Each week we will make predictions on who we think will potentially outperform and underperform their weekly fantasy projections. (These projections are provided by Sit or Start Fantasy Football using standard PPR scoring.) We make these predictions to help you figure out who can help you win your matchup and to nudge you in the right direction to assist in that lineup decision you’ve been sitting on all week. Let’s see who’s going to be this week’s heroes and zeroes.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers
Week 2 Projection: 15 pts
I know Garoppolo didn’t have the greatest game last week against the Bucs, even though his team got the win. He went 18 for 27, 166 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Not stellar at all, but the Bucs seem to have an improved defense with the addition of rookie linebacker Devin White and free agent signee, defensive end Ndamukong Suh. This week, Jimmy goes up against the Bengals who gave the Seahawks about everything they could handle. The Bengals defense shut down the Seahawks tight ends Nick Vannett and Will Dissly, limiting them to 3 catches and 28 yards. The 49ers have a tight end you may have heard of, George Kittle. The Bengals defense will have to really focus on Kittle as he is a monster of a tight end. Also, with Garoppolo having Tevin Coleman go down early last week and subsequently their offensive game plan going out the window it made for a long day, but with a trio of talented wide receivers made up of Dante Pettis (now healthy), Marquise Goodwin, and Deebo Samuel, Jimmy should outperform his fantasy projection this week.
Devin Singletary, RB, Bills
Week 2 Projection: 9 pts
Bills head coach Sean McDermott came out and stated that Frank Gore is the starting running back for the team. Gore was not effective at all in week one with 11 rushes for 20 yards. Singletary had a great game despite limited opportunities with 98 scrimmage yards on only 10 touches. This week the Bills play at the Giants who, similar to the Jets whom the Bills played in week one, have a decent but not spectacular defense. The Giants don’t have the best defensive line and Singletary should be able to exploit it. I believe this will be a breakout game for Singletary and it could be the game where McDermott realizes the special talent that Singletary is. Gore is a threat to steal some goal line chances, but T.J. Yeldon, should not be a concern to Singletary. The projections are low, but especially in PPR leagues Singletary should outperform.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs-
Week 2 Projection: 18 pts
Sammy Watkins had the fifth best receiving day in regards to yardage in Kansas City Chiefs history last week. It was a historic performance where he went for 9 catches, 198 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Even though it is only week two, he is currently in the top 3 in the WR categories of catches, yards and touchdowns. We all need to temper our expectations. Tyreek Hill is out for multiple weeks. This definitely helps Watkins fantasy value moving on, but we cannot expect him to keep up this pace, even if Patrick Mahomes is his quarterback. Oakland Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley is expected to play and should be matched up on Watkins all day. Mecole Hardman will more than likely fill the role that Hill leaves behind. The Raiders also have a converted safety playing cornerback, Lamarcus Joyner, who did not look great last week against the Broncos wide receivers. I expect Hardman to have a big game and for Watkins to come back down to Earth.
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Lions-
Week 2 Projection: 11 pts
TJ Hockenson had 6 catches, 131 yards and 1 touchdown, and with those 131 yards set an NFL record for most receiving yards by a tight end in their NFL debut. This week the Los Angeles Chargers go to Detroit, and the last few years the Chargers have been really tough on tight ends. From a fantasy perspective, in 2018, the Chargers defense allowed an average of 2 points or less to tight ends. They also stifled the Colts three tight ends last week, Eric Ebron, Jack Doyle and Mo Alie-Cox, holding them to a total of 3 catches for 31 yards. The loss of Derwin James from the Chargers secondary definitely hurts, but I would not expect Hockenson to come close to repeating last week’s performance. The Lions could go run-heavy against the Chargers, as the Colts ran for over 200 rushing yards against them last week. Entering week two, Hockenson definitely looks like the guy the Chargers need to stop, so expect the Chargers to keep a close eye on him.