While it’s never fun to lose a top draft selection, owners of Aaron Hernandez need not panic as we’ve got plenty of options at the tight end position that are capable of producing at a high level (though not as high as that of Hernandez). Several running backs went down this week, with their replacements coming from a bit lower on the depth chart than expected. At the wide out position, two weeks worth of stats has created a few trends where we are starting to see some secondary wide receivers emerging as viable options to fantasy owners.
Something for everyone this week, on to this week’s wonders…
RB Daryl Richardson, St.Louis
Fantasy owners have come to expect the word “injury” to be associated with Steven Jackson, and this year it comes earlier than usual. Despite reports that Jackson could have returned to the game, Richardson was performing so well that the Rams left him in the game to carry the load. Over a hundred yards in total offense from the rookie, and Isaiah Pead is no where in sight. This week’s performance will earn him some time even with a healthy Steven Jackson. And if Jackson is out, then it is clear that the Rams will use Richardson as the No. 1 back without lessening the running load.
TE Dennis Pitta, Baltimore
Last week’s “solid pickup” is now “Smokin Hot”, as Pitta backed up his solid Week 1 performance (five catches for 73 yards) by going even bigger in Week 2. He hauled in eight passes for 65 yards, but he was targeted a whopping 15 times. The Ravens have found a gem here, look for them to continue to use Pitta in a primary role in the passing game.
RB Andre Brown, New York Giants
Normally the third down back, Ahmad Bradshaw‘s injury left an opening as the lead back, and Tom Coughlin turned to Brown in that lead role. With 90 yards in total offense, including a touchdown and a two point conversion, Brown is the one to own in the Giants backfield should Bradshaw’s injury keep him off the field.
TE Martellus Bennett, New York Giants
After making our post draft free agent list, Bennett had a solid Week 1, catching four passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Week 2 was even better, 72 yards on five catches and another touchdown. More importantly, Eli Manning threw in Bennett’s direction 10 times. With Nicks and Cruz active on the outside, Bennett will continue to see a steady dose of passes in the Giants offense.
WR Brandon LaFell, Carolina
As a follow up to his Week 1 performance that saw him score a touchdown to go along with 65 yards receiving, LaFell led all Panther wide outs with 90 yards on six catches in Week 2. With Steve Smith drawing the attention of defenses, LaFell is excelling as the starter on the opposite side. Cam Newton and the Carolina offense likes to put the ball in the air meaning LaFell will continue to put up solid numbers on a weekly basis.
WR Donnie Avery, Indianapolis
After a quiet opening week (three catches for 37 yards), Avery exploded for 110 yards on nine catches in Week 2. Reggie Wayne is getting the attention from the defense, which has allowed the Colts No. 2 wide out to see plenty of action from rookie Andrew Luck. Austin Collie is back on the injury list with a concussion, which will further establish Avery as a strong fantasy option in Indianapolis.