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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 2

Bold Predictions

Arizona running backs don’t hit 100 rushing yards.

Arizona suffered a huge blow last week as workhorse David Johnson dislocated his wrist. He’s now out for 2-3 months and there’s no real solid backup plan. Arizona will split up the running back duties between Kerwynn WilliamsAndre Ellington and Chris Johnson. Though Williams should be owned, I don’t think you can start him or any other back in Week 2. Arizona has a great matchup against Indianapolis, but Arizona will still throw more in this one, thus rushing for less than 100 yards on the day. Stay away from this situation for now.

Kenny Golladay outproduces Odell Beckham Jr.

It should be a very entertaining Monday night game this week and hopefully we get to see the 2017 debut of Odell Beckham Jr. We all know what Beckham Jr. brings to the table, but the Detroit rookie looks to be ready for the Monday Night Football spotlight as well. Last week, Golladay caught four balls for 69 yards and two impressive touchdowns. It may take a week or two for Beckham Jr. to get back up to speed so look for Golladay to outscore him in fantasy this week. The rookie should be started in all formats in Week 2 and will find the end zone once again.

Shark Sleepers

Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams

There was a lot of talk about Kupp in the preseason and he did not disappoint in his NFL debut. The rookie out of Eastern Washington had four receptions for 76 yards and a score. He’s got a good matchup against Washington and is surprisingly still available in around 40 percent of leagues. Kupp has already shown great chemistry with quarterback Jared Goff, and as long as Josh Norman doesn’t shadow him all day, which I doubt he will, he should have another good day with more catches than last week.

Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit

Ebron had a quiet opening week of the season, but he was hurt in the preseason so he should start getting more targets. He faces a New York Giants defense that got torched by Jason Witten last week so look for Detroit to get Ebron involved a lot more than his two-catch performance in Week 1. He’s got the skills and the quarterback to be a Top 10 fantasy tight end this season if he can stay healthy and get the targets.

Lock of the Week

Chris Hogan, WR, New England

The Week 2 matchup between New England and New Orleans has shootout written all over it. Both defenses couldn’t stop anyone last week and Sunday should be no different. It looks like Danny Amendola is going to be out with a concussion so that means more work for Hogan. He was non-existent in Week 1, having one catch for 8 yards. I think he explodes this week though to the tune of six receptions for 115 yards and a trip to paydirt. Get him in your lineup immediately.

About Steve Rudy

Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.