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Week 2 of the NFL kicks off on Thursday night with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals, and that means fantasy football owners everywhere will be scrambling to get their lineups in order.

We went through all 16 games slated for Week 2 and picked out players we think could have big weeks, based on matchups, usage, and opportunity.

While some choices may be obvious based on a player’s status or when they were picked, others are deeper sleepers who could have big weeks.

Take a look at potential breakout fantasy football players for each game this week:

*Note: Consensus rankings are the combined average of ESPN, Yahoo, and FantasyPro’s player rankings

1. Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals — Michael Crabtree, WR, Ravens


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Michael Crabtree will have a bigger role this week.

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Week 1 stats: 6 targets, 3 catches, 38 yards, 1 TD

Consensus ranking: 30.6 among WRs

Why he could break out: Crabtree was tied with three other Baltimore receivers for most targets from Joe Flacco. But in beating the Bills 47-3, the game script did not call for much passing, and Crabtree sat in the second half. He may get more defensive attention from the Bengals this week, but his opportunity to be the Ravens’ No. 1 receiver could be much bigger, too.

2. Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers — Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs


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We doubt Kareem Hunt has a second straight game without a catch.

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Week 1 stats: 16 carries, 49 yards, 0 TDs

Consensus ranking: 7.3 among RBs

Why he could break out: Hunt, a common first-round pick, was a letdown in his first game. However, the Chiefs kept making big plays via the pass or on special teams, minimizing the amount Hunt was needed. It was also the first time in his career that he was held without a catch. He should fare better against a Steelers defense that has struggled against the run.

3. Miami Dolphins at New York Jets — Bilal Powell, RB, Jets


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Bilal Powell could be the Jets’ No. 1 back this week.

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Week 1 stats: 12 carries, 1 catch, 65 total yards, 0 TDs

Consensus ranking: 33.6 among RBs

Why he could break out: Isaiah Crowell was the star running back for the Jets in Week 1, but it could have gone the other way. Crowell’s numbers were inflated by a 62-yard touchdown run. Without it, he would have had 9 carries for 40 yards. Meanwhile, Powell averaged 5 yards per carry, and this Dolphins team just gave up 110 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown to Dion Lewis in Week 1. Crowell got the red-zone carries for the Jets in Week 1, but Powell has a good opportunity to take the lead this week.

4. Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles


Nelson Agholor will still be the Eagles' No. 1 receiver this week.play

Nelson Agholor will still be the Eagles’ No. 1 receiver this week.

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Week 1 stats: 10 targets, 8 catches, 33 yards, 0 TDs

Consensus ranking: 22.6 among WRs

Why he could break out: Nick Foles struggled to move the ball against the Falcons in Week 1. But this Bucs defense just gave up 292 receiving yards combined to Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara last week. If Foles can get it going, Agholor should have more space to operate. It also helps that Alshon Jeffery is still out, so Agholor will continue to have a bigger role.

5. Cleveland Browns at New Orleans Saints — Josh Gordon, WR, Browns


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Josh Gordon is officially starting for the Browns this week.

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Week 1 stats: 3 targets, 1 catch, 17 yards, 1 TD

Consensus ranking: 21.6 among WRs

Why he could break out: Gordon wasn’t a starter in Week 1, but still played most of the snaps. Officially listed as a starter for Week 2, Gordon has the chance to see more targets against a Saints defense that just got lit up by the Bucs in Week 1.

6. Indianapolis Colts at Washington Redskins — Chris Thompson, RB, Redskins


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Chris Thompson is a high-floor, high-ceiling player in fantasy football.

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Week 1 stats: 5 carries, 6 catches, 128 total yards, 1 TD

Consensus ranking: 26 among RBs

Why he could break out: An underrated fantasy player, Thompson has either topped 65 total yards or had a touchdown in nine of his last 11 games, dating back to last season. He has a high floor and high ceiling and should feast against a weak Colts defense that gave up 149 total yards to Joe Mixon in Week 1.

7. Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills — Austin Ekeler, RB, Chargers


Austin Ekeler had a breakout in Week 1 and could be poised for another strong game in Week 2.play

Austin Ekeler had a breakout in Week 1 and could be poised for another strong game in Week 2.

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Week 1 stats: 5 catches, 5 carries, 126 total yards, 1 TD

Consensus ranking: 44.3 among RBs

Why he could break out: A popular waiver wire pickup, Ekeler may be in line for another big week. It’s a risky pick, but if this game goes anything like the Bills’ Week 1 game, the Chargers should have a big lead by the second half. That could allow them to rest Melvin Gordon, giving Ekeler a big role in the running and passing game.

8. Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers — Jimmy Graham, TE, Packers


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Don’t give up on Jimmy Graham just yet.

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Week 1 stats: 4 targets, 2 catches, 8 yards, 0 TDs

Consensus ranking: 8.3 among TEs

Why he could break out: Graham had a disappointing Week 1, and there’s a chance that the trend of Aaron Rodgers overlooking tight ends continues. But this Vikings defense also allowed 49ers tight end George Kittle to grab 5 catches for 90 yards (plus a dropped touchdown) in Week 1. Graham might have similar success if the Vikings take away the Packers’ top receivers. Graham could also act as something of a safety valve for DeShone Kizer if Rodgers is out this week.

9. Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons — Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons


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Tevin Coleman usually makes the most of his opportunities.

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Week 1 stats: 9 carries, 1 catch, 45 total yards, 1 TD

Consensus ranking: 30 among RBs

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Why he could break out: Devonta Freeman hurt his knee in Week 1 and is questionable for Sunday’s game. Even if he plays, he’ll likely be limited. Coleman has always been explosive when given the opportunity, and he averaged nearly 20 touches per game last season when Freeman missed time. The Panthers are a tough matchup, but Coleman should have the workload to make him a worthwhile play.

10. Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans —Will Fuller, WR, Texans


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When Will Fuller is healthy, he’s a touchdown machine.

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Week 1 stats: none — didn’t play

Consensus ranking: 48.6 among WRs

Why he could break out: Fuller is questionable, so make sure he’s playing before considering giving him a shot. The Titans just gave up 100 yards and two touchdowns to the Dolphins’ deep threat, Kenny Stills, in Week 1. But when Fuller has played, he’s been a touchdown machine. Even though his touchdown rate is likely to regress slightly — even still, the Texans badly need his down-field speed.

11. Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams —Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams


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Cooper Kupp should be in position to tear up the Cardinals defense this week.

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Week 1 stats: 5 catches, 2 carries, 68 total yards, 1 TD

Consensus ranking: 28.6 among WRs

Why he could break out: Kupp saw the most targets of any Rams receiver in Week 1 but had a few drops. Alex Smith had success going underneath and over the middle against the Cardinals in Week 1, and Jared Goff could have the same success with Kupp this week. Brandin Cooks is a threat for big plays, but Kupp might be the safer bet.

12, Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers — Alfred Morris, RB, 49ers


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Alfred Morris has a good matchup this week.

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Week 1 stats: 12 carries, 38 yards, 0 TDs

Consensus ranking: 34 among RBs

Why he could break out: Morris got the bulk of the work early for the 49ers in Week 1, but (unsurprisingly) had trouble against the Vikings’ defense. This week, he gets the Lions, who just allowed 102 yards to Isaiah Crowell (including a red-zone run, where Morris got stood up last week).

13. Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos — Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos


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Emmanuel Sanders kicked off the year with a 100-yard game.

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Week 1 stats: 10 catches, 135 yards, 1 TD

Consensus ranking: 15 among WRs

Why he could break out: Sanders racked up big numbers against the Seahawks in Week 1. Against a Raiders team with defensive issues, he could be one of the higher-scoring wide receivers, particularly with the way Case Keenum seems to favor him.

14. New England Patriots at Jacksonville Jaguars — Jaguars RBs


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Play whichever Jaguars running back is starting this week.

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Week 1 stats: Leonard Fournette — 9 carries, 3 catches, 55 total yards, 0 TDs; T.J. Yeldon — 14 carries, 3 catches, 69 total yards, 1 TD

Consensus ranking: Fournette: 15.5 among RBs, Yeldon: 35 among RBs

Why he could break out: Fournette is questionable with a hamstring issue, making it unclear who might be the lead back in this one. But either player could be in line for a big game if they have the lead role. The Patriots ranked 31st in run defense last year and in Week 1 gave up 98 rushing yards to Lamar Miller and 36 yards on 5 carries (7 ypc) to Alfred Blue. With a strong offensive line, Fournette or Yeldon could have a big week.

15. New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys — Sterling Shepard, WR, Giants


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Sterling Shepard may have the best matchup of any Giants player this week.

(Rick Scuteri/AP)

Week 1 stats: 7 targets, 5 catches, 48 yards, 0 TDs

Consensus ranking: 38.6 among WRs

Why he could break out: Shepard is firmly behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley in the offense’s pecking order, but he gets a good matchup in the slot this week against the Cowboys. Dallas held most of the Panthers’ best options in check in Week 1, but Shepard could benefit from having the best matchup in a game the Giants will be desperate to win.

16. Seattle Seahawks at Chicago Bears — Allen Robinson, WR, Bears


Allen Robinson should grow more comfortable with the Bears each week.play

Allen Robinson should grow more comfortable with the Bears each week.

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Week 1 stats: 7 targets, 4 catches, 61 yards, 0 TDs

Consensus ranking: 19 among WRs

Why he could break out: Robinson had a few impressive catches early in Week 1 while Mitchell Trubisky came out slinging the ball for the Bears. Though the Bears got more conservative in the second half, Robinson still led the team in targets in his first regular-season game since tearing his ACL last year. As he and Trubisky get more comfortable, Robinson has an obvious role as the No. 1 receiver on the Bears. This week, he gets a Seahawks defense that gave up 198 combined yards to Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas last week.

Now, take a look at who’s on top heading into Week 2…


Now, take a look at who's on top heading into Week 2...play

Now, take a look at who’s on top heading into Week 2…

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Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.

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However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.

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Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.

Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.

The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.

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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.

In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020.  It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.

A study by Dr. Habil Otanga,  a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says  that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.

KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.

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Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.

As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.

“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”

Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.

“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.

Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.

“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”

Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.

“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.

Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.

Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.

She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.

Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.

“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added

Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.

“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and  also engage in   reading that would  help expand their knowledge.

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