Week 2 Fantasy Tinder: Matchups I Like and Don’t Like

I’m paying more attention to the data this year, folks. Usage, targets, etc… it really is everything in fantasy football. Here are four Week 2 matchups that are talking to me – i.e. I’m swiping left or right on.

Swipe-Rights

  • Kareem Hunt vs Houston
    • If you have Nick Chubb, he’s your worst enemy, but you have to keep Kareem in your RB2 spot with a juicy matchup like Houston. Kareem vultured a TD from Chubb last week against the Chiefs and reeled in 3 catches on 3 targets, coming away with 17.1 PPR points.
    • The Browns didn’t come out victorious, but they proved they are no slouches in the AFC (they are my dark horse if Kansas City comes short). They should roll the Texans this week – do not overreact to Houston thumping the Jags, Jacksonville is buns – and with a positive, run-the-clock-out second-half game-script, Kareem should get enough volume to produce in Cleveland’s home opener.
  • Mike Williams vs Dallas
    • “Mike Williams, Sterling Shepard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, don’t we do this dance every season?” Yes, yes, we do. But this year is different for Big Mike and Sterling… An 8 catch, 12 target, 82 yard and a score day produced 22.2 PPR points in Week 1 for Williams. Now he faces a leaky Dallas defense that just lost their best pass-rusher Tank Lawrence with a broken foot. Put this man in your FLEX without dwelling on it. J-Herbs will have all day to throw, and this should be a high-scoring affair.
    • Mike’s aDOT, average depth of target, was 9.5 yards in Week 1, as opposed to a career average of 14.7. Small sample size, but if his route tree includes more high-percentage looks in 2021, that is reason to have year-long faith in Williams.
  • Tyler Higbee vs Indianapolis
    • Higbee may be the breakout TE of the 2021 season. Highlights from Week 1 include:
      • 5 catches on 6 targets for 68 yards
      • 2nd on the team in targets behind Cooper Kupp
      • Ran a route on 26 of Stafford’s 27 dropbacks
      • Only Rams TE to see a target
    • I know it’s only been one week, but if you need an upgrade at TE, I would attempt to trade for this guy. With Gerald Everett now in Seattle Higbee has nobody nipping at his toes. Go get him and play him with confidence all season long.

Swipe-Lefts

  • Michael Pittman vs Rams
    • Just one swipe-left this week (#positivevibesonly), but we can’t play Pittman with any confidence until he proves us otherwise, especially against Jalen Ramsey. In Week 1, Carson Wentz targeted Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines a total of 15 times, while Zach Pascal led all receivers with just 5 targets. That said, I wouldn’t drop him yet… The USC product was the expected number-one option for Wentz coming into the year.

Best of luck to all of you this week! Talk soon.

Published by Peter Mitchell

Oklahoma-raised, KC-based. I like covering NBA, NFL, and Fantasy Football, among other things.

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