The upsets in Week 2 have not been kind, so we could be in for a whirlwind of emotions during this Monday Night Football double-header.
The Titans are the lone team coming off of a loss from this evening’s slate and a brutal one at that. The Bills, Vikings, and Eagles came out strong in Week 1 so that leaves us with the all important question: what can we expect from the players on each of these teams tonight?
Let’s go through one buy and one sell from each squad to try and answer that.
(All prices are current as of 9-19-2022.)
Realistically, you could Go Long on almost anyone on this Buffalo offense and yet, this is now the second instance in which I’m buying Dawson Knox. And if you took my advice prior to Week 1 you really like me right now, considering he’s up 5%... and that’s even after doing next to nothing in the Bills’ dominating win over the reigning Super Bowl Champs.
One reception for five yards after signing his monster contract is not something to necessarily brag about, but the long-term looks on Dawson Knox are still extremely promising. So yes, I will remain on Team Buy Low’ when it comes to Knox.
The time is (still) now to get in ahead of his big breakout.
Let me make this clear! This is a rapid reaction sell! Due to injury!
Gabe Davis looked strong in the Bills’ first victory of the season with four receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown… but everyone on this Bills team looked phenomenal. Davis suffered a non-contact ankle injury in practice this week and is questionable leading up to this matchup. There’s a real chance he does not play at all tonight (this report will come out at 6:45 PM ET).
Long-term I’m actually very high on Gabe Davis but with the injury, even if he’s available to play, it appears it would be in an extremely limited capacity. Given the circumstances, he has to be my Sell tonight.
Ryan Tannehill didn’t have a bad Week 1 performance, going 20/33, with over 250 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. But the Titans still suffered a heartbreaking loss to the New York Giants.
Tennessee is actually executing the practice that I wish more NFL teams would, by drafting a solid, young QB and letting him develop behind a veteran. This does not always have to be a toxic quarterback-competition?! And even though Tannehill looked absolutely fine to kick off this season… the team still lost. Willis made major improvements in the off-season and with time has the potential to be a QB1.
The question of when that could happen is still a major one, but given the Titans’ current shaky circumstances and with his current share price being as low as it is, Going Long on Willis is still a great idea.
I’m not seeing much upside to Robert Woods in Tennessee. He’s currently down almost 5% on Mojo so it feels smart to take the high road and sell while there’s still some value.
Woods was present for the majority of offensive snaps in Week 1 but Tannehill just didn’t throw the ball his way. Is there a chance this changes? Absolutely. But this offense is geared around Derrick Henry, and when it comes to receiving, there are a handful of other players that were getting more looks than Woods. The risk seems too high to hold.
If it wasn’t obvious from last week — please also buy Justin Jefferson.
JJ is too obvious of a call, though, so instead, we’re going with Kirk Cousins’ second favorite target from Week 1 and that’s good ol’ Adam Thielen. Minnesota’s offense obliterated Green Bay last week and coming into Philadelphia tonight, they’re in a position to replicate that success.
The Packers were going heavy on zone coverage in this matchup. Looking back? Clearly not the right move. Luckily for Vikings fans (and unluckily for me, a dedicated Philly fan) the Eagles were also relying on zone coverage in their win versus the Lions. If this ends up being the case tonight, Cousins will be able to dish out the ball like he did in Week 1 and this sets Thielen up for a big Week 2.
Irv Smith Jr. is slowly but surely getting worked back into the scheme for Minnesota, but their offensive coordinator, Wes Phillips, talked earlier this week about potentially running a strong two-tight-end offense with Johnny Mundt. This has me doubting a big bounceback for Smith at all this season.
With a handful of strong receivers and a solid run game it feels like the timing is right to get out on Irv Smith Jr.
I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t he coming off of a game without a reception? Yes. But is this a realistic look at how this season is going to go for him? No.
There was speculation that the Vikings offense would see a considerable improvement this year, given the hiring of their new head coach and former Rams OC, Kevin O’Connell. In terms of their defense however, the expectations were fairly average. But after holding Aaron Rodgers to less than 200 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception — plus a fumble recovery for cherry on top… They proved pretty quickly that their offense is not the only thing that got stronger this off-season.
That being said, AJ Brown was the clear favorite target for Jalen Hurts in Week 1 but Devonta Smith — who averaged 53.9 yards per game in the 2021 season — can still be a comfortable WR2.
If this Minnesota defense comes out as aggressively as they did last week, Hurts is going to need all of his options, and Smith is due for a big game.
Jordyn Erarde-Coupé is a full time employee of Mojo. All trades you make are with Mojo, which sets the lines as the “house”. Recommendations are for entertainment purposes only. Please use your own judgment and data to make trades. 21+. Must be in NJ to trade. Gambling Problem? 1-800-GAMBLER