Five NFL Players Who Could Get Hot In Week 2


Week 2 of the fantasy football season is a time to correct some mistakes and build off good performances in Week 1.

Last week, this column predicted hot performances from Austin Ekeler, Kenny Golladay, Jameis Winston, Tevin Coleman, Tyler Lockett. Ekeler, Golladay and Lockett had good season debuts. Winston left a lot to be desired and Coleman got hurt. Let’s hope for better returns this week.

Here is this week’s Fantasy Football Hot List.

Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

Carr, and the Raiders in general, seemed to be in flux entering Week 1. Most doomed Oakland when the hammer dropped on the Antonio Brown Era just days before the season started. No matter. Carr completed 22-of-26 passes for 259 yards and a score. That was against the vaunted Broncos defense. In Week 2, Carr takes on Kansas City, which had one of the league’s worst defenses in 2018. The Chiefs didn’t look much better vs. Jacksonville last week. The Jaguars, mostly with rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew, threw for 347 yards. Carr is more talented and experienced. His confidence is high, and he has plenty of weapons. He should feast offensively in a rivalry game.

Sony Michel, RB, Patriots

The Patriots are 18.5-point favorites vs. Miami on Sunday. That is astronomical by NFL standards. New England ought to win big and easy. They will control the game throughout. That’s great for their No. 1 running back. Michel will be key to the early attack and will be trusted to eat yards and chew clock once the game is out of hand. In Week 1, Baltimore running backs ran 38 times for 190 yards and two scores vs. the Dolphins. It all adds up to a nice bounce back game for Michel.

Chris Carson, RB,

All Carson does is produce. Despite having a first-round pick in the backfield (Rashaad Penny), Carson is the leader. Against the Bengals in Week 1, he scored on the ground and through the air. New England’s running backs were effective against Pittsburgh last week. Seattle commits to controlling the game and tempo with the rushing attack. All this adds up to lots of volume and even more production for the Seahawks’ bellcow back.

Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys

Gallup gets lost in the Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper shuffle. But make no mistake, he is a key piece in Dallas. The second-year wideout caught seven passes for 158 yards vs. the Giants. He looked very comfortable in this revamped Cowboys offense. Washington has a better secondary than New York, but most of the attention will be on Cooper and Elliott. That’s how Gallup, a big-play threat, can thrive.

Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals

Boyd shouldn’t have to be on this list. With A.J. Green out, he is the No. 1 pass-catching weapon for the Bengals. But former first-round pick John Ross came alive to the tune of seven catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener. All the sudden, people are forgetting about Boyd. That’s a mistake. Boyd had 11 targets in Week 1, which he turned into eight catches for 60 yards. The volume is there, and the opportunities will come against an unintimidating 49ers secondary. People will remember the hype that centered on Boyd coming into the season.


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