September 19, 2022, 8:58 pm
Final score: Rams 31, Falcons 24 (Falcons covered +10, O46.5)
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This was a get-right game for the Rams and they were coasting to an easy multi-touchdown win, until the Falcons woke up and rattled off 17 points in the fourth quarter. The Falcons even got the ball back with an opportunity to tie the game, but the Rams’ dominant defensive line was able to strip-sack Marcus Mariota and seal the game. Offensively, the Rams got whatever they wanted through the air, while the Falcons really struggled to get much going in both the air and on the ground. Mariota completed 17-of-26 passes for two TDs and two INTs. The only injury to note for either team was Rams guard Tremayne Anchrum being carted off the field.
Matthew Stafford quickly rebounded after a gross Week 1 performance, leading the way to victory. He completed 27-of-36 passes for 272 yards, including a trio of touchdowns and a pair of picks which was good for nearly 21 fantasy points. Stafford spread the ball around nicely and it was good to see Allen Robinson (4-53-1, 11.3 fantasy points) find the end zone twice, but one was called back. Much like last week, Tyler Higbee (7-71, 14.1 fantasy points) was a focal point of this offense again. The star of the show in this game was Cooper Kupp, leading both sides in targets, receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. The backfield for the Rams was once again split, with Darrell Henderson getting 10 carries to Cam Akers’ 15. Henderson got a touchdown and more yardage on the lesser touches, which was good for 10.7 fantasy points, while Akers added a pair of receptions and finished with 8.7 fantasy points.
Cooper Kupp: Kupp somehow topped an amazing Week 1 performance with an even better Week 2 outing and he continues to be Stafford’s first read. He hauled in 11 receptions on 14 targets for 108 yards and two touchdowns. After two weeks, Kupp is quickly in the lead for receptions and touchdowns, while being fourth in receiving yards. His ability to consistently drop huge performances like this is incredible for fantasy GMs, who have been happy thus far with their first-round draft pick.
Drake London: After having a fairly impressive Week 1 with 12.4 fantasy points, London quickly showed that he is capable of being a top-10 weekly WR. He ranks as the WR9 heading into the Monday Night Football doubleheader with his impressive line of 8-86-1 on 12 targets. London is the clear favorite target for Mariota and his 24.6 fantasy points in Week 2 are a great sign of things to come for the rookie.
Falcons DST: Not too often will a defense sneak into the Top Performers section, especially when they give up 31 points, but that’s exactly what the Falcons have done. Racking up 16 fantasy points, good for the current DST3 ranking, they looked impressive against a very strong offensive unit. The Falcons were able to score a touchdown on a blocked punt, intercept Stafford twice, haul him down for a sack and also force a fumble.
Kyle Pitts: Fantasy GMs everywhere are in full panic mode with Pitts. The expectations were super high heading into this season given Mariota’s history of favoring his TEs, but that doesn’t seem to be the case through the first two weeks of the season. Pitts was only targeted on three occasions and finished with two catches for 19 yards, matching his production from Week 1. He is still worthy of a starting spot, but yikes. Proceed with caution.
Cordarrelle Patterson: After a huge Week 1 game which instilled confidence in his fantasy GMs, Patterson had a stinker. He only managed 41 yards on 10 carries, while being unable to bring in his only target. Tyler Allgeier was given equal carries out of the backfield after being a healthy scratch in the opener, rushing 10 times for 30 yards. Patterson should continue to be a focal point of the offense, but after the rookie’s usage this week, it’s very likely that his opportunities in the offense could take a hit as the weeks advance.
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Final Score: 49ers 27, Seahawks 7 (49ers covered -9, U40.5)
Key Postgame Storylines