As promised there will be a week-to-week 2021 fantasy football rankings as the season wears on. Follow us on all social media platforms to know when I drop each week! Week 1 is gone and hopefully, you’re 1-0 (or a little richer in the pockets).
As a reminder, FAVES obviously means to start or choose the listed players or defense for the respective week. FADES means that player or defense is best to bench or not select for daily fantasy that respective week.
The NFL 2021 season is here and so is Gabe’s Faves and Fades for Week 2 of fantasy football. Let’s get it!!!
Week one had some serious landmines with favored running backs in great spots that bottomed out. Let’s hope we can get back on track in Week 2 after seeing a glimpse of what these teams are about. I would like to point out that stating the obvious superstar players is easy, so more of my focus is on the other guys who provide good results at a value.
Tom Brady – Here’s hoping the Falcons can make it a competitive game so we could forget about the meltdown against Philly. The problem with using Brady is that Vegas has the Bucs as -12.5 favorites so the game script would favor the run game. Fortunately, Arians doesn’t like to use either Rojo or Fournette so we could possibly see a fair amount of short passes to Gio Bernard.
Dak Prescott / Justin Herbert – This is a game you would want multiple players from being that it is the highest scoring game on the slate. You really can’t go wrong with either but I’d slightly lean Dak. We must remember prior to his injury, Prescott was one of the best fantasy quarterbacks a few seasons ago. Justin Herbert made my fades list last week as most of us overrated the Washington Football team’s defense. That isn’t the case this week in this potential shootout as both team defenses lack any real stopping power.
Matt Ryan – I don’t feel great putting him here because he has the potential to be in a shoot-out against the Bucs. I just need to see which Matt Ryan we are getting. Just an abysmal performance against the Eagles in Week 1.
Najee Harris – CHALK CITY BABY!! This guy played every snap last week for the Steelers which is an extremely valuable trait for any back. This week they face the Raiders at home as -6.5 favorites with an implied team total of 26 points. Fire him up and pray he gets at least 90% of the snaps.
Chris Carson – See Najee Harris. The same applies to Chris Carson who the Seahawks will be without backup back in Penny. Carson should command the lion’s share of touches as his team has an implied total of 30 points. We love backs who are at home with a total of 24 or higher.
Christian McCaffrey – What? Let me just say that he will most likely get his touches and do well most weeks. However, albeit a one-week sample size, the Saints run defense looks like the real deal. We are going to see what Sam Darnold is about as he barely beat his former team the previous week. I’d expect them to lean on CMC which worries me with the defense possibly stacking the box.
Joe Mixon – Like CMC, the volume will be there but the Bears run D is worrisome. His usage rate is hard to ignore as he could very well bust through. I’d prefer other options but will not fault anyone for choosing Mixon.
Amari Cooper / Keenan Allen – Anytime a Quarterback makes the faves it’s almost certain you pair them with their top wideout. I rather have Cooper of Allen in this spot since Gallup went down in Week 1. You really can’t go wrong with either. The Cowboys/Chargers game is where you want the most exposure. To be contrarian, try using Lamb and Mike Williams with their Quarterbacks as well.
Ja’Maar Chase – All the offseason concerns went out the window Chase went for 101 reception yards on 5 catches for a Touchdown. That was against Minnesota, the Bears pose a much tougher challenge for Burrow and crew. Look elsewhere this week.
Mike Evans – He has to bounce back against the Falcons right? The problem with Evans is that Brady has too many weapons. Antonio Brown looks rejuvenated while Gronk caught two touchdowns in Week 1 along with Godwin. He appears to be the odd man out but that could change at any time.
Darren Waller – Can this guy overtake Kelce as the leading Tight End this year? That remains to be seen but the sheer amount of targets and volume he gets per game is staggering. He faces a tough test at Pittsburgh this week but production is enough for me to warrant using him in all formats.
Kyle Pitts – If you watched last week’s game it appeared this guy didn’t know how to play football with the routes he ran. You can point to Matt Ryan needing to be more accurate but until I see more from Pitts I’m keeping him benched.
New York Jets – Rules we go by in the fantasy community is for the Defense to face a rookie Quarterback at home with a low game total. This game checks all those boxes with it being the lowest game total on the slate against Mac Jones.
Patriots – The rules for Jets apply for the Patriots as well. The difference is the price in daily fantasy as the Pats are priced on the higher whereas the Jets are at the bottom.
NFL 2021 Week 2 Fantasy Football rankings in the books! Good luck and always your gut feeling is better than mine!