Week 2's Monday Musings with Kevin Tompkins

Week 2 is almost in the books! We saw some badly blown calls by referees, continued nonsense with pass interference being reviewed, and two teams trying to win with a two-point conversion in the closing minute of games. Lots of craziness, so let's get into my thoughts on Week 2! As always, feel free to shoot me a follow or if you need any start/sit questions answered, @ktompkinsii! Without further adieu...

Fantasy One-Liners

TB 20, CAR 14

  • Week 1 it's Ronald Jones, the next, it's Peyton Barber. Not a backfield you want to try and predict.
  • Chris Godwin looks very much like the WR1 in this offense.
  • If anybody has seen O.J. Howard's production (or the man himself), could somebody go back in time to this past June to clue me in? What a disappointment.
  • Something is definitely wrong with Cam Newton, is it the shoulder again? That said, he made the bit players (Greg Olsen, Curtis Samuel, and D.J. Moore) look great while the main eventer (Christian McCaffrey) had a very disappointing game himself.

SF 41, CIN 17

  • Raheem Mostert, welcome to the flex radar. 151 total yards will do that.
  • Pretty impressive performance overall by the 49ers as they didn't even need a big game from their best offensive player, George Kittle (3-54 on 3 targets) to amass close to 600 yards of total offense.
  • Cincinnati isn't going to stop anybody, but that's allowed Andy Dalton to look pretty solid in both games this season trying to come back from deficits. Could find himself on the streaming radar with QB injuries to some big names.
  • Tyler Boyd = 18 catches, 182 yards in two games. No touchdowns, but you love to see him stepping up with A.J. Green sidelined. Same with John Ross, with 270 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns thus far. Wait and see on Ross for his role when Green comes back, but for now, he's startable.

DET 13, LAC 10

  • Austin Ekeler is doing everything he can to make Chargers fans forget about Melvin Gordon, with 133 total yards and another touchdown. Intrepid drafters picking him up are looking pretty great right now.
  • We weren't sure about Mike Williams' return to the lineup given his injury and if he would be limited in aspects, but 3-83 on 5 targets is very encouraging.
  • Kerryon Johnson may not be where you want him to be as far as rushing volume, but he salvaged his day with a receiving touchdown. Still been disappointing relative to his draft position.
  • T.J. Hockenson is a rookie after all. 3 targets turned into 1 catch for 7 yards. Be patient with him.
  • If Matthew Stafford is right, Kenny Golladay is going to benefit greatly. 8-117-1 on the day for "Babytron".

GB 21, MIN 16

  • Aaron Rodgers looked great in the first quarter with two quick touchdowns, but then Mike Zimmer got a hold of him.  Still has yet to put a complete game together, but that should come soon.
  • #FreeAaronJones was freed. 150 total yards and a touchdown on 27 touches for Aaron Jones, that's the usage people have been wanting from him for the last 2 seasons.
  • All we know about the Packers pass catchers minus Davante Adams is... we know nothing. Which means, you can't start any of them with any shred of confidence.

IND 19, TEN 17

  • Not a banner game for any of the usual suspects on offense for the Colts, but T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron salvaged their fantasy days with touchdowns.
  • Say what you want about Derrick Henry, but he's riding some momentum from the end of last season with a very solid 15-81-1 line, adding 2 catches as well. There's a dinner plate with some crow on it, I'm about ready to eat.
  • An offensive lineman sniped a TD from the Titans pass catchers, so honestly, not a lot going on with Delanie Walker, Corey Davis or A.J. Brown.

NE 43, MIA 0

  • Sony Michel bounces back with a very solid 21-85-1 line, new Patriot Antonio Brown le the pass catchers with a 4-56-1 line on 8 targets. As long as he keep on the straight and narrow, he should be locked into WR1 production going forward.
  • The only interesting thing to take from the Dolphins side is Preston Williams with a 4-63 line, we'll see if this is something he can continue to build off of with last week's touchdown, but there's nothing to like about the Miami offense, on pace to be one of the worst ever.

BUF 28, NYG 14

  • Devin Singletary left Sunday's contest with a hamstring injury, so something to monitor. He chip in with a touchdown before leaving.
  • Frank Gore is a robot. 19-68-1 at age 36, where he looked great. He's not human.
  • John Brown continues to be pretty fantasy relevant, posting a 7-72 line on 8 targets. He was drafted towards the end and right now, is an extremely viable WR3 with upside for the 2-0 Bills.
  • Daniel Jones rumblings? Another game where Eli Manning looked pretty bad, so those rumblings may start to come up to the surface.
  • Bennie Fowler got 10 targets with no Sterling Shepard, an Evan Engram needed 4th quarter garbage time to salvage his day with 6-48. Engram and Saquon Barkley are the only players you should start until Shepard and Golden Tate return.

SEA 28, PIT 26

  • The first wrench in the Seattle run game: Rashaad Penny looking great. Granted, it was on the strength of a 37 yard touchdown run, but the stats are the stats. Chris Carson chipped in with 15-60, but there's no change in the workload as of yet.
  • The 1A/1B of the Seahawks pass catchers both were excellent on Sunday, with Tyler Lockett's 10 receptions on a career high 12 targets. This usage is incredibly encouraging to cement his usefulness in fantasy as a WR2 going forward. D.K. Metcalf is in easy flex consideration now posting another touchdown on 61 yards receiving.
  • Ben Roethlisberger left the game with an elbow injury and an MRI confirmed that surgery will be needed, thus ending his 2019 season just as it started. Mason Rudolph will be the quarterback for Pittsburgh going forward and this will certainly affect every Steeler player's fantasy outlook. He's a wait and see option in fantasy, must-add in dynasty.
  • Juju Smith-Schuster's outlook could be affected the most by the injury but as always, anything can happen (and usually does). James Conner left late in the game with a knee injury and at this time, there's no word on the extent of the injury but keep close tabs.

DAL 31, WAS 21

  • Dak Prescott is a locked in QB1. Fight me. 269 yards passing and 3 TD, plus 69 rushing yards (nice).
  • Ezekiel Elliott saw his first week of a normal workload, and he parlayed that into 111 yards and a TD. Ho-hum. Typical, consistent Zeke.
  • A solid day for the Cowboys pass game too, with 14.4 FPTS from Amari Cooper and 12.8 FPTS from Michael Gallup. It all hinges on Dak as far as both receivers being fantasy relevant, but ride the hot hand! 
  • Terry McLaurin is the easy WR1 for the Redskins, and with plenty of time for the team to come behind in games, he's a solid flex. I can get with this.

BAL 23, ARI 17

  • What more can we saw about Lamar Jackson? He's electric. He's an QB1. He may be the MVP right now. He's also making everybody around him better.
  • Like Mark Andrews, who is a locked in TE1 after a 8-112-1 game. He's looking like the top passing target for Jackson... for now. Marquise "Hollywood" Brown saw 13(!) targets against the Cards, catching 8. Brown is now a low-end WR3/flex option with obvious room to grow.
  • Kyler Murray now has two 300 yard games in a row to start his NFL career, and as he grows into his game, should only get much more better and dangerous. He's absolutely worth starting in 12 team leagues based on upside alone.
  • The hierarchy in the receivers' room reads: Christian Kirk/Larry Fitzgerald and everyone else. Kirk and Fitz both posted 100 yard games and Damiere Byrd gets involved with 7 targets. You can trust the first two as starters, good luck sorting out the rest.

HOU 13, JAX 12

  • A very non-descript game on both sides of the ledger, but a big takeaway is that Chris Conley and D.J. Chark look like the two to own in Jacksonville. Chark looking like the much higher upside option, Conley looking like the #2 option there. Dede Westbrook has disappointed save for a week 1 touchdown.
  • Carlos Hyde for Houston got a majority of the rushing work, with 20-90 on Sunday. He looks to be the favored option over Duke Johnson (only 6 touches) and is in flex consideration moving forward.

KC 28, OAK 10

  • Patrick Mahomes? Still pretty good... or something.
  • Demarcus Robinson with 6-172-2, Travis Kelce with 7-107-1, Mecole Hardman with 4-61-1, Sammy Watkins with 6-49 on 13 targets, there's room at the table for everyone here.
  • Keep an eye on the running back situation as both LeSean McCoy (ankle) and Damien Williams (knee) were both banged up Sunday. Could it be Darwin Thompson time?
  • Even in a losing effort, the main cogs of the Raiders offense still had quality days. Tyrell Williams caught a touchdown and Josh Jacobs was a yard shy of a 100 yard outing. We saw the continued rise of Darren Waller as well, with 12.3 FPTS. A lot to like here in Oakland.

CHI 16, DEN 14

  • It only took a week, but the Bears gave the ball to David Montgomery and he delivered with 68 total yards and a touchdown on 19 touches. Very promising and hope we get to see that going forward.
  • Emmanuel Sanders continued looking great (11-98-1) and a pronounced even split for the Broncos backfield (17 touches for Philip Lindsay, 16 for Royce Freeman) but both are solid flex options as it stands.

LAR 27, NO 9

  • Drew Brees hurt his thumb and left the game, allowing Teddy Bridgewater to mop up. Brees' thumb will require surgery and likely will be out 6 weeks. Clearly, we should see a renewed (even moreso) interest in running the ball with Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray, so they shouldn't be affected too much as far as fantasy value. Michael Thomas and Jared Cook however, likely take a bit of a dip down their respective positional rankings. Bridgewater isn't an immediate add outside of dynasty formats, but watch and see how he plays.
  • Cooper Kupp (5-120) and Brandin Cooks (3-74-1) paced the Rams' wideouts, an Todd Gurley got into the end zone as well. Gurley (19 touches to Malcolm Brown's 7) looked great Sunday and is starting to put to rest any issues with his knee in the short-term.

ATL 24, PHI 20

  • The Falcons' run game continues to struggle, but won on the strength of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. Jones with 2 touchdowns, caught a 54 yard pass to pull Atlanta ahead for good. Ridley (8-105-1) looked like the more dominant receiver on Sunday night, and opposing defenses have a lot on their plate defending these two.
  • There's reason to worry if you're a Devonta Freeman owner, with the offensive line injuries taking a toll on their rushing production. Could be a buy-low opportunity in the trade market though.
  • The injury report will be littered with Eagles' pass catchers as all that was left was Nelson Agholor going for 107 yards and 16 targets (8-72) to Zach Ertz.
  • The run game was virtually non-existent despite the injury situation for the Eagles. We did see a split with Miles Sanders (13 touches) and Jordan Howard (9 touches).

Early Top 5 Waiver Claims for Week 3!

5. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, SF

If you lost Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, or even Sam Darnold to the kissing disease, Jimmy Garoppolo put up almost 300 yards and 3 touchdowns and gets a shaky Steelers' pass defense next week. He could be a pretty solid short term option for you if you need a QB.

4. Frank Gore, RB, BUF

The ageless Frank Gore could be back in play after Devin Singletary injured his hammy Sunday against the Giants. Gore totaled 83 yards and a touchdown, and looked great doing it. He will see the Bengals next week, who allowed the 49ers to run all over them with 3 different backs.

3. D.J. Chark, WR, JAX

D.J, Chark-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo... thanks to Ryan for now getting that stuck in my head from Thursday's podcast. 9 more targets, 7 catches and another touchdown for Chark and he's rolling as the preferred option in the Jags' pass game. He's certainly worth an add and a start going forward.

2. DeMarcus Robinson, WR, KC

We don't know who is going to get what in this offense, but everybody that's involved gets a slice of pie. That definitely includes DeMarcus Robinson, who tore through the Raiders defense for a 6-172-2 line. His add may be a bit more speculative and volatile, but it's the Chiefs' offense. Get yourself a slice.

1. Raheem Mostert, RB, SF

151 total yards and a touchdown. With Tevin Coleman sidelined, Raheem Mostert was heavily utilized on Sunday in the 49ers blowout of the Bengals and that's still with Matt Breida receiving a ton of usage as well. Mostert has Pittsburgh up next and is a quality flex option going forward after his Week 4 bye.



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