32 reporters give recommendation on Nelson Agholor, Brandon Aiyuk, QBs, extra

Jameis Winston and Kyler Murray got here out firing. Aaron Rodgers and Josh Allen didn’t.

It was a topsy-turvy Week 1 within the NFL and for fantasy football managers. Some high picks delivered as anticipated. Some sleepers got here by way of, too. However loads of gamers anticipated to carry out properly underwhelmed. And the rookie class principally left us thirsty for extra, with strong debuts nearly throughout.

Our 32 NFL Nation reporters did their greatest that will help you out in Week 1 primarily based on questions requested weekly by ESPN fantasy sports activities researcher Kyle Soppe. They’re again for extra, and so is Soppe, armed with essentially the most burning and pertinent questions for what guarantees to be an thrilling Week 2.

Which gamers will bounce again? Will the large waiver-wire pickups ship? How will the load be break up within the backfield in locations reminiscent of Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston and Jacksonville?

The time has come for the questions and solutions for Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. Away we go:

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Any concern about Josh Allen going 2-of-12 on balls thrown 15-plus yards final week?

Gentle concern is likely to be applicable, however nothing dramatic. Allen won’t attain his numbers from final season, and accuracy on huge throws has been a problem previously, however that does not imply he will not have success downfield this yr. The Payments got here up towards a troublesome Steelers protection final week. In coordinator Brian Daboll’s offense, Allen will proceed to have the ball in his palms, and he ought to enhance in his connections together with his robust receiving group downfield. No want for alarm simply but. — Alaina Getzenberg

Will Miami proceed to battle on the bottom (23 carries for 74 yards in Week 1 at NE)?

The Dolphins have struggled for essentially the most half to run the ball towards Buffalo over the previous few seasons however averaged 4.5 yards per carry in final yr’s 31-28 loss in Week 2. Nevertheless, they acquired loads of help from their passing sport (328 yards) in that contest. Myles Gaskin turned in a powerful preseason and averaged 5.Four YPC towards the Patriots — he is the clear chief on this backfield and must be a secure wager in fantasy contemplating his contributions as a receiver. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Nelson Agholor led this staff in receiving in Week 1 (72 yards); will that proceed?

Agholor led the staff in receiving in Week 1 as a result of the Dolphins’ protection dictated as a lot, and rookie quarterback Mac Jones stayed true to the perform of the offense by following his reads and ensuring the soccer was delivered to the correct place. It is onerous to know the way that can unfold on a weekly foundation, however one factor to take to the fantasy financial institution: Agholor is within the staff’s top-two grouping at receiver, so he will be on the sphere loads, regardless, together with Jakobi Meyers. That is normally an necessary first step for an offense that liberally mixes up its personnel groupings. — Mike Reiss



Subject Yates outlines why Nelson Agholor may lead the Patriots in receiving yards the whole season.

Is Corey Davis the one talent place participant with a locked-in function?

It’d seem that approach, primarily based on Week 1, however the reply isn’t any. Rookie Elijah Moore, coming off a tough opener, is WR2. Jamison Crowder, who missed the primary sport, is anticipated to return this week in his traditional function because the slot receiver. It did not present final week, however Tyler Kroft is their pass-catching tight finish. QB Zach Wilson must do a greater job of distributing the ball. — Wealthy Cimini


What do you count on the Ty’Son Williams/Latavius Murray contact distribution to be this week after a pleasant sport from Williams?

It actually relies on whether or not Williams will get extra in sync with Lamar Jackson. Williams was the simpler again within the opener, however the Ravens leaned extra on Murray within the second half after Williams had some hiccups with Jackson on a handoff and on a few swing passes. If Baltimore splits the reps like Week 1, Williams ought to get 13 to 15 touches and Murray will obtain round 10 to 12. To additional complicate issues, Ravens coach John Harbaugh insinuated that Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell may get extra concerned. “Now we have 4 good guys in right here, and people guys are all going to be an enormous a part of what we’re doing going ahead,” Harbaugh mentioned. — Jamison Hensley

Does the large Week 1 make you assume Ja’Marr Chase will lead this staff in targets? Fantasy factors?

I must see a much bigger pattern measurement. For one, Joe Burrow‘s passing quantity was a lot decrease than anticipated. And whereas Chase did lead the staff in targets, he had solely two greater than Tee Higgins, who’s one other key exterior goal. Yet one more week ought to give us a greater indication of what the Bengals’ distribution will appear like this season. — Ben Child



Mike Clay, Subject Yates and Stephania Bell focus on Ja’Marr Chase’s sizzling begin to the season.

Can this offense help two fantasy viable pass-catchers when Odell Beckham Jr. will get wholesome?

Most likely not. This can be a run-first offense, and Baker Mayfield has proven a penchant for spreading the ball round to a mess of receivers and tight ends. For now, Jarvis Landry seems to be the one viable pass-catching choice. — Jake Trotter

Will this offense finally problem downfield, or is {that a} factor of the previous for Ben Roethlisberger (longest move play in Week 1 was 24 yards)?

I do not know that it is one thing fully previously, however the Steelers most likely aren’t going to be one of many extra prolific long-ball groups. Roethlisberger’s arm is a lot able to the throws of 20-plus yards, and he may even go deeper if there is a look he likes, however the Steelers’ offense — not less than proper now — is extra concerning the brief and midrange sport. In some methods, it is much like final yr’s plan of throwing brief and letting the WRs go to work, however this offense will combine in a number of extra longer throws. It simply will not be all about taking the deep shot each time. — Brooke Pryor


Can we financial institution on Mark Ingram II being “the man” on this backfield this week? How about the remainder of the season?

It is onerous to inform after only one week, particularly as a result of the Texans led for a lot of the sport. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly mentioned Ingram operating the ball 26 instances was extra a product of him having a sizzling hand and ending runs properly. But when there may be one factor that factors in Ingram’s favor for Week 2 and for the remainder of the season, it is the best way he was used Sunday. David Culley mentioned this week that 13 personnel is the Texans’ greatest personnel group. Of the 13 instances Houston ran the ball with three tight ends on the sphere, Ingram had all 13 carries. If the Texans proceed to extend their performs with 13 personnel, that would imply good issues for the veteran operating again. — Sarah Barshop



Subject Yates shares his ideas on how fantasy managers ought to method bringing in Texans RB Mark Ingram.

Will Jonathan Taylor proceed to be as concerned within the move sport as he was in Week 1 (seven targets)?

The six receptions towards Seattle in Week 1 tied his profession excessive, which he set in 2020, additionally in Week 1. Taylor will proceed to have the ability to catch passes out of the backfield for the Colts as a result of the teaching employees would not need quarterback Carson Wentz to carry on to the ball too lengthy within the pocket. The Colts will certainly want Taylor to be a part of their beneath passing sport to resist the Rams’ stress if beginning offensive tackles Braden Smith (foot) and Eric Fisher (Achilles) miss the sport. Wentz was sacked thrice and hit 10 extra instances towards the Seahawks within the opener. — Mike Wells

Is James Robinson nonetheless the lead again, or was the splitting of touches with Carlos Hyde an indication of issues to come back beneath City Meyer?

Robinson continues to be the lead again, and Meyer mentioned they must get him extra concerned within the offense. He had 5 carries and eight whole touches towards Houston, which have been the fewest carries and touches he has had in his profession, however you possibly can count on the carry whole to not less than double towards the Broncos. Hyde will nonetheless get work, however Robinson is the Jaguars’ greatest again and his future workload will present it. — Michael DiRocco

Ought to we learn something into the 4 targets for Derrick Henry in Week 1?

No. Henry’s targets got here as a solution to fight the onslaught of stress the Cardinals introduced final week. Though Henry has been working diligently to turn into a extra pure pass-catcher, it is onerous to image him carving out a constant function within the passing sport. Nevertheless, a well-timed and executed display move towards the blitz may result in an enormous play for the Titans. — Turron Davenport


Who will see the largest enhance in function with Jerry Jeudy injured?

If you happen to’re speaking concerning the largest enhance from Week 1, will probably be from Courtland Sutton. He was focused thrice within the opener and completed with one catch. Jeudy will miss four to six weeks, so issues will considerably regulate every week, partly as a result of Teddy Bridgewater has proven his willingness to maneuver the ball over the sphere — he accomplished passes to 9 gamers within the first half towards the Giants. Total, Sutton will see an uptick in manufacturing within the weeks forward. — Jeff Legwold

Will Clyde Edwards-Helaire proceed to dominate the operating again utilization transferring ahead?

Edwards-Helaire is clearly RB1 for the Chiefs. However I’m shocked at how he dominated the snap counts (47 performs to a mixed 18 for Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon) in Week 1. I do not see the job-share persevering with at this share. It is a lengthy season, and the Chiefs will search for methods to get their different backs concerned. — Adam Teicher

Do you count on Kenyan Drake to fill solely the pass-catcher-specialist function, or will his utilization within the run sport enhance with time?

Drake was signed not solely to be that pass-catching again but additionally to spell Josh Jacobs, who has but to play a full season in his younger and dinged-up profession and can miss Sunday’s game due to toe and ankle accidents. So yeah, Drake’s utilization within the run sport will enhance because the season wears on, if for nothing else than to maintain Jacobs recent as he chases his third straight 1,000-yard speeding season. When wholesome, Jacobs would be the go-to participant on the aim line, as evidenced by his two scores towards the Ravens whereas speeding for less than 34 yards on 10 carries. — Paul Gutierrez

Was well being responsible for Austin Ekeler‘s zero-target efficiency?

No, it simply did not occur for him. He ran 24 routes on his 46 snaps, and the ball by no means went his approach, though Justin Herbert did full passes to eight pass-catchers within the win over Washington. That can probably change towards the Cowboys this week primarily based on what coach Brandon Staley mentioned about working Ekeler into the passing sport. — Shelley Smith


When all is claimed and carried out this season, who will lead in targets?

The short reply is Amari Cooper due to the time he has had with Dak Prescott since coming to the Cowboys in 2018. He stays their greatest receiver, a deft route runner and productive. However with Michael Gallup out not less than the subsequent three video games due to a calf pressure, CeeDee Lamb will play extra on the surface. He was focused 15 instances within the opener, and within the 5 video games Prescott has began and completed in his profession with Lamb, the receiver has averaged almost 9 targets a sport. Cooper nonetheless will get the nod as a result of he’s extra dependable in the meanwhile, however Lamb has an opportunity to make the larger performs, particularly with Gallup out. — Todd Archer

Two weeks in, what are your impressions of Saquon Barkley and your expectations for the subsequent two weeks?

Barkley appears, properly, like a participant getting used to his new knee, which is not essentially a foul factor. However there are causes to be inspired. He is knocking off rust, hit a good 20.three mph on his 41-yard run towards Washington and performed 83% of the Giants’ offensive snaps. With 10 days to relaxation and prepare for Atlanta and his workload rising, issues are trying up for Barkley and people who made the substantial early-round funding. — Jordan Raanan

Will Jalen Hurts make an enormous leap in completion share in 2021?

Sure. His 77% completion fee was 25 share factors larger than his rookie common (52%). This offense was designed to maximise his strengths and is essentially concerning the fast passing sport, whereas the Eagles final yr led the league in vertical routes run. Hurts has a agency command of the scheme and can show to be much more environment friendly in it relative to final yr. — Tim McManus



Subject Yates and Matthew Berry categorical confidence in Jalen Hurts having a powerful Week 2 fantasy efficiency vs. the 49ers.

Is the brief passing sport going to be a staple of a Taylor Heinicke-led offense?

To a level, sure. In his 11 quarters enjoying for Washington, he has tried 15 passes of not less than 20 air yards. That is good for ninth-most amongst all quarterbacks throughout that point. So I do not assume they will simply depend on the brief move, nevertheless it’ll be a much bigger emphasis for him. One of many areas these coaches felt Heinicke had improved since that they had him in Carolina was his willingness to throw deep. The Giants performed coverages that pressured them to go beneath. That mentioned, Heinicke doesn’t have the strongest arm, so he depends on anticipation and accuracy to maneuver the ball. He is prepared to depend on the cliched “take what’s there” and hold the chains transferring. However take into accout: Towards Tampa Bay final season, he tried 5 passes of 20 air yards or extra. When it is there, he’ll attempt to make it occur. But it surely won’t be his major want. — John Keim


The Bears did not have a 20-yard completion in Week 1. Product of Andy Dalton or of the Rams’ stout protection?

The right reply is each. The Rams’ protection actually schemed to get rid of the Bears’ vertical passing sport, however Chicago’s offensive line has to shoulder a part of the blame for its incapability to guard Dalton for prolonged intervals of time. The Bears have been all the way down to their fourth choice at left sort out, Elijah Wilkinson, earlier than the Los Angeles sport ended. The Bears imagine they’ll have extra success downfield versus the Bengals — who play a variety of man protection — however the jury continues to be out. — Jeff Dickerson

Is that this backfield a 50-50 break up between D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams, or was Week 1 a results of the sport move?

Week 1 was undoubtedly a results of the sport move towards the 49ers and the very fact Swift missed a ton of practices to nurse his groin damage, in order that they gave the beginning nod to Williams. It is no secret that Swift is Detroit’s No. 1 RB, however the backfield duo may put up robust numbers usually due to their potential to run and catch equally. Throughout Sunday’s loss to San Francisco, that was the primary time two Lions RBs every produced not less than 100 yards from scrimmage and scored a landing in the identical sport since Sept. 11, 2016. On Monday, Williams returns to Inexperienced Bay, the place he was a fan favourite because of his manufacturing and his infectious persona, and he may produce one other strong sport. For the primary time in years, the Detroit floor sport is among the staff’s strengths, so who’ll get essentially the most snaps is an efficient drawback to have. — Eric Woodyard



Subject Yates and Matthew Berry query how a lot the Lions’ run sport shall be hampered by a weak offensive line.

Did the Week 1 catastrophe change your opinion on any participant’s function transferring ahead, or is it a throwaway sport?

It confirmed simply how rather more they’ll want from operating again Aaron Jones and the run-blocking unit, particularly if groups copy the Saints’ defensive plan of sitting again in protection and take a look at to remove Davante Adams within the intermediate routes and Marquez Valdes-Scantling deep. The query about Jones, nonetheless, stays the identical as earlier than the season: Will they really commit the touches to make Jones a go-to again? They’ve by no means carried out that with him earlier than, however they may want to start out now. — Rob Demovsky

Something to K.J. Osborn‘s nine-target Week 1 in Cincinnati?

Osborn emerged as Minnesota’s WR3 on a day through which he performed 67 of a complete 83 snaps and caught seven passes for 76 yards. That is a workload he can count on to proceed if he retains on making huge catches on third and fourth down that assist lengthen drives and provides Kirk Cousins one other risk within the passing sport apart from Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. The 2020 fifth-round receiver appears to be headed towards a constant function in an offense that wishes to deploy extra 11 personnel with its tight finish group anticipated to be with out Irv Smith Jr. for the season. — Courtney Cronin


Will Cordarrelle Patterson proceed for use usually (9 touches to Mike Davis‘ 18)?

Sure. The Falcons had solely two operating backs up in Week 1 (three, I suppose, in case you rely fullback Keith Smith), however there’s little cause to assume Patterson will not proceed to be very concerned. He offers a great exterior rush choice and, mixed with Davis, provides Atlanta formation flexibility irrespective of the personnel within the sport, which is what Arthur Smith is striving for. How he is used would possibly rely a bit by the week, however at this level Patterson is a brilliant participant to roster in fantasy as a result of he’ll have a task all through the season as a runner and receiver. — Michael Rothstein



Matthew Berry and Subject Yates focus on the Falcons’ backfield and whether or not Cordarrelle Patterson can take carries from Mike Davis.

Simply three targets for Robby Anderson after averaging 8.5 final season. Is he going to lose essentially the most manufacturing with Christian McCaffrey now wholesome?

Sure. McCaffrey goes to take receptions away from all people. When wholesome in 2018-19, he topped 100 catches, and the best way this offense is designed for quarterback Sam Darnold to make use of his security outlet (McCaffrey), he is properly on his approach to do this once more with 9 catches on 9 targets within the opener. — David Newton

5 touchdowns and 6 incompletions: Are we going to see a brand new model of Jameis Winston all season?

I do not assume you possibly can depend on any of the particular numbers we noticed in Week 1 (I will take the beneath on 5 TD passes and 37 speeding yards per sport and the over on 20 move makes an attempt and 148 passing yards). However I do assume you possibly can genuinely purchase into the effectivity — and the concept Winston is an excellent quarterback with big-play potential who’s now surrounded by an incredible coach, offensive line and protection that can put him in place to succeed. — Mike Triplett

Can 32-year-old Rob Gronkowski produce on a weekly foundation, or will they handle his snaps with time?

Gronk is in terrific well being proper now, whereas the Bucs’ different tight ends — O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate — are nonetheless shaking off some rust and making up for time misplaced to accidents. Gronk’s well being is at all times price monitoring, however he missed zero video games final yr and has proven no indicators of damage now. Bruce Arians additionally does a wonderful job being proactive with accidents and giving veterans days off, even with out accidents. — Jenna Laine


Ought to we assume that Chase Edmonds is the popular again within the move sport transferring ahead?

The factor about Kliff Kingsbury’s offense is its unpredictability, particularly within the passing sport, nevertheless it’s secure to say that Edmonds would be the first passing choice out of the backfield. If Arizona will get by way of one other sport or two with none targets to James Conner, then it will be clear. However one sport is not sufficient to firmly say Edmonds would be the most well-liked receiving choice within the backfield. — Josh Weinfuss

Will Sony Michel be extra concerned, or is Darrell Henderson poised for a featured function?

Coach Sean McVay remained steadfast after a Week 1 win over the Bears that Henderson is the go-to operating again. “Darrell has undoubtedly established himself as our beginning again,” McVay mentioned, though he additionally mentioned that Michel, who was acquired with 2½ weeks remaining in coaching camp, was anticipated to play greater than three snaps. Nevertheless, the move of the sport and restricted offensive snaps saved Michel on the sideline. Going ahead, count on to see a variety of Henderson, with occasional spells from Michel. — Lindsey Thiry

What occurred to Brandon Aiyuk in Week 1?

Coach Kyle Shanahan indicated it was a mix of a few issues: Aiyuk having only one week of apply coming off a hamstring damage and the emergence of Trent Sherfield. But it surely’s naive to assume these are the one causes. Might Shanahan be trying to mild slightly hearth beneath Aiyuk after he tailed off within the second a part of coaching camp? It is price noting that Aiyuk began camp robust however had some drops in preseason video games after which had the hamstring problem. Nonetheless, Aiyuk is simply too gifted to not turn into a outstanding a part of the offense in some unspecified time in the future. Getting the message from Shanahan, being additional faraway from the hamstring problem and enjoying on a grass floor in every of the subsequent 10 video games ought to assist Aiyuk’s utilization normalize a bit, nevertheless it would possibly take some time. — Nick Wagoner

Gerald Everett scored however had simply two targets in Week 1. Will he be used sufficient to rely on weekly?

It’s going to be onerous to usually rely on anybody within the Seahawks’ passing sport apart from Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf due to what number of different weapons they’ve. Everett barely out-snapped fellow tight finish Will Dissly within the opener. However he had one other good acquire referred to as again by a procedural penalty, and considered one of Seattle’s different weapons, rookie receiver Dee Eskridge, won’t play this week due to a concussion. — Brady Henderson

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