Ranking fantasy football Week 2 winners and losers

Week 2 of fantasy football was more or less a continuation of Week 1, and not in a good way.
Kyren Williams dances on the San Francisco 49ers.
Kyren Williams dances on the San Francisco 49ers. / Sean M. Haffey/GettyImages
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D'Andre Swift, Fantasy Football
D'Andre Swift dominated the Minnesota Vikings. / Michael Owens/GettyImages

Winner #3: Philadelphia Eagles RB D'Andre Swift, Week 2: 27.1 points

After being a Week 1 afterthought and riding bench to Kenneth Gainwell, D'Andre Swift took the place for his injured teammate and reminded fantasy football players of how good of a player he really is. The ex-Detroit Lion took 28 carries, rushed for a career-best 175 yards, and scored on the ground while catching three passes for six yards through the air.

Week 2 wasn't a traditional Swift game where he was a dual threat in both the ground and passing games, but it was still a Swift game. Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown haven't been great, so the Eagles have needed other players from other areas to step up and keep them in the win column.

Swift took more snaps in Week 2 (76 percent) than Gainwell did in Week 1 (62 percent), had a higher route participation (55 percent to 42), and an equal target share (14 a piece). If or when Gainwell returns, the Eagles' backfield will be difficult to navigate, but Swift was always the clear top-talent. Now that Swift has flexed his performance and knowledge of the system, he might have established a foothold in Philly's lineup.

Loser #3: Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison, Week 2: 4.9 points

On the opposite side from Swift, Vikings back Alexander Mattison has had a rough go through his first two games of 2023. Dalvin Cook's former understudy as just 62 yards on 19 carries, one fumble, and only one (!!!) first down on the ground.

Mattison is still a great player, but he's struggled in two bad matchups while Justin Jefferson and rookie Jordan Addison have shined for Minnesota. The good news for the 25-year-old is that there are far better matchups ahead, and he has no competition for snaps.

Mattison has played north of 70 percent of the snaps in each of these first two weeks, and although fantasy football owners haven't really gotten RB2 production to this point, the likes of the Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers are on deck next for the Vikings. Look for Mattison to rebound then, despite the obvious disappointment. We know what he's capable of given the opportunity.