X
Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

X

Receive free daily analysis

NFL
NBA
NHL
NASCAR
CFB
MLB
MMA
PGA
ESPORTS
BETTING

Already have an account? Log In

X

Forgot Password


POPULAR FANTASY TOOLS

Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts

Unexpected Boom Performances: Fantasy Football Risers Include Brian Robinson Jr., Josh Reynolds, Jayden Reed, and more

Josh Reynolds - Fantasy Football Rankings, Draft Sleepers, Waiver Wire Pickups

Week 2 of the NFL season is in the book and it was certainly an upgrade over the lackluster Week 1. With plenty of exciting moments, including overtime victories, a Hail Mary touchdown, and surprising rookie performances, you can safely say that this was an exciting week of football.

Within this exciting slate of games, there were some very strong numbers being put up by unlikely sources. So, as usual, we will go through them in this article.

Now, I could easily just list off the Los Angeles Rams’ unlikely stars, Puka Nacua and Kyren Williams, but they were included in last week’s edition. So, if those outings dumbfounded you, you probably missed the boat. With that being said, here are some of the more unexpected boom performances from Week 2.

Featured Promo: Battle it out on Bettle with your season-long lineups! Join the free RotoBaller weekly contests on Bettle -- just important your season-long lineups and enter! Winners get a free year of RotoBaller Premium access for all sports ($450 value) plus another free $50 in Bettle credits! Join Now!

 

Surprise Fantasy Football Performances

Brian Robinson Jr., Washington Commanders

In a close comeback win for the Washington Commanders, we may have been exposed to one of the best running back values from draft season. Second-year back Brian Robinson Jr. had himself a strong outing as a true bell-cow against the Denver Broncos.

Robinson truly dominated the backfield touches with 18 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns along with two receptions for 42 yards. That statistical output resulted in 27.9 Half-PPR fantasy points, good for the third-highest score on the week and the highest score from a non-QB.

If this performance means anything for the fantasy community, it should be a wake-up call to stop valuing running back efficiency over running back opportunity. During the offseason, numerous people were falling for the Antonio Gibson college receiver/running back narrative once again. Looking at Gibson’s five total rushing opportunities in two games, it looks like Robinson is the only back to own in Washington as he has the trust of the coaching staff.

Joshua Dobbs, Arizona Cardinals

During a weird game that saw the Arizona Cardinals squander a 20-0 halftime lead against the New York Giants, the Cardinals had a solid performance from their quarterback.

Despite having only a few weeks working with this Arizona offense, Joshua Dobbs had himself a nice outing by completing 21-of-31 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown along with three carries for 41 yards and a touchdown. His efforts against New York made him the eighth-highest scorer and the fourth-highest-scoring quarterback with 25.22 fantasy points in Week 2.

It’s unlikely that anybody in a typical league started Dobbs this week, as the Cardinals weren’t expected to keep this game close. However, if you’re ever in a serious pinch at quarterback, this performance shows that the journeyman quarterback has the potential to pay off.

Brandon Johnson, Denver Broncos

In a tragic loss from the Denver Broncos, an unlikely source was able to show out as a top fantasy performer. The little-known Brandon Johnson had himself a day as he made the most of just three total targets from Russell Wilson.

During Denver’s Week 2 loss to the Washington Commanders, Johnson caught two-of-three targets for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Those statistics resulted in 19.6 Half-PPR fantasy points and a WR10 finish on the week.

This performance was particularly interesting as most of the production came from a miraculous 50-yard Hail Mary touchdown as time expired for the Broncos. It should be known that the pass wasn’t necessarily directed for him as it bounced through what seemed like five different players’ hands, but it ended up with him nonetheless.

While this outing was unexpected, there probably isn’t much here as far as future fantasy value goes.

Josh Reynolds, Detroit Lions

Josh Reynolds had an important role within the Detroit Lions’ offense for the second week in a row. With Jameson Williams suspended for the first six weeks of the season, someone had to step up in his absence, and the seventh-year vet has shown up.

In Detroit’s overtime loss to the Seahawks in Week 2, Reynolds was a top target as he caught five-of-six targets for 66 yards and two touchdowns. His strong day earned him 21.1 Half-PPR fantasy points, making him the WR8 on the week.

It’s unclear whether Reynolds will maintain this role for the rest of the season considering the impending return of the previously mentioned Williams. However, for at least the next four weeks, he should be considered a solid addition to most fantasy rosters.

Jayden Reed, Green Bay Packers

In a close Green Bay Packers loss to the Atlanta Falcons where the team forgot how to move the ball on offense for the final quarter of play, there was a nice contribution from an unlikely source.

Rookie wide receiver Jayden Reed had himself an involved day within this Packers’ offense. He finished by being the team’s leading target earner as he caught four-of-eight for 37 yards and two touchdowns. Those statistics resulted in 17.7 Half-PPR fantasy points and a WR15 finish on the week.

This performance could be the start of something special for the former Michigan State Spartan. He’s had his fair share of supporters in the offseason, and he appears to be building a strong rapport with quarterback Jordan Love. We’ll see where this goes, but you have to feel good about having Reed on your roster after this outing.



Download Our Free News & Alerts Mobile App

Like what you see? Download our updated fantasy football app for iPhone and Android with 24x7 player news, injury alerts, rankings, starts/sits & more. All free!




Win Big With RotoBaller

Be sure to also check out all of our other daily fantasy football articles and analysis to help you set those winning lineups, including this new RotoBaller YouTube video:

More Fantasy Football Analysis




POPULAR FANTASY TOOLS

Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Weekly Rankings
Compare Any Players
Starts and Sit
Daily Fantasy
Who To Pickup
Fantasy Updates
24x7 News and Alerts

REAL-TIME FANTASY NEWS

Francisco Alvarez1 hour ago

Dealing With Finger Contusion
Ketel Marte1 hour ago

Absent From Lineup On Monday
Mike Trout1 hour ago

Season Is Over
Patrick Mahomes2 hours ago

"All Good" After Injury Scare
William Byron2 hours ago

Earns Sixth Win Of Season At Texas
Denny Hamlin2 hours ago

Secures Third Straight Top-Five Finish At Texas
Michael Pittman Jr.2 hours ago

Reels In Nine Catches In Week 3 Win
Tyler Reddick2 hours ago

Late Wreck Ruins Tyler Reddick's Race At Texas
Kyle Busch3 hours ago

Championship Hopes Take Big Hit After Texas Wreck
NASCAR3 hours ago

Bubba Wallace "Gave it Away" At Texas, Finishes Third
Chris Buescher3 hours ago

Has Another Strong Points Day At Texas
Kyle Larson3 hours ago

On Playoff Hot Seat After Wrecking At Texas
Joe Burrow4 hours ago

Status Still A Question Mark
Jimmy Garoppolo4 hours ago

Being Evaluated For A Concussion
Adam Fantilli4 hours ago

Registers Two Assists In Preseason Debut
Mike Williams4 hours ago

Feared To Have Serious Knee Injury
Trevor Van Riemsdyk4 hours ago

Trevor van Riemsdyk Sustains Apparent Hand Injury
Travis Konecny4 hours ago

"Banged Up"
Andrei Vasilevskiy5 hours ago

Battling Minor Injuries
Mika Zibanejad5 hours ago

Suffers An Upper-Body Injury
Kyle Palmieri5 hours ago

Set For Re-Evaluation This Week
Kenneth Walker III9 hours ago

Scores Twice In Week 3 Victory
Geno Smith9 hours ago

Finds Success Again In Week 3
Travis Kelce12 hours ago

Caps Off Blowout With Touchdown Catch
Patrick Mahomes12 hours ago

Earns First Three-Score Effort In Short Day
Rondale Moore12 hours ago

Logs 45-Yard Rushing Touchdown In Week 3 Win
James Conner12 hours ago

Rumbles Into The End-zone In Week 3 Win
Josh Downs13 hours ago

Leads Colts With 12 Targets In OT Win Over Ravens
Travis Etienne Jr.13 hours ago

With 138 Total Yards In Loss Vs. Texans
Zack Moss13 hours ago

Rushes For 122 Yards, Finds The End Zone In Week 3
Stefon Diggs13 hours ago

Tags Commanders For 111 Yards In Rout
Davante Adams13 hours ago

Shines For Two Touchdowns
Josh Allen13 hours ago

Manages Game In Easy Week 3 Win
Jimmy Garoppolo14 hours ago

Fills Stat Sheet Against Steelers
Tank Dell14 hours ago

Shows Out Again In Week 3
Lamar Jackson14 hours ago

Puts Up 300 Total Yards
C.J. Stroud14 hours ago

Picks Up First NFL Win In Week 3
Deandre Ayton15 hours ago

To Portland A Possibility?
Damian Lillard15 hours ago

Bulls, Raptors Expressing Interest In Damian Lillard
Tim Hardaway15 hours ago

Pacers Reportedly Not Interested In Tim Hardaway Jr.
Buddy Hield15 hours ago

To Dallas?
Francisco Alvarez16 hours ago

Removed Early On Sunday
Luis Robert Jr.21 hours ago

Replaced During Sunday's Game
Yandy Díaz21 hours ago

Yandy Diaz Leaves Early Sunday
Ricardo Ramos1 day ago

Submitted Early At UFC Vegas 79
Charles Jourdain1 day ago

Extends Win Streak To Two
Marina Rodriguez1 day ago

Scores One-Sided TKO Win At UFC Vegas 79
Dan Ige1 day ago

Falls Short Against Another Top-10 Opponent
Bryce Mitchell1 day ago

Returns To Win Column At UFC Vegas 79
Brad Keselowski1 day ago

Feels Good About His Car at Texas
Tyler Reddick1 day ago

a Very Strong Option at Texas
Denny Hamlin1 day ago

Pegged as Favorite to Win at Texas
Carson Hocevar2 days ago

Looks Impressive Again at Texas
Zane Smith2 days ago

Slow In Practice and Qualifying at Texas
Todd Gilliland2 days ago

in Downgraded Equipment for Texas
Luis Arraez2 days ago

Suffers Injury On Saturday
Ryan Preece2 days ago

Will Start 25th At Texas
Chase Briscoe2 days ago

The Top Value Play On Sunday At Texas
Ricky Stenhouse Jr2 days ago

.'s Struggles At Texas To Continue This Weekend
Joey Logano2 days ago

Makes For A Nice Bounce Back Play At Texas
NASCAR2 days ago

Bubba Wallace Wins Pole At Texas Motor Speedway
Ryan Blaney2 days ago

A Core Play At Texas
Harrison Burton2 days ago

Still On Wood Brothers Hot Seat
Austin Cindric2 days ago

Keeps On Struggling In Qualifying
Kenley Jansen2 days ago

Returns From COVID List
Mike Trout2 days ago

Hits Off Tee
Yordan Alvarez2 days ago

Doubles In A Run, Managing Elbow Issue
MLB2 days ago

Diamondbacks-Yankees Postponed Saturday Due To Rain
MLB2 days ago

Braves-Nationals Postponed On Saturday
Nolan Arenado2 days ago

Cardinals Place Nolan Arenado On Injured List
Sandy Alcantara2 days ago

Suffers Setback After Rehab Start
Clayton Keller2 days ago

Ready To Become 100-Point Player
Nicklas Backstrom2 days ago

Feeling At 100 Percent
Oliver Ekman-Larsson2 days ago

Set To Get Look On Top Power-Play Unit
Carter Verhaeghe2 days ago

Battling Muscle Tightness
Nikolaj Ehlers2 days ago

Struggling With Neck Spasms
Logan Cooley2 days ago

Scores Wonder Goal In Preseason Opener
2 days ago

Chauncey Billups Backs Scoot Henderson To Become A "Star"
Josh Green2 days ago

Aims To Become A Bigger Defensive Presence
Josh Hart2 days ago

Set To See Minutes As Power Forward
Cade Cunningham2 days ago

Jaden Ivey Believes Cade Cunningham Will "Shock" People
DeMar DeRozan2 days ago

Ready To Shoot More Threes
Marcus Morris2 days ago

Sr. Set To Remain A Starter In New Season
Brandon Lowe3 days ago

Finished For 2023 With Knee Fracture
Salvador Perez3 days ago

On Track For Return On Sunday
Triston McKenzie3 days ago

Set To Return For Sunday's Start
Jaden McDaniels3 days ago

Timberwolves Desire To Extend Jaden McDaniels
Boston Celtics3 days ago

Celtics Signing Lamar Stevens As Bench Piece
Frank Ntilikina3 days ago

Could Be Limited At Training Camp
Jayson Tatum3 days ago

To Play More Point Guard In 2023-24?
Randy Arozarena3 days ago

Leaves With Right Quad Tightness
Ha-Seong Kim3 days ago

Returns To The Lineup
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.3 days ago

Rejoins The Lineup On Friday
Luis Arraez3 days ago

Back In The Lineup On Friday
Rasmus Dahlin3 days ago

Sabres Aiming To Lock Up Rasmus Dahlin, Owen Power Long-Term
Connor Hellebuyck3 days ago

Focused On The Jets In 2023-24
Trevor Zegras3 days ago

Jamie Drysdale Absent On First Day Of Camp
Andrew Cogliano3 days ago

Hoping To Be Cleared For Season Opener
Alexander Barabanov3 days ago

Prefers To Remain In San Jose
Mattias Ekholm3 days ago

Roughly A Week Away From Skating
Damian Lillard3 days ago

Suns Considered Dark Horse To Facilitate Damian Lillard Deal
Donovan Mitchell3 days ago

Not Expected To Sign An Extension Next Summer
3 days ago

Amen Thompson Is Ready To Go For Training Camp
Buddy Hield3 days ago

Mavericks, 76ers, Bucks Have Shown Interest In Buddy Hield
Kelly Oubre3 days ago

Jr. Expected To Sign With 76ers
Mateusz Gamrot3 days ago

Seeking Victory In Seventh UFC Appearance
Rafael Fiziev3 days ago

Looks To Get Back In Win Column
Michelle Waterson-Gomez3 days ago

In Dire Need Of Victory
AJ Fletcher3 days ago

Set To Showcase On Main Card
Bryan Battle3 days ago

A Favorite At UFC Vegas 79
Evgeny Kuznetsov3 days ago

Sees New Head Coach As "Perfect Match"
Mark Scheifele3 days ago

Open To Staying With Jets
BUF3 days ago

Buffalo Sabres Reportedly Eyeing Patrick Kane
Jusuf Nurkic4 days ago

Heading To Phoenix?
Damian Lillard4 days ago

Could Be Moved Before Training Camp
Ricardo Ramos4 days ago

Set For First Fight In Over A Year
Charles Jourdain4 days ago

Hoping To Bring UFC Record Above .500
Marina Rodriguez4 days ago

Gets A Rematch At UFC Vegas 79
Dan Ige4 days ago

Enters UFC Vegas 79 On Two-Fight Win Streak
Bryce Mitchell4 days ago

Looking To Bounce Back After First Career Loss

RANKINGS

QB
RB
WR
TE
K
DEF
RANKINGS
C
1B
2B
3B
SS
OF
SP
RP