Week two of the NFL season is a wrap. Among the things that came with it is a lengthy list of injuries and some good old fashioned junk time scoring. During fantasy drafts, guys who play on bottom feeder teams can be overlooked. Although, for receivers, you could argue it helps boost value, if there is a key player on a team that is bound to be losing all season, teams will back off to play prevent defense during blow outs. Leaving the best of the Jaguars, Browns, or Jets receiving cores to get free yards and catches all fourth quarter. The scoring is not efficient for real life football. But fantasy team owners could care less about efficiency. Points are points.
Chris Carson, running back, Seattle Seahawks, 6.5% owned
After the Seahawks were shut down in the run game in week one, they turned it around on the ground in week two. Free agent signing, running back, Eddie Lacy, who was expected to lead the team in carries this season, was a healthy scratch. Turning the workload over to their 7th round pick, Chris Carson, who happened to be the most productive back week one. He carried the ball 20 times for 93 yards. Although the Seahawks continued to struggle to score points, they have a strong faith that Russell Wilson will part the sea and lead the offense, blessing them with atleast some production. Carson will be the starting running back on a productive offense, giving him fantasy value as a very low end deep league RB2 with flex appeal.
Samjae Perine, running back, Washington Redskins, 1.6% owned
Sunday, the ‘Skins lost their starting running back and epitome of gains Robert Kelly. The absence of Kelly will expand the role of receiving back Chris Thompson, but his lack of mass prevents him from being an every down back. Kelly’s role will be filled by Perine. The bulky 240 pound back will get a majority of between-the-tackle runs and goal line carries. He has value in fantasy leagues as long as Kelly is out. It’s possible he could also steal some snaps when Kelly returns. After Kelly’s shaky preseason, his job has definitely come into question.
Carson Wentz, quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles, 45% owned
Although Wentz had a shaky game in general last week, his fantasy numbers were once again outstanding. He completed just 54% of his passes. However, he also finished with 333 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 55 yards on the ground. Wentz went overlooked in drafts this season. Even though he had a solid rookie season. Extremely valuable for two quarterback leagues already, it can now be recognized that he is a must own in one quarterback leagues as well. If you’re in a situation that your quarterback is struggling, or for bye week/injury fill ins, you should look to Wentz to mend your QB disaster.
Alvin Kamara, running back, New Orleans Saints, 16.2% owned
Whether it’s Adrian Peterson yelling on the sidelines or Mark Ingram’s lack of touches, the Saint backfield has been a disaster so far this season. Kamara has been the most consistent piece of the back field, but went overlooked during drafts this year. Clearly the team’s receiving down back, he played 31 of 62 snaps for the Saints Sunday. New Orleans lack of attention on defense, and a swiss cheese secondary, has them giving up a lot of points to almost everyone. While they are down and trying to crawl back into games, Kamara will be featured a lot in PPR leagues. I would expect the rookies role to expand as the season goes along.
D’Onta Foreman, running back, Houston Texans, 4.7% owned
Foreman, the hometown rookie out of the University of Texas, was very productive in the preseason. The idea of Foreman having value this year was deteriorated by the thought of how good Lamar Miller was last season. Underrating how much of a dog eat dog world the NFL can be, Miller has struggled to run the ball in the first two games and gave away more carries to the rookie Thursday. Foreman carried the ball 12 times for 40 yards on the day. The chances he has value with a healthy Miller are low, but just as low as the chance Miller can stay healthy all season. He is a must own if you’re a Miller owner. If he were to continue to struggle or get hurt, Foreman could take his job and never cough it up again.
Geronimo Allison, wide receiver, Green Bay Packers, 0.3% owned
Sunday was a recurring scene for the Packers. A blow out from the Falcons and a slew of injuries on top of it. Randall Cobb went down with an injury that will likely keep him out next week’s game. While there is a better chance Jordy Nelson plays next week, he left the game as well. As he did last season, Allison immediately stepped in getting starter reps. In the two games where he played that role last season, he had eight catches for 157 yards and a highlight reel touchdown. His season long value is pretty low at this point, but if desperate he is a great plug and play for this week in deep leagues. Don’t be surprised if you see G-Mo dancing in the endzone on Sunday.
Evan Engram, tight end, New York Giants, 9.9% owned
While Ereck Flowers was busy letting people run right through him on Monday night, the offense had one lone bright spot, and that was Engram. He put up 44 yards on four catches and scored a touchdown, which seemed like their only productive plays on offense. The rookie out of Ole Miss is 6’3 with jaw dropping 4.42 40 yard dash speed. With Brandon Marshall struggling mightily to establish himself with Eli Manning and the rest of the team, Engram appears to be the greatest red zone threat on the squad. As the amount of tight end injuries are beginning to pile up, look for Engram to fill your Greg Olsen void in line ups the best he can.
Jermaine Kearse, wide receiver, New York Jets, 3.8% owned
At the end of the preseason, Kearse was on the Seahawks and had no hope of holding fantasy value. Being traded to the worst team in the league has benefited his value tremendously. Just two short weeks into his time with the Jets, he is clearly their number one option. He accumulated 14 targets in those weeks and caught two touchdowns on Sunday. The Jets will be down in almost every game this season. Which puts a fantasy football player’s best friend, junk time, on your side. As teams backoff press coverage and allow short gains, Kearse will take advantage. He should be picked up in all formats.
J.J Nelson, wide receiver, Arizona Cardinals, 33% owned
For the past couple of years, Nelson and John Brown have been in a constant battle to be the second relevant fantasy option to Larry Fitzgerald on the Cardinals. An injury to Brown may help Nelson pull away from him on the depth chart. While Brown was still playing week one, Nelson out performed him with five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. While Brown was sidelined week two, Nelson had 5 catches for 120 yards and touchdown. Carving out a bigger role for himself, and as the type of player with enough speed that one play could be enough for a great fantasy day, he should be added. Deeper leagues to start, but if he has truly pulled away from Brown, standard league adds may be in order.
Allen Hurns, wide receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars, 9.2% owned
After week one with Allen Robinson going down, I was still skeptical to place Hurns in this report due to the Jaguars style of play. It appears the team has shifted towards being extremely run heavy in an attempt to try and limit Blake Bortles mistakes. Sunday we were reminded that they are bottom feeders. But with that status come infinite junk time opportunities. Hurns is the number one receiver in an offense that will play from behind, which forces the team to pass a lot. As teams back off and let them move down the field, look for Hurns to be the one to go up to get balls in the endzone, not Marqise Lee.
Rashard Higgins, wide receiver, Cleveland Browns, 0.1% owned
Corey Coleman, was almost a guarantee to led the Browns in receiving this season until he broke his hand Sunday. With the signing of Kenny Britt this offseason that has, for the most part, failed. Higgins stepped in and played very well, catching seven balls for 95 yards. In a similar situation as most of the receivers in this article, the Browns are one of the worst teams in football. Leaving plenty of junk time for you to get your fantasy production. Don’t be the guy waiting until it’s too late.