There are many Fantasy owners who lost in Week 1 that are ready to give up. In their eyes, the season is over already.
The complaints are endless. For example, the Broncos have a bad offense. Calvin Johnson, Odell Beckham and A.J. Green are busts. And Adrian Peterson, Lamar Miller and Justin Forsett should have never been drafted. You can go on and on with the knee-jerk reactions about a player who struggled in Week 1 -- and for the most part it's not warranted.
We certainly understand the desire to improve your roster, and plenty of owners are reeling from injuries to Dez Bryant (foot), T.Y. Hilton (knee) and Andre Ellington (knee). But don't hit the panic button yet. It's only one week and that's way too small of a sample size to judge a player or team.
We hope the guys who let you down in Week 1 will rebound in Week 2. Some guys who fall into that category are Sam Bradford and Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, Peterson and Forsett at running back, Beckham and Green at receiver and Greg Olsen at tight end. I'm concerned about Peyton Manning and the Broncos this week at Kansas City on Thursday night, but that doesn't mean I'm expecting Denver to be bad all season.
Be practical with your roster in Week 2. It's a long season and there is plenty of time to recover, even from an 0-2 start. But hopefully you can win this week and avoid that kind of hole. Good players rise to the occasion, and there's no reason to sound the panic alarm after just one game. At least not yet.
Start of the Week: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions
For those of you who listen to our Fantasy Football Today podcast then you know my feelings on Abdullah. I've adopted him this season, which has led to some good fodder about him being my son. If that's the case then come on kid.
It was an obvious proud moment in Week 1 when he had seven carries for 50 yards and a 24-yard touchdown and four catches for 44 yards at San Diego. He was better than Joique Bell, who had six carries for 14 yards and two catches for 27 yards.
You would expect that would lead to a bigger workload for Abdullah, but coach Jim Caldwell said his role isn't expected to change much. Is he crazy? Give the kid the ball.
I understand wanting to keep him fresh, and he handles a lot of responsibility as a return man as well. Bell also shouldn't be benched. But let's see what Abdullah can do the more times the ball is in his hands, especially this week against Minnesota.
The Vikings are still chasing Carlos Hyde from Week 1 when he gashed them for 168 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in San Francisco, and we'll see if they can rebound this week at home. We're not expecting that kind of performance from Abdullah in this matchup, but he should be a capable starter in the majority of leagues.
It was a great start to Abdullah's career and we're expecting another solid outing in Week 2. This should just be the beginning for a running back on the rise.
Sam Bradford (vs. DAL): We didn't get the Bradford we were hoping for in Week 1 at Atlanta when he finished with just 15 Fantasy points on 36-of-52 passing for 336 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The second pick wasn't his fault as the ball went through Jordan Matthews' hands, but the results are all that matters. He got into a good rhythm in the second half against the Falcons and we hope that continues this week against the Cowboys at home. Dallas did a good job in keeping Eli Manning out of the end zone in Week 1, but Chip Kelly got 22 Fantasy points from Mark Sanchez against the Cowboys in Philadelphia last year. I'm counting on Bradford to bounce back in this matchup.
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. SF): Roethlisberger started off the season with a solid 20-point outing against the Patriots, and he should continue to play at a high level this week against the 49ers, who are making the long road trip to the East Coast for a 1 p.m. start on a short week after playing Monday night. San Francisco did a great job in shutting down the Vikings passing game and Teddy Bridgewater in Week 1, but Roethlisberger is a tougher opponent, especially at home. He has 17 touchdowns and three interceptions in his past five home games, including four outings with at least 300 passing yards over that span. DeAngelo Williams did a great job carrying the running game in Week 1 against New England, but this is still Roethlisberger's offense until Le'Veon Bell (suspended) is back next week.
Russell Wilson (at GB): Wilson was limited to 17 Fantasy points in Week 1 at St. Louis, and his offensive line showed the flaws we were nervous about against an aggressive Rams front. Green Bay will get after Wilson also, but he should have the chance for a better outing this week. The Packers allowed Jay Cutler to run for 31 yards in Week 1, which bodes well for Wilson, who also had 31 rushing yards against St. Louis. Last year, Wilson faced the Packers in Week 1 at home and he scored 21 Fantasy points in a standard league. I'd expect closer to that point total this week than the 17 he had in the season opener.
Ryan Tannehill (at JAC): The Jaguars actually played better than expected against Cam Newton in Week 1, and Tannehill was worse than anticipated at Washington. He scored only 13 Fantasy points on 22-of-34 passing for 226 yards and one touchdown, but we're expecting more this week. Newton actually lost two potential touchdowns when Greg Olsen was called for offensive pass interference in the end zone, and Ted Ginn dropped a potential wide-open score. We expect Tannehill to take advantage of those mistakes, and he's worth trusting in this matchup. We'd like to see more of rookie receiver DeVante Parker this week, but Tannehill should be able to succeed with Jarvis Landry, Jordan Cameron and potentially Rishard Matthews.
Carson Palmer (at CHI): All Palmer does is continue to rack up stats as the starter for the Cardinals. Going back to last year in his past six full games he's been able to finish he has at least 20 Fantasy points in each outing, including Week 1 against the Saints when he scored 31. The potential loss of Andre Ellington (knee) this week will hurt, but Palmer should have success against the Bears, who allowed three touchdowns to Aaron Rodgers in Week 1. Now, Palmer isn't Rodgers, but he does have a legit receiving corps with John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald leading the way, and he's playing at a high level. If the running game stalls with Ellington out then Palmer could be asked to do more, and he's a Top 10 Fantasy quarterback for this week.
Eli Manning (vs. ATL): Manning will rebound from his dud in Week 1.
Marcus Mariota (at CLE): Let's hope Week 1 was a sign of things to come.
Andy Dalton (vs. SD): Just keep getting Tyler Eifert the ball and he'll be fine.
Peyton Manning (at KC): We know the risks involved in benching Manning, and you're just going to have to evaluate your roster if you want to make that kind of move. Yes, he struggled in Week 1 against the Ravens at home with just five Fantasy points, but he nearly connected on some big plays to Emmanuel Sanders, which could have changed the thoughts on him coming into this week. The Chiefs also allowed 334 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception to Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett in Week 1, and Manning has 10 touchdowns and two interceptions in his past three meetings with the Chiefs. But Manning has looked bad going back to last season, and his offensive line is a work in progress, which is bad news against a good pass rush. Demaryius Thomas (hand) is also banged up, and Manning has now struggled going back to the end of last year. Again, it's risky to bench him, but playing on the short week on the road is not in his favor, and he could have another bad outing in Week 2.
Teddy Bridgewater (vs. DET): Bridgewater was under duress Monday night against the 49ers, and he struggled with just 23-of-32 passing for 231 yards and an interception. His offensive line is missing two starters, and he failed to score a touchdown for the first time in 11 starts. He struggled against the Lions last year with 315 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, and we could see Minnesota leaning on Adrian Peterson in this matchup at home. Bridgewater will have better days, but he's not worth trusting in Week 2 in the majority of leagues.
Matthew Stafford (at MIN): Stafford is dealing with a bum elbow, although he's expected to play this week against the Vikings. And he doesn't have the best history against Minnesota recently with an average of 185 passing yards and just three total touchdowns in his past three meetings, including two on the road. The Vikings didn't allow a passing touchdown in Week 1 against the 49ers, and the Lions should lean on their run game in this matchup like San Francisco did with Hyde. Stafford also needs to do a better job of getting Calvin Johnson the ball after he had just four targets in Week 1 at San Diego, where Stafford only had 17 Fantasy points.
Cam Newton (vs. HOU): The Texans didn't do a good job of slowing down the Chiefs passing game in Week 1 when Alex Smith had 243 passing yards and three touchdowns, but Newton didn't have the best season opener either at Jacksonville. Yes, he got let down by his receivers with Olsen and Ginn, but he doesn't have the best talent around him with Kelvin Benjamin (torn ACL) out. J.J. Watt should be after Newton all game, and it's unlikely he'll improve dramatically off last week's 14 Fantasy point performance. He's still worth using in two-quarterback leagues, but Newton will need improved production from his receiving corps before Fantasy owners can trust him in most seasonal formats.
Alex Smith (vs. DEN): Smith couldn't have hoped for a better season opener than his performance against the Texans. He leaned on his weapons with Travis Kelce and Jamaal Charles combining for three touchdowns, and the only thing missing (once again) was a touchdown to a receiver with Jeremy Maclin held out of the end zone. The Broncos just obliterated Joe Flacco with 117 passing yards and two interceptions, and Smith should struggle on the short week Thursday night. Smith struggled against the Broncos in two meetings last year with a combined 30 Fantasy points in two games, and we're not expecting a better outing this week.
Bust alert: Tony Romo (at PHI): Romo was great in Week 1 in a frantic comeback effort against the Giants with 28 Fantasy points, and he did the majority of his work without star receiver Dez Bryant (foot). We know Bryant is out for several weeks, and that should mean trouble for Romo, especially in this matchup on the road. Think about how Stafford was last year when Johnson was out or Matt Ryan whenever Julio Jones has missed time. This is a game for the Cowboys to lean on their running game to slow down the Eagles offense. Romo has averaged just 14 Fantasy points a game in his past three meetings against Philadelphia, and the Eagles just held Ryan to 19 Fantasy points in Atlanta. I can see Romo in that range, but I don't consider him a slam-dunk starter with Bryant out. He could struggle without his No. 1 weapon.
Carlos Hyde (at PIT): Well that was an amazing debut, and we're expecting a solid encore performance in Week 2. Hyde was the Week 1 MVP when he ran through the Vikings on Monday night with 26 carries for 168 yards and two touchdowns and two catches for 14 yards. It helped that Reggie Bush (calf) got hurt, and Bush could be out again this week. Hyde won't be as dominant on the road against a rested Steelers defense, but he should still play at a high enough level to start in every league. And Pittsburgh allowed Dion Lewis to gain 120 total yards in Week 1. We hope this is the beginning of a tremendous breakout campaign for Hyde.
Chris Ivory (at IND): Ivory lived up to the preseason hype with his Week 1 performance against the Browns. He grinded his way to 20 carries for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and the Jets should again lean on him this week on the road. Indianapolis struggled in run defense in Week 1 at Buffalo with the Bills rushing 36 times for 147 yards and two touchdowns, and LeSean McCoy had a third touchdown called back because of a penalty. Ivory now has 13 games with double digits in carries going back to last season, and he's scored at least eight Fantasy points in a standard league in nine of those games. The Jets aren't going away from Ivory any time soon, so he should once again have the chance for quality production on Monday night.
Danny Woodhead (at CIN): The Chargers aren't expected to have much success running against the Bengals, which should mean plenty of Woodhead like we saw in Week 1 against Detroit. He had 12 carries for 42 yards and two touchdowns and four catches for 20 yards on seven targets. By comparison, Melvin Gordon had 14 carries for 51 yards and three catches for 16 yards on three targets. We'll see Woodhead continue to be involved in the passing game and also work as a change-of-pace rusher, and he surprisingly works in the red zone with eight touches there in Week 1 compared to none for Gordon. He might not score again this week, and definitely don't count on two touchdowns. But he's a must-start in PPR leagues, and he should have the chance for at least 70 total yards.
Tevin Coleman (at NYG): Coleman did a nice job in his NFL debut Monday night against the Eagles with 20 carries for 80 yards, and he was clearly the featured option in this backfield. He had 20 touches to 13 for Devonta Freeman, and the Falcons should lean on Coleman again this week. The Giants are a mess defensively, and Joseph Randle had 107 total yards against this defense in Week 1. Freeman could play a role in PPR leagues, especially since Lance Dunbar had eight catches for 70 yards, but Coleman is the running back to trust in this backfield. We hope Coleman can build off his debut and start to show that he's the best running back in Atlanta this season. He looks like a solid No. 2 running back this week.
Joseph Randle (vs. PHI): The Cowboys should lean on their running game with Bryant out, and Randle gave them reason for hope with his performance in Week 1 against the Giants. He had 16 carries for 65 yards and three catches for 42 yards on three targets. He outplayed Darren McFadden, who had six carries for 16 yards and one catch for 19 yards, but lost plenty of playing time in the hurry-up offense to Dunbar, who had eight catches for 70 yards. Randle has the chance to back up his offseason comments where he felt DeMarco Murray had "a lot of meat left on the bone" in terms of his rushing performance, and you know Murray will be fired up to face his former team. We hope Randle rises to the occasion and plays at a high level this week. He's worth using as a No. 2 running back in all formats.
DeAngelo Williams (vs. SF): His last chance to shine as the starter.
Chris Johnson (at CHI): Yes, in 2015, Chris Johnson remains relevant.
Bishop Sankey (at CLE): Let's hope Week 1 was a sign of things to come.
Dion Lewis (at BUF): He should be heavily involved in the passing game.
Doug Martin (at NO): He has potential if this game doesn't get out of hand.
T.J. Yeldon (vs. MIA): The Dolphins run defense was surprisingly bad in Week 1 against the Redskins when Alfred Morris had 25 carries for 121 yards. We're expecting them to correct that mistake this week against the Jaguars. Yeldon wasn't bad in Week 1 against the Panthers with 12 carries for 51 yards and three catches for 16 yards, and we'll see how he does with more work if the game flow allows it. But I'm not planning to trust Yeldon this week in what should be a difficult matchup. Morris might have had the best game against Miami's run defense this year as long as Ndamukong Suh is healthy.
Latavius Murray (vs. BAL): The Ravens are going to miss Terrell Suggs (Achilles), but that should be more about their pass rush and not their run defense. In Week 1, Baltimore clamped down on the Broncos rushing attack and held Anderson and Ronnie Hillman to 25 carries for 68 yards and no touchdowns. Murray struggled in Week 1 against the Bengals with 11 carries for 44 yards and seven catches for 36 yards, and you should expect a similar stat line this week if not worse. He's only worth using as a flex option in the majority of leagues, but his value could be higher in PPR formats if he remains this involved as a receiver. Having a healthy Derek Carr (hand) will also help Murray's cause.
Darren Sproles (vs. DAL): Sproles was great in Week 1 against the Falcons with five carries for 50 yards and seven catches for 76 yards. He outplayed DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews, and he appears to be a significant contributor once again despite the addition of the two new running backs this year. But don't fall for Sproles repeating his Week 1 performance on a consistent basis. He's always better indoors like he was at Atlanta than outside, and he failed to score double digits in Fantasy points in his past five home games despite scoring four touchdowns over that span. This game should be all about Murray, and Sproles is only worth flex consideration in PPR leagues.
LeGarrette Blount (at BUF): Blount gets to see action for the first time this season since he was suspended for Week 1 against Pittsburgh, but this isn't a good matchup to trust him. He'll need a touchdown to help his Fantasy value, and I don't want to bank on that for my Fantasy team. The Bills defense was exceptional in Week 1 against the Colts, and Frank Gore was held to eight carries for 31 yards, with Indianapolis as a team gaining just 3.8 yards per carry. Lewis would make more sense for New England given his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, and the smart move is to keep Blount parked on your bench this week in the majority of leagues.
Melvin Gordon (at CIN): Gordon ran as expected in Week 1 against the Lions with 14 carries for 51 yards and three catches for 16 yards. He looked decisive early in the game, but it was a tough matchup for him against Detroit. This is a similar matchup against the Bengals, and Woodhead should get more production as he did in Week 1. Cincinnati clamped down on Latavius Murray last week on the ground with 11 carries for 44 yards, and Gordon could have a similar stat line, especially if the Chargers start chasing points. His time will come, but for now keep him on your bench.
Bust alert: Alfred Morris (vs. STL): Morris might have been the biggest surprise in Week 1 with his performance against the Dolphins with 25 carries for 125 yards. He dominated the touches ahead of Matt Jones (six carries for 28 yards), and it appears like he will remain the workhorse rusher for the Redskins for now. But don't expect him to run through the Rams like he did the Dolphins. St. Louis might be even better against the run than Miami this year, and the Rams just held Marshawn Lynch in check with 18 carries for 73 yards and five catches for 31 yards. The receptions are kind of irrelevant since that's not a part of Morris' game, but he could get seven Fantasy points in this matchup. That makes him a low-end starter or flex in standard leagues, but this is a tough matchup to trust him in most formats.
Brandin Cooks and Brandon Coleman (vs. TB): I wasn't planning to write about Cooks this week because I thought it was a no-brainer to start him. Then the knee-jerk reaction comments starting coming in after his poor Week 1 performance, and it was worth reminding people to start him this week. Cooks led the Saints receivers in targets in Week 1 at Arizona with eight, but he managed just four catches for 49 yards. He had a tough matchup against Patrick Peterson, but things should ease up this week at home against Tampa Bay. And Coleman should pick up where last week ended when he had four catches for 41 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. The Bucs allowed two receivers to score in Week 1 against the Titans, with Kendall Wright going for 101 yards and a touchdown on four catches. The Saints passing game should thrive in this matchup.
Jarvis Landry (at JAC): It was more of the same for Landry in Week 1 at Washington like we saw last year. He had a high volume of targets (12) and receptions (eight), but he did little with it, gaining just 53 yards and no touchdowns. He definitely helped owners in leagues where special teams count with a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown, but owners in standard formats want to see Landry do more down the field. We'll see if that happens this week against the Jaguars, and Jacksonville wasn't really tested in Week 1 with Carolina's mediocre receiving corps. Landry is an obvious start in PPR leagues, but we like him as a No. 2 Fantasy option in standard leagues as well.
Donte Moncrief (vs. NYJ): We're expecting T.Y. Hilton (knee) to miss this week's game, which should open the door for Moncrief to be No. 2 on the depth chart behind Andre Johnson. And Johnson will likely see plenty of time being covered by Darrelle Revis, which would allow Moncrief to build off his Week 1 performance, especially if Antonio Cromartie (knee) is out. Moncrief had 11 targets against the Bills and finished with six catches for 46 yards and a touchdown. He was second in targets to Hilton, and Andrew Luck leaned on him more than Johnson. Moncrief is safer as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues, but don't hesitate to start him if you're missing Bryant or Hilton this week.
John Brown and Larry Fitzgerald (at CHI): Both Cardinals receivers played well in Week 1 against the Saints, and they should carry that over to this week's matchup against the Bears. Brown had four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, and Fitzgerald had six catches for 87 yards on eight targets. Michael Floyd played despite his hand injury but had just one catch for 18 yards on one target. His playing time will continue to increase as he gets closer to 100 percent, but Fitzgerald and Brown will remain the better targets for Palmer. Both have the potential to be No. 2 Fantasy receivers this week given the matchup with Chicago.
Steve Smith (at OAK): The Raiders have issues at safety this week with Nate Allen (knee) and Charles Woodson (shoulder) out, and the Ravens might have some success throwing the ball, especially compared to Week 1. Denver shut down Baltimore's passing attack, including holding Smith to two catches for 13 yards on seven targets. He had an apparent touchdown drop in the game, but he should perform better in this matchup with easier coverage. He still led all the Ravens receivers in targets, which isn't a surprise, and Joe Flacco should lean on him to get this passing game headed in the right direction.
Nelson Agholor (vs. DAL): Don't judge him based on last week.
Terrance Williams (at PHI): He'll shoulder a bigger load with Bryant out.
Kendall Wright (at CLE): Mariota should turn him into a standout receiver.
Vincent Jackson (at NO): He gets a huge boost if Mike Evans remains out.
Steve Johnson (at CIN): He should continue to be a top target for Philip Rivers.
Andre Johnson (vs. NYJ): Let's start with Johnson, who looked miserable in Week 1 against the Bills with four catches for 24 yards on 10 targets. Granted, most of the Colts looked bad in Buffalo, but Johnson did not give Fantasy owners reason for hope with his Indianapolis debut. We hope things improve in the home opener Monday night, but Johnson should be matched up with Revis if Hilton is out as expected. Revis should be able to contain Johnson, and he should be considered a risky starting option. We still expect Johnson to play well this year in his first season with Luck, but don't plan on starting him in most leagues this week.
Sammy Watkins (vs. NE): Watkins was one of the biggest non-factors in Week 1 against the Colts when he was held to no catches on three targets. He was outplayed by Percy Harvin, which we hope doesn't happen on a regular basis. But give Buffalo credit for beating the Colts without using Watkins, who had to deal with a tough matchup from Vontae Davis. It likely won't get much easier this week if the Patriots put Malcolm Butler on Watkins. While Antonio Brown had nine catches for 133 yards and a touchdown against the Patriots in Week 1, Butler made him work for that production. We expect Watkins to be better than his first game against the Colts, but he should only be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best in this matchup.
Amari Cooper (vs. BAL): It sounds like Carr will play this week for the Raiders, which is definitely a plus for Cooper. He struggled in Week 1, and it's doubtful Matt McGloin will make him better. Cooper's NFL debut against the Bengals was five catches for 47 yards on nine targets, and the Ravens likely won't let him do much better. Baltimore held Thomas and Sanders to six Fantasy points each despite a combined 23 targets, and Cooper is still getting his feet wet as an NFL player. He'll have better days, but this is not a good week to trust him with Carr at less than 100 percent.
Jeremy Maclin (vs. DEN): Go figure, the Chiefs went another game without a receiver scoring a touchdown, and the streak is now at 20 games and counting heading into Week 2 against the Broncos. Maclin made his Chiefs debut in Week 1 against the Texans and finished with five catches for 52 yards on nine targets. There are a lot more stat lines like that headed Maclin's way, and this should be a tough matchup against Denver's secondary. The Broncos just shut down Steve Smith and the Ravens, and Maclin should struggle this week. He should only be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best.
James Jones (vs. SEA): Jones was great in Week 1 in his return to the Packers following a one-year departure to the Raiders, and he surprised us all with two touchdowns against the Bears on four catches for 51 yards on four targets. But don't buy into Jones as a weekly starter, especially at the expense of Randall Cobb or Davante Adams. Cobb, despite his shoulder injury, still scored against Chicago with five catches for 38 yards, and Adams led the Packers in targets with eight despite just four catches for 59 yards. It will be interesting to see what the Seahawks do with standout cornerback Richard Sherman and if he moves around at all, but I rank the Packers receivers this week as Cobb, Adams and Jones. I still trust Cobb and Adams the most, and Jones could struggle if he doesn't find the end zone this week.
Bust alert: Brandon Marshall (at IND): I'm done counting on Joe Haden as a shutdown cornerback against top-tier receivers, and Marshall burned him in Week 1 with six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. Haden is a good cornerback, but Davis has become one of the best in the NFL. He shut down Watkins in Week 1, and he should be able to frustrate Marshall enough to hinder his production. The two were once teammates in Miami early in Davis' career, and they had a reported altercation during practice where Marshall threw a ball in Davis' face. Davis had to be restrained from Marshall, but the two will lock up against each other in this matchup. They might have mended the fences following their time in Miami, but this should be a good battle on Monday night. And the result could be a low stat line for Marshall.
Tyler Eifert (vs. SD): It was a breakdown in coverage, but Eric Ebron scored a touchdown against the Chargers last week and also led Detroit in targets with five. He finished with four catches for 53 yards, and Eifert definitely has a higher ceiling coming off his Week 1 performance. He far exceeded my expectations with nine catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns, but the best stat was leading the team in targets with 12, which was four more than A.J. Green. Eifert won't repeat his Week 1 stat line, but he should finish as a top-10 tight end this week.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (at NO): There's a good chance the Bucs will be chasing points in this game, and Seferian-Jenkins will definitely be heavily involved based on what happened in Week 1 against Tennessee when he had five catches for 110 yards on two touchdowns on seven targets. The Saints allowed Darren Fells to catch four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown last week in Arizona, and Seferian-Jenkins has a higher ceiling, especially if Mike Evans (hamstring) remains out. Seferian-Jenkins was second in targets for Tampa Bay in Week 1 behind Vincent Jackson (11).
Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener (vs. IND): I like Allen more than Fleener because of his touchdown potential since he's scored in nine of his past 14 games, including Week 1 at Buffalo. He only had three catches for 17 yards with the touchdown, so his upside is limited, but the Colts could lean on both tight ends this week with Hilton out and Andre Johnson likely negated by Revis. Fleener should definitely see an increase in playing time after he had one target and one catch for 5 yards against the Bills, but he's more of a sleeper than a must-start option. I would expect Allen to score this week.
Kyle Rudolph (vs. DET): He tied for the team lead in targets in Week 1.
Scott Chandler (at BUF): He should score in his return to Buffalo.
Heath Miller (vs. SF): He remains the No. 2 option in this passing attack.
Owen Daniels (at KC): The Chiefs didn't exactly face a quality tight end in Week 1 against the Texans, but it's not like Daniels played well in his first game with the Broncos with two catches for 5 yards on two targets against Baltimore. Virgil Green also had one target, so Manning wasn't looking at his tight ends much in his first game without Julius Thomas. Kansas City hasn't allowed a tight end to score since Week 11 last year, and Antonio Gates in Week 7 was the lone tight end to score double digits in Fantasy points against the Chiefs in 2014. We need to see Daniels play well before trusting him in the majority of leagues.
Eric Ebron (at MIN): I like the idea of picking up Ebron to see if this can be his breakout season, and he started off playing well against the Chargers with 11 Fantasy points in a standard league. But this should be a tougher matchup against the Vikings, who held Vernon Davis to three catches for 47 yards on six targets. Last year, only two tight ends reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Vikings with only four touchdowns allowed, and Ebron was held to three catches for 34 yards on six targets in two matchups. He's obviously a better player now than he was as a rookie, but you don't have to start him in Week 2 despite his solid outing in Week 1.
Zach Ertz (vs. DAL): Ertz was able to play in Week 1 at Atlanta despite coming off groin surgery in the preseason, and he was heavily involved with eight targets. He only had three catches for 46 yards to show for it, and it's too soon to trust him as a starter in the majority of leagues. He doesn't have a good history against the Cowboys with nine catches for 108 yards and no touchdowns in four career games, and Dallas held the Giants tight ends to six catches for 54 yards in Week 1 despite eight targets. I hope Ertz can emerge as a viable Fantasy option this season, but he needs to prove himself first before I'll start him in most formats.
Bust alert: Jordan Reed (vs. STL): The Rams got off to a bad start in their defense of tight ends when Jimmy Graham had six catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 on eight targets. Graham became just the fifth tight end to reach double digits in Fantasy points against St. Louis in the past 49 games, and the Rams have allowed just 11 touchdowns to the position over that span. We'll see if Reed shows St. Louis is no longer a juggernaut in stopping tight ends, and he's coming off an impressive Week 1 outing against Miami with seven catches for 63 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 11 targets. He'll benefit with DeSean Jackson (hamstring) out, but the Rams will clamp down on trying to stop him. I'd be hesitant to trust Reed this week in the majority of leagues.
Ravens (at OAK): Losing Terrell Suggs (Achilles) for the season is a tough blow, but the Ravens get the benefit of facing the Raiders, who could be missing Derek Carr (hand). That would mean Matt McGloin would start at quarterback, which gives the Ravens a plus matchup, and I like them even if Carr is active. Oakland was a disaster on offense in Week 1 against the Bengals and didn't score a touchdown until eight minutes remained in the fourth quarter. The Ravens sacked Peyton Manning four times in Week 1 in Denver and didn't allow an offensive touchdown, so they should be in good shape against the hapless Raiders, especially if Carr is out.
Saints (vs. TB): Jameis Winston should be overwhelmed in the dome.
Titans (at CLE): The Titans benefit facing another bad offense this week.
Broncos (at KC): Denver's defense might have to carry the team for a while.
Jets (at IND): The Jets DST was great in Week 1 against the Browns with one interception, three sacks, three fumble recoveries and only 10 points allowed. They took advantage of a bad offense in Cleveland, including starting quarterback Josh McCown (concussion) getting knocked out of the game. They have a tougher task this week on the road at the Colts, who didn't play well in Week 1 at Buffalo. The Bills exposed the Indianapolis offensive line, and Luck threw two interceptions and the team scored just 14 points. But things should be different at home, and Luck has 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions in his past five outings at Indianapolis. The offensive line should improve after last week, and the Jets could be without Antonio Cromartie (knee).
Zach Hocker (vs. TB): Hocker made his case to be the Saints kicker for the season with a strong performance in Week 1 at the Cardinals with four made field goals on four attempts and his lone extra point. His 13 Fantasy points made him a top-five Fantasy kicker for the week, and he should stay in that range in Week 2 at home against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay couldn't stop Tennessee in Week 1 at home, so imagine what Drew Brees and the Saints should do this week in their home opener. Hocker should get plenty of scoring chances and is worth starting in all formats.
Graham Gano (vs. HOU): Gano had four field goal attempts in Week 1.
Dan Carpenter (vs. NE): NE allowed four field goal attempts in Week 1.
Mike Nugent (vs. SD): This game could be surprisingly high scoring.
Chandler Catanzaro (at CHI): Catanzaro made just one field goal and four extra points in Week 1 against the Saints at home and he'll have to do better than that this week for Fantasy owners to trust him. And he hasn't been very trustworthy on the road going back to last year. In his last five games on the road (Oakland, Dallas, Seattle, St. Louis and San Francisco) he has one outing with multiple field goals, which was against the Rams in Week 15 and accounted for just one of the five games he had with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league in 2014. The Bears likely won't slow down the Cardinals offense this week, but we would anticipate more touchdowns than field goals. Last week, Green Bay's Mason Crosby had just one field goal and four extra points at Chicago.