Howdy Rush Nation, I hope you managed to stay Healthy through week two? Only the NFL didn’t manage that to well! I would say I went 2.5 – 0.5 last week. A better week than week one was and, even though AJ Brown was a scratch from his game due to injury, I’m taking the W here as I saw him still in many lineups over the weekend. Which reminds me to remind you to check those lineups just before or as close to kick-off as possible to avoid playing an inactive player.
Here is how the week went for my three selections, the scoring will be 0.5 PPR.
Will Fuller V – WR 123 – 0.0 Fantasy Points = Win
AJ Brown – WR N/A – 0.0 Fantasy Points = Win/Push
Tyler Lockett – WR 14 – 12.7 Fantasy Points = Win
Fuller went into the game a little banged up and, after leaving with a hammy pull in the second quarter, he returned after half time. He didn’t seem to have any rapport with Watson which was odd seeing as he balled out the week before.
AJ Brown was questionable at the time of writing last week’s column but did not improve enough to make the game. This is a tough one to call a full victory on so I’m being greedy and taking a half. Even though he ultimately didn’t play, he was on track to at the time I put my finger to the keyboard.
I did say the Patriots would be a tough matchup. What I didn’t expect was D.K Metcalf to take Gilmore to school. Nevertheless, Russ cooked all over the field but it wasn’t enough for Lockett to get enough Fantasy points to get above his projections or my ranking. Therefore it’s another win for team Lockdown.
Week Three Selections
DJ Moore is undoubtedly a star. His week two performance against a tough Tampa defence was great. Over the past two weeks, he’s now been targeted a solid 22 times and Teddy B looks confident he can find his man. Week one, however, was not so good. He garnered only 4 Fantasy Points in a soft matchup against the Raiders in the season opener. He now faces a revitalised Chargers team. Rookie QB Justin Herbert has lifted the Chargers from a boring ground and pound team to one whose future is bright and has the defence to match.
In 2019 the Chargers gave up 28.4 Fantasy Points Per Game, good enough for a league third lowest. They then added Chris Harris Jr to the star-studded backfield. In two games in 2020, they have allowed just 18.9 FPPG. Now I know that’s a small sample size but it shows how good this unit is. Having even more weeks data I think, will show just how good this team is on that side of the ball.
Not only will the Chargers be licking the lips at the prospect of facing a new QB/Coach combo but also a team now without CMC. As good as Mike Davis looked when coming in for the injured CMC last week, CMC he ain’t! The Chargers won’t have to stack the box as much and can properly focus their attention on the pass catchers. I would expect around seven catches for 70ish yards and an underwhelming low double-digit Fantasy Points scored.
We saw it last year from the Chiefs, the way to hurt them was on the ground. The same appears to be true this year. Through two games this year they are giving up an average of 22.2 FPPG to opposing Running Backs. Is there a team more suited to carry on this mantra than the Baltimore Ravens, I ask you? Answers on a postcard if there happens to be a better choice. As good as the champs are, the Ravens have the perfect answer in the call to arms to beat the Chiefs. A well-rounded team with depth for days and a run game to attack the weak point of their foe.
Holywood Brown hasn’t had one of his boom weeks yet. It’s coming for sure but in a game of this magnitude and game plan, I can’t see him going off. He was only targeted six times last week in a game where the Ravens threw the ball just 24 times. Oh, and the week before he was also only targeted six times. Brown has a huge ADOT through two games. But this isn’t a game where I think that improves to an even higher number unless the Chiefs come out guns blazing and the Ravens get down fast and early. Last week the champs were very slow out the gate and if that happens again then expect Lamar and crew to run the ball right down their throats. Brown scoring 8.7 Fantasy Points in a disappointing day for him but a winning day for Baltimore.
There has to be a curveball, right? After a dismal week one OBJ found the paint in week two to score 13.4 Fantasy points. Here’s where things get interesting. In week one he was targeted 10 times and only caught three of them. In week two he only saw six targets but caught four of them and as I said scored. He is only averaging 52 yards a game and 3.5 receptions. On this basis even if he finds the end zone that’s only 12/13 Fantasy Points. That’s not good McCord.
Couple this with the fact that the Browns Offensive line is woeful, and Baker’s movement and footwork need serious attention, means the TWFT’s (The Washington Football Team) monstrous front seven will eat. I expect Baker to see the very real ghost of Chase Young several times in this matchup and if he needs to dump the ball off, then Hunt and Landry will be the safety valves. I can see OBJ disappearing completely in this one, Rush Nation.
Until next week Rush Nation, Keep Rushing.