Week 2 of the season is already here, and man, was Week 1 a weird one. Lamar Jackson lit the world on fire, whereas Jameis Winston flopped in a cake spot. For you folks that are new here, I like to inform you all about the QB2 and TE2 players who can exploit a good matchup (and those that may let you down in a bad matchup, as well).. Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends that have good and bad matchups for Week 2.
Derek Carr, OAK (vs. Kansas City)
As of Monday, we don’t know how Carr fared against the daunted Denver pass defense. That being said, he gets the pleasure of facing the Chiefs’ porous defense, which is the 3rd easiest matchup for quarterbacks. Jacksonville combined (poor Nick Foles…) for 3 passing touchdowns and a 27 to 33 completion ratio against Kansas City in Week 1. Yes, they don’t have Antonio Brown anymore, but Carr could still smash playing catchup against the league’s best offense in Week 2.
Josh Allen, BUF (at New York Giants)
I’m going back to Allen this week, as Dak Prescott just lit the Giants’ defense (4th easiest matchup for opposing QBs) on fire (405 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions). Allen was atrocious in the first 3 quarters of play against the Jets last week, but he came around in the last quarter to help the Bills win. Allen had 10 rushes in Week 1, which proves yet again that he has a decent floor. The addition of John Brown is nothing to scoff at, leaving me to believe this will be another good fantasy day for Allen.
Aaron Rodgers, GB (vs. Minnesota)
Rodgers had his struggles in Week 1, but he was facing the dreaded Bears’ defense. In Week 2, however, the Vikings are coming to town, and they are the 3rd toughest matchup for quarterbacks. The Vikings intercepted Ryan twice, as well as sacked him twice. Ryan’s numbers don’t look so bad on the stat sheet, but everything good that came out of the Falcons’ offense was in garbage time. You really need to temper expectations if you think Rodgers will just turn it all around in Week 2…
Darren Waller, OAK (vs. Kansas City)
So, there’s one thing I know about this matchup, and that is that the Chiefs can’t guard a tight end. They are the 2nd easiest matchup for opposing tight ends, and that’s with Houston (yet to play on Monday afternoon) being the easiest. Jacksonville made their tight ends look like studs against this awful defense, and they don’t have a talent like Waller at the position. Again, I have no idea what Waller did Monday night as of this writing, but he needs to be on your radar (he should have been once the Raiders released Antonio Brown…).
Vernon Davis, WAS (vs. Dallas)
Dallas is the 6th best matchup for opposing tight ends, so I think we have a good streamer here. Yes, Evan Engram is a different animal, but he did just put up the overall TE1 game thus far in Week 1. Davis showed signs of life in Week 1’s heartbreaking loss to the Eagles, and I think he can defy age again in this contest. Davis was second in passing targets on Washington, as he had 7 (which he turned into 59 yards a touchdown). Don’t be scared of the veteran, as he can help you out in Week 2 yet again.
Jimmy Graham, GB (vs. Minnesota)
Graham looked good in Week 1, catching 3 passes for 30 yards and a touchdown against the Bears, but don’t get too excited. The Vikings are coming to town, and they are the 2nd hardest matchup for opposing tight ends. Austin Hooper actually looked okay as Matt Ryan’s safety valve in Week 1, but Graham is not a safety valve for Rodgers. Don’t chase the points, folks. Avoid Graham if you can in Week 2.
A Look Ahead to Week 3…
Dak Prescott gets the pleasure of facing the hapless Dolphins (easiest matchup for a quarterback) in Week 3, so fire him up that week. Look for Jameis Winston to bounce-back when he faces the Giants (if he doesn’t do well there, his job could be in trouble). Mark Andrews had a monster Week 1, and Week 3 could be the same when he faces the Chiefs (2nd best matchup for tight ends). Tyler Higbee scored in Week 1 against Carolina, and he’ll have another shot at a decent day when he faces Cleveland (5th best matchup for tight ends) in Week 3.
Best of luck to you all in Week 2. You can utilize the Fantasy Sharks Strength of Schedule tool yourself to find good and bad matchups for any part of the upcoming season (and any other position). As always, don’t hesitate to ask me any and everything regarding fantasy football on Twitter (my Twitter handle can be found below). Until next time, Sharks!