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Fantasy Week 2 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: Matt Ryan, Jared Goff

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Fantasy Week 2 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Matt Ryan, Jared Goff

It’s Week 2 and we are in the full swing of the 2020 NFL season. Hopefully your fantasy team(s) started off 1-0 and you’re well on your way to a championships in your league .

There are plenty of juicy Week 2 matchups to exploit in your favor — including a potential shootout between the Falcons and Cowboys — as well as some you should avoid — like the Broncos on the road against the Steelers.

Below are some good plays for the second week of the 2020 NFL season, as well as some other players you should consider avoiding.

If you need a streaming option or injury fill-in, check out Week 2 waiver wire pickups here. 

Who to Start in Week 2

Matt Ryan (QB), Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys

Will Ryan be the new Jameis Winston for fantasy? Probably not quite there yet, but Ryan did attempt a whopping 54 passes in Sunday’s shootout against the Seahawks. He completed 37 passes for 450 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and finished seventh among quarterbacks. Ryan should post at least a mid-tier QB1 finish this week against the Cowboys in what has all the makings of another shootout. Dallas just lost a crucial piece to their defense in Leighton Vander Esch due to a collarbone injury, and this game has the highest projected point total at 52.5.

J.K. Dobbins (RB), Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans

Dobbins tallied seven carries for 22 yards and two touchdowns in his Ravens debut. Mark Ingram saw more touches, but the rookie posted better numbers for fantasy and finished as RB15 for the week. He now faces off against the weak Texans run defense, which allowed fellow rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire to run all over them in Week 1. Both Dobbins and Ingram have RB2 upside this week.

Jonathan Taylor (RB), Indianapolis Colts vs. Minnesota Vikings

The offseason dispute of if or when Taylor would take over the Colts’ backfield was unfortunately decided on Sunday with Marlon Mack’s achilles injury. Mack is done for the season, and it should be interesting to see how Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni deploys Taylor — who rushed nine times for 22 yards and caught all six targets for 67 yards — and popular Week 2 waiver add Nyheim Hines. The working assumption is that Taylor will see more early down work, with Hines utilized more as a change-of-pace option. The rookie is a top-12 play this week against the vulnerable Minnesota defense and behind one of the league’s top offensive lines.

Emmanuel Sanders (WR), New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders

Wide receiver Michael Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday’s win over the Buccaneers. It was initially reported that Thomas didn’t think he would miss time, but Tom Pelissero reported on Tuesday that the reigning Offensive Player of the Year is now expected to miss “several” weeks. This is a devastating blow to the pass-happy Saints, who will have to pivot to Sanders, Tre’Quan Smith and tight end Jared Cook while Thomas recovers. Sanders — who scored in his debut for New Orleans — is a solid, high-upside flex play in a favorable matchup against a Raiders defense that was exposed by a less-than fearsome Panthers passing attack.

Darius Slayton (WR), New York Giants at Chicago Bears

Slayton had a massive game in Monday night’s loss to the Steelers and finished as the fifth-best receiver in fantasy. He caught six of nine targets for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He appears ahead of receiver Sterling Shepard (6-6-47-0) and tight end Evan Engram (2-7-9-0). The second-year receiver’s chemistry with quarterback Daniel Jones should continue to develop this week against the Bears defense, which isn’t nearly as fearsome as it once was. Slayton should also fall in the high-upside flex range with Sanders.

Dallas Goedert (TE), Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams

In spite of the Eagles’ offensive line woes in Sunday’s surprising loss to the Washington Football Team, Goedert — not Zach Ertz — managed to finish as the top tight end in half PPR. He caught eight of nine targets for 101 yards and a touchdown and should see a healthy target share in light of the Eagles’ lean receiving corps. Even if all the receivers were healthy, the Eagles frequently deploy 12-personnel sets and can support two fantasy-relevant tight ends. He should be a mid-tier TE1 this week against the Rams secondary that is exploitable after Jalen Ramsey.

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Who to Sit in Week 2

Jared Goff (QB), Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles

Goff disappointed fantasy managers in a big way in Week 1 against the Cowboys. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 275 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception and finished as the 29th-best quarterback. The Eagles’ pass defense should be an above average unit this season, which isn’t good news for Goff this week. Avoid starting him in one-quarterback leagues.

Boston Scott (RB), Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams

Scott was a Week 1 bust after being highly touted as a PPR lock in light of Miles Sanders’ injury. He finished with nine rushes for 35 yards and caught two passes on two targets for 19 yards. Sanders may return for Week 2’s home matchup agains the Rams which would efface Scott’s value for fantasy almost entirely, but even if Sanders misses more time, it’s difficult to trust Scott, especially behind the Eagles’ atrocious offensive line that allowed eight sacks against Washington in Week 1.

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D’Andre Swift (RB), Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

Swift broke the hearts of Lions fans and fantasy managers on Sunday after dropping what would have been the game-winning touchdown. Before that, he received the lightest workload of any of the Detroit running backs including renaissance man, Adrian Peterson. He salvaged the day for fantasy with a goal-line carry for a touchdown and finished with three three rushes for eight yards and three catches on five targets. The Georgia product has been dealing a leg injury which could partially explain his utilization, but this backfield is crowded with Peterson and Kerryon Johnson. Sit Swift and any other Lions running back if you can.

Courtland Sutton (WR), Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers

Sutton was a game-time decision in the second “Monday Night Football” matchup of the evening, but ultimately did not play due to a shoulder injury. There’s a good chance he starts this week, but managers should try to find a backup plan against a lights-out Steelers outside secondary comprised of Joe Haden and Steven Nelson. Drew Lock actually looked solid in the team’s heartbreaking loss to the Titans, but the second-year quarterback could take a step back here in a very tough matchup. Avoid any of the Broncos not named Noah Fant and Melvin Gordon this week.

Jamison Crowder (WR), New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers

Crowder was actually the lone bright spot in the Jets’ dismal season opener on Sunday against the Bills. He caught seven of 13 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown and finished as the eighth-best receiver in fantasy. Much of that production was thanks to a nice 69-yard touchdown which could have easily been a fluke. He and quarterback Sam Darnold will face a formidable opponent in the 49ers, whose defense is still top-notch. Sit Crowder in this tough matchup if you have better options on your roster.

Mike Gesicki (TE), Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills

There was a lot of hype this offseason around Gesicki, who had all the makings of a third-year breakout. That was until offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was brought out of retirement to help this inert Dolphins offense. The bad news for Gesicki is Gailey doesn’t feature tight ends heavily. This, coupled with Ryan Fitzpatrick looking more tragic than magic, resulted in a lackluster stat line of three catches on five targets for 30 yards on Sunday. He has serious bust potential against the Bills, who are notoriously tough against the tight end position.

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Fantasy Injury Updates: Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, Kenny Golladay, more impact Week 3 WR rankings

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In addition to all the injuries coming out of Week 2, there were a handful of top wide receivers who missed action altogether due to injury: Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, Kenny Golladay, A.J. Brown and Jamison Crowder. Those five guys have a chance to make it back for Week 3, but their availability will be known more once practice reports and more news come out as the week goes on. Right now, they’re big question marks impacting our Week 3 wide receiver rankings and affecting possible sleepers to pick up off the waiver wire.

For all the latest fantasy injury news and updates, check back here and on Twitter @SN_Fantasy

MORE WEEK 3: Best Waiver Wire Pickups

Michael Thomas injury update

Thomas missed the Saints’ game in Las Vegas on Monday night due to a high-ankle sprain he picked up late in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. The initial reports had suggested Thomas would miss multiple weeks with the injury, although he wasn’t ruled out for Monday until the weekend despite not practicing all week. NOLA.com broke down other reasons why Thomas’ injury could keep him out a number of weeks, too.

There’s always a chance Thomas feels compelled to rush back with the Saints’ passing attack in disarray, but players do historically miss multiple weeks with high-ankle sprains. Emmanuel Sanders only had one catch in Thomas’ absence, while Jared Cook and Tre’Quan Smith were the main beneficiaries. Smith is worth a waiver pickup if still available in 12-team leagues, especially for Thomas owners. 

WEEK 3 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Chris Godwin injury news

A late hit to the head in Week 1 kept Godwin out of Week 2 as he dealt with the NFL’s concussion protocol. Godwin made it out of concussion protocol Monday, though, according to Pro Football Talk. At this point, only a setback would keep Godwin out of Week 3 against Denver.

It’s safe to plan on starting Godwin in fantasy this week, especially with Denver’s defense dealing with numerous injuries. Godwin’s return pushes Scotty Miller back to the brink of fantasy irrelevance, although he could still matter some weeks in PPR formats.

Will Kenny Golladay play Week 3?

Golladay has missed the first two games of the season due to a hamstring injury. According to ESPN, the Lions’ top WR is expected back for Week 3 when the Lions take on the Cardinals.

A return to the field for Golladay should mean a return to fantasy lineups for a solid WR2 option, especially against an underwhelming Arizona defense. Golladay’s return makes Marvin Jones Jr. nothing more than a flex play, while Danny Amendola and Quintez Cephus only retain value in very deep leagues. 

A.J. Brown injury update

Brown missed Week 2’s game with a bone bruise on his left knee. Reports from the weekend suggest there’s still a chance Brown’s injury keeps him out longer. Brown didn’t practice Thursday or Friday last week, so a return to the practice field would be the best sign that he could be on his way back.

Adam Humphries has PPR utility if Brown remains out, but a Brown return means he’s the top option in this passing attack and a great play against the Vikings in Week 3, with Corey Davis returning to a flex-level play. Ryan Tannehill looks likely to continue his consistent play regardless, but a Brown return can only help him in Week 3’s favorable matchup.

WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Jamison Crowder injury news

After a big Week 1, Crowder missed Week 2 with a hamstring injury. Crowder missed Thursday and Friday practice last week, but his injury isn’t expected to be long-term, and he could be back as soon as this week, according to ESPN.

Breshad Perriman is also dealing with an injury and looks less likely to play in Week 3, so Crowder could be looking at all the targets he can handle. He’s a flex option in PPR leagues against the Colts. Chris Hogan and Braxton Berrios have some PPR intrigue only if Crowder and Perriman are both out. 

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“Big Rides Out There” – Free Agent Erik Jones Opens up on 2021 NASCAR Plans

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Erik Jones is one of those free agents for the 2021 season who are still on the hunt for a seat. The likes of Hendrick Motorsports or Chip Ganassi Racing come to mind as potential destinations for the 24-year-old driver.

Erik Jones opened up about the same in a recent interview, he said, “There is stuff going on, we have been in a lot of talks with different teams and trying to find an opportunity. It’s a tough environment. There’s definitely teams that are struggling to find sponsorship and to find money.”

“It’s challenging, but like I said there are big rides out there, and hopefully, I can get an opportunity with one of them and built a relationship with sponsors to go out and be a contender.”

“We’re moving along and hopefully within the next few weeks or month I hope we can announce something.”

READ MORE- Who Can Replace Jimmie Johnson, a Veteran or a Youngster?

Strong Finish for Erik Jones at Bristol

Erik Jones is the driver of the No. 20 Toyota for the Joe Gibbs Racing team. The 24-year-old racer won’t be driving for the Joe Gibbs Racing group in 2021. The group has headed out in different directions with the driver, despite the fact that he is having a pretty decent 2020 NASCAR season with 7 top-5 finishes.

Jones finished third during Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops Night Race 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. He began the race from the back of the field as his vehicle fizzled pre-race review twice. Jones was able to make a solid rebound as he completed stage 1 in the sixteenth position. Before the finish of stage 2, Jones was in the top 10. He completed the second stage in the ninth position.

While his teammate Kyle Busch was battling for his first victory of the season with Kevin Harvick, Jones completed the race in the third position. This matches his best finish of the season.

 

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Why Rob Gronkowski has been invisible in Buccaneers offense

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Rob Gronkowski is two catches and 11 yards ahead of the pace he set last year … in retirement.

The Buccaneers tight end has not been a significant part of the passing attack with best bud Tom Brady and, if you believe coach Bruce Arians, that may not change anytime soon.

“Not really,” Arians said Monday when asked if he was surprised about Gronkowski’s lack of receiving production. “He got a nice pass interference call for us [and we] missed him on the over route.

“We’re not throwing the ball 50 times to tight ends – that’s what we have receivers for [and] that’s the way our offense is built. Gronk’s playing great run blocking in the fourth quarter, so I’m not concerned with his pass catches or his targets.”

Gronkowski had a quiet opener in the Buccaneers’ loss to the Saints and then went without a catch in Sunday’s victory over the Panthers. The 31-year-old sat out last season and was then traded from the Patriots in order to join Brady in Tampa Bay. In 2018, Gronkowski was no longer the dominant threat he had been in previous seasons finishing with 47 catches.

The hope was that he would come back revitalized after a season away and his body recovered. Gronkowski, however, is now a part of a much more talented skill group than he was in New England. Brady has Mike Evans, Chris Godwin (missed Week 2) and O.J. Howard at his disposal.

Arians, who criticized Brady after Week 1, does not think defenses are focusing on Gronkowski.

“I don’t think they’re paying that much attention to him,” Arians said. “Tom has the ball [and] he decides where it’s going, so he’s reading the defenses and he’s taking whatever they’re giving him. We don’t force passes to anybody.”

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