Week 2 of the 2018 NFL Season is here. This marks a week where teams hope to take what the learned in Week 1, apply it, and improve in Week 2. Across the NFL, players individually want to improve on their performance as well. For fantasy football enthusiasts, Week 2 can send owners scrambling. This is a time where it is crucial for owners to find the best lineup to put teams in the best position to succeed. NFL WR’s and CB’s want to do the same. It is imperative to identity matchups your roster can exhaust to bring home a win. Here, I will give you several key WR vs. CB matchups to look out for Week 2.
Nelson Agholor vs. Brent Grimes (Bucs CB’s): With Brent Grimes missing Week 1 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, even despite a victory, it was evident that their secondary was missing a key component. Unfortunately for the Bucs, trouble will continue as their star CB and cornerstone of the defense, Vernon Hargreaves has been sent to Injured Reserve due to a torn labrum suffered in the opener. This will give the Eagles WR’s the advantage in Week 2 over the Bucs secondary, despite the return of Grimes. Even though Alshon Jeffry has yet to make his season debut after offseason shoulder surgery, the Eagles WR’s still have the ability to exploit the Bucs CB’s throughout the matchup. With inexperience at CB a factor for the Bucs, I expect the Eagles to take advantage and have success through the air. Grimes will have his plate too full.
Brandin Cooks vs. Patrick Peterson (Cardinals CB’s): After showcasing their potential in 2017, the Los Angeles Rams pass attack has displayed just how potent it can be. In Week 1 the Rams picked up where they left off by giving the Raiders a taste of what a dynamic offense is like. The addition of Brandin Cooks, with compliments such as Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, I expect the Rams to give the Cardinals problems. Even though the Cardinals have arguably one of the best CB’s in Patrick Peterson, they have yet to prove they are a formidable force. With the loss of Tyrann Mathieu in the offseason, growing pains for the Cardinals secondary will come. With the Rams, there is simply too much offense to go around. For this reason, I believe the Cardinals will find themselves overwhelmed in Week 2 giving the Los Angeles Rams the advantage over the Cardinals CB’s. Brandin Cooks may have a big day.
Jalen Ramsey vs. Chris Hogan (Patriots WR’s): Once again, the Jaguars defense and secondary are a headline as they take on the New England Patriots in Week 2. A rematch of last year’s AFC Championship game. There has been talk about the matchups that will ensue on both sides of the ball. However, for the reason there is no true #1 WR in New England with Julian Edelman serving a 4-game suspension for PED use, I expect the Jaguars defense to take advantage and stymie the Patriots receiving core. Talents such as Jalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye and Myles Jack will create havoc for the Patriots WR’s. The speed and intensity of the Jaguars secondary will give them a sizeable advantage over the likes of Philip Dorsett and Chris Hogan of the Patriots. The Patriots just recently signed former 1st round pick Corey Coleman, however, I don’t expect him to be immediately implemented in the New England offense for Week 2. Jaguars take this one. Strength in numbers will be the deciding factor.
Richard Sherman vs. Marvin Jones Jr (Detroit WR’s): Well, for Matt Patricia and the Detroit Lions, they need to bounce back, and in a big way after a poor Monday Night Football performance against rookie Sam Darnold and the Jets. Despite Richard Sherman coming off a rupture achilles, I believe he is still one of the best CB’s in the league until proven otherwise. With Sherman’s range and ability to make an impact on every snap, and the struggles of the Lions’ offense, I give the advantage to Richard Sherman and the 49ers secondary. Marvin Jones has proven that he is a downfield threat, however, unless he has a stable situation in which he can receive the ball, I predict a long Week 2 Sunday for Jones and Detroit. Richard Sherman will back up whatever talk he voices towards the Lions.