Jameis Winston and Kyler Murray came out firing. Aaron Rodgers and Josh Allen did not.
It was a topsy-turvy Week 1 in the NFL and for fantasy football managers. Some top picks delivered as expected. Some sleepers came through, too. But plenty of players expected to perform well underwhelmed. And the rookie class mostly left us thirsty for more, with solid debuts just about all around.
Our 32 NFL Nation reporters did their best to help you out in Week 1 based on questions asked weekly by ESPN fantasy sports researcher Kyle Soppe . They’re back for more, and so is Soppe, armed with the most burning and pertinent questions for what promises to be an exciting Week 2.
Which players will bounce back? Will the big waiver-wire pickups deliver? How will the load be split in the backfield in places such as Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston and Jacksonville?
The time has come for the questions and answers for Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season . Away we go:
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN
CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND
JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MIN
NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH AFC EAST
Any concern about Josh Allen going 2-of-12 on balls thrown 15-plus yards last week?
Mild concern might be appropriate, but nothing dramatic. Allen might not reach his numbers from last season, and accuracy on big throws has been an issue in the past, but that doesn’t mean he won’t have success downfield this year. The Bills came up against a tough Steelers defense last week. In coordinator Brian Daboll’s offense, Allen will continue to have the ball in his hands, and he should improve in his connections with his strong receiving group downfield. No need for alarm just yet. — Alaina Getzenberg Miami Dolphins
Will Miami continue to struggle on the ground (23 carries for 74 yards in Week 1 at NE)?
The Dolphins have struggled for the most part to run the ball against Buffalo over the past few seasons but averaged 4.5 yards per carry in last year’s 31-28 loss in Week 2. However, they got plenty of support from their passing game (328 yards) in that contest. Myles Gaskin turned in a strong preseason and averaged 5.4 YPC against the Patriots — he’s the clear leader in this backfield and should be a safe bet in fantasy considering his contributions as a receiver. — Marcel Louis-Jacques New England Patriots Nelson Agholor led this team in receiving in Week 1 (72 yards); will that continue? Agholor led the team in receiving in Week 1 because the Dolphins’ coverage dictated as much, and rookie quarterback Mac Jones stayed true to the function of the offense by following his reads […]