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Fantasy football Week 3: Start and sit

Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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Here's a look back at Week 2's action, and fantasy advice for the week ahead:

WEEK 2 RECAP

Chiefs 27, Chargers 24: There were expectations Austin Ekeler would face some regression in touchdowns after scoring 20 in 2021 and Sony Michel out-snapping him inside the 5-yard line so far is indicative of that potential regression. It doesn’t diminish Ekeler’s value entirely, but it does lower his ceiling if this continues.

Jets 31, Browns 30: Breece Hall ran fewer routes (seven) than both Michael Carter (25) and Ty Johnson (10) out of the backfield against Cleveland — Hall did score on his only target — which should lower expectations for the rookie and continue to prop up Carter’s value in fantasy.

Lions 36, Commanders 27: Amon-Ra St. Brown has received double-digit targets in eight straight games, producing 68 receptions for 740 yards and eight TDs — with an additional 129 rushing yards and a score — over that span. All hail the Sun God.

Buccaneers 20, Saints 10: Rookie Chris Olave didn’t produce a monster stat line (five receptions for 80 yards), but he did become just the fifth player to top 300 air yards in a game since 2016 — the others were Marquise Brown, Mike Evans, AJ Green and Julio Jones. Olave also became the first player with an average depth of target over 25 yards with at least 13 targets since Pro Football Focus began tracking it almost two decades ago. These are reasons to be very excited.

 

Giants 19, Panthers 16: Sterling Shepard, David Sills and Richie James appear to be New York’s primary wideouts with Shepard producing WR3 value through two games — WR33 in standard formats and WR36 in PPR. Rookie Wan’Dale Robinson should threaten Jame’s snaps at some point, and I’m completely out on Kenny Golladay after he played only two snaps against Carolina, but I remain in wait-and-see mode with Kadarius Toney (it appears he’s inching his way out of the doghouse slowly).

Patriots 17, Steelers 14: With third-down back Ty Montgomery on injured reserve, New England rotated Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson by drive rather than the situation. The only times both backs saw snaps on a drive was when the drive lasted for double-digit plays. Harris appeared to hurt his knee on his final carry of the contest. Stevenson would be an obvious start if Harris misses any time.

Jaguars 24, Colts 0: Maybe Christian Kirk deserved more money than the $72 million over four years he received from Jacksonville this past offseason. He’s the overall WR7 through two weeks with 12 receptions (18 targets) for 195 yards and two TDs and there’s still room for growth if/when Trevor Lawrence takes a big step forward.

Dolphins 42, Ravens 38: Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle are the first teammates in NFL history to produce at least 10 receptions, 170 yards and two TDs in the same game. Not a good day for all the Tua Tagovailoa haters out there.

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