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Week 2 Live Blog

Sunday, September 16, 2018

It's time for Week Two action and there is a ton of news this morning! It looks like Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette will not play, while we know RB Devonta Freeman and WR Josh Gordon won't suit up. Get those guys out of your lineup. Some other news regarding which players are in and out...


(7:27PM) With the late games coming to a close, let's take a look at the final scores...

Rams 34, Cardinals 0

Jaguars 31, Patriots 20

49ers 30, Lions 27

Broncos 20, Raiders 19


(7:13PM) TOUCHDOWN: It appears that this will be too late, but the Patriots have scored again as QB Tom Brady connected with WR Chris Hogan for a 29-yard touchdown. Hogan now has three catches for 42 yards and two scores. 


(7:07PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Patriots were threatening, but the Jaguars may have sealed the game with a 61-yard catch and run from QB Blake Bortles to WR Dede Westbrook to make the score 31-13. 


(7:01PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Denver Broncos have been trailing for the entire game, but just got to within three points thanks to a rushing score from QB Case Keenum. There is plenty of time left in this one. 


(6:46PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Lions are clawing back in the game on the road in San Francisco. QB Matthew Stafford hit WR Golden Tate for a huge game to get the team inside the red zone and then WR Marvin Jones finished off the drive with a touchdown catch. The Lions trail by ten points with more than eight minutes left in the game. 


(6:42PM) After a pathetic Week One performance that left the Raiders pointing fingers due to the performance of WR Amari Cooper, he has been the go-to option for QB Derek Carr, catching all nine of his targets for 103 yards. 


(6:30PM) TOUCHDOWN: QB Tom Brady and the Patriots aren't done yet. Brady connected with WR Chris Hogan for a seven-yard score, the team's first of the day. They now trail 24-10 late in the third quarter. 


(6:26PM) INJURY: Things are getting worse for the Cardinals, as WR Larry Fitzgerald has left the game with a hamstring injury. He is questionable to return. 


(6:23PM) TOUCHDOWN: 49ers RB Matt Breida just took it 66 yards for a long score, taking advantage of excellent blocking as he was led into the end zone to give the Niners a two-touchdown lead late in the third quarter. 


(6:18PM) INJURY: Some good news for the Rams and RB Todd Gurley. The team has called their star back questionable to return with cramps. 


(6:16PM) TOUCHDOWN: WR Amari Cooper helped move the Raiders down the field with a couple of big receptions, but WR Seth Roberts finished off the drive with a 20-yard scoring reception. Oakland now leads 18-7. 


(6:13PM) INJURY: We suggested earlier that the day might be done for Rams RB Todd Gurley, but didn't expect this. Gurley was sent to the locker room with an unspecified injury. Backup RB Malcolm Brown is in the game. 


(6:07PM) TOUCHDOWN: Broncos rookie RB Royce Freeman has scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard run. While the touchdown is nice, Freeman is again being outplayed by his fellow rookie RB Phillip Lindsay, who has 88 total yards on nine touches. 


(6:06PM) It's not only RB Todd Gurley who is having a big game, but also Rams WR Brandin Cooks, who now has six receptions for 135 yards. 


(5:59PM) TOUCHDOWN: It's a hat trick for Rams RB Todd Gurley as he's scored his third touchdown of the game. The Rams now lead 27-0 over the Cardinals. Gurley is up to 73 total yards along with the three scores. We might not see much more of him in this game. 


(5:52PM) TOUCHDOWN: The 49ers have added to their lead on a touchdown drive ending with a scoring pass from QB Jimmy Garoppolo to TE Garrett Celek. Their lead is now 20-10 early in the third quarter. 


(5:44PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Jaguars ended the first half on a good note as QB Blake Bortles hit a wide open TE Austin-Seferian Jenkins in the back corner of the end zone to make the score 21-3 at halftime. The Patriots are struggling with TE Rob Gronkowski (2/15) and WR Chris Hogan (1/6) underperforming. 


(5:39PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Oakland Raiders extended their lead just before halftime on a touchdown run from veteran RB Marshawn Lynch, but they missed the extra point, making the halftime lead over Denver 12-0. 


(5:32PM) The top-scoring FF TEs of the week, so far...

TE1- Travis Kelce

TE2- Jesse James

TE3- Zach Ertz

TE4- OJ Howard

TE5- Austin Hooper


(5:27PM) The top-scoring FF WRs of the week, so far...

WR1- Stefon Diggs

WR2- Adam Thielen

WR3- Juju Smith-Schuster

WR4- Michael Thomas

WR5- AJ Green



(5:25PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Rams padded their lead as halftime approached when RB Todd Gurley repeated his first quarter effort, rushing for a short touchdown and then adding on the successful two-point conversion. Gurley has just 34 rushing yards on 16 carries but also has 3/31 as a receiver and the two scores. 


(5:15PM) The top-scoring FF RBs...

RB1- Melvin Gordon

RB2- Christian McCaffrey

RB3- Chris Thompson

RB4- James Conner

RB5- Corey Clement



(5:02PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Niners have taken the lead over the Lions after QB Jimmy Garoppolo connected with WR Kendrick Bourne for a four-yard touchdown. WR Dante Pettis, who took the starting spot for the injured WR Marquise Goodwin, caught a 35-yard pass from Jimmy G early in the game. 


(5:00PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Jaguars have taken the early lead over visiting New England. First, QB Blake Bortles hit WR Donte Moncrief for a four-yard score and then WR Keelan Cole, after making the catch of the year earlier in the drive, caught a 24-yard touchdown. Jacksonville leads 14-0. 


(4:54PM) With the action slowing down, let's take a look at the top-scoring players from each position, beginning with quarterback...

QB1- Ben Roethlisberger

QB2- Patrick Mahomes

QB3- Kirk Cousins

QB4- Matt Ryan

QB5- Ryan Fitzpatrick


(4:53PM) We've got four late games today...

Arizona vs LA Rams

Detroit vs San Francisco

New England vs Jacksonville

Oakland vs Denver


(4:42PM) TOUCHDOWN: RB Todd Gurley got the scoring kicked off for the Rams with an 11-yard touchdown run. Also, an injury to K Greg Zuerlein forced the Rams to go for two, which Gurley also converted. This could be good news for the running back's fantasy stat line today. 


(4:40PM) For the second consecutive week, we have a game ending in a tie. This time it is the Packers and Vikings ending the game with 29 each. Both teams had scoring opportunities in overtime, including Vikings K Daniel Carlson, who missed a field goal attempt as time expired. 


(4:33PM) TOUCHDOWN: The late games are underway when things slow down around here. That's not the case for Lions WR Kenny Golladay though, who kept up his strong play from Week One. Golladay caught the first two passes throw his way for 40 yards and a twisting, turning touchdown that saw him reach for the pylon as he fell out of bounds. His effort was rewarded and the Lions lead early. 


(4:31PM) Some finals from the early games...

Chiefs 42, Steelers 37

Titans 20, Texans 17

Colts 21, Redskins 9

Dolphins 20, Jets 12

Buccaneers 27, Eagles 21

Chargers 31, Bills 20

Saints 21, Browns 18


(4:13PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Steelers are not giving up on this game as QB Ben Roethlisberger led a quick scoring drive and finished it off himself with a three-yard run to cut the Chiefs lead to five points. Big Ben has poured on the fantasy points today with 453 passing yards, three scores, plus the rushing touchdown. 


(4:09PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Vikings needed eight points with under a minute remaining and they got it on an amazing falling down touchdown catch from WR Adam Thielen. For the two-point conversion, QB Kirk Cousins hit WR Stefon Diggs to tie the game. Diggs now has 6/111/2 while Thielen is up to 11/106/1. 


(3:55PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Eagles are on the board again with the prettiest throw and catch of the day. QB Nick Foles dropped it in just over the hands of two defenders and WR Nelson Agholor made the catch and then hurdled a cameraman on his way out of bounds. The Eagles are down six points with just under three minutes left. 


(3:53PM) TOUCHDOWN: It might be too little, too late for the Panthers, but QB Cam Newton just hit rookie WR DJ Moore for his first career touchdown, a 51-yarder. Newton is up to 293 passing yards and three passing scores in the game. 


(3:48PM) TOUCHDOWN: How many 75-yard touchdown passes can we have in one day? Vikings QB Kirk Cousins dropped it in for WR Stefon Diggs who did the rest as the Vikes try to come back. The Packers now lead 23-21 with just over five minutes remaining. Diggs has a 6/111/2 line for the day. 


(3:46PM) TOUCHDOWN: On fourth down and with the game on the line, Browns QB Tyrod Taylor dropped a bomb and rookie WR Antonio Callaway ran under the 53-yard score. Browns K Zane Gonzalez, who has already missed two kicks, then missed the extra point to keep the game tied. 


(3:40PM) TOUCHDOWN: Falcons QB Matt Ryan has his second rushing score of the day, an obvious rarity. Atlanta leads by 14 points as time winds down in the fourth period. WR Julio Jones has a quiet five receptions for 64 yards to lead the team. 


(3:39PM) TOUCHDOWN: Six, count them six touchdown passes for Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. He found WR Tyreek Hill from 29 yards out to extend the KC lead to 14 points early in the fourth quarter. 


(3:35PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Saints have taken the lead, their first of the game, with just over two minutes remaining. QB Drew Brees fired away to WR Michael Thomas for their second connection of the game. Thomas now has a 12/89/2 line and a two-point conversion by RB Alvin Kamara gave the Saints a six-point lead as the game winds down. 


(3:30PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Colts may have wrapped up the game with their last score a short touchdown pass from QB Andrew Luck to WR TY Hilton. They now lead the Redskins 21-9 in the fourth quarter. Hilton has caught seven of 11 targets for 83 yards. 


(3:28PM) TOUCHDOWN: Panthers QB Cam Newton faked everyone out on an apparent handoff to RB Christian McCaffrey and instead tossed the ball to WR Torrey Smith for a three-yard touchdown. Carolina trails by seven early in the final quarter. 


(3:26PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Eagles needed something to get back into the game and they got it from RB Jay Ajayi on a two-yard touchdown run. Ajayi has only 17 rushing yards in the game, but his score closes the deficit to 13 points as the fourth quarter is set to begin. 


(3:23PM) TOUCHDOWN: It's a broken record at this point. Another touchdown pass for Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, his fifth of the game and ninth of the young season. This one needed an official's review to count and went to WR Demarcus Robinson


(3:20PM) TOUCHDOWN: Texans WR Will Fuller continues to make an impact in his first game back from a hamstring injury. Fuller has hauled in all seven of his targets for 112 yards and, most recently, a 39-yard touchdown catch. 


(3:17PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Vikings are also working hard to stay in the game at Green Bay and a touchdown pass from QB Kirk Cousins to WR Stefon Diggs closed the gap to just six points. Diggs has caught five of his nine targets for 36 yards on the day. 


(3:15PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Saints are trying to avoid the major upset and just scored their first touchdown of the day. QB Drew Brees hits WR Michael Thomas on a slant into the end zone. Thomas now has 11 receptions for 84 yards and the score. 


(3:09PM) TOUCHDOWN: And just like that...RB James Conner punched it in on a hard run from one-yard out, tying the game again. Expect plenty more points in this high-scoring affair. 


(3:05PM) After last week's huge debut performance as the Steelers starting RB, James Conner has been a bit of a disappointment today. He has just 16 rushing yards and 25 receiving yards in the game as the Steelers have been playing from behind all day. 


(3:03PM) TOUCHDOWN: It's getting comical at this point. Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown his fourth touchdown pass of the game, hitting WR Mike Evans from four yards out to extend the lead to 20 points over the Eagles. 


(2:57PM) TOUCHDOWN: Just like last week, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has thrown four touchdown passes with the latest one going to TE Travis Kelce from 25 yards out. Mahomes now has 193 yards along with those scoring passes, while Kelce is up to 66 yards on four receptions. 


(2:56PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Falcons continue to bounce back in a big way as QB Matt Ryan fell over the goal line for a touchdown, giving Atlanta a 24-10 lead. 


(2:55PM) Packers QB Aaron Rodgers finally got veteran TE Jimmy Graham involved as he targeted him in the end zone, but the touchdown was overturned on a holding penalty and the Pack settled for a field goal.


(2:52PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Jets have ended the shutout after RB Bilal Powell took a short pass from rookie QB Sam Darnold and juked his way to the end zone, good for a 28-yard touchdown. Powell now has 48 total yards in this game. 


(2:51PM) In his first game of the season, Texans WR Will Fuller is making an impact. He's caught all six passes throw his way for 73 total yards, leading the team in both categories. The Titans still lead 14-7 in the third quarter. 


(2:48PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Browns have extended their lead in New Orleans thanks to a one-yard touchdown run by veteran RB Carlos Hyde. Hyde now has 40 total yards in the game, but Cleveland missed the extra point, so they lead by nine points midway through the third quarter. 


(2:36PM) With most games at the break, let's check in on the top fantasy scorers of the day, so far...

QB- Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Philip Rivers

RB- Melvin Gordon, Corey Clement, Christian McCaffrey

WR- Juju Smith-Schuster, DeSean Jackson, Sammy Watkins

TE- Jesse James, OJ Howard, Austin Hooper


(2:32PM) TOUCHDOWN: With veteran WR Justin Hunter a surprising healthy scratch, rookie WR James Washington is seeing more playing time and now has his first career score. A successful 2-point conversion to RB James Conner tied the game just before halftime. 


(2:28PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Dolphins are dominating the Jets in New York as QB Ryan Tannehill threw his second touchdown pass of the day, hitting TE AJ Derby in the back of the end zone for 19 yards. A missed extra point made the score 20-0. The Jets then ended the first half when they couldn't get into the end zone, being stopped at the one-yard line as time expired. 


(2:27PM) TOUCHDOWN: Maybe QB Jameis Winston should start worrying. Veteran "backup" QB Ryan Fitzpatrick just threw his third touchdown pass of the first half, this one an eight-yard pass to WR Chris Godwin, who now has a 3/41/1 line in the game. 


(2:26PM) INJURY: Eagles WR Mike Wallace was a trendy sleeper pick, but an early-game ankle injury took him to the sidelines and he has now been ruled out for the remainder of the game. 


(2:25PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Falcons have taken the lead on an eight-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Ryan to TE Austin Hooper. Ryan has 135 yards and two scores in the game, while Hooper has posted a 4/29/1 line. Atlanta leads Carolina 17-10. 


(2:23PM) TOUCHDOWN: Stop me if you've heard this...Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has scored a touchdown. This one, his third of the day, came on a two-yard pass from QB Philip Rivers. The Chargers now lead Buffalo 28-6 as the game nears the half. 


(2:19PM) TOUCHDOWN: Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has done it again. After a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the game, Fitzpatrick tossed another 75-yards score, this time to TE OJ Howard, who did most of the work for the score. 


(2:15PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Steelers are getting themselves back in the game against Kansas City. After an earlier touchdown hook up between QB Ben Roethlisberger and TE Jesse James, the Steelers quickly put together another scoring drive and Big Ben found WR Juju Smith-Schuster for a two-yard score. The Chiefs lead is now just 21-13 after Pittsburgh missed the extra point. 


(2:12PM) TOUCHDOWN: Dolphins WR Albert Wilson caught a short pass and then weaved his way through defenders on his way to a 29-yard touchdown, giving Miami a 14-0 lead in New York. 


(2:09PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Eagles used a long drive to tie the game against the Bucs and RB Corey Clement, seeing some additional playing time with veteran RB Darren Sproles out, scored from 15 yards out. Clement has 52 total yards in the game. 


(2:05PM) TOUCHDOWN: A pair of rookies just scored their first career NFL touchdowns. First, the Falcons tied up the game when QB Matt Ryan found a streaking rookie WR Calvin Ridley for an 11-yard score. He has a 2/20/1 line in the game. The Colts expanded their lead over Washington when rookie RB Nyhiem Hines took it right up the middle for an eight-yard touchdown.


(1:55PM) We've heard little from the Saints/Browns matchup so far today. The game is tied at 3 midway through the second quarter and the Saints have had trouble holding onto the ball. RB Alvin Kamara has 41 total yards, while WR Michael Thomas has caught four passes for 50 yards. 


(1:53PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Panthers and QB Cam Newton got some payback for that dirty hit and he continued the drive and found WR Jarius Wright for the five-yard touchdown. Carolina leads Atlanta 10-3. 


(1:50PM) TOUCHDOWN: Chargers RB Melvin Gordon has his second score of the day, this time coming through the air. QB Philip Rivers found a wide-open Gordon in the end zone for a nine-yard score and the Bills now trail 21-3. 


(1:45PM) INJURY: Going for it on fourth-down, QB Cam Newton ran for it and easily gained the first-down yardage, but took a huge hit from a Falcons defender, who was ejected. Panthers backup QB Taylor Heinicke began to warm up, but Newton remained in the game after a long delay. 


(1:42PM) TOUCHDOWN: QB Aaron Rodgers looks good so far, completing seven of ten pass attempts with the latest going for a touchdown to WR Davante Adams. Adams has 2/22/1 early in the game. 


(1:40PM) TOUCHDOWN: And that didn't take long. QB Patrick Mahomes just threw his third touchdown of the day, this time to RB Kareem Hunt from five yards out. KC leads the Steelers 21-0 late in the first quarter. 


(1:38PM) The Chiefs seem intent on getting WR Sammy Watkins involved today and it is paying off. The former Ram has a 31-yard run to get his team into the red zone for the third time today and also has three receptions for 67 yards already. 


(1:36PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Titans have taken a surprising 14-0 lead over the Houston Texans thanks to an 18-yard touchdown pass from QB Blaine Gabbert to WR Taywan Taylor, who was rarely used a week ago, but already has a 2/26/1 line in this game. 


(1:30PM) TOUCHDOWN: After intercepting QB Sam Darnold in their own red zone, the Miami Dolphins finished off the short drive with a six-yard touchdown run from RB Kenyan Drake. Miami leads 7-0. 


(1:26PM) TOUCHDOWN: It might be another long day for the Bills. The Chargers just scored again to take a 14-0 lead in Buffalo as RB Melvin Gordon scored on a 20-yard run. 


(1:21PM) TOUCHDOWN: Were you worried about a Chiefs offensive letdown after parting ways with QB Alex Smith last year? Worry not. QB Patrick Mahomes threw his second touchdown of the day, this time to TE Travis Kelce. Kelce struggled last week, but an early 19-yard score should please his fantasy owners. 


(1:18PM) With starting RB Devonta Freeman out with an injury, Falcons RB Tevin Coleman is starting strong. Coleman already has three carries for 30 yards midway through the opening quarter. 


(1:13PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Chargers could have a huge week against the Bills pushover defense and it started early as QB Philip Rivers hit WR Mike Williams for a 10-yard touchdown. A 25-yard reception from TE Virgil Green keyed the scoring drive. 


(1:12PM) TOUCHDOWN: For the second consecutive week, TE Eric Ebron has scored on a touchdown pass from his new QB Andrew Luck. This time, Luck found the former Lion from seven yards out to strike first. 


(1:10PM) There were many questions about who would take the first snap under center for the Titans, especially after HC Mike Vrabel suggested both signal callers would play this week. Ultimately, veteran "backup" Blaine Gabbert got the start with Marcus Mariota on the sidelines. This is a disaster already. 


(1:08PM) TOUCHDOWN: After a long punt return by DeAnthony Thomas, the Chiefs found themselves in the red zone. QB Patrick Mahomes found WR Chris Conley for a 15-yard touchdown to take an early lead. 


(1:04PM) TOUCHDOWN: The Buccaneers picked up where they left off in last week's upset win. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick connected over the top with WR DeSean Jackson for a 75-yard touchdown to gain an early 7-0 lead over the Eagles. 


IN: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Davante Adams, RB LeGarrette Blount, QB Marcus Mariota, QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Marlon Mack, WR Will Fuller, WR Paul Richardson


OUT: WR DeVante Parker, WR Cameron Meredith, RB Ronald Jones, WR Alshon Jeffery, QB Carson Wentz, WR Travis Benjamin, RB Christine Michael, RB Darren Sproles, TE Greg Olsen, WR Doug Baldwin

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