I hope Week 1 was everything you wanted it to be and more. Hopefully you didn't get obliterated by Brandin Cooks (legend), DeAngelo Williams, or any of the other guys that went wild. Here's what you need for Week 2:
1. Marcus Mariota: I was on the Mariota train before the season and, while he didn’t have an absolutely stellar first game (271 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, and 19 rushing yards), I still like his potential this season in an already-much-improved offense. Oh yeah, and he plays Detroit this week who just got lit up by the Colts.
2. Carson Wentz: Wentz turned some heads on Sunday, as the Eagles rookie threw for 278 yards and two touchdowns when expectations about the Eagles offense were pretty low. He plays six games against the QB-friendly NFC East, plus he plays the shaky-at-best Bears defense this week. In deep leagues, you could do much worse.
1. Danny Woodhead: I’ll be brief. Make sure he’s owned. If you’re in a PPR league and he isn’t, you should be ashamed.
2. Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah: Picking which one of these guys will have the good week is going to be a nightmare, but both should absolutely be owned. Riddick is currently looking at top 20 RB numbers in PPR, and Abdullah is right behind him. Make sure they aren’t available.
3. Tevin Coleman: The widespread fears about Devonta Freeman’s workload came true on Sunday, as Freeman had 15 touches compared to Coleman’s 13, and Coleman had 77 more yards (although 47 of those yards came on one play). If you own Freeman, you need to have Coleman. If you don’t have Freeman, it’s probably best to own Coleman just in case.
4. Shane Vereen: Rashad Jennings out-carried Vereen 18 to 6, but when I was watching, Vereen looked like the better back. He averaged 6.8 yards per touch compared to 4.1 for Jennings. I’m not one to endorse owning or starting any of the Giants running backs, but if you insist on having one…
1. Travis Benjamin: There’s a good chance that Benjamin is already owned in your league, but definitely take the time to double check. After leading receiver Keenan Allen went down with a heartbreaking ACL injury, Benjamin’s work should increase a bit.
2. Tajae Sharpe: The hype continues. Sharpe quickly became everyone’s favorite sleeper in the offseason, and he backed that up with a seven catch, 76 yard performance on 11 targets. Get this guy.
3. Will Fuller: Fuller had a very solid NFL debut on Sunday with five catches for 107 yards and a TD, and he dropped a big play that likely would have been another TD. I’m not saying he’s going to be amazing or he’s better than DeAndre Hopkins, but he’s definitely worth a pickup.
4. Victor Cruz: It’s been a while, but we finally got to see an end-zone salsa from Mr. Cruz on Sunday. Cruz caught all four of his targets, and Sterling Shepard caught three of his four. Time will tell who the true number two receiver on the Giants will be, but Cruz looks promising.
5. Tyrell Williams/Dontrelle Inman: Similar to Benjamin’s situation, someone has to literally step in for Keenan Allen. My gut is telling me Tyrell Williams will be the guy, but Inman is worth an add in deeper leagues as well.
6. Eli Rogers: The kid looked good. I didn’t even know who Eli Rogers was two weeks ago, and now he looks like the clear Steelers WR2, at least while Markus Wheaton is out. The Steelers offense is usually clicking on all cylinders – at least while Ben Roethlisberger is healthy – so I’m all for getting a cheap piece of it.
1. Eric Ebron: The tight end landscape is very rough as always, but Ebron offers you some fairly high potential. He may already be owned, but he should be in all leagues.
2. Dennis Pitta: Pitta returned to the Ravens this past Sunday after not playing since what feels like 1877. He had three catches for 39 yards, and that should only increase as the season progresses. Definitely worth a look in deep leagues.
Starts of the Week
You know the drill. Which guys should you be looking to start this week in both your season-long lineups and probably DFS as well?
1. Literally any offensive starter in the Saints-Giants game: Need I remind you of last year when these teams met? There were 13 total passing touchdowns, over 850 passing yards, six receivers with at least 6 catches, and a whole bunch of fun.
2. Ezekiel Elliott: A lot of Ezekiel Elliott owners are a little grumpy about how last week went. They spent a likely first round pick on Zeke, and he rewarded you with a mere 52 total yards, though he did score a touchdown. Don't fret, friends. The Redskins just got gashed by DeAngelo Williams for 143 rushing yards, and I'm expecting a similar performance from Zeke.
3. Thomas Rawls: My rankings don't even reflect this change as of this writing, but Rawls was named the starter against the Rams for Week 2, and Carlos Hyde just made Los Angeles look silly on Monday night. I suddenly need to think harder about getting Rawls in my starting lineup.
4. Dez Bryant: Don't get silly. Start him. I know he was disappointing, but he's Dez. I can almost guarantee that he's been chirping in Dak Prescott's ear about how he needs to get targets.
5. Michael Floyd: If 2015 was any indication of how the Cardinals offense worked, that means that this week should be Floyd's or John Brown's time to shine, since Larry Fitzgerald took the honor last week. Floyd was the better of the two last week, so he wins the tiebreaker. Gut call here.
6. Kevin White: He has to go off eventually, right? What better opponent than the Eagles in primetime? White actually led the Bears receivers in offensive snaps in Week 1, so I like his chances to get loose against Philly.
7. Gary Barnidge: Yada, yada, yada, Josh McCown is back, yada, yada, yada, McCown <3 Barnidge, yada, yada, yada.
As mentioned previously, I pretty much exclusively use DraftKings, so that's where I'm going to identify some values for this week. Also, check out the guys listed above in the Starts of the Week section: there's a good chance I'll be using them as well. Let's get into it.
Matt Ryan - $6,800: Oakland's pass defense gave up a ton of yardage to Drew Brees and the Saints last week and, while I don't expect insane numbers from Ryan and the Falcons, I think he'll do well enough to return your investment.
Marcus Mariota - $6,000: I have a feeling I'll be writing about Mariota a lot. He faces Detroit's defense who Andrew Luck just picked to shreds, and he's one of the cheapest QB options. Sign me up.
Trevor Siemian - $5,200: Siemian is a guy to look at if you're really trying to save money at QB. He was decent in Week 1, but faces the Colts who Matthew Stafford feasted upon in Week 1. I kinda like it.
C.J. Anderson - $6,800: Anderson is the sixth most expensive RB, but coming off an excellent Week 1 performance with extra rest facing a team that just gave up over 40 combined fantasy points to Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick? Uh, yeah, where do I sign?
T.J. Yeldon - $4,700: It looks like Chris Ivory will be out again. Yeldon had a decent week in terms of fantasy points accumulated last week, but he was pretty bad in terms of efficiency. Hopefully that lets up this week against the Chargers who were dreadful against the run in 2015 and also let Spencer Ware put up almost 36 DK points last week.
LeGarrette Blount/James White - both $4,000: I'm not really sure why these guys are so cheap. At least one of them will have a good game, and they're an excellent price.
Shane Vereen - $3,800: Just needed to point out how cheap he is in that ridiculous Saints-Giants game mentioned above. Carry on.
Emmanuel Sanders - $6,000: If Demaryius Thomas doesn't play or is limited, Sanders will be in line for a ton of targets. Even if Demaryius plays, Sanders has a modest price tag with a good matchup.
Travis Benjamin - $4,400: I know it's an obvious choice, but Benjamin is likely in line for more targets with Keenan Allen gone for the season. His price isn't staying this low for long, I can promise you that.
Steve Smith Sr. - $4,300: One of these days, Steve Smith is going to go absolutely bananas. Why not against the Browns?
Tajae Sharpe - $4,100: Tajae Sharpe - everyone's favorite preseason sleeper and member of the waiver pickup section above - was easily the Titans most involved receiver in Week 1 with 7 catches. I see a bunch of Mariota/Sharpe stacks in my future.
Delanie Walker - $4,500: Once Gronk is officially ruled out, Walker will become my second TE this week (and maybe even rise to number one). The Lions gave up three touchdowns to TEs in Week 1, and Walker is exponentially more talented than them. Big week comin'.
Clive Walford - $2,900: Not a guy I expected to endorse, Walford is generally fairly involved when the Raiders are throwing, and I expect them to be throwing.
I usually try to grab cheap defenses, but I'm actually paying up this week. It's hard to pass up the Panthers ($3,900) against San Francisco and Seattle ($3,800) against that "lovely" Rams offense. We always follow the Browns here at FantasyFusion, so the Ravens ($3,000) is a great value. If you want to go cheap, I don't absolutely despise the Dolphins ($2,500) against New England, but remember that the Patriots always have the potential to light the world on fire.
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