The second Sunday of the young NFL season didn’t want to end as the Seahawks and 49ers game was delayed due to thunderstorms, which means I’m sure we will see the requisite “Sleepless in Seattle” headline this morning. Week 2 had a rookie quarterback crumble under pressure (Geno) and a rookie quarterback step up under pressure (Manuel). There were nine games decided by one score or less so parity is alive and well everywhere besides Jacksonville where the Jaguars are just a parody.
This was the week for fantasy owners to get cute with their lineups and bench highly drafted players for guys that had hot a week. Those decisions never go as well as you thought, do they? With Week 2 almost out of the way let’s regain our senses and right the ship in Week 3 with the ’10 Names You Should Know.’
James Starks, RB Packers
Eddie Lacy was knocked out of the Skins game and James Starks responded by recording his first 100-yard career game by blowing through the Redskins excuse for a run defense for 132 yards. In fact, that was the first 100-yard game by a Green Bay Packers running back in almost four years. What does it all mean? It means Starks will be a hot waiver add this week, especially until the severity of Eddie Lacy’s concussion is determined. Starks disappointed fantasy owners last year when given the chance and disappointment is probably what Starks will give us again even if Lacy misses some time. But in a weak running back free agency field, even James Starks will have value, if only for the short-term.
Eddie Royal, WR Chargers
In the past four seasons, Eddie Royal has five receiving touchdowns. So far this season, Eddie Royal has five TDs and those touchdowns have come on only 10 catches. I can’t explain it, but there’s something brewing down in Southern California and with wide receivers dropping like flies for the Chargers, and Malcom Floyd suffering a scary neck injury in Philadelphia yesterday, Eddie Royal is shaping up as a good bet to continue his career year. Obviously, a letdown game is right around the corner, but it looks like Matt McCoy is giving Eddie Royal an opportunity that he never quite got under Norv Turner. Take the opportunity and snatch him up if he’s available in your league.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR Chargers
I can’t imagine he’s not on a majority of rosters already, but maybe he’s a free agent in some 10 teamers. He definitely won’t be available any longer after exploding for 117 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. The impressive rookie, playing opposite the great Andre Johnson, might find himself replacing Johnson in the offense as AJ left the Titans game with a concussion. Even if Johnson returns next week, Hopkins has found himself squarely on the fantasy landscape.
Danny Woodhead, RB Chargers
You don’t need me to tell you that Ryan Mathews is a disappointment. You don’t need me to tell you that Ronnie Brown is a disappointment. It was really only a matter of time before Matt McCoy realized that Danny Woodhead was the best running back on the team. Woodhead will be more valuable in PPR formats and should already be rostered but if he found the waiver wire after last week’s two touch performance he should be scooped up quickly. Woodhead netted 17 touches this week; nine carries and eight catches yesterday against the Eagles.
Don’t sell Danny short (pun intended).
Jason Snelling, RB Falcons
There’s going to be a ton of people writing about Jacquizz Rodgers this week and surmising that he’s going to be the running back to own in Atlanta should Steven Jackson’s quad injury keep him out. While yes, he has a really cool name, Jacquizz hasn’t really given us any reason to think he can have fantasy value for your team. Jason Snelling
has long been one of the more underrated players at running back, and with an opportunity, Snelling would keep the seat warm for S-Jax owners. But in the end, I would pass on both and look elsewhere for temporary help.