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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Michael Pittman Jr.
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WR: Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts

Colts head coach Shane Steichen found creative ways to get Michael Pittman Jr. the ball in open space. He made it a focal point to use Pittman as an extension of the running game by giving him screen passes at or near the line of scrimmage and putting blockers in front of him, as illustrated by this remarkable touchdown he scored:

Pittman is quickly emerging as rookie signal-caller Anthony Richardson’s favorite target, drawing 11 targets in Week 1. The Colts offense is going to continue to lean on Pittman given the current state of the running back room. Jonathan Taylor is currently on the IR and his looming injury/trade drama bears watching, Deon Jackson struggled to hang onto the football in Week 1 (lost two fumbles), and Evan Hull has been placed on IR due to a knee injury.

In an offense desperately in need of an alpha presence, Pittman has established himself as a No. 1 receiver capable of commanding a large target share. He averaged 8.81 targets/game in 2022 and posted a 34.6 percent first-read target share in Week 1 according to Fantasy Points Data, good for ninth in the NFL.

The Texans have a talented secondary led by Derek Stingley Jr. and Jimmie Ward, but Pittman’s expected volume puts him in position for yet another big fantasy performance in Week 2.