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NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Recap: Immediate takeaways from Monday's games

Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) congratulates running back Devin Singletary (26) after a touch down during the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV -USA TODAY Sports

  • Stefon Diggs carries the Buffalo Bills: The Bills' offense all came through the passing game, as Diggs leading the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns.
  • Treylon Burks is the Tennessee Titans’ target leader: The rookie wide receiver was the most notable Titans offensive player Monday night, although he was part of a heavy rotation at the position.
  • Jalen Hurts’ unstoppable start: The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback completed 17-of-20 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown while adding 50 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the first half alone against the Minnesota Vikings.
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TENNESSEE TITANS @ BUFFALO BILLS

Drop Isaiah McKenzie: The Bills didn’t have Gabe Davis in this game, but that didn’t lead to McKenzie seeing more work as an outside receiver.

  • Jake Kumerow took the vast majority of snaps in Davis' place.
  • Rookie Khalil Shakir was active after being a healthy inactive last week and was able to gain some snaps from the outside.
  • The Bills took Stefon Diggs out for the fourth quarter with the game out of reach, allowing Shakir and Kumerow to see even more time out wide, but it did not really help McKenzie.
  • Jamison Crowder seemed to cut into McKenzie’s playing time slightly.
  • He is not playing enough to be in fantasy starting lineups and seems unlikely to get there without a Crowder injury.

Have some cautious optimism for Treylon Burks: The Titans used a heavy receiver rotation throughout the game, but Burks played more than last week.

  • Burks’ performance was promising despite the rotation, seeing a target on six of his 14 routes run.
  • Some of his playing time was taken from Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, and he will likely keep that playing time going forward.
  • Slot receiver Kyle Philips was questionable coming into Monday night. He ended up playing, but his role was significantly smaller compared to Week 1. He stopped playing completely once the game was out of reach.
  • Robert Woods moved from the outside to the slot for a number of plays, which allowed Burks more playing time out wide.
  • Philips will likely get his playing time back once he’s 100%, which could result in a decrease of snaps for Burks after this game despite the good game.
  • Josh Gordon was activated off the practice squad Monday and turned the Titans’ five-man rotation into a six-man rotation. He only played a few snaps early in the game but played significantly once the Titans put some backups in. There is a chance he plays more as the season progresses, which makes this an even more complicated situation.

Don’t get too excited about the rookie running backs: Both James Cook and Hassan Haskins saw significant playing time in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach. Cook saw limited time while Haskins played in all passing situations in place of an injured Dontrell Hilliard during the first three quarters.


MINNESOTA VIKINGS @ PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Add Irv Smith Jr.: The Vikings tight end's role increased compared to Week 1, and he scored Minnesota's only touchdown.

  • Smith caught five of eight targets for 37 yards and a touchdown.
  • He also dropped a deep pass, which could have resulted in a second touchdown.
  • He mostly just played in 11 personnel on third downs in Week 1, with a snap share under 20% in all other personnel groups as well as under 20% in 11 personnel on early downs.
  • The Vikings stayed in 11 personnel more often Monday night, which helped him stay on the field, but his usage also increased in all other situations, and there is still plenty of room to grow.
  • His snap rate is likely to continue to increase, which could also allow Minnesota to become more diverse in its formations.

A quiet day for Kenneth Gainwell: The sophomore running back is arguably the most talented on the team, but he only ran the ball twice for seven yards and caught one pass for 11 yards.

  • The Eagles continue to use him in a high majority of third-down snaps and two-minute drills.
  • He received some snaps in short-yardage situations for the second straight week.
  • Both Miles Sanders and Boston Scott played more snaps than Gainwell on early downs, which also happened last week.
  • This is particularly bad news for Gainwell’s handcuff value. If Sanders were to get hurt, it appears Scott would be the main replacement, making Gainwell dropable in most league formats.


Table Notes

  • Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.
  • Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

 

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