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Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce left practice on Thursday with back and hip tightness according to the team. The issues don't seem very serious at this point in time, but it's a mildly concerning event nonetheless. Kelce has been the NFL's premier receiving tight end the last few years, and he's coming off yet another TE1 overall fantasy season in 2020 in which he averaged a whopping 20.9 PPR points per game. Kelce still projects as the TE1 overall and a first-round choice in drafts this summer, but injuries could be something to monitor, as Kelce will turn 32 this season.
Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott only had two kicking attempts in Week 2, and made half of them, connecting on a 45-yard field goal. He didn't attempt an extra point, and missed his other field goal try, a 47-yard kick that was blocked. Elliott struggled for most of last season and plays on a team that looks like it might not have the strongest of offenses, making him a waiver wire bye-week filler at best. Most leagues will have better starters available to stream each week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown caught just one pass for 17 yards in a 48-25 win over the Falcons. Brown was a standout performer in Week 1 but fell back down to earth in a favorable matchup against the Falcons, as fellow wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin gobbled up much of the production from Tom Brady. With so many mouths to feed in the offense, there will be weeks where Brown fails to produce, but his talent and connection with Brady should keep such weeks to a minimum. Fantasy managers can consider Brown as a starting option in a Week 3 game against the Rams, one that could turn into a high-scoring affair.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen caught six passes for 39 yards with one touchdown in the team's Week 2 loss to the Cardinals 34-33. Thielen wasn't able to do much with his seven targets but still managed to score his third touchdown of the young season. The veteran, dating back to last season, now has 10 touchdowns over his last nine games played. Touchdowns are a tough thing to consistently bank on but it continues to prop up Thielen's fantasy value.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz made only one catch in a Week 2 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, gaining just six yards. Ertz was targeted twice in a game where Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts completed only 12 passes. It was a poor performance by the entire Philly offense and especially by the passing game. They'll hope for better results on Monday Night Football in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys. Ertz is clearly operating as the TE2 on a team that should see most of its success on the ground. It's tough to have Ertz on a fantasy roster at this point.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams put together another big performance in Week 2 versus the Dallas Cowboys. The big receiver caught seven of his 10 targets for 91 yards and one touchdown. Williams scored the only touchdown for the Chargers with a 12-yard reception in the first quarter. The upcoming free agent has been off to a hot start in 2021 and has caught 15 balls for 173 and two touchdowns on the year. Williams has been injury prone throughout his career, but when healthy, he should be considered a WR2 in 10-team leagues. Next up for Williams will be a matchup versus the division rival Kansas City Chiefs. In what is expected to be a high scoring contest, managers should fire up Williams with confidence.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor only came up with five yards in a rough Week 2 performance against the San Francisco 49ers. Reagor was targeted twice and actually ended up tied for the team lead with two catches, but he only got the five yards total. In a game where quarterback Jalen Hurts completed only 12 passes, none of the Eagles expected pass catchers did much of anything on the field. Week 3 might be more of an offensive shootout as the Eagles take on the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin corralled four of five targets for 62 yards and a score in Sunday's rout of the Falcons. Godwin tied for second on the team in targets with tight endRob Gronkowski and found the end zone for the second straight week, making a nice grab in the back of the end zone for the 12-yard touchdown reception. After two weeks of play, the 25-year-old Godwin leads the team in targets with 19. He was Tom Brady's most targeted receiver on a per-game basis last season, something that appears likely to continue in 2021. Godwin's consistent target share makes him a safe WR2 each week.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn caught five passes for 91 yards with one touchdown in the team's 34-33 loss to the Cardinals in Week 2. Osborn got the Vikings on the board right off the bat, hauling in a pass from Kirk Cousins for a 64-yard touchdown. Osborn then came up with some huge catches down the stretch despite the ensuing drive led to a missed field goal that ended the game. Osborn was the talk of training camp and has parlayed that into production through the first two weeks. Even with teammates Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson in the offense, Osborn now has 12 catches for 167 yards with one score through the first two games and could be worth a roster stash in deeper leagues.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith was targeted seven times in Week 2 but only made two catches, gaining just 16 yards. Smith led the team with his seven targets and actually ended up tied for the team lead with the two catches. It was a rough game for the Eagles offense in general, but especially for the passing game. Smith was still clearly utilized as the team's WR1 though, so he should have some much bigger fantasy performances coming up, perhaps in Week 3's Monday Night Football contest against the Dallas Cowboys.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase found the end zone during the Week 2 loss to the Chicago Bears, pulling in a 42-yard throw from Joe Burrow late in the fourth quarter. While the rookie's two catches were undoubtedly less than fantasy managers had hoped, he at least scored a touchdown, his second in as many weeks. Nonetheless, Chase has unquestionably turned things around after the frequent bobbled balls he endured throughout the preseason. Although he will likely have some rough outings moving forward, he already has an established rapport with Burrow from their collegiate days, so his upside is as high as it can get for a rookie right off the bat.
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