Welcome to the big time! Here are the stars of week 2 that likely helped you win your matchup.
Lamar Jackson – Action Jackson strikes again! Lamar Jackson is the 2nd highest scoring quarterback in fantasy football through two weeks, behind only Patrick Mahomes. The Ravens and Chiefs are about to face off in a super showdown of epic proportions. This is why we play fantasy football.
Patrick Mahomes – It’s legitimately insane when you stop to think; Patrick Mahomes is the highest scoring fantasy football quarterback of week 2, and he did not throw a touchdown for 3 quarters of that game.
Josh Allen – Josh Allen is King of New York. After beating both New York teams in back to back weeks, Allen continues to cement himself as a safe floor in fantasy football thanks to his running ability. His rushing score was enough to make him the 9th highest scoring quarterback of week 2.
Dak Prescott – Still trying to prove he’s worth his impending contract, Dak Prescott is making a case that he should be among the highest paid quarterbacks in the league. Not only is he 2-0 to start the year, but he’s doing it in style, dropping multiple touchdowns every game. Dak finished as the second quarterback in scoring this week, thanks to a 69-yard run he ripped off on Sunday. Nice.
Austin Ekeler – In what appears to be a scene straight out of Space Jam, Austin Ekeler has somehow stolen Alvin Kamara’s talent. Through 2 weeks, Austin Ekeler is the number one scoring running back in all of fantasy football (PPR leagues). That’s crazy for a guy who was a handcuff 3 months ago.
Dalvin Cook – I’ve been down on Dalvin Cook’s value in the past, but that was an issue of health, not talent. Cook is clearly the Vikings best offensive weapon right now, and he’s being deployed perfectly in Gary Kubiak’s system. Unless he’s hurt, Cook could push to finish as the top scoring running back in fantasy football over the course of the entire season.
Raheem Mostert – Quickly becoming a must start, Colonel Mostert, is establishing himself in the 49ers running back room as potentially the best player. Although I still think Matt Breida is ultimately a more talented runner, Mostert shows fantastic burst, ability to hit the hole, and is perhaps more durable than Breida, who’s constantly playing through something.
Aaron Jones – It took a week, but Aaron Jones finally got going against a pretty tough defense in the Minnesota Vikings. If Jones can just maintain the volume he saw on Sunday, he’ll be locked and loaded as a weekly RB1.
Saquon Barkley – I’m only including someone as obvious as Saquon Barkley here because of the news that Danny Dimes is taking over in New York. This means a potential boost to the already ridiculous value that is Saquon Barkley.
Julio Jones – Remember when Julio Jones couldn’t find the endzone? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Calvin Ridley – Meanwhile, just across the hash marks from Julio Jones, his teammate Calvin Ridley showed out against a weak Eagles secondary. Ridley finished in the top ten of wide receiver scoring in week 2. This could be a regular occurrence for the Falcons, who can absolutely support two top ten fantasy wide receivers all season long.
Emmanuel Sanders – Rising from the ashes is no phoenix, it’s Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders is the veteran go-to option for Joe Flacco, especially in the red zone, as displayed by his 11 catches and the go-ahead touchdown and two point conversion that should have sealed the game for the Broncos. It was a good day for Sanders, and there are more to come.
Demarcus Robinson – At this point, just give me any Chiefs wide receiver, and I’ll take my chances.
Kenny Golladay – Marvin Jones is no longer the primary receiver in Detroit. This role now belongs to Kenny Golladay. Golladay’s touchdown catch was a man’s play, and the big body receiver had more targets than all the other wide receivers combined.
Travis Kelce – Travis Kelce re-established his dominance as the best tight end in football with a beautiful touchdown grab from the electric Patrick Mahomes. He led the team in catches and was second in targets behind only Sammy Watkins.
Mark Andrews – Kelce may have re-established himself, but it was actually Mark Andrews who finished as the top scoring tight end in week 2 and is the highest scoring tight end in all of fantasy football through 2 weeks. Talk about a fast start for the super sleeper.
Will Dissly – Will Dissly is the missing piece in the Seahawks passing attack and has been the favorite red zone target thus far. He pulled in 2 touchdowns on Sunday, making him the third highest scoring tight end of the week. I doubt he scores 2 touchdowns every week, but at tight end, 1 touchdown can make or break your week.
Vance McDonald – Vance did the Vance Dance while wearing his Vance Pants as he doubled up on touchdowns, catching 2 on Sunday. This is exactly what you were hoping for when you drafted Vance McDonald, and this week at least, you got it.
New England Patriots – In one of the most putrid performances I’ve ever witnessed, the Miami Dolphins got beaten like a red-headed stepchild. Not only could they not move the ball, let alone score any points, but Fitz-tragic threw 2 interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Absolutely abysmal performance from the Fins, but hopefully, you were one of the lucky people to start the Patriots.
Cleveland Browns – This was essentially a no-brainer once it was announced that Sam Darnold was out with mono, but the Cleveland Browns showed up and did their jobs, shutting down an underwhelming Jets offense.
San Francisco 49ers – Maybe the most surprising defense of 2019, the 49ers are actually the second highest scoring defense in fantasy football. The 49ers will now get a favorable matchup against first time starter Mason Rudolph, so I believe this defense will continue to rack up fantasy points for the few fantasy football owners who are streaming them.