What a second week we had in the 2020 NFL season. It seemed like every team’s bench turned into a consultation room as countless star players dropped like flies. As a result, certain teams in the WTBU Sports Fantasy League scrambled to add new players from the waiver wire ahead of the start of Week 3. With that in mind, plus all of the other Week 2 performances, let’s take a look at the week 3 power rankings.
#10 Flavortown Trash Can Lids (0-2) — Akshai Wadhwani [Last Week: 8]
Added: RB Todd Gurley II (Trade), QB Aaron Rodgers (Trade), RB Mike Davis (Waivers)
Dropped: QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Trade), RB Kenyan Drake (Trade), WR John Brown (Trade)
Akshai faced two really tough opponents in the first two weeks in the Suh-Tang Clan and Senior on JV. However, that does not excuse the poor performance of his team or the losses he took through this trade with Suh-Tang Clan. Kenyan Drake is a great pass-catching RB and John Brown is still getting steady targets from Josh Allen despite the arrival of Stefon Diggs.
On top of everything, he had Brown, Tyler Higbee, Tyler Lockett and Julian Edelman on the bench last week. With another tough matchup this week, plus tough draws for both of his RBs and Higbee, Akshai’s team is spiraling downward, and that’s why he drops to No. 10.
#9 Baby Chark (0-2) — Ethan Fuller [Last Week: 7]
Added: RB Jerick McKinnon (Waivers), WR Damiere Byrd (Waivers), WR Michael Pittman Jr. (Waivers), RB Joshua Kelley (Waivers)
Dropped: WR Scotty Miller (Waivers), RB Saquon Barkley (Waivers), WR Courtland Sutton (Waivers), TE Austin Hooper (Waivers)
My oh my, how the trades loom larger and larger for Ethan. Just one week after acquiring a star in Saquon Barkley from The Jackson 9, the running back tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season. To make matters worse, fellow marquee trade acquisition Courtland Sutton tore his ACL as well. Nevertheless, Ethan put up quite the fight in Week 2, with Josh Allen, Noah Fant and Younghoe Koo providing plenty of propulsion.
However, there’s always risk that those players regress in Week 3, plus the uncertainty of Michael Thomas returning and of Michael Gallup getting fewer targets with the rise of CeeDee Lamb. While Ethan could surprise again, he’s going up against my team this week, which is in much better shape.
#8 The Ladies Love Sosi (0-2) — Perry Sosi [Last Week: 9]
Perry’s team had a solid week against my team, but he too made questionable managerial choices. How did Mike Evans and Terry McLaurin, two high-volume WRs, spend week 2 on the bench? With how well Cam Newton, Ezekiel Elliot and Travis Kelce played last week, he might have beaten me if they started. Now that he’s got the lineup fixed, he’ll face a white-hot Philadelphia Pigeons team that exploded for 170 points last week.
#7 Hannah’s Bananas (2-0) — Hannah Yoshinaga [Last Week: 5]
Hannah’s team had an explosive Week 2, led by Christian McCarffrey, James Conner and the surprise performances of Jonnu Smith and Diontae Johnson. Here’s the problem: McCaffrey is headed to injured reserve following a serious ankle injury. On top of that, Julio Jones has looked like a secondary receiver behind Calvin Ridley so far and Matthew Stafford has provided little at QB, Smith has no record of producing at that level, and the stout Ravens defense faces a massive task in containing the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes.
Lastly, many of her individual players face tough defensive challenges this week. All of this culminates in facing the hottest time in this league in Senior on JV. Because of all of these factors, Hannah’s team drops down to No. 7.
#6 Philadelphia Pigeons (1-1) — Ben Silver [Last Week: 10]
Added: WR DeSean Jackson (Waivers)
Dropped: RB Jordan Howard (Waivers)
Ben makes the big climb from the cellar up to No. 6 after every single player on his squad broke out in the same week. Kyler Murray excelled again against Washington, Miles Sanders’ first game was strong, and Tyreek Hill, D.J. Moore and Stefon Diggs all looked like the No. 1 WRs they should be. On top of all that, Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette flashed brilliance on his bench, His lineup looks exactly the same for next week and that sure bodes well against The Ladies Love Sosi.
#5 New York Danny Dimes (2-0) — Daniel Multz [Last Week 6]
Added: RB Myles Gaskin (Waivers), WR Laviska Shenault Jr. (Waivers),
Dropped: RB Philip Lindsay (Waivers)
My team kept up the consistency by finishing around 140 points for the second straight week. Dak Prescott’s huge game, along with great performances from Tyler Boyd and CeeDee Lamb (who might be overtaking Michael Gallup as the No. 2 receiver in Dallas) compensated for mediocre games from Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Josh Jacobs, and an unusually light game from Mark Andrews.
I’m still waiting to see production from Kenny Golladay, plus CEH faces a big-time challenge in beating the Ravens’ defense. Despite newly-discovered depth on my bench, most of it will stay there for Week 3 with the exception of Jaguars’ RB James Robinson. I don’t like having so many players who might have good weeks, but with an easier matchup on the table against Baby Chark, this is a good week to test those players’ productivity.
#4 Suh-Tang Clan (1-1) — Patrick Donnelly [Last Week: 3]
Added: TE Dalton Schultz (Waivers), QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Trade), RB Kenyan Drake (Trade), WR John Brown (Trade)
Dropped: RB Sony Michel (Waivers), RB Benny Snell Jr. (Waivers), RB Todd Gurley II (Trade), QB Aaron Rodgers (Trade)
Patrick had an awful bout of bad luck last week. Everyone but Patrick Mahomes underperformed at the same time that Hannah’s Bananas surged. He drops one spot because of the bad Week 2, plus a tough Week 3 matchup against The Jackson 9.
I’m sure that was a major factor in striking the trade with the Trash Can Lids, which I believe Patrick won by a landslide. Even though Kyler Murray is Arizona’s biggest rushing threat, Kenyan Drake is still an upgrade over Todd Gurley. John Brown remains a solid option for Buffalo, and thus a solid FLEX option for Patrick. Plus, Aaron Rodgers was his backup, so he’s lost nothing there.
Dalton Schultz might become a steady, viable FLEX option in the Cowboys’ offense, and Jarvis Landry, T.J. Hockenson and Ronald Jones II are all strong contributors. Patrick has reshaped his bench while also making improvements to his starting lineup.
#3 The Cataline Wine Mixon (0-2) — Joe Pohoryles [Last Week: 2]
Added: RB Devonta Freeman (Waivers), TE Mike Gesicki (Waivers), Chargers D/ST (Waivers)
Dropped: RB Chris Thompson (Waivers), WR Mecole Hardman (Waivers), Bears D/ST
One has to feel for Joe’s team. He’s 0-2 despite scoring the fifth-most points. Unreal performances from Senior on JV in Week 1 and the Pigeons in Week 2 led to this unfortunate situation. It turns out that benching Chris Carson and D.K. Metcalf was a mistake, as the Seahawks slugged their way past the Patriots last week. They’ll all look to keep up the elite production against a porous Dallas defense.
Mike Gesicki was a solid pickup off the waiver wire after a great game last week. Derrick Henry should rebound from a low-production performance against Jacksonville, and the rest of his team still looks as good as ever. He also gets to stay in the top-three thanks to an easy opponent in the Trash Can Lids.
#2 The Jackson 9 (2-0) — Brady Gardner [Last Week: 1]
Added: Buccaneers D/ST
Dropped: Cardinals D/ST
Brady fully reaped the rewards of that “trade” with Baby Chark. Lamar Jackson had a subpar week, but that game against Houston should be his floor. Jonathan Taylor and Robby Anderson entered the starting lineup and dominated. “Nuke” Hopkins kept up what he does best, and Darren Waller led the Raiders’ charge in an upset over the Saints.
He added a strong defense from Tampa Bay, and Brady should get Chris Godwin back at a high level now that he cleared the concussion protocol. The big question mark lies in David Johnson, who faces a daunting Steelers matchup after a tough go against the Ravens last week. Brady sought reinforcements at the position but couldn’t land any. This shouldn’t derail his team too much in what should be a great battle against the Suh-Tang Clan.
However, Brady must be dethroned from the top spot because of the one team we’ve got left to cover.
#1 Senior on JV (2-0) — Chad Jones [Last Week: 4]
Chad makes the jump all the way up to No. 1 after his squad paced the rest of the league in scoring. With just under 350 points in two weeks (an average of 175 per week), the margin between him and the second-highest scoring team, the Philadelphia Pigeons, is 70 points.
His RB duo of Alvin Kamara and Aaron Jones have been the top two at their position so far. Calvin Ridley has ascended to the top receiver on the Falcons. Odell Beckham Jr. rebounded nicely along with the whole Browns team. David Montgomery was another star player — on the bench!
The only issue on his team is at the QB position with Deshaun Watson. He has put together back-to-back rough performances and has not been his normal self. Truth be told, the whole Texans team is struggling out of the gate with their brutal schedule.
Other than Watson, Chad’s team is nearly flawless and is the new heavyweight in the WTBU Sports Fantasy Football League.