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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Kyren Williams shushes the 12th Man. / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

Winner #1: Los Angeles Rams RB Kyren Williams, Week 2: 28 points

New season, same Sean McVay-Cam Akers drama. With the latter a healthy scratch, Kyren Williams dominated the touches out of the Rams backfield and made use of them in a big way. The fantasy football world has been talking about Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell - and deservedly so - but Williams deserves just as much credit.

The Notre Dame product has begun his sophomore season in the NFL with multiple scores in each of his first two games, and has carried 29 times for 104 yards. In Week 2, Matthew Stafford targeted Williams 10 times, and the Rams' new top dog caught six of those for 48 yards and one of his two scores on the day.

The added passing work is nice because the rushing hasn't been super efficient, and that's fine. McVay clearly identified Williams as a reliable guy that he wants out there, and that's really all that you can ask for out of someone who was likely a waiver wire add. He's a priority add if he's still available in your league, and a high-end RB2 moving forward.

Loser #1: the entire Cincinnati Bengals offense, but especially QB Joe Burrow

Well, the Bengals might be broken, but so is their QB. Joe Burrow has only 304 passing yards through two games, and while his 222 yards against the Baltimore Ravens might look okay at the surface, it was another wildly inefficient outing from the NFL's highest paid player.

To make matters worse, Burrow has reportedly re-injured his calf that held him out all summer, and the Bengals are now 0-2 and 0-2 in their division. Tee Higgins had a great game, scoring 28.9 fantasy points thanks to his eight catches on 12 targets, 89 yards, and two scores. It was a huge rebound after an eight-target Week 1 where he was held without a catch.

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Ja'Marr Chase has just 70 yards and 17.2 fantasy points so far this season, and Joe Mixon hasn't done anything of note either. Without a healthy Burrow, the Bengals are looking doomed. If things don't start improving in the next two or three weeks, it's probably time to cleanse your fantasy football roster of Cincinnati players for the season.