LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – With an unpredicted Week 1 of fantasy football in the books, fantasy managers scrambled to try to pull out a win in Week 2. However, no one could have imagined the number of key injuries that would take place and dramatically impact several teams. Thus, new fantasy football leaders took the throne for Week 2, creating hecticness around the league. It’s time for the Fantasy Football Leader Breakdown, where the top three quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends will be analyzed and broken down from their latest matchup.
Quarterback #1 – Dak Prescott = 39.8 Fantasy Points (STD)
Despite being down by 20-0 in the first quarter, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys came out on top in a jaw-dropping comeback against the Atlanta Falcons, 40-39. Prescott made the win possible with his completion of 34 of his 47 pass attempts for 450 yards and a touchdown. Not only that, but the versatile quarterback added five carries for 18 yards and ran for three touchdowns. Prescott was likely to produce many fantasy football victories this week with hauling in major points. However, Prescott’s matchup for Week 3 will clearly be tougher as the Cowboys take on the Seahawks. Still, Prescott should be rostered as a QB1 but is unlikely to score almost 40 fantasy points.
Projected Points for Week 3 = 20.4
Lucas’ projections = 25.8
Quarterback #2 – Cam Newton = 34.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
Super Cam is back! Despite losing in a nail-biting finish against the Seahawks, Cam Newton looked extremely sharp with his new team. Newton completed 30 of his 33 passing attempts for 397 yards and threw for one touchdown. Despite one major blip on his stellar fantasy day with one interception, Newton more than made up for it by rushing 11 times for 47 yards and two touchdowns. On the final play of the game, Newton was stuffed at the goal line for loss, but do keep in mind the opportunities will always be there for Cam to score those much-needed touchdowns. Newton looks to be a top fantasy QB, and owners should 100% keep him rostered for his next matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3.
Projected Points for Week 3 = 17.5
Lucas’ projections for Week 3 = 22.9
Quarterback #3 – Josh Allen = 34.5 Fantasy Points (STD)
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen looked incredible in Week 2’s matchup against the Miami Dolphins. If you thought he looked great last week against the Jets, he looked even better this week completing 24 of 35 passes for 417 yards and four touchdowns. Allen also ran it four times for 18 yards on the ground. Though Allen seems to be tearing it up, it is important to realize the teams he has played so far. It is likely for Allen to slow down a little bit as his matchups are going to get harder in the coming weeks. Josh Allen is no doubt a starting QB, but it is unlikely for him to throw four touchdowns against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 3.
Projected Points for Week 3 = 19.5
Lucas’ projections = 15.9
Running back #1 – Aaron Jones = 41.6 Fantasy Points (STD)
Aaron Jones went complete beast mode against the Detroit Lions. In the 42-21-win, Jones carried the balls a whopping 18 times for 168 yards, while also adding 68 receiving yards while including three touchdowns! Jones was constantly getting action throughout the whole game, and his 75-yard score had heads spinning. Aaron Jones appeared to be a cheat code for whoever rostered him this week in fantasy, slaying their matchup easily with the beefy points that were acquired. Jones and the Packers will be putting their skills to the next in Week 3 as they take on the Saints. Obviously, Jones should be played, but don’t expect a monster fantasy performance as the Saints defense will try their best to stop this tank.
Projected Points for Week 3 = 14.4
Lucas’ projections = 17.2
Running back #2 Alvin Kamara = 29.4 Fantasy Points (STD)
Alvin Kamara may have lost in the season opener against the Raiders in the brand-new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, but his fantasy impact surely took the cake. Having rushed 13 times for 79 yards, Kamara also made it to the endzone with two touchdowns. Kamara’s pass-catching abilities shined on Monday Night Football with all-star Michael Thomas being ruled out for the game. It was easy to see that Kamara was Drew Bree’s main target all night, and though the passes were short, Kamara worked his magic after the catch, hauling in major fantasy points. Kamara caught all nine of his targets for 95 yards. With Michael Thomas being out, Kamara can be expected to be the prime target in the future. Yes, Kamara should be rostered next week against the Packers despite the challenging defense that Green Bay has. It’s that Kamara will receive a heavy workload in Week 3.
Projected Points for Week 3 = 15.5
Lucas’ projections = 22.5
Running back #3 – Nick Chubb Fantasy Points (STD)
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb came out hot in the 35-30 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. Chubb had a shy Week 1, but that was not the case in Week 2. He doubled his touches, carrying the ball 22 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Chubb also used his hands in the mix, adding a nine-yard reception to his fantasy point pile. Chubb looked mean as he ran over defenders and plunged into the endzone. As Chubb plays the Washington Football Team next week for Week 3, owners can expect a solid performance out of the RB1.
Projected Points for Week 3 = 12.3
Lucas’ projections = 16.4
Wide Receiver #1 – Calvin Ridley = 22.9 Fantasy Points (STD)
Calvin Ridley looked to be the main target on Sunday’s 40-39 loss against the Cowboys. People may be confused that Julio Jones was not the one generating fantasy points, but sources say he played through a minor hamstring injury. Thus, the rise of Calvin Ridley is catching people’s attention. Ridley caught 7 of his 10 targets for 109 yards and two touchdowns in the heartbreaking loss. Keep in mind Ridley has now gone for over 109 yards and two scores in the first two games of the season. The Ridley breakout is here, and the route running from this receiver will leave defenders struggled. With Julio Jones being doubled covered constantly in the past, Ridley has the opportunity to work his magic one on one. It’s possible defenses will pick up on the rise of Ridley, but he a bright future is ahead of this wide receiver. Ridley will look to keep his impressive streak going in his Week 3 matchup against the Bears.
Projected Points for Week 3 = 9.9
Lucas’ projections = 16.8
Wide Receiver #2 – Stefon Diggs = 21.3 Fantasy Points (STD)
Stefon Diggs looks to be getting more comfortable with the Buffalo Bills playstyle. Diggs caught 8 of 13 targets for 153 yards and one touchdown in Week 2’s 31-28 win against the Miami Dolphins. Diggs seemed to be quiet last year with the Minnesota Vikings, but now he is finding a way to shine in fantasy once again. As the top target for the Bills, Diggs can be expected to haul in some more impressive grabs. However, it must be noted that the two defenses Diggs went up against were not the strongest. It’s possible his value may diminish in the near future with some tougher matchups. Diggs may be best used as a WR2 or a FLX option depending on the league format. Though he had a great game in Week 2, big performances aren’t expected coming from this wide receiver. Nevertheless, having him on your team can be an advantage in many ways as his skill level remains high.
Projected Points for Week 3 = 9.5
Lucas’ projections = 8.3
Wide Receiver # 3 – Terry McLaurin = 18.5 Fantasy Points (STD)
Terry McLaurin was expected to have a big fantasy game sooner or later and Week 2 finally proved his fantasy value. Coming off a very slow start in Week 1, McLaurin shined in Sunday’s 30-15 loss against the Arizona Cardinals. From catching seven of 10 targets for 125 yards and a touchdown, McLaurin brewed up a mean 18.5 fantasy points. Some may say if the quarterback situation was different, McLaurin would be a weekly monster when it comes to fantasy. However, having the young QB Dwayne Haskins, fantasy opportunities for McLaurin may dwindle in the future. Terry McLaurin is a must-start every week, as he is the team’s most dangerous weapon and can see high volume. In McLaurin’s Week 3 matchup against the Browns, he can be leaned on for a good chunk of points.
Projected Points for Week 3 = 9.5
Lucas’ projections = 15.8
Tight End #1 – Tyler Higbee = 23.4 Fantasy Points (STD)
Week 2 was the Week of the Tight Ends. There was a ton of tight end action this week! Tyler Higbee had a killer performance in his 37-19 victory against the Eagles on Sunday. Higbee pulled in all five of his targets for 54 yards and three touchdowns. It is easy to see that Higbee is becoming one of Jared Goff’s favorite targets and will evolve down the road. Higbee should have a field day in Week 3 against the Bills, where Tight End #3 Leader Mike Gesicki blew up.
Projected Points for Week 3 = 5.9
Lucas’ projections = 10.1
Tight End #2 – Jonnu Smith = 20.4 Fantasy Points (STD)
Jonnu Smith is likely on waivers now but will not be for long. Smith tore it up on his two touchdown win against the Jaguars. He caught four of his five targets for 85 yards in a close 33-30 victory. With A.J. brown being out for Week 2’s matchup, Smith easily became the top target in the red zone. The 248 pound 25-year-old is great after the catch as well, using his speed to stick out in the tight end game. If he is available, pick him up. Jonnu Smith has a bright future for this year in fantasy football. It will be interesting to see how Smith does against his next matchup, the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings were known for stopping tight ends last year, but a lot has changed since then.
Projected Points for Week 3 = 6.0
Lucas’ projections = 8.0
Tight End #3 – Mike Gesicki Fantasy Points (STD)
After only scoring 3 points in Week 1, Mike Gesicki for the Miami Dolphins came up big in Week 2 against the Bills. No one saw this coming! Gesicki caught eight of 11 targets for 129 yards while adding in a touchdown. Gesicki is likely available in most leagues and is worth a pickup. Even though he had a monster Week 2, it is still early to label starting tight end. It would be a good idea to scoop up Gesicki, wait another week, and see how he plays. As he plays the Rams in Week 3, he could be considered a low-end TE1, but it would be best to test the waters before diving headfirst.
Projection Points for Week 3 = 7.3
Lucas’ projections = 8.7
Week 2 added tons of surprises to the fantasy leaderboards. Some familiar faces, others not so familiar. As Week 3 sneaks upon us, we can only hope for no more injuries as Week 2 was devastating to many managers. It could be very possible to see all the names listed above in the fantasy leaders again in the future. Best of luck in Week 3!