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Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence built on his impressive showing in Wednesday's practice and took things to another level on Thursday. SI's John Shipley noted that "Lawrence just impressed time and time again," and that "there is also a sizeable difference in terms of how quick he is processing plays and pulling the trigger." Shipley even went as far as to say that Lawrence "put forth the best practice performance a Jaguars' quarterback has had during [his] three years on the beat." It doesn't get much more glowing than that, and at this point, it's hard not to buy Lawrence as an exciting fantasy option based on his pedigree and early camp reviews. Lawrence is inching towards the QB1/2 borderline and he looks primed to excel in year one.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd hauled in seven of his nine targets for 73 yards during the Week 2 loss to the Chicago Bears. While the veteran once again conceded touchdowns to the duo of Tee Higgins and Ja'Marr Chase, it was still a much more effective fantasy performance after he had three catches against Minnesota in Week 1. It was anticipated that the veteran would have a few rough outings during the 2021 campaign, primarily due to competition for looks from sophomore signal-caller Joe Burrow. Still, Boyd's performance on Sunday was more in line with what is expected from him moving ahead, and he will look to keep it going against the Steelers in Week 3.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette carried the ball 11 times for 52 rushing yards, adding four receptions for 24 receiving yards in a 48-25 blowout win over Atlanta. Fournette's 4.7 yards per carry average suggests he had no trouble finding running room against Atlanta, though fantasy managers would have hoped for more with such a positive game script on hand. Even so, it's encouraging that the LSU product seems to have the trust of the coaching staff after his strong postseason, as he's had solid volume in both the rushing and passing games through two weeks of play. However, a tough test against the Rams awaits in Week 3.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Kenneth Gainwell was heavily involved again in a Week 2 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Gainwell ran the ball six times, gaining 14 yards and adding two catches for 18 more yards on three targets. Gainwell was still behind lead back Miles Sanders, who got 14 touches, but the rookie was heavily involved with Boston Scott nowhere to be seen. It's more confirmation that Gainwell is very solidly the RB2 in Philly and it's not hard to see him becoming the RB1b before long.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. led the team with 12 targets during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Pittman managed to catch eight passes for 123 yards, as Carson Wentz leaned heavily on the second-year wideout. Pittman is a WR3 with WR2 upside against a vulnerable Tennessee Titans defense heading into Week 3.
The Los Angeles Rams defense gave up a few more points in Week 2 to the Indianapolis Colts, but they still put together a strong performance in the team's win. The defense ended up allowing 24 points in the game, but they forced some mistakes out of the offense, with two interceptions on the day and three sacks. The team had a miscue when a botched snap on an attempted punt gave the Colts a free touchdown on a fumble recovery, but this remains one of the better defensive units in the league.
Los Angeles Rams kicker Matt Gay had a busy day in Week 2, and he was flawless in the team's win over the Indianapolis Colts. Gay went 2-for-2 on his field-goal attempts and he also nailed all three of his extra-point tries. Gay is in a perfect situation with this productive offense, and he'll remain one of the best kicking options every single week. The only drawback that you'll have to contend with will be when the team scores too many touchdowns compared to field goals.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders was limited to just 55 yards on 13 carries in a Week 2 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Sanders worked as the clear lead back again, out-touching rookie Kenneth Gainwell 14-to-8. Sanders also caught one pass for a four yard gain. In was a tough game for the Eagles offense overall, so Sanders was not alone in posting a disappointing fantasy day. He and the Eagles will hope for better ball movement in Week 3 against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert had a rough day in a Week 2 loss versus the Dallas Cowboys. Coming off of an underwhelming Week 1, Herbert was 31-for-41 for 338 yards and one touchdown to go along with a pair of interceptions. He also picked up 12 yards on the ground. His lone touchdown was a 12-yard pass to Mike Williams in the first quarter. Herbert could have had a better day, but two of his touchdown throws in the second half were taken off of the board with penalties on the Chargers. Herbert has looked good on the field, but it hasn't translated to big numbers in the fantasy community. Herbert has now passed for 675 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. The signal caller has now had back-to-back games with at least 40 passing attempts and next week versus the Kansas City Chiefs is set up to be a shootout. Managers should continue to have confidence with Herbert for now.
Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee played well in Week 1, but he was nearly shut out in the team's Week 2 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Higbee saw just one target in the game, which he caught for nine yards. He was still the only tight end to see a target on the day, but it showed how inconsistent he is likely to be throughout the season with the number of weapons around him in the offense. The tight end position is still tough to predict outside of the top handful of guys, and you're essentially hoping for a touchdown with whoever you play that week. Unfortunately, Higbee didn't find the end zone this week.
Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines carried once for five yards and caught one of two passes for 17 yards during Sunday's 27-24 Week 2 loss against the Los Angeles Rams. Hines saw his targets drop from eight to two and was given only one carry, disappointing fantasy managers expecting a similar role to his Week 1 usage. Continue rostering Hines, but he is a fringe RB3/Flex play moving forward against the Tennessee Titans in Week 3.
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