Week 2 was absolutely insane with variety. There were a few slow, boring slogs (Texans/Broncos) with some fun shootouts (Commanders/Lions) and of course a few games with ridiculous endings (Dolphins/Ravens, Cardinals/Raiders).
However, it's now time to leave last week behind us and look ahead to week 3!
Last Week's Record: 8-8
2022 Season Record: 19-13
Lock of the Week: 0-2
Upset of the Week: 1-1
Exact Scores Predicted: 0
Best Fantasy Advice Last Week: Start Qb Carson Wentz, 27 pts (337 yds 3 td 1 int, 23 rsh yds)
Worst Fantasy Advice Last Week: Start Rb Jeff Wilson Jr., 11 ppr pts (18 rushes 84 yds, 2 rec 19 yds)
Pittsburgh (1-1) @ Cleveland (1-1)
This game will be a slow, low scoring, defensive slugfest on Thursday night. With Mitch Trubisky not doing much with this offense, and Cleveland running Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt down opponent's throats, this one should hit the under.
New Orleans (1-1) @ Carolina (0-2)
Jameis Winston and the Saints had a rough week against Tampa Bay in week 2, with their quarterback playing with multiple fractures in his back, Alvin Kamara missing the game and Marshon Lattimore being ejected from the game along with Mike Evans.
Luckily for them, they head to Carolina to take on a struggling Baker Mayfield and a criminally underused Christian McCaffrey, so I can see a New Orleans bounce back game.
Houston (0-1-1) @ Chicago (1-1)
In a pretty uninspiring matchup, I like Davis Mills on the road here against a poor Chicago Bears squad. Brandin Cooks is a constant scoring threat and should get plenty of work, per usual. Neither team is very good, but Houston is the lesser of the two evils.
Kansas City (2-0) @ Indianapolis (0-1-1)
In the preseason, these were two teams people thought could meet in the playoffs... although now they seem like two ships passing in the night.
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs have been proving doubters wrong, meanwhile Matt Ryan looks just as bad as he did last season in Atlanta.
Indy should be getting stud wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. back this week (plus the potential return of superstar linebacker Shaquille Leonard), but it won't matter. KC wins by multiple scores.
Buffalo (2-0) @ Miami (2-0)
Ooooh boy! After that breakout Tua win over Baltimore (469 yards and 6 touchdowns!), we'll see if they can keep it up as the big brother Bills come to town.
The Bills still look like the best team in the league after their 41-7 smashing of last year's #1 seeded Titans.
It'll be a fun game, but Josh Allen proves Buffalo is still Buffalo.
Detroit (1-1) @ Minnesota (1-1)
Kirk Cousins had a bad performance on Monday night against the Eagles, but that's just par for the course with him (he has a record of 2-10 in primetime games). I'm not going to write off Minnesota after one flop game, and still believe in the Vikings as a dangerous team.
Detroit is a good squad in their own right, as they beat Carson Wentz and the Commanders in a shootout.
The Vikings are just the better team, and should handle their business on Sunday.
Baltimore (1-1) @ New England (1-1)
This is a game that's kind of tricky to predict, as Baltimore has extremely high upside any given week, and the Patriots are a team who can play shutdown defense any given week as well.
Baltimore has a troubling secondary, but the major difference is New England's lack of firepower offensively. The Ravens should be fine this week.
Cincinnati (0-2) @ New York Jets (1-1)
Last season we saw a major upset between these same two teams, when New York surprised Cincinnati with a Mike White-led 34-31 shocker.
I can see a similar result this weekend.
Joe Flacco just led his Jets to an unlikely comeback win over the Browns as they trailed by 13 with 2 minutes to go. Of course Nick Chubb's decision to run that touchdown in, a missed extra point, the breakdown in coverage allowing Corey Davis to score a 66 yard touchdown showed there was plenty of luck involved.
The Bengals are in a bad way themselves. The offense still has their elite explosiveness, but Joe Burrow has taken 13 sacks in the first two games (on track to smash the NFL record with 110). If this offensive line continues to fail in keeping Burrow upright, they are at risk of not only losing any given game, but losing their franchise quarterback to serious injury.
Give me the team with all of the momentum at home.
Las Vegas (0-2) @ Tennessee (0-2)
In a battle of 0-2 teams, I see two totally different units. The Raiders are a legitimately good team. Both of their losses came by within a touchdown (and last week's comeback by Arizona should never have happened, considering Vegas held a dominant 20-0 lead at the half). We saw in week 1 how Derek Carr and Davante Adams have a strong connection, and Tennessee doesn't have much to fear in the secondary.
The Titans lost 21-20 on a missed field goal against the Giants, but looked completely lost Monday night in the 41-7 smack down by Buffalo.
Las Vegas looks like they can turn it around... Tennessee looks ready to turn in their card for the #1 overall draft pick.
Philadelphia (2-0) @ Washington (1-1)
Philadelphia is the best team in the NFC and a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Jalen Hurts continues to develop as a passer, Miles Sanders looks good, both A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith have been getting targets and the defense looks top 5.
They are coming in to Washington to take on Philadelphia legend Carson Wentz (sarcasm, of course). He has been lighting up defenses in the first two weeks with 65% completion and averaging 325 yards per game with 7 touchdowns to 3 interceptions.
He still makes his mistakes, but Wentz has been very impressive, spreading the ball around to Terry McLaurin, rookie Jahan Dotson and Curtis Samuel.
This one should be a shootout with plenty of interest for fantasy players. In the end, that Philly defense makes one or two big plays that seal the win.
Jacksonville (1-1) @ LA Chargers (1-1)
Despite Jacksonville's impressive 24-0 shutout over the Colts, I'm giving this game to the Chargers whether Justin Herbert plays or not.
He won't be at 100% if he does play, but LA has a great enough defense to help carry the load.
If Chase Daniels gets the start, I expect a lot of touches for running back Austin Ekeler in a lower scoring game.
LA Rams (1-1) @ Arizona (1-1)
This is a matchup that could go any number of ways. The defending champs look like they're struggling big time, as their week 1 blowout loss against the Bills and the near Falcons comeback last week suggest. There are still concerns about the status of Matthew Stafford's elbow, but Arizona has a putrid defense (that overtime play last week notwithstanding).
Kyler Murray seems to be pulling a page out of Tim Tebow's playbook, with his 3 quarters of struggling to do anything offensively but turning it on in the 4th quarter. It will be interesting to see if last week's crazy finish helps spark something in these guys to put together a full game of 4th quarter Kyler.
I think we get a fun game, but the Rams pull away late.
Atlanta (0-2) @ Seattle (1-1)
Honestly, this is the game I've been struggling with the most, as I don't really know what to think about either team.
I'm going to trust in Marcus Mariota after Atlanta's near comeback against the Rams last week.
Green Bay (1-1) @ Tampa Bay (2-0)
I believe this will be the least exciting Aaron Rodgers vs Tom Brady matchup in NFL history.
The Packers don't look great offensively without Davante Adams, Mike Evans is suspended for the week, and Brady has been struggling despite his team's 2-0 start.
Of course it will come down to the wire, as Green Bay's defense manages to stop Brady from making another last second comeback in a close game.
San Francisco (1-1) @ Denver (1-1)
I like Trey Lance a lot, so it hurts me to say this, but... the 49ers are on the rise with Jimmy Garoppolo taking over. He has plenty of chemistry with Deebo, Aiyuk and Kittle (assuming he plays) and should put up points Sunday night.
The Broncos have looked awful at this point. Countless penalties, weekly terrible coaching and overall game management from Nathaniel Hackett and Russell Wilson has not lived up to expectations. Receiver Jerry Jeudy and star cornerback Pat Surtain are banged up but could still play.
If Kittle returns, expect a big game. The Broncos can't cover the tight end position... it's been this way for literal decades.
If he doesn't, I still trust the Shanahan/Garoppolo duo over Hackett/Wilson right now.
Dallas (1-1) @ New York Giants (2-0)
Cooper Rush helped the Cowboys upset Cincinnati last week. He had a connection with both Noah Brown and CeeDee Lamb as they combined for 12 receptions, 166 yards and a score. Tight end Dalton Schultz will probably miss time with his knee injury, so Lamb, Brown and running backs Zeke Elliott and Tony Pollard will have to help carry the load. The potential return of Michael Gallup would be a huge boost as well.
They are traveling into New York, as the 2-0 Giants have looked impressive in their two wins. Even with defensive lineman Leonard Williams possibly out, I have more confidence in this team led by Daniel Jones to take care of business at home against Cooper Rush and the Cowboys.
- Wr Devonta Smith, Eagles: @ Commanders
I had Smith's name written down before his incredible Monday night game (7 catches on 7 targets for 80 yards), as Washington has been terrible against slot receivers.
I expect another great game for Smith as the defense is focused on their #1 A.J. Brown and Hurts gashing them on the ground.
- Qb Jared Goff, Lions: @ Vikings
Goff has found the next star receiver in Amon-Ra St. Brown. This week he has the opportunity to break the NFL record with his 9th consecutive 8 catch game... I absolutely believe this will happen, and in a shootout with Minnesota it will only help Goff's numbers (oh, and he also has D.J. Chark, T.J. Hockenson and D'Andre Swift to throw to).
- Qb Tom Brady, Bucs: vs Packers
This game should be a defensive battle, as neither team has a great arsenal of pass catchers. Brady has been struggling this season. Don't risk it on the 45 year old passer.
- Wr Darnell Mooney, Bears: vs Texans
While the matchup may not be particularly bad, this Chicago offense has been a major struggle. Darnell Mooney looked like a breakout receiver coming in to the season, but you can straight up drop him at this point.
Game of the Week:
Bills 31, Dolphins 24
Lock of the Week:
Raiders 28, Titans 10
Upset of the Week:
Jets 24, Bengals 20
Player of the Week:
Wr Devonta Smith, Eagles: @ Commanders
7 rec 110 yds 2 td
Favorite point spread:
49ers (-2.0) @ Broncos