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Week 2 Fantasy Football Picks: Vikings Offer Little Fantasy Value in the Passing Game

The do not offer stability in the passing game, but players take a knock against a strong defense.

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Now the Packers are moving on to play their second road game in a row to start the season. Minnesota presents a team that had a better defense last year than Jacksonville, but it cannot be discounted how much Jacksonville’s defense improved this year. Still, the Vikings have a good defense and the Packers will need to find ways to score this week.


Aaron Rodgers

After a few tough drives to start the Jacksonville game, Rodgers looked strong and accurate. Count on Rodgers to start stronger now. With a full contingent of receivers, there is just not a week where you do not start Rodgers if you have him. Against the Vikings, he may not be a daily league start, but Eli Manning at home against the Saints or Stafford at home against the Titans would be a valuable option.

Shaun Hill/Sam Bradford

I do not care who starts this game, they are un-startable in all formats. If you are in a two quarterback league, you start neither of these guys. No serious receiving options and neither has enough talent to overcome it. Packers still have strong corners and a good pass defense, no sense starting either here regardless of which player starts the game.

Adrian Peterson

You start him if you have him. He scared you last week, but it is too early to panic. If he is bad again... then yes, panic. Packers looked very good against T.J. Yeldon, but he is not AP. Peterson will be at home and on turf and his speed should be on full display. Maybe steer clear in daily leagues just because of the concern and the high price tag that Peterson will still demand.

Jordy Nelson/Randall Cobb

Both are legitimate starters. Jordy was targeted nine times and Cobb eight times. Even Davante Adams got seven targets. The ball is getting out and the Packers are specifically scheming to get each receiver open looks. Jordy and Cobb are also getting targets in multiple levels of the field (short yardage, mid-range, etc.). The Vikings have good corners and a disciplined defense, but the Packers scheme opens up many options.

Stefon Diggs

This is the only fantasy relevant player in the current Vikings receiving corps. Diggs had nine targets last week and was the only player with more than four catches. Laquon Treadwell did not even see the field. Diggs managed to cross the 100 yard mark but no one reached the end zone. Making the entire situation more muddled is the sketchy quarterback situation. Hill started last week and maybe it will be Bradford this week. There is nothing stable here and no serious sample size. Diggs is a Flex consideration or WR3 and maybe a WR2 in deeper leagues (16 teams or more).


Will Fuller, WR, HOU

Fuller is only owned in 58.4% of ESPN leagues. Add to that he is less than half the cost of Antonio Brown in daily leagues. Still, Fuller had 11 targets, five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. DeAndre Hopkins will continue to be a big target (though only eight targets in week one) and will continue to draw the best coverage of opposing teams. The Texans get Kansas City in Houston this week.

Tevin Coleman, RB, ATL

Tevin Coleman had a surprising great start in week one. Coleman is only owned in roughly 50% of all leagues. He had 8 carries for 22 yards, but also saw six targets for five catches and 95 yards. Coleman clearly has a role in the Falcons plans and was valuable even in a game where the Falcons were down. He’s a Flex option and maybe ends up an RB2. Stash him now if you can.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, ATL

It is indeed odd to see a few available fantasy options coming from a team that lost at home last week. Still, Sanu is available, partly because he got lost in the shuffle in the move to Atlanta. With coverage leaning toward Julio Jones, Sanu saw eight targets for five catches, 80 yards and a touchdown. Sanu is still costing more than Fuller in daily leagues for this week, but he will be less of a boom or bust candidate than Fuller.

Tajae Sharpe, WR, TEN

If you are a Packers fan, take some solace in picking up a guy named Sharpe. Sharpe saw 11 targets last week and turned it into seven catches and 76 yards. Eleven targets is equal to the total targets for Andre Johnson and Rishard Matthews. Despite being the apparent number one wide out in Tennessee he is only owned in about 40% of all leagues. Last week, he faced the Vikings defense and in week two he will get to play the Lions in a dome.

Matt Ryan, QB, ATL

Ryan is undervalued (more so in ESPN leagues than Yahoo). Also, Ryan is stable, he is not going to turn the ball over and he has found a way to get several players relevant. Three players (Julio Jones, Jacob Tamme and Mohamed Sanu) had eight targets each and Coleman had six. Ryan finished with 334 yards and two touchdowns. Now look at the fact he will be playing Oakland this week. With all that he is owned in less the 50% of ESPN leagues and about 70% of Yahoo leagues. Draft Kings has Ryan ranked 12th this week and FanDuel has him at 11th. He could be a high upside with a lower cost in daily leagues.