QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Weeks 1 & 2: 819 Yards, 8 TD, 1 INT, 72.3 PTS, QB1
Availability: 68.3 %
The Fitzmagic is for real. After taking down two of the top four teams from the NFC in 2017, the Buccaneers hot start is no fluke. The Harvard alumnus in the pocket has thrown for 400+ yards and four touchdowns in each of the first two games. Ryan Fitzpatrick has elevated the entire aerial attack by building a rapport with deep-threat DeSean Jackson, as well as incorporating O.J. Howard into the mix.
QB: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 2: 377 Yards, 4 TD, 1 INT, 32.6 PTS
Availability: 89.8 %
After taking down New England and Tom Brady, Blake Bortles is turning quite a few heads. A standout performance in Week 2 despite the absence of star bell-cow Leonard Fournette due to a hamstring injury required the veteran signal caller to target his young second-year receivers in Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole. Jacksonville’s defense is already a household name, but if the other side can get going, watch out.
RB: Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles
Week 2: 30 Rushing Yards, 1 Rushing TD, 5 Receptions, 55 Receiving Yards, 19.5 PTS
Availability: 77.4 %
One of my favorite sleepers going into the new campaign finally took charge on Sunday afternoon despite a disappointing overall team performance. With the absence of veteran third-down back Darren Sproles, Corey Clement finished with 19.5 PTS in PPR scoring after reaching the end zone. He needs to be rostered in all leagues.
WR: Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 2: 7 Receptions, 116 Yards, 1 TD, 24.6 PTS
Availability: 51.5 %
Another one of my favorite names from the end of last season, Keelan Cole put up what should remain as the catch of the year in the Jaguars’ drubbing of Bill Belichick’s brainchild in Florida on Sunday afternoon. Although both Cole and Dede Westbrook had excellent showings, Cole is the receiver you want for the foreseeable future.
WR: Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 2: 6 Receptions, 91 Yards, 1 TD, 21.1 PTS
Availability: 98.8 %
Tyler Boyd finally came alive on Thursday Night Football in the shadow of A.J. Green’s monster three-TD outing. Boyd showed the flashes of being a second option that Andy Dalton hasn’t had since Mohamed Sanu. Definitely keep an eye on Boyd to see if he continues his stellar play into the third week of the season.
WR: Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons
Week 2: 4 Receptions, 64 Yards, 1 TD, 16.7 PTS
With all of the question marks regarding Steve Sarkisian’s red-zone offense to begin the season, take note of rookie wide-out Calvin Ridley. The former member of the Alabama Crimson Tide was regarded as the best receiver in the 2018 draft class. With the injury to Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones’ issues with the end zone, Ridley could emerge as a weekly flex option with upside through the roof.
WR: John Brown, Baltimore Ravens
Weeks 1 & 2: 7 Receptions, 136 Yards, 2 TD, 32.7 PTS, WR23
Availability: 75.9 %
John Brown has been the best player on the field for the Baltimore Ravens statistically through the first two weeks of the season. The speedster from Div. II Pittsburgh St. by way of the Arizona Cardinals has been nothing short of extraordinary for John Harbaugh in a crucial year for the Baltimore Ravens. Let it be known that the two secondaries he’s faced in Buffalo and in Cincinnati aren’t what I’d consider the cream of the crop, but he needs to be on your bench if he hasn’t already been scooped up. A match-up with the 2-0 Denver Broncos this week should prove to be a great opportunity to see if Brown torches poor defensive backs, or if the newly signed deep threat is for real.
TE: O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 2: 3 Receptions, 96 Yards, 1 TD, 18.6 PTS
Availability: 78.4 %
Man, have I been impressed of what I’ve seen out of the second-year tight end out of Tuscaloosa. O.J. Howard, despite a low target share, has been absolutely sensational. If Cameron Brate continues to put up duds week after week, Howard will finish as a top-7 TE.