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Week 2 Live Blog

by Ryan McDowell
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

We're back with another week of NFL football and there are many developing storylines we'll be tracking today, including the injury to Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas. Continue to check back throughout the day as I will be with you through all the NFL excitement today, recapping player performances and critical fantasy news.

 

(7:38PM) The late games are now coming to a close. Atlanta hung on to defeat Oakland and Denver completed a victory over the Colts. The Chargers and Jags game was never close, nor was the Arizona beat down of Tampa Bay. Thanks for reading the Week 2 Live Blog and I'll be back next week to cover Week 3, hopefully with fewer injuries to key contributors.

 

(7:34PM) As the Falcons try to wrap up their win against Oakland, star WR Julio Jones is on the sidelines after likely reinjuring his ankle on the prior possession. This could continue to be an injury that periodically forces Jones from games.

 

(7:29PM) QB Andrew Luck was attempting to lead the Colts down for a go-ahead score, but Denver's Von Miller had other plans and he ripped the ball away and took it in for a score. The Broncos then completed a two-point conversion to WR Demaryius Thomas to put them up 34-20 with under two minutes remaining. This one is all but over!

 

(7:25PM) They might not be dead yet. The Oakland Raiders quickly marched down the field and QB Derek Carr his WR Andre Holmes for a touchdown, drawing within seven points of Atlanta. Carr now has 283 passing yards and three scores. 

 

(7:17PM) After a back and forth battle all day, it seems that the Falcons may have put away the Raiders after a Tevin Coleman touchdown put Atlanta up 35-21. Coleman now has 66 total yards, as compared to Devonta Freeman's 92, which have all come on the ground.

 

(7:13PM) Colts QB Andrew Luck has his first touchdown pass of that day thanks to an acrobatic sideline play by RB Frank Gore. The Colts are still down by three points with four minutes remaining. 

 

(7:08PM) The Seahawks were moving down the field in hopes of taking the lead with under a minute left when RB Christine Michael fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Rams. Los Angeles is going to get the win despite HC Jeff Fisher

 

(7:01PM) The game of the day continues to be the Atlanta/Oakland matchup. After QB Derek Carr found WR Michael Crabtree for a game-tying score, the Falcons marched down and second-year WR Justin Hardy caught a deflected pass from Matt Ryan to regain the lead. 

 

(6:51PM) There is reportedly some optimism from the Chargers that the knee injury suffered by Danny Woodhead is not season-ending, but rather just a sprained MCL. We'll know more later tonight or early next week, but don't count on using Woodhead in your lineup for the next few weeks. 

 

(6:49PM) Jaguars WR Allen Robinson finally has a catch, but only gained ten yards. This has been a disaster of a day for the Jacksonville offense and defense alike.

 

(6:43PM) They've done it again! The Chargers scored another touchdown, this one a 35 yard pass from Philip Rivers to his new top option, Travis Benjamin. That pushes the former Brown up to six receptions, 115 yards and a pair of scores on the day. He's now the WR2 this week, behind only Kelvin Benjamin

 

(6:38PM) The Cardinals continue to dominate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the latest score, a three-yard touchdown run from veteran RB Chris Johnson. Don't expect to see much more from QB Carson Palmer and his wide receivers. Larry Fitzgerald has six grabs for 81 yards and a touchdown, while Michael Floyd has posted a 2/8/1 line. John Brown has just one catch for 14 yards.

 

(6:27PM) There were doubts if Denver WR Demaryius Thomas would even play this week. Not only is he playing, but he's leading the team with four catches for 79 yards. 

 

(6:19PM) The Colts have tied up their game with Denver, thanks to a Robert Turbin touchdown run. Indy is doing well to stay in a game in which QB Andrew Luck has just 86 passing yards through nearly three quarters.

 

(6:17PM) The Oakland Raiders look like a different team this year and they just took the lead on a touchdown pass from QB Derek Carr to TE Clive Walford. Walford now has 4 catches for 40 yards, along with that touchdown. 

 

(6:13PM) The Chargers continue to route the Jags despite multiple injuries. QB Philip Rivers just hit WR Tyrell Williams, who was expected to pick up some of the slack for the injured Keenan Allen, for a 44 yard touchdown. San Diego is now up 28-0. 

 

(6:09PM) Many of the top players in the league had disappointing games today and the biggest offender at this point might be Jaguars WR Allen Robinson, who has yet to catch a pass and has only had one ball thrown his way. He's being shut down completely by the Chargers defense.

 

(6:07PM) We haven't heard much from the Seattle/LA matchup, mostly because there has been a total of nine points through a full half, plus. QB Russell Wilson has only 146 passing yards and no touchdowns. RB Thomas Rawls remains out and Christine Michael is carrying the load. Michael is up to 92 yards on six carries.

 

(6:01PM) After a terrible first half, the Buccaneers are trying to get back into the game against Arizona and it starts with a Jameis Winston to WR Mike Evans touchdown. Evans now has 4 receptions for 49 yards and the touchdown. 

 

(5:50PM) The Seattle/LA game is back for the second half, but Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls is not back. RB Christine Michael gets the second half start while Rawls i not even on the sidelines. Rawls totaled just -7 yards on seven carries. 

 

(5:35PM) After an early touchdown strike to Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals QB Carson Palmer just threw two more in short order. The first was a one-yard pass to WR Michael Floyd, while the next one went to speedster WR Jaron Brown as he took it 51 yards. Palmer is up to 213 passing yards and three scores at halftime. 

 

(5:33PM) Here's more injury news, this time from Los Angeles. Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett had to leave the game against Rams late in the second quarter with a knee injury. 

 

(5:28PM) Colts WR Donte Moncrief was forced to leave the game against Denver and is being evaluated for a possible concussion. This should mean plenty of looks for T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett

 

(5:37PM) No surprise here unfortunately, but Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has been ruled out for the remainder of the game.  

 

(5:24PM) Local beat writers are reporting Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo does not have any broken bones as part of his shoulder injury, but he is expected to miss the Thursday night game in Week Three. Garoppolo could miss up to six weeks, according to early reports. Expect the Pats to be shopping hard for a veteran as they are left with rookie Jacoby Brissett

 

(5:22PM) The Falcons have their first touchdown of the day thanks to a familiar pair, QB Matt Ryan to WR Julio Jones for a score. Jones caught a 21 yard score to give Atlanta the lead. He has just 2/20/1 so far today. 

 

(5:21PM) Top fantasy QBs of Week Two:

QB1: Cam Newton

QB2: Tyrod Taylor

QB3: Ryan Tannehill

QB4: Jimmy Garoppolo

QB5: Ryan Fitzpatrick

 

(5:17PM) So much for the improved Jaguars defense. The Chargers, without WR Keenan Allen and RB Danny Woodhead, just scored their third touchdown of the day, this one a Rivers to TE Antonio Gates hookup. San Diego leads 21-0 and QB Blake Bortles is likely to throw the ball a lot to make up the difference. 

 

(5:15PM) The top scoring RBs of Week Two:

RB1: Matt Forte

RB2: Giovani Bernard

RB3: DeAngelo Williams

RB4: Isaiah Crowell

RB5: DeMarco Murray

 

 

(5:12PM) The top fantasy WRs at this point:

WR1: Kelvin Benjamin

WR2: Corey Coleman

WR3: Eric Decker

WR4: DeAndre Hopkins

WR5: Jarvis Landry

 

 

(5:10PM) With the news slowing in the afternoon slate of games, let's take a look at the top fantasy scorers of the week up to this point:

TE1: Greg Olsen

TE2: Martellus Bennett

TE3: Delanie Walker

TE4: Dennis Pitta

TE5: Jordan Cameron

 

 

(4:59PM) Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin had to leave the game with a hamstring injury and has been ruled out for the remainder of the day. He tallied 23 rushing yards before hitting the sidelines. Expect Charles Sims to see plenty of work going forward.

 

With arguably their top two offensive weapons out with injuries, the Chargers continue to put up points as QB Philip Rivers found WR Travis Benjamin for a score to put San Diego up 14-0 over the Jaguars. 

 

(4:54PM) Woodhead did indeed have to leave the game with an apparent knee injury. In fact, he was carted back to the locker room after he was unable to put any weight on his leg. It's very early, but don't expect to see anymore of Woodhead today and this could sadly be another serious injury to the San Diego playmakers. 

 

(4:50PM) Another interception from a young QB as Blake Bortles gives it back to the Chargers. The Jaguars defense then rocked RB Danny Woodhead, who looks like he'll need to leave the game with an injury. 

 

(4:49PM) It has not been a good start to QB Jameis Winston's day. The Bucs signal caller already has two interceptions and just 41 passing yards through the first quarter. 

 

(4:40PM) Touchdowns have been hard to come by today, but QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald are getting things going in the late game. The pair connected for a score to put the Cardinals up 7-0 over Tampa Bay.

 

(4:37PM) The Panthers have scored again! Newton threw a dart that WR Devin Funchess was able to hold onto in the end zone. That was soon followed by a Gabbert interception, which essentially brings an end to this game. Newton has 353 yards, four touchdown passes and an additional 37 rushing yards. He's your QB1 on the week so far.

 

(4:31PM) Oh, what a difference a season makes. After failing to score a touchdown in his rookie year, Chargers RB Melvin Gordon already has three scores this year and he just found the end zone for the first time today. The Chargers are up 7-0 after the three-yard romp. 

 

(4:26PM) With the Miami Dolphins attempting a major comeback, both WRs Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker saw 13 targets on the day. Through the early games, that puts them behind only Kansas City WR Jeremy Maclin, who had 15 targets. 

 

(4:23) As expected, QB Russell Wilson started the game for the Seahawks. The Seattle offense began with two runs from RB Thomas Rawls, both going for negative yardage.  Pre-game reports expected Wilson to stay in the pocket more today than would be typical of him.

 

(4:17PM) The Panthers/49ers game is just mid-way through the fourth quarter and Carolina only leads by one touchdown following a long Blaine Gabbert to TE Vance McDonald score. McDonald caught Gabbert's only passing touchdown in Week One as has another. The 75 yarder is McDonald's only catch on the day.

 

(4:15PM)  The Steelers just wrapped up a win over the Bengals and the Titans surprised the Lions in Detroit, winning 16-15 thanks to that late Andre Johnson score.

 

(4:12PM) More games wrapping up as the Giants defeat New Orleans 16-13 and the Cowboys get a much needed win over division rival Washington. The Ravens also came out victorious over Cleveland in an ugly battle. 

 

(4:10PM) The first game of the day is now final as the Patriots hang on to defeat division rival Miami. QB Jimmy Garoppolo had a huge day, despite leaving early with an injury. RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Danny Amendola, TE Martellus Bennett and WR Julian Edelman all posted big numbers today for New England.

 

(4:06PM) The Titans have just taken the lead over Detroit on a Marcus Mariota to Andre Johnson touchdown connection. The Lions will have just over one minute to attempt to steal a victory. 

 

(3:55PM) It looks like it may be too little, too late, but RB Giovani Bernard just caught an Andy Dalton pass and took it for a 25 yard touchdown. The Bengals are still down eight points with under four minutes. We might be looking at an onside kick for Cincy. Bernard has 100 total yards and the score.

 

(3:54PM) A botched Ted Ginn kickoff return gave the 49ers the ball near the goal line and QB Blaine Gabbert took it in for the score. Carolina now leads 31-20.

 

(3:52PM) With the afternoon games nearly upon us, the Broncos have officially made WR Demaryius Thomas active for the team's game with the Colts. Other inactives of note have RB Chris Ivory out, as expected. 

 

(3:50PM) It's no surprise at this point, but the Lions officially ruled out RB Ameer Abdullah for the remainder of the game. He left earlier with a foot issue and Theo Riddick has seen most of the action in the second half. 

 

(3:48PM) The Dolphins are officially back in this game. A Kenyan Drake touchdown run brings Miami within one touchdown of a New England team that has done nothing in the second half. It's Drake's first career touchdown. 

 

(3:45PM) The Steelers are pouring it on as the rain pours down. Roethlisberger just dumped off a pass to RB DeAngelo Williams, who is quietly having another big day. Williams has that score, along with 126 total yards on the day. He's currently the RB1 on the day, a spot he held in Week One also. 

 

(3:38PM) The Titans finally have a touchdown on the day as QB Marcus Mariota found TE Delanie Walker for a score. Mariota has just 161 passing yards on the day and their top WR, rookie Tajae Sharpe has been quiet with a 2/23 day.

 

(3:35PM) At least the Dolphins are making the game look respectable. Tannehill just threw his second touchdown pass of the day, this time to TE Jordan Cameron, who has posted a solid 4/42/1 line in the game. Tannehill is now over 300 yards, along with his two touchdowns.

 

(3:30PM) After being down early, the Panthers are now fully in control of their matchup with the 49ers and QB Cam Newton just found WR Kelvin Benjamin for his second score of the day. The big bodied WR is up to 6/83/2 on the day.

 

(3:27PM) With many games nearing or entering the final quarter of action in the early games, we are seeing another slow day for rushing attacks. There have been just five rushing scores on the day and no player other than RB Isaiah Crowell has more than 90 rushing yards.

 

(3:23PM) Deep in their own territory, Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott committed his first career fumble and the Redskins recovered, putting them in position to take the lead late in the third quarter. Elliott sits at 17 carries for 83 yards on the day. 

 

(3:21PM) It took until the fourth quarter, but there is finally an offensive touchdown from the Saints/Giants game with QB Drew Brees hitting WR Willie Snead for a game-tying score. Snead leads the team with 5/54/1 on the day. 

 

(3:18PM) Browns rookie QB Cody Kessler is once again warming up with the veteran McCown banged up and continuing to get blasted on every series. 

 

(3:17PM) The first two players to hit the double digit target mark are Julian Edelman of the Patriots and Detroit WR Marvin Jones.

 

(3:15PM) Yet another injury as Lions TE Eric Ebron hit the turf hard on an end zone target. He immediately clutched at his head and we all know the implications of that type of scene. Ebron will surely be checked for a concussion and may miss a couple of series, at least.

 

(3:12PM) The Miami Dolphins are finally showing a little fight as QB Ryan Tannehill hits streaky WR Kenny Stills for a 24-yard touchdown. They are still down three TDs. Miami WRs DeVante Parker (5/69) and Jarvis Landry (5/65) are having decent days considering the lack of offense for the team as a whole.

 

(3:09PM) Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart, who entered today's game with a hamstring injury, was forced from the game in the first half and has now been ruled out for the day. Backup Fozzy Whitaker has been getting much of the work and has siven carries for 72 yards.

 

(3:06PM) Steelers WR Sammie Coates just made his second long grab of the day from QB Ben Roethlisberger as they connect for 55 yards. The play led to a touchdown pass to TE Jesse James, who now has 3/29/1 on the day. 

 

(3:04PM) Rookie QB Dak Prescott was unable to find the end zone as a passer through the season's first six quarters, but he just rushed for a score to put the Cowboys back in the lead. He's also targeted WR Dez Bryant nine times already today.

 

(3:01PM) With the Pats up big in the second half and third string rookie QB Jacoby Brissett at the helm, expect to see plenty of bruising RB LeGarrette Blount, who just rushed for a touchdown to put the Patriots up four touchdowns. Blount has 41 rushing yards and the score on the day.

 

(2:57PM) In the same game, a pair of AFC East foes have been ruled out. QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and RB Arian Foster (groin) will not return. Miami's backup RB jay Ajayi has already lost a fumble early in the second half.

 

(2:53PM) The Washington Redskins have taken the lead over division foe Dallas as QB Kirk Cousins fires a bullet pass over the middle to WR Jamison Crowder who crashed into a wall behind the end zone, but held on. The Redskins lead 17-13 on Cousins' first touchdown of the day. 

 

(2:48PM) The Baltimore Ravens wasted little time, driving early in the second half and scoring on a Joe Flacco to WR Mike Wallace pass. It brings the Ravens within one point of the Browns and gives Flacco his second score of the day, both going to Wallace. 

 

(2:43PM) Some key players are having quiet games through one half. QB Eli Manning has just 139 passing yards and no touchdowns, RB Carlos Hyde has 28 rushing yards, WR Golden Tate has one grab for five yards and rookie WR Tajae Sharpe has been held to a 1/11 line. 

 

(2:41PM) The Miami Dolphins announced RB Arian Foster is questionable to return with a groin injury. This doesn't give us much to go on, but knowing Foster's history, it would be a surprise if we see him anymore today. RB Jay Ajayi will get much of the work in the second half, though the Dolphins will be forced to throw since they trail by three touchdowns at halftime.

 

(2:36PM) With most games now at halftime, your top fantasy scorers by position are:

QB- Jimmy Garoppolo

RB- Isaiah Crowell

WR- Corey Coleman

TE- Greg Olsen

 

 

(2:29PM) As the early games near halftime, we've seen a rash of field goals from the Ravens, Patriots, Saints and Chiefs.

 

(2:25PM) We've seen several recent injuries of note, though little is known about them yet. RB Jonathan Stewart, RB Arian Foster, WR Corey Coleman and RB Ameer Abdullah are all on the sidelines, or even locker room, with varying health issues. 

 

(2:17PM) The Ravens are surprisingly getting handled by the Browns, but have their first touchdown of the day, a Joe Flacco to Mike Wallace connection. Wallace has a 3/24/1 stat line on the day.

 

(2:16PM)  There is finally a score in the Giants/Saints game, and of course it comes from the defense as the Giants blocked a field goal attempt and returned it for the first touchdown of the day.

 

(2:13PM) We've just seen another quarterback suffer a shoulder injury. After Cleveland's McCown was able to come back into the game, we'll have to wait and see if the same can be said for New England's Garoppolo, who was forced from the game. Rookie Jacoby Brissett will take over for now. As you know, Tom Brady is due back in Week Five.

 

(2:06PM) The game matching the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants was viewed as a fantasy football bonanza with the highest Vegas over/under of the weekend. Now, with just a few minutes left until halftime, the game is in a scoreless tie. The Giants have turned the ball over in three consecutive possessions, including lost fumbles by QB Eli Manning, QB Shane Vereen and WR Victor Cruz.

 

(2:02PM) That didn't take long. Newton and the Panthers just regained the lead on a 78-yard bomb to TE Greg Olsen. Carolina is back in the lead 14-10.

 

(1:58PM) In a surprise game, the 49ers are hanging with and even leading the Panthers in Charlotte. QB Blaine Gabbert just threw a score to WR Torrey Smith, his first of the season. The Niners are leading 10-7. 

 

(1:54PM) The Bengals are doing a good job on Steelers WR Antonio Brown early on as he has just one grab for 16 yards in the second quarter. 

 

(1:48PM) Redskins RB Matt Jones struggled in Week One, but he just got Washington on the board with a touchdown run. He's totaled 30 yards on five rushes on the day, along with the touchdown.

 

(1:47PM) We've had a pair of two point plays early in the day. The Lions defense stopped Titans RB DeMarco Murray in his own end zone for a safety, while the Ravens recovered a blocked extra point for a rare two points. 

 

(1:44PM) The route is on in New England as Garoppolo finds Amendola for his second score of the day. He's caught all three of his targets for 35 yards total. Garoppolo is 14 of 17 for 195 and three scores early in the second quarter.

 

(1:42PM) Most games are now in the second quarter and your top two fantasy scorers are both Browns, the aforementioned Crowell and Coleman. 

 

(1:38PM) Catching up on some earlier scoring plays...RB Isaiah Crowell went 85 yards for a long scoring run and QB Matthew Stafford hit veteran WR Anquan Boldin for his first score with the Lions. 

 

(1:37PM) There's been an update on McCown, who is getting x-rays on his shoulder. His return is questionable. Kessler is warming up. 

 

(1:36PM) Just as he did last week, Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott has scored a touchdown. This one gives the Cowboys a 10-0 lead. Zeke is sitting at 8/28/1 early in the day.

 

(1:33PM) After throwing his second touchdown pass to the rookie Coleman, the Browns may have lost another QB as McCown was spotted heading back to the locker room. McCown's backup is rookie Cody Kessler, who coaches said earlier this week was nowhere near ready to play. 

 

(1:31PM) March down the Steelers did as Roethlisberger just found little known TE Xavier Grimble for a touchdown, giving them a 7-0 lead over the rival Bengals. 

 

(1:26PM) We thought Sammie Coates could benefit from the absence of Markus Wheaton and that's proving true. Coates just hauled in a 44-yard pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers march down the field in a scoreless game.

 

(1:23) After taking an early lead on a Danny Amendola score, the Patriots are at it again. Tom Brady's replacement, Jimmy Garoppolo just tossed his second touchdown of the day, finding another replacement, TE Martellus Bennett, for a 20 yard strike. The Pats lead 14-0.

 

(1:18PM) After being nearly shut out last week, Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is off to a hot start today against the Redskins. He has four targets already, catching a pair of those for 35 yards. He's nearly tripled his fantasy production from Week One.

 

(1:16PM) Fuller is not the only player off to a hot start for Houston. Osweiler just found superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins for a 27 yard score, his second of the season. Houston leads the Chiefs by a score of 7-0 and it looks like the pair of receivers could be in for a big day.

 

(1:13PM) We wondered which players in the Browns offense would benefit from the presence of new starting QB Josh McCown. The early returns show us rookie WR Corey Coleman may be the player to focus on as he caught a 31 yarder for a score, giving the Browns an early lead over Baltimore.

 

(1:08PM) In Week One, Texans rookie WR Will Fuller came out firing with 100 yards and a score and he's on track for a repeat after a pair of early receptions, including one going for 53 yards. Unfortunately, the Texans squandered their red zone possession after a Brock Osweiler interception.

 

(1:05PM) Many viewed today as a chance for Panthers QB Cam Newton to explode against San Francisco's defense, but the game began with a 49er interception of Newton, putting SF into scoring range.

 

(1:03PM) Although it is one of today's later games, we have already seen reports that WR Demaryius Thomas will be active today. I'd use him with caution after he was limited much of the week with a hip injury.

 

(12:50PM) The inactive lists have been released and the only real surprise is Steelers WR Markus Wheaton will once again miss the game. This is good news for Sammie Coates, who should be a near full time player again this week. 

 

Other players sitting out Week Two action includes: RB Jamaal Charles, RB Buck Allen and TE Rob Gronkowski. Dolphins WR DeVante Parker is active and ready to go, making his season debut after missing Week One.