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Immediate fantasy football takeaways from NFL Week 2 Monday Night Football

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones scores a touchdown during first quarter Monday night. Mjs Packers 00135

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Detroit Lions 35-17 to wrap up Week 2 of the 2021 season. Anyone relying on a Packer or T.J. Hockenson to win their fantasy football matchup was likely happy with the outcome while anyone who needed a Lions running back to step up probably was not.

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Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers

  • Aaron Jones: 17 carries, 67 yards, 1 TD, 6 receptions, 48 receiving yards, 3 receiving TD (-0.8 aDOT)
  • Davante Adams: 8 receptions, 121 yards (4 explosive catches)
Detroit Lions Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
Quintez Cephus 51 35 7 0
Kalif Raymond 36 25 2 0
Amon-Ra St. Brown 34 28 5 0
Trinity Benson 24 17 3 0
Tom Kennedy 4 4 0 0
T.J. Hockenson 53 36 9 0
Darren Fells 19 1 0 0
D'Andre Swift 36 25 5 8
Jamaal Williams 22 12 3 7
Total 57 39 35 17
Green Bay Packers Snaps Routes Run Targets Carries
Davante Adams 57 31 9 0
Marquez Valdes-Scantling 43 25 4 0
Allen Lazard 42 21 0 0
Randall Cobb 12 6 3 0
Equanimeous St. Brown 6 1 1 0
Malik Taylor 3 0 0 0
Marcedes Lewis 36 10 0 0
Dominique Dafney 29 12 0 0
Robert Tonyan 28 20 3 0
Aaron Jones 45 20 6 17
A.J. Dillon 19 10 1 5
Kylin Hill 5 0 0 2
Total 65 33 27 28

Buy low on Jamaal Williams: The Lions have used both of their running backs interchangeably to this point of the season. They each saw roughly equal playing time by down in addition to equal snaps close to the end zone. It didn’t lead to much fantasy success in this game, but Williams should consistently see double-digit touches each game. Someone like that is good to have on the roster as a potential flex play, plus he has a lot of value if D’Andre Swift misses a game this season.

Drop Randall Cobb: The Packers traded for Cobb, but he hasn’t carved out much of a role in the offense, as he’s been a distant fourth on the depth chart. He was the second wide receiver with a catch, but it’s unlikely he will have the second-most receiving yards among receivers in most games. It’s OK to have a wide receiver running this few routes while being fourth on the depth chart if he is a younger high-upside player who could see more playing time as the year goes on. It doesn’t make as much sense for a 31-year-old receiver.

Don’t start A.J. Dillon: It seemed like Dillon could have some stand-alone fantasy value coming into the season. The Packers have used a two-man backfield in the past, but Dillon hasn’t received enough playing time to be worth starting in fantasy football. Most of his opportunities in this game came in garbage time. He shouldn’t be dropped because he would have tremendous value if Aaron Jones were to get hurt.

Have a backup plan for Robert Tonyan: Tonyan fantasy managers are probably happy looking at the boxscore but less happy looking at how the Packers used him. He caught all three passes thrown his way for 52 yards and a touchdown, but he was rarely in on two-tight end sets. He was typically on the field when Green Bay used 11 personnel, but that leaves him out of a lot of passing situations. Even when the Packers were within a few yards of scoring, Tonyan wasn’t always on the field, which will make Tonyan very inconsistent from one week to another.

Only pick up Quintez Cephus in larger leagues: The second-year receiver was a bright spot for the Lions, catching four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Part of the reason for his playing time and success was Tyrell Williams' absence due to injury. Cephus should still see significant playing time going forward, but he will be lower on the priority list of targets to throw to. He is fine to take a chance in deeper leagues, or ones with deep benches. In average-sized leagues, there are too many other receivers with high upside to roster Cephus.

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