NFL Fantasy Football Forecast Week 2: Busts, Breakouts, Sleepers, and More
Throughout the 2022-23 NFL campaign, Sportscasting‘s NFL experts will have you covered with tips and predictions for every week of the fantasy football season. In Week 1, we warned you about starting Justin Fields (QB23, 13.64 fantasy points) and nailed Cade York (K2, 16 fantasy points) as the kicker you want in your lineup.
It’s time for an encore in Week 2, and we’ve got you covered with more fantasy football advice to help you win your matchup. Let’s get into it.
Sportscasting’s Week 2 NFL Fantasy Football Forecast
Quarterback Bust of the Week: Ryan Tannehill
Luke Norris: While the Tennessee Titans took an embarrassing loss to the New York Giants in Week 1, Ryan Tannehill at least put up decent numbers, completing 20 passes for 266 yards with two touchdowns and no picks. Good for fantasy owners, right? Not Patrick Mahomes numbers or anything, but solid enough.
But that was facing a Giants defense without its top two pass rushers in Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Olujari. And let’s not forget that young New York secondary.
In Week 2, however, the Titans square off against the Buffalo Bills. Go ahead and ask Matthew Stafford how fun that is. Von Miller & Co. dominated the Rams in the season opener with three interceptions and seven sacks in a lopsided victory. Tack on the extended break the Bills get in between a Thursday game and a Monday nighter, and you’ll want Tannehill taking a seat this week.
Player Prop of the Week: Jordan Mason OVER 0.0 PPR points
Jack Dougherty: I got royally screwed last week with my JuJu-Smith-Schuster pick. The Kansas City Chiefs WR finished with six catches for 79 yards, which was enough to top his 12.5-point projection, but a brutal fumble dropped him down to 11.9 points. That’s fantasy, baby.
Let’s bounce back this week with a pick that literally can’t go under.
With Elijah Mitchell out of the lineup, no one knows how Kyle Shanahan will utilize his backfield. Jeff Wilson Jr. is expected to be the starter, but he can’t be on the field for every single snap. That brings us to undrafted rookie Jordan Mason, who was activated in Week 1 over third-round pick Tyrion Davis-Price.
The 49ers clearly see something in Mason, and he could easily become the breakout RB on this offense just like Mitchell was last year. Don’t be surprised if he’s the hottest waiver wire name in fantasy next week.
Breakout Rookie of the Week: Jahan Dotson
Tim Crean: The rookie wide receiver from Penn State had three catches for 40 yards in Week 1 but two of those catches were for touchdowns. Jahan Dotson probably won’t have two scores again. However, it did seem like he developed chemistry with and earned trust from Carson Wentz last week.
In Week 2, the Commanders take on the Detroit Lions, a team that gave up 155 yards receiving to A.J. Brown last week. Terry McLaurin is still the number one in the nation’s capital, but if the Lions tighten the clamps on him after last week’s performance, look for Dotson to be one-on-one with a winnable matchup more often than not.
Defensive Disaster of the Week: Chicago Bears
Mike Thomas: This isn’t going out on a limb because they’re typically a defensive disaster every week, but the Chicago Bears are in for a long Sunday.
Not only are they the Bears, but they are facing an angry division rival and a quarterback who rarely has two bad weeks in a row. Aaron Rodgers will be licking his chops Sunday night in Green Bay’s home opener after struggling in a Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Expect a repeat of last year’s Week 2 performance from Rogers. Last season, Rodgers and the Packers offense laid an egg in a 38-3 season-opening loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Packers responded by putting up 35 points as Rodgers tossed four touchdown passes against the Detroit Lions.
Kicker Sleeper of the Week: Jason Sanders
Adam Fromal: The Miami Dolphins have an explosive offense with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle catching passes from Tua Tagovailoa, but actually punching the ball into the end zone should be a bit harder against the full-strength Baltimore Ravens, who held the New York Jets to a meager nine points in Week 1 (a Greg Zuerlein field goal and then a Tyler Conklin touchdown catch followed by a missed extra point).
Miami’s skill-position players have the speed necessary to get into scoring position, but the offense is still working its way toward top form under new head coach Mike McDaniel. Expect Sanders, on the waiver wire in most leagues, to capitalize with a few long kicks that find their way through the uprights in a game that should be played in hot but ideal conditions.