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THE DIVE: Hang Loose – Week 2

With Week 1 in the rear view mirror, does it feel like your fantasy football team is surfing a wave that you will ride all the way to shore. Or, did it feel like your team got pummeled by a crashing wave and then tossed out to sea by the rip tide? No matter how your team fared in Week 1, the worst that you can be is 0-1 and the best is 1-0. Hang loose.

With six games decided by 2 points or less, Week 1 was chock full of action and nail-biters. Take a dive with me as we discuss several players and a defense that may help you earn a Week 2 victory.

QB

The Tennessee Titans offense did not impress in Week 1, but should rebound in Week 2. Marcus Mariota had a solid performance minus two devastating turnovers. The sophomore quarterback will visit the Motor City and should be a decent start against the Detroit Lions defense. Although Detroit defeated Indianapolis in Week 1, Andrew Luck certainly had his way with the Detroit secondary for 385 passing yards including 4 touchdowns. Consider Mariota if your other quarterback is injured, has a difficult matchup, or goes by the name “Tom Brady.”

Week 2 Projection: 225 passing yards; 25 rushing yards; 2 TD

 

RB

New York Giants’ veteran running back Rashad Jennings is rarely considered the exciting late round flyer draft pick or makes the “sleeper” list before a given week, but often gets the job done.   Thus far, he appears to be the lead back receiving the bulk of the carries for a relatively potent New York Giants offense. In fact, Jennings rushed 18 times for 75 yards and is the goal-line option. Jennings should be considered a low-RB2/Flex for Week 2 as the New York Giants welcome the New Orleans Saints who just allowed 200 yards (151 rushing/51 receiving) in Week 1 to Oakland Raiders’ running backs. Jennings averaged over five yards per carry during their 2015 match up as well.

Week 2 Projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD

 

WR

The Atlanta Falcons signed former Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver Mohamed Sanu with hopes he could be the “Robin” to Julio Jones‘ ‘Batman.’ Sanu looked fearless in his debut by catching 5 passes for 80 yards including a score on 8 targets. As Ryan and Sanu build more chemistry, look for Sanu to emerge as the second option to Jones. Sanu should provide an encore to his Week 1 performance when he battles the Oakland Raiders’ secondary who were just torched by Drew Brees and his receiving corps last weekend for 21 catches, 373 receiving yards, and 3 touchdowns.

Week 2 Projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD

 

TE

Apparently, Jason Witten is not only “BFFs” with Tony Romo, but also Dak Prescott. Dak targeted the veteran tight end 14 times with Witten catching 8 for 66 yards. With tight ends struggling in Week 1 across the board, Witten was definitely a bright spot and should pick up where he left off in Week 1 versus the Washington Redskins. In Week 1 and the 2015 season, Washington has been average versus opposing tight ends, but it is likely the rookie quarterback will continue leaning on Jason Witten as his safety net. Start Witten in Week 2, especially in PPR format.

Week 2 Projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD

 

DST

Although only one week has passed, the Cleveland Browns offense appears to be the team that fantasy owners plan to bully (or plug and play against) each week thus far. However, Los Angeles certainly made a case for worst offense on Monday Night Football as well. In Week 2, the Baltimore Ravens will visit Cleveland now led by backup quarterback Josh McCown after the injury to Robert Griffin III. Baltimore’s defense looked impressive against a struggling Buffalo Bills offense, and should have another attractive matchup in Week 2.

Week 2 Projection: 11 points

 

Week 1 Results: Pretty Solid Start!! Hope you listened.

QB Derek Carr

Week 1 Forecast: 225 passing yards; 2 passing TDs

Week 1 Results: 319 passing yards; 16 rushing yards; 1 TD; 1 2PT (good call)

RB Arian Foster

Week 1 Forecast: 80 total yards; 1 TD

Week 1 Results: 100 total yards (decent call)

WR Steve Smith Sr

Week 1 Forecast: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 1 Results: 19 receiving yards (bad call)

TE Dwayne Allen

Week 1 Forecast: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 1 Results: 53 receiving yards; 1 TD; 1 2PT (good call)

DST Philadelphia Eagles

Week 1 Forecast: 12 points

Week 1 Results: 11 points (good call)

Best of luck in Week 2!

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.