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Sunday, September 17, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 2 WRAPUP 1:00 GAMES

-It was another ugly week for Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton who completed just 20-of-32 throws for 228 yards with zero scores or picks.  While it was nice for Newton not to turn it over, he remains nothing but a backup fantasy football QB like I said he was prior to the season beginning.  As overrated as it gets.

-We pity anyone who had to go against New England Patriots QB Tom Brady this week.  Coming off a dud of an opener, a pissed off Brady was all that was needed for a monster day and that is what he provided as he completed 30-of-39 passes for 447 yards and 3 scores.  It was close to perfection for Brady who once again can never be doubted.

-Despite having motivation on his side in playing his former team and the Pats scoring a ton of points, New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks went bust as he caught just 2 passes for 37 yards in the win over the New Orleans Saints.  Cooks has made a career of being grossly inconsistent and he has had two underwhelming outings to begin the season.  All those glowing preseasons projections of Cooks being a WR 1 are not looking silly.

-Maybe the Mitch Trubisky Watch is already on.  You can't blame Chicago Bears fans from dreaming of such a thing after seeing Mike Glennon complete just 31-of-45 throws for 301 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT.  Glennon also lost a fumble as he was completely overwhelmed in the blowout loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  While we don't expect such a move yet, Glennon should be avoided everywhere.

-J.J. Nelson stepped up for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday as he caught five balls for 120 yards and a score in the team's late win over the Indianapolis Colts.  With Larry Fitzgerald drawing defensive attention, Nelson took advantage of single coverage to have the nice outing.  Now in terms of fantasy football, Nelson has some WR 3 appeal given the always dicey health of John Brown but ideally you want him as a bench option to fill in when the byes arrive on the schedule.

-Just when everyone was ready to bury Cardinals QB Carson Palmer, the veteran went out and completed 19-of-36 throws for 332 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  The completion rate was not great and we are still not comfortable using Palmer in terms of starting for any fantasy football team but at least he is mounting a bit of a comeback.

-After a quiet opener where he no doubt worked off rust from being suspended, Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Martavis Bryant was back to his big-play self as he caught three passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.  We think Bryant will be extremely up and down on a weekly basis which can be annoying but he should have a spot as a fringe WR 3 guy going forward.

-While J.J. Nelson had a nice day receiving for the Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald went the other way as he grabbed just 3 balls for 21 yards.  It was pretty much a bust of a day for Fitzgerald but those are few and far between for the veteran.  Keep the faith.

-Already banged up with wrist and groin injuries, Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was a dud Sunday as he rushed for just 9 yards on 12 carries, while salvaging something out of his day by catching 6 balls for 34 yards.  Nothing was doing on the ground for the Bills and McCoy and so you have to wonder if the injuries were a factor.  We have said repeatedly that if you own McCoy, the best thing to do is sell high as the heavy workload and age could conspire for more trouble ahead.

-Kerwyn Williams was a hot pickup this week as the projected replacement for David Johnson as the starting running back for the Cardinals but he was ineffective Sunday in rushing for 22 yards on 9 carries.  Look for Chris Johnson to be the starter going forward as he outplayed Williams and thus carries some RB 4 value.

-Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt is 2/2 in terms of producting RB 1 numbers to begin his career after rushing for 81 yards and two scores on just 13 carries Sunday, while adding 3 catches for another 28 yards.  Basically Hunt is a must start each and every week and those who snagged him in the late middle rounds before Spencer Ware got hurt could have the value play of the year.

-Jack Doyle figured to be the biggest beneficiary of the dink-and-dunk Indianapolis Colts offense with Andrew Luck out and he showed this by catching 8 balls for 79 yards in the team's loss to the Arizona Cardinals.  Be that as it may, you don't want to own Doyle unless his QB is Luck as his upside is very limited.

-Donte Moncrief is showing that we may all have overvalued him the last few seasons as he caught just 2 passes for 18 yards on Sunday.  This was the second dud in two games for Moncrief who should be cut in all formats.

-Already banged up coming into the game, Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard was seen with a sling on his right arm after the team's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday.  Howard rushed for just 7 yards on 9 carries after being questionable all week with a shoulder injury and the easy projection is that he hurt it more in the game.  This would mean rookie Tarik Cohen would be more involved then ever before next week.

-After a quiet Week 1, Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco got into the swing of things in Week 2 as he completed 25-of-34 passes for 217 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT versus the Cleveland Browns.  We all know by now that Flacco only has value in two QB formats and even there he is as boring as it gets.

-Terrance West was supposed to at least split carries with Buck Allen in going forward with Danny Woodhead being out but that is not what happened Sunday as he rushed for just 22 yards on 8 carries.  While West did add two catches for another 23 yards, it is clear he is behind Allen in the running back pecking order for now.  West can be safely dropped as a result.

-Speaking of Allen, he had a nice game in rushing for 66 yards on 14 carries, while also contributing 5 catches for another 35 yards and a score.  It is obvious that Allen is the guy to own in terms of fantasy football and in particular he carries nice RB 2 value while Danny Woodhead is out in PPR formats.

-Mike Evans picked up right where he left off last season in terms of being a receptions hog; catching 7 passes for 93 yards and a score.  Typical Evans who was well worth the mid-first round price he cost at the draft table.

-While the encore is never as good as the original, Bears running back Tarik Cohen got his numbers in terms of fantasy football Sunday as he rushed for 13 yards on 7 carries, while adding 8 receptions for another 55 yards.  Cohen is a PPR guy all the way but we have to see what the status is of Jordan Howard and his shoulder injury in terms of if he can be useful in standard leagues in Week 3 also.

-It was ugly yet again for Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles Sunday as he completed just 20-of-34 passes for 223 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT's.  This is typical Bortles who is truly brutal and needs to be on every waiver wire.

-I mentioned it from the beginning of the season that Derrick Henry is a major threat to DeMarco Murray and his standing as the Tennessee Titans' starter and it took only two weeks for there to be a changing of the guard.  Having been drafted by the current coaching staff and front office, Henry rushed for 92 yards and a score on just 14 carries, while Murray got just 9 carries for 25 yards.  There is a ton of mileage on Murray and so this is a situation which needs to be looked at closely.



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