Fantasy Football: Week 2 Fantasy MVPs
Sep 7, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) tries to move past Jacksonville Jaguars outside linebacker Telvin Smith (50) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jaguars, 34-17. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
I am excited to see what surprises Week 2 of the NFL season will present to us.
I went through every matchup this week and predicted the fantasy MVP of each game. When going through the matchups, I tried to nominate players who aren’t obvious fantasy studs, and hopefully this will make your tough lineup decisions a little bit easier.
If you have a lineup inquiry, you can contact me on Twitter @bmatz08, and I will give the best suggestion I can. Let’s get week two started, and let’s start pouring on some wins in our fantasy leagues.
Week 2: Sept. 10-16
THURSDAY, SEPT. 11
Pittsburgh at Baltimore (8:25 p.m.) Markus Wheaton, WR, PITT
Wheaton is the wide receiver starting on the opposite side of Antonio Brown. He is the team’s young and up-and-coming deep threat who is comparable to Mike Wallace. Last week, Wheaton had six receptions for 97 yards, which totaled for 15.7 fantasy points. He will have every opportunity to repeat this stat line against the Ravens.
Projection: 7 receptions for 85 yards
SUNDAY, SEPT. 14
Miami at Buffalo (1 p.m.) Knowshon Moreno, RB, MIA
The Bills gave up a lot on the ground last week against the Bears, and they are facing another strong rushing team in the Dolphins. Moreno went off against the Patriots, and he will do the same against the Bills.
Projection: 120 yards rushing with 1 TD, 3 receptions for 15 yards
Jacksonville at Washington (1 p.m.) Marqise Lee, WR, JAC
Lee had six receptions for 62 yards off of 10 targets last week against the Eagles. That said, the Jaguars played another deplorable defense against the Redskins this Sunday. Lee led the team in targets and should get a lot of targets this game. If he can manage similar stats, along with a touchdown, he will be a good asset for your team this week.
Projection: 8 receptions for 88 yards and one TD
Sep 7, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Jake Locker (10) hands off the ball during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Titans won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas at Tennessee (1 p.m.) Jake Locker, QB, TENN
The Dallas defense just got carved up by the 49ers, and it looks like this is going to the theme of the Cowboys’ season. Locker has a lot going for him … he has two talented wide receivers (Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright), and he has one of the better offensive lines in the league. Dallas isn’t going to be able to contain their offense, and Locker is going to roll out an impressive performance.
Projection: 250 yards passing with 2 TDs, and 25 yards rushing with 1 rushing TD
Arizona at NY Giants (1 p.m.) Arizona Defense
Eli Manning had a rough game against Detroit, totaling 163 yards passing and 2 INTs. Arizona has one of the best defenses in the league, and if Eli continues with the horrible QB play, then this game will get ugly for Eli in a hurry.
Projection: Eli throws 3 INTs and has one fumble
New England at Minnesota (1 p.m.) Adrian Peterson, RB, MINN
Against the Dolphins, the Patriots allowed 191 yards on the ground, and this week they are facing the best running back in the league, Adrian Peterson. I look for the Vikings to be able to run the ball and control the clock.
Projection: 135 yards rushing, 1 TD, 4 receptions, 38 yards
New Orleans at Cleveland (1 p.m.) Jordan Cameron, TE, CLE
The Saints allowed 448 yards through the air last week against the Falcons. I don’t suspect the Browns to air it out near that much against Atlanta, but I do expect Jordan Cameron to get a lot of targets in this game.
Projection: 5 receptions for 70 yards and one TD
Atlanta at Cincinnati (1 p.m.) AJ Green, WR, CIN
Last week, Green had six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown. This week, the Bengals are facing the Falcons, who have a horrible defense and aren’t very good at defending the pass.
Projection: 8 receptions for 120 yards and one TD
Detroit at Carolina (1 p.m.) Matt Stafford, QB, DET
I believe Stafford is going to carve up the Panthers with the passing attack. The Panthers have a good defense, and Detroit is on another level with Calvin Johnson catching passes from Stafford.
Projection: 350 yards passing with 3 TDs