New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston
New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) throws a pass to wide receiver Chris Hogan for a 10-yard touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Fantasy Outlook: Week Two

Welcome to week two of fantasy football! Whether your team performed spectacularly last week or didn’t show up in the slightest, now is not the time to jump to any firm conclusions. The season has only just begun. When in doubt, trust your draft.


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In week one, some high-profile fantasy running backs such as Ezekiel Elliott, Aaron Jones, and Najee Harris all failed to record 10 points in a standard PPR league. Looking ahead to this week, I expect Harris (against Las Vegas) and Jones (against Detroit) to bounce back in a huge way. Elliott may bounce back as well, but it may be a bit harder against a stingy Chargers defense. If you drafted any of these players in the first round, it is not yet time to panic.

In terms of the waiver wire, 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell has been the popular pick-up this week. I get it. With Raheem Mostert out for the season, Mitchell got the majority of touches last week. I will say though, long term, I still like rookie Trey Sermon more. Although Sermon was a healthy scratch in week one, he still has the higher ceiling as the season moves forward.

Let’s play a game called “buy or sell”. I will list some (nonobvious) players and tell you whether or not I consider them a solid fantasy asset moving forward.

Jameis Winston, BUY: On ESPN, Winston is owned in just under 50 percent of leagues. With Sean Payton leading the way and grooming Winston, I believe there is a chance that he ends the year as a top ten fantasy quarterback. Winston’s talent is obvious. He was the number one overall draft pick in 2015. He has thrown for 5,000 yards in a season. The main problem with Winston has always been the turnovers. With Payton leading the way, I believe Winston’s talent will be harnessed and he will thrive. We already got a taste of that in week one.

Jalen Hurts, SELL: Yes, Hurts scored the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks in week one. I don’t care though. He played against a lifeless Falcons team. I need to see more against more solid competition.

Any Lions running back, like at all, SELL: In week one against San Francisco, Both D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams combined for just under 50 fantasy points. I don’t buy it though. When the 49ers got out to a huge 38-10 lead, they simply quit caring altogether. Somehow, they almost blew the game. The Lions will be losing a lot of games this season. There will be plenty of garbage time scoring. That said, week one was an anomaly.

Ty’Son Williams, BUY: Any running back that plays for Baltimore will be good. Those are just the rules. It seems as though Williams will be the main guy while Latavius Murray will also be getting some carries. After those two, I would not trust any other Ravens backs, at least for now. Sorry, Lev Bell is not it.

Corey Davis, BUY: With seven targets in week one, Davis was tied for the Jets team lead. He made the most of those targets catching five balls for 97 yards while scoring twice. The Jets will be losing a lot this season. Davis will more than likely be the team’s number one receiver. He will have plenty of opportunities this season.

One last thing: The Buccaneers currently have three great wide receivers on their team in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown. Not to mention that Gronk also looks great. If I had to rank those wideouts right now though, I would go Godwin first, Brown second, and Evans third. Godwin will get the most targets. Brown looked as close to the Steelers’ version of Brown than he has since playing in Pittsburgh. Evans is solid, yes, but I simply just think the other two are better. Personally, I have both Brown and Evans on my fantasy team. Brown will be starting for me. Evans will not.

Good luck to everyone in their week two matchups. If you have any fantasy questions, please email me at nathan.hursh@yahoo.com and I will surely answer them for next week’s fantasy article.

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