Carson Palmer (6000) – Palmer was disappointing in his season opener to say the least. He was under pressure and made several bad throws because of it. This week, Palmer has the luxury of facing a defense that was absolutely obliterated by 2nd year qb Goff who threw for 306 yards and a TD without a pick in week 1. Even more concerning for the Colts defense is that they let up 4 big play completions to Goff on 29 attempts, a QB who had just 4 such completions all of last year. On top of the very favorable matchup, the Cardinals lost their feature back to an injury, which means the offense will rely more on the arm of Palmer to make things happen.
Jared Goff (5100) – We just talked about this man’s season opener performance at length. While this is partly due to facing a weak Colts defense, the tape shows major improvement for the 1st overall draft pick of the 2016 draft . He was much more accurate on deep throws, and showed poise in the pocket with defenders in his face. This week he faces the Redskins defense, one that his new head coach knows very well. Look for Goff to put up similar numbers to the top tier QBs for a fraction of the cost.
Terrance West (5100) – While Buck Allen saw more carries in week 1, West fits extremely well into Mornhinweg’s offensive style as a one cut back. He showed in the opener that he is a more than serviceable fantasy option carrying the ball 19 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. This week the Ravens go up against the hapless Browns defense who has struggled to stop the run in recent years. Don’t let the fact that the Browns limited t Bell to 5 fantasy points worry you as the Steelers were clearly limiting Bell’s snaps in the season opener. Start West and enjoy the RB1 production.
Kerwynn Williams (4800) – With DJ down for several weeks Williams looks like the one to take over the starting job. While Williams is clearly a downgrade from Johnson the volume makes him an extremely intriguing play in week 2. What’s even better? He gets to face the Colts defense who was absolutely shredded in the season opener by an offense that struggled to get anything going all of last year. Look for the Cardinals to score in bunches,a and that will include Williams.
Chris Carson (4100) – Carson may have been the only bright spot on an otherwise gloomy performance from the Seahawks in week 1, carrying it 6 times for 39 yards and adding a catch on his lone target for another 10 yards. Carson has a nice matchup this week against the 49ers who were the worst against the run last year. Rawls is expected to suit up for the game, but he should be on a snap count due to his recent injury. This will leave a good portion of the game to one of the other backs, and my money is on Carson to see the lion’s share.
Adam Thielen (5000) – What a game from Thielen on Monday night! Catching 9 balls for 157 yards against the Saint’s defense. He seemed to always be open when Bradford needed him most. This week he faces a Steelers team that has a much improved defense from last year. Don’t let that deter you from putting the young WR in your lineup, he and Braford have a great connection and he should see target’s O’ plenty.
Corey Davis (4100) – Davis impressed in his first game as a pro catching 6 of his 9 targets for just under 70 yards in the loss against the Raiders. This week he faces a division rival in the Jaguars, whose defense looked impressive in their opener against the Texans. While the Jaguars have great defenders at every level, Davis should see coverage from some of the weaker DBs while Decker, Matthews, and Walker garner most of the attention. Look for Davis to have a nice game in week 2.
Cooper Kupp (4100) – This rookie has been on many fantasy sleeper lists since long before the season started, and he showed why in week 1. Catching 4 of his 6 targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. Goff seems to be completely in sync with Kupp and continues to connect with I’m during practices and games alike. Kupp is going to continue to impress so make sure you draft him while he is still a cheap addition to the team.
Jared Cook (3300) – Cook was extremely efficient when targeted last week, catching all 5 passes for 56 yards. This week he has the added bonus of facing a depleted Jets team who just allowed a nice fantasy performance from Charles Clay. Carr and the Raiders offense are known to sling it, and Cook should benefit.
Cameron Brate (3000) – Brate racked up great fantasy numbers last year with just under 700 yards and 8 TDs. This year he has a nice matchup to start the season, he will be facing the Bears who were absolutely embarrassed by Austin Hooper last week to the tune of 128 yards and a TD on 2 catches. While you can’t expect that type of performance Brate should give you numbers comparable to the top tier TEs for much, much less.
Chiefs D/ST (2900) – The Chiefs defense stiffened up in the second half hold the Patriots to 10 total points in the second half. This week they have a much easier task in stopping the Eagles and second year quarterback Carson Wentz. The eagles struggled to get anything going on the ground against the Skins (who struggle against the run) in week one and if they remain one dimensional Houston and the other KC pass rushers are going to make it a long day for the young QB.