Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., Davante Adams and several other top-ranked wide receivers fell out of the top-20 in Week 1. These top-ranked players should not be trashed in any way. The woes of having weeks like this is common, since defensive pass coverage is the factor that causes these lack luster weeks. This factor is often forgotten by the average fantasy football player. Many players look at their star players and think that nothing can stop them. Unfortunately, that is simply not the case.
Indianapolis at Tennessee
Week 1, the Titans allowed only 13 offensive points to the Browns, despite their offense containing some volatile weapons.
While the fantasy output for both Landry and Beckham was merely sufficient in the yardage department, neither of them found the end zone. With cornerbacks, Malcolm Butler, Adoree’ Jackson and Logan Ryan, the Titans defensive backs are some of the best in the league. This week, the Titans are matched up against the Colts at home.
Without Andrew Luck, the receiving depth in Indianapolis is limited. The obvious number one in TY Hilton. After Hilton, the next in line for targets was Devin Funchess, who was placed on IR so he could heal from a broken collarbone injury. Now, the next in line for targets is Deon Cain, Eric Ebron, Nyheim Hines and Parris Campbell. Ebron has shown the ability to produce under a Luck offense, but has yet to show value with Jacoby Brissett. The rest of the receiving options have yet to show they can produce fantasy-worthy numbers under any quarterback. While the Titans didn’t allow many offensive points against them, they gave up 346 total offensive yards.
The Colts are going to be facing a defense that could keep them from scoring early in the game. They could be playing from behind, forcing them to throw the ball. Other receiving options for the Colts may need to step up. If one of the secondary receiving options proves their worth against the Titans, they could be scripted into future games this season.
Seattle at Pittsburgh
The Seattle defense was weak against the passing offense from Cincinnati Week 1. Andy Dalton completed 35 passes on 51 attempts for 418 yards and two touchdowns. This week, Seattle will be on the road in Pittsburgh. The Steelers had an uneventful passing attack against the Patriots in Week 1.
As we know, Bill Belichick is very good at creating a game plan to suppress their opponent’s strengths. Unfortunately, Belichick’s plan was only part of the problem for the Steelers. Donte Moncrief was targeted ten times and only came down with three catches. In Week 2, the Steelers will have a chance to bounce back with their passing attack. This includes Vance McDonald, who was a total bust for fantasy owners last week. Cincinnati targeted their tight ends ten times for nine completions in Week 1 against Seattle. I am waiting to see this game before I react to McDonald’s usage for the Steelers. It is clear that a tight end can be used effectively against the Seahawks.
As for Moncrief, if he continues to drop footballs, we will see more usage out of James Washington or Ryan Switzer. If you are currently rostering Washington, don’t abandon him quite yet.