With Week 1 under our belts, it’s time to look ahead to our next matchups. Our favorite Week 2 fantasy football flex plays are all about exploiting the matchups and taking what the defense gives you. These guys should be able to find plenty of room against their opponents this weekend and provide plenty of boom potential.
Michel averaged an abysmal 0.93 yards per carry to open up the season versus the Steelers. He was stuffed at every opportunity, and fantasy football owners are likely nervous trusting him in their lineup again. I’m here to calm your fears because this week, he goes to Miami. The Dolphins are not so secretly in tank mode, and this creates the perfect opportunity for a bounce back.
The NFL Stat Explorer illustrates just how attackable the Dolphins defense has been.
The Dolphins struggled down the stretch in 2018 and followed that up with a Week 1 performance where they allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing RBs. They also lead the league in rushing yards allowed, giving up 190 yards and two touchdowns to the Ravens RB corps.
It would not be a surprise to see Michel eat in Week 2, with running back Rex Burkhead getting honorable mention as a Patriots RB who can get it done both on the ground and in the air. Michel should be a priority flex play.
Joe Mixon suffered an ankle injury in Week 1, and in his absence, Bernard shined. Mixon missed practice Wednesday and Thursday and got in a limited session on Friday. His status remains questionable, but if the Bengals are wise, they should limit him into this week.
In the offseason, Bernard received a two-year, $10.3 million extension and promises of an increased workload as Mixon’s complementary piece. Bernard has the pass-catching upside in PPR leagues that should provide him a safer floor than most.
Check out all that green under “receiving yards rank.” The 49ers have been a plus play for opposing receiving backs. They’ve been one of the leakiest defenses against RBs over their last five games, including Week 1, where they allowed the ninth-most receiving yards and 11th-most rushing yards. If Mixon’s role remains questionable heading into Sunday, Bernard is an interesting volume-based flex play.
Josh Allen and the Bills get off to a rocky start to the season. Four turnovers in the first half weren’t exactly in the plans, but regardless, Allen looked to Brown throughout the entire game. He finished his day with 10 targets, reeling in seven of those for 123 yards and a score.
Brown ranked 16th among wide receivers in total air yards (133) for the week, and now he sees the New York Giants who gave up the most receiving yards in the league to kick off the season. Between the matchup, target share, and the fact that Brown led the Bills wide receiver corps in offensive snaps, it wouldn’t be shocking to see a repeat performance.
In his regular-season debut as a rookie, Metcalf put up a respectable four receptions for 89 yards on six targets. He looked as strong and fast as we knew he was out of college. He showed the ability to create space with his route running, despite his poor change of direction metrics coming out of the combine. The best part? Russell Wilson looked to him early and often, showing trust with some tight throws and two targets in the end zone.
In Week 2, Seattle gets the Steelers at home, a secondary that was just carved to shreds by Tom Brady and company. Pittsburgh Safety Sean Davis returns this week from an ankle injury, and cornerback Joe Haden is listed as questionable with a shoulder concern. The Steelers did just one thing successfully in Week 1: stop the power back, Sony Michel. If they can bring the same defensive power on the front end, the Seahawks should have to throw early and often. Even on their healthiest of days, the Steelers still look like a cakewalk through the air, and I expect Metcalf to benefit.
If you had any question about what the Raiders were capable of without Antonio Brown, Williams might have helped you answer it. Head coach Jon Gruden schemed the offense to perfection. Williams was in on 95% of snaps and showed out with 105 yards and a touchdown. Carr was well protected by the offensive line, seeing just five pressures and zero sacks while facing Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. He had plenty of time to get the ball downfield and into the hands of his trusted WR1.
This week, the Raiders face Kansas City, who gave up 273 yards and three touchdowns to the wide receivers in Jacksonville.
The Chiefs only allowed 28 Expected Points (EP) to the Jags receivers, but they gave up a whopping 32.5 fantasy points over expectation (FPOE) for a total of 60.5 points on the week.
If Carr continues to have time to move the ball down the field and allow Williams a chance to get open, these two should manage to connect on some deep passes for another great outing as a flex play in Week 2.