Week 2 is in the books, and it hardly seems right that we are already sending a couple of teams across the pond. Baltimore will take on Jacksonville over in Wembley Stadium, so keep an eye on your lineup submission rules as this one will kick off at 9:30 a.m. Eastern on Sunday.
We have a handful of players to talk about this week, but first let’s quickly touch upon those that we mentioned last week that are still available in a few leagues out there. In general, we try to only talk about players who are owned in less than half the online leagues, but if player like wide receivers Allen Hurns or J.J. Nelson are out there, then they would take precedence over those in this week’s story. Likewise for running backs Javorius Allen, Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine, worth a pickup in all formats.
Briefly talking about the situation in Washington, the injury to Rob Kelley has opened things up. Perine was the back who got the carries on the early downs, as he racked up 67 yards on 21 carries for Washington. Thompson is the third down back, but he was the one that hit the end zone not once, but twice on the ground. If Kelley is out for an extended period of time, Perine will be the one to carry the load. Regardless of the Kelley injury situation, Thompson is worth owning, especially in points per reception leagues as he will be the third down back regardless of which back is in there on first and second down.
On to this week’s wonders!
RB Chris Carson, Seattle
The backfield for Seattle has been a difficult target, but Carson is putting things into focus with his early-season production. The return of Thomas Rawls made Eddie Lacy an afterthought, so much so that Lacy was inactive for this week’s game against San Francisco. Stealing the show, and the majority of the playing time, was Chris Carson. He lit up San Francisco to the tune of 93 yards on 20 carries, and he was clearly the better back for Seattle. There is the possibility that Rawls is still getting up to speed, but for now, Carson is the back to own in Seattle. Grab him now and enjoy.
WR Rashard Higgins, Cleveland
When we have a player from Cleveland listed as a smokin’ hot selection, you know that players has to be white hot, and that is the case here with Higgins. He had already been outplaying Kenny Britt, and with Corey Coleman out of the lineup with a broken hand, the sky is the limit for the fantasy production here. Signed off the practice squad after not playing in the opening week, Higgins hauled in seven passes for 95 yards and even added a rush. Cleveland clearly likes what he has been able to do, so look for him to be heavily involved in their offense making him worthy of owning in all formats. Grab him while you can and enjoy the production.
WR Jermaine Kearse, New York Jets
If he were on any other team than the Jets, he would be in this week’s top category. Alas, we have a hard time listing any Jets offensive player any higher than this, which is still not a bad place to be, and is worthy of a pickup in all formats. Josh McCown is not good, but his bread and butter has been Kearse, who caught four passes for 65 yards and two scores against Oakland. New York will certainly be playing from behind a lot this season, increasing the workload for Kearse.
K Ryan Succop, Tennessee
Sometimes when a kicker starts the season hot, you need to act quickly and grab that player. One such player this season is Succop, who has connected six times already this season from three-point land. Twice this week he was good from 40-plus yards, and in Week 1 he connected once from longer than 50. Tennessee is not afraid to trot him out there from distance, making him a solid pickup this week.
TE Zach Miller, Chicago
A solid tight end worth picking up this week is Miller. The Chicago tight end has been very active, as Mike Glennon looked his way nine times this week against Tampa Bay. He’s got 10 catches on the year and has averaged right around 40 yards per week; not bad numbers for a tight end likely on waivers. Those of you that have lost your starting tight end, look in the direction of Miller for some consistent numbers.
On the Radar
K Chandler Catanzaro, New York Jets
The former Arizona kicker has been quietly getting the job done for the Jets, for the second week in a row connecting on both of his field goal attempts. All four of his kicks have been from 40 yards or longer, a bonus for those leagues that reward points for distance. Though the offense does not look great, it has done enough to give the kicker opportunity, making Catanzaro worth a look on this week’s radar.
QB Trevor Siemian, Denver
After an impressive victory over Dallas where he threw four touchdown passes, we are dropping Siemian on this week’s radar. On the season, he’s tossed six touchdowns against only two interceptions. More importantly, Denver is trusting him more and more, and he has been responding positively by getting his team down the field. He is certainly worth a look as a backup fantasy quarterback.
Deep and/or Dynasty Only
WR Brandon Coleman, New Orleans
Normally a stat line that is filled with four catches for 82 yards would put a player much higher in this week’s story, but there are many options in New Orleans at wide receiver. Willie Snead is also due back soon, so only those in deep leagues are recommended to take a chance on Coleman.
TE Seth DeValve, Cleveland
Sharing time for Cleveland with David Njoku is cutting into his targets, but against Baltimore he caught two passes for 61 yards. Those in deep leagues starving for a tight end can look in de direction of DeValve.
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