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Will a healthy OBJ, plus the addition of Barkley, be enough on offense for the Giants to overcome the most efficient defense from ? These are two teams with new quarterback situations, and the FPI actually predicts Smith and Bradford to be remarkably similar in quality on a per-play basis going forward. Smith, Davis look to recapture 'great connection' with Redskins It will be a close game like last season, but the Texans will come up short again. top forum posts

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Middleton is filling in at safety for the injured Marcus Maye. Middleton put in a solid effort but will be returning to a reserve role as soon as Maye is ready to play.

Kiko Alonso Dolphins leading tackler in Week 2 win. Alonso should continue to feast on given the lack of competition for tackles. The offensive struggles could very well continue to give the defense a lot of snaps and tackle opportunities.

Sean Lee tweaks hamstring in win. Lee recorded five tackles in the win before the injury. Ronald Darby gets pick in loss.

The interception came on a Rodney McLeod deflection. Darby played well in coverage much of the day, but his whiff on a tackle attempt in the second-quarter allowed tight end OJ Howard to break free for a yard score.

Darby will see plenty of Colts WR T. Nigel Bradham plays well, gets sack in return. It was a good start to the season for Bradham who played well as a key member of the Eagles Super Bowl winning team a year ago.

He will look to build off this performance next week when the Colts come to town. Every Sunday throughout the After a crazy Week 1 where scoring was relatively easy to find, there are some games that project to be lower-scoring this week. Welcome to the second Sunday of the season! After just one week, there are already countless storylines and plenty of questions. With most of the Week 2 games just 24 hours away, it is time to make my 10 bold predictions.

As I defined last Streaming has become an integral part of fantasy football over the last few years. Whether it be quarterbacks, tight ends, defenses, or heck, even Week 2 Injury Updates. I don't want to rush through the football season, but the wait between the final game on Monday and the first game on Sunday Week 2 Fantasy Football. Getting negative points from your defense surely was not what fantasy owners of the Ravens expected, but expectations and reality do not always line Jared Cook comes back to Earth versus Denver.

Amari Cooper has yard game versus Broncos. The Steelers have won 11 games in Cleveland with Ben Roethlisberger as their quarterback, and though the Browns should be much improved, a passing offense ranked 20th or worse each season since inherits a quarterback Tyrod Taylor who barely averages yards per game. That's a good matchup for a Steelers defense that thrives off rushing defense and limiting big plays downfield, while the Pittsburgh offensive line will be eager to get James Conner going.

Steelers 27, Browns An angry Steelers team is usually not a good thing for the Browns, who start with a new quarterback Taylor , receiver Jarvis Landry , running back Carlos Hyde , left tackle Joel Bitonio and right tackle Chris Hubbard , along with a new coordinator Todd Haley and new offensive system.

It is not easy to bring that all together immediately. Steelers 24, Browns The FPI sees this as Cleveland's best chance at winning against the Steelers since Week 6 of the season, when Cleveland was a 56 percent home favorite.

Every game since, the FPI has had Pittsburgh as at least a 72 percent favorite. What to watch for in fantasy: Conner seems likely to start at running back for the Steelers. So what if you draft Le'Veon Bell in your league? In case you missed it: All the possible Le'Veon Bell scenarios Gordon believes Browns' hope for his return is justified.

Even before the injury to Jerick McKinnon and suspension for Reuben Foster , the 49ers figured to be facing an uphill battle against the Vikings. This week, coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged that losing McKinnon was a serious blow to his game plan.

The Niners have lost five consecutive road games to the Vikings. Vikings 27, 49ers The Vikings usher in the Kirk Cousins era at home. Cousins and his playmakers have been working all offseason to build their on-field chemistry, which involves spreading the ball around and placing an emphasis on Dalvin Cook , Latavius Murray and this explosive backfield. Jimmy G and the 49ers might have finished with a five-game winning streak, but a Week 1 trip to Minnesota and the FPI's top preseason defense is a big test.

Keep him on the bench in Week 1, though. How Kobe Bryant became 'essential' in Sherman's recovery Cousins' all-or-nothing pursuit kicks off against 49ers Garoppolo and the Bay Area's instant embrace.

IND -3 Matchup quality: The Bengals seemed quietly confident this week, and there's a reason for that. They have new offensive and defensive coordinators, a revamped offensive line and healthy weapons in Tyler Eifert and John Ross. The Colts don't appear to have much of a pass rush, and the Bengals' talented defensive line can take advantage of the fact that this will be Andrew Luck 's first game since Bengals 24, Colts Titans and discusses how Kansas City's defense has struggled in the preseason.

The Colts have lost four consecutive Week 1 games, their starting left tackle just returned to practice for the first time in five weeks following a hamstring injury, and their starting running back just returned from a hamstring injury suffered Aug. What the Colts do have going for them is that Luck is the healthiest he has been since Week 1 of the season.

Colts 21, Bengals With Luck back in the fold, the Colts are FPI favorites in nine games this season after being favored only once in The Bengals can up their odds to make the playoffs to nearly 30 percent with a victory, but a loss drops them below 15 percent.

Green and Ross have an advantageous matchup against this Colts defense. Luck 'excited' ahead of regular-season return Willis could be more than run-stopper for Bengals. The Titans' secondary, bolstered by the addition of Malcolm Butler , will protect an early lead to give Mike Vrabel a victory in his first game as coach. Titans 24, Dolphins The Dolphins should use their up-tempo offense and South Florida humidity to wear out the banged-up Titans front seven, but none of that will save them if they can't score enough points.

Tennessee's route to a win seems simple -- Lewis, Derrick Henry and Marcus Mariota exploiting the Dolphins' struggles to stop the run. Titans 20, Dolphins Tennessee is the most narrow FPI favorite of the week and could nudge its playoff probability just north of 50 percent with a win. Miami goes from Jay Cutler After days, 'riled up' Tannehill returns for real Gase confident Dolphins can reclaim magic.

Houston certainly has the playmakers to win in New England -- especially with a healthy Deshaun Watson , J.

Watt and Jadeveon Clowney -- but it's hard to pick against a Patriots team that has never lost to the Texans at Gillette Stadium. It will be a close game like last season, but the Texans will come up short again.

Patriots 30, Texans Three of the Patriots' key starters -- Rex Burkhead , Marcus Cannon and Trey Flowers -- didn't play in the preseason, and the team enters the game with just three wide receivers who were with the club in training camp: Add in the fact that Jacob Hollister might not be ready, and it's asking a lot of the offense against the Texans' D.

Texans 24, Patriots All eyes will be on the quarterbacks. Watson led the league last season with an The ageless Tom Brady finished the season third in QBR, the fourth consecutive season he has finished in the top five. Matthew Berry says Lamar Miller is a top fantasy back in As Brady improves movement, 'broken-play coach' helps Patriots Are Texans for real? Week 1 is an early litmus test Where does WR corps rank among those in Belichick's tenure?

The Bucs won't have the suspended Jameis Winston , and their new pieces on defense -- defensive linemen Beau Allen , Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry -- haven't had enough time to jell to effectively rattle Drew Brees.

The Saints also boast what Ryan Fitzpatrick called one of the league's "best home-field advantages," even if they historically have struggled in September. Saints 29, Bucs Both teams will be missing star players because of suspensions. But the Saints' offense is still loaded without Mark Ingram. I'm surprised the betting line is flirting with double digits, even with Winston out. But this is practically a must-win game for a Saints team with Super Bowl aspirations.

New Orleans can't afford another slow start after starting , , and the past four seasons. Saints 27, Bucs The Saints get the good scheduling fortune of catching Tampa Bay without Winston.

Had Winston been available, New Orleans would still be the favorite, but closer to 75 percent. Michael Thomas got at least eight targets in 14 of his 16 games last season, and Matthew Berry thinks he could be the top-scoring WR in fantasy in Saints don't have time to waste another season with a slow start