In reviewing this week, nobody really jumped off the page that warranted a full profile. So instead, I’ll focus on a few players that I’m not buying into this early in the season. Philip Rivers is the first name that comes to mind. I’m sorry, but he is not THIS good, and there’s no way he keeps up this pace. At best, he’ll be a decent bye-week filler, but nobody you want to trust; stay patient, Russell Wilson and Tom Brady owners. Similarly, I don’t believe in Eddie Royal. Go ahead and buy-in if you want to, but my bet is he won’t score 5 touchdowns the rest of the season.
Also, this year, I’m going to try to not list the same players in back-to-back weeks, so I’ll just give a brief ‘in or out’ on players from the previous week. From last week, I’m still ‘in’ on Terrelle Pryor, Carson Palmer, Julian Edelman, Brian Hartline, Harry Douglas, Andre Roberts, Kenny Stills, Marlon Brown, Joique Bell, and surprisingly, Kellen Winslow. However, I’m ‘out’ on Daniel Thomas – Lamar Miller looked better this week and I believe he’ll keep earning more touches.
Week 2 Pickups
WR – DeAndre Hopkins – HOU – On pure talent alone, he should already be owned in every league – fortunately he’s not. After Andre Johnson left Sunday’s game with a concussion, Hopkins put on a show! He registered 7 catches for 117 yards and a beautiful game-winning touchdown, on 13 targets. As with most rookies, he’ll be frustratingly inconsistent, but if you stick with him, the weeks that he’s “on” will definitely make up for it.
WR – Robert Woods – BUF – Another rookie who has put up decent numbers through 2 weeks. As his relationship with E.J. Manuel grows, so too will his production. Scored a touchdown in week 1, and caught 4 balls for 68 yards on 6 targets in week 2. As I predicted in the preseason deep-sleeper list, I expect a solid season for Woods; add him if you’re short on WRs.
WR – Stephen Hill – NYJ – In last Thursdays’ game against the Patriots, Hill seemed like the only receiver capable of getting open quickly enough for Geno Smith to target before getting hit. But as the picture, shows, he’s also prone to drops. As a product of the Jets offense, I don’t expect Hill to register many touchdowns, but as a #1 receiver on a team that will be playing from behind, he may not be a bad addition to fantasy teams.
RB – James Starks – GB – Will likely be the top add this week, so be prepared to pay big. Eddie Lacy suffered a concussion in Sunday’s game, and we all know how difficult it is to come back from one of those in today’s NFL. However, I’m still not a believer in Starks, or any Green Bay running back. Don’t be surprised if his 132 rushing yards and 1 touchdown is his best performance of the season.
RB – Andre Ellington – ARI – Someone is going to overtake Rashard Mendenhall for the Cardinals, and my bet is Ellington. Ryan Williams has proven he can’t stay on the field, Stepfan Taylor has proven he’s slower than most linemen, and Alfonso Smith is well, Alfonso Smith. Enter Andre Ellington, an electric running back in the mold of his predecessors at Clemson, C.J. Spiller and James Davis. Now don’t get me wrong, he’s not as fast as Spiller, but not many players are. He is, however, significantly faster and a better receiver than Mendenhall, and that’s really all that matters. Ellington is definitely worth a speculative pickup if you need a running back. Just give him a few weeks before you either start him or drop him.
TE – Charles Clay – MIA – Still believe in all of the tight ends I mentioned last week more, but he has caught 5 balls in each of the Dolphins’ first two games. Thus far, he has 10 catches for 163 yards, on 13 targets – oh yea, and 1 RUSHING touchdown. Obviously, the rushing TD is a surprise, but he does actually shuffle in at fullback sometimes. So who knows, maybe there could be a few more goal line scores in his future. If you missed on all of the other tight ends a week ago, take a chance on Clay.
DEF – Minnesota vs. Cleveland – New Orleans vs. Arizona – Cleveland vs. Minnesota – Buffalo vs. New York Jets – Pittsburgh vs. Chicago – Carolina vs. New York Giants