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Fanrun Fantasy: Week 2 Recap + Week 3 Projections

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Welcome to Fanrun Fantasy, the most complete fantasy football recap/preview on the internet. If you want to win, you’re in the right place. Throughout this season, we’ll recap the top scorers, the biggest disappointments, and project the biggest “booms” for the upcoming week.

Fanrun Fantasy Week 2 Top Performers

QBs

Dak Prescott – 39.8pts vs. ATL

Cam Newton – 34.58pts @SEA

Josh Allen – 34.48pts @MIA

RBs

Aaron Jones – 45.6pts vs. DET

Alvin Kamara – 38.4pts vs. LV

Leonard Fournette – 27.6pts vs. CAR

WRs

Calvin Ridley – 29.9pts @DAL

Stefon Diggs – 29.3pts @MIA

Julian Edelman – 25.9pts @SEA

TEs

Tyler Higbee – 28.4pts @PHI

Darren Waller – 28.3pts vs. NO

Mike Gesicki – 27.0pts vs. BUF

D/ST

Indianapolis Colts – 17.0pts vs. MIN

Baltimore Ravens – 15.0pts @HOU

Pittsburgh Steelers – 13.0pts vs. DEN

Ks

Younghoe Koo – 17.0pts @DAL

Justin Tucker – 16.0pts @HOU

Rodrigo Blankenship – 15.0pts vs. MIN

Biggest Week 2 Disappointments

These players far underperformed their week 2 projections despite not being injured.

Derrick Henry – The Tennessee RB and reigning “king” of NFL rushing yards only managed 8.4pts against a pedestrian Jags defense despite carrying the ball 25 times for 84 yards. King Henry was tabbed to have 21.1pts in week 2.

Julio Jones – The Atlanta WR had a rough day against the Cowboys despite his fellow receivers playing quite well. Jones accrued only 4.4pts, but was projected to rack up 18 points against “America’s Team.” Julio could’ve salvaged his day if he didn’t drop the game-sealing reception.

Kirk Cousins– The Minnesota QB scored NEGATIVE points against the Colts on Sunday. It is truly a remarkable feat for any every-down player to score negative fantasy points in a game, but it is virtually unheard of for a QB to do so. Cousins was 11/26 for 133 yards and 3 INTs. WOOF. The Vikings’ signal-caller scored -1.48pts, but was projected to score 14.8pts against Indy.

Biggest Week 2 Surprises

Leonard Fournette – The Buccaneers’ RB appears to have gained control of the starting Tampa Bay RB spot as he rushed 12 times for 103 yards and 2 TDs. This performance placed him at 27.6pts for the week, which far exceeded his 8.1 point projection.

Jonnu Smith – The Titans’ TE had an excellent performance against the Jags as the Titans’ offense was rendered AJ Brown-less. Smith hauled in 4 of his 5 targets for 84 yards and 2 TDs, netting him 24.4pts for the game. This blew away his 8.9 point projection.

Justin Herbert – The rookie Chargers’ triggerman had himself a day against a sleepwalking Chiefs defense. Herbert racked up 22.24pts on the day, which outgained his projection of 0.1pts by a boatload. This low point projection was due to a late scratch of Tyrod Taylor by the Chargers.

Week 3 Big Booms

Last week’s Fanrun Fantasy “Big Booms” went 1-for-3 with Raheem Mostert going “88 and out the gate” on play No. 1 against the Jets, but unfortunately was hurt in the second quarter. The other 2/3rds of the list were injured as well as Saquon Barkley tore his ACL, and Michael Thomas was a MNF scratch against the Raiders.

*** = Bonus Boom (AKA: I couldn’t narrow the list down to just 3 players)

Derrick Henry – The Titans’ RB has not reached paydirt yet this year despite having 200 yards through 2 games. Expect King Henry to absolutely annihilate the weak Vikings defense. If Jonathan Taylor can rip off 26 carries for 106 yards against Minnesota, Derrick Henry might have 150 yards and 2 TDs.

Aaron Rodgers/Jones – It’s no secret that the Packers’ Aaron-squared backfield has looked phenomenal this year, but the true story of this prediction is the New Orleans defense looking like swiss cheese against the Raiders. I know that they looked decent against Tompa Bay, but their MNF appearance was atrocious, to put it lightly. The Saints had no pass rush all night and proceeded to make Derek Carr look like the second coming of Peyton Manning. Unless they can really turn it around, expect Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones to feast on the struggling New Orleans Saints.

Jonathan Taylor – The Colts’ rookie RB had a great showing against the Minnesota Vikings’ horrid defense on Sunday afternoon. Taylor appears to be the lead guy in the Indy RB room following Marlon Mack’s torn Achilles tendon. Luckily for Taylor’s fantasy owners, he should keep rolling against a pathetic New York Jets defense that gave up an 80-yard scamper on play No. 1 courtesy of Raheem Mostert.

***Matt Ryan – The Falcons’ gunslinger has been magnificent this year. Expect this to continue as the unproven Chicago Bears roll into the 404 for what will undoubtedly be another offensive onslaught by the Atlanta Falcons. Now, if only the defense can stop Mitch & Co., the Falcons should claim win No. 1.

***Kyler Murray – If there were any doubters of Kyler Murray going into last week, they should all be quiet now. The sophomore signal-caller made a potent Washinton D-Line look silly last week as the Cardinals coasted to a 30-15 win. Pencil Murray in this week as well as he is set to face the lethargic Lions, who let Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones have a field day Sunday.

Week 3 Big Busts

Last week’s Fanrun Fantasy “Big Busts” all had pretty solid days against their opponents as Kyler Murray, Gardner Minshew, and Cam Newton each had at least 23 points. So, let’s try this again!

Deshaun Watson – The Houston QB seems to be a rose in a field of dandelions, but his matchup this week against a staunch Pittsburgh defense spells trouble for the Clemson product. The Steelers’ defense has completely shut down both the Giants’ offense and the Broncos’ offense in weeks 1 and 2, while also injuring Drew Lock. Expect Watson to struggle this week and make a few “business decisions” so that he doesn’t end up like Drew Lock.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire – The Chiefs’ RB had a decent showing against the LA Chargers on Sunday, but the impending Ravens’ defense is a totally different animal. The Ravens have completely snuffed out any possible ground game from both the Browns and the Texans in weeks 1 and 2, respectively. The only way Edwards-Helaire has any success this week is off check-downs from Patrick Mahomes.

Alvin Kamara  – The golden-grilled wonder is off to a hot start in the 2020 season. Unfortunately, the Packers’ defense will have something to say about that this week as the Pack has held both the Vikings’ and the Lions’ leading rusher to under 50 yards in the past two weeks. Expect Kamara to struggle in a blowout loss.

Summary

That’s the end of the second edition of Fanrun Fantasy. Check back on Tuesday’s at 9 am ET for the next edition.