-term contract extension, head coach Sean McVay said that the team wants to give wide receiver Robert Woods an extension next. "We want to get him extended, too. He's a huge part of what we're doing. So, that's something that, I think, is definitely important," McVay said. Woods had six catches for 105 yards in the Week 1 win over the Cowboys, and the 28-year-old has back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Kupp might be quarterback Jared Goff's favorite target, but Woods isn't far behind. He has a consistent target share in this offense and is one of the safest WR2 options in football. Against a leaky Philly secondary, Woods has WR1 upside in Week 2.
Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 138 yards in his first NFL game and leads the league in that department after just one week, but the young back needs to improve near the goal line. He gained minus-two yards on six carries in goal-to-go situations against the Texans. Running backs coach Deland McCullough suggested that the rookie would remain the team's goal-line back in Week 2 against the Chargers. "Although it was a good performance, he knows he left some things out there on the field that could have helped us to be better," offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said. Fantasy managers shouldn't worry, as CEH should continue to see a big workload. He's a must-start each and every week in this explosive Chiefs offense.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day and is unlikely to play in Week 2 against the Raiders on Monday night at this point while dealing with a high ankle sprain that he suffered in Week 1. It's a really tough blow for those that took the All-Pro wideout in the first round of their fantasy drafts, but you'll have to be patient as he works his way back. Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook should be the team's top receivers with Thomas on the shelf, with Tre'Quan Smith serving as the No. 2 receiver behind Sanders. Veteran quarterback Drew Brees will have a lower ceiling without his go-to target in the fold, but he could still put up QB1 numbers on Monday night.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (hamstring) practiced in full for the second straight day on Thursday, making it likely that he'll make his season debut in Week 2 against the Rams. Sanders was inactive for the season-opening upset to the Washington Football Team, with backup Boston Scott and company unable to get much going on the ground. With Alshon Jeffery still out with an injury and rookie Jalen Reagor being eased into things with his injury, Sanders should see plenty of work in his season debut, assuming he's close to full strength. Against a Rams Defense that was gashed by Ezekiel Elliott in Week 1, Sanders is a borderline RB1 this week.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson had a strong NFL debut in Week 1, rushing for 62 yards on 16 carries and adding a 28-yard reception. He played 68 percent of Jacksonville's snaps. While this Week 2 game against the Titans isn't prime for Robinson to have a breakout performance, his projected role gives him a relatively high floor and makes him worth a look as a fantasy flex option. No one else on the active roster right now should challenge Robinson for the job as the early-down back.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark Jr. caught a touchdown in Week 1, but also was targeted just three times, catching all of them for 25 yards. Against a good Titans Defense this week, Chark's got a lot of downside. His low volume of work last week could be an anomaly, but it could also signal that quarterback Gardner Minshew II is set to spread the ball around this season, limiting the upside of each of his weapons. Chark's still the top fantasy receiver here, but there's a lot more risk than there was in 2019, even if it's really tough to justify sitting the third-year wideout.