Week 2 fantasy football stars, early edition
Did your fantasy team start any of the following players? If so, you’re probably rolling in points right now.
Though there are still six games to play Sunday afternoon, Sunday night and Monday, here are six Week 2 fantasy stars so far. (All point totals are based off ESPN’s standard PPR scoring, with one point per reception.)
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs: 38.8 points
In his third career NFL start, Mahomes threw six touchdowns against a supposedly stellar Pittsburgh defense. He finished with more touchdowns than incomplete passes (five). Three touchdowns went to tight end Travis Kelce. Yet Mahomes wasn’t even the highest-scoring quarterback in his own game...
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: 39 points
He was on the losing end of the 42-37 Chiefs victory, but Roethlisberger racked up fantasy points while carrying the Steelers back into the game. Big Ben threw for 452 yards compared to Mahomes’ 326, and he accounted for four touchdowns three passing, one rushing.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings: 35.9 points
Diggs, a former Maryland Terrapin-turned-dynamic NFL receiver, caught nine passes for 128yards and two touchdowns. More importantly to non-fantasy football, he added a crucial two-point conversion for the Vikings to draw even with the Packers in the fourth quarter. The Vikings and Packers went to overtime, but tied, the second such result in an NFL game in two weeks.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings: 33 points
The former Redskins quarterback outdueledAaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, but a missed field goal cost the Vikings the win.
Michael Thomas, WR, Saints: 30.9 points
The Saints trailed the Browns 12-3 at one point, but that was before their No. 1 receiver hauled in two touchdowns. Thanks to PPR scoring, Thomas’ 12-reception total boosted him in fantasy, too. He was docked two points for a fumble, his only blemish for the day.
Melvin Gordon, RB, Chargers: 30.6 points
Gordon had the pleasure of facing the Buffalo Bills this week. It was his receptions and touchdowns, not rushing yards, that made him the highest-scoring running back in the early games. Gordon caught six passes, including two touchdowns, and ran for 28 yards and one score.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buccaneers: 30 points
Him again? After a surprise four-touchdown performance Week 1 against the Saints, Fitzpatrick has continued to thrive during Jameis Winston’s suspension. He threw for 402 yards, four touchdowns and a pick to account for his fantasy points unlike last week, when his output included a rushing score.