10 Fantasy Football Players Who Should Rebound In Week 2
The 2022 NFL season is underway and Week 1 has delivered many outstanding performances, but several fantasy football players have also disappointed managers.
It’s important not to overreact to a bad week, just look at what happened in 2021. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw two interceptions and didn’t record a lone touchdown in Week 1. He only won the NFL MVP for the second year in a row.
There are other great examples to remind us not to give up on the best fantasy football players. Jonathan Taylor had just 56 rushing yards and zero touchdowns in the 2021 season opener. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette combined for 65 rushing yards in the 2021 NFL Kickoff Game. These things happen and great fantastic managers evolve quickly.
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Moving on to Week 2 of the NFL season, look for the following disappointing fantasy football players to bounce back from the dirt they left behind in Week 1. These 10 fantasy players can be counted on to deliver this week.
Start ‘Em quarterback rebounds in Week 2
Tom Brady, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady delivered a lousy fantasy performance in a gruesome game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night football. Despite a loaded receiving body around him, Brady finished with just 212 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Raw. Whatever you do, don’t go fishing on the Week 2 waiver wire for a better fantasy quarterback. Brady will bounce back even if it’s against the New Orleans Saints, who have had his number in the past.
Remember, an angry, chippy Brady tends to play the lights in his next game.
Derek Carr, quarterback, Las Vegas Raiders
While Derek Carr made Davante Adams a fantasy star in Week 1, his personal performance left a lot of people angry. Carr coughed up three dreadful interceptions that could have increased his 295 passing yards well above the 300-yard mark. Never mind.
It’s time to move on and start Carr in Week 2 when the Raiders take on the Cardinals. The Cardinals defense failed to register an interception or sack against Kansas City last week, leaving the door open for Carr to return some fantastic points unique to QB1 in Week 2.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ Week 1 performance was a total disaster. The reigning NFL back-to-back MVP threw for just 195 yards, threw an unusual interception and made a fumble. Fantasy managers who launched Rodgers in Week 1 were likely throwing sharp objects at their TVs.
So, should we run and head to the week 2 waiver thread in search of a replacement? Let’s not panic. Rodgers is still one of the elites in his position. He should bounce back at home against the Chicago Bears in Week 2. In 2021, the Bears gave up the sixth-most QB fantasy points and we know he’s an opponent Rodgers likes to feast on.
Related: Best Fantasy Football Performances From Week 1
Fantasy Football Players Set To Rebound In Week 2 – Running Back
Alvin Kamara, running back, New Orleans Saints
Alvin Kamara was among the most disappointing players in fantasy football in Week 1. A revamped Saints offense inspired hope for All-Pro talent, with fantasy managers expecting their valuable comeback to deliver. Instead, he finished with just 46 scrimmage yards on 12 touches.
He will next face the Buccaneers against whom he had great success. In his 10 games against Tampa Bay, Kamara averaged 96 yards and one touchdown per game. Start Kamara in week 2 at home where he should find his rhythm.
Travis Etienne, running back, Jacksonville Jaguars
Travis Etienne’s fantastic Week 1 points didn’t meet all of his pre-season hype. The bright spot here, looking at Week 2, is that Etienne averaged 11.75 yards per carry. He has that explosiveness that the Jacksonville Jaguars will surely want to take advantage of going forward and that offense needs big plays.
Where perhaps James Robinson struggles against a tough Colts running defense, Etienne’s big-play ability could give him the edge in Week 2.
Ezekiel Elliott, running back, Dallas Cowboys
Without quarterback Dak Prescott on the field, it’s time for the entire Dallas Cowboys offense to step up. Ezekiel Elliott should be Cooper Rush’s go-to for short passing and checking in Week 2.
It’s not pretty, but Elliott is still one of the Cowboys’ best point guards and his touches should be plenty. On a positive note, Elliott ran the ball 5.2 yards per carry in Week 1, which is especially impressive against an elite running defense. With Elliott’s RB1 fantasy days behind, he still pleads to start Week 2 as a usable flex.
Start wide receivers and tight ends in week 2
Darnell Mooney, wide receiver, Chicago Bears
Who? Do we mean the guy who only made one catch for eight yards and tanked his fantasy team in Week 1? Yes. Start Darnell Mooney in Week 2 against Green Bay when the Bears aren’t expected to play on a literal slide.
Blame Mooney’s terrible fantastic contribution to the monsoon the Bears had to go through in Week 1. Justin Fields is going to have to broadcast it to his main target – Mooney – in an attempt to beat what should be a very Aaron Rodgers and Co. dirty. . in week 2.
Allen Robinson, wide receiver, Los Angeles Rams
Another guy who fooled those who got him into fantasy was Allen Robinson. Targeted only twice with a hold, Robinson disappointed hugely. Frankly, the entire Los Angeles Rams offense except for Cooper Kupp disappointed.
That changes in Week 2. The Rams didn’t pay Robinson a lot of money to sit idly by. While Kupp thrived in Week 1, the Rams put just 10 points on the board in a dreadful loss to the Buffalo Bills. That said, Robinson should be much more focused and command a fantastic start in Week 2. The Rams host the Falcons who gave up 171 yards and two touchdowns to the Saints’ top 2 wide receivers.
Mike Williams, wide receiver, Los Angeles Chargers
What happened to Mike Williams in Week 1? Forget his 10-yard two-take game and expect him to get back on track in Week 2. If Keenan Allen misses his next game (hamstring), Williams should be more involved now against a top Kansas City Chiefs offense. Thursday night football.
Don’t throw in the towel on Williams. The leaders gave up 33 points per game to opposing WRs last year and the fanciest points to opposing QBs. Justin Herbert and Williams are must-haves.
By the way, for those who line up Allen and are worried, head over to your Week 2 waiver feed and pick up DeAndre Carter who surprised with 64 and a touchdown last week.
Kyle Pitts, tight end, Atlanta Falcons
We have to get past the dismal Week 1 stink of Kyle Pitts from 19 yards and hope he gets back on track with Marcus Mariota. Pitts is too big a stallion to sit in week 2.
In his next game, Pitts will face the Rams who have allowed the sixth most fantasy points to his opposing tight ends in 2021. Additionally, the Falcons are going to have to take their game up in the air to beat a Rams team coming of an embarrassing Week 1 Stink Bomb.