Well Week 1 is in the books and what a wild week it was. From massive upsets to game winning kicks (WHO DAT!) we sure saw it all. Moving forward, we can now look at Week 2 with a little more clarity.
Let’s break it down a bit:
A “Pop”- a quarterback outside the Top 15 who I believe has Top 5 upside this week.
A “Lock”- a quarterback that, without injury, I cannot see finishing outside the Top 5 this week.
A “Drop It”- a Top 5 quarterback that has the best chance of finishing outside the Top 12 this week.
As always, we are using 4-points-per-passing-touchdown/-1-points-per-interception scoring.
POP: Josh Allen
I know, I know. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. BUT I’m going back to the well again (Josh Allen I cannot quit you). There was a lot of good to come from Allen’s game versus the Jets last Sunday. Allen led his team in rushing attempts and even with 4 turnovers he still finished with 18 fantasy points, which was good enough to earn him a QB16 ranking – ahead of names like Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and Baker Mayfield. This week the Bills are taking on the New York Giants who allowed Dak Prescott to score 33.4 fantasy points in Week 1. With that combination, I’m thinking Josh Allen has the floor and the upside to pop this week.
FLASH FACT! JOSH ALLEN COMPLETED 65% OF HIS PASSES IN WEEK 1 — 13% HIGHER THAN ROOKIE SEASON AVERAGE.
LOCK: Lamar Jackson
“Not bad for a running back” — famous words spoken by Lamar at his post-game press conference. What more can you say about the Ravens’ game versus Miami? Baltimore absolutely torched the Dolphins last Sunday. Jackson scored 33.6 fantasy points, making him QB1 for the week. Even crazier, he got these points using his arm, not his legs. Lamar threw 5 touchdown passes and only rushed 3 times for 6 yards. This week, Lamar gets to face the Arizona Cardinals who just allowed Matthew Stafford to score 27.6 fantasy points on Sunday, boosting him to QB4 status for the week. So another juicy matchup and some positive regression coming to his rushing stats makes Lamar Jackson my definite lock.
Honorable mention: Patrick Mahomes vs. Oakland (duh SHOWTIME!)
FLASH FACT! LAMAR JACKSON AVERAGED 43.4 RUSHING YARDS PER GAME IN 2018.
DROP IT: Matthew Stafford
This was a hard call this week. Most of the Top 5 quarterbacks from Week 1 I can see all repeating a Top 5 finish, or at least holding onto their Top 12 spots. Stafford was the closest call. He is facing off against a very good Chargers defense and is still believed to be on a run-first team. Even with new weapon T.J. Hockenson, I clearly see a world where Stafford does not repeat his Week 1 performance.
Honorable mentions: Nobody