Fantasy football: Players to watch for Week 2 | Fantasy Sports


QUARTERBACKS• Alex Smith, Redskins: His 8.5 yards per pass attempt in Week 1 are a good sign that he hasn’t reverted back to being a dink-and-dunk passer. He’d love to make a good first impression in front of his home fans against Indianapolis. The Colts ranked 28th against the pass last season. The Redskins’ receivers were disappointing in the opener, but RB Chris Thompson and TE Jordan Reed gave him two potent targets.• Injured QBs: Will Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger be effective today … assuming both play? Rodgers is dealing with a knee injury that forced him to miss some of the season opener and most of practice this week. He has a tough match-up against Minnesota at home. Roethlisberger looks like he will play despite an elbow injury since he returned to practice Friday. The Steelers host Kansas City, which gave up 424 passing yards to Philip Rivers in Week 1.RUNNING BACKS• James Conner, Steelers: Maybe the Steelers won’t miss Le’Veon Bell as much as everyone thought. Conner was a beast in the opener, accumulating 192 total yards and two TDs at Cleveland. He faces a Kansas City defense that allowed not one, but two top-10 PPR backs in the Chargers’ Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler last week.

• Jordan Howard, Bears: He played in 71 percent of the snaps in the opener, getting 20 touches compared to backup Tarik Cohen’s eight. He also outgained Cohen 107-41 and had five catches compared to Cohen’s three. He faces a Seattle defense that gave up 28.8 PPR points to Denver’s backs last week.WIDE RECEIVERS• Nelson Agholor, Eagles: The Bucs’ defense gave up the most passing yards (432) in Week 1, and may be without their best cornerback in Brent Grimes (groin). So this could be an ideal match-up for Agholor. He caught eight passes on 10 targets against Atlanta last week and, even though he gained only 33 yards, he should find more running room against Tampa Bay.• Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos: He developed a connection with new QB Case Keenum in the preseason, and it’s carried over into the regular season with a huge line against Seattle (10-135-1 on 11 targets) in Week 1. Today, he’ll face Oakland, which gave up 17.8 PPR points to Rams slot receiver Cooper Kupp last week.



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