Sport Fantasy Football Bold Predictions: #RevengeGames on the docket in Week 2
Fantasy Updates: Javonte Williams, Zack Moss, Michael Carter among RB position battles affecting rankings
As Week 1 approaches, we dive into the top RB position battles among young backs, including Zack Moss, Javonte Williams, and Michael Carter. Fantasy rankings, sleeper lists, and cheat sheets are all in flux because of these players heading into 2021 drafts.Williams has a capable veteran RB in Melvin Gordon sharing the backfield with him, so he's had to earn his work this offseason. Michael Carter isn't in the most talented RB room in the league, but he was merely a Day 3 pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Day 3 picks often see uphill climbs to see a lot of action.
Every week, our Yahoo fantasy football crew will reveal their boldest predictions for the action ahead. It’s time to get bold for Week 2!
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Mike Williams finishes as a top-15 WR
Dalton Del Don: Williams looked great Week 1 in the Michael Thomas “X” role in new OC Joe Lombardi’s offense, racking up 12 targets while seeing plenty of air yards (and dropping a would-be second touchdown) in a tough matchup. The Chargers have one of the highest implied team totals in Week 2 while facing a Cowboys defense that allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers last season and just lost DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory.
Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, Cam Newton ahead of 2021 fantasy drafts
Quarterbacks Dak Prescott, Carson Wentz, and Cam Newton are in the news. Should you adjust your QB rankings? Get the latest injury updates ahead of your fantasy football drafts.For an updated take on Michael Thomas' fantasy value, click here. For a Deshaun Watson breakdown, go here. For position battle news, click here.
LA’s revamped offensive line is really going to help Williams, who finishes as a top-15 fantasy wideout in Week 2.
Sammy Watkins finishes as a Top-20 receiver
Matt Harmon: The #RevengeGame narrative is only part of the juice here. Watkins actually had great usage metrics in his debut with Baltimore. The veteran led the team with a 36.2 percent share of the air yards, eight targets and 37 routes run.(per BetMGM), that sort of volume is absolutely worth chasing. For all your hurt fantasy feelings about Watkins over the years, there's no denying he's a massive upgrade as an outside receiver over some of the dregs Baltimore has rolled out for Lamar Jackson in recent memory.
Quintez Cephus shows out on Monday night
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Fantasy Injury Updates: Latest news on Jalen Hurts, D.J. Moore, Stefon Diggs, more ahead of 2021 fantasy drafts
Key players, such as Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith, Stefon Diggs, and DJ Moore, continue to pop up on preseason injury reports. Get the latest updates ahead of your fantasy football drafts.For updates on injured QBs Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz and banged-up RB Saquon Barkley, click here. For news on injured WRs Michael Thomas, Kenny Golladay, and more, click here. For injury news regarding Justin Fields, D'Andre Swift, and Justin Jefferson, click here.
Scott Pianowski: I recognize that when it comes to the Lions, we're excited about the Big 3 (Swift, Williams, Hockenson). That's totally fine. But Cephus made some splash plays in garbage time last week, and you can't have a total zero at the receiver slot. Cephus has a profile that could grow into a consistent goal-line role. He'll score and have decent yardage Monday..
Andy Dalton outproduces Trevor Lawrence and Carson Wentz
Liz Loza: Dalton will flirt with top-20 fantasy numbers in a revenge game against the Bengals. I want the Justin Fields era to begin in Chicago immeasurably more than I want to be right about this take, but Dalton could post numbers in Week 2. Last Sunday, Kirk Cousins (another QB with a narrow usage tree, relying on his ground game and defense to win games) recorded over 350 yards (over 320 before OT) while battling the Bengals. Narrative street aside, the matchup allows for Dalton to pass for an easy 260 yards and 2 TDs.
Fantasy Football Fallers: Players Stock on the Decline
These players are dropping down fantasy football draft boards, but it's possible some of them are becoming draft day values We are inching closer and closer to the start of the 2021 NFL season, and with that, we also see an obvious increase in the number of fantasy drafts. I was in two over the weekend, drafting in the King's Classic League (14 teams) at the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the first annual Hall of Fame League (HOFL), a 10-team format. READ MORE: Fantasy Football RisersDuring these drafts loaded with the top analysts in the business, I noticed some big changes in the value of several players.
Noah Fant finishes as a top 3 TE
Troy King: Some matchups just scream “START ME!”
Noah has a FANTastic (pun intended ) matchup against the pitiful Jacksonville Jaguars defense — who were blown out by the hapless Houston Texans in Week 1. The Jaguars allowed tight end Pharaoh Brown (who?!) to finish as a Top-12 tight end and set a career-high in receiving yards (67). YIKES.
Last week, Fant finished as TE10 while posting 6 receptions on 8 targets for 62 yards. He was top-five among tight ends in target share (23%) and 7th in air yards (55). With Jerry Jeudy placed on IR, Fant should see increased opportunity in routes and targets.
Did I mention he was going against the Jaguars?
Cordarrelle Patterson Goes for a Fantasy Double-Double
Jennifer Eakins: Yes, I know it's a basketball term but it applies to what Patterson is capable of this weekend. With how awful the Falcons offense performed in Week 1, some creativity is in order and who better to see it through than Patterson. He is technically the RB2 behind Mike Davis, but his receiving prowess makes him versatile and dangerous. The Buccaneers are stout at defending all fronts but look for Atlanta to utilize the 30-year-old in non-traditional ways. Patterson could post 25+ yards on the ground with another 25+ via the air.
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Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 2 lineup advice, best matchups, DFS picks .
It's only Week 2, but in another unpredictable season, you can bet fantasy football owners have plenty of start 'em, sit 'em questions. Vinnie Iyer has lineup advice and NFL DFS picks to help you keep winning or rebound after losing your season-opening matchup.The good news (or bad, depending how you look at it) is ever team is in action, and aside from Raheem Mostert (knee), Jerry Jeudy (ankle), Michael Gallup (calf), and Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip), there weren't too many notable injuries last week (that we know of). Most fantasy squad will have their full complement of players at their disposals, so it's important to evaluate usage and matchups.