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Lamar Jackson up, Alvin Kamara down

Tony Holm

Published 9:08 PM EDT Sep 16, 2019

These players saw their fantasy football values increase or decrease most based on their performances in Week 2:


QB Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens: Jackson has looked All-World through the first two weeks. Before we get too excited, know that his success has come against Miami and Arizona, and neither team has played well on defense this season. There will be a tougher opponent this week in the Kansas City Chiefs, but expect touchdowns to be scored in bunches by both quarterbacks.

RB Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings: Cook has been a true workhorse back through the first two weeks and he deserves to be mentioned among the very best at the position. He broke a 75-yard touchdown run and was active in the passing game against Green Bay. He now has 311 total yards along with three touchdowns with Oakland up next.

RB Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers: Jones was used heavily against Minnesota, and he responded with 150 total yards and a touchdown. Green Bay’s running backs have been matchup-dependent in fantasy over the years, but when the matchup is right, Jones will get the opportunities.

WR Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos: Targeted 13 times, Sanders was far and away the most effective member of the Broncos offense. He’s the only Broncos player to score, other than kicker Brandon McManus, over the first two weeks.

WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Scoring yet another touchdown last week against Carolina, Godwin set career highs for both receptions (eight) and receiving yards (121). While Mike Evans and O.J. Howard have been quiet, Godwin has been seeing the majority of the targets from QB Jameis Winston. 


RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints: Kamara did little with his touches against the Los Angeles Rams and was a disappointment for fantasy owners (45 rushing yards, no touchdowns). With Drew Brees now expected to be out for an extended period, the entire New Orleans offense could sputter, which spells trouble for Kamara and many others.

WR Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers: Pettis’ usage increased in Week 2, but he still rotated in and out of the offense. With Marquise Goodwin locked into his role, Deebo Samuel once again outplaying everyone and Trent Taylor close to returning, Pettis is starting to look like the odd man out. 

TE T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions: After a record-setting NFL debut, last week’s waiver wire darling had just one reception off three targets for seven yards. Like any rookie, he’ll have his ups and downs. 

RB Jordan Howard, Philadelphia Eagles: Philadelphia is running both Miles Sanders and Howard, which reduces what both can offer in fantasy. Both had goal-line opportunities in Week 2 and both failed to convert. Until one distances himself from the other, it is difficult to trust either one in a starting lineup.

RB Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears: There are a lot of mouths to feed in the Bears offense and they like to spread the ball around. Chicago is in every game thanks to their defense, but its offense has sputtered to open the season.

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