The Week 2 matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and the Oakland Raiders should feature plenty of touchdowns. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
Fantasy owners everywhere are well aware that Julio Jones is one of the top players in the game. They should also know that over the last couple of years he’s struggled on and off with a surgically repaired ankle. Jones looked hobbled last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and while he did managed to find the end zone, the wideout likely won’t be racking up 100-plus yards per game as long as he’s limping the way he was in Week 1.
The good news for him is that he’s up against the Oakland Raiders, who found themselves in a shootout last week in New Orleans. This particular matchup has all the makings of another shootout, so as long as Jones is good to play (and there’s no indication that he isn’t), he should be able to score once again. The question is, how effective will he be this season overall if he struggles all year long with the ankle? Only time will tell.
Whenever Jones needs a break, the Falcons will turn to the running game. That situation is dicey, too. Most astute fantasy owners would have rightly selected Devonta Freeman as Atlanta’s go to guy in the backfield, but now sophomore Tevin Coleman is making things a little bit tougher to predict. While Coleman only rushed for 22 yards on eight carries, he caught five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown against the Buccaneers last week. He is obviously more valuable in PPR leagues than standard scoring formats, but no matter which way you split it, he’s stealing touches from Freeman. The outcome of Week 2 could further clear the picture or further add to the confusion depending on your perspective.
Head coach Jack Del Rio made a gutsy call last week opting to go for the two-point conversion rather than take a game-tying field goal against New Orleans on the road. It paid off and quarterback Derek Carr looked like he could match Drew Brees shot for shot. Carr only threw for a single touchdown pass to go with 319 yards, but his fantasy stats benefited from the fact he successfully converted a pair of two-point conversion attempts. He’s a good bet to find the end zone more than once against the Falcons this week, and for six points as opposed to two. Fantasy owners have to like his prospects for Week 2 and the season overall.
Anything he produces offensively will likely benefit wide receiver Amari Cooper. Cooper would have been held out of the end zone last week if not for the fact he was on the receiving end of a two-point conversion for the Raiders. Still, he managed to haul in six out of 11 targets for a team-leading 137 yards. With the amount of looks he gets, Cooper will succeed in both standard and PPR formats this year and he should absolutely dominate the Falcons on Sunday.