Fantasy football stars don’t live up to the hype

’22 fantasy football picks leave a lot to be desired

If there’s one lesson we learned from Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season, it’s that no lead is safe. The Ravens led the Dolphins 35-14 in the fourth quarter and ended up losing 42-38. The Raiders lead the Cardinals 20-0 at halftime before losing 29-23 in overtime. The Browns lead the Jets, 30-17, with just under two minutes to play only to concede two quick touchdowns that would result in a 30-31 loss.

The same could be said of fantasy football, as if someone in your game had Jalen Hurts or Stefon Diggs in their lineup, chances are they had a good chance of a late comeback because both players were substituted in the Monday Night Football doubleheader were cap from week 2.

The four teams that played on ESPN’s rare Monday Night Soccer doubleheader all had their fair share of fantasy soccer stars, but not all lived up to the hype.

Titans running back Derrick Henry had a tough game, largely because Tennessee’s passing game struggled to level his runs without their top receiver from last year, AJ Brown.

Brown played Monday night, but for his new team, the Eagles. Although he was injured early and didn’t return, he’s expected to have a big year because of quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts had a monster game against the Vikings to become the first Eagles quarterback for a total of 300 yards in a half since Michael Vick 12 years ago.

The Vikings struggled primarily because their fantasy star standout, Justin Jefferson, was knocked out by Eagles cornerback Darius Slay. Jefferson should be recovering this season, but something to watch out for are teams with great corner running man defense, like the Eagles and Slay learned from the Packers’ mistake of running zone against JJ last week.

The Packers had a rebound this week As a running back, Aaron Jones walked away for a total of 132 yards and two points. Running back performances like this have been hard to come by so far this season because of either a lack of touches or many teams consistently use two running backs, which is good for the real teams but not ideal for fantasy football teams because it takes away touches for the main defense.

Dalvin Cook, Austin Ekeler and Ezekiel Elliott all struggled to stay consistent because they share carries with other running backs. Backs like the Colts’ Jonathan Taylor are doing well, but he just can’t get enough of the ball because his team has fallen behind early in two straight weeks, causing teams to throw the ball more instead of focusing on their runs to support backs.

I would expect most of these guys to start putting up numbers like their counterparts Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley and D’Andre Swift did once the offenses solidified this new season.

Passing has been the story so far this season, as unexpected great performances from Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray make them great quarterback options going forward in an already stacked quarterback league.

A great quarterback game means the wide receivers on the receiving end have an opportunity to make great plays. Diggs and Tyreek Hill had monster plays for the Bills and Dolphins in Week 2 and are solid options going forward. Another avenue is to get second wide receiver for teams where the top guys can get more doubles teams in later weeks. Gabe Davis and Jaylen Waddle have already had some big games alongside Diggs and Hill this year.

Wide receivers on passing offenses like Amon-Ra St. Brown, Cooper Kupp, Keenan Allen, and Ja’Marr Chase should be key for many fantasy teams throughout the season.

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