Gardner Minshew II (QB, Jacksonville Jaguars)
ESPN ownership: 19.3%
Week 2 stats: 339 passing yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions; four carries, 19 rushing yards
After having three passing touchdowns against the Colts last week, Minshew had another strong fantasy performance against the Titans. It is rather impressive that Minshew is performing this well against strong defenses; Kirk Cousins actually produced negative fantasy points against the Colts this week. With the Dolphins, Bengals, and Texans next up on the Jaguars schedule, Minshew has QB1 upside.
Justin Herbert (QB, Los Angeles Chargers)
ESPN ownership: 1.7%
Week 2 stats: 311 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception; four carries, 18 rushing yards, one touchdown
Herbert got the surprise start against the Chiefs due to a pregame injury to Tyrod Taylor. Herbert performed well and nearly led the Chargers to an upset victory over the defending champions. Even if Taylor is healthy, it is hard to picture the Chargers keeping Herbert on the bench. He is a must add in deeper leagues, and his strong debut makes him worth monitoring in all formats.
Frank Gore (RB, New York Jets)
ESPN ownership: 13.2%
Week 2 stats: 21 carries, 63 rushing yards
With Le’Veon Bell on the IR, Adam Gase was not hesistant to give Gore the football. In fact, Gore had 15 carries in the first half. Although he will not have a large role in the passing game, it is clear that Gore will have every opportunity to produce in Bell’s absence.
Dion Lewis (RB, New York Giants)
ESPN ownership: 0.8%
Week 2 stats: 10 carries, 20 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 4 receptions, 36 receiving yards
#Giants RB Saquon Barkley suffered an ACL tear, based on the manual tests and initial diagnosis, source said. He’ll have an MRI to tell the full story, but the belief is the star is done for the season. Coach Joe Judge said they are holding out hope.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 20, 2020
Lewis was New York’s only other active running back, so he filled in for Barkley. His rushing statistics were not impressive, but he did score a touchdown. Throughout his career, Lewis has thrived as a pass-catcher, and he should be able to produce as a receiver out of the backfield in the Giants offense. Nevertheless, Lewis is the interim three-down running back, which automatically makes him a fantasy asset.
Dalton Schultz (TE, Dallas Cowboys)
ESPN ownership: 0.9%
Week 2 stats: 9 receptions, 88 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
Schultz is now the starting tight end for the Cowboys due to Blake Jarwin’s torn ACL, and he was impressive in his first start of the season against the Falcons. More importantly, Schultz had a large role within the offense. He was targeted a team-high 10 times, which bodes well for his fantasy stock moving forward.