Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville (at London)
When Danny Woodhead went down, people rushed to the waiver wire to pick up Allen. After one week, Allen has owners looking pretty good right about now. Allen went for 100 total yards with a score in his first outing as the lead receiving back with Baltimore. If he can keep up the pace with 5-6 catches a game and out touch Terrence West, he’ll become a weekly RB2 until Woodhead returns. Week 3 will show us whether Allen is fit to enter our lineups or if last week was just part of the game planning for Baltimore. With Jacksonville sporting one of the better secondaries in the league, he should be very busy with check downs and third down duties. Allen could go from a daily spot start to a weekly seasonal play.
Trevor Siemian, RB, Denver Broncos at Buffalo
Two games into the season and Siemian is already a third of the way to matching his 2016 touchdown production. He’s taken the starter controversy and made it into a thing of the past. He’s due for a regression but even when he slows he’ll still be placing QB1 totals. With all the weapons in Denver, even average play will equate to high-end totals. The only thing that can derail Siemian’s value surge is Siemian himself. A terrible outing will have the boo birds calling and Paxton Lynch could begin to rear his head. Buffalo should be a pushover game so don’t expect him to need to light up the town with points. He does, however, need to avoid turnovers and lackadaisical play to avoid sliding back down the charts. It would be nice to re-establish a connection with Demaryius Thomas to really amp things up but it’s more important here he avoid stumbling downward than to proceed forward.
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina vs. New Orleans Saints
The fantasy landscape continues to change on a minute to minute basis as the injuries pile up. Carolina isn’t immune to the injury bug as centerpiece Greg Olsen was placed on injured reserve with a broken foot. Someone needs to step up in the passing game as Cam Newton will be without his most trusted target. That someone boils down to a 50/50 shot of it being Christian McCaffrey or Kelvin Benjamin. With the coaching staff reluctant to really cut McCaffrey loose, the early lead looks to go to Benjamin. Expect his target share to jump through the roof as Newton begins to round back into shape. With McCaffrey chopping at the bit, though, more errant passes or a lack of production from Benjamin will swing things into the running back’s favor. There’s a lot of impending game planning on the line as Benjamin’s overall use hangs in the balance. Luckily for Benjamin, New Orleans should help him get a leg up on the competition.
Lamar Miller, RB, Houston at New England
As Miller owners ourselves, we are deeply troubled with the way his season is trending. His carries are dropping, D’Onta Freeman is getting more involved, the passing game is finding its rhythm, and the offensive line can’t block. The only saving grace at this point is that Miller continues to chip in with his pass catching skills. That, and that alone, has Miller still active in our lineup. The New England defense is getting sliced and diced by pass catching backs. The corners are stifling the wide receivers for the most part and the quarterbacks are checking down. The New England linebackers lack the speed to keep up as the backs pick up huge chunks of yardage. Both Kareem Hunt (98 yards) and Alvin Kamara (51 yards) had success receiving out of the backfield against New England. We, and you, and Miller for that matter, need that trend to continue. Miller hasn’t found the end zone after the first two weeks as he’s beginning to fall into a flex role more so than a RB2. Miller has to have his best game of the season to save face and hold off Freeman.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
With all the preseason talk of Parker making the leap into stardom, it was Jarvis Landry who came through as the offensive star in the Week 2 opener. Parker was far from flat with his 85 yards, but it was Landry and his 13 catches that stole the show. Was the peppering of targets for Landry simply Jay Cutler getting his feet wet or is he the center of the passing game? Will Parker turn into the true WR1 in Miami or does Landry remain the man to have? The Jets are a joke and it’s a great opportunity for Parker to surpass Landry. We fully expect Parker to put on a clinic against New York. Anything less than WR1 numbers will have Parker’s hype train starting to pump the brakes.