Week 2; Boomers and Busters

Week 1 in the NFL was nothing short of spectacular, as expected of course. We witnessed the mighty New England Patriots get dismantled by a hungry Kansas City Chiefs team on TNF, as they displayed Alex Smith showed poise in the pocket and rallied the explosive Chiefs offense into victory, lead by a record performance in rookie halfback Kareem Hunt.

Week 1 also gave us grief too. Amazing games followed by a plethora of lengthy injuries to key players like David Johnson, Danny Woodhead and Allen Robinson. All in which have sent fantasy owners scampering to the waiver wire to grab the flavor of the week. However, no flavor of the week here, as Tarik Cohen has opened the eyes of all fantasy owners as this years possible breakout candidate. The opportunity is now for Cohen and if you haven’t grabbed this little ball of fury, I suggest you make your way to the waiver wire now and get him before it’s too late.

Anyhow, moving forward into Week 2 I’ve taken my Boomer & Busters to a whole new level of insanity. This week’s Boomers & Busters might leave you scratching your head, but when the dust settles you’ll be glad you listened to me.

Quarterbacks

Derek Carr (Boomer) vs NYJ

It appears the Oakland Raider’s future is now as Derek Carr leads this impressive high octane offense against a bewildered Jets defense. With arguably the best dual relieving core in Cooper & Crabtree at his disposal, Carr is in line for a monster Week 2.

Drew Brees (Buster) vs NE

How is Drew Brees a bust this week? Well let’s face the facts people and stop ignoring the elephant in the room. Brees is getting older, he’s now running with a new #1 WR in Michael Thomas who flopped last week, and his #2 wideout Willie Snead is still suspended. Not to say Brees won’t finish the 2017 season as a top 5 QB. However, this week Drew is my Buster pick at QB as the New England Patriots come to town looking for a bounce back performance. Someone has to pay and the defending champs are going to take it out on Drew Brees and the Saints.

Running Backs

Mike Gillislie (Boomer) at NO

In New England’s crowded backfield one man stands as the premier workhorse, say hello to Mike Gillislee. Look for New England’s offense to get back on track in Week 2 as the football gods are so kindly serving up the New Orleans Saints for the Patriots to feast upon.
Coming off a 3 touchdown performance in Week 1, Gillie is set for another blockbuster performance vs the Swiss cheese defense of the New Orlean Saints. Even you could average 4.5 YPC against the Saints!

Jay Ajayi (Buster) at LAC

Ajayi last 4 road games (Including playoffs) have been nothing to write home about as he’s averaging 2.8 YPC and 0 TDs over that 4 game span.

Albeit, a tasty matchup on the road vs the Los Angles Chargers, Ajayi and the Dolphins will be traveling across country to face-off in enemy territory. Look for the Charger to pounce on their prey and get out to a quick lead, leaving Miami and Ajayi playing catch up all game and possibly eliminating Miami’s rushing attack early and completely. After a early season BYE week, the Dolphins will be rusty and out of sync coming into this game. Ajayi is my BOLD PREDICTION BUSTER OF THE WEEK!

Wide Receiver

Brandin Cooks (Boomer) at NO

Look for Brandin Cooks to finally get in total rhythm with Mr. Brady this week. A seemingly perfect fit, Brady to Cooks, the speedster Cooks will be going up against his old team looking for vengeance. Not to mention Cooks is a absolute beast on turf and being back on the firm surface in the Super Dome only mean three things…..yards, receptions and touchdowns for BC in Week 2.

Odell Beckham Jr (Buster) vs Det

Another bold prediction as I have the ailing OBJ on my buster alert this week! Hampered by the high ankle sprain, OBJ is set for a Week 2 return to the gridiron vs a stout new and improved Lions defense. With the luxury of playing in the Meadowlands, OBJ is still going to be slowed by his ankle injury and not having played a single down of live NFL action yet, he’s bound to be slightly off center leading into Week 2. It’s hard to bench your best receiver, and if you do start him, tapper your expectations to a low-end WR2 performance at best.

 

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