It’s not that Week 2 didn’t have scoring or drama- it just all seemed to come in just a handful of games. For the most part, points were at a premium and that makes for a whacky fantasy slate. The Fantasy Football Recap Week 2 looks back at the carnage with an eye on Week 3.
Regardless of how ugly the first two weeks may have been for your fantasy squad, it is far too early to panic. Keep proactively attacking the waiver wire and see how you can improve things. Try to figure out if your process is wrong or if it’s just bad luck. Be proactive, not reactive.
Let’s look back on the fantasy football recap Week 2 and see how we can prepare to get a win next week.
I didn’t search for #ZeroRB on Twitter but pretty good guess there is some high-quality gloating. Christian McCaffrey was the sole 100-yard rusher on Sunday afternoon and he barely eclipsed triple digits. Aaron Jones joined him in the night game, but no other running back topped 90.
Only nine running backs even produced a rushing score, and two of them were not even fantasy-relevant.
Meanwhile, wide receivers dominated. A full six wideouts scored multiple touchdowns Sunday and 11 topped the century mark.
Considering all the committee backfields and injuries, we old-school running back enthusiasts might need to adjust our strategies. While our precious rushers might eventually return to prominence, it’s hard to see the light at the end of that tunnel.
Those pesky pass-catchers keep stealing it.
Don’t Call It A Comeback
What was I saying about a glimmer of hope? No doubt LL Cool J was pleased that his New York Giants were one of the teams to come from behind to pull out a late victory. But that field goal versus the Panthers had nothing on some of the other comebacks.
New York trailed Cleveland 17-13 after three then both teams put the pedal to the metal in the fourth. The Jets ultimately prevailed both both teams combined for 30 fourth-quarter points.
Arizona looked dead to rights down 23-7 in the fourth before scoring 16 unanswered in the final period and walking it off with a fumble return score in overtime.
But the most bonkers contest was in Baltimore as the Dolphins were down 35-14(!) in the fourth quarter. Then TUA happened.
Behind Tua Tagovailoa‘s 469 passing yards and team-record 6 TD strikes, Miami completed an amazing come-from-behind victory. The Dolphins had +2500 odds at one point in the fourth and persevered.
This game alone accounted for 89.4% of the total fantasy production for the entire game. Ok, I made that stat up but that’s what it felt like.
The takeaway here is what I hit on at the top. Even if you’re struggling and off to an 0-2 start, it’s too early to panic. Keep fighting and things should even out.
Queue up Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell.”
Next Gen Guessing
The NFL is way behind other sports when it comes to analytics. When they catch up, the game we all know is going to change dramatically.
Until then, I like to peruse the NFL’s Next Gen stats. I found some interesting charts this week that I thought I’d share. The first person to tag me with the correct guesses in the FullTime Discord gets a prize.
The theme for this week seems to be the end of the workhorse running back. Even Jonathan Taylor was reduced to a mere nine carries against the…Jaguars? Clearly, it has become more important for us to track committee backfield and the fantasy opportunities from those teams.
Here are the fantasy opportunities from some of Sunday’s backfields. Opportunities means carries plus targets.
Atlanta – Cordarrelle Patterson 36 snaps, 11 opp.; Tyler Allgeier 19 snaps, 10 opp.; Avery Williams 15 snaps, 1 opp.
Baltimore – Kenyan Drake 15 snaps, 6 opp.; Justice Hill 21 snaps, 3 opp.; Mike Davis 18 snaps, 5 opp.
Cleveland – Nick Chubb 36 snaps, 20 opp.; Kareem Hunt 31 snaps, 15 opp.
Dallas – Ezekiel Elliott 41 snaps, 17 opp.; Tony Pollard 24 snaps, 16 opp.
Denver – Javonte Williams 47 snaps, 18 opp.; Melvin Gordon 23 snaps, 11 opp.
Detroit – D’Andre Swift 31 snaps, 10 opp.; Jamaal Williams 21 snaps, 13 opp.
Jacksonville – James Robinson 45 snaps, 25 opp.; Travis Etienne 26 snaps, 12 opp.
Los Angeles Rams – Darrell Henderson 35 snaps, 10 opp.; Cam Akers 27 snaps, 18 opp.
Miami – Chase Edmonds 36 snaps, 7 opp.; Raheem Mostert 39 snaps, 11 opp.
New England – Damien Harris 27 snaps, 17 opp; Rhamondre Stevenson 42 snaps, 10 opp.
New Orleans – Mark Ingram 25 snaps, 12 opp.; Tony Jones 34 snaps, 4 opp.
New York Jets – Breece Hall 20 snaps, 8 opp.; Michael Carter 42 snaps, 12 opp.
San Francisco – Jeff Wilson 37 snaps, 20 opp.; Tyrion Davis-Price 30 snaps, 14 opp.
Seattle – Rashaad Penny 20 snaps, 6 opp.; Ken Walker 12 snaps, 7 opp.
Washington – Antonio Gibson 40 snaps, 18 opp.; J.D. McKissic 34 snaps, 10 opp.
Week 3 Preview
Steelers at Browns (-3)
Saints at Panthers (+2.5)
Texans at Bears (-3)
Chiefs at Colts (+6.5)
Bills at Dolphins (+4.5)
Lions at Vikings (-7)
Ravens at Patriots (+3)
Bengals at Jets (+4.5)
Raiders at Titans (-1)
Eagles at Commanders (+4)
Jaguars at Chargers (-7)
Rams at Cardinals (+4.5)
Falcons at Seahawks (-1.5)
Packers at Buccaneers (-3)
49ers at Broncos (-1.5)
Cowboys at Giants (-3)
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