Fantasy Football Roundtable: Week 2
Welcome to the Fighting Chance Roundtable where we bring you weekly important fantasy football advice and decisions and we always give you sleepers and busts. Last week Brian Drake told you to play John Brown, Kevin Tompkins named Tyrell Williams as a guy to play, Gary Haddow claimed Darren Waller, and Allie Fontana said to stay away from Robby Anderson. What gems will you find this week? Here is the Week 2 Roundtable with @garyhaddow1, @drakefantasy, @fantasygeek37, @ktompkinsii and me!
What Week 1 breakout receiver do you trust most in Week 2 and going forward? Michael Gallup, John Ross, A.J. Brown or Marquise Brown
Gary Says: Terry McLaurin. I’m trusting Gallup for his floor, and Hollywood for his upside. But my favorite long term play from the week 1 breakouts is Mclaurin. He seems to be the real deal, and his teams WR1 already. (Editor’s Note: Touche Gary, forgot McLaurin)
Kevin Says: Michael Gallup. It's been one week, but I'm aboard the Kellen Moore train, so give me MIchael Gallup. He was ballyhooed last season and had some solid games but really broke out last week. Can Dallas really support 2 top-30 wide receivers? I think they can with Moore's offensive creativity and burgeoning talent of Dak Prescott. My ticket is punched for that train.
Drake Says: Michael Gallup This is the easiest question of the week, it’s Michael Gallup. The second year Cowboy is a legit route runner. He plays with an ascending QB in a high octane offense where he’s the second option. He’s going to flirt with 800-1000 yards. If Amari Cooper ever misses time, wooooo boy.
Steve Says: Michael Gallup. Michael Gallup lit up the Giants in Week 1 for 158 yards on seven catches and he is the clear number two option in the very good Cowboys offense. AJ and Marquise Brown were each on the field for less than 50% of the team’s snaps and I worry what John Ross’ role will be in the Bengals offense once AJ Green returns, so this one is an easy choice for me.
Ryan Says: Michael Gallup. He started to show signs last year, and came out of the box like a madman in Week 1. Dallas will look to throw a little more this year than last and Gallup is a great, athletic target. He should be in your starting lineup each week.
Which running back will have the best Week 2? Adrian Peterson, Gio Bernard, Devin Singletary or Royce Freeman
Gary Says: Devin Singletary. Best Week 2 will be Devin Singletary. I’d normally lean AP, but in the Cowboys I trust (this season…)
Kevin Says: Gio Bernard. He is a must-start and should provide the most points among this running back group as long as Joe Mixon sits. He was RB6 with 36 combined touches in the two games when Mixon sat due to injury last season. He's a factor rushing and receiving. He's always been a dependable band-aid for fantasy in the same mold as DeAngelo Williams with the Steelers a few years ago.
Drake Says: I’ve been a Gio Bernard fan for years. Full disclosure I actually drafted him in my home league this year (then dropped him, doh!). Bernard was just handed a 10 million dollar extension this offseason is a more than capable backup. This new ‘Rams Light’ offense in Cincy allows him to catch balls and add value to his fantasy stock. Gio for days!
Steve Says: Devin Singletary. Joe Mixon practiced on Friday, so I expect him to suit up this week against the Niners, eliminating Gio Bernard. While Frank Gore had 11 rushing attempts versus only four for Devin Singletary, the rookie had five receptions on six targets in the passing game and looked like the much better player. The Bills also have the best matchup of this group as they take on the Giants, so Singletary should be the player to run with in Week 2.
Ryan Says: Devin Singletary. He might not get as many carries as the rest of the guys, but he is the most dynamic of the group. The Giants defense isn’t good at all, and Singletary should take another step forward to being the lead back in Buffalo.
You just lost Hunter Henry, which tight end owned in less than 50% of leagues should you grab? CJ Uzomah, Vernon Davis, Mike Gesicki, Noah Fant, Jack Doyle or Ian Thomas
Gary Says: Vernon Davis. After losing Hunter Henry for this week I am going Vernon Davis because I expect the Skins to have to catch up and they are down to McLaurin, Thompson, and VD. Did you see him hurdle defenders?!?!
Kevin Says: Jack Doyle. If I lost Hunter Henry, I'm picking up Jack Doyle out of that grouping. C.J. Uzomah is still ceding some snaps to Tyler Eifert, Ian Thomas played one snap with Greg Olsen starting (for now), Vernon Davis looked really good but goes back to a very dicey proposition when Jordan Reed is healthy, Noah Fant looked promising but I'm not sure I can trust the Denver offense outside of the running backs and Sutton/Sanders, and then there's Gesicki? Give me Doyle who will be on the field a ton, he should bounce back after a 1 catch effort last week.
Drake Says: Yuck. This group is disgusting. Unfortunately I’m in this exact situation in a league. I’m going to lean Mike Gesicki for a few weeks. It’s all about streaming at this point until you can add Chris Herndon (who returns week 6). Gesicki is someone who was a high draft pick and was targeted often in week 1 (6). He’s playing the Gronk role in this new Miami offense. They’ll be passing a ton because let’s face it, they’ll never be ahead.
Steve Says: Mike Gesicki. To me this came down to a three-man contest…Mike Gesicki, Noah Fant, and Vernon Davis. With Tyler Eifert and Greg Olson healthy (so far), and Eric Ebron being a thorn in Jack Doyle’s side, I’m ruling out those three. Gesicki is a talented tight end who could take a big step forward in this season in an offense that lacks at the wide receiver position and who also should be playing from behind regularly.
Ryan Says: CJ Uzomah. Tyler Eifert is one play away from Injured Reserve again, and Uzomah is actually a pretty athletic guy. He has more of an ability than the rest to run after the catch, and I think he has a decent chance of producing on a weekly basis. And next would be Ian Thomas, since Greg Olsen is an injury waiting to happen as well.
Sleeper of the Week
Gary Says: Michael Gallup, WR, Dallas Cowboys. He will torch the Redskins ala Desean Jackson from week 1. With the attention paid to Zeke and Cooper, Gallup will run free all day.
Kevin Says: Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals. Against a pedestrian 49ers secondary, Tyler Boyd has more than enough ability to finish in the top 10 and I say he gets there this week at home. When Andy Dalton has been good, he's real good. When he's bad, he's been REAL bad. With him rolling pretty well, ride the hot hand and that's the Bengals' most talented pass catcher on Sunday.
Drake Says: Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders. He’s had two top 4 QB weeks vs the Chiefs in their last two meetings. This contest should feature tons of passing and little defense. Stream Carr if you are in a pinch.
Steve Says: Donte Moncrief, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers. Many owners were disappointed (to the say the least) when Donte Moncrief only had three receptions for seven yards in Week 1 against the Patriots. However, he still had ten targets and now will be seeing a lot of cornerback Trey Flowers this week, who he should be able to manhandle. If Moncrief was dropped after his Week 1 stinkfest, pick him up and plug him into your flex spot in Week 2.
Bust of the Week
Gary Says: Jets wide receivers. I know Siemian has shown up in the past, but an angry Browns team should do everything in their power to decimate the Jets. This line is this close only because the Brown Oline is pretty bad. Maybe if their Oline doesn’t have any ejections things will be different.
Kevin Says: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers. He probably has a modest day at home vs. Minnesota, but I'm predicting a little over 200 yards and 2 TD. Two tough divisional opponents in a row to start off the season is tough on anybody, even one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks. It just goes to show you that it doesn't pay to take a quarterback high in drafts.
Drake Says: Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants. I’m a fan of this Bills defense. It’s not like Barkley can’t make his whole day on one run but I think the Bills keep him in check and he stays under 15 points in a PPR.
Steve Says: Bust – Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts. Marlon Mack ran wild in Week 1 as he went for 174 yards against the Chargers. Don’t expect anywhere need those results against a tough Titans defense who held Nick Chubb to 75 yards last week.