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Allen Lazard is expected to play in Week 2 against Chicago after missing Week 1 with an ankle injury, and that’s great news. He has the chance to be a must-start Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues against the Bears.
The Packers and Aaron Rodgers need Lazard after a dismal performance in Week 1 against the Vikings, and Lazard has a good history against Chicago. In his past two games against the Bears, Lazard has nine catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns.
And going back to last year, Lazard closed the regular season with 21 catches for 290 yards and five touchdowns in his final five outings. He had a touchdown in four of those games and at least five catches in three of those contests.
Rodgers spent all offseason calling Lazard his No. 1 receiver, which makes sense, and it should be on display this week at home. I’m excited to have Lazard back, and he has top-20 receiver upside for Fantasy managers in Week 2.
Every Friday, you can find this column on sleepers and DFS plays on DraftKings and FanDuel. I’m also going to include our Friday show notes from Fantasy Football Today on CBS Sports HQ, which gives a game-by-game breakdown of starts, sits, favorite props and favorite DFS plays. It should help you with some lineup decisions each week.
These are game previews from our Fantasy Football Today show on CBS Sports HQ on Friday from me, Adam Aizer and Dave Richard. The player props are from Caesers Sportsbook.
QB: Matthew Stafford (vs. ATL) $6,300
RB: Antonio Gibson (at DET) $6,200
RB: Josh Jacobs (vs. ARI) $5,800
WR: Ja’Marr Chase (at DAL) $8,000
WR: Courtland Sutton (vs. HOU) $6,100
WR: Allen Robinson (vs. ATL) $5,500
TE: Tyler Higbee (vs. ATL) $4,200
FLEX: Nyheim Hines (at JAC) $5,300
DST: Bengals (at DAL) $2,200
Stafford is our Start of the Week for Week 2, and I expect him to bounce back against the Falcons after a down Week 1 performance against the Bills. And he should connect with Robinson and Higbee this week in what should be a fun stack. Robinson, like Stafford, will make you forget those Week 1 woes against a much easier opponent at home.
I’m hoping Sutton gets more than the seven targets he got in Week 1 at Seattle in Week 2 against the Texans, and he should have a big game this week. I’m also going to pay up for Chase since he should put on a show against the Cowboys.
Gibson was a monster against Jacksonville in Week 1, and he should stay hot in Week 2 at Detroit. And I expect Jacobs to rebound in Week 2 against Arizona after a disappointing Week 1 outing against the Chargers. I also like Hines in any PPR format, and he should have the chance for another five-plus catch game against the Jaguars.
QB: Derek Carr (vs. ARI) $7,300
RB: Kareem Hunt (vs. NYJ) $7,000
RB: Darrell Henderson (vs. ATL) $6,200
WR: Davante Adams (vs. ARI) $8,800
WR: Jerry Jeudy (vs. HOU) $6,300
WR: D.J. Moore (at NYG) $6,200
TE: Albert Okwuegbunam (vs. HOU) $5,100
FLEX: Saquon Barkley (vs. CAR) $8,800
DEF: Bengals (at DAL) $3,900
Let’s go with a Raiders stack in this matchup with the Cardinals, and Carr to Adams should once again deliver plenty of production. The Cardinals defense should struggle to stop Adams, and Carr should produce at a high level in his first home game this year.
Moore should rebound against the Giants, and he’s at a great price for his potential. Jeudy was the leading receiver for the Broncos in Week 1 at Seattle, and I expect him to have another solid outing against the Texans. I’ll also go with Okwuegbunam in the same game since Russell Wilson should come out throwing in his first home contest in Denver.
I like Hunt this week against the Jets, and he should be able to build off a strong Week 1 performance against Carolina where he had 15 total touches and scored two touchdowns. Henderson should also do well at home against the Falcons in a game where the Rams are heavy favorites. And being able to use Barkley is just fun, so hopefully he has another monster outing against the Panthers like he did against the Titans in Week 1.
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