Michael Pittman Jr. – IND
Week 1: 9 REC, 13 TAR, 121 YDS, 1 TD, 27.1 PPR points
Week 2 matchup: @ JAX
Pittman was a popular breakout candidate this offseason, and his first game lived up to the hype as he torched the Texans secondary. Now he gets another chance to produce against a Jaguars secondary that was picked apart by Carson Wentz in week one. The Jaguars are rebuilding, and Pittman will undoubtedly receive the majority share of targets in the Colts offense. He should be locked in as a starter in all formats.
Courtland Sutton – DEN
Week 1: 4 REC, 7 TAR, 72 YDS, 11.2 PPR points
Week 2 matchup: vs HOU
Sutton and new QB Russell Wilson took awhile to get going on Monday night in Wilson’s debut with the Broncos. However, once they found their rhythm, it became clear who Wilson’s favorite target was. Throughout his career, Wilson has heavily favored outside receivers, and Sutton is the best and most polished weapon the Broncos have on the outside. With a matchup against the rebuilding Texans at home, expect the Broncos to bounce back in a big way with Sutton being the main benefactor.
Mike Williams – LAC
Week 1: 2 REC, 4 TAR, 10 YDS, 3.0 PPR points
Week 2 matchup: @ KC
The Chargers looked ready to make the playoffs in their week one win against the Raiders, but Williams was notably quiet in an offense that many expect to be a fantasy darling this year. With Keenan Allen officially ruled out against the Chiefs, Williams will undoubtedly receive an uptick in targets against the Chiefs poor secondary. He enjoyed a breakout year in 2021, and his fantasy owners shouldn’t expect him to put up many duds for the rest of the season.
Curtis Samuel – WAS
Week 1: 8 REC, 11 TAR, 55 YDS, 1 TD, 4 CAR, 17 YDS, 19.2 PPR points
Week 2: @ DET
Consider Samuel the early favorite for this year’s surprise breakout as he was heavily involved in his debut with new QB Carson Wentz. Samuel led the team in targets against the Jaguars, and he even got some work in the ground game. Samuel was a criminally underrated player in his time with the Panthers and many speculated for years that he just needed a chance as the top target on his own team to be a starter in fantasy. Last year, his debut season with Washington was muddied by injuries and poor QB play, but this year he has a chance to prove his supporters right. In a matchup with the Lions poor secondary, Samuel should be an easy WR2 and flex plug-in for fantasy managers this week.