Need some quick tips to assemble your fantasy lineup for Week 2? We’ve combed the far reaches of the Internet and culled only the choicest fantasy tips and advice for your consumption. Below you’ll find easily digestible nuggets from multiple fantasy experts, addressing some of the critical situations fantasy owners will face from week to week.
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Doug Baldwin, WR, Seahawks: Baldwin has a right medial collateral sprain and Seattle Coach Pete Carroll doesn’t believe the team will have him back for a couple weeks.
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jaguars: It appears the Jacksonville running back will be a game-time decision for Sunday’s contest against the Patriots. Fournette owners have been down this road before as he was banged up for a few games during his solid rookie campaign. T.J. Yeldon, available in 50 percent of ESPN leagues, should be scooped up.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons: Freeman did not practice for the second day in a row Thursday as he nurses a knee injury. We’ll get a better idea with Friday’s injury report. While his draft status would typically make him a lock for lineups, he’s also staring at a matchup with the Panthers. Carolina limited Ezekiel Elliot to 69 yards rushing, though he did score a touchdown. Update: Freeman has been ruled out for this Sunday’s game.
Will Fuller, WR, Texans: The Houston wide receiver may play Sunday, but he could be limited as he looks to get back to 100 percent after suffering a hamstring injury during the preseason. Monitor his status, but owners should consider other options and plan on a healthier Fuller returning in Week 3.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers: Goodwin suffered a deep bruise to his quadriceps in the season opener, failing to haul in a single reception as he departed early. Things are not looking up for Week 2 as Goodwin was not able to practice Thursday. Given how Goodwin finished in 2017, developing a strong rapport with San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, he has upside once he’s back on the field. If he’s not active this weekend, the 49ers will likely lean on Dante Pettis. Pettis caught two balls for 61 yards and a touchdown in the season opener. San Francisco hosts a Detroit Lions defense that was just embarrassed on national television so Pettis, owned in just 3 percent of ESPN leagues, stands to receive a good amount of targets.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Buccaneers: The downside to Jackson’s big opening week was that he suffered a concussion. The good news is he returned to practice Thursday, though it’s unclear if he has passed concussion protocol. Tampa Bay faces the Eagles and while Jackson would love nothing more than to stick it to his former team, it’s unlikely he will match Week 1’s success.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans: Mariota looks like he’ll play Sunday when Tennessee faces Houston. He suffered an elbow injury in Week 1 and now faces a solid Texans defensive unit. Those two factors alone should justify keeping Mariota on the bench. Update: Mariota likely to share playing time Sunday.
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers: For the second season in a row, Carolina will be without the services of its talented tight end. Olsen suffered a broken foot in 2017 and it appears he has injured the same foot. The Panthers are not placing him on injured reserve quite yet, but he’s expected to be out a minimum of five to six weeks.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy says it’s not a done deal that Rodgers (knee) will play Sunday. Rodgers missed practice Thursday and his status for Sunday’s matchup with the Vikings is up in the air. Update: The Packers are waiting to see if Rodgers can go through a light workout on Saturday; he’s listed as questionable.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: Pittsburgh has the QB listed as questionable with an elbow injury, but Roethlisberger participated in practice Friday and will be on the field for Week 2.
Peyton Barber, RB, Buccaneers: With Tampa Bay jumping out of the gate in Week 1 and lighting up New Orleans for 48 points, owners of the Bucs’ tailback probably thought he had a big day when glancing at the NFL scoreboard. That was hardly the case. Instead, Barber tallied 69 yards rushing and failed to be targeted in the passing game. While I often encourage owners not to overreact to opening-week performances, it would be hard to recommend Barber in Week 2 against the Eagles. Philadelphia gets some added help defensively and likely isn’t going to let Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bucs run wild. While leaving Barber on the bench against the Eagles is probably wise, he still has a good chance to be fantasy-relevant this season with rookie tailback Ronald Jones banged up and still getting acclimated.
Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks: For those that drafted Carson, there were some positives and negatives in his Week 1 effort. The good news is Carson looked solid, rushing seven times for 51 yards and adding three receptions for 28 yards. The bad news is that Carson fumbled and had the same amount of carries as Rashaad Penny. Given that he averaged more than seven yards a carry, Carson owners have to hope that Seattle Coach Pete Carroll opts to give his tailback a few more opportunities. It’s not a terrific matchup with Khalil Mack now leading an improved Bears defense, but some owners might not have a better option. The hunch here is Carson will be serviceable.
Royce Freeman, RB, Broncos: Freeman had a decent game in the season opener, but there’s been some panic by his owners with his backfield mate Phillip Lindsay chipping in so nicely vs. the Seahawks. While Lindsay certainly deserves a roster spot, Freeman owners should still have confidence moving forward. Week 1 showed that both can be successful and nothing about the Broncos’ Week 2 matchup against the Oakland Raiders should prevent Freeman owners from installing him in the lineup. For those wondering about Lindsay, he’s available in 42 percent of ESPN leagues.
Chris Hogan, WR, Patriots: One of the biggest disappointments in Week 1 was the production by the New England wideout (one reception for 11 yards). Now he gets a date with the stingy Jacksonville defense. And while the initial lean was to recommend benching Hogan, that is undoubtedly a difficult decision because … well, it’s the Patriots’ offense. Given what is expected of Hogan, the idea of taking him out of the lineup seems like an overreaction. There is reason for optimism after all. And some of the pundits didn’t stop there; some actively encourage going after Hogan. Obviously against a tough defense like the Jaguars, there’s a risk, but a bounce-back effort is possible as well.
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Will Dissly, TE: Seahawks: Perhaps it was just a fluke performance in Week 1, but when a player finishes with 105 yards and a touchdown, he’s at least worth further analysis. He sure looked good on his 66-yard connection with Russell Wilson. Those owners who lost Delanie Walker for the season might be in need of a new tight end, or perhaps Dissly can provide an alternative if your current TE fails to produce in the coming weeks. One computer model has full confidence Dissly will produce in Week 2. While ownership of the Seattle tight end picked up this week, he remains available in 78 percent of ESPN leagues.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Patriots: One would think hauling in seven receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown would lead to Dorsett becoming a hot commodity, and while he was barely owned at the beginning of the week, he still remains available in 73 percent of ESPN leagues. While I won’t go as far as saying he’s the team’s best wideout, Dorsett still could be a player of impact for New England. It might not be this week in a tough matchup vs. the Jaguars, but if you are in dire need of a WR3/flex play, Dorsett certainly has upside.
***This post is updated each Friday afternoon for additional information on injuries and other player-related news.