Another week in the books, more players reveal themselves to be fantasy relevant and roster worthy. It’s important to remember some of the guys who you didn’t want to take a chance on after one week but are still out there as well.
This Week’s Pick-Ups
Kyle Rudolph- He’s TE8 in standard scoring through two weeks with 7 catches for 96 yards and a TD. He has been the 6th most targeted tight end through two weeks as well. He’s still available in most leagues and should be owned.
Corey Coleman- He had a big game against the Ravens, racking up 100+ yards and 2 TD’s on 8 targets and showed that he can be a playmaker. He still trailed Terrelle Pryor in targets(Pryor had 10 targets) but is the more consistent player and the #1 receiver, while Pryor is more of a deep threat.
Dennis Pitta- After two broken hips and two lost seasons, he’s back. Pitta led the Ravens in targets, yards and receptions by hauling in 9 catches on 12 targets for 102 yards against the Browns.
Fozzy Whitaker/Charles Sims/Jerick McKinnon/Matt Asiata- They are on the fantasy radar after injuries to Jonathan Stewart, Doug Martin and Adrian Peterson respectively. Charles Sims stands out to me as the player with the most to gain if he becomes more of a volume play. He’s been a borderline PPR RB2/Flex and if he could get some rushing to balance his value as a receiving back he could be a legit RB2 in all formats. Whitaker takes over for Stewart and I don’t think he will out-perform Stewart, but is still a good short term option. His upside is limited by Cam Newton’s own rushing, but he could still carry volume like he did against the 49ers when he put up 131 total yards on 19 touches(16 carries for 100 yards and 3 catches on 4 targets for 31 yards) but also lost a fumble.
As for McKinnon and Asiata, I don’t think they get enough of a boost to really be fantasy relevant. Asiata had six games of 14+ carries in 2014(when Adrian Peterson was suspended) but failed to record 100+ yards in any contest. Asiata did score 9 TD’s that year though, including two games with 3 scores. McKinnon also had six games of 14+ carries in 2014 and had 100+ yards twice, but scored no TD’s that year. If I have to add one it’s Asiata, who could be find the endzone, and who I think will receive more of the load. McKinnon has a higher ceiling if he gets the volume though and should be a PPR flex back at least.
Martellus Bennett- Needs to be owned, is a legit Gronk handcuff.
Jay Ajayi/Kenyan Drake- They will split time due to the Arian Foster injury. Drake scored against the Patriots in week 2 but I expect Ajayi will play more in week 3. Worth a flier against the Browns this week.
Tyrell Williams- He’s stepped in to be the #2 receiver in San Diego and is a must own. After going for 71 yards on two catches in the opener he went for 3 catches for 61 yards and 44 of them came on a fantastic catch and run into the end zone. He tied Travis Benjamin in targets for what it’s worth.
Clive Walford- He had 6 catches for 50 yards and a TD against the Falcons, and with the current state of TE, that’s all you need to be on the radar.
On the Fantasy Radar/Deep League
Jamison Crowder- Another week, another 6 catches for Crowder. He leads all Redskins wide receivers in targets and receptions through two contests. He has more value in PPR due to his low yardage but if he can find the end zone now and then he’s a solid flex play.
Cole Beasley- He’s on Dak’s radar and that’s good enough for me right now. Beasley had another good game against the Redskins, catching 5 of his six targets for 75 yards. The thing that makes me think this is sustainable is that Beasley still leads the team in targets after two weeks, and no one else on the roster is close to him and Dez. He’s a good deep league pick-up and a WR3 in PPR.
Victor Cruz- The Giants have a three headed monster at WR right now and Cruz is the third head. OBJ is 7 targets ahead of Cruz, who is tied with Sterling Shepard for 2nd in targets with 12, converting 8 of those into catches for 125 yards and a TD in the first two weeks. He’s a solid flex going forward and could be more down the line.
Danny Amendola-Now’s the time to stash him away if you can wait two weeks until Tom Brady comes back. He scored two TD’s against the Dolphins and like Jimmy Garoppolo showed before going down, Amendola will be involved in this offense when it’s humming.
Kenny Britt- He’s the #1 receiver on perhaps the worst passing attack in the NFL. His 161 receiving yards through two games is 19th best among all receivers. He’s a solid deep league or PPR add like he was last year.
Adam Humphries- Is actually the #2 receiver in Tampa Bay. He has more catches and yards on two less targets than Vincent Jackson who is better in PPR.