Not -So-Bold Predictions (Week 2)

So I took a beating in week one with injuries (Woodhead), poor performances (Powell), and big disappointment (Crowder). Only my quarterback (Roethlisberger) and tight end (Ertz) came through. Tomorrow’s another week and another shot at My Week 2 Not-So-Bold Predictions;

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Quarterback

Tomorrow Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers will make their first appearance in the 2017. This is expected to be a big year for Winston and tomorrow it should get off to a quick start. It’s a home matchup with the Bears who allowed more than 300 yards passing in week one to Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Winston has a strong arm and all the intangibles to make plays, with an elite receiver like Mike Evans and the newly acquired speedy DeSean Jackson, he’s set up for a big year and (Week 2) Sunday. I’d expect a solid line from Winston; 18 of 26 passing, 246 yards, and 3 touchdowns passing.

Running Back

The Chargers are at home tomorrow and running back Melvin Gordon is ready to have a big home-coming. Last week against a tough Bronco’s defense Gordon was still effective and produced. Last season the Dolphins weren’t bad versus the run, but did allow the 6th most receptions to opposing running backs. Gordon is a dual threat and will be involved in the run and pass game. I’d expect to see him hit 20 touches or so and put up RB1 numbers for week 2; 18 carries for 80 yards, 5 catches for 40 yards, and one touchdown.

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Wide Receiver

I like Bucs receiver Mike Evans this week as a DFS stack and as one of my bold predictions here. Yeah, this one is not-so-bold. Evans is big time and with Winston ready to take the next step, Evans is also about to elevate to the next level. In his three year career Evans has averaged nearly 10 targets per game, so owners can count on him to be a big part tomorrow. Evans should have a healthy line of 7 receptions for 100 yards and a score.

Tight End

The Patriots laid an egg in week one and tight end Rob Gronkowski was a non-factor with just two catches for 33 yards. Expect a bounce back performance here in a favorable matchup this week against the Saints. The Patriots will be on the road, but Gronk is too valuable and will be heavily involved this week. The Saints defense played well last week, but did allow a touchdown. Fantasy owners can expect more than just a score from Gronk this week; 6 receptions, 85 yards, and a touchdown.

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Flex

The Colts secondary is in a lot of trouble this week, after getting torched by quarterback Jared Goff and the Rams in week 1 for 13 catches, 194 yards and a touchdown all to the receivers. Enter Larry Fitzgerald and the Arizona Cardinals this week. The Cardinals had their own struggles in week one, but the Colts secondary may be just what the doctor prescribed. With corner Vontae Davis expected to miss week 2, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald could be in for some extra work this week. He’s my flex of the week; 8 receptions, 80 yards receiving, and a touchdown.

That’s My Take for Week 2.

~David Ortega

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