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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 2

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Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington

Peterson couldn’t of had a better season debut than he had last week for the Redskins. He erupted for 166 total yards and a touchdown against his former team, the Cardinals. The score was the 100th of his career. He ran the ball 26 times for 96 yards and added another 70 yards on two catches. He did lose a fumble on a long catch and run, but no owner is going to complain about 28 touches in Week 1, especially when he was a free agent less than a month ago. AP gets another great matchup this week against the Colts and should be viewed as a solid RB2.

Down

Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland

I know it’s only been one game, but Cooper is picking up right where he left off last season. Which is being one of the bigger busts in fantasy. He had one catch for nine yards on just three targets in Week 1 and I know it was a tough matchup against the Rams, but he just hasn’t turned the corner in two years. He continues to drop passes and it doesn’t help matters that Derek Carr has regressed as well. Hopefully Jon Gruden can turn Cooper and the Raiders offense around, but for now he needs to be on your bench. He has another tough matchup against Denver this week and can not be trusted.

Shark Sleepers

Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets

The Jets offense had a lot of question marks coming into the season. How was rookie quarterback Sam Darnold going to play? Do they have enough weapons? What’s the running back situation? It’s early, but after one game, it looks like they are on the right track to becoming an improved offense. One of the reasons why is a healthy Enunwa. He received a nice 10 targets acting as the safety blanket for Darnold and made big play after big play. Enunwa finished with a solid six catches for 63 yards and a touchdown and even though those numbers don’t jump off the screen, he already looks to be the favorite target of the young quarterback. Add him if he’s available.

George Kittle, TE, San Francisco

After having a very strong ending to the 2017 season, Kittle wasted no time in continuing that trend in 2018. Against a very good Minnesota defense, Kittle had five receptions for 90 yards. Those are very good numbers for a tight end, but his day could of been even better if he didn’t drop a pass or have his quarterback sail a ball high when wide open in the end zone. He should continue to be involved in the offense and has a much easier matchup this week with the Lions coming to town. He makes for a great play at the always scarce position.

Lock of the Week

James White, RB, New England

White didn’t get many carries last week (five for 18 yards) as is the case most weeks for him. He is the third down receiving back and a very trusted player of Tom Brady. White got nine targets last week and caught four of them for 38 yards and a score. It seems as if nearly every Patriots running back is banged up already so White’s usage should go up in Week 2. In a tough matchup at Jacksonville, expect New England to check down to White early and often because of the defensive pressure. It wouldn’t surprise me if White cracks 10 receptions on Sunday and has a very productive day. At worst he’s a FLEX option in Week 2.

About Steve Rudy

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