Average Joes: Under the radar fantasy stars for Week Two

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Chris Hogan. Photo courtesy of USAToday

In week one of our young NFL season, we saw average starters out perform their “super star” counter parts by a surprisingly wide margin. Tom Brady (10 fantasy points) And Russell Wilson (8 fantasy points) did not meet expectations week one. On the other hand, Alex Smith went above and beyond expectations, scoring a whopping 31 fantasy points.

The quarterback play from a week ago is a shining example of the fact that you do not have to be a star player in the NFL to have a big game and help a fantasy team to victory. I will be outlining 5 possible players who do not have big names or star power that have a chance of having big games this week. Hopefully, can help you win your matchup this week.

QB Jared Goff

Poised for two strong performances in a row, Jared Goff is thriving under Sean McVay and this new wide-open spread offense. The Redskins offense was stagnant this past week against the Eagles with Kirk Cousins under pressure the majority of the game, forcing Cousins to complete 57 percent of his passes. In turn, causing more empty possessions for Washington. Look for Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to do the same with his high-pressure blitz happy defense. With the Redskin offense having problems moving the ball, Goff will have plenty of opportunities to make some magic happen against a defense that only had two sacks last week. In addition, they gave up the 5th most points to fantasy quarterbacks.

RB Ty Montgomery

Montgomery had a pretty good game against a historically stingy Seahawk defense, putting up 15 fantasy points (19 on PPR). The fact that the Packers gave Montgomery 24 touches is a very encouraging sign going forward. Also encouraging is how bad the Falcons defense looked last week against rookie running back Tarik Cohen in the passing game. Allowing eight catches and a touchdown through the air to Cohen. With Montgomery being a former wide receiver and the Falcons not covering against backs very well, look for Montgomery to have a top five finish at his position in PPR formats.

WR Chris Hogan

Hogan had a bad week one against a stout Chiefs defense. This week will be much different as he plays the Saints terrible pass defense. The Saints have given up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers so far this season. The Saints pass defense is at its weakest in the slot which is why the Vikings Adam Thielen was able to go off for nine catches and 157 yards on Monday night. With Danny Amendola hampered with injury, look for similar production from Hogan this week since he will be playing more in the slot than the outside. Look for Hogan to finish as a top 10 wide receiver in fantasy points this week.

TE O.J. Howard

TE O.J. Howard is finally set to make his NFL debut after a one week delay. Howards Buccaneers are set to square off against the Bears this week, who did a good job of bottling up the Falcons high flying offense last week. On two occasions the Bears were double teaming Julio Jones and just left Falcons tight end Austin Hooper wide open. This allowed him to run after the catch in the open field and finish with 128 yards and a touchdown. Run after the catch and playing in the open field was Howard’s specialty in college. With DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans drawing the defenses attention look for Howard to get open underneath and wreak havoc in the open field. Howard is a boom-or-bust fantasy option this week at tight end.

QB Carson Palmer

This Colts team has a lack of talent on both sides of the ball. Most specifically on the offensive line. The Colts were unable to move the ball against a blitz happy 3-4 defense and lost the time of possession by nearly 10 minutes. If the Cardinals follow the same game plan as the Rams, expect them to win the time of possession battle, allowing Palmer to have more opportunities to rack up fantasy points.

Good luck to all of you this week let all of your Joes be above average.

– Brandon Karkiewicz covers Fantasy Football for cover32. Like and follow on Twitter


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