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- Jason Garrett finally figured out that Daniel Jones is very athletic and can do well on designed runs. He had a long touchdown called back or he would have been one of the best starts of the week. With Atlanta up next, Jones is a must-start in Week 3 and chalky DFS play.
- Saquon Barkley got away for one long run but was quiet otherwise. We shouldn’t have expected much in the first two weeks, so buy low if his value is dropping.
- Darius Slayton caught one long score and had another bounce off of his outstretched hand. Kenny Golladay was seen yelling in the direction of Jones, but actually at Jason Garrett. Buy low on Golladay heading into this choice matchup, but know that Sterling Shepard will be the only consistent play in this pass offense.
- Taylor Heinicke can play. Don’t worry about the value of any of your Football Team pieces with him in the lineup. He may not give the job back, although Week 3 will bring a stiffer test in the form of the Bills.
- Sorry Antonio Gibson teams, J.D. McKissic isn’t going away. McKissic was so good in the passing down and two-minute situations that he is back to being a solid depth piece and emergency play in PPR leagues even though Alex Smith isn’t the quarterback.
- Dyami Brown showed some potential in place of Curtis Samuel after a quiet Week 2. He shouldn’t be completely off of our redraft radar.
- Derek Carr and the Raiders are for real? Well, Carr is for real for fantasy as the Raiders running game has fallen apart. He does have an ankle injury but as long as he’s in vs. Miami, he’s a potential start in 1QB leagues.
- Kenyan Drake had another solid day catching the ball as the Steelers didn’t show much interest in covering him with Devin Bush sitting. Robert Spillane is going to get picked on in the passing game as long as Bush is out.
- Henry Ruggs III' speed still matters as he had the dagger on a long late touchdown, and Bryan Edwards had a touchdown called back, but Hunter Renfrow will be the most consistent fantasy wide receiver on this team.
- Darren Waller didn’t get a target for the first 20 minutes and he was still fine for fantasy football.
- Ben Roethlisberger is not going to support the value of the top three Steelers receivers week in, week out, as this is clearly a bottom half if not bottom ten offense. Roethlisberger is even a bench player in 2QB/Superflex leagues. The playcalling and design (as Roethlisberger pointed out) is still a problem under new offensive coordinator Matt Canada.
- Najee Harris had a terrific individual play on his run and catch score and that’s what it is going to take for him to have fantasy value despite getting workhorse snaps and touch share in the backfield. The offensive line just won’t allow it, at least not any time soon.
- Diontae Johnson has no drops yet this year, but he does have a knee injury that may keep him out of Week 3. Otherwise, when he’s on the field, he’s clearly the most valuable Steelers wide receiver.
- Chase Claypool is getting more chances to win downfield, but Juju Smith-Schuster took the jet action touchdown carry that usually goes to the 2020 second-round pick.
- 2021 second round Pat Freiermuth is getting more snaps and targets than Eric Ebron and he’s doing more with them, but it’s still a big ask for him to consistent fantasy value as a rookie in this pass offense.
- Jimmy Garoppolo was good enough to keep the Trey Lance talk at bay for another week, but the 49ers offense wasn’t dangerous against the Eagles. We’ll get to see the Eagles defense in depth on Monday night vs. Dallas to see if they are a unit we will avoid in fantasy.
- Make no mistake Elijah Mitchell is the man in this backfield, and he is the healthiest of the backs who were on the roster last week. The team trusts him and he is set up for a big game against the Packers if he is healthy. The Eagles' run defense is legit, we’ll see what they do to the Cowboys' running back combo in Week 3.
- Deebo Samuel was the clear #1 receiver again. Brandon Aiyuk’s only fantasy value is Samuel-injury upside, and judging by Samuel’s injury history, that could be important later in the season.
- George Kittle isn’t going to get a ton of targets in this offense, so he has to make them count and none of them went for big plays against Philadelphia. He’s still a starting fantasy tight end, but he might not be a top-five pick at the position if we drafted today.
- Jalen Hurts was not nearly as successful as a passer against the 49ers, but it didn’t matter for fantasy as he was a hit as a runner yet again. It does matter for the value of Devonta Smith, who blended into a passing offense led by Quez Watkins speed. Jalen Reagor also had a touchdown called back because he stepped out of bounds before catching the pass. Don’t expect any of these wide receivers to be consistent in fantasy.
- Miles Sanders giving up about a third of the snaps to Kenny Gainwell was important in a defensive battle. He’s just a middling RB2 for fantasy, which is about what he was drafted to be.
- Dallas Goedert was this close to a touchdown, and Zach Ertz is on the covid list, so Week 3 could be a Dallas week against Dallas. Just check on Ertz’s status this weekend.
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