Fantasy Noise: Week 2 Recap
Updated: Sep 27, 2020
Thankfully, or mercifully, Week 2 has come to an end as injuries continue to pile up. If you’ve made it through this week unscathed congratulations you’re in the minority. Most likely your team has injuries though and if you’re 0-2 then you’re in trouble. Waiver wire transactions will be crazy this week. With injuries and some teams staring down a 0-3 record, FAAB budgets will be blown.
Around the league its "next man up" mentality as teams scramble to replace injured starters. The same should be done with your fantasy teams as waiver wire transactions are going to be fast and furious.
***Side note, Keep an eye on who was dropped after your league’s first round of waivers. There could be value there***
Along with the injuries, tight ends and high scoring players dominated fantasy headlines in week 2.
Let’s get to it!
Going into week 2 the injury report had a number of notable fantasy names on it. Coming out of week 2 though the amount of injuries is staggering. NFL and fantasy teams were decimated by injuries this week and now look to pick up the pieces as week 3 is fast approaching.
As always, look to team’s injury reports starting Wednesday for further information on these injury situations below.
- J. Garapollo High right ankle sprain, unlikely to play
- D. Lock Rotator cuff/labrum injury, out
- R. Mostert Knee MCL Sprain, likely out week 3
- S. Barkely Right knee ACL tear, out for season
- C. McCaffrey High ankle sprain, likely 4-6 weeks, on IR
- C. Akers Separated rib cartilage, didn’t practice Wednesday
- Malcolm Brown Broken finger, didn’t practice Wednesday
- D. Adams Strained hamstring, didn’t practice Wednesday
- C. Sutton ACL knee, out for season
- P. Campbell MCL/PCL knee, placed on IR
- S. Watkins Concussion protocol, 1st injury report Thursday
- J. Jones Hamstring, didn’t practice Wednesday
- J. Reagor UCL thumb, will miss multiple games
Josh Allen’s Passing
Josh Allen has always had fantasy value. That value though has been tied to his legs. Running for 8 and 9 touchdowns respectively the last 2 years will do that. It's his passing that has held him back from being a truly elite fantasy quarterback. Allen’s always possessed a strong arm but his completion percentage has never been above 58%.
What a difference a year makes as Allen is completing 70% of his passes on the year. He’s thrown for 729 yards (1st in the league), 6 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. His improved accuracy and the addition of explosive wide receiver Stefon Diggs has pushed Allen into that elite QB territory. At least through the first 2 games.
He’s still running like years past too, having rushed 18 times for 75 yards and 1 touchdown. This combined rushing and passing has led to some monster fantasy games. As in Week 1 he scored 35.6 points and week 2 had 45.6 points (ESPN PPR scoring).Averaging 40.6 points per game, Allen looks to stay hot this weekend at home against the Rams.
Aaron Jones Running
Early in his career the theme was always “free Aaron Jones”. Well the Packers did just that last season and Jones finished the 2019 season averaging 23.4 points per game and finished 4th in total points among running backs.
The common logic was that there was no way he’d be able to sustain his touchdown rate and efficiency from 2019 into 2020. This reflected in fantasy drafts as Jones was often drafted in the mid to late 2nd round and outside of the top 12 running backs.
Fast forward to present day and Jones’ numbers on the year are 34 rushes for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also has 8 catches on 78 yards and another touchdown. Averaging 6.9 yards per rush and 9.8 yards per reception, his numbers through 2 games are better than last seasons.
Jones’ first real test will come this weekend as he faces the Saints who are 8th in rushing yards allowed defensively.
Tight Ends Receiving
If it wasn’t for all the injuries, this would have been the week of the tight end. In total, 19 tight ends scored in double figures in week 2 and 17 touchdowns were scored by them. That doesn’t even include George Kittle, Mark Andrews, and Zach Ertz. Even back up tight ends, forced into action because of injury, had some massive games as well.
Darren Waller 12 16 103 1 29.3
Tyler Higbee 5 5 54 3 28.4
Mike Gesicki 8 11 130 1 28.0
Jonnu Smith 4 5 84 2 24.4
Travis Kelce 9 14 90 1 24.0
Jordan Reed 7 8 50 2 24.0
Dalton Schultz 9 10 88 1 21.8
Hayden Hurst 5 8 72 1 19.2
Noah Fant 4 5 57 1 17.7
Mo Allie Cox 5 6 111 17.1
Hunter Henry 6 8 83 14.3
C.J. Uzomah 4 6 42 1 14.2
Tyler Eifert 3 6 36 1 12.6
Evan Engram 6 8 65 12.5
Jordan Akins 7 7 55 12.5
Drew Sample 7 9 45 11.5
Robert Tonyan 2 3 25 1 10.5
Darren Fells 2 4 23 1 10.3
T.J. Hockenson 4 4 62 10.2
Kirk Cousins went 11/26 for 113 yards, 3 interceptions, and -2 fantasy points, that’s all we’ll say . . . . Justin Herbert went 22/33 for 311 yards, 1 TD 1 int., 18 rushing yards and another TD, 25.6 fantasy points, that’s all we’ll say . . . . Stefon Diggs season stats: 16 receptions on 22 targets for 239 yards and 1 TD, think he’s happy to be out of Minnesota? . . . . Atlanta/Dallas game produced 9 double digit fantasy scorers, Julio Jones wasn’t one of them . . . . Jerick McKinnon had 3 rushes for 77 yards and a TD, Coleman out and Mostert looking doubtful this week . . . . After 20 total touchdowns in 2019, Derrick Henry has 0 through 2 weeks, I’m thinking he scores this week, maybe twice . . . . Randy Bullock went 3 for 3 on field goals and 3 for 3 on extra points a week after suffering a mysterious calf injury while missing a potentially game tying field goal.