I had a lot of good picks last week, but unfortunately my team couldn't get the win. That's what happens when your opponent has Rob Gronkowski and Carlos Hyde. But it's just one week. Here is a recap of last week's top scorers at each position and my Week 2 likes.
Week 1 Top Performers
QB – Carson Palmer (Arizona) –Palmer only completed 19 passes but he racked up 307 passing yards and three touchdowns in his first game back from an ACL injury that ended his 2014 season.
RB – Carlos Hyde (San Francisco) –He was my third-best running back last week, but he ended up being the highest overall scorer in my league. Hyde totaled 182 yards from scrimmage and two scores.
WR – Julio Jones (Atlanta) –Many thought the Falcons wouldn't beat the Eagles, but Julio Jones wasn't having any of that. He caught nine balls for 141 yards with two scores.
TE – Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Tampa Bay) –Despite the lopsided loss, Seferian-Jenkins had a great game as he recorded five receptions for 110 yards with two receiving touchdowns.
Defense/Special Teams – Carolina Panthers –The Panthers' defense allowed only nine points, while recording five sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown.
K – Brandon McManus (Denver) –McManus made all four attempts, including two from 50 yards in the Broncos 19-13 victory.
Week 2 Likes:
(NO) Drew Brees vs. Tampa Bay –The Saints struggled in the red zone last week against the Cardinals, or else Brees' numbers would have been better. He is at home against a team that gave up four touchdown passes to rookie QB Marcus Mariota last Sunday in the first half.
(PIT) Ben Roethlisberger vs. San Francisco –San Francisco shut down Adrian Peterson on Monday night. I expect them to do the same to the Steelers, which gives Roethlisberger the opportunity to shine. He's thrown for at least 300 yards in five of his last six regular-season games.
(MIA) Ryan Tannehill at Jacksonville –I have faith in Tannehill this week for the mere fact that he is facing a defense that always gives up big fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. He's also 2-0 career against Jacksonville, throwing for 416 yards with three touchdowns.
(MIN) Adrian Peterson vs. Detroit –Peterson was mad as can be after his bad performance Monday night. He is going to be set on making up for it and then some. He hasn't recorded less than 93 rushing yards in his last three game against the Lions, and he has seven career 100-yard games vs. Detroit.
(MIA) Lamar Miller at Jacksonville –When you are facing a poor defense like Jacksonville, you have to go with the opposing QB and RB. Jacksonville's defense has given up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs since the start of the 2014 season.
(SF) Carlos Hyde at Pittsburgh –Pittsburgh has struggled to stop the run the past few seasons, including last Thursday night at New England. Hyde has the hot hand, and he should get plenty of opportunities to add to his already impressive 2015 season.
(PIT) Antonio Brown vs. San Francisco –I expect his quarterback to have a big game, and Brown will be the beneficiary. How can you not like a guy that has totaled at least five receptions and 70 receiving yards in 19 straight regular-season games?
(ATL) Julio Jones at N.Y. Giants –Brown and Jones, to me, are 1-A and 1-B when it comes to receivers in this league. They are both that great, and their consistency is not matched. Jones got the best of the Giants last season, recording 11 receptions for 105 yards in Week 5.
(NO) Brandin Cooks vs. Tampa Bay –His quarterback is going to have a huge game against a Tampa Bay defense that got shredded by a rookie quarterback last Sunday. You will hear Brees-to-Cooks quite often this Sunday.
(NE) Rob Gronkowski at Buffalo –Buffalo's defense is solid, but it's Gronk we are talking about. In his last five games against Buffalo, he has recorded 446 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns.
(CIN) Tyler Eifert vs. San Diego –104 yards with two scores, huge numbers for Eifert last Sunday. San Diego is not deep at linebacker, and Eifert is too athletic to be contained by the Chargers' defense.
(KC) Travis Kelce vs. Denver –Kelce had one of the best games of his career last week, recording 106 yards with two scores. Denver gives up a lot of points and yards to opposing tight ends.
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars –I know, I like three things related to the Dolphins this week. Miami had a strong outing last week against Washington, and should have an even better one this week.
St. Louis Rams at Washington Redskins –The Rams gave up 31 points last week to Seattle, but they totaled six sacks and one interception, and they got one touchdown. The Redskins are not the Seahawks.
Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns –I picked the Titans' defense last week, and I hit the lottery with that pick. They'll face a Browns' offense led by QB Johnny Manziel. Advantage Tennessee.
(PIT) Josh Scobee vs. San Francisco –He missed twice last week from 40 yards but I have faith this guy is going to have a huge season, and it starts this Sunday.
(NO) Zach Hocker vs. Tampa Bay –The Saints are going to score a lot of points on Sunday, and he will be right in the mix.
(BAL) Justin Tucker at Oakland –The only bright spot last week with the Ravens was Tucker, who is one of the best in the business.