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THE FIRE SALE: Week 2

What a way to kick off the season. A bunch of great games, fantasy surprises and panic over top picks disappointing. It’s good to be back.

One thing I want to mention is we always say don’t overreact to the preseason. The same can be said for Week 1. While trends can start to develop in Week 1, it’s still a small sample size. Remember that Allen Robinson caught one pass in the opener last year. He ended up having a pretty good season. Don’t jump yet Dez owners.

If you have any questions or comments, hit me up on Twitter @ThePigskinGuy.

Now on with The Fire Sale

Going Up

Jameis Winston, QB Buccaneers – I have Jameis in a bunch of leagues this year. I know you could care less but I wouldn’t be a fantasy analyst unless I talked about my team and told you the players I have 24 hours a day. Some people may look at Winston’s tough upcoming schedule and look to sell. I’ll tell you he’s going to be an MVP candidate and point out Jameis gets the Saints putrid pass defense in Weeks 14 and 16. Hello.

Carson Wentz, QB Eagles – Can you imagine being Jared Goff and watching Wentz on Sunday? I’ll tell you right now, Goff is already a bust. The only other No. 1 quarterback draft pick in recent memory to be this far down a depth chart to start a season was JaMarcus Russell. He’s mentally shot. Wentz, on the other hand, looked sensational in his NFL debut. It doesn’t help that Wentz lost tight end Zach Ertz to a rib injury but he looks like he’ll be an intriguing streamer/DFS play this season. I’m buying.

Derrick Henry, RB Titans – Someone on Twitter asked me if he should drop Henry for another running back. I told him you got the wrong guy if you want the ‘go ahead’ to drop Henry. I’m driving the Henry bandwagon buck naked with my hair on fire. He’s a bad dude. It’s only a matter of time before the Thump and Bump backfield becomes more Thump and less Bump.

Phillip Dorsett, WR Colts – I’ve been yapping about Dorsett for two years. He finally showed signs of life on Sunday. In reality, Dorsett got hurt last year and the Colts were a mess. Things are much different this season. Dorsett is healthy and the Colts are a mess. Third receivers aren’t always productive but when your quarterback is Andrew Luck and he’s throwing 50 times a game, you’re chances of making a fantasy impact are pretty good.

Chris Hogan, WR Patriots – Hogan was one of my top two sleepers this year. Looks like after one game I’m still holding steady at around a 50-percent success rate. Tyler Boyd was my other sleeper. I’ve been saying for a while that Hogan is a perfect fit in the Patriots offense. He’s going to be good with Jimmy Garoppolo but even better once Tom Brady returns. A lot of people in New England’s offense have to eat but Hogan won’t go hungry.

Mohamed Sanu, WR Falcons – I’ll be honest, I completely missed the boat on Sanu. I never mentioned him once in the offseason and don’t have him on a single fantasy roster. I have to give my cousin, Fat Sal, credit. He was on Sanu all along. He told me Sanu was a sleeper. It’s hard to trust a guy giving fantasy advice when he’s holding a slice of pizza in one hand and a cannoli in the other. With Julio Jones already dealing with a minor ankle injury, Sanu should be one of your top waiver wire priorities this week. Unless you’re Fat Sal. Then Sanu is already your No. 3 receiver. Just make sure Sanu’s ankle injury isn’t a big deal.

Tyrell Williams, WR Chargers – Here’s an interesting player. Keenan Allen was lost for the season with a torn ACL. To say the Chargers are thin at receiver is one of the understatements of the year. Travis Benjamin is now San Diego’s No. 1 receiver. I mean when the Eagles look at your receivers and say, “Yuck,” you have a problem. Williams is going to have an opportunity. He has great speed and apparently Williams had a great training camp, whatever that means. He caught passes of 38 and 33 yards against the Chiefs. Williams is certainly worth grabbing right now because Danny Woodhead can’t catch 20 passes a game. At least I don’t think he can.

About Thomas Casale

Thomas began playing fantasy football back when owners had to mail in their starting lineups and work out trades over the phone. He started writing The Fire Sale in 1998. Since then his articles have appeared on numerous web sites sites including Fantasy Sharks, USA Today and SI.com.