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Week 2 Fantasy Football Awards 2020


Team of the Week

 

QB: Russell Wilson

Josh Allen, Cam Newton, and Dak Prescott all deserve mentioning with fantasy performances well into the 30-point range, but Wilson—against perhaps the best secondary in football—continued his red-hot start by throwing for 288 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception while adding another 39 yards on the ground. If the floor games aren’t there for Wilson like they have been in the past on a run-first offense, he probably won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

 

RB: Aaron Jones

It only took 35 snaps for Jones to demolish Detroit on Sunday, as he rushed 18 times for 168 yards and caught four-of-eight targets for 68 yards and a third touchdown. We’ll see if a tougher New Orleans defense can slow Green Bay down next Sunday night,  but the Packers are currently averaging 42.5 points per game to begin the season.

 

RB: Nick Chubb

He was written off as an RB1 after one week against a stout Baltimore front, but Chubb shined in primetime last Thursday night with an overall RB2 finish—rushing 22 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns. The Browns need to stay committed to him with 20+ touches per game, but the former Georgia standout is one of the game’s best offensive players.

 

WR: Calvin Ridley

Even the biggest Ridley supporters probably wouldn’t believe his start to the year with lines of 9/130/2 and yesterday’s 7/109/2, but the 1B receiver for Atlanta is a flat-out stud, and he needs to be viewed as an every-week WR1. The 11.0 targets per game may go down some, but not by much if the Falcons don’t figure things out on defense.

 

WR: Stefon Diggs

The chemistry between Diggs and Josh Allen looked great in their debut together last week, and it really went to another level on Sunday when they connected eight times for 153 yards and a score. Miami has a tough secondary, but Byron Jones leaving early with a groin injury allowed Diggs to go off against rookie Noah Igbinoghene in a 31-28 win.

 

TE: Tyler Higbee

Higbee is Exhibit A (or maybe Exhibit B behind James Conner) about not overreacting to one week, as he caught all five of his targets for 54 yards and three scores with Los Angeles moving the ball at will against Philadelphia in Week 2. Fantasy owners should be fully onboard with Higbee as an excellent TE1 with snap percentages of 89% and 86% through two games.

 

FLEX: Julian Edelman

He came into the game with a knee injury and took multiple big hits on Sunday night, but that—unsurprisingly based on his history—didn’t stop Edelman from nearly willing the Patriots to an upset win on the road. Despite starting the game with limited looks, Edelman ended with a career-high 179 yards on eight receptions.

 

D/ST: Colts

The projected improvements for Indy on defense appeared to be overhyped based on what happened in Week 1, but they might have just not been focused against the Jaguars, as the unit really picked it up on Sunday. Although Dalvin Cook eventually got going in garbage time, the Colts were dominant against the pass by holding Kirk Cousins to 11 completions on 26 attempts for 113 yards and three interceptions.

 

K: Younghoe Koo

It’s still early, but Koo has looked like a high-end option at kicker dating back to the end of last season, and Sunday was another strong showing with four field goals on four attempts. He also went three-for-three on extra points.

 

Surprise of the Week: Darrell Henderson

Again, there was no shortage of surprises over the weekend, but Henderson was perhaps the biggest after he went from afterthought in the opener to preferred backfield option in a tough road spot. Aside from rushing 12 times for 81 yards and a score, Henderson also caught two passes for 20 yards (including another near touchdown).

 

Disappointment of the Week: Injuries

The Tampa Bay passing attack would be the headliner here if not for the unbelievable string of injuries to big-time names—which included both season-enders (like Saquon Barkley) and minor issues (like Davante Adams). Overall, Week 2 was pretty much as bad as it gets.

 

Rookie of the Week: Joe Burrow

Despite getting beaten up quite a bit last Thursday night, Burrow didn’t let him impact his play with 316 passing yards and three scores in a down-to-the-wire loss against Cleveland. The sample size is small, but Burrow putting up numbers without yet forming a quality connection with A.J. Green is very encouraging.

 

Week 2 MVP: Aaron Jones

Matt LaFleur saying he wanted to get A.J. Dillon more touches heading into the week was reason to have at least some worry, but Jones has been so efficient over the past two years that it doesn’t seem to matter. The 43.6 fantasy points on Sunday came despite playing just 48% of Green Bay’s offensive snaps.

 

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