RB Sony Michel – Darrell Henderson has a rib injury, but Sean McVay is leaving the door open for him to be available to play in Week 3. However, it’s a painful injury, and the best case scenario for Henderson is for him to be in a timeshare with Michel for the next couple of weeks. There’s also a possibility he doesn’t play this week, in which case Michel will get the lion’s share of work. Henderson was playing near 100% of snaps, and Michel will have an opportunity to permanently make his way into the rotation. I even think there’s a chance for Michel to make his way to the 1A role in this backfield if he impresses. (FAAB: 15%)
RB Tony Pollard – Pollard had a big role in Week 2 with 16 touches to Zeke’s 18. It’s significant, but I wouldn’t overreact here. Zeke still out-snapped him 44-21; that’s only 34% of snaps for Pollard. He received a touch on 76% of snaps, which is obviously unsustainable. His role and time on the field needs to come up before he becomes a weekly flex, though he did outscore Zeke in fantasy points in each of the last two weeks. I don’t think he has a chance to be the 1A or even to make this backfield a 50/50 split this season, but I do think he can eventually have a role where he becomes a relatively dependable flex option. He is still definitely the best handcuff to have. If he’s available, he should be rostered, as I’ve been asking everyone to do for weeks now. He’s still more of a stash for me. (FAAB: 15%)
WR Rondale Moore – This an upside pickup. He’s still fourth in routes run among Cardinals WRs, but not only is he being targeted at a very high rate per target (33% this week!), his route participation has grown from Week 1 to Week 2. It only makes sense to get him on the field more. He’s really a 4 WR set receiver, but he’ll need to start taking away from Christian Kirk in 11 personnel for him to be dependable on a weekly basis. He’s electric with the ball in his hands on a great offense. I’d take my shot on him if he’s available. (FAAB: 15%)
Alexander Mattison – Dalvin Cook is dealing with an ankle injury, but it doesn’t seem serious. He came back into the game after sustaining it on Sunday. My guess is that Cook plays this week, but it’s possible the Vikings keep him out a week. If that were to be the case, Mattison would be a high-end RB2 in his place. Mattison is also a great handcuff to keep on your bench, whether you have Cook or not. (FAAB: 15%-20% if we know Cook will miss, 5%-7% if we don’t)
James White – He led the Patriots backfield in snaps and routes run, and had 6 targets on top of his 5 carries. He’s a legit PPR flex option. If you need someone to start every week until you get a higher upside flex, White’s your add this week. (FAAB: 10% in full PPR only)
Cordarrelle Patterson – Mike Davis’ snap share came down this week, and Patterson’s went up. He saw the same amount of carries as Davis and the same amount of targets – both had 7 and 6, respectively. Tough matchup this past week against the Bucs, so it’s possible they pulled a Zeke/Pollard type of thing for that game, similar to what we saw the Cowboys do in Week 1. I’d leave Patterson on my bench and I’m not spending any FAAB on him. Couple bucks if anything.
Michael Carter/Ty Johnson – These two split snaps evenly, and Carter is on the rise. It didn’t take long for Tevin Coleman to be relegated to a distant third back. This is a 2-man backfield for now. These two ran an almost equal number of routes this week after Johnson was the clear receiving back in Week 1. Carter was the one targeted on Sunday. Both of these guys are stashes in deeper benches, but Carter is now looking like someone I’d pick up if I can get him for free now. He was actually able to make some plays in the run game despite the Jets’ offensive line woes.
Peyton Barber – Barber took the Josh Jacobs’ role, even though Kenyan Drake played a majority of snaps in Week 2 in Jacobs’ absence. It looks like Jon Gruden’s has a clear role in mind for Drake, and it’s not an every down role if Jacobs is out… that’s unfortunate. But Barber played pretty well considering the very tough matchup; he had no chance, but had a lot of yards after contact. He can fare better if Jacobs were to be out again in Week 3 against the Dolphins as a solid flex option with TD upside. I wouldn’t spend anything on him unless you’re desperate for a RB this week… I’d try and get him for a $0 bid if possible.
Tony Jones – Reminder that he’s the Alvin Kamara handcuff. You don’t need to have Kamara to roster him.
Check if these guys are available first: Marquise Brown (FAAB: 15%), Marvin Jones (10%), Michael Pittman (10%), Will Fuller (10%)
Sterling Shepard – Shepard is holding onto 25%+ target share in each of his first two games and has produced with it. He’s a WR3 right now. One move can be to pick him up, and then proceed to package him to upgrade at RB or WR. With Golladay improving, Saquon improving, and Evan Engram coming back, the targets might not be guaranteed for Shepard at some point. (FAAB: 10%)
Tim Patrick – Patrick ran the same amount of routes as Courtland Sutton, but he’s clearly the second option. He will have his games as a flex option while Jerry Jeudy is out. (FAAB: 3%)
KJ Osborne – If you need a spot start this week, Osborne is probably a decent option for what can be a shootout against Seattle. The Vikings have had to pass over the past two games, and Osborne has produced in both. (FAAB: 3%)
Jakobi Meyers – He didn’t have to do much against the Jets, and Mac Jones just led a steady run-controlled offense. Meyers will have to be used more going forward, and he’s their #1 WR. Be patient with him for now. (FAAB: 7%)
Zach Pascal – Pascal caught another TD in this game. He’s someone who can be a flex play all season long. (FAAB: 2-3%)
Elijah Moore – Moore played the most routes for the Jets and led them in targets this past week. Still, he seems to have rapport with Zach Wilson, and there will be better days for these guys. Moore seems to have the outside receiving role opposite Davis all to himself. You can probably get him for free if he’s available. He makes a good stash.
Terrace Marshall – With Robby Anderson not being too involved for a second straight game, Marshall has an opportunity to emerge as the third option behind CMC and DJ Moore. He can easily become the #1 end zone target for Sam Darnold as the season progresses. Good stash.
Christian Kirk – With all the attention on Rondale Moore this week, don’t forget about Kirk. He ran more routes than him, and it only takes one play for him to make starting him worth it in this offense. The Cardinals run a lot of 11 and 10 personnel, so Kirk is going to be on the field a lot out of the slot for Kyler Murray.
QB Streams and Adds
Justin Fields – Matt Nagy had an emergency press conference to let everyone know that Andy Dalton is their starter when healthy. Dalton just might not be healthy, so if he’s out, Fields becomes a start from Day 1. If Fields does his thing, he won’t be giving his job back. I’d pick him up if you don’t have a top QB.
Kirk Cousins – still available in some leagues, and he’s going up against Seattle this week. Kirk’s looked great over the last two games, and it seems like he’s always in close ones. This figures to be another close game, but also a potential shootout. I’d be happy to stream him this week.
Sam Darnold – He’s almost thrown for 300 yards in each of his first two games, and he has weapons… he’s also going up against Houston this week. If he does well, you’d probably feel confident starting him in a good matchup against Dallas in Week 4 as well.
Jared Goff – As I’m writing this, Jared Goff is playing pretty damn well against the Packers. Baltimore has allowed a ton of passing yards over the first two games – yes, one game to Patrick Mahomes, but the other to Derek Carr. I wouldn’t overlook Goff as a streamer if you’re desperate, even with a perceived tough matchup against the Ravens.
Teddy Bridgewater – going up against the Jets, and has weapons. He’s actually got it done for fantasy over the first two weeks of the season while no one was starting him.
Derek Carr – Carr is averaging 400 yards passing over the first two games, and the Raiders are one of the most pass heavy teams in neutral game situations so far this season. He has Miami at home this week.
If you’re looking at this list of tight ends, I’d seriously consider trading for one.
Evan Engram – He’s coming back soon, and he’ll likely get 6+ targets/game when “healthy.”
Gerald Everett – Everett ran 29 routes to Will Dissly’s 9, so he’s moved into the driver’s seat as the TE1 for Russell Wilson. He wasn’t targeted much this week, but there will be better days ahead of this continues.
Dawson Knox – No other TE ran a route for Buffalo, so if you’re going to take a shot on someone, targeting the Bills passing offense isn’t a bad bet.
Carolina at Houston
Arizona at Jacksonville
Vegas vs Miami with Tua out/banged up