Should you’ve been studying this article, you realize I’ve my issues about Ben Roethlisberger. You recognize who is not involved about Roethlisberger, not less than for Week 2? Jamey Eisenberg, who tabbed Massive Ben as his Begin of the Week for his upcoming matchup Sunday in opposition to the Raiders.A part of it’s in regards to the state of affairs the Raiders are going through, touring throughout the nation for a 1 p.m. ET begin coming off a grueling extra time win over the Ravens on Monday evening. That cross-country, west-to-east, early-start recreation is all the time powerful for West Coast groups, and it is virtually unfair they need to do it with a day much less of relaxation than the Steelers. Jamey additionally likes the matchup typically, even with out that context, in addition to the truth that it is the house opener for the Steelers. That is plenty of arrows pointing up for Roethlisberger. You possibly can learn extra of Jamey’s ideas on Ben and get the remainder of his requires Week 2 in his Begin ‘Em & Sit ‘Em column proper right here. Right this moment’s e-newsletter can even function Dave Richard’s Begins and Sits, Sleepers and Busts column for Week 2, in addition to my ideas on a number of the greatest questions heading into the week. And, if you’d like your questions answered immediately, subscribe to the Fantasy Soccer Right this moment YouTube channel and be part of Adam Aizer, Dave Richard and I at 2 p.m. ET for our begin/sit stay stream. We’ll be discussing the entire newest information and answering your hardest lineup questions, and we’ll be there each week to be sure you’re prepared for the primary lineup lock of the week.
Prepare for Week 2 with our different preview content material right here: Hold a watch out for tomorrow’s e-newsletter, the place I will preview each recreation this week, together with full damage report updates from across the league. Here is what else immediately’s e-newsletter will cowl: 2️⃣Dave Richard’s Week 2 Preview❓Greatest questions❓🆚TNF Preview: Buccaneers vs. Cowboys🚑Week 2 Harm WatchThere are the plain calls, after which there are those you need assistance with. Dave Richard goes by every recreation to establish probably the most attention-grabbing matchups and largest lineup dilemmas for Week 2. Listed here are a few of his prime picks for this week. Yow will discover the remainder of his recommendation for Week 2 right here:StartsJa’Marr Chase — “The one issues Chase dropped in Week 1 had been the jaws of his preseason detractors. He regarded like a sure-fire first-round decide to me. Psychological errors value Chicago on two deep landing catches final week in opposition to artful, however not essentially athletically dominant, wideouts. In whole, the Bears allowed a median of seven.0 yards after catch per reception, fourth-worst on the week. Psychological errors can get cleaned up, however it does not imply the Bears will not get examined. You could be certain the Bengals will strive dialing up some performs for Chase, who commanded a 26% goal share in his first recreation with no drops.”James Robinson — “The Jaguars forgot about their run recreation final week, throwing on 11 of 12 performs within the first quarter and 21 of 30 within the first half. Chances are high they had been centered on attacking the Texans secondary and letting Trevor Lawrence let it rip. Down 20 at halftime, they actually could not afford to abruptly turn into balanced. My hunch is that they will make use of a extra balanced method this week in opposition to the Broncos, helped particularly by Denver’s legit secondary. Financial institution on extra carries and a few good receiving numbers for Robinson, who averaged 5.0 yards per tote final week because of an added burst to his recreation from final 12 months.”SitsJaylen Waddle — “Of the 27 cross performs Waddle was in final week, he ran a route over 10 yards downfield solely six instances. Receivers like that want constant quantity, and I am undecided Waddle is a cinch to resume his 22% goal share final week with Will Fuller coming again to the Dolphins offense. The flipside to that’s Fuller’s presence will undoubtedly open issues up beneath for Fuller. It is an unknown if the Dolphins can take benefit. The Payments cross protection regarded principally nice final week, holding the Steelers to beneath 200 passing yards. Work beneath the belief that Waddle is sweet for possibly 12 PPR factors, which is why he is a flex choice at finest in PPR. There are others on the market with extra upside.”Tyler Boyd — “I need to consider in Boyd, particularly after the Rams ate up middle-field targets in opposition to the Bears final week, however it’s fairly clear the place he stands within the Bengals’ hierarchy. Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins merely provide extra explosiveness to Joe Burrow, which the quarterback clearly was conscious of final week (Chase had seven targets, Higgins had six, Boyd had 4). However in a detailed recreation the Bengals went deep into extra time in, Burrow nonetheless threw the ball simply 27 instances versus 35 run performs. Chicago’s cross protection is exposable, however I am simply not sure Cincinnati will throw a ton, nor am I sure Boyd will see an uptick in work even in a positive matchup. It looks like a entice to begin Boyd as something apart from a PPR flex.” SleepersJames Conner — “Conner out-touched Chase Edmonds final week, however it was a byproduct of the Cardinals salting the sport away as half of Conner’s 16 carries got here within the fourth quarter (Edmonds had three fourth-quarter carries). Conner undoubtedly has his function locked up as the ability again and clock-killing again, however Edmonds has the passing downs function in addition to a bit of the operating downs function when the sport is within the steadiness. That needs to be the case in opposition to the Vikings, whose run protection allowed a bunch of yards to Joe Mixon final week, however it was over 29 carries by practically 5 quarters. I believe Edmonds could have a great shot to repeat final week’s numbers (106 whole yards) because the Vikings’ zone-preferred protection might yield loads of receptions to the operating again. And do not rule out Conner as a landing scorer in what’s anticipated to be one of many highest-scoring video games of the weekend. “Juwan Johnson — “Possibly one of the best factor Johnson did over his 12 snaps final Sunday (yep, simply 12) was alter to 2 off-target throws from Jameis Winston for touchdowns. He is acquired strong pace for a man his measurement, however it’s the size he provides as a pass-catcher that makes him interesting, particularly for somebody like Winston who does not throw with pinpoint accuracy. Should you begin him, you are hoping the Saints coaches preferred his athleticism and provides him extra routes to run, notably when the Saints get contained in the 10-yard line. Guys like Rob Gronkowski, Tyler Higbee and Jared Cook dinner ought to begin forward of him. He is completely price a roster spot, so get him if he is nonetheless on the market.”Bust CandidateCorey Davis — “It is fairly apparent that Davis isn’t solely the Jets’ finest receiver, however their finest offensive participant. You possibly can wager your left shoe Invoice Belichick’s protection can be keyed in on him in order that they do not yield a fluke rating just like the Panthers did on his first landing final week. It is a play like his second landing on an out route deep within the pink zone that it’s important to sweat out should you sit him. However the reality is that the Jets’ O-line is a large number and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson is about to see every kind of unique coverages meant to journey him up. You should not even really feel that nice about him as a flex this week.”
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On Wednesday, I took to Twitter to reply a few of your greatest questions heading into Week 2, writing about Brandon Aiyuk, backfield splits, Juwan Johnson and extra. Additionally on Wednesday, CBS Fantasy Editor Dan Schneier surveyed the FFT staff with some large questions of his personal about early draft regrets and our Week 2 breakout and bust calls. As a result of, whereas we acquired loads of solutions in Week 1, we had been nonetheless left with a lot extra questions that you simply want solutions to.
Listed here are my solutions to a few of these questions, and take a look at each of these items to see in case your questions had been already answered. Which participant do you most remorse not drafting sufficient?Joe Mixon. I used to be very, very excessive on Mixon coming into this season, and I used to be keen to draft him as early because the 1-2 flip in all leagues. However I solely ended up with him in a couple of leagues, and I ought to have made that extra of a precedence. The one downside was, should you had been drafting within the first half of the primary spherical, you wanted him to slide to 18th or later to snag him, and also you could not all the time rely on that. He is a top-four RB for me for Week 2, and I feel he will have a monster season within the function we have all the time needed for him. Which participant do you now want you had drafted much less?I do not assume there’s anybody I actually remorse, although I am not precisely feeling nice about having Julio Jones on greater than half of my groups proper now. Not that I am panicking, however Week 1 was discouraging, for certain. Hopefully the Titans line can play higher shifting ahead, as a result of I nonetheless definitely consider within the expertise.
Which participant will escape in Week 2?Najee Harris. Should you’re fearful about him in any respect, do not be. He solely had 45 yards on his 16 carries and simply the one catch, however he acquired the Le’Veon Bell remedy in his first NFL recreation, enjoying each single snap for the Steelers. He’ll presumably get a breather sooner or later, however it’s clear Pittsburgh views him as a professional three-down again it will possibly lean on, and that is going to result in top-12 manufacturing virtually by default, even when this offense is not nice. Ought to I drop Brandon Aiyuk?I imply, you definitely do not need to see the top coach calling your fifth-round pick this early within the season. Shanahan is a finicky coach, and he does not care a lot about draft inventory or perceived hierarchies; he is simply going to play who he thinks offers him one of the best probability to win. I assume meaning Aiyuk will see his function improve shifting ahead, however there are shades of Dante Pettis on this — Pettis, should you bear in mind, entered 2019 because the projected No. 1 large receiver and a preferred breakout candidate however discovered himself in Shanahan’s doghouse following a disappointing coaching camp.However to reply the query, you shouldn’t be dropping Aiyuk, and I view this as a really good shopping for alternative. Possibly Aiyuk by no means will get again in Shanahan’s good graces, however he is additionally much more gifted than Pettis ever was, so I will wager on it. That being mentioned, I used to be skeptical he was going to be a must-start Fantasy choice earlier than this, and I am undoubtedly not sure he is a greater participant than Deebo Samuel, who regarded unbelievable in Week 1.
Time to fret about Zeke and Julio? I feel each can be superb, however I am much more assured in Ezekiel Elliott than I’m Julio Jones for Week 2. Elliott will get guard Zack Martin again and the Chargers ought to current a better problem than the Bucs did — the Cowboys largely deserted the run in Week 1 very early on, and it isn’t arduous to see why given the opponent. He is nonetheless a must-start Fantasy choice. As for Julio, I am nonetheless rating him as a WR2 for Week 2, however I undoubtedly need to see him and Ryan Tannehill get on the identical web page rapidly. That’ll be simpler when Chandler Jones hasn’t established semi-permanent residence of their backfield, so hopefully that is the week they determine it out. However I would be mendacity if I mentioned I wasn’t a bit bit fearful.Ought to we fear in regards to the Falcons offense? Not notably, but, although I am unable to shake the considered how a lot they struggled final season when Julio Jones wasn’t enjoying. In seven video games the place Jones was inactive, Matt Ryan averaged 6.6 yards per try with a 4.0% landing price, properly under his profession charges of seven.5 Y/A and 4.6%. The addition of Kyle Pitts was supposed to assist mitigate a few of that, and I do assume Ryan goes to play higher shifting ahead. Nevertheless, one factor to keep watch over is that, in conditions the place the purpose differential in opposition to the Eagles was inside one rating both means (36 offensive performs), the Falcons ran the ball 53% of the time; they threw 62% of the time final season in such conditions. That was rather more consistent with Arthur Smith’s play calling in 2020 with the Titans, which is a bit regarding for the passing recreation. 🆚TNF Preview: Giants at Washington All strains from Caesars Sportsbook Line: Washington -3.0; 40.5 over/underImplied totals: Washington 21.75-Giants 18.75What to count on: Woof, that is an unpleasant O/U. However, on condition that neither offense regarded notably good, Washington is beginning a backup quarterback and the Giants have a bunch of fellows who’ve been coping with accidents coming off a brief week. This one will in all probability be fairly ugly, and you do not need to have an excessive amount of publicity for Fantasy should you can keep away from it. I am nonetheless beginning Antonio Gibson and Terry McLaurin in all leagues. After that, there isn’t any must-start participant right here.
Key accidents: Evan Engram (calf) is out, whereas Saquon Barkley is the one related participant with a questionable tag for this one. It looks like a perfunctory designation, with Barkley more likely to be restricted at follow for the foreseeable future — he had the identical designation for Week 1. Now, that does not imply you need to begin Barkley simply because he is lively. I’ve him ranked as a No. 2 RB, however I can even acknowledge how a lot threat is concerned in enjoying him given the uncertainty about how a lot he’ll play. I am unable to blame you should you do not; Jamey has him as a sit for this week. What to look at for: Uh … I hope either side have enjoyable? I am having a tough time getting excited a couple of Taylor Heinicke/Daniel Jones matchup apart from the potential of some unintentional comedy. Nonetheless, if you are going to watch it, you need to see Barkley present a bit extra burst after going by a recreation with out breaking a deal with for the primary time in his profession in Week 1. It’ll even be attention-grabbing to see if Sterling Shepard nonetheless stays on the prime of the receiving hierarchy for the Giants. He ran nearly all of his routes from the slot and regarded wonderful within the first recreation. Do Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney turn into extra of a spotlight now that they have their toes moist and have practiced with out limitations? Additionally, does Washington proceed to attempt to scheme up targets for Gibson on early downs? And the way does Terry McLaurin look with Heinicke at QB? This won’t be a terrific recreation for Fantasy, however it could possibly be an eventful one by way of what it might imply shifting ahead. Notable participant propsSterling Shepard: OVER 4.5 catches — It is price noting that this prop is at -170 at Caesars, so it’s important to be fairly certain it is going to hit. And you have to be! Shepard averaged 5.5 catches per recreation in 2020 and 5.7 in 2019 and had 9 targets and 7 catches in Week 1. Possibly Golladay is able to take over because the No. 1 goal and Toney’s function will improve sufficient that he is greater than a gadget participant, however my expectation is that Shepard sees an analogous function to what he had in Week 1. Antonio Gibson: OVER 67.5 dashing yards — This one looks like a reasonably secure wager given the workload Gibson is more likely to see. He has topped 67.5 yards on the bottom in 4 of his final six full video games and can doubtless be requested to shoulder a heavy load with Heinicke beneath heart. And Heinicke’s mobility ought to assist open some dashing lanes for Gibson, too. Taylor Heinicke: UNDER 34.5 cross makes an attempt — Heinicke did try 44 passes in his lone begin final season, however that was within the playoffs in opposition to the Buccaneers, and 18 of these makes an attempt got here as they tried to return from behind within the fourth quarter. My expectation is Washington tries to play it conservative in opposition to a Giants offense they need to have the ability to deal with fairly simply. 🚑Week 2 Harm Watch The Massive Information: Odell Beckham has been dominated out for Week 2. Should you’ve been studying this article going again to coaching camp, you may know there have been issues amongst beat writers overlaying the staff that Beckham wouldn’t have the ability to play a full complement of snaps in September, however that is worse than I feared. In fact, the staff is probably going simply being cautious with Beckham, particularly with what needs to be a straightforward matchup in opposition to the Texans on the best way in Week 2. Nevertheless, you possibly can’t really feel notably assured that you will get a lot of something from Beckham for not less than a couple of extra weeks, making him a considerably questionable bench choice. Anthony Schwartz was unexpectedly one of many stars for the Browns in Week 1, however should you’re searching for a deep-league or DFS play with Beckham out, Donovan Peoples-Jones is probably going nonetheless the higher choice, given his 80% snap share. Neither is greater than desperation play.
I will have a full breakdown of the damage report in Friday’s e-newsletter together with my preview of every recreation, however this is a have a look at some notables from the primary follow participation experiences of the season. And, fortunately, it is really a reasonably gentle record!Accidents to look at for Week 2It’s not clear what these accidents imply fairly but. Josh Jacobs (toe/ankle) — Jacobs was fairly beat up Monday evening, and I’d count on the Raiders to be fairly cautious with him as they prep for the Steelers Sunday. At this level, I am anticipating Jacobs to play regardless of not practising, but when he does not, Kenyan Drake would in all probability be a top-25 RB even in opposition to a troublesome matchup. Marquise Brown (ankle) — The Ravens held a walk-through follow since they performed Monday, so he was estimated as a did-not-practice, which tells us little or no about how regarding this damage is likely to be. We’ll know extra after Thursday’s follow, and hopefully Brown can be alright coming off a extremely sturdy first recreation. Gabriel Davis (ankle) — It isn’t clear at this level how severe this damage is, however Davis was unable to follow to open the week, so we won’t ignore it. He is a boom-or-bust play in deep leagues because the Payments No. 4 WR, however he stays price stashing for the upside. Trending up for Week 2This does not imply they are going to play, however we acquired excellent news about them Wednesday. Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) — Aiyuk was a full participant Wednesday, so the damage appears to be of little concern at this level. Now, the priority is about whether or not he is in Kyle Shanahan’s canine home, and whether or not he’ll have the ability to get himself out rapidly.Jamison Crowder (COVID) — Crowder is hoping to be cleared to return to follow Thursday, and can be lined as much as begin in Week 2 in opposition to the Patriots if all goes based on plan. He’ll doubtless begin within the slot, with Corey Davis and Elijah Moore primarily manning the outsides, and will have some attraction in PPR leagues. Zach Ertz (hamstring) — Ertz left Week 1 briefly with the damage, however was in a position to play by it, and NFL Community’s Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday there was “no nice concern” for Ertz’s standing at this level. He is only a low-end beginning TE, but when he does miss time, that may push Dallas Goedert up even increased into the ranks. Anthony Miller (shoulder) — Miller would have been obtainable in an emergency in Week 1, and is anticipated to return Sunday in opposition to the Browns. He suffered a separated shoulder within the staff’s preseason opener, which has been an ongoing difficulty for him over time. Whether or not he’ll step into the beginning lineup or break up time with newly acquired Danny Amendola, who scored a landing in Week 1, stays to be seen. Miller might want to show himself earlier than he has a lot Fantasy relevance. Trending down for Week 2This does not imply they will not play, however they are not shifting in the suitable route but.
Rashaad Penny (calf) — Penny is anticipated to overlook a couple of weeks together with his damage, however it seems to be like he will not go on IR. Alex Collins is more likely to be the first backup to Chris Carson in his place. Tyrell Williams (concussion) — Williams should be cleared by the NFL’s concussion protocol, so there isn’t any telling if he’ll swimsuit up in Week 2. If he does not, Quintez Cephus ought to get the beginning in Williams’ spot, and he really led the staff’s large receivers in targets with seven. He’ll solely have attraction in deep, deep leagues, however keep watch over him. D’Wayne Eskridge (concussion) — As with Williams, Eskridge has to undergo the league’s protocol to be cleared. The Seahawks like him and his big-play capacity, however he solely has attraction in Dynasty leagues proper now even when wholesome.