Happy Friday fellas. Week 2 of the greatest football league in the world is upon us. It began last night with a clash between two of the grittiest teams the NFL has to offer: the Jets and the Bills. The Bills Mafia was out in full support at this home contest last evening:
Alas, king scrap himself, Ryan Fitzpatrick decimated the Bills defense for 374 yards and a TD en route to a 37-31 victory over their rivals. Veteran RB and Bears legend Matt Forte had himself a game as well with 30 rushes for 100 yards and 3 TDs. He is proving all the fantasy naysayers wrong in their preseason predictions of a committee running game with pass catching RB Bilal Powell. Brandon Marshall scared fantasy owners with a horrific looking knee injury, but the 31 year old receiver returned to the field and resumed play (made a big catch his first play back) to cap off a solid week. TD machine Eric Decker went off once again with 6 catches, 126 yards, and a TD. On the Bills side of the ball Tyrod Taylor padded his stats with a couple huge plays, but was pressured throughout and couldn’t make the tight passes when he needed too. Both Sammy Watkins and LaSean McCoy underwhelmed in the losing effort.
Here is a breakdown of the different sections of today’s blog:
- Injury Updates
- Streaming QBs
- Streaming D/ST
- RB scoops
- WR scoops
Robert Griffin III – QB Cleveland Browns
RG3 hurt his hurt shoulder in last weeks game against the Eagles. This may be the final straw for the injury plagued scholar out of Baylor. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport states “it will be “very tough” for Robert Griffin III (left shoulder, I.R.) to return this season”. Josh McCown will be the starter for the Browns, but is not a fantasy add until Josh Gordon returns from his suspension.
Jamaal Charles – RB Kansas City Chiefs
He is not expected to play this week so Spencer Ware will once again be the go to back in the Chiefs offense. Ware went off last week and is a must start for any lucky fantasy owners who took the chance on him.
Zach Ertz – TE Philadelphia Eagles
Ertz was held out of practice on Thursday (the 16th) and is listed as questionable for week 2. He plays Monday night so he could be go, but make sure you monitor his status into the weekend. Recent reports make it sound like Ertz could be sidelined for a couple weeks so owners should target other TEs in the meantime (Kyle Rudolph, Antonio Gates, Eric Ebron, and Virgil Green are all options).
Tyler Eifert – TE Cincinnati Bengals
Eifert missed week 1 with an ankle injury and it looks like he won’t be back for a couple more weeks. C.J. Uzomah is the starter for the Bengals and is an intriguing stream play in larger leagues with the Red Rifle firing on all cylinders.
Devonta Freeman – RB Atlanta Falcons
Freeman practiced in full during Thursday’s practice and should be good to go this weekend. Tevon Coleman racked up a majority of the fantasy points in week 1 with 8 rushes for 22 yrds, and caught 5/6 targets for 95 yards. It’s looking more and more like the Falcons will employ a RB by committee for the rest of the season which is cause for concern for fantasy owners who drafted Freeman as their RB1.
Demaryius Thomas – WR Denver Broncos
Thomas has been limited in practice all week with a nagging hip injury. He is a risky play against the Colts this weekend and was even quoted saying he is worried about “coming out of cuts and getting hit”. Obviously this is not good news. Bench Thomas unless you have no other viable options at WR/flex.
Rob Gronkowski – TE New England Patriots
The good news: Gronk was involved in practice on Thursday.
The bad news: Gronk did not do much at practice as the hamstring injury continues to hold him back. Gronk is an extremely questionable play for week 2 and owners need to have a back up option in place – see the above Tyler Eifert post for a couple options.
Kendall Wright – WR Tennessee Titans
Wright has been ruled out of Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and is hoping to return in week 3 against Oakland. Tajae Sharpe reaped the benefits of Wright’s absence in week 1 as he caught 7 of 11 targets for 76 yards. Sharpe should be added in all formats as the number two option in the Titan’s offense (second to TE, Delaney Walker).
Andrew Luck – QB Indianapolis Colts
Andy has been held back from participating in practice all week with a shoulder injury. It sounds like the Colts are just playing it safe, and he will be good to go for an unfavorable matchup against Denver on Sunday.
TY Hilton – WR Indianapolis Colts
TY was held back from practice on Thursday with a knee issue. It is looking like Hilton will play on Sunday, however make sure you monitor his status on game day and have another option ready if Hilton is ruled out against Denver.
Chris Ivory – RB Jacksonville Jaguars
Ivory was hospitalized Saturday night with an undisclosed medical condition. While the Jaguars staff has stated that the injury was not football related, Ivory has not practiced at all this week and will most likely not play in week 2. T.J. Yeldon will pick up the workload for another week and is a must start in this weekend’s matchup against the Chargers; based on his volume alone.
Keenan Allen – WR San Diego Chargers
Allen is out for the season with a torn ACL. It really is a shame because he was projected to have an excellent season, especially in PPR formats. Travis Benjamin will move up to the number one receiving option for the Chargers.
Devante Parker – WR Miami Dolphins
He is still recovering from a bad hammy. Wait on starting him until he actually plays a week or 2 and shows some production. He is still behind Landry and Stills on the Dolphins’ WR depth chart, so not much can be guaranteed if and when he does return.
Eli Manning’s Giants vs. the putrid New Orleans Saints
Manning is a must start in week 2 with a salivating matchup against the Saints. Eli absolutely went off for 350 passing yards and six touchdowns last season against the Saints and there is no reason to believe he can’t produce similar results this week.
Blake Bortles’s Jaguars at San Diego
The Charger’s gave up 363 yards and two passing scores to 11 year veteran Alex Smith. If the Chargers D let up that many yards against a below average Redskins passing attack then Bortles is a lock to have a solid game.
Derek Carr’s Oakland Raiders vs. Atlanta
Derek played very well in week 1 against the Saints. He passed for 319 and was limited to only 1 TD largely because the Raiders had 3 different RBs score rushing touchdowns. The Falcons gave up 4 passing TDs to Jameis Winston in week 1 which bodes well for Carr this week. Start him with confidence.
Matthew Stafford’s Lions vs. Tennessee
Stafford continued his 2015 second half success with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter (what a name) into the 2016 season. He had an excellent performance in week 1, completing 31/39 passes for 340 yards and 3 TDs. He is facing a weak Titans pass defense in week 2 and is a lock for 250+ yards and a couple passing TDs.
New England Patriots vs. Miami
Ryan Tannehill has been a turnover machine as of late. The ball hawking Pats defense was on full display Sunday night against the Cardinals and should produce a turnover, and a sack or two against the Dolphins.
Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland
Given the dismal outlook of the Browns offense, most defenses will see success against them week in and week out. The gritty Baltimore defense held the Bills to 7 points in week 1, pressuring Tyrod Taylor with a vengeance the entire game.
There weren’t many enticing matchups this week except for the lock defenses of Seattle, Denver, Carolina, and Arizona.
This section will focus on speculative running back additions for this week and perhaps the rest of the year.
Tevin Coleman – RB Atlanta Falcons
Coleman is likely owned in most leagues, however if he is still available he is a must add. His pass catching abilities make him a solid flex play week in and week out despite splitting carries with lead back Devonta Freeman.
Theo Riddick – RB Detroit Lions
Riddick is another back that is thriving in a RB by committee system. Ameer Abdullah is undoubtedly the #1 back in the Detroit backfield, but Riddick plays in passing downs and absolutely went off last week for 45 rush yards, a rushing TD, 5 receptions for 63 receiving yards and a receiving TD. He is a solid flex play in larger leagues.
James White – RB New Englanddd Patriots
White is filling in for Dion Lewis in his injury absence. He is a pass catching back with high upside in the electric Pats offense, especially when Big Tom returns.
Christine Michael – RB Seattle Seahawks
It has been confirmed that Michael is the #2 back in the run heavy Seattle offense. Rawls will see a bulk of the carries, but is only one injury away from making Michael the #1 option. Add and stash Michael in anticipation for a Rawls injury/ meltdown.
These are players that you should be targeting this week and for the rest of the season.
Tyrell Williams – WR San Diego Chargers
Williams is not owned in many leagues, but he should be. Tyrell moves into the #2 receiver spot in San Diego after the season ending injury to Keenan Allen. He should receive a large volume of targets from boisterous family man Phil Rivers.
Tajae Sharpe – WR Tennessee Titans
As stated above, Sharpe is the #2 option in a high-powered Mariota led offense. He will receive plenty of targets and is a viable WR3 option for the forseeeable future.
Will Fuller – WR Houston Texans
Another Irish graduate, Will Fuller excelled expectations in his NFL debut. He caught 5 receptions for 107 yards and a TD in week 1 against the Bears. He is a big play threat with a high ceiling, but is still more of a boom-or-bust fantasy option. I’m starting him in my flex spot in hopes for another impressive performance in week 2.
Eli Rodgers – WR Pittsburgh Steelers
Rogers looked very good in his NFL debut against the Redskins in week 1. He looks to be in sync with Big Ben and is an intriguing start this week against the Bengals.
Mohamed Sanu – WR Atlanta Falcons
The newly acquired Falcons WR looked sharp in week against Oakland. He drew single coverage playing opposite fantasy stud Julio Jones. He is a must add as a WR3/ flex option for the rest of the season.
Quincy Enunwa – WR New York Jets
Quincy is the top slot receiver in a high powered Jets offense. He was on full display last night making a couple impressive catches and gaining some quality yardage after the catch. Enunwa is more of an add and stash, but will become a legitimate WR2 if Marshall or Decker catch the injury bug.
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