Fantasy Preview: Sunday Early Slate for Week 2 (9/18/22)

  • Dolphins (+3.5) @ Ravens (-190) O/U 44.5

    Jets (+6.5) @ Browns (-280) O/U 39

    Commanders (+1.5) @ Lions (-120) O/U 48.5

    Colts (-170) @ Jaguars (+3) O/U 45.5

    Buccaneers (-140) @ Saints (+2.5) O/U 44

    Panthers (+1.5) @ Giants (-125) O/U 43.5

    Patriots (-135) @ Steelers (+2.5) O/U 40.5

    The truly elite fantasy football managers will do in-depth research on every game of the slate to determine who their best options are for their starting lineup and which players are worth benching for one reason or another. In this preview, we’ll be looking at the first seven games of the slate on Sunday that are set to kick off at 10am PST/1pm EST.

     

    Dolphins @ Ravens

    Key Storylines/What to Watch

    Ja’Wuan James started in place of the injured Ronnie Stanley in Week 1 but unfortunately suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during the team’s win over the Jets. Stanley practiced on Wednesday in a limited capacity on Wednesday before sitting out of Thursday’s practice altogether, the same as Week 1. If the team’s starting LT is still unable to suit up for this affair, Patrick Mekari figures to man the LT position and that will likely cause a downgrade in the overall unit.

    Obviously, one of the key storylines to watch whenever we watch a Ravens contest is to see how well they run the ball, but more in particular how J.K. Dobbins looks in his long-awaited return from injury.

    CB Kyle Fuller (knee) is out for the season, CB Marlon Humphrey didn’t practice on Thursday or Friday, CB Brandon Stephens didn’t practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday and CB Marcus Peters hasn’t suited up since tearing his ACL in the 2020 season. Once again, the Ravens are dealing with another rash of injuries in their secondary and perhaps that will open up the door for the Dolphins pass-catchers to take advantage on Sunday.

    While LT Terron Armstead (toe) is trending in the right direction after he participated in a limited capacity during Thursday’s practice while RT Austin Jackson has been unable to play through the ankle injury he suffered during Week 1. Greg Little would likely take over at RT if Jackson was unable to suit up and that will cause a slight downgrade on the right side. Look for the Dolphins to continue to use TE Durham Smythe on the right side if Jackson is ruled out since he can help alleviate some of the pressure for Little.

    After dismantling the Patriots in Week 1, Sunday will be the first true test to see if the Dolphins are for real as the Ravens showed as a much better squad in their victory over the Jets.

     

    Top Starts

    QB Lamar Jackson – Jackson’s dual-threat ability should allow him to continue to be one of the league’s safest starts around the league, and his passing ability elevates him above the rest of the young dual-threat QBs around the league. Start him with confidence.

    WR Rashod Bateman – Devin Duvernay might have outshined Bateman in Week 1 with his two receiving touchdowns, but Bateman was the team’s clear-cut WR1 as he ran a route on 25 of the team’s 35 snaps compared to just 18 for both Duvernay and Demarcus Robinson. Bateman is the set-it and forget-it type. Don’t overthink it.

    TE Mark Andrews – As expected Andrews was the most involved player in the passing game for Jackson and the Ravens as he ran a team-hight 32 routes. He may have disappointed in Week 1, but the stats dictate that better days are ahead for the reigning top tight end for fantasy.

    WRs Tyreek Hill & Jaylen Waddle – These guys are the clear top-two targets for Tua and the injured CB room that the Ravens will have on Sunday should allow plenty of room for the duo to operate. Start both of these guys with confidence across formats.

     

    Boom/Bust Dart-Throws

    WR Devin Duvernay – I would be a bit nervous to start Duvernay with the possibility that Week 1 was the highlight of his fantasy season. That being said, the attention that Bateman is sure to draw against the Dolphins could continue to open up opportunity for Duvernay or Demarcus Robinson.

    RB J.K. Dobbins – It’s just so difficult to trust a player in their first game back from a serious injury. He’ll likely be touchdown dependent in his first game back given the projected committee that we’ll see on Sunday. Not to mention, Jackson’s ability to play running back as well.

    RB Chase Edmonds – Edmonds and Raheem Mostert splitting the carries isn’t a great sign for either of their fantasy values, but Edmonds gets the leg up for his PPR pass-catching floor. He’s more of a dart-throw than a boom/bust option as I see him with a relatively stable floor but not much of a ceiling.

     

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