Fantasy football recap week two
Morgan Douglas – Sports Editor
The chaos which was week two of the NFL season has come and gone, and there are some fantasy managers either feeling themselves at 2-0 or starting to sweat a little at 0-2. It is not time to hit the panic button yet if your team is off to a slow start, but there are plenty of players to keep a close eye on going forward. Saquon Barkley has never had a great offensive line to run behind for the New York Giants, but this did not matter back in 2018 when he looked like the same superfreak athlete he was in college. Two injury-plagued seasons and a sluggish start to this one must have those who spent a high draft pick on him concerned. At least Barkley’s 41-yard run against the Philadelphia Eagles showed he still has some big play ability, but maybe 2018 Barkley scores a touchdown on it. Barkley’s teammate, receiver Kenny Golladay is off to a similar slow start when it comes to connecting with quarterback Daniel Jones.
It is hard not to believe in Golladay’s ability, but the situation he has landed in, signing with the Giants as a free-agent in the offseason, has not been ideal in the early going.
He still has time to bounce back, but if he is seen to be visibly upset with Jones on the field again in week three, it might be time for concern.
If fantasy managers want to look elsewhere this week, avoiding their Giants players might not be a bad idea.
Tony Pollard looked sharp on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys. He had 140 scrimmage yards, including over 100 rushing yards.
Pollard is unlikely to usurp Ezekiel Elliott as the lead running back in Dallas, but he has carved out a significant role in the offense for himself, and certainly looks like the faster player to this point.
Outside of deeper leagues and superfans, there are not a lot of people starting the New York Jets in their fantasy lineups.
Nor should they after the ugly display by rookie quarterback Zach Wilson and his four interceptions on Sunday. Stay away until further notice.
This is just breaking, just getting word that Tom Brady is good at football. The legendary quarterback threw for an impressive five touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons and their poor defense on Sunday afternoon.
All of Brady’s pass-catching weapons were able to feast outside of Antonio Brown, who got left out in the cold with only one reception, but Mike Evans was able to bounce back from his week one stinker by scoring two touchdowns.
Week one waiver wire darling, San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell, did not reward those fantasy managers who spent a good portion of their free-agent acquisition budget or a high priority claim to roster him.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan likes to use multiple running backs, he does not care about fantasy football or the feelings of those who play. He is busy trying to win games. ‘Shanahanigans’ are a real thing.
Good luck predicting their backfield from week to week.
Thankfully, as of this writing before the Monday night game, there was no catastrophic injury to any key fantasy relevant players.
Guys got banged up, to be sure, quarterbacks in particular, but nothing to create a clear opportunity for a new name to reach weekly relevance for fantasy teams.
Wide receivers like Tim Patrick, Rondale Moore, Zach Pascal and K.J. Osborn will find their names in waiver wire columns, YouTube videos and podcasts this week, and rightfully so. With running back being the scarcer position though, someone will chase the points scored by a certain Atlanta Falcons running back who scored two touchdowns on Sunday.
Cordarrelle Patterson is to fantasy football as the word fetch is to the movie Mean Girls. Stop trying to make it happen. Do not chase those two touchdowns.
It may still be too early for most fantasy managers to be serious about trading some of their high draft picks, but it is not too early to check in with the people who have Barkley, George Kittle, or Alvin Kamara on their team to see if there is a buy low opportunity there.
Conversely, the people who have Pollard or Cooper Kupp should at least be receptive to entertaining trade offers while those players are at the peak of their value.
Not saying sell high, or sell at all, but be open to conversations.
There is plenty of football left to be played. This marks a new week of chaos. So, set those lineups and hope for the best.