After a disappointing Week 1, Evans is set for a bounce-back game
Fantasy owners have a full week of games under their belt. They have now seen what the players on their team can do and who they may have second thoughts about starting. As always, there have been injuries that fantasy owners will need to monitor. Often, when a player is injured, the person behind them on the depth chart has a boost in value. Keep an eye on your league's waiver wire to see who might be available.
Please note 5 Up/5 Down is a guide on players that should exceed or fall below their rank this week. This is based on past performance, injury status, and matchup. This is not a start/sit column, but rather a guide.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Roethlisberger threw for 229 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1. He looked good, despite the season-ending elbow injury that occurred about a year ago. He was making throws like he used to before the injury. While the matchup against Denver in Week 2 may not be an easy one, Big Ben is at home, although home-field advantage doesn't mean quite as much as it used to without full stadiums of fans.
Quintez Cephus, WR, Detroit Lions
Some fantasy owners may be asking, who? Cephus is a rookie, drafted in the fifth round, and in Week 1, he had 10 targets (a team high). While he only caught three of those for 43 yards, it's hard to ignore the targets. With Kenny Golladay (hamstring) likely to miss another week, someone will have to step up for Detroit. Cephus is not ranked and is probably available in your league. If you are looking at a week potentially without Michael Thomas, Chris Godwin, A.J. Brown, Courtland Sutton or Golladay, look at Cephus.
Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
In Week 1, Davis had seven receptions for 101 yards on eight targets. He had the breakout game that fantasy owners were waiting for all last year. With the news that A.J. Brown has a bone bruise in his knee and may miss time (although how much has yet to be determined), Ryan Tannehill is going to have to find new weapons. Tight end Jonnu Smith will likely be involved, but look for Davis to have another big game. He's currently not ranked, but should be treated as a WR3, although he has missed some practice time because of a hamstring injury, so just keep an eye on his status leading into the weekend.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
While Evans did have a slow Week 1, he has a lot of factors working in his favor for Week 2. First, he has a bit of the squeaky wheel syndrome going on, where the coaching staff has said they felt bad he didn't see the targets that he was accustomed to. Second, Chris Godwin is dealing with a concussion, which could sideline him for Week 2. And third, the Bucs face the Panthers, an easier defense than the Saints. Evans is still dealing with a strained hamstring, but he should exceed his No. 28 ranking in Week 2.
Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints
The news broke this week that Michael Thomas has a high ankle sprain and he will likely miss a few weeks. While the timeline is unclear, it is nearly certain that he will be out for Week 2. The Saints face the Falcons in what could be a high-scoring affair, so look for Drew Brees to be throwing the ball. Without his No. 1 receiver, Cook and Alvin Kamara will likely be the target hogs. The tight end had seven targets in Week 1, and he caught five of those for 80 yards. He's ranked No. 9 but should finish higher than that.
Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
Watson's offensive line could not protect him in Week 1 at all. His stat line at the end of the day was decent (253 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a rushing score) but some of that came in garbage time. Watching the game, he looked a bit lost. Unfortunately for Watson, he faces the formidable Ravens defense in Week 2. He's ranked No. 9, but it's hard to consider him a true QB1 this week.
Mark Ingram, RB, Baltimore Ravens
Ingram only had 10 carries in Week 1, which he turned into 29 scoreless yards. The Ravens appear to want to use J.K. Dobbins (seven carries, 22 yards, two TDs) and Gus Edwards (four carries, 17 yards) in addition to Ingram. Because of this messy time-share, Ingram is no longer a solid RB2. He's ranked No. 18 for Week 2, but that ranking will likely be dropping as the weeks go on. Dobbins isn't going anywhere, and it just hurts Ingram's value.
Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Miles Sanders missed Week 1, and fantasy owners thought that Scott would step up. Between the Eagles not being able to get ahead or establish the run, Scott did not fare well. He had nine carries for 35 yards and added two receptions for 19 yards. For Week 2, he's ranked No. 25, but with Sanders likely returning and the Eagles' offensive line a major question mark, it's hard to trust Scott even as an RB3.
Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos
After missing Week 1, Sutton will likely be questionable for Week 2. It appears that he will play based on his practice activity (but be sure to check the inactive reports on game day). However, even if Sutton does suit up, he's clearly not at 100 percent. He's ranked No. 22, and while he's a solid WR2 if healthy, he's not healthy. He's also facing a tough Steelers defense and should only be started with caution.
Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team
In Week 1, Thomas had four receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown. Without the touchdown, it would have been a mediocre day, except that he did have eight targets. Dwayne Haskins was clearly looking for him, and that may continue throughout the season. However, against Arizona this week, it's hard to trust Thomas as a TE1, which is where he is ranked (No. 11). He's a good addition to fantasy teams but just as a TE2 for now.
Full Disclosure from Week 1
5 Up (4/5 correct)
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (Ranked: 15, Actual: 2)
Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos (Ranked: 20, Actual: 14)
Anthony Miller, WR, Chicago Bears (Ranked: 41, Actual: 19)
Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots (Ranked: 32, Actual: 31)
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Ranked: 10, Actual: 35)
5 Down (3/4 correct)
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Los Angeles Chargers (Ranked: 17, Actual: 31)
Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (Ranked: 12, Actual: Did Not Play)
A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee Titans (Ranked: 9, Actual: 53)
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (Ranked: 30, Actual: 43)
Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (Ranked: 11, Actual: 1)
— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.