Team of the Week
QB: Daniel Jones, NYG
Things were looking very bleak for Jones and the Giants as they faced a 28-7 deficit against the Cardinals, but 24 unanswered points allowed New York to avoid an 0-2 start. The ability of Jones to make plays with his legs (nine carries for 59 yards and a touchdown) was a huge boost to the Giants and fantasy owners as he totaled 30.74 fantasy points in the win.
RB: Brian Robinson Jr., WAS
Denver was a tough matchup for Robinson, so that made his outing even more impressive—rushing 18 times for 87 yards and two touchdowns while also adding two receptions for 42 yards. Washington’s best shot at being a surprise contender is playing through their second-year runner.
RB: D’Andre Swift, PHI
Another NFC East player that stood out this week, Swift had a career performance by rushing 28 times for 175 yards and a touchdown on Thursday night. Not only was it a huge night for those who rolled with him, but also could put Swift atop the Philadelphia backfield in the weeks to come.
WR: Keenan Allen, LAC
Allen had a monster game yesterday as the primary weapon for Justin Herbert—putting up an 8/111/2 line on ten targets to finish with 27.1 fantasy points. The veteran will arguably be a top-12 option over the next two weeks against the Vikings and Raiders, especially if Austin Ekeler (ankle) remains out.
WR: Mike Evans, TB
Evans is another 30+ wideout that is still very clearly isn’t slowing down based on his Week 2 performance, as he got free in the Chicago secondary for six receptions, 171 yards, and one touchdown. On the heels of 66 yards and a score in the opener, Evans’ connection with Baker Mayfield has been a pleasant surprise through two games.
TE: T.J. Hockenson, MIN
Tight end was much better this week than in Week 1, but Hockenson still easily led the position with 22.1 fantasy points. Overall, the highest-paid player at his position in NFL history caught seven passes for 66 yards and two scores versus the Eagles.
FLEX: Kyren Williams, LAR
A few options could have been chosen here, but Williams was again a stud for Sean McVay’s offense—totaling 14 carries, 52 rushing yards, six receptions, 48 receiving yards, and two total touchdowns. Cam Akers being a healthy scratch opens the door for Williams to keep up his current usage, and he’s probably in must-start territory.
Tampa Bay’s defense followed up a strong showing in Week 1 to dominate in Week 2—recording six sacks, two interceptions, and a touchdown on their way to starting 2-0. The 19.0 fantasy points and late score gave them the edge over the Cowboys (16.0 fantasy points).
K: Brandon Aubrey, DAL
Nine kickers were able to reach double-digit fantasy points heading into Monday night, and Aubrey led the way by hitting all five of his field goal attempts for 18.0 fantasy points. He has the makings of a top kicking option against the Cardinals next Sunday.
Surprise of the Week: Joshua Dobbs
Dobbs had one of the highlights of the weekend with a 23-yard touchdown run through the New York defense, and the 25.22 fantasy points sort of came out of nowhere after he was limited to 0.98 fantasy points in a conservative attack to open 2023. You’ll probably want to avoid him next week against Dallas (and San Francisco after that), but Dobbs has provided a steady hand in Arizona.
Disappointment of the Week: Breece Hall
A lot of fantasy owners might have kept Hall on the bench in Week 1 when he was uncertain in terms of workload and effectiveness, so potentially getting him back in lineups—based on how great he looked—only to be given four carries (for nine scoreless yards) was a killer. Hall should eventually be an RB1 option this year, but the floor is low right now if he doesn’t break big plays.
Rookie of the Week: Puka Nacua
Nacua was entering the week at less than 100% while taking on a stingy San Francisco defense—but that didn’t stop him from making history with 15 receptions and 147 yards on a whopping 20 targets. At least until Cooper Kupp (ankle) is back, Matthew Stafford will be locking onto the rookie to make him a must-start option.
Week 2 MVP: Brian Robinson Jr.
Robinson was ripping off tough yardage in Denver yesterday, and his pure upside was discounted by many in summer drafts based on somewhat limited explosiveness as a rookie—which overlooked the fact that he returned from gunshot wounds. Again, the Commanders need to play through Robinson, including over the next two weeks against the Bills and Eagles.