Booms and Busts: Week 2
Week 1 threw a lot of surprises at us, which should make Week 2 all the more exciting. Whether or not you bombed week 1 (Starting Cam Akers or benching Steelers defense) or if you blew up (anybody who drafted a top 5 WR), there is some difficult picks going into week 2. Here is our expert picks who will bomb this week, and who will blow up.
*Ranking indicated by parenthesis is positional ranking and is based on information on FantasyPros Standard scoring rankings
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Deebo Samuel - Week 1 Performance: 10.6 FPTS (#26)
Deebo has one of the widest arrays of skill sets, all of which should be used in this weeks matchup against Seattle. Samuel will be playing a consistent "Wide-back" role with Eli Mitchell out, and should look to be the touch leader against a Seattle defense that is not particularly eye-popping. His fairly low scoring venture last week can mainly be chalked up to weather and field conditions, which have caused many people to doubt the passing game. The concern is there, but given how this matchup bodes well for Samuel, I would have him as a locked in WR1.
CeeDee Lamb - Week 1 Performance: 2.9 FPTS (#71)
Unfortunately for Lamb owners, it will be pretty hard to expect high scoring games with Cooper Rush. The Cowboys are likely to still try and feed their talented wideout the ball, but with Dalton Schultz being a reliable short option, and the rushing tandem of Zeke and Pollard being the main focus, it is hard to see Lamb being able to blow up. His talent and status as the only receiver keeps him locked as a WR2, but he has little upside against Cincinatti
Mike Williams - Week 1 Performance: 1 FPTS (#106)
Mike Williams was disappointing for managers last week, which could cause some concern. Not for me though, as I expect a huge performance for Williams against the Chiefs. The game should be a high-scoring affair, which will mean a lot of chances for big plays to Williams. Keenan Allen is out which should give Williams a big opportunity to jump into the top 10 of receivers. He is currently ranked 11th in our weekly rankings, but holds some insane upside this week.
Najee Harris - Week 1 Performance: 8.6 FPTS (#25)
Najee Harris is a talented back who looks to be the workhorse this year. He left the game against Cincy, but probably would have return given the chance. Unfortunately for Harris owners, I expect him to have a low ceiling for multiple reasons. The Steelers will likely not blow up the scoreboard against a fundamental New England defense. The Steelers run blocking is one of the worst in the NFL despite paying two big free agents to join (Mason Cole and James Daniels). Harris will be limited in snaps for the first time in his Pittsburgh career, with Jaylen Warren most likely stealing some this week. Coming off an injury, the upside for Harris is low.
Javonte Williams - Week 1 Performance: 8.8 FPTS (#24)
Williams was one yard away from cementing himself as the lead back in Denver. Unfortunately both him and Gordon fumbled on the goal line, extending the competition another week. Williams looked better out of the two though, and showed a lot of value as a passer. His targets will likely go down, but he should still see plenty of quality touches, and be given more opportunities in the red zone. The Broncos face the Texans, which should mean a solid lead, thus giving Williams more opportunities to cement himself as the lead back. It is clear Denver wants Williams to take the lead role, so they will give him every opportunity as possible.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Week 1 Performance: 19.4 FPTS (#5)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a great week one performance. He will not do that consistently. The biggest indicator of this is that he only got 10 touches. It is hard to imagine that with Jerrick McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco, that CEH will be given a huge opportunity share. He will occasionally benefit from the Chiefs high scoring offense, but until he can consistently get more touches, I am fading Edwards-Helaire.