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Kyle Yates’ Last-Minute Week 2 Cheat Sheet (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Kyle Yates | @KyleYNFL | Featured Writer
Sep 18, 2021


 
We’ve got some fantastic matchups on the tv this weekend! Are you ready for them?

I’m here with my quick-hitting thoughts to help you get ready for your fantasy matchups heading into week 2! If you’d like a little bit more in-depth studying, you can also find my weekly rankings here or my weekly fantasy projections article with projections and notes for every fantasy-relevant player in the NFL here.

Here are some last-minute quick-hit items designed to help you live your best fantasy life in Week 2.

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5 Players I Like More Than ECR

Jonathan Taylor: The Rams defense is built to eliminate big plays over the top. Carson Wentz is going to consistently look for his check-down options and Taylor finished with a hefty target share in week one. I believe that continues this week and the matchup on the ground isn’t as daunting as once believed. He’s RB12 in ECR, but RB5 in my rankings.

Melvin Gordon: Will Gordon be in a complete time share with Javonte Williams moving forward? Undoubtedly. However, this is the same Jags defense that just allowed the Houston Texans to run all over them. Gordon and Williams should both have big games here. Gordon is currently RB17 in my rankings and RB23 in ECR.

Amari Cooper: Without Michael Gallup siphoning away targets, Cooper and CeeDee Lamb are going to see a ridiculous target share again this week. He’s WR10 in ECR and WR5 in my rankings.

Antonio Brown: The Atlanta secondary doesn’t stand a chance this week and the Bucs are going to potentially drop 50 points on them. Brown’s ECR is only WR23 and he’s WR16 in my rankings. He has top-5 upside this week.

Tyler Higbee: What did we see from Higbee last week that would cause us to still have him ranked below players like Pitts and Fant? This offense is high-powered in LA and it’s going to put up points on the board in this matchup. The Colts traditionally shut down opposing TEs, but they have a lot of other players to worry about in this offense versus completely focusing in on Higbee. He’s at TE7 in my rankings.

5 Players I Like Less Than ECR

Derrick Henry: The Titans offense looked disjointed in week one and it could struggle to get much done on the ground again this week. Henry is facing a stout defensive front that held the Colts ground game in check last week. He’s RB6 in ECR and RB10 in my rankings.

Kareem Hunt: Hunt absolutely has the potential to score multiple touchdowns this week and finish as a top-10 option at the RB position. He also has as much potential to score zero touchdowns and finish outside the top-40. Hunt’s ranking is taking that into account. He’s RB20 in ECR and RB26 in my rankings.

Stefon Diggs: Diggs is absolutely going to be a safe option for fantasy managers again this week. However, the matchup isn’t great and his ECR doesn’t seem to be taking that into account. It sits at WR4 currently and I have him at WR10.

Calvin Ridley: Ridley has the opportunity to soak up targets yet again this week, but where’s the upside going against the Bucs defense? He’s being ranked at WR7 in ECR and I have him at WR13 on the week.

Kyle Pitts: Just like with Ridley, where’s the upside for Pitts to finish as a top-6 option? He lands at TE9 in my rankings.

Desperation Pickups

Tony Jones: The fact that Jones is only rostered in 24% of Yahoo leagues is mind-boggling. He has standalone value as a FLEX play, but his upside is massive if Alvin Kamara were to miss time with an injury. Go pick him up now.

Tim Patrick: Patrick now steps into a larger role with Jerry Jeudy sidelined for the foreseeable future. Up against Jacksonville, I wouldn’t be shocked if Patrick finds the end zone again this week.

Larry Rountree: Rountree appears to have locked up this RB2 job in Los Angeles, which will certainly have value throughout the season. If you’re in a pinch and need a RB, Rountree should see enough work in a plus matchup to fill in.

Pat Freiermuth: Eric Ebron could potentially miss this game with an injury, which puts Freiermuth in the streaming conversation against Las Vegas.

Hunter Renfrow: Renfrow finished as the WR41 in Full PPR formats last week and he’s available in 94% of leagues.

Anthony Schwartz: Schwartz is a desperation play, but one that could pay off big time in deeper leagues. He saw a significant target share in week one and he has a very plus matchup in front of him this week with Houston. He’s only rostered in 3% of Yahoo leagues.

5 Receiver/Cornerback Matchups to Watch

Christian Kirk/Mackensie Alexander: Alexander struggled immensely last week and Kirk dominated out of the slot. Kirk could be in for another big game again this week.

Antonio Brown/AJ Terrell: Start AB. That’s pretty much it.

Davante Adams/Ifeatu Melifonwu: Melifonwu doesn’t stand a chance.

Keenan Allen/Jourdan Lewis: Allen’s going to absolutely shred in this matchup against the Dallas secondary. Lewis is going to need help all game long to even stick with Allen.

Tyler Lockett/Kristian Fulton: Fulton’s a talented corner, but he’s going to have his hands full with Lockett this week.

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Kyle Yates is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Kyle, check out his archive and follow him @KyleYNFL.

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