Week 2 has a lot of intriguing matchups for offenses that might fly under the radar. There are some injuries that might create some more volume for others as well. As far as season-long sleepers go, this is about looking at those WR2s and WR3s to see who has a chance at being a top 15 scorer this week. The same goes for running backs that are not those heavy workload type names. The names below are startable, and I would be looking to use them in FLEX, WR3, or even an RB2 spot. While you likely won’t need a streaming option at quarterback this week, there is one that stands out if you did opt to stream or are in two-QB leagues. To help set those lineups, head on over to our rankings and projections pages.
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Kirk Cousins – QB – Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings struggled in Week 1, although Kirk Cousins was able to make up for it late. Cousins played well, going 19-25 for 259 and two scores. He also added on 34 yards rushing. The matchup against the Colts is more appealing, with the secondary looking very vulnerable against Gardner Minshew in Week 1. This goes back to last season with Indy ranking just 20th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks.
Raheem Mostert – RB – San Francisco 49ers
Raheem Mostert isn’t being talked about enough for the matchup this week. He saw 19 touches in Week 1. Mostert only topped 15 touches twice in 2019. With the injuries to the 49ers, they have had to get creative, and they will be without another name this week as George Kittle is ruled out. I expect Mostert to be involved in the passing game again, and he gets a Jets defense that took a hit over the offseason. This run defense will take a step backward.
Ronald Jones – RB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It was Ronald Jones who led the Buccaneers in snaps and touches among the running backs. This was expected, but what wasn’t was LeSean McCoy seeing 25 snaps. Jones was by far the better back and the most utilized. He had three targets out of the backfield, catching two of them for 16 yards. He also had 17 rushing attempts for 66 yards. Carolina was a bottom three rush defense last season, and they are already in that mix now.
Parris Campbell – WR – Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are in a great spot this week against the Minnesota Vikings. The front seven is a bit banged up to start the year missing their best pass rusher, Danielle Hunter. The secondary went through some changes as they drafted corners to replace what used to be one of the better cornerback duos in the league. While the Vikings might get better as the season goes along, they have a long ways to go. Campbell saw nine targets in Week 1 and is a clear number two. He also fits in very well with Philip Rivers’ noodle-arm.
CeeDee Lamb – WR – Dallas Cowboys
All three Cowboys wide receivers were heavily involved in Week 1. Lamb saw six targets, which was second on the team. With Blake Jarwin out, there will be a few more to around. Lamb also played 82% of the team snaps as Dallas used a ton of three-WR sets. Matching him up with the Atlanta secondary is a great spot for him to have a breakout game.
Scotty Miller – WR – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With Chris Godwin doubtful, Scotty Miller expects to pick up a lot of the slack. This is also just a great matchup for the Bucs to rebound from a bad Week 1 showing. Miller had six targets in Week 1 and had five catches for 73 yards. Carolina ranks 28th against the pass, and that showed against the Raiders. There is a lot to deal with in this Bucs offense, and many are overreacting to the Bucs offense in Week 1. They will be fine, and Miller is a great spot-start guy while Godwin is out this week.
This is another one where an injury does help, but Corey Davis had a great Week 1. He was tied with AJ Brown for targets with eight, but he capitalized on them with 101 yards and seven receptions. This was against a tough Denver secondary, and it gets a whole lot easier against the Jaguars defense. This used to be one of the top secondaries in the game, and then they traded everyone away. Without Brown, it will be interesting to see how many targets he will get, but he projects for over eight.
The Jets simply have no other options to work with right now. Jamison Crowder is ruled out, and he saw double-digit targets in Week 1. Chris Herndon was second on the list, and I expect Sam Darnold to look his way quite often. This is a volume play, and the 49ers secondary is also a bit banged up. The injury report in this game is long, and George Kittle was just ruled out, so if you have Kittle, Herndon might be a guy out there you can pick up.
Jonnu Smith – TE – Tennessee Titans
I was liking Jonnu Smith even before the AJ Brown news, but with Brown out, there will be a few extra targets going his way. He had a strong 4-36-1 line in the win over Denver in Week 1. With the volume, he is going to be a great PPR play as well, but the touchdown upside is there as Tennessee has one of the larger implied totals on the week, and the Jaguars are a tremendous matchup.
Arizona has the 7th-best adjusted sack rate after Week 1, and last season they were right around league average. This Washington offensive line is not very good, and they allowed 53 sacks dating back to last season. Washington has one of the lower implied totals, and the Cardinals defense wasn’t talked about enough in their Week 1 win. They held the 49ers to very little after the big Mostert catch and run.
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