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Hype/Gripe: Week 2

It was an exciting week one! Not going to lie, it was a little weird in the fantasy football world, but exciting nonetheless. I hope you were able to crush your opponent like a grape in week one, but if not, time to reevaluate and get your life back on track! Fantasy football is love, fantasy football is life.

In this article, I will be hyping up some players this week, but also will share some gripes on a few others. There is one thing I need to stress: this is not a start/sit article. You can use it as a tool to decide who to start/sit, but not every “hype” means “start,” and vice versa. All “hype” means is I think that player will out-perform their current value and projections. This means I think a player who is a “gripe” will under-perform based on their current value and projections. Questions, comments, or discussion? You can do that in the comment section, or continue this conversation on Twitter @FantasyFlurry.


Quarterbacks Who Are Hyped for Week 2

Eli Manning, vs NO: November 11, 2016- Eli Manning throws for 350 yards and six touchdowns in his loss to the Saints. Since that game, six out of the nine quarterbacks to play the Saints passed for over 300 yards. The quarterbacks who didn’t still played alright: Hoyer, Winston, and Stafford combined for 641 passing yards with six touchdowns and only one interception. Eli is a no-brainer start, and he should be a lock for 300 yards with multiple touchdowns.

Marcus Mariota, vs DET: Detriot’s defense did not look great last week when they gave up the second-most passing yards (368), and the Titans’ offense showed signs of improvement. Since the Lions have a fairly good offense, this could put pressure on Mariota and the Titans to put up points. He can do it through the air or with his legs, so he is a good option this week.

If You’re Desperate: Trevor Siemian looked pretty good in his first start against Carolina on Thursday, and now he gets to face a Colts defense that gave up the third-most passing yards last week (332). This alone should boost his value, but he also had an extended week to prepare after playing on Thursday, AND it’s a home game. If you’re a nervous Tyrod Taylor owner, Siemian should be a good fill-in option this week.


Quarterbacks Who Get Gripes for Week 2

Russell Wilson, vs STL: Let me reiterate something, this is NOT a start/sit column. An injured Russell Wilson will go to LA to face a Rams team who was embarrassed on Monday night and will be playing their first game in their new home. The Rams will come out with emotion and energy, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a fairly close game.

Alex Smith, vs HOU: Alex Smith lands in this position this week because of the hype I’ve heard others have about him. He had a good game on Sunday, but I don’t see him being a top-10 QB this week, especially against the Texans. He obviously has a pretty high floor, but calm down about Alex Smith.


Running Backs Who Are Hyped for Week 2

Adrian Peterson, vs GB: Peterson really struggled last week, but he notoriously plays well against the Packers. I think he feels like he needs to make up for last week a little bit, and his downhill, power-running should be effective against the Packers since their defense is soft in the middle. It sounds like Sam Bradford will start this week as of now, and just his presence should improve the offense across the board. Opposing defenses have to respect his arm.

DeAngelo Williams, vs CIN: DeAngelo looked fantastic on Monday night, and now he faces a defense that gave up 155 total yards to Matt Forte last week.

If You’re Desperate: Rashad Jennings and the Giants face the Saints this week. No hard-hitting analysis here, you can connect the dots.


Running Backs Who Get Gripes for Week 2

Devonta Freeman, vs OAK: The #1 fantasy RB in 2015 had a nearly even split with snap count on Sunday with Tevin Coleman, who was the much better player. Freeman was drafted as a RB1 by many, and he is a RB2 this week at best.

Jeremy Hill, vs PIT: Hill owners were saved by a touchdown in week one, but I don’t think that happens this week. Since the Bengals play an explosive Steeler offense, I think they will do what they can to keep up on the scoreboard. This generally means Gio Bernard will get the majority of the snaps.


Wide Receivers Who Are Hyped for Week 2

Kelvin Benjamin, vs SF: After a rumored snap count for Thursday, Benjamin nearly doubled the number of snaps he was supposed to play and had success against a tough Broncos defense. The 49er defense looked good on Monday night, but I think Jeff Fisher and the Rams are to thank for that. The 49ers’ secondary is suspect, and I think that is what the Panthers will try to attack.

Sterling Shepard, vs NO: This will be a trend throughout the season: start your guys against the Saints. OBJ will draw a ton of attention, so Shepard will see the weaker of the Saints’ defenders. Think about that, a weaker Saint defender! Let’s also not forget about Eli Manning’s stats against the Saints in 2015: 30/41 for 350 yards and six touchdowns.

If You’re Desperate: Tajae Sharpe plays the Lions this weak, who I already explained gave up the second-most passing yards. He was a hot pick-up this week in the fantasy-world, and it’s with good reason! Someone has to catch passes for the Titans, and he does not have much competition.


Wide Receivers Who Get Gripes for Week 2

T.Y. Hilton, vs DEN: Hilton generally plays worse outdoors, and unfortunately for him, the team he plays outdoors is the Broncos. I said it before about Siemian, Denver has had a few extra days to prepare for this game, and I think they will be physical with Hilton from the first whistle.

Jeremy Maclin, vs HOU: I have gripes about his QB and gripes about him. If you take Maclin out of the game, it takes away a big percentage of the Chiefs’ passing-attack. I think the Texans will do exactly this and force the Chiefs to lean on Kelce and Ware.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers

Tight Ends Who Are Hyped for Week 2

Eric Ebron, vs TEN: The Titans have given up a touchdown in nearly 10% of the targets to tight ends since the beginning of the 2015 season, and they have also given up the eighth-highest passer rating to quarterbacks targeting tight ends. Ebron caught all five of his targets for 46 yards and touchdown last week, and I expect him to put up similar numbers again this week against the Titans.

Gary Barnidge, vs BAL: Yes, he got zero points for you last week. No, you do not need to freak out. Barnidge dropped his first two targets, then RGIII never looked at him again. Barnidge’s success last season came with Josh McCown, who is now the starter again. With McCown, he averaged more fantasy points per game than Rob Gronkowski. McCown is not going to force the ball downfield as much as RGIII generally did. He instead will look underneath to guys like Gary Barnidge.

If You’re Desperate: Dennis Pitta has fought his way back from some pretty nasty injuries, and he looks pretty good considering what he has gone through. He has a good match-up against the Browns this week, so look for the Flacco-Pitta connection to strengthen steadily over the next few weeks.


Tight Ends Who Get Gripes for Week 2

Kyle Rudolph, vs GB: Rudolph had a terrible game in the last meeting between the Packers and Vikings, and I believe it happens again. He will get lost in the coverage, and Minnesota may need to keep him on the line to stop the pass rush too.

Julius Thomas, vs SD: I think the Jaguars will be pretty effective in moving the ball, but I do not think Thomas will be involved much at all. I think the WRs and even Yeldon have pretty good games, so they won’t really need Thomas.

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