Top 5 Fantasy Football Matchups for Week 2 of the NFL: Is Leonard Fournette ready to play yet?

Want to see more content on weekly NFL matchups for the 2020 season? Check out our weekly updated NFL matchups and rankings for teams and players each week. Fantasy football season is here, so be prepared! In this article, I will be analyzing the most favorable matchups for fantasy owners to know for week two of the NFL. We are looking for games with better offenses and worse defenses to give the players the best chance of scoring points.

Atlanta Falcons Offense vs. Dallas Cowboys Passing Game

cowboys vs falconsThe Falcons may not be the best team in the NFL, but their offense produces great fantasy players. Although the Falcons are one of the few teams with a workhorse running back in Todd Gurley, I still think he will able to have a solid game against the Cowboys in week two. He had a solid outing against a very tough Seattle defense in week one. With only 14 carries, he was still able to produce 56 yards and one touchdown. Look for Gurley to be a low ceiling RB1 and high-end RB2 for week two. The passing game for Atlanta is a bigger fantasy attraction as they passed the ball 54 times through Matt Ryan against the Seahawks and they had three receivers with nine catches and over 100 yards. That is 19 fantasy points on its own! Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Russell Gage have proven their ability to be valued, fantasy players. Russell Gage would be a great waiver wire pick up for week two and a possible flex option. For the Cowboys, they had a rocky first game against the Rams where they lost by three points. Their offense looked shaky and the coaching was not phenomenal. However, against a Seattle offense that put up 38 points against the Atlanta Falcons in week one, I cannot deny the fact the Cowboys can but up solid fantasy numbers for week two. Their receiving core has a lot of consistent and possible fantasy starters: Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

buccaneers vs panthersI think both offenses could see some major adjustments after both teams came off of tough week one loss. The Bucs lost to division rival New Orleans Saints and they are looking for a come back to even up their record. For the Bucs, I believe that Tom Brady will have a better outing after having a tough week one start. Not to mention, his wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin had seriously underwhelming games for how talented both of them are. They combined for 7 catches and 81 yards. If both of them are healthy for week two, I would start both of them against a below-average Carolina defense. Also, Ronald Jones Jr. should be an RB2/flex starter for week two since Leonard Fournette is still getting adjusted to the offense. It is still possible for Fournette to have a big game against Carolina if he receives the touches that he deserves. As for Carolina, they lost a hard-fought battle against the Las Vegas Raiders. Christian McCaffery is certainly running this offense by having two touchdowns and 134 total yards rushing and receiving. However, Robby Anderson and D.J Moore are valuable fantasy starters for week two against a very weak Tampa Bay passing defense, after both had solid first week games.

Buffalo Run Game vs. Miami Dolphins

dolphins vs billsBuffalo had a strong outing against the New York Jets, led by quarterback Josh Allen. Josh Allen is certainly a top-five fantasy quarterback at the moment with his fantastic ability to pass and run the ball. If you own Josh Allen in fantasy football, you should be happy with yourself. Moreover, we saw some action from the running duo of Devin Singletary and Zack Moss after facing a solid Jets’ rush defense. I expect that one of them will take advantage of their touches against the Dolphins. Look to use them as possible RB2 starts in week two, but preferably a flex play for either.

New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders

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Both of these teams have weak defenses and strong offensive fantasy players in both the passing and rushing game. This is a great matchup for the Saints with clear starters of Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees. However, Latavius Murray hauled in 15 carries in week one for a small 48 yards; therefore, his opportunities in the backfield make him a solid flex play since he is probable to take advantage of his touches on offense. The more interesting piece for the Saints will be their passing game without Michael Thomas, who suffered an ankle sprain that will keep him out for week two. The value of starting Jared Cook, Emmanuel Sanders, and Latavius Murray is high as the Saints will be going to those players more often in week two. For the Raiders, Josh Jacobs may see a tougher challenge against a Saints defense that held Tampa Bay’s run game very well in week one. I expect the Raiders to pass more in week two, making Darren Waller and Henry Ruggs as possible starters for week two.

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Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington Football Team

Last year, these teams ranked 27th and 28th for points allowed to opposing teams. Plus, they both have fantasy players that may be considered for starting flex plays. For the Cardinals, Kyler Murray should have a dominant game passing and running the ball, which will give him the chance to put up numbers in the top five quarterbacks for week two against Washington. Sadly in week one, the Cardinals passed through Deandre Hopkins most of the time as he pulled in 14 catches for 151 yards. For owners of Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald, stay patient with them for now but look for other starters until they prove the ability to get targets. Washington has some interesting players for fantasy football in week two as opposed to the Cardinals. Shockingly enough, Peyton Barber was the lead back with the hot hand as he put up 17 carries for 29 yards and two touchdowns. However, I think Antonio Gibson will see more touches in week two against a weaker Cardinals defense. Gibson along with Terry McLaurin and Steve Sims Jr. could all be solid flex plays for week two against the Cardinals, after impressively beating the Philadelphia Eagles in week one.

  
I have been playing fantasy football every year since I was 12. Whether it was with family or friends, I’m always looking for a league to be in. I love researching odd stats that compile a list of my yearly favorites.

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