Fantasy Football: One QB, RB, WR, and TE who are primed for huge Week 2 performances

Week 1 was filled with plenty of strange outcomes in the fantasy football landscape. With that said, it is time to turn our attention to Week 2 after an exciting start to the 2023 season.

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Rhamondre Stevenson
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RB: Rhamondre Stevenson, New England Patriots

Even with Zeke receiving more targets than Stevenson, there was plenty to go around for both backs. Elliott out-targeted Stevenson (seven to six), but Stevenson was much more productive with his opportunities. Stevenson turned six targets into six receptions and 64 receiving yards, picking up where he left off last year as the Patriots de facto leading receiver.

Mac Jones won’t be attempting 54 pass attempts every week and targeting Stevenson/Elliott on nearly 25 percent of his passes every week, but considering the Patriots are facing a high-flying Dolphins offense in Week 2, it could be more of the same this week.

Elliott’s presence was not a hindrance to Stevenson, who played on 73 percent of the Patriots’ offensive snaps in Week 1 and earned 17 touches, totaling 89 yards. The Dolphins run defense got gashed by Austin Ekeler, Joshua Kelley, and the Chargers in Week 1. Both running backs combined for 208 rushing yards and two scores on 32 carries while the Chargers averaged 5.8 yards per rush as a team.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is known for forcing opposing teams to beat him in ways they are not normally accustomed to, meaning he will do his best to keep the ball out of the hands of Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill, and Jaylen Waddle by running the ball and controlling the pace of the game. Stevenson’s usage as a receiver out of the backfield ensures that game script will work in his favor even if this turns into a shootout.