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Week 2 Quick Grades (2022 Fantasy Football Start or Sit Advice)

Sep 16, 2022
Week 2 Fantasy Football Start/Sit Grades

Welcome to Week 2, friends. As always, we’re here to provide you with some Quick Grades (or Start/Sit Grades, if you prefer) for the week.

We tapped into our consensus projections and rankings and Derek Brown’s weekly Primer to generate this week’s Quick Grades. See below for the results and accompanying notes.

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Week 2 QB Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 2
1 A+ Josh Allen BUF TEN
2 A Patrick Mahomes II KC LAC
3 A Jalen Hurts PHI MIN
4 A Lamar Jackson BAL MIA
5 A Justin Herbert LAC KC
6 B+ Kyler Murray ARI LV
7 B+ Russell Wilson DEN HOU
8 B Derek Carr LV ARI
9 B Joe Burrow CIN DAL
10 B Matthew Stafford LAR ATL
11 B Trey Lance SF SEA
12 B Aaron Rodgers GB CHI
13 B- Kirk Cousins MIN PHI
14 B- Tom Brady TB NO
15 C+ Carson Wentz WAS DET
16 C Tua Tagovailoa MIA BAL
17 C Justin Fields CHI GB
18 C- Trevor Lawrence JAC IND
19 D+ Jared Goff DET WAS
20 D Matt Ryan IND JAC
21 D Jameis Winston NO TB
22 D Marcus Mariota ATL LAR
23 D- Daniel Jones NYG CAR
24 F Ryan Tannehill TEN BUF
25 F Baker Mayfield CAR NYG
26 F Mitch Trubisky PIT NE
27 F Davis Mills HOU DEN
28 F Mac Jones NE PIT
29 F Geno Smith SEA SF
30 F Joe Flacco NYJ CLE
31 F Jacoby Brissett CLE NYJ
32 F Cooper Rush DAL CIN
33 F Jimmy Garoppolo SF SEA
34 F Kenny Pickett PIT NE
35 F Drew Lock SEA SF

Notes

Carson Wentz: Sweet Christmas. Wentz was the QB3 in fantasy in Week 1. Yes, you read that correctly. No, it wasn’t a typo. Wentz chucked the pigskin for 313 yards with four passing scores. Wentz walks away from Week 1ee seventh in catchable pass rate and 14th in clean pocket accuracy. Carson Wentz could realistically stack back-to-back top five games to open this year. Detroit was 27th in pass defense DVOA last year, allowing the 13th highest adjusted completion rate and second-highest yards per attempt. They specifically struggled against play-action passing which is a Wentz staple. Detroit permitted the fifth-highest play-action yards per attempt and second-highest play-action passer rating last year. Wentz led the NFL in play-action passing attempts in Week 1. Jalen Hurts logged a 90.9% adjusted completion rate on play-action throws in Week 1.

Jalen Hurts: Hurts is coming off a QB4 performance last week where he failed to even throw for a touchdown. Hurts now lines up against a pass defense that blanketed Aaron Rodgers last week, but that doesn’t frighten me in the least. The Vikings allowed the eighth-highest yards per attempt and ninth-most passing touchdowns last year. They were also eighth in deep passing yards and deep passer rating. Hurts is a top three fantasy quarterback this week.

Kyler Murray: Murray finished last week as the QB9 in fantasy, but it was gruesome. Murray managed 5.7 yards per attempt (27th), ranking 23rd in PFF passing grade. Murray is primed for a much better game in Week 2. The Las Vegas secondary was 14th in adjusted completion rate and ninth in passing touchdowns allowed last year. They also let go of arguably their top two corners in the offseason. It showed in Week 1 as they were third in success rate per drop back and fourth in EPA per drop back.

Justin Fields: Do I think the Packers are as bad as their 26th pass defense DVOA and third-highest net yards per pass attempt ranking right now? No. Does that mean they are a shutdown secondary coming off a bad week? No, again. Green Bay’s 2021 resume was littered with inconsistencies as they allowed the seventh-lowest yards per attempt while also giving up the sixth-most passing touchdowns. They had the 17th-lowest success rate per dropback and 14th-lowest EPA per dropback allowed last year. In his final start against this pass defense last year Justin Fields completed 54.5% of his passes with 6.7 yards per attempt while chipping in nine rushes for 74 yards on the ground. The production with his legs and two passing scores led him to QB10 for the week. Fields has a similar upside this week in a better offensive scheme.

Aaron Rodgers: In his last two meetings with Chicago, Rodgers has completed 76.6% of his passes with 8.9 yards per attempt and a 6:0 passing touchdown to interception ratio. He was the QB3 and QB9 in fantasy in those weeks. Yes, Davante Adams isn’t in town anymore, but it’s premature to write off Rodgers after one week when his most talented receivers are still attempting to find their way in the NFL. I don’t want to take anything away from the Bears’ upset win in Week 1, but this defense is probably closer to the 2021 version than last week suggests. In 2021 they were 16th in success rate per dropback, 20th in EPA per dropback, and 22nd in EPA per play allowed. If Rodgers can check his ego at the door and continue to target his receivers through miscues and he gets Allen Lazard back, a high ceiling is still attainable in Week 2.

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Week 2 WR Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 2
1 A+ Cooper Kupp LAR ATL
2 A+ Justin Jefferson MIN PHI
3 A+ Davante Adams LV ARI
4 A+ Ja’Marr Chase CIN DAL
5 A+ Stefon Diggs BUF TEN
6 A A.J. Brown PHI MIN
7 A Tyreek Hill MIA BAL
8 A Deebo Samuel SF SEA
9 A Mike Williams LAC KC
10 A Terry McLaurin WAS DET
11 A Amon-Ra St. Brown DET WAS
12 A Mike Evans TB NO
13 A Gabriel Davis BUF TEN
14 A- Courtland Sutton DEN HOU
15 A- Marquise Brown ARI LV
16 A- DJ Moore CAR NYG
17 A- Jaylen Waddle MIA BAL
18 A- Brandin Cooks HOU DEN
19 B+ Jerry Jeudy DEN HOU
20 B+ CeeDee Lamb DAL CIN
21 B Christian Kirk JAC IND
22 B JuJu Smith-Schuster KC LAC
23 B Diontae Johnson PIT NE
24 B Tee Higgins CIN DAL
25 B Michael Thomas NO TB
26 B+ DK Metcalf SEA SF
27 B Rashod Bateman BAL MIA
28 B- Darnell Mooney CHI GB
29 B- Elijah Moore NYJ CLE
30 B- Adam Thielen MIN PHI
31 B- Hunter Renfrow LV ARI
32 B- Julio Jones TB NO
33 C+ Brandon Aiyuk SF SEA
34 C+ Allen Robinson II LAR ATL
35 C+ Drake London ATL LAR
36 C+ Amari Cooper CLE NYJ
37 C+ Chase Claypool PIT NE
38 C DeVonta Smith PHI MIN
39 C Tyler Boyd CIN DAL
40 C Jarvis Landry NO TB
41 C Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC LAC
42 C Joshua Palmer LAC KC
43 C Curtis Samuel WAS DET
44 C Allen Lazard GB CHI
45 C Jahan Dotson WAS DET
46 C Tyler Lockett SEA SF
47 C D.J. Chark Jr. DET WAS
48 C Russell Gage TB NO
49 C- Robbie Anderson CAR NYG
50 C- Jakobi Meyers NE PIT
51 C- Chris Olave NO TB
52 C- Treylon Burks TEN BUF
53 C- Robert Woods TEN BUF
54 C- Corey Davis NYJ CLE
55 C- Mecole Hardman KC LAC
56 D+ DeVante Parker NE PIT
57 D+ Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE NYJ
58 D+ George Pickens PIT NE
59 D Isaiah McKenzie BUF TEN
60 D Nico Collins HOU DEN
61 D+ Zay Jones JAC IND
62 D Sterling Shepard NYG CAR
63 D K.J. Osborn MIN PHI
64 D Garrett Wilson NYJ CLE
65 D Parris Campbell IND JAC
66 D- Romeo Doubs GB CHI
67 D- Greg Dortch ARI LV
68 D- Christian Watson GB CHI
69 F Marvin Jones Jr. JAC IND
70 F A.J. Green ARI LV
71 F Kenny Golladay NYG CAR
72 F Devin Duvernay BAL MIA
73 F Sammy Watkins GB CHI
74 F Ashton Dulin IND JAC
75 F Kyle Philips TEN BUF
76 F Kadarius Toney NYG CAR
77 F Randall Cobb GB CHI
78 F Skyy Moore KC LAC
79 F Noah Brown DAL CIN
80 F Nelson Agholor NE PIT
81 F Richie James Jr. NYG CAR
82 D+ Jamison Crowder BUF TEN
83 F Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN BUF
84 F Braxton Berrios NYJ CLE
85 F Cedrick Wilson Jr. MIA BAL
86 F Josh Reynolds DET WAS
87 F Equanimeous St. Brown CHI GB
88 F Kendrick Bourne NE PIT
89 F Mack Hollins LV ARI
90 F Ben Skowronek LAR ATL
91 F Byron Pringle CHI GB
92 F Jauan Jennings SF SEA
93 F Quez Watkins PHI MIN
94 F Bryan Edwards ATL LAR
95 F Olamide Zaccheaus ATL LAR
96 F David Bell CLE NYJ
97 F Jalen Guyton LAC KC
98 F DeAndre Carter LAC KC
99 F Marquez Callaway NO TB
100 F Jalen Tolbert DAL CIN
101 F Mike Strachan IND JAC
102 F Quintez Cephus DET WAS
103 F Rashard Higgins CAR NYG
104 F Chris Conley HOU DEN
105 F Jalen Reagor MIN PHI
106 F Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR NYG
107 F Anthony Schwartz CLE NYJ
108 F Dante Pettis CHI GB
109 F Breshad Perriman TB NO
110 F Jaelon Darden TB NO
111 F Darius Slayton NYG CAR
112 F Demarcus Robinson BAL MIA
113 F K.J. Hamler DEN HOU
114 F Chris Moore HOU DEN
115 F Deonte Harty NO TB
116 F Scotty Miller TB NO
117 F Dezmon Patmon IND JAC
118 F Trent Sherfield MIA BAL
119 F KhaDarel Hodge ATL LAR
120 F Justin Watson KC LAC
121 F Montrell Washington DEN HOU
122 F Amari Rodgers GB CHI
123 F Zach Pascal PHI MIN
124 F James Proche II BAL MIA
125 F Michael Gallup DAL CIN
126 F Dennis Houston DAL CIN
127 F Ray-Ray McCloud SF SEA
128 F Tyrie Cleveland DEN HOU
129 F Shi Smith CAR NYG
130 F Mike Thomas CIN DAL
131 F Marquise Goodwin SEA SF
132 F Tylan Wallace BAL MIA
133 F Jamal Agnew JAC IND
134 F Cam Sims WAS DET
135 F Dyami Brown WAS DET
136 F Phillip Dorsett II HOU DEN
137 F Kalif Raymond DET WAS
138 F Chris Godwin TB NO
139 F Jake Kumerow BUF TEN
140 F Dee Eskridge SEA SF
141 F Simi Fehoko DAL CIN
142 F Ihmir Smith-Marsette CHI GB
143 F Tutu Atwell LAR ATL
144 F David Sills V NYG CAR
145 F Miles Boykin PIT NE
146 F Tyron Johnson LV ARI
147 F Demetric Felton Jr. CLE NYJ
148 F Trent Taylor CIN DAL
149 F Laviska Shenault Jr. CAR NYG
150 F Dax Milne WAS DET
151 F Brandon Powell LAR ATL
152 F Tim Jones JAC IND
153 F Cody Hollister TEN BUF
154 F KaVontae Turpin DAL CIN
155 F Gunner Olszewski PIT NE
156 F Lil’Jordan Humphrey NE PIT
157 F Khalil Shakir BUF TEN
158 F Penny Hart SEA SF
159 F Jeff Smith NYJ CLE

Notes

Gabriel Davis: In Week 1, Davis played 98% of the snaps running a route on every dropback. Yes, he only garnered a 16.1% target share, but he also saw 37.3% of the team’s air yards. With 2.67 yards per route run and as the 31st highest graded receiver per PFF (minimum five targets, total of 56 wide receivers in sample), fading him at this point is lunacy. He’ll run about 89% of his routes against Fulton and McCreary.

DeVante Parker: Parker and Jakobi Meyers were the only full-time wideouts for the Patriots last week. No other wide receiver eclipsed a 55% route per dropback clip. Parker could only command two targets in Week 1 (6.6% target share). Parker ran 94% of his routes on the perimeter. This means he’ll see Akhello Witherspoon and Cameron Sutton this week. Witherspoon allowed a 77.8% catch rate and 94.7 passer rating in Week 1, but last year he was electric, holding opposing receivers to a 48.6% catch rate and 48.0 passer rating. I expect a bounceback performance from Witherspoon here. Sutton was a liability last season, giving up a 68.9% catch rate and 108.8 passer rating, but he started the season dominating (37.5% catch rate and 50.0 passer rating). Fade Parker this week in all formats.

Courtland Sutton: Sutton enters Week 2 after a WR40 week where he saw a 17.1% target share and 39.9% of the team’s air yards (tenth-highest). He ran a route on 100% of Wilson’s dropbacks. He saw three deep targets and one look in the red zone. Out of 56 wideouts with at least five targets in Week 1, he was 32nd in yards per route run and PFF receiving grade. He’ll match up with Steven Nelson and Derek Stingley on nearly 80% of his routes. Nelson allowed a 69.1% catch rate and 108.0 passer rating last year. In his first NFL action, Stingley gave up a 66.7% catch rate (nine targets) and 95.1 passer rating in coverage.

Mike Evans: Last week, Evans gobbled up a 25.9% target share and he’s poised to get close to that number again in Week 2. The biggest deterrent to Evans having a smash day is Marshon Lattimore. Last year Lattimore followed Evans on 65% of his routes as he finished with four targets, two receptions, 48 receiving yards and a score. In his last four games against the Saints, Evans has only once surpassed 50 yards receiving (one receiving touchdown). Brady will lean on him with Chris Godwin on the shelf. Over the last two years Evans has played six games without Godwin averaging 5.6 receptions, 71.3 receiving yards, and 1.1 receiving touchdowns.

Julio Jones: Jones ran a route on 75.8% of Brady’s dropbacks garnering an 18.5% target share while running about 63% of his routes on the outside. If Lattimore does follow Evans for the entire game then Jones could be in for a big game lining up against Bradley Roby on the perimeter and Justin Evans in the slot. Roby looked cooked last year allowing a 74.4% catch rate and 103.9 passer rating. Evans covered the slot for New Orleans in Week 1. Last year in coverage he allowed an 85.0% catch rate and 121.0 passer rating.

D.J. Moore: Last week, Moore saw a 24.0% target share while running about 82% of his routes on the outside. Moore is still finding his way with Mayfield, so patience is advised. Moore is still the insanely talented receiver who was tenth in route wins last year. Moore is best viewed as a mid to low-end WR2 as a possible volume play in a tougher matchup. The outside tandem of Adoree Jackson and Aaron Robinson held up well in Week 1. Last year Jackson allowed a 55.7% catch rate and 73.4 passer rating in coverage. Robinson was similarly tough, giving up a 57.1% catch rate and 84.4 passer rating.

Elijah Moore: Moore was the only wide receiver that eclipsed 80% of routes per dropback in Week 1 for New York. That said, he and Corey Davis are the only wide receivers that can be started from this receiver depth chart. If you’re not getting the full-time route role, then we depend on high target per route run rates which is a slippery slope to base your fantasy hopes on in any week. Moore didn’t pop off against the Ravens with an 11.8% target share (0.89 yards per route run) and only one red zone target. He’ll see Denzel Ward and Martin Emerson on about 67% of his routes. Ward allowed a 62% catch rate and 74.8 passer rating last year. Emerson defended four targets in his first NFL action allowing receivers to secure 75% of them with a 92.7 passer rating.

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Week 2 RB Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 2
1 A+ Jonathan Taylor IND JAC
2 A+ Christian McCaffrey CAR NYG
3 A+ Saquon Barkley NYG CAR
4 A Dalvin Cook MIN PHI
5 A Joe Mixon CIN DAL
6 A Austin Ekeler LAC KC
7 A Derrick Henry TEN BUF
8 A D’Andre Swift DET WAS
9 A Nick Chubb CLE NYJ
10 A Aaron Jones GB CHI
11 A- Leonard Fournette TB NO
12 A- Antonio Gibson WAS DET
13 A- Javonte Williams DEN HOU
14 A- James Conner ARI LV
15 B+ Najee Harris PIT NE
16 B+ Josh Jacobs LV ARI
17 B Alvin Kamara NO TB
18 B AJ Dillon GB CHI
19 B Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC LAC
20 B Darrell Henderson Jr. LAR ATL
21 B Kareem Hunt CLE NYJ
22 B David Montgomery CHI GB
23 B- Chase Edmonds MIA BAL
24 B- Cordarrelle Patterson ATL LAR
25 B- Miles Sanders PHI MIN
26 C+ Devin Singletary BUF TEN
27 C+ Ezekiel Elliott DAL CIN
28 C+ Travis Etienne Jr. JAC IND
29 C Rashaad Penny SEA SF
30 C Jeff Wilson Jr. SF SEA
31 C Melvin Gordon III DEN HOU
32 C Michael Carter NYJ CLE
33 C James Robinson JAC IND
34 C Damien Harris NE PIT
35 C Rhamondre Stevenson NE PIT
36 C Breece Hall NYJ CLE
37 C- Jamaal Williams DET WAS
38 C- Nyheim Hines IND JAC
39 C- Tony Pollard DAL CIN
40 D+ Rex Burkhead HOU DEN
41 D+ Dameon Pierce HOU DEN
42 D Cam Akers LAR ATL
43 D Khalil Herbert CHI GB
44 D Kenneth Gainwell PHI MIN
45 D J.K. Dobbins BAL MIA
46 D Kenyan Drake BAL MIA
47 F Raheem Mostert MIA BAL
48 F Jerick McKinnon KC LAC
49 F Mark Ingram II NO TB
50 F Alexander Mattison MIN PHI
51 F Ken Walker III SEA SF
52 F J.D. McKissic WAS DET
53 F Rachaad White TB NO
54 F Zack Moss BUF TEN
55 F Jaylen Warren PIT NE
56 F Eno Benjamin ARI LV
57 F Isiah Pacheco KC LAC
58 F Boston Scott PHI MIN
59 F Tyrion Davis-Price SF SEA
60 F Dontrell Hilliard TEN BUF
61 F Samaje Perine CIN DAL
62 F Ameer Abdullah LV ARI
63 F Jordan Mason SF SEA
64 D- Sony Michel LAC KC
65 F Joshua Kelley LAC KC
66 F D’Onta Foreman CAR NYG
67 F Mike Davis BAL MIA
68 F James Cook BUF TEN
69 F Matt Breida NYG CAR
70 F Travis Homer SEA SF
71 F Zamir White LV ARI
72 F Chuba Hubbard CAR NYG
73 F Giovani Bernard TB NO
74 F Tyler Allgeier ATL LAR
75 F Darrel Williams ARI LV
76 F Hassan Haskins TEN BUF
77 F Brandon Bolden LV ARI
78 F Chris Evans CIN DAL
79 F Ke’Shawn Vaughn TB NO
80 F DeeJay Dallas SEA SF
81 F Demetric Felton Jr. CLE NYJ
82 F Kyle Juszczyk SF SEA
83 F Myles Gaskin MIA BAL
84 F Ty Johnson NYJ CLE
85 F Justice Hill BAL MIA
86 F Jerome Ford CLE NYJ
87 F Benny Snell Jr. PIT NE
88 F Pierre Strong Jr. NE PIT
89 F Trestan Ebner CHI GB
90 F Tony Jones Jr. NO TB
91 F Jonathan Williams WAS DET
92 F Avery Williams ATL LAR
93 F C.J. Ham MIN PHI
94 F Justin Jackson DET WAS
95 F Craig Reynolds DET WAS
96 F Keaontay Ingram ARI LV
97 F Darrynton Evans CHI GB
98 F JaMycal Hasty JAC IND
99 F Tyler Badie BAL MIA
100 F Alec Ingold MIA BAL
101 F Mike Boone DEN HOU
102 F Patrick Ricard BAL MIA
103 F Dare Ogunbowale HOU DEN
104 F Jake Funk LAR ATL
105 F Zander Horvath LAC KC
106 F Deon Jackson IND JAC
107 F Jonathan Ward ARI LV
108 F Jakob Johnson LV ARI
109 F Keith Smith ATL LAR
110 F Reggie Gilliam BUF TEN
111 F Michael Burton KC LAC
112 F Khari Blasingame CHI GB
113 F Derek Watt PIT NE
114 F Kene Nwangwu MIN PHI
115 F Salvon Ahmed MIA BAL

Notes

Jeff Wilson: Last year, Wilson started four games, averaging 70% of the snaps played, 18.2 touches, and 72.5 total yards. Last week he played 58% of the snaps with a 32% route participation mark. He logged only 11 touches and 30 total yards. Wilson isn’t a sexy fantasy option, but he’s a good bet for 17-20 touches and a smattering of red zone work. Passing down work could be his by default, as I doubt Kyle Shanahan will pull him off the field for an untested rookie, but weirder things have happened. Last year among 58 rushers with 75 or more carries, Wilson ranked 30th in yards after contact per attempt and 56th (yuck) in PFF’s elusive rating. The jury is out on Seattle’s run defense. Last year they were elite with the ninth-lowest yards after contact per attempt and lowest explosive run rate. They were more permeable inside the 20, ranking 20th in red zone rushing defense. After facing off against Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon, they are 31st and 32nd in adjusted line yards and second-level yards allowed. Wilson isn’t anywhere close to the talent level of either back. It’s a shame Wilson has only seen more than five targets in one career game because the real Achilles heel for Seattle is against receiving backs. Last year they were 32nd in DVOA, allowing the most receptions and receiving yards to running backs. This showed up in a big way in Week 1 as they gave up a combined 13 receptions and 79 receiving yards to Williams and Gordon. Wilson is a volume-dependent low-end RB2 or high-end RB3 this week.

Saquon Barkley: Barkley is back, baby! Oh, it is beautiful. Oh, so beautiful. Barkley played 83% of the snaps last week, rolling up 24 touches with 194 (WOW!) total yards. He ran a route on 75% of dropbacks with a stunning 33.3% target share. Barkley faces a Panthers’ run defense that was gashed for 187 yards on the ground last week by Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Carolina ranked 27th in explosive run rate allowed last year. This week they get to face Barkley, who reeled off a whooping 6.83 yards after contact per attempt (first) while recording PFF’s seventh-highest elusive rating (minimum ten carries). Barkley could break this week’s slate with a mind-blowing encore.

Michael Carter: Carter was discussed as the “heartbeat” of the team before Week 1. Apparently, the Jets meant to say that their offense beats with two hearts. Carter took the lead from a snap perspective and with a small volume edge, but overall this backfield feels very Denver Broncos-esque. Carter was his usual efficient self in Week 1, ranking 12th in PFF’s elusive rating and 15th in yards after contact per attempt (minimum ten carries). He was also 11th in yards per route run (minimum four targets). The matchup is brutal this week for Carter and Breece Hall. While Cleveland did allow the 11th-highest yards after contact per attempt last year, they were eighth in DVOA against receiving backs, 14th in adjusted line yards, and ninth in second-level yards. They gave up the ninth-lowest explosive run rate in the NFL last season. The Browns held Christian McCaffrey to 3.3 yards per carry and six yards per reception last week, so it looks like last year’s defensive data is still relevant this year. The one silver lining is if the Jets can get near paydirt, Carter and Hall could punch in some short totes. Cleveland was 29th in red zone rushing defense in 2021. Carter is an RB3 like Hall, but his snap edge gives him the slight push here.

Breece Hall: Hall didn’t own the backfield like many had hoped walking into this season, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t valuable in fantasy. While Carter was RB14 in fantasy (PPR) last week, Hall also squeaked in at RB33. Hall was effective with his touches ranking eighth in yards after contact per attempt and 13th in yards per route run (minimum six carries, four targets). As the 1B in the Jets’ committee backfield that’s staring down a bad matchup, he’s a good bet for 10-12 touches weekly as a low-end RB3.

James Robinson: Robinson was a pleasant surprise from Week 1. He soaked up 49% of the snaps with 12 touches, 69 total yards, and two scores, propelling him to RB11 for the week. Robinson split the red zone role down the middle with Etienne with two red zone carries and a target (Etienne had three red zone targets). He looked like Robinson of old with 4.18 yards after contact per attempt and three missed tackles forced on his 11 carries. The Colts’ run defense is a problem, though. They looked like last year’s stellar unit in Week 1, holding Rex Burkhead and Dameon Pierce to 2.9 yards per carry. In 2021 they allowed the fourth-lowest yards after contact per attempt and were 12th in red zone rushing defense. They ranked top 12 in second-level and open field yards.

Travis Etienne: This game has Travis Etienne written all over it. Etienne played 51% of the snaps last week, turning his six touches into 65 total yards. While he saw a 10.5% target share, his route participation (50%, 17th) implies better usage could be ahead for Week 2. The Colts were 27th in DVOA last year against receiving backs with the 13th-most receiving yards (21st in receptions). Getting him into space this week should be a priority for Pederson’s game plan.

Week 2 TE Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 2
1 A+ Travis Kelce KC LAC
2 A Mark Andrews BAL MIA
3 A- Kyle Pitts ATL LAR
4 B+ Darren Waller LV ARI
5 B Dalton Schultz DAL CIN
6 B Dallas Goedert PHI MIN
7 B- T.J. Hockenson DET WAS
8 C+ Pat Freiermuth PIT NE
9 C Zach Ertz ARI LV
10 C Gerald Everett LAC KC
11 C Tyler Higbee LAR ATL
12 C- Albert Okwuegbunam DEN HOU
13 D+ Dawson Knox BUF TEN
14 D+ Cole Kmet CHI GB
15 D+ David Njoku CLE NYJ
16 D Hayden Hurst CIN DAL
17 D Hunter Henry NE PIT
18 D Robert Tonyan GB CHI
19 D Logan Thomas WAS DET
20 D- Evan Engram JAC IND
21 D- Irv Smith Jr. MIN PHI
22 F Noah Fant SEA SF
23 F Tyler Conklin NYJ CLE
24 F Juwan Johnson NO TB
25 F Austin Hooper TEN BUF
26 F Mike Gesicki MIA BAL
27 F Jonnu Smith NE PIT
28 F Kylen Granson IND JAC
29 F Cameron Brate TB NO
30 F Mo Alie-Cox IND JAC
31 F Isaiah Likely BAL MIA
32 F Harrison Bryant CLE NYJ
33 F Brevin Jordan HOU DEN
34 F O.J. Howard HOU DEN
35 F Adam Trautman NO TB
36 F Taysom Hill NO TB
37 F Dan Arnold JAC IND
38 F Trey McBride ARI LV
39 F Will Dissly SEA SF
40 F Geoff Swaim TEN BUF
41 F Daniel Bellinger NYG CAR
42 F Kyle Rudolph TB NO
43 F Durham Smythe MIA BAL
44 F Ian Thomas CAR NYG
45 F Foster Moreau LV ARI
46 F John Bates WAS DET
47 F Tommy Tremble CAR NYG
48 F C.J. Uzomah NYJ CLE
49 F George Kittle SF SEA
50 F Tre’ McKitty LAC KC
51 F Pharaoh Brown HOU DEN
52 F Josiah Deguara GB CHI
53 F Tyler Kroft SF SEA
54 F Noah Gray KC LAC
55 F Colby Parkinson SEA SF
56 F Andrew Beck DEN HOU
57 F Johnny Mundt MIN PHI
58 F Jody Fortson KC LAC
59 F Zach Gentry PIT NE
60 F Ryan Griffin CHI GB
61 F Ross Dwelley SF SEA
62 F Parker Hesse ATL LAR
63 F Cade Otton TB NO
64 F Drew Sample CIN DAL
65 F Marcedes Lewis GB CHI
66 F Eric Saubert DEN HOU
67 F Brock Wright DET WAS
68 F Anthony Firkser ATL LAR
69 F Chigoziem Okonkwo TEN BUF
70 F Tommy Sweeney BUF TEN
71 F Tyler Davis GB CHI
72 F Tanner Hudson NYG CAR
73 F Charlie Woerner SF SEA
74 F Eric Tomlinson DEN HOU
75 F Maxx Williams ARI LV
76 F Jack Stoll PHI MIN
77 F Chris Manhertz JAC IND
78 F Jake Ferguson DAL CIN
79 F Hunter Long MIA BAL
80 F Stephen Anderson ARI LV
81 F Josh Oliver BAL MIA
82 F Brycen Hopkins LAR ATL
83 F Chris Myarick NYG CAR
84 F Ben Ellefson MIN PHI
85 F Jelani Woods IND JAC
86 F Armani Rogers WAS DET
87 F Richard Rodgers LAC KC
88 F Ko Kieft TB NO
89 F Noah Togiai PHI MIN
90 F Luke Farrell JAC IND
91 F Jesse James CLE NYJ
92 F Shane Zylstra DET WAS
93 F Peyton Hendershot DAL CIN
94 F Cethan Carter MIA BAL
95 F Jesper Horsted LV ARI

Notes

Kyle Pitts: Despite finishing as the TE35 with 19 receiving yards, Kyle Pitts had a 21.9% target share and 33% of the team’s air yards. He lined up in the slot or out wide on 57.1% of his snaps. That rate could climb this week. Last year Pitts logged 11 games with over a 40% slot rate, and he could easily get there in Week 2. The Rams were fourth in DVOA against tight ends last year, but Pitts is no ordinary “tight end.” Getting Pitts matched up with the 5’11” Troy Hill in the slot makes too much sense. Last year Hill allowed a 76.6% catch rate and 125.7 passer rating.

Tyler Higbee: Higbee is the ultimate ugly volume bet. Higbee had the second-highest snap share and fourth-highest route participation at the position in Week 1. He saw a 26.8% target share (second) while running the fourth-most routes among tight ends. He finished as the TE15 with five receptions and 39 receiving yards. After tying for the most red zone targets at tight end last year, he’s a good bet to score against Atlanta, who was 22nd in DVOA last year, allowing the fourth-most receiving touchdowns.

Albert Okwuegbunam: Okwuegbunam is a fringe starter this week. In Week 1, he saw a 14.6% target share (12th) and a 17.6% target per route run rate (23rd) while seeing 81% route participation. His efficiency was disappointing with 1.00 yards per route run, but he saw a red zone target. Houston was 32nd in DVOA against tight ends last year, allowing the 12th-most receiving yards.

Darren Waller: As Davante Adams‘ main running mate last week, Darren Waller finished as the TE9 in fantasy. He commanded a 17.6% target share and 16.3% of the team’s air yards which are light by his standards, but with a target hog like Adams in town, it’s to be expected. Waller can pop off any week, but this matchup sets up well for Renfrow and not Waller. Arizona was second in DVOA last year, allowing the fourth-fewest receiving yards and fewest receiving touchdowns to tight ends.

Hayden Hurst: Hurst saw the type of usage in Week 1 that we covet from tight ends in fantasy, although he only finished as the TE13. Hurst was third in routes run, tenth in target share, and 21st in target per route run rate. He also saw two red zone targets. Snaps, routes, and red zone work. The holy trinity of tight end usage. Dallas isn’t insurmountable for tight ends, ranking 16th in DVOA last year with the 13th-most receiving yards allowed. Hurst is a top streaming option this week and a good bet to sneak into the top 12.

CTAs

Week 2 D/ST Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 2
1 A+ San Francisco 49ers SF SEA
2 A Cleveland Browns CLE NYJ
3 A Denver Broncos DEN HOU
4 A- Buffalo Bills BUF TEN
5 B+ Green Bay Packers GB CHI
6 B+ Cincinnati Bengals CIN DAL
7 B Baltimore Ravens BAL MIA
8 B Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB NO
9 B Los Angeles Rams LAR ATL
10 B- Indianapolis Colts IND JAC
11 B- New Orleans Saints NO TB
12 C+ Pittsburgh Steelers PIT NE
13 C+ New England Patriots NE PIT
14 C Philadelphia Eagles PHI MIN
15 C Carolina Panthers CAR NYG
16 C- New York Giants NYG CAR
17 C- Miami Dolphins MIA BAL
18 D+ Los Angeles Chargers LAC KC
19 D Kansas City Chiefs KC LAC
20 D Dallas Cowboys DAL CIN
21 D Washington Commanders WAS DET
22 F Detroit Lions DET WAS
23 D- Las Vegas Raiders LV ARI
24 F Tennessee Titans TEN BUF
25 F New York Jets NYJ CLE
26 F Minnesota Vikings MIN PHI
27 F Jacksonville Jaguars JAC IND
28 F Arizona Cardinals ARI LV
29 F Seattle Seahawks SEA SF
30 F Atlanta Falcons ATL LAR
31 F Chicago Bears CHI GB
32 F Houston Texans HOU DEN

 

Week 2 K Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 2
1 A Justin Tucker BAL MIA
2 B+ Tyler Bass BUF TEN
3 B Matt Gay LAR ATL
4 B Daniel Carlson LV ARI
5 B- Evan McPherson CIN DAL
6 C+ Brandon McManus DEN HOU
7 C+ Ryan Succop TB NO
8 C Dustin Hopkins LAC KC
9 C Jake Elliott PHI MIN
10 C Robbie Gould SF SEA
11 C Matt Prater ARI LV
12 C Greg Joseph MIN PHI
13 C Nick Folk NE PIT
14 C Wil Lutz NO TB
15 C Younghoe Koo ATL LAR
16 C- Jason Sanders MIA BAL
17 C- Mason Crosby GB CHI
18 C- Cade York CLE NYJ
19 C- Joey Slye WAS DET
20 D+ Matt Ammendola KC LAC
21 D+ Chris Boswell PIT NE
22 D+ Randy Bullock TEN BUF
23 D+ Austin Seibert DET WAS
24 D Graham Gano NYG CAR
25 D Greg Zuerlein NYJ CLE
26 D Brett Maher DAL CIN
27 D Chase McLaughlin IND JAC
28 D- Riley Patterson JAC IND
29 D Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU DEN
30 D- Cairo Santos CHI GB
31 F Eddy Pineiro CAR NYG
32 F Jason Myers SEA SF

 

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