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NFL Week 2 Surprises

I compiled a top-5 list of the most surprising fantasy finishes that were successful but may not continue down that path. The list should be used as a guideline for the waiver wire. 

For the following, the quarterbacks I list should not continue to fall within the top 12; running backs and wide receivers are flex options or below. For the week, all players have fallen within the top 24 (QBs are within the top 12). 

Without further ado, here are my guys for Week 2.


C.J. Stroud– The rookie bounced back after being the QB22 in Week 1 to be the quarterback six. The Texans were behind the entire game, and Stroud passed 47 times. His 47 attempts led the NFL in Week 2, but he was seventh in completions. (30). However, his 384 yards were also the most in the league, and he threw for two touchdowns. The rookie has some growing pangs to go through, and for him to finish in the top 12 every week will be surprising. 

Worth Mentioning: Daniel Jones, Jared Goff, Joshua Dobbs

Running Backs

Kyren Williams– Without Cam Akers, Kyren Williams carried 14 times for 52 yards and scored a touchdown. His receiving skills are what catapulted him into the RB1 spot. Williams was targeted ten times and caught six passes for 48 yards and another score. It appears that the Rams are done with Akers, so that Williams may be in line for another dominating performance. However, his 3.7 yard per average and two touchdowns will be difficult to come by. 

Brian Robinson– Robinson finished as the number four running back on the week by carrying the rock 18 times for 87 yards and two scores. He also turned his two receptions into 42 yards. The Commanders seem to find that Robinson is their main ball carrier as they limit Antonio Gibson to only five attempts in two games. However, Robinson doesn’t catch many passes, and it will be difficult to score twice per game. 

Worth Mentioning: Raheem Mostert, Zack Moss, Latavius Murray    

Wide Receivers

Nico Collins– Collins finished as the WR24 in Week 1 and turned up the notch as the WR5 in Week 2. He caught seven of nine targets for 146 yards and scored a touchdown. He seems to be the number-one receiver on the team, but this offense is dreadful. The Texans are 29th in points but average in yards gained (17th). Look for them to throw a lot, but scoring is a challenge.

Josh Reynolds– Reynolds is finding targets as he finished as the WR30 in Week 1, but the WR9 in Week 2. The main difference is that Reynolds scored twice. Amon-Ra St. Brown is the unquestionable number-one receiver on the team, but the Lions are finding enough room to get Reynolds the ball in two consecutive weeks. However, scoring twice in this high-octane offense will be a hurdle, however, Reynolds looks to be a solid flex option for future weeks.

Brandon Johnson– Who? This name might not jog a memory unless you are a Denver Broncos fan. Johnson has only six targets this season, but in Week 2, he put his two receptions in for touchdowns. He scored only once last season in five contests. He has not scored more than nine points until last week, so expect a fade in progress. 

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