Fantasy Football: Week 2 position previews, buy-low, and sell-high trade targets – CBS Sports

  • September 14, 2022

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Just a heads up for those of you who are new to this: Tuesday tends to be the slowest and least consequential news day of the week in the NFL. That’s not to say there was no news Tuesday – Ty Montgomery was put on IR! Rodrigo Blankenship was cut! – as much as it is to say that, there isn’t much reason to spend much time on news in the Wednesday morning newsletter. 
Tomorrow, we’ll have updates on all of the injury news you need to know before you set your lineup with the first day of practice for most teams, but for the most part Wednesdays are going to be pretty light on news. Today, we’re focusing on Heath Cummings’ Week 2 position previews, the consensus ranks from Heath, Jamey Eisenberg, and Dave Richard, plus trade talk. 
If you’re looking to make a deal, make sure you check out the bottom of today’s newsletter, where I identify four players to try to acquire and four to trade away, and definitely make sure you’ve got Dave Richard’s Trade Values Chart handy to help you find deals to make.
Every Tuesday, Heath Cummings previews each position, providing injury insights, key stats to know, the best waiver-wire adds, DFS targets, and more for quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end. Here’s a brief rundown of each position, along with some key details you need to know about and our expert consensus top-12 rankings before you go read Heath’s full breakdowns:
“The Broncos decision-making at the end of their Week 1 loss was an abomination. They deserve every bit of the heat they’re receiving, and then some. But that’s overshadowing a decision that Fantasy managers should find much more palatable.
“They let Russ cook.”
Consensus Expert Top 12
“As of Tuesday morning, there is optimism that Najee Harris is going to be OK for Week 2. You won’t find him in the “Who’s Out” section below. You also won’t find him inside my top 25 running backs for Week 2.
“At least part of Harris’ low ranking is my concern that he could leave the game due to injury again. There’s been mystery around Harris’ original injury since he first suffered it in the preseason. But best as we can tell, he suffered a Lisfranc sprain 4-6 weeks ago and then aggravated it in Week 1, leaving the game. This significantly hampers his floor projection. And I’m not sure what to think about his ceiling either”
Consensus Expert Top 24
“One of my favorite things about going through the weekly projections process is that it can really help me see where my initial gut reaction is a little too over-reactive. This week, CeeDee Lamb was a prime example of that.

For the first 24 hours after Dak Prescott‘s injury I viewed Lamb as a boom-or-bust WR3 until Prescott returned. After all, he didn’t look that good even when Prescott was playing and Cooper Rush is a significant downgrade. Then I ran through the projections process and Lamb came out as a high-end No. 2 wide receiver. The truth of where I’ll rank him is somewhere in the middle.”
Consensus Expert Top 24
Taysom Hill is eligible at tight end in CBS leagues. And if you look at the current TE leaderboard, he currently ranks as TE3 in PPR Fantasy points through Week 1. That’s because of a 57-yard touchdown scamper against the Falcons. But much like TE2, O.J. Howard, I’m not yet ready to plug Hill into my starting lineup.

“Hill played just 26% of the offensive snaps in Week 1, rushing four times and catching his only target for a two-yard gain. At Hill’s career efficiency, four carries and one target project to approximately 6.6 PPR Fantasy points. And he only averaged three carries per game last year, when he wasn’t the starting quarterback.”
Consensus Expert Top 12
Week 2 Trade Talk
This is a dangerous time to be trying to make trades, because we have a lot less information than we think we do. It’s easy to say, “It’s just one week, don’t overreact,” but it’s only natural. 
But the thing is … at least some Week 1 “overreactions” won’t be. Cooper Kupp went from playing between 60 and 80% of the snaps nearly every week in 2020 to a 94% snap share and full route participation in Week 1 of 2021; if you bought that role change, you were rewarded with arguably the greatest season by a wide receiver in Fantasy Football history. Identifying early trends that are real can fundamentally alter how your Fantasy season goes.
Which trends are real and which aren’t? I’ve got three targets to buy low and three to sell high, plus one buy high and one sell low after Week 1 so you can take these as my official flag plants. And, if you’re trying to figure out what kind of deals you can make for these players, Dave Richard’s Trade Values Chart is an excellent resource for you. 
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