September 21, 2022, 12:01 pm
The second week of the season had many more lows than highs overall — the defending AFC champs looked like they paid for some counterfeit goods in their pricey offseason offensive line upgrades, the Colts were shut out for the first time since Frank Reich’s first season as head coach, and a seemingly up-and-coming young offense went TD-less in the Mile High City. It was a week of true extremes, but one where there seemed to be more surprises in extremely bad performances compared to good. So, I’ll skew this article this week with more options on the buy-low side. Let’s get to it!
*All stats are based on 0.5 PPR
Jonathan Taylor, RB Colts
9-54-0 rushing, 1-9-0 receiving, 6.8 total fantasy points in Week 2
It should go without saying that one down week after a mammoth 25.5-point season opener is not cause for immediate panic. But, that doesn’t mean that the Jonathan Taylor manager in your league feels the same sense of calm. This is the perfect situation for an early season buy-low offer to try to capitalize on that. This was an absolute throwaway game for Indianapolis due to some critical injuries, including All-Pro LB Shaq Leonard on a day the defense allowed 24 points and a decimated receiving corps missing both Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce. Things can only get better and hopefully Pittman will at least have a decent shot at returning for their home opener when they’ll need all the firepower they can get against the Chiefs.
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Tua Tagovailoa, QB Dolphins
469-6-2 passing, 1-1-0 rushing, 40.8 total fantasy points in Week 2
It’s not that Tua can’t potentially put up QB1 numbers moving forward, as he clearly did here in Week 2. But the 2018 Heisman runner-up has likely had his best game of the season already and his value is probably never going to be higher. It’s also important to avoid the bias that the Ravens are an elite defense anymore – first-year DC Mike Macdonald (who was their LBs coach from 2018-2020 before a gap year in the NCAA at Michigan) has a lot of personnel issues to figure out as rookie first-rounder safety Kyle Hamilton blew two huge coverages that escalated from CB Kyle Fuller tearing his ACL and three other corners questionable coming in. The true test for Tua will come hard and fast next week against the Bills, who made the defending Super Bowl champs look anemic on offense.
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