Fantasy Football 2015: Week 2 Key Matchups
Taking a Look at the Favorable Week 2 Matchups and Waiver Wire Trends
September 16, 2015
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for us to check out some of the hot waiver wire adds and favorable matchups looming in Week 2 of the fantasy football season. We’ve got a fresh list of names for you to peruse, so let’s check out the numbers and see if anyone’s right for your team.
Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Sproles is one of the hot RB pickups this week, as he’s coming off a 12.6-point fantasy performance in Week 1 against Atlanta. The big stat here is that he was targeted in the passing game nine times--second on the team overall.
Sproles is a big-play threat every time he touches the ball, so the Eagles would be downright stupid to minimize his role. He gets a pretty decent matchup against the Cowboys this week.
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Tennessee Titans Defense: For those fantasy owners out there who are stringing defenses weekly this year, the Titans D is definitely an option heading into Sunday’s matchup in Cleveland.
The Titans made No. 1 pick Jameis Winston look silly in Week 1, posting four sacks, two interceptions and a defensive touchdown. They’ll get either Johnny Manziel or Josh McCown (concussion) this week, and either one seems a tasty matchup.
Chris Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: Johnson didn’t exactly impress in Week 1 against the Saints, posting 10 rush attempts for just 37 yards. That said, things are looking a little brighter this week.
The Cardinals will match up against a pretty inept Bears rush defense that got gouged by the Packers in the opener. Johnson should see most of the touches, depending on the status of the ailing Andre Ellington.
Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams: Austin didn’t post much in the receiving game against the Seahawks (two catches for minus-2 yards), but he made his impact on the ground (17 yards and a score) as well as the return game (a 75-yard punt return TD).
If your league counts return yards, Austin is a must-have guy. He should also get significant touches otherwise against a flimsy Redskins defense.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans: Let’s finish up by going back to the Titans-Browns matchup to look at Mariota. He impressed in his NFL debut, posting 209 passing yards on 13-of-16 for four touchdowns against Tampa.
Mariota looked great in his first game, and he will get a nice-looking matchup against a Browns defense that allowed four touchdowns to the Jets in Week 1. He’s firmly in QB2 territory and may even work as a lower-end starter.
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