Kaepernick didn’t necessarily have a great fantasy game, no touchdowns and just over 200 total yards, but he played a great game for the 49ers. He stayed in the pocket, looked upfield, and scrambled when he had to.
Heading into week two, Kaepernick takes on a Steelers team that was dismantled by Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. The 49ers don’t necessarily have a weapon in the passing game as big as Gronk, but if Kaepernick can continue his week one success, he should have a fantasy-friendly game against a very bad defense
At some point, I’m going to sound like a broken record talking about Tyrod Taylor, but I’m not going to stop this week. In week one, Taylor did exactly what he had to do to win the game. He looked calm, took the throws that were given to him, and is as deadly running the ball as any quarterback in the NFL.
Taylor had a great game, but he only threw the ball 19 times and if he continues to throw the ball under 25 times it will severely cap his fantasy value. However, that will likely change, the Bills basically sewed up the game against the Colts by the third quarter and that likely won’t happen against the Patriots.
The Patriots are considerably week at cornerback, and Taylor and the Bills’ receivers should be able to take advantage of them.
It seems there are few more exciting things in football than when Johnny Football enters a game. With Josh McCown likely out with a concussion, it seems likely that Manziel is going to take the reigns against the Titans.
Is Manziel a perfect fantasy quarterback? No, but he does some things that should get fantasy owners excited. He obviously has the running ability, but he seems to always be looking for the big play in the passing game.
Against the Jets, Manziel completed 13 of 24 for 182 yards, a touchdown, and one interception. With Manziel starting, it likely won’t be a pretty game, a lot of incompletions, an interception or two but he’ll make plays.
Duke Johnson Jr.
It was a disappointing game for the Cleveland Browns and their running game against the Jets on Sunday. Johnson ran seven times for 22 yards and didn’t record a target in the passing game.
In week one, Johnson was dealing with two injuries, a concussion, and a hamstring, so it’s likely the team wanted to watch his snaps. In week two, as long as he is good to go, the reigns should be pulled off Johnson and he should get a larger workload.
Isaiah Crowell was equally unimpressive in week one, so don’t be surprised if Johnson gets a larger look against the Titans.
Dunbar is only a sleeper in PPR leagues, but he got quite a bit of work in week one. Against the Giants, Dunbar didn’t record a carry, but he caught eight passes on eight targets for 70 yards.
After a big week one, Lewis is still only owned in 29 percent of ESPN, so he’s still a bit underrated. It seems many are expecting LeGarrette Blount to be the feature back, which is true, but he won’t be a factor in the passing game. The Patriots are taking on a terrifying Bills front four that is getting Marcell Dareus back, there won’t be a lot of yards available.
Without the running game being successful, Lewis should see a lot of time on the field, and could be in line for five to seven catches against the Bills.
As a whole, the Saints passing game was underwhelming against the Cardinals. Drew Brees failed to get anything going with his receivers and his favorite target was Mark Ingram. Despite the lack of passing success, Brandon Coleman caught the only passing touchdown in the game.
Coleman, at 6’6, is the biggest starting receiver in the NFL and is going to give cornerbacks nightmares. Without Jimmy Graham, Coleman is the Saints best red zone weapon.
The Saints passing offense is a bit disappointing, but where is Brian Quick? It looks like he’s in the doghouse and as long as that is the case, Britt should be the Rams premiere passing option.
He had a disappointing game against the Seahawks, two catches for 37 yards. Against the Redskins, Britt and Nick Foles should have plenty more opportunities at success.
After a four catch, 53 yard, one touchdown game, Ebron is still a bit under-owned. He’s owned in less than 15 percent of ESPN and Yahoo leagues.
A lot of young tight ends had great performances week one, and it looks like people aren’t as quick to go for Ebron as they are for the others.
On talent alone, Ebron is really one of the most impressive at the position, and no other tight end really has his size or speed combination.
Ebron is taking on the Vikings in week two, and Minnesota allowed seven catches for 92 yards against the 49ers week one. Ebron’s comfort in Detriot’s offense is growing and he could post similar results this week.