The Week 2 matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Diego Chargers will be one of the higher scoring contests of the week. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
Although Blake Bortles wasn’t able to lead the Jaguars to a victory over the Green Bay Packers to start the season, there’s a lot of hope and promise in Jacksonville these days, especially when it comes to scoring fantasy points in bunches. Bortles has two legitimate receivers to throw to plus a really good tight end and a young backfield. The Jaguars offense has been stacking draft picks for years and those picks are about to reach some of their potential. Bortles is up against a Chargers team this week that allowed the Kansas City Chiefs to come back from a 21-point deficit. He was unable to connect with Allen Robinson as much as he wanted to against Green Bay, but that shouldn’t be a problem this time in San Diego.
Let’s elaborate a little more on Allen Robinson’s performance. He did catch six passes for 72 yards against the Packers, but the numbers he put up are likely mediocre in the eyes of his fantasy owners, especially given he was targeted 15 times in the game. It doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things because Robinson is proving to be an elite pass catcher. As he continues to be targeted at a high rate, you’ll see the touchdowns and yardage come along with the athletic beast that Robinson is. He should have no problem finding his first score of the season against San Diego this week.
San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers fans have to be reeling after seeing their team blow a huge lead late to the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Fantasy owners have to be upset too, especially those that own wide receiver Keenan Allen; he’s done for the season with a torn ACL. That makes Tyrell Williams, now in his second year, one of the most popular waiver wire pickups of the week. He only caught two passes last week, but he’s the one player with the size and speed necessary to replace Allen even though nobody can truly replace San Diego’s number one pass catcher. Week 2 should see Williams get to double digit targets and with all of those looks, he might even score his first touchdown of the season.
If quarterback Philip Rivers happens to struggle finding open receivers, second year running back Melvin Gordon may have to carry the load. Nobody would have trusted him to do that last year as Gordon went the entire season without scoring a rushing touchdown. This year, however, he’s managed to find the end zone twice already thanks to a solid effort against the Chiefs last week. He still has to work on improving his yards per carry average in order to truly gain the confidence of fantasy owners, but Gordon has always been regarded as a highly talented back throughout his collegiate career. This year might be the year he starts cashing in on that talent.