Week 2 Fantasy Protection Rankings: Sleepers, busts, waiver-wire D/ST streamers to focus on

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Staff
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San Francisco 49ers @ Jets. Save for an incredible 69-yard TD catch and run by Jamison Crowder, the Jets have been woefully inept at shifting the ball in opposition to the Payments. The 49ers must be hungry for a win after a disappointing Week 1 loss to the Cardinals, so their move rush may come out and aggressively attempt to power Sam Darnold into errors. And both method, they need to don’t have any hassle racking up sacks after bringing down the ultra-mobile Kyler Murray twice final week.
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Buffalo Payments @ Dolphins. The Payments did an excellent job of limiting the Jets and they need to don’t have any drawback doing the identical to the Dolphins. Miami solely logged 11 factors final week in opposition to a troublesome Patriots protection that profiles equally — if not barely worse — than the Payments cease unit. Buffalo sacked Fitzpatrick seven instances in a single recreation final 12 months and grabbed a choose in pressured two fumbles the opposite time they performed. It would not be a shock to see Fitzpatrick wrestle coming off a three-pick recreation and make the Payments one of many prime defensive performs of the week.
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Broncos
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Tennessee Titans vs. Jaguars. Gardner Minshew was prolific within the Jaguars’ stunning season-opening win in opposition to the Colts, however he hasn’t but confirmed to be constant week-to-week. If the Titans can power the Jaguars to turn out to be one-dimensional by both stopping the run or forcing Minshew into tougher passes than the Colts did, they’re going to have an opportunity to rattle the second-year QB. With Jeffrey Simmons and Jadeveon Clowney in tow, that must be doable. 
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Chicago Bears vs. Giants
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Minnesota Vikings @ Colts. The Vikings simply obtained shredded by the Packers, however this can be a good bounce-back spot for them. They’re taking up the Colts who simply misplaced Marlon Mack and who’ve Philip Rivers at QB. Rivers threw two picks in opposition to a really younger Jaguars protection, so the Vikings may power him into some errors and find yourself being a prime play this week as nicely. Do not overreact to at least one dangerous recreation from the Vikings. They need to be prepared to offer the Colts a battle in Week 2.
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Kansas Metropolis Chiefs @ Chargers. The Chiefs protection held up very nicely in opposition to among the finest quarterbacks within the NFL, Deshaun Watson. Now, they get to face Tyrod Taylor, who simply dropped 16 factors on the Bengals. The Chiefs might have some hassle containing Austin Ekeler as a pass-catcher and on the bottom, however they’ve sufficient playmakers accessible to power Taylor into errors, particularly if rookie fourth-round choose L’Jarius Snead performs in addition to he did on opening evening.
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Baltimore Ravens @ Texans. The Texans offense could not transfer the ball for the higher a part of three quarters in opposition to the Chiefs. And actually, they solely scored 13 factors late as a result of the Chiefs had put the sport principally out of attain. Simply think about what the Ravens protection will do to them after holding the Browns to 6 factors.
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Los Angeles Rams @ Eagles. It is simple to think about Aaron Donald having a discipline day in opposition to the Eagles contemplating the sorry state of their offensive line. If Lane Johnson does not return, Wentz will probably be below a ton of stress and with Jalen Ramsey eliminating one facet of the sector, it is going to be very tough for the Eagles to maneuver the ball. If Johnson returns, the Rams will not be as sturdy, however do not be afraid to begin them, particularly after they performed so nicely in opposition to a vaunted Dallas offense.
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Cleveland Browns vs. Bengals. I do know, the Browns simply obtained roasted by the Ravens and did not look good on protection. However contemplating that they are enjoying at residence this week in opposition to a rookie quarterback, Joe Burrow, who wants extra seasoning earlier than he might be relied on as a high quality NFL starter, they are often trusted as a streaming protection. Burrow’s Bengals scored solely 13 factors in opposition to the Chargers and turned the ball over twice. Cleveland ought to have the ability to make the most of that, offered that they will clear up the center of their protection with LB Mack Wilson out.
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New Orleans Saints @ Raiders. The Raiders had a discipline day in opposition to the Panthers in Week 1, racking up 372 complete yards, 34 factors, and committing neither a turnover nor a sack. On paper, that looks like a nasty matchup. In observe, the Panthers are one of many worst defensive groups within the NFL and New Orleans simply picked off Tom Brady twice. They need to have the ability to power Derek Carr into some dangerous passes and, maybe, get some stress on Vegas (although they do have an excellent offensive line).
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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Rams. Dallas put forth a blueprint for learn how to restrict the Rams: Strain Jared Goff to power hurried throws and decelerate the bottom recreation. After all, they solely completed one of these two issues, the previous, however the Eagles will see that tape and attempt to take benefit. The Eagles have a powerful defensive position that must be poised to get some stress on Goff, power him into some turnovers, and decelerate the bottom recreation. The again seven is not as nice, so that is what’s conserving the Eagles as a borderline begin this week.
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Arizona Cardinals vs. Washington. In Week 1, the Cardinals have been capable of restrict the 49ers to 20 factors and obtained three sacks on Jimmy Garoppolo regardless of San Francisco’s nice offensive line. Washington’s O-Line is not almost as sturdy and so they surrendered three sacks final week. Arizona might be in for an additional strong sack week even when they give up factors to the Soccer Staff.
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Washington Soccer Staff @ Cardinals. Washington ended up being an excellent play in Week 1, as they have been capable of sack Carson Wentz eight instances and maintain the Eagles scoreless after permitting 17 fast factors. The Cardinals will probably be a harder take a look at, as they’ve higher receiving weapons and a extra cell QB in Kyler Murray, however Washington’s elite defensive position, headlined by No. 2 general choose Chase Younger, will nonetheless have an opportunity to rack up some sack factors and be a high quality streamer.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Panthers. After dropping Tom Brady’s first recreation with the Bucs, the group will attempt to get again on monitor at residence in opposition to the Panthers. Carolina scored 30 factors in Week 1, however that got here in opposition to a nasty Raiders protection. The Buccaneers held the Saints to 27 offensive factors and fought laborious regardless of being put in dangerous discipline place by Brady’s picks and a blocked discipline objective. In opposition to a much less dynamic offense, they’ve streaming potential, although Teddy Bridgewater does not flip the ball over a complete lot.
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Inexperienced Bay Packers vs. Lions. The Packers allowed simply 10 factors to the Vikings within the first three quarters earlier than permitting them to rack up 24 within the fourth quarter. We’re undecided if that was as a result of they felt the sport was out of attain or if the Vikings lastly discovered learn how to transfer the ball. The Lions moved the ball nicely on the Bears final week however their lack of a solidified operating recreation makes the Packers an honest play this week. 
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New England Patriots @ Seahawks
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Seattle Seahawks vs. Patriots
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Indianapolis Colts vs. Vikings
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New York Giants @ Bears
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Cincinnati Bengals @ Browns
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Jacksonville Jaguars @ Titans
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Carolina Panthers @ Buccaneers
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Denver Broncos @ Steelers
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Dallas Cowboys vs. Falcons
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Las Vegas Raiders vs. Saints
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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Chiefs
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Houston Texans vs. Ravens
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New York Jets vs. 49ers
30
Detroit Lions @ Packers
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Atlanta Falcons @ Cowboys
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Miami Dolphins vs. Payments

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