The first week of fantasy football action was crazy, as a ton of stud players we all count on for at least decent performances laid major eggs. Peyton Manning may have been the biggest one, but the likes of Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson certainly gave him a run for his money. On the flip side, our week one fantasy sleepers panned out quite well overall. Before we get into week 2 fantasy sleepers here is a recap of Week 1’s picks with Grades:
RB Tevin Coleman: Grade B, 80 yards rushing on 20 attempts.
TE Kyle Rudolph: Grade C, 5 receptions on 7 targets.
QB Sam Bradford: Grade C+, 52 pass attempts, 300+ yards. He could have used another TD or two.
WR Dorial Green-Beckham: Grade F, No targets in week 1.
DEF/ST Cleveland: Grade F, Not a good look for the Browns.
QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jameis Winston was not spectacular in his first regular season game in the NFL. He was 16 for 33 passing with 2 touchdowns and 2 INT’s. It is a bit premature to call Winston a bust, however. Yes, he was overshadowed by Mariota in Game one and yes he threw a pick 6 on his first attempt, but he will be fine. Winston will have a breakout game eventually and it could happen this week vs the Saints. It would also help to get WR Mike Evans back, while New Orleans just doesn’t have a good defense. No one will be using Winston this week, so with a good matchup and weapons around him, he could be a very sneaky contrarian play in DFS fantasy football in week two.
WR Mike Wallace, Minnesota Vikings
Mike Wallace had 7 targets for 6 receptions in week 1 for the Vikings. Monday Night was a disastrous effort by Minnesota against the 49ers. Look for the Vikings offense to see more success against a struggling Detroit Defense. AP may get more opportunities but that will not keep Wallace from his opportunities. He could be this week’s Keenan Allen.
WR Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons
I know he is playing on the road vs the Giants this week but his targets may increase from the 8 he saw in week 1. The Giants will have to show Julio Jones special attention, leaving an opportunity for another WR to show out in week 2. Roddy is getting older but is still very viable in the Falcons offense. I expect the Falcons run game to take a small step back in this game leaving the task to Ryan and his WRs.
RB Deangelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
With Le’Veon Bell suspended for Week 2 expect Williams to continue to get plenty of carries. The 49ers run defense looked stout against the Vikings but the Steelers will still give Williams the carries and could even start getting him involved in the passing game this week. With Bell coming back in week 3, Williams knows this is his opportunity to impress the Steelers or perhaps another team with RB needs. Williams had 21 carries in week 1 and there is no reason to think he won’t have as many this week.
QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco is coming off of a Week 1 suck fest with Peyton manning in Denver. There probably hasn’t been a game with two high profile QB’s with such poor performances in the same game in a long time. Look for Flacco to bounce back with a strong performance against the Raiders in Week 2. Andy Dalton carved them up pretty effortlessly and after getting stifled last week, a major matchup upgrade could have Baltimore going off. Flacco is a sneaky weekly play, but is a major contrarian pick in daily fantasy football leagues.