2021 Season: Week 2 Boom/Bust (PPR)

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Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer

Week 1 is in the books and Week 2 is just around the corner.

Last week there were some good calls, like Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler and Saquon Barkley as busts. There were also some bad calls, like San Francisco 49ers running back Trey Sermon having a great day (oops).

Anyway, if you have been here before, you know the rules. Find some players not currently ranked as starters that will finish above expectations (booms), and some players currently ranked as starters that will fall short (busts).

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The FantasyPros ECR projected points listed are those at the time of writing and may change as the week progresses as they are dynamic in nature.]

Week 2 Boom/Bust (PPR)

Week 2 Booms

Quarterback (QB)

McLateral: Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos (17.0 projected points)

The Jacksonville Jaguars should be an excellent matchup for Teddy Bridgewater. In this week's A Week Too Early Waiver Wire, I mentioned that  Bridgewater should have really been an obvious waiver recommendation at quarterback this week. This matchup is a major reason why. The Denver Broncos quarterback had a top-15 performance against the New York Giants in Week 1. As bad as the Giants are, they are still better than the Jaguars. Plus, with the weapons that the Broncos have, Bridgewater has the opportunity to actually be a good quarterback this season.

Running Back (RB)

McLateral: James Conner, Arizona Cardinals (9.2 projected points)

As far as the ratio of opportunity to fantasy football points goes, nobody underwhelmed more than James Conner in Week 1. The Arizona Cardinals running back put up a measly 5.3 PPR fantasy football points on a very healthy 16 touches. That opportunity is a big reason why Conner should put up a boom performance. The Minnesota Vikings could not stop anything Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon threw at them in Week 1. If Conner gets double-digit touches again and remains involved in the red zone, more than 9.2 PPR fantasy football points should be easy to achieve.

Wide Receiver (WR)

McLateral: Nelson Agholor, New England Patriots (10.1 projected points)

Go check out Zack's article from Thursday. He lays out an excellent case for why you should play Nelson Agholor this week, and I completely agree. That is why we made him an obvious add in this week's waiver wire article as well. The targets plus the connection with New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones both favor Agholor in a positive matchup against the New York Jets.

Tight End (TE)

McLateral: Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears
 (8.3 projected points)

I already wrote about Cole Kmet twice this week. At this point, if you cannot figure out why the Chicago Bears tight end is set up for a boom performance, I cannot help you.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

McLateral: Arizona Cardinals (6.5 projected points)

What a surprise. McLateral picked someone they wrote about

Well, to be fair, I do write about my fantasy football waiver wire recommendations because I believe in them as waiver wire recommendations. So of course this applies to the Arizona Cardinals DST, who is the defense you need to go add right now.

Kicker (K)

Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals (7.1 projected points)

Look, at a certain point, it is not my fault if the FantasyPros expert consensus ranking (ECR) ranks players too low. Specifically, players that I love this week

Unless I am wrong, in which case I guess it is my fault.

But ranking McPherson at K23 in a matchup against the Chicago Bears mediocre defense is just ridiculous. McPherson is basically the top kicker prospect in the league, he nailed a 50+ yarder in his first game, and he plays for the Bengals so he gets a fair amount of opportunities. Which is why he finished tied for K7 last week. Easy boom pick for this week.

Week 2 Busts

Quarterback (QB)

McLateral: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (23.3 projected points)

Josh Allen is a veteran quarterback coming off an MVP-caliber season. So comparing him against Mac Jones, a rookie quarterback in a conservative offense, is not a perfect one-for-one comparison. Still, the Miami Dolphins defense looked good in Week 1 and kept the New England Patriots offense in check. The Buffalo Bills were similarly kept in check by the Pittsburgh Steelers this past week. If Allen continues to struggle with accuracy, Miami Dolphins cornerbacks Xavien Howard and Byron Jones could seriously limit his Week 2 ceiling.

Running Back (RB)

McLateral: Ezekiel Elliot, Dallas Cowboys (17.0 projected points)

Ezekiel Elliot was the leading rusher for the Cowboys in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He scored just 5.9 PPR fantasy football points on only 33 rushing yards. Now he goes up against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2, who did a good job holding the Washington Football Team running backs in check in Week 1. Given that the Dallas Cowboys are already likely to be pass-heavy all season, running into a good rushing defense is a serious red flag. We have already seen how that movie plays out. Stay away.

Wide Receiver (WR)

McLateral: Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills (18.7 projected points)

For many of the same reasons I am fading Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, I am also fading Stefon Diggs. The Bills wide receiver is an elite talent, but he was also an elite talent last week when he played the Pittsburgh Steelers. They held him to 15.9 PPR points. A similar performance would have Diggs just inside bust territory for me, and since it is a similar matchup, I think he will fall short. 

You still need to start him though.

Tight End (TE)

McLateral: Darren Waller, Las Vegas Raiders (18.0 projected points)

For the record, Darren Waller is awesome. Truly, awesome. But I have to pick someone here, and his matchup is the worst of all the top-12 tight ends. Plus, his projected point total is fairly high. He could still score double-digits and be fine in your lineup, but he may score closer to 10 PPR fantasy football points than 20. If that happens, he has to be considered a bust with an 18 point projection in PPR fantasy football leagues.

Defense/Special Teams (DST)

McLateral: San Francisco 49ers (7.0 projected points)

Which version of the San Francisco 49ers defense will show up against the Philadelphia Eagles? The version that was dominating the Detroit Lions through three quarters? Or the version that nearly collapsed at the finish line? Honestly, it will probably be somewhere in the middle, but the injuries are already piling up for the 49ers. The Philadelphia Eagles put on a clinic against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. If they are the real deal, the 49ers will have their hands full in a shootout.

Kicker (K)

McLateral: Jason Myers, Seattle Seahawks (8.5 projected points)

If the Seattle Seahawks offense is as efficient going forward as it was in Week 1, Jason Myers will be unplayable. Against the Tennessee Titans in Week 2, that efficiency will definitely continue.

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