Fantasy football stars don’t live up to the hype

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’22 Fantasy football picks leave a lot to be desired

If we’ve learned one thing from Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season, it’s that no track is safe. The Ravens led the Dolphins, 35-14, in the fourth quarter and ended up losing, 42-38. The Raiders lead the Cardinals, 20-0, at halftime before losing, 29-23, in overtime. The Browns lead the Jets, 30-17, with just under two minutes left, only to allow two quick touchdowns that would lead to a 30-31 loss.

The same could be said for fantasy football, like if someone in your game had Jalen Hurts or Stefon Diggs in their roster, chances are they had a good chance of coming back late because those two players left in the Monday Night Football doubleheader to complete Week 2.

The four teams that played on ESPN’s rare Monday Night Football doubleheader all had their fair share of fantasy football stars, but not everyone lived up to the hype.

Titans running back Derrick Henry had a tough game, mostly because Tennessee’s passing game struggled to balance their runs without their best receiver of last year AJ Brown.

Brown played Monday night, but for his new team, the Eagles. Even though he got injured early and didn’t return, he’s still expected to have a big year because of his quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts had a monster game against the Vikings, becoming the Eagles’ first quarterback with 300 total yards in one half since Michael Vick 12 years ago.

The Vikings struggled primarily because their wayward Justin Jefferson was stopped by Eagles cornerback Darius Slay. Jefferson should bounce back this season, but be careful of teams with great corner runner defense on him, as the Eagles and Slay learned from the Packers’ mistake of running JJ last week.

The Packers rebounded this week as running back Aaron Jones went for 132 total yards and a pair of scores. Running back performances like this have been hard to come by so far this season due to either a lack of touches or many teams using two running backs consistently which is good for real teams but not ideal for fantasy football teams as it takes far touches for the main back.

Dalvin Cook, Austin Ekeler and Ezekiel Elliott have all struggled to be consistent as they share runs with other running backs. Backs like Jonathan Taylor of the Colts are doing well, but he just doesn’t get the ball enough because his team fell behind at the start of two straight weeks, causing teams to throw the ball more instead of s to press their running backs.

I would expect most of these guys to start putting in numbers like their counterparts Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley and D’Andre Swift once the offenses settle in better in this new season.

Assists have been the story this season so far, as unexpectedly strong performances from Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray make them great quarterback options going forward in an already stacked quarterback league.

Great quarterback play means wide receivers on the receiving side will have opportunities to make big plays. Diggs and Tyreek Hill had monster Week 2 games for the Bills and Dolphins and are solid options going forward. Another way to go is to get the second wide receiver on teams like this, where in the following weeks the better guys can get more double teams. Gabe Davis and Jaylen Waddle have already had big games this year alongside Diggs and Hill.

Passing wide receivers like Amon-Ra St. Brown, Cooper Kupp, Keenan Allen and Ja’Marr Chase should be key to many great teams this season.

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