Week 2 of the NFL kicks off on Thursday night with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals, and that means fantasy football owners everywhere will be scrambling to get their lineups in order.
We went through all 16 games slated for Week 2 and picked out players we think could have big weeks, based on matchups, usage, and opportunity.
While some choices may be obvious based on a player’s status or when they were picked, others are deeper sleepers who could have big weeks.
Take a look at potential breakout fantasy football players for each game this week:
1. Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals — Michael Crabtree, WR, Ravens
Week 1 stats: 6 targets, 3 catches, 38 yards, 1 TD
Consensus ranking: 30.6 among WRs
Why he could break out: Crabtree was tied with three other Baltimore receivers for most targets from Joe Flacco. But in beating the Bills 47-3, the game script did not call for much passing, and Crabtree sat in the second half. He may get more defensive attention from the Bengals this week, but his opportunity to be the Ravens’ No. 1 receiver could be much bigger, too.
2. Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers — Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs
Week 1 stats: 16 carries, 49 yards, 0 TDs
Consensus ranking: 7.3 among RBs
Why he could break out: Hunt, a common first-round pick, was a letdown in his first game. However, the Chiefs kept making big plays via the pass or on special teams, minimizing the amount Hunt was needed. It was also the first time in his career that he was held without a catch. He should fare better against a Steelers defense that has struggled against the run.
3. Miami Dolphins at New York Jets — Bilal Powell, RB, Jets
Week 1 stats: 12 carries, 1 catch, 65 total yards, 0 TDs
Consensus ranking: 33.6 among RBs
Why he could break out: Isaiah Crowell was the star running back for the Jets in Week 1, but it could have gone the other way. Crowell’s numbers were inflated by a 62-yard touchdown run. Without it, he would have had 9 carries for 40 yards. Meanwhile, Powell averaged 5 yards per carry, and this Dolphins team just gave up 110 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown to Dion Lewis in Week 1. Crowell got the red-zone carries for the Jets in Week 1, but Powell has a good opportunity to take the lead this week.