Team of the Week
QB: Lamar Jackson, BAL
Jackson was excellent as a passer on Sunday (318 yards and three scores), so that plus his rushing output being boosted by a 79-yard touchdown run allowed the former NFL MVP to finish with an NFL-high 42.62 fantasy points. There was some talk about Jackson not running as much this year to prove he can win through the air, but his Week 2 performance definitively put that thought to bed.
RB: Nick Chubb, CLE
Getting vulture for touchdowns is really the only things holding Chubb back from being a weekly high-end RB1, but the scoring luck shifted back in his direction yesterday with scores from four, seven, and 12 yards away. Overall, Chubb rushed 17 times for 87 yards while also adding three receptions for 26 yards, and he now sits as the top fantasy running back through two weeks following the three-touchdown outing.
RB: Aaron Jones, GB
Jones going off felt like a lock based on disappointing usage in the opener, and he came through with 15 carries, 132 rushing yards, three receptions, 38 receiving yards, and two total touchdowns in Green Bay’s SNF victory. More than ever, the Packers will be funneling a significant chunk of the offense through Jones and AJ Dillon, and last night probably won’t be the last 30-point performance for Jones on the season.
WR: Tyreek Hill, MIA
Baltimore coming into the weekend banged up at cornerback increased the outlook for the Miami passing attack, but no one could have anticipated the upside would be what it was—with Tua Tagovailoa throwing for 469 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-38 win. Hill led the way by catching 11-of-13 targets for 190 yards and two touchdowns, including back-to-back drives with scores of 48 and 60 yards.
WR: Jaylen Waddle, MIA
Waddle was barely behind Hill in terms of production this week—turning his 11 receptions into 171 yards and two touchdowns. Last year’s first-round pick caught the game-winner from seven yards away in the final seconds, and it will be very interesting to see how the offense is defended next week for a huge matchup against the Bills.
TE: Mark Andrews, BAL
Andrews emerging with a huge game in Dolphins-Ravens was overlooked because of the contributions from the quarterbacks and wideouts, but he finished as the clear TE1 by totaling 21.2 fantasy points. Baltimore even used Andrews on a quarterback sneak (resulting in three rushing yards), and he is suddenly back into the top two at the position following a quiet opener.
FLEX: Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET
The run that St. Brown has been on since the end of his rookie season has been ridiculous, and yesterday was his best performance with a 9/116/2 receiving line—plus 68 rushing yards on two attempts. Jared Goff has tremendous trust in St. Brown, and he needs to be boosted into the WR1 ranks for the rest of the season.
Tampa Bay has proven themselves as the best defense in the league through two weeks, and their win over New Orleans was pure suffocation. In all, the Bucs got to Jameis Winston for six sacks, three interceptions, and a pick-six—not to mention their two fumble recoveries.
K: Graham Gano, NYG
The kickers being key isn’t a surprise with a 19-16 final score, and Gano’s accuracy from 50+ yards helped push the Giants to 2-0 with their win over the Panthers. Both bombs came in the fourth quarter, and Gano also nailed field goals from 36 and 33 yards in the first quarter.
Surprise of the Week: Drake London
Another rookie wideout gets the Rookie of the Week honor, but London was great in a difficult spot versus the Rams—catching eight passes for 86 yards and his first career touchdown. Even without considering the production, London has passed the eye test versus NFL competition in a major way.
Disappointment of the Week: Kyle Pitts
At the same time, Pitts was held in check once again on Sunday, going for exactly two receptions and 19 scoreless yards for the second week in a row. There were plenty of disappointments on Sunday, but Pitts having extremely high hopes as a third-rounder in most formats could create some panic at a position investors expected premium production from.
Rookie of the Week: Garrett Wilson
It’s a bit of a surprise that Wilson has been the favorite target of Joe Flacco to begin the year, but the two working together with the second team during the offseason has likely helped the connection hit the ground running for real games. On 14 targets of yesterday’s comeback win over the Browns, Wilson caught eight passes for 102 yards and two scores—including the 15-yard game-winner.
Week 2 MVP: Lamar Jackson
Tua Tagovailoa (38.86 fantasy points) makes it a conversation because Miami won, but the gap is large enough that Jackson gets the nod with the first 40-point performance of the year—and what could end up being a top-five performance when the season concludes. Jackson will face the Patriots and Bills over the next two weeks, and a couple of high-end QB1 finishes would firmly put him back on the upper end of the top-tier fantasy quarterbacks.