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NFL Preseason Week 2: What to Watch for Friday (2022 Fantasy Football)

Aug 19, 2022

What should fantasy players keep an eye out for in Week 2? Here is one thing to watch from Friday’s Week 2 preseason matchups.

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CAR vs. NE – Baker Mayfield vs. Sam Darnold

Carolina’s battle for the starting quarterback role has been one of the more talked about stories this month. Mayfield got the start and had a couple of impressive throws. Meanwhile, Darnold came in on the second series and scored the first touchdown of the game for the Panthers with an eight-yard pass to Rashard Higgins. The Commanders’ defense was very unimpressive early in the game. It will be interesting to see which quarterback gets the start and how they play against the New England defense this week.

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NO vs. GB – Wherefore art thou Romeo?

The talk of training camp for the Packers has been Romeo Doubs. The fourth-round rookie pick has been on my radar since early May and has put together one impressive catch after another during camp. Furthermore, Doubs had a solid performance against the 49ers, pulling in a team-high three receptions for 45 yards and Jordan Love‘s first touchdown of the game. Hopefully, Aaron Rodgers plays this week. That way, fantasy players can take notes on which wide receivers are on the field and see targets from the reigning MVP.

HOU vs. LAR – The Dameon Pierce Show

While he had only five rushing attempts, Pierce averaged nearly 10 yards per attempt. He also showed good vision, burst, and contact balance. Furthermore, Marlon Mack had only six yards on three rushing attempts, while Rex Burkhead didn’t play. Pierce has been one of my favorite rookies to draft and should be the Week 1 starter. If he has another impressive performance this week, his ADP should rise even more.

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Mike Fanelli is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Mike, check out his archive and follow him @Mike_NFL2.

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