The 2023 fantasy football season rolls on to Week 2 and so do our bold predictions. This time, we’ve got more writers discussing more players at a variety of positions. After a crazy Week 1, let these bold predictions sway you to plug some of these guys into your lineups this week.
2023 NFL Week 2 Bold Predictions for Fantasy Football
Rachaad White, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bold Prediction: 15 carries, 50 yards, 1 touchdown; 5 receptions, 50 yards, 1 touchdown
27.0 fantasy points
Fantrax Writer: Colin McTamany, @Colin_McT
Colin’s Breakdown: My bold prediction heading into Week 2 is we finally get THE Rachaad White breakout game. White and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are welcoming the 0-1 Chicago Bears to town in Week 2. It’s the home opener for the Bucs who upset the Minnesota Vikings on the road last week. They’ll look to keep things rolling against a Bears defense that allowed Green Bay Packers running back, Aaron Jones, to run wild last Sunday. Jones totaled 127 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 touches.
With Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, Tampa Bay presents much more of a threat to the Bears through the air than the Packers did last weekend. With more attention directed toward Tampa’s elite receiving options, I think the offense utilizes Rachaad White as the focal point in Week 2. Albeit with more touches than Aaron Jones had, White will still reach the 100 all-purpose yard mark. He’s a must-start for me in Week 2 given his volume alone. If he does find the end zone, even just once, he will be a weekly winner. Luckily, he has the capability to do so on the ground and through the air. My bold prediction says he does both.
Evan Engram, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
Bold Prediction: 8 receptions, 75 yards, 1 touchdown
21.5 fantasy points
Fantrax Writer: Bradlee Kilgore, @SirBradleeK
Bradlee’s Breakdown: The Jags take on the Kansas City Chiefs this week and that’s good news for Evan Engram’s fantasy stock. Last week, the Chiefs let Detroit’s rookie tight end, Sam LaPorta, get loose for five catches and 37 yards on 5 targets. With all due respect, Evan Engram presents a far bigger threat than LaPorta. He’s far faster, with as good, if not better, hands.
The Jags actually consider Engram to be a first or second read in a lot of their play calls as opposed to a dump-off target. In a game that threatens to be a shootout, I foresee plenty of targets for the breakout tight end With Calvin Ridley resurfacing as a bonafide WR1, the Chiefs’ secondary will make Ridley their priority. That leaves Engram’s ceiling sky high, enough to meet my bold prediction.
D.J. Moore, WR, Chicago Bears
Bold Prediction: 6 receptions, 110 yards, 1 touchdown
23.0 Fantasy Points
Fantrax Writer: Michael Reedy, @MikeReedyFF
Michael’s Breakdown: D.J. Moore caught both of his passes in Week 1 for 25 yards. It was a fantasy dud against a tough Green Bay Packers defense. In Week 2, the Bears are playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This is a team that D.J. Moore knows all too well from his time with the Carolina Panthers. In two games against the Bucs last season, Moore had seven receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting then six receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown in the second.
This season the Buccaneers started off by giving up the third most points in fantasy to wide receivers in Week 1. Both Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison scored double-digit fantasy points against this Buccaneers defense last week. With his speed and toughness, the Bears will get Moore the ball in space against a much friendlier defense in Week 2. D.J. Moore may be a little boom-or-bust this season playing for the Bears, but my bold prediction is that Week 2 is a BOOM week.
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
Bold Prediction: 235 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns; 44 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown
27.8 fantasy points
Fantrax Writer: Ray Kuhn, @ray_kuhn_28
Ray’s Breakdown: Things have to go up from here, right? After not even scoring a point to begin the
season against the Dallas Cowboys, we know that the Giants will have an improved offensive performance this week
against the Arizona Cardinals.
The question is, to what extent?
After what we saw against Dallas, there are some issues with the Giants’ offensive line. The fact that
Andrew Thomas is also nursing a hamstring injury doesn’t help, but facing Arizona’s defense should offer
a reprieve compared to Dallas.
Last week, Sam Howell threw for 202 yards and a touchdown while also adding a touchdown on the
ground against the Cardinals. Jones is a better quarterback than Howell, and the Giants will certainly be
motivated. Jones has shown an ability to make things happen with both his legs and through the air. He has
more weapons on offense than a year ago. Saquon Barkley is also another year post-surgery. Tight end Darren Waller
provides a nice weapon and there is added athleticism in Parris Campbell and Jaylin Hyatt.
Everything is in place for Jones to have a strong effort against Arizona and fulfill my bold prediction. The fact that he can make things happen on the ground certainly helps here.
Nic0 Collins, WR, Houston Texans
Bold Prediction: 7 receptions, 110 yards, 2 touchdowns
Fantrax Writer: Mark Strausberg, @MarkStrausberg
Okay, so maybe it’s not that bold given that Collins had two touchdowns all of last season. However, I do think he can score twice in Week 2 of this season. In general, I am expecting a big game from Nico Collins, hence the bold prediction. I am expecting a minimum of 15.0 points from him in “standard leagues” and over 20.0 in PPR leagues. Therefore, he’s worth the start in your Week 2 lineups.
Collins was targeted 11 times last week turning them into six catches and 80 yards against the Baltimore Ravens. This week’s opponent, the Indianapolis Colts’ secondary is inferior to the Ravens. Collins should easily exceed those marks against Indy as a result. The Colts gave up over 43.0 PPR fantasy points to WRs last week, the sixth most in the league. Collins can easily get half of that total and my bold prediction is that he does it with a couple of touchdown catches.