Week 2 of the 2022 NFL season is in full swing, with the world of fantasy football becoming clearer in its second week. Although fantasy owners won't have a good grip on what their roster needs and whom they can depend on, a few things can be taken from Week 1 and applied to Week 2.
Here are three players you should keep on your bench in Week 2:
No. 3 - Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Coming into the 2022 campaign, the Rams were thought to give the now-healthy Akers a good portion of the carries in the backfield. However, that did not turn out to be the case in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, as he carried the ball three times for zero yards.
That poor performance in such a small sample size was enough for head coach Sean McVay to pull Akers out of the game in favor of Darrell Henderson Jr. It remains to be seen whether McVay will keep going with Henderson over Akers. Still, it would be safe to assume he goes that route after publicly calling him out for not bringing enough to the table in Week 1.
If you've got Akers, I'd suggest picking up Henderson if he's available.
No. 2 - Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Few players got more hype from a fantasy football perspective during the offseason than Bateman. The young wide receiver seemed like a dream for superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson, and after Week 1's performance, we can see the potential for a great partnership.
Unfortunately, Bateman only caught two passes on five targets in Week 1. One of those passes was a 55-yard bomb for a touchdown, but aside from that, he didn't get much action.
In Week 2, it could be more of the same. Yes, there's a chance he hauls in another touchdown on a deep pass from Jackson, but that seems more like a gamble than a guarantee at this point.
Plus, he'll be going up against Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins this week. That's a tough matchup for any star receiver in the league, let alone a 22-year-old with little experience.
No. 1 - Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
At 45 and despite all the off-the-field distractions, Tom Brady is still going strong and could turn the Bucs into a legitimate title contender this season. Tampa Bay made easy work of the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, coming away with a 19-3 victory.
Although the Bucs came out on top, Brady had a rather pedestrian performance. The seven-time Super Bowl champion completed 18 of 27 passes for 217 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Mediocre at best, especially by his standards.
Is this the beginning of a drastic decline for Brady? Possibly. Entirely too early to tell, but something to consider moving forward, especially considering that he's playing the New Orleans Saints in Week 2.
Brady has struggled against the Saints in the two seasons he's been with the Bucs. This week could be the same for the superstar gunslinger, with New Orleans looking to impose its will and wide receiver Chris Goodwin ruled out with a hamstring injury.
It could be a long day for Brady and company.