Overvalued & Undervalued Players: Week 2 (2021 Fantasy Football)
Congratulations, we made it through Week 1. If you’re reading this, you survived. I, for one, barely survived after James Robinson was out-carried by Carlos Hyde, but we have no choice but to keep moving forward.
Here are your overvalued and undervalued picks for Week 2. As a reminder, these utilize Half-PPR scoring in our expert consensus rankings.
Josh Allen (BUF): QB3
This isn’t an overreaction to a less-than-exciting Week 1 performance by Allen. I think he and the Bills’ offense will be just fine moving forward. That swing back to stardom may be delayed by a week, however, as the Bills are traveling to Miami against a typically-stout Dolphins defense. The Dolphins registered two fumble recoveries and a sack in Week 1 against the Patriots, and they should hold their own against the Bills. Allen will be fine, but I don’t see a QB3 return.
Aaron Rodgers (GB): QB7
It was well-publicized that the Packers – and Rodgers – were generally awful last week. They got absolutely blown out, and there were very few silver linings. This is more of a narrative pick than a statistical one, but Rodgers should be on the warpath in a divisional matchup that can reset their season after just one tumultuous week. Let’s not let the Lions off the hook for being one of the weaker teams in the league because they almost came back against the 49ers. Fire up Rodgers in Week 2.
Dalvin Cook (MIN): RB2
Cook had a slow start in Week 1, but he ended up putting together a very successful fantasy day. The Vikings are traveling to Arizona in Week 2, and one of the most impressive defensive performances I saw in Week 1 belonged to the Cardinals. They absolutely wreaked havoc on the Titans’ offense and ultimately shut down Derrick Henry, and I could see something resemblant for Cook this week. You aren’t benching him, but Cook isn’t a guy I will be angling to squeeze into any daily lineups.
Aaron Jones (GB): RB5
This is my last Packer, I promise. In addition to everything I said about Rodgers and the Packers needing to win, the Lions’ run defense is just plain bad. They’ve been bad for a few years, and they gave up 127 yards and two TDs to a carousel of 49ers running backs in Week 1. Jones has overall RB1 upside this week.
Tyler Lockett (SEA): WR12
I’ve been down this road before. Tyler Lockett looks amazing. He goes over 100 yards and has two touchdowns and makes you think he’s going to be a normal good receiver. The past indicates that that is not the case. Lockett has always been a very erratic receiver, and I think Tennessee will try to manage the game as much as possible by way of Derrick Henry, and this will be a Lockett disappointment outing.
Brandin Cooks (HOU): WR29
Cooks had the fourth-most receiving yards in the league in Week 1 with 132, and that was in a game that the Texans were leading almost the entire time. That will likely not be the case in Week 2 with the Browns coming to town, and the Texans will likely be throwing plenty to keep pace. Cooks should be in line for a fairly heavy workload, and he is very undervalued at WR29.
Rob Gronkowski (TB): TE9
What year is this? I’ve generally been skeptical about Gronk’s resurgence, but I can’t ignore eight receptions for 90 yards and two scores, especially for a globally-scarce position in a crowded offense. The Bucs are facing Atlanta this week, who gave up a productive week, including Dallas Goedert’s score. It is absolutely a crowded offense, but I don’t need to tell you about the connection between Gronk and Tom Brady.