The top five Jets and Bills receivers racked up 520 yards Thursday night. As much as I would like to promote the future fantasy value of Greg Salas and Marquise Goodwin, the guy owners should take note of is the Jets’ Quincy Enunwa. Through the first two games, he’s picked up 13 receptions for 146 yards and a Week 1 touchdown. Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker remain Ryan Fitzpatrick’s top two options, but Enunwa has carved out an obvious role with 14 targets the first two weeks.
Jimmy G's monster first half and injury scare
Before he was forced out of the game with a shoulder/collarbone injury, Garoppolo was 18-for-27 for 234 yards with three touchdowns in the first half against the Dolphins. Through the first six quarters of the 2016 season, Jimmy G has completed 70 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Now, Patriots Nation and those renting Garoppolo until Tom Brady's return hold their collective breath. Although Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald is reporting he's definitely out this Thursday night.
Browns offense erupts early against Ravens
A week after their defense was torched by rookie quarterback Carson Wentz and they lost Robert Griffin III for at least the first eight games, the Browns headed into Week 2 as 6½-point underdogs at home. How did they respond? Josh McCown, Corey Coleman and Isaiah Crowell – an unlikely trio of fantasy studs – posted big numbers. McCown – playing hurt – passed for 141 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, rookie Coleman caught the two touchdown passes, while racking up 46 yards and Crowell busted through for an 85-yard touchdown en route to 18 carries for 133 yards with one 15-yard reception. Coleman finished with five receptions for 104 yards and the two scores. In not-so-shocking-to-Browns-fans news, the Ravens scored 25 unanswered points to win 25-20.
Fozzy Whittaker steps up in place of J-Stew
Jonathan Stewart left the Panthers’ Week 2 contest against the 49ers with a hamstring injury. Whittaker earned the in-game promotion and set a career-high with 100 rushing yards on 16 carries (6.3 YPR) and caught three balls for 31 yards with a lost fumble. Running backs Arian Foster, Ameer Abdullah, Danny Woodhead, Thomas Rawls and Doug Martin were also forced from games on Sunday, which probably means an uptick for Whittaker ownership by the time Week 3 waivers clear. The bad news is Whittaker and the Panthers face the Vikings' stout rush defense. It's not an ideal matchup.
DeMarco DeMan in the Titans' backfield
Derrick Henry’s fantasy stock soared in the two weeks leading up to the start of the regular season. The rookie running back was drafted as high as the sixth and seventh rounds as it was assumed he would share touches with DeMarco Murray. Time will tell if that’s still the plan, but through the first two weeks, one thing is for certain: this is Murray’s backfield. Murray has 25 carries for 131 yards and 12 receptions for 91 yards with two touchdowns. Henry has 17 touches for 93 yards (5.4 YPT).
Philip Rivers keeps on trucking
He lost his top target, Keenan Allen, in Week 1 and his leading receiver from 2015, Danny Woodhead, in Week 2. And yet Philip Rivers pressed on and torched the Jaguars secondary for 220 yards and four touchdowns. With no Allen and Woodhead, Rivers connected with Travis Benjamin six times for 115 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers managed to balance their offensive attack with Melvin Gordon rushing 24 times for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Eli's zero touchdown passes against Saints
Is it simply that the Saints’ pass defense bends but does not break? Eli Manning completed 32 of 41 passes to eight different receivers for 368 yards but failed fantasy owners by not throwing one touchdown pass. So, if you’re scoring at home, the Saints have allowed 687 passing yards but only one passing touchdown through the first two weeks (Derek Carr). One positive surprise out of the ugly game was rookie Sterling Shepard caught eight balls (on eight targets) for 117 yards. He and Odell Beckham combined for 200-plus receiving yards.
Bengals shut down Antonio Brown
You may recall that it was the Steelers who knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs last year, but it was the Bengals, more specifically Vontaze Burfict, who knocked A-Brown out for the season (concussion). Brown torched the Redskins in Week 1 for 126 yards, two touchdowns, eight receptions and one above-average twerk session. In wet and sloppy Week 2 conditions, Cincinnati went out of its way to shut down Brown and accomplished the task. The receiver finished with only 39 yards on four receptions. Brown has had only one other game in which he finished with fewer than 39 receiving yards since 2013. With all the attention on his top target, Ben Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes to DeAngelo Williams, Xavier Grimble and Jesse James.
Ravens rushing game quiet … again
Kenneth Dixon’s fantasy owners are just biding their time. The rookie running back is still working his way back from a torn MCL suffered during the preseason. However, the way Justin Forsett and Terrance West have played through the first two weeks, Dixon on one leg may produce better numbers in Marc Trestman’s offense. Forsett, who was a fantasy stud in 2014, has carried the ball 24 times for 78 yards (3.4 YPR) without a whiff of the end zone and little action in the passing game. West, who had some moments in the preseason, has rushed 23 times for 74 yards. The outlook is ugly until Dixon returns and assumes a role in the running game.
Bengals rushing game quiet … again
Through the first two games, Jeremy Hill has rushed 20 times for 53 yards with one touchdown. Gio Bernard has rushed for 32 yards on 10 carries. To his credit, Bernard’s 100 receiving yards against the Steelers (in rally mode) helped hedge some of fantasy owners’ losses, but Cincinnati’s between-the-tackles rush game has to get going at some point, right?
The Seahawks' anemic offense
Russell Wilson flew in a personal trainer, iced and elevated his ankle around the clock and prioritized rehab over sleep in order to suit up against the Rams. He may come to regret those decisions as the Seahawks' offense was stunted for the second straight week. Wilson hit eight different receivers for 254 yards but went without a touchdown. On top of the anemic offense, Thomas Rawls was forced from the game with a leg injury. He rushed seven times for negative seven yards before he hit the sideline. The Seahawks have three field goals and one touchdown through the first eight quarters this season.