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Baker Mayfield (vs Houston)
The Texans defense was let off of the hook by a very “rookie in his first NFL start” game from Trevor Lawrence. They won’t be as lucky this week when they go to Cleveland and face the well-oiled machine that is the Browns offense. Mayfield should be highly efficient even without Odell Beckham Jr Jr. The only worry here is that the running backs score most or all of the touchdowns on the ground before the game gets out of hand.
Teddy Bridgewater (at Jacksonville)
Bridgewater sliced and diced the Giants defense in Week 1, and he should have an even easier time of it in Week 2 against the Jaguars, who made the Texans look like an offensive juggernaut. The Broncos are about as well-situated as any team to lose their #1 receiver and not miss a beat, so Jerry Jeudy’s absence won’t hamper Bridgewater, especially against a hapless unit like the Jaguars secondary.
Kirk Cousins (at Arizona)
The Vikings defense was pushed around by the Bengals in Week 1, and they should be positively confounded by Kyler Murray in Week 2. That means Cousins attempts will be high, giving him a startable ceiling in 1QB leagues and strong outlook for 2QB/Superflex and DFS. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get devoured by Chandler Jones-like Ryan Tannehill was last week.
Taylor Heinicke (vs New York Giants) **Thursday**
Heinicke isn’t exactly green. He entered the league since 2015 and showed out well against the bucs defense in the 2020 playoffs. The Giants defense looked easy to solve against the Broncos. Heinicke will give the Giants fits as a scrambler and should keep the defense on their toes with aggressive throws and a quick trigger to leave the pocket. Expect the Giants defense to be a beat behind Heinicke at times, which should open up running and passing opportunities.
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