By Grant Ramirez
Marshawn Lynch, running back, Oakland Raiders (vs NYJ)
After sitting out of football last season, Marshawn Lynch had a solid performance against the Titans. He finished with 92 total yards on 19 touches. Lynch has a better matchup this week against an extremely weak Jets’ defense that allowed a league-high 190 rushing yards against the Bills. The Raiders should dominate this game, so they will likely run the ball plenty to keep the clock running and keep the Jets off the field.
Seattle Seahawks, defense/special teams (vs SF)
Despite losing the season opener, the Seahawks limited Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to only 17 points. They have a much easier task this week – slowing down the Brian Hoyer-led 49ers that were nearly shutout against the Panthers. The Seattle defensive line dominated a good Packers’ offensive line and should have their way with San Francisco’s shaky front. The 49ers don’t have any scary weapons on the outside either, so the Legion of Boom shouldn’t have much of a problem dealing with them.
Alex Smith, quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs (vs PHI)
Alex Smith had one of the best games of his career in Week 1, torching the Patriots’ defense for 368 yards and four touchdowns. Smith has been known throughout his career to play safe and throw the ball short, however with two touchdowns of more than 75 yards last week, he looks to be more comfortable throwing the ball downfield. Expect him to have another good game, as he goes up against a vulnerable Eagles’ secondary that lost its best pure cover man, Ronald Darby, to an ankle injury.
Carlos Hyde, running back, San Francisco 49ers (vs SEA)
Although the 49ers offense struggled mightily, Carlos Hyde got off to a solid start against the Panthers, totaling 77 yards on 15 touches. He got involved in the passing game as well, catching six passes. However, he faces a bad matchup this week against a great Seattle defense that will limit his production. San Francisco’s offensive line isn’t really a match for the Seahawks’ front, and will struggle to create much running room for Hyde.
Sammy Watkins, wide receiver, Los Angeles Rams (vs WAS)
Although not overly exciting, Sammy Watkins had an efficient game in his first start since being traded to the Los Angeles Rams, catching all 5 of his targets for 54 yards. This week, he will face elite corner Josh Norman and the Redskins. Although Watkins is talented, Norman regularly gives opposing receivers fits. In Week 1, he held Eagles’ receiver Alshon Jeffery to only 38 yards. In addition, Jared Goff is still developing despite making strides against the Colts. He will need more time to make the most of his receivers.
Deshone Kizer, quarterback, Cleveland Browns (vs BAL)
It’s easy to get excited about the potential of Deshone Kizer after his first NFL start. He displayed his talent against the Steelers, throwing for 222 yards and a touchdown. Kizer also rushed for a score. However, he faces a steep test this week against Baltimore, a defense which forced Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton into four interceptions and allowed less than 200 passing yards. In Week 1, Kizer proved he has potential to be a viable fantasy option in the future, but not this week.