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Matchups to Target/Avoid in Week 2

Nico Collins (WR - Houston Texans) vs Indianapolis Colts

Nico Collins is going up against the Colts, and we saw the Jaguars passing game do their thing against them last week. Granted, t wass Trevor Lawrence and some very talented WRs, but Indy has a couple of undrafted corners on the outside, so Zay Jones was also able to take advantage.

Again, in Week 1, Nico Collins had a 26% target share, 64% air yards share - highest among all WRs, - and a 15 yard aDOT, so he’s being targeted down the field. This is matching what we saw in the preseason with the first team, but the extra data point from Fantasy Life data - they were a pass heavy team - I know they went down, but even when it was close, they were a pass first team. The Colts gave up the 3rd most fantasy points to perimeter WRs last week, so I like Nico as a WR3 with upside this week.

Jahan Dotson (WR - Washington Commanders) vs Denver Broncos

I kinda like Jahan Dotson this week. I know I liked him last week too… but the WR2 for the Raiders did his thing against the Broncos in Week 1. Pat Surtain did a really good job against Davante Adams, though, and that allowed Jimmy Garroppolo to shift his focus to another pretty good WR in Jakobi Meyers, and we could see something similar this week if Surtain chooses to shadow Terry McLaurin.

Dotson did earn a 25% target share and 33% air yard share last week that led the team by far; he could have a solid performance this week and I’m treating him as a WR3.

Brandin Cooks (WR - Dallas Cowboys) vs New York Jets

Brandin Cooks could have a hard time this week against the Jets. The thing about the Jets and the Cowboys: they both have very strong defenses. Cooks played primarily on the perimeter for the Cowboys in their opener, logging 84% of his total snaps on the outside. Waiting for him there this week will be Sauce Gardner and D.J. Reed, and both of them will be problematic matchups in coverage.

Not much has to be said here - the Jets leave these two corners out on an island over 90% of the time, and it won’t matter what side Cooks plays on. It’s also worth noting that Cooks missed practice today, so any potential limitation for him if he plays in this game would only make him less attractive as a potential starter.


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