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The B-Team - Week 2 (2023)


It was not a good start to the B-Team series in Week 1, to put it lightly. We fell massively short of our 100 point goal with our hypothetical fantasy football lineup consisting of players owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. We totaled just 42.18 points. That’s not going to cut it. Time to get back into the lab and see if we can’t get to that 100 point goal in Week 2!


This is a series where I construct a hypothetical fantasy football lineup using players that are owned in less than 40-percent of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. The goal of the series is to top 100 PPR fantasy points using the make-shift team. The premise is to show that there is readily available value at all times across most waiver wires. You can find last week’s results below and the result of previous weeks at the bottom of this article.


Sam Howell finished the week as our lone somewhat bright spot of the team. He threw for 202 yards with a touchdown and an interception while also rushing for a touchdown. The rest of our suggestions were nothing of note, as our second highest scorer was Van Jefferson at 6.4 points.


Week 1 Results

Sam Howell, QB, Washington Commanders - 16.18 Points

Deon Jackson, RB, Indianapolis Colts - 5 Points

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs - 3.9 Points

Van Jefferson, WR, Los Angeles Rams - 6.4 Points

Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders - 0 Points

Jake Ferguson, TE, Dallas Cowboys - 4.1 Points

Isaiah Hodgins, WR, New York Giants - 1.4 Points

Gus Edwards, RB, Baltimore Ravens - 5.2 Points

Total: 42.18 Points

Difference from 100 Points: 57.82 Points


Week 2 Lineup

Quarterback

Baker Mayfield (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - Owned in 13% of Yahoo and 7.3% of ESPN Leagues

Mayfield threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 on the road against the Minnesota Vikings. This week, he leads the Buccaneers against the Chicago Bears at home. The Bears secondary looked porous a week ago as they allowed the third most fantasy points to an opposing quarterback in Jordan Love. Love threw for 245 yards and three scores. Mayfield still has the weapons in Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rachaad White. Mayfield also has a bit of a rushing upside which goes a long way with this series. We can hope he repeats what he did in Week 1 and take care of the football.


Runningbacks

Zack Moss (Indianapolis Colts) - Owned in 17% of Yahoo and 13.8% of ESPN Leagues

Runningback selections will always be the toughest position for this series all season long. After Week 1, the notable waiver wire targets are owned in over 40-percent of leagues so where we are. Moss would likely be over the 40-percent mark or at least close if he played in Week 1 but he was scratched due to a forearm injury. He should be back this week and it is a very welcome addition as rookie Evan Hull heads to the injury reserve with a knee injury. Moss will join the Colts’ runningback committee of Deon Jackson and recent 53-man roster addition Jake Funk.


Justice Hill (Baltimore Ravens) - Owned in 38% of Yahoo and 19.5% of ESPN Leagues

Hill got a bump in production a week prior after J.K. Dobbins left the game for what was later determined to be an Achilles tear. Hill took the most of his opportunities scoring two touchdowns on eight carries. He will be touchdown dependent, there is no doubt about that, but already receiving two opportunities over Gus Edwards is promising. Hill’s value could take a hit if the Ravens are to promote one of Melvin Gordon or Owen Wright from the practice squad but either way, they shouldn’t be game ready right away.


Wide Receivers

Tutu Atwell (Los Angeles Rams) - Owned in 15% of Yahoo and 15.2% of ESPN Leagues

Atwell and teammate Puka Nacua took the fantasy football world by storm in Week 1 by each recording 119 receiving yards as the Rams dominated the Seahawks in Seattle. He recorded those 119 yards on eight targets and six receptions. As Cooper Kupp remains on the sideline, I have no problem rolling Atwell out there. The Rams are hosting the 49ers this week and if there is a way to attack the 49ers’ defense it is through the air.


Allen Robinson II (Pittsburgh Steelers) - Owned in 7% of Yahoo and 4.6% of ESPN Leagues

Although the Steelers did not look good in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, Robinson still caught five of his eight targets for 64 yards. Most of Robinson’s work came after Diontae Johnson left the game with a hamstring injury. It was also reported on Wednesday that Johnson is likely to miss at least four weeks. The Steelers get the Browns at home this week, which isn’t an ideal matchup, but if he can see eight targets again, he’ll do just fine for us.


Tightend

Jake Ferguson (Dallas Cowboys) - Owned in 37% of Yahoo and 9.3% of ESPN Leagues

Ferguson was my play a week ago and he was a bit a disappointment. But what was promising for Ferguson was that he saw seven targets. On top of that, the Cowboys got out to a big lead early and didn’t need to throw the football. In a game with the Jets this week, we can hope it gets competitive and Ferguson continues to see a large number of targets.


Flex

Rashee Rice (Kansas City Chiefs) - Owned in 37% of Yahoo and 11.4% of ESPN Leagues

I’m taking the potential upside on Rice this week. The Chiefs’ receiving corps as a whole looked god awful in Week 1 against the Lions. Rice saw five targets, catching three of them for 29 yards and a score. The Chiefs get the Jaguars this week in what could be a high scoring affair. According to FanDuel, this is the projected highest scoring game of the week. Someone has to catch the ball for Patrick Mahomes and we can hope that is Rice.


Kendrick Bourne (New England Patriots) - Owned in 31% of Yahoo and 24.9% of ESPN Leagues

Bourne saw 11 targets in Week 1 against the Eagles. He caught six balls for 64 yards and two touchdowns. I’m going with the pure volume with this selection. It’s obvious that Mac Jones and Bourne have developed a connection if he threw him the ball 11 times in a close game with a very good Eagles’ team. We’ll hope that connection rolls over this week with another tough matchup with the Miami Dolphins.

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