Henry John @HankTimeSports
BANK IT! Just when you thought the NFL couldn’t get any more unpredictable, Week 1 happened. The almighty Browns got thumped, John Ross showed out, and Antonio Brown…well, don’t even get me started on that. Nevertheless, the Hank’s Bank is open again and ready to help you with all your Week 2 Fantasy Football transactions. Let’s get it!
Cash: Worthwhile Start
Deposit: Bench for Future Weeks
Asset: Trade Target
Transfer: Trade Away
Invest: Free Agent Acquisition
With Derrius Guice suffering a torn meniscus in Week 1 and now being out indefinitely, the Redskins will once again turn to Adrian Peterson to be their starting running back this week against the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys possess a talented defensive front, spearheaded by linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. Combine this with the likely fact that Washington will be playing from behind and it leads me to love Chris Thompson for half and full-point PPR leagues. Young receivers Trey Quinn and Terry McLaurin showed promise last week, but the Redskins will need to play through their backs to find offensive success. Don’t be shocked if Thompson sees 15-20 total touches Sunday.
Just because the Baltimore Ravens went out and dropped 59 points on the dysfunctional Miami Dolphins in Week 1 doesn’t mean you should go out and pick up every Raven available. Buying into the Ravens defense, however, is not an overreaction. The unit manhandled the young Miami offensive line and expecting them to do the same to the Cardinals’ inexperienced group is a good bet. Kyler Murray will be running for his life and the passing game will lack rhythm. The tough matchup is enough for me to bench Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk and all Arizona pass-catchers this week.
Talk about efficiency. Devin Singletary broke off 70 rushing yards on just 4 carries in his NFL debut. That’s a 17.5 yards/carry average for those keeping score at home. He also flashed his ability as a pass-catcher with 5 receptions. Frank Gore may have seen more carries, but it’s no secret who the better Fantasy back is. Between Singletary, Josh Allen, and John Brown, the Bills have some sneaky Fantasy Football explosiveness on offense this year. Owning a share of that trio could pay big dividends. Take advantage of any non-futuristic owners in your league and acquire Singletary now while the backfield is still a timeshare on the surface.
The Steelers offense was nonexistent in Week 1, sure. But the motive to sell on Vance McDonald is really based around the public perception that he will be a frequent target for Ben Roethlisberger this season. He was drafted as the TE8 according to Fantasy Football Calculator, meaning he will command a decent return. Play up the Pittsburgh offense in trade talks, acquire an established back or wideout in return, then hit the free agent market for one of several young tight ends with upside like Darren Waller, T.J. Hockenson, or Noah Fant. I promise you won’t miss McDonald one bit.
It may seem counterintuitive to advise you to pick up a Jaguars receiver given they will be without Nick Foles for the next 8-9 weeks. But Gardner Minshew looked very capable in his NFL debut. I think some overreactions have been made in terms of the level of downgrade on Jacksonville pass-catchers. The upside that second-year pro D.J. Chark possesses is enough to want a piece. 146 yards on 4 catches isn’t great volume, but it was just the breakout game he needed. Pick him up and stow him away. Depending on how the Jags’ offense evolves, he could be a FLEX consideration in a matter of weeks.
We couldn’t have started the year much better by advising to loan Matthew Stafford last week. As an encore, Hank’s Bank brings you Derek Carr as the stream of Week 2. The entire Raiders offense impressed in their Monday night opener against a Broncos defense that is projected to be one of the better units in the NFL. The presence of Josh Jacobs as a legitimate rushing threat should benefit the Oakland passing game all season as they are no longer a one-dimensional offense. Carr had no trouble connecting with new targets Tyrell Williams and Darren Waller, and he will need to again to keep pace with Patrick Mahomes and the high-flying Kansas City Chiefs. Luckily the Chiefs defense is plenty capable of surrendering yards and points, making it the perfect streaming matchup for Carr.