NFL Tigers - Week 2
Week 2 is in the books, and there’s a lot to cover for the Tiger Pros. Let’s take a look at their performances from this past weekend.
Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals kept it tight with the Ravens, pulling within a field goal with 3:28 left in the 4th quarter. However, Lamar Jackson and company were able to sustain a final drive that ran out the clock on Burrow’s Bengals. Tee Higgins was conspicuously absent from the Week 1 highlights, but he made his presence known this past weekend. Despite the loss, Tee Higgins put on a show hauling in 8 of 12 targets for team and game highs of 89 yards and 2 touchdowns. He accounted for the most fantasy points in Week 2 of all Clemson Pros and tied Washington running back Brian Robinson for seventh most fantasy points in the entire league. Maybe I can make a trade to get Tee on my fantasy team… Total fantasy points: 29.9.
Next up: Rams on Monday, 9/25 in Cincinnati (CIN -3.0)
DeAndre Hopkins, Tennessee Titans and Mike Williams, San Diego Chargers
Two former Clemson star receivers took the field in this AFC clash. Dealing with an ankle injury, Hopkins missed practice all last week but still managed to play most of the snaps on Sunday. He caught 4 of 5 targets for 40 yards in the Titans’ 27-24 overtime victory. I expect his production to ramp up over the next couple weeks as his ankle heals. Total fantasy points: 8.0.
Next up: Vikings on Sunday, 9/24 in Minneapolis (MIN -1.0)
While Nuk’s team got the win, Williams won the WRU battle pulling in 8 catches for 83 yards. A solid outing indeed for Big Mike. Total fantasy points: 16.6.
Next up: Browns on Sunday, 9/24 in Cleveland (CLE -3.5)
Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns
After a strong Week 1 performance, Watson had a manic Monday night in Steel City he would soon like to forget. Completing only 55% of his passes for 235 yards, Deshaun threw a touchdown, an interception, and lost two fumbles, the second an untimely and costly turnover resulting in a T.J. Watt 16-yard scoop-and-score that gave the Steelers the lead for good. Watson also ran 6 times for 22 yards. Deshaun has a knack for being able to clear his mind and move forward after a rough performance. He should bounce back this weekend in a home game against Tennessee. Total fantasy points: 12.6.
Next up: Titans on Sunday, 9/24 in Cleveland (CLE -3.5).
Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars’ offensive line struggled to protect Lawrence, surrendering 4 sacks and 7 total QB hits to the Chiefs defense. The Jaguars relied heavily on Trevor’s arm this past weekend. He completed 23 of 42 passes for 216 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The Jaguars ran the ball only 18 times, including 5 rushes by Lawrence for 26 yards. He finished as Jacksonville’s second leading rusher. All things considered, not a bad performance in a tough one-score loss to the defending Super Bowl champs (final score 17-9), but not one that filled up the stat books. The offensive line should hold up better next week against the 0-2 Texans and will hopefully give the former #1 pick the time he needs to light up Houston’s secondary. Total fantasy points: 9.24.
As the Jaguars’ featured back, Etienne led the limited rushing attack with 12 carries for 40 yards against a stout Chiefs run defense (allowing only 96 yards/game). Former Tigers accounted for 17 of Jacksonville’s 18 total rushing attempts. Etienne also caught 2 of 3 targets for 2 yards. I’m looking for a bounce-back performance from this dynamic Tiger duo on Sunday against the Texans in the friendly confines of EverBank Stadium. Total fantasy points: 6.2.
Next up: Texans on Sunday, 9/24 in Jacksonville (JAX -8.0, currently the 5th largest spread for Week 3)
Christian Wilkins, Miami Dolphins
Christian Wilkins grew up an hour and a half from Foxboro, Massachusetts, and he played well in his annual AFC East homecoming. He had 7 tackles (5 solo) with a sack in the Dolphins’ 24-17 win, helping hold the Patriot’s rushing attack in check with 88 total yards. A win over New England is always nice, but this one had to be extra sweet for the local kid from Springfield. Total points: 9.0.
Next up: Broncos on Sunday, 9/24 in Miami (MIA -6.5)
K’Von Wallace and Carlos Watkins, Arizona Cardinals
Wallace led the Cardinals with 8 tackles (5 solo) as Arizona fell short again in Week 2 against the Giants. K’Von has been steady in the Cardinals’ first two games, and Arizona will need him to play well when they host a tough Dallas team on Sunday. Total fantasy points: 6.5.
Carlos contributed 2 tackles (1 solo) and a pass defended before suffering a bicep injury. He will undergo surgery and be out a while. Get well soon big man, your team needs you something fierce. Total fantasy points: 2.5.
Next up: Cowboys on Sunday, 9/24 in Glendale (DAL -12.5)
Jayron Kearse, Dallas Cowboys
Kearse had another solid performance for Dallas in Week 2 against the Jets. He logged 2 solo tackles, a pass defended, and an interception with a 32-yard return. Jayron has been doing his part for a Cowboys defense which has established itself early on as one of the best (if not the best) defenses in the league, giving up only 10 points in 2 games. Kearse and the Cowboys should fare well in their Week 3 matchup against Arizona, who is still in search of their first win of the season. Interestingly, Arizona has won 6 of its last 7 games against Dallas. Make it 6 of 8. This year’s Cowboys are a different animal. Total fantasy points: 6.0.
Next up: Cardinals on Sunday, 9/24 in Glendale (DAL -12.5)
A.J. Terrell and Grady Jarrett, Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons’ kicker Younghoe Koo kicked a field goal with 57 seconds left to give Atlanta a 25-24 win over the Packers, the Falcon’s second win of the year. A.J. Terrell, the former 5-star recruit and Clemson product, logged three solo tackles and two passes defended in this nailbiter victory. Total fantasy points: 5.0.
Grady Jarrett logged 3 tackles (1 solo) in the winning effort. Total fantasy points: 2.0
Next up: Lions on Sunday, 9/24 in Detroit (DET -3.0)
Here are some other Tiger Pro performances from Week 2:
Dexter Lawrence, II, New York Giants: 4 tackles (3 solo and 1 tackle for loss) and 2 quarterback hits. Total fantasy points: 4.5.
Isaiah Simmons, New York Giants: 2 solo tackles. Total fantasy points: 2.0.
Hunter Renfrow, Las Vegas Raiders: 1 reception for 23 yards. Total fantasy points: 3.3.
DeShawn Williams, Carolina Panthers: 3 tackles (2 solo) and 1 quarterback hit. Total fantasy points: 2.5.
D.J. Reader, Cincinnati Bengals: 2 solo tackles. Total fantasy points: 2.0.