10 NFL Players to Watch in Week 2: Jeff Wilson Running into the Spotlight
Each week there are players that could provide value when it comes to their production in NFL games. Whether that value applies for fantasy football or player props, the calculations are similar. Players that could exceed expectations have appeal across the board.
As always, injuries play a big role in the NFL and this week’s Players to Watch list includes players who are suddenly looking at bigger opportunities in Week 2.
Week 1 also brought some roles into a clearer picture. Sometimes the running back by committee is not such a committee after all.
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Here are 10 Players to Watch for Week 2 of the NFL season:
Jeff Wilson Jr.
Starter Elijah Mitchell is likely to miss a couple of months with a knee injury and while the 49ers are looking at veteran free agent running backs, Wilson is the next man up on the San Francisco depth chart.
The fifth year back had a modest 22 yards on nine carries in Week 1, but has averaged 4.2 yards per carry, scoring 17 touchdowns in 37 career games. Wilson goes against a Seattle defense that allowed 103 yards on 20 carries in a Week 1 win against Denver.
Touchdown Scorer Prop: +130 at DraftKings, +110 at FanDuel, -112 at Caesars
Rushing Yards Prop: 51.5 at DraftKings, Caesars, and BetMGM
Darrell Henderson Jr.
In the preseason there was a lot of excitement about the Rams having Cam Akers for a full season, but they started the season with Henderson getting the bulk of the touches out of the backfield, gaining 73 yards on 18 touches.
The Rams face the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, after the Falcons gave up 151 rushing yards on 19 carries in Week 1.
Touchdown Scorer Prop: +115 at DraftKings, +104 at Caesars, -125 at FanDuel
Rushing Yards Prop: 59.5 at DraftKings, Caesars, and BetMGM
Even though the Lions quarterback passed for a modest 215 yards on 37 throws against Philadelphia in Week 1, he has a good opportunity for a productive Week 2, going against the Washington Commanders.
The Commanders allowed 275 passing yards against Jacksonville in Week 1, so Goff and the Lions could put up some numbers.
Passing Yards Prop: 233.5 (Over is -115 at DraftKings, -115 at Caesars, and BetMGM)
Touchdown Passes Prop: 1.5 (Over is -120 at DraftKings and BetMGM, -125 at Caesars)
The veteran tight end started his Bengals career with five catches for 46 yards on eight targets against the Pittsburgh Steelers, making him the No. 3 option in the Cincinnati passing game behind WR Ja’Marr Chase and RB Joe Mixon.
Hurst and the Bengals take on a Dallas Cowboys team that is reeling after a Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay, though the Cowboys allowed just one catch for seven yards to Buccaneers tight ends.
Touchdown Scorer Prop: +280 at FanDuel, +260 at Caesars, +230 at DraftKings
The Eagles spread the ball around when it came to the running game at Detroit in Week 1, but Sanders led the way with 96 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
In Week 2, Sanders and the Eagles will take on the Minnesota Vikings, who played quite well in a Week 1 win over Green Bay, but also allowed 111 yards on just 18 carries.
Touchdown Scorer Prop: +145 at FanDuel, +115 at DraftKings
Although the Steelers wide receiver had a surprising six carries for 36 yards to go with his modest four catches for 18 yards in Week 1 at Cincinnati, the Steelers’ competent quarterback play does give the wide receivers some reason for optimism.
In Week 2, Claypool and the Steelers take on a New England Patriots defense that gave up 15 receptions for 191 yards to Dolphins wide receivers in a Week 1 loss.
Receiving Yards Prop: 43.5 (Under is -117 at BetMGM, -115 at DraftKings)
Touchdown Scorer Prop: +260 at FanDuel, +230 at DraftKings and BetMGM, +180 at Caesars
With J.K. Dobbins still out of the Baltimore Ravens lineup, Drake was the leader in the Baltimore running back by committee, with 46 yards on a dozen touches.
Drake was good for 1000+ yards from scrimmage in three straight seasons, from 2018-2020, so he is a competent option who can give the Ravens some production against Miami in Week 2.
Touchdown Scorer Prop: +155 at DraftKings, +130 at FanDuel
Washington’s first-round pick out of Penn State had three catches for 40 yards and two touchdowns on five targets in his NFL debut against Jacksonville.
Commanders QB Carson Wentz threw for 313 yards in Week 1, and if Washington has a competent passing attack, Dotson could be a big threat against Detroit in Week 2.
Receiving Yards Prop: 36.5 (Over is -115 at DraftKings and Caesars)
Touchdown Scorer Prop: +240 at Caesars, +215 at DraftKings and Caesars
For all the hope and optimism surrounding young running backs and receivers in the Jets lineup, Davis was the main threat in Week 1, catching six passes for 77 yards on 10 targets in a loss at Baltimore.
Davis goes against Cleveland in Week 2, and the Browns allowed nine catches for 157 yards to Carolina’s wide receivers in Week 1, so Davis has a chance to be a productive option this week.
Touchdown Scorer Prop: +275 at DraftKings and Caesars
Receiving Yards Prop: 41.5 (Under -117 at Caesars, -120 at DraftKings)
The Jacksonville Jaguars were competitive in Week 1 before losing 28-22 at Washington, and Jones caught six passes for 65 yards on nine targets in the loss, not a bad start to his tenure in Jacksonville.
In Week 2, the Jaguars face a tough matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, who allowed Houston Texans wide receivers to catch 13 passes for 156 yards in Week 1.
Touchdown Scorer Prop: +360 at DraftKings, +260 at FanDuel, +215 at Caesars
Receiving Yards Prop: 43.5 (Over -120 at DraftKings) 45.5 (Over -117 Caesars)
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