Each week in this article I will give some quick notes from the games around the NFL to try to explain what happened on Sunday.
Lets take a dive into the action for week two.
18 San Francisco at Pittsburgh 43
Carlos Hyde left early with a concussion and didn’t return. Keep an eye on him during the week to see how he progresses; no other 49ers running back looked like a worthwhile add if he is to miss time.
Torrey Smith was the king of garbage time in this one. I wouldn’t get too excited about adding him this week. Anquan Boldin is the only receiver there worth owning.
DeAngelo Williams will go back to being irrelevant next week when Le’Veon Bell comes back. He has shown that he is a worthwhile handcuff if Bell gets injured.
Darrius Heyward-Bey is the number two receiver for the time being, and Antonio Brown is very, very good.
17 Houston at Carolina 24
Arian Foster can’t come back soon enough for Houston.
Nate Washingon had another decent week and could be worth an add as a bye week replacement, however the upside is limited.
DeAndre Hopkins will be a target monster, but there will be games like this. Don’t be concerned; he is still a top 15 receiver.
Cam Newton had a bad real life day, but fantasy owners are still happy. He threw for under 200 yards and less than a 50 percent completion percentage. He did managed to score three touchdowns. Even when he has a bad passing day he has the ability to do damage on the ground. He scored 13 points just with his legs.
Jonathan Stewart has been a bit of a disappointment so far. Cameron Artis-Payne was inactive for the game. So if Stewart goes down Mike Tolbert seems like the back to own now.
They forced the ball to Greg Olsen and it worked to the tune of six catches for 70 yards. Olsen is the only receiving option in that offense at this point so he should get targets, but defenses are going to key on him as well.
26 Tampa Bat at New Orleans 19
Mike Evans isn’t 100 percent even though he says he is. He only managed three targets on the day. The targets were spread around; Vincent Jackson led the team with five targets.
The Saints looked really bad in this one. This was an expected big game for them and they didn’t come through. Ingram managed a decent game because he found the endzone, but overall he had a bad day. I would sell if possible.
Brandin Cooks is still the receiver there to own, but he his looking more like top 24 receiver than a top 15.
C.J. Spiller was limited in his first game back from injury. He should be a good PPR option, but don’t expect a lot for standard leagues.
16 Detroit at Minnesota 26
The Lions remembered they had Calvin Johnson; he caught 10 of his 17 targets, but overall this team looks dysfunctional.
Ameer Abdullah is going to have up and down weeks while he shares time with Joique Bell who looks done.
Keep starting Golden Tate. Stafford is looking to him a lot through two games. Second year tight end Eric Ebron had another nice game with five catches for 43 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets.
Adrian Peterson is good still. He lost out on a touchdown that was overturned and fumbled the ball away once. Keep starting him, obviously.
Last year’s late season darling Charles Johnson is looking like an afterthought through two games. The Vikings have the best chance to win when they throw under 25 times and hand the ball off to one of the best running backs in the history of the NFL.
48 Arizona at Chicago 23
Carson Palmer was really underrated coming into the year and is paying off for people who waited on quarterbacks.
Chris Johnson was definitely the lead back with Andre Ellington injured. With each week Ellington misses I expect Chris and David Johnson’s touches to get closer to 50/50.
Larry Fitzgerald isn’t done yet. Fitzgerald should be a good number two receiver as long as Palmer is the quarterback.
John Brown is going to have up and down weeks but has great upside.
Jay Cutler was doing well until he left with an injury in the first half. Jimmy Clausen is not good and I would be very concerned if I owned pieces in this offense, especially if Cutler is expected to miss any time.
During the week they said they wanted to limit Matt Forte’s carries and they did. If they want to win they need to have Forte carry the team.
40 New England at Buffalo 32
Tom Brady is unbenchable. The Patriots are going to win games with the offense and Brady is the man in charge.
Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman are usually good anyway, but this just elevates their value even more.
LeGarrette Blount got two carries on the final drive and totaled four yards. If you invested in Blount get used to these up and down weeks.
Dion Lewis played the majority of the game even after fumbling again. Lewis is what Shane Vereen was last year. If you are ok banking on big receiving days he is your guy, but his production will be so hit or miss because of his lack of carries.
LeSean McCoy’s hamstring looked better. He came out on the first drive and looked good and it continued for the rest of the game. Karlos Williams vultured him again, but those will go to McCoy more often than not.
Keep Sammy Watkins owned. He has great ability but the quarterback play isn’t the best. Trust the talent. Even with a bad quarterback he has the ability to make plays.
19 San Diego at Cincinnati 24
Melvin Gordon had 98 total yards and looked good doing it and Danny Woodhead went for over 100 total yards. Both running backs will have a role in this offense and both can be started on a weekly basis. I do think the lower floor belongs to Woodhead. He has a role in any type of game where Gordon won’t be used a lot when they trail.
Keenan Allen came back down to Earth. Don’t expect him to repeat this or last week. Continue to own him, but he will be more of a wide receiver two or flex option rather than the top 10 receiver he was in week 1.
Andy Dalton looked good again. He quietly puts up good seasons when it is all said and done, but he is too up and down to be worth investing outside of two quarterback leagues.
Jeremy Hill fumbled twice and was benched for Giovani Bernard who looked like he did last year. I don’t think Hill will be second fiddle next week but it is something worth monitoring.
A.J. Green owners might start to worry after another sub par week other than the touchdown. Green is still a great receiver, don’t sell him for pennies on the dollar.
14 Tennessee at Cleveland 28
Marcus Mariota had a decent week against Cleveland. This is more of what you should hope for out of Mariota.
Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey shared the backfield. McCluster led with 98 yards but Sankey had two more carries.
With Delanie Walker injured Anthony Fasano took over at tight end. He will be irrelevant when Walker comes back.
Dorial Green–Beckham only had one catch but looked great going up for his touchdown grab. He has the ability to be a great receiver he just needs the targets.
Isaiah Crowell bounced back after a bad week last week. He will need to continue to do well to win over the coaches.
Ignore Travis Benjamin unless you want a dart throw receiver. There will be more 2 point games than 15 point games in his future.
24 Atlanta at New York (Giants) 20
Matt Ryan had two touchdowns nullified. His day could have been much better.
Tevin Coleman left with a rib injury. Players have played through rib injuries before, but I wouldn’t be optimistic about him for next week.
Roddy White was almost non-existent only getting one target. Leonard Hankerson got 11. Keep an eye on that going forward as Hankerson could be a bye week fill in.
The Giants used a complete rotation in the backfield. Rashad Jennings struggled. Shane Vereen did his damage through the passing game and Andre Williams did it on the ground. Jennings is still the lead guy in this backfield, but if he struggles they have other options so he is on a short leash.
Odell Beckham Jr. is a top tier receiver but that should already be known.
10 St. Louis at Washington 24
Nothing going for St. Louis this week., no one other than Todd Gurley will be worth starting on a weekly basis in the future.
Matt Jones ran wild over a defense that held Marshawn Lynch in check. Jones ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns. This could evolve into a time-share. Like Ameer Abdullah, Jones will have up and down weeks, but he showed his upside this week. I wouldn’t worry about Alfred Morris. He is still the lead back, but he might be in the range of 12-15 carries a game rather than 18-20.
Jordan Reed had another good week against one of the best defenses when it comes to defending tight ends.
33 Baltimore at Oakland 37
The Ravens went to an air raid against the Raiders. Joe Flacco threw 45 times for 384 yards.
Steve Smith was the prime beneficiary as he had 10 catches for 150 yards. Crockett Gillmore had two touchdowns as well. Gillmore is in the big group of tight ends from 10-20 where there is big week-to-week volatility and the production is mostly touchdown based.
Justin Forsett did well when given the ball but had a touchdown vultured. Keep Forsett as a solid running back two – the touchdowns will come.
The Raiders dismantled the Ravens defense that shut down the Broncos last week. Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper both went for over 100 yards with a touchdown. Keep Crabtree on the wide receiver three radar when bye weeks roll around.
Don’t expect this out of the Raiders too often. This team as a whole is still bad.
20 Miami at Jacksonville 23
The Dolphins don’t seem like they want to run the ball. They have rarely given Lamar Miller a big workload. I would be concerned for Miller unless you are only expecting him to be a flex.
Rishard Matthews might be for real. He also might be an afterthought in a few weeks when DeVante Parker gets up to speed. Jarvis Landry is still a great PPR play.
T.J. Yeldon struggled to find running room against the Dolphins. The bright spot to take from the game for Yeldon is they still gave him the ball 25 times.
Allen Robinson had a huge week. I was concerned he would get shutdown by Brent Grimes this week, but it didn’t happen. I do expect him to get shutdown by Revis next week.
20 Dallas at Philadelphia 10
The big news from this week is another Dallas injury; this time quarterback Tony Romo. Romo is droppable as he won’t be back for a while and doesn’t have the upside that Dez Bryant does.
The injury will give the pass catchers a downgrade and the running game should get more work, but also more focus from the defense.
The Eagles looked inept. The offense was putrid and at no point looked like an NFL team. A lot of people are running for the hills, and I understand that, but this is probably going to be the best time to buy low. No offense can look that bad for a full season.
17 Seattle at Green Bay 27
Marshawn Lynch struggled for the second straight week, this time against a team without a good run defense. A lot of people will be sounding the alarm on Lynch, but I would wait one more week before doing anything crazy. However, his start to the season has been a bit of a concern.
It seems like the Seahawks don’t know what they have in Jimmy Graham. There are not enough plays that feature him and Russell Wilson will not throw the ball up like Drew Brees did; Wilson is more careful with the football. Graham is still a top tier tight end, but I think Travis Kelce might be surpassing him soon (if he hasn’t already).
Eddie Lacy was knocked out of the game early with early reports calling it a high ankle sprain. James Starks should already be owned, but if he isn’t he is a must add for anyone. High ankle sprains are bad news and Starks is the obvious back to replace Lacy so there is no time-share to worry about.
Davante Adams also left with an ankle injury but he returned to the game. Adams looked limited by the injury and the practice reports will be something to monitor. There is no guarantee Adams plays next week, and if he does it might be at less than full strength.
James Jones will continue to be a touchdown dependent wide receiver but expect them to come a decent amount. When the Packers get in scoring territory Aaron Rodgers seems to look his way a lot. Owners will just have to deal with the two catch for 25-yard weeks when he doesn’t score.
Randall Cobb looked better than he did last week, and with each passing week his shoulder should continue to get healthier.
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