After an impressive performance of 123 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions, Brown seems to be a reliable option on a Bills offense devoid of many weapons. As of now, Brown is rostered in 48.9 percent of leagues, and his Week 2 opponent is the Giants, a team with a weaker passing defense. Look for the Bills to rely heavily on Brown’s production. It appears that Brown will see plenty of the Bills’ target share in this game.
John Ross III (Cincinnati Bengals):
John Ross exploded for the Bengals in Week 1, tallying 158 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions against a respectable Seahawks team. Look for Ross to have a strong showing against a 49ers team that did not look especially formidable against the Buccaneers Week 1. However, Ross’s production throughout the season does carry some risk; as A.J. Green might comes back from his injury later this season.
Rex Burkhead (New England Patriots):
If you are in a deeper league or desperate for a running back or flex option for this week, Rex Burkhead might be an intriguing candidate. Burkhead is by far the riskiest of these three sleepers, but he has upside for Week 2. The Patriots offense was superb in Week 1, and it is easy to assume that they will run the Dolphins amuck in Week 2, especially given the Dolphins’ abysmal performance against the Ravens.
Keep on the Bench:
Courtland Sutton (Denver Broncos):
After totaling a solid seven receptions for 120 yards against the Raiders on Monday night, Sutton is set to be the primary WR for the Broncos offense; however, their Week 2 matchup is the Chicago Bears, who possess one of the most stifling defenses in the NFL. After keeping an offense led by Aaron Rodgers to 10 points, the Chicago Bears could manhandle the Broncos attack in a game that the Bears feel they must win with a tough schedule ahead of them.
Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals):
After an incredible first week with 113 receiving yards and a touchdown, Fitzgerald will face a Ravens team who just demolished the Dolphins. The formidable Ravens defense will no doubt target Fitzgerald as the primary player to stop in the passing game. Furthermore, having a rookie in Kyler Murray as your quarterback against a top NFL defense is bound to cause trouble.
Kirk Cousins (Minnesota Vikings):
It was clear in Week 1 that the Vikings offense had a new direction for this year on offense: running the football. Cousins only had 10 pass attempts against the Falcons, who simply could not stop Dalvin Cook. Look for the Vikings to continue that rushing mentality in Week 2. On top of that, the Vikings go up against a Packers defense who just held a playoff-caliber Bears team to three points. If Cousins is forced to pass throughout the game, the defense will give him no favors.