Week 2 is likely bringing some injury trouble to your teams. Drew Brees left the game with a thumb injury, and the Pittsburgh Steelers saw James Conner and Ben Roethlisberger leave early. There are a few names that were on the list last week making a return, mainly because the ownership didn’t jump high enough to take them off. Be sure to catch all our Week 3 rankings and fantasy football advice.
Raheem Mostert – RB – San Francisco 49ers
Average Ownership: 11%
We are going to see Raheem Mostert share time with the other two backs. Jeff Wilson was brought back into play and Matt Breida had a solid game. The positive is that Mostert had work in the passing game. He had four targets, and sported a 3-68-1 line. This is also in addition to the 83 yards on 13 carries. He was 1% owned last week, and jumped to 11%. He should be going much higher this week. Breida is still the guy you ultimately want, and the touchdown numbers are going to vary each week. It isn’t the most high volume spot for any of the three names, but they should have your attention.
Deebo Samuel – WR – San Francisco 49ers
Average Ownership: 14%
Deebo Samuel played 60 snaps in Week 1, but did not produce. In Week 2 hise snaps were down, but he put up a 5-87-1 line. He has seen ten targets in the first two games, catching eight of them. Overall Samuel was a name to watch out for at the beginning of the year. The 49ers have been bouncing around in terms of snaps and volume for this receiving core, also working in the backs. This is a bit cloudy right now, but Samuel looks like the better wideout early. Samuel has a good schedule over the next few weeks, and is someone to add despite the clarity on workload.
DJ Chark – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars
Average Ownership: 21%
The Jaguars are not a friendly fantasy offense, but we have seen 13 targets in two games for DJ Chark, and he has been productive. With nearly 200 receiving yards and two scores in the first two weeks, Chark should garnish more ownership moving forward. Jacksonville’s passing volume is going to be limited, but funneling targets into Westbrook and Chark is a positive for them. He is going to be a fill-in option this early, but as we get into bye weeks and heavier injuries, he will quickly be a guy to slot in.
Josh Allen – QB – Buffalo Bills
Average Ownership: 29%
With the Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees injuries, Josh Allen should be the name to grab if you are in need of someone off the wire. He has back to back games with a rushing touchdown, and has 17 rushing attempts already on the season. He also has tossed 250+ passing yards in both games this season. Over the next few weeks he gets the Bengals, Patriots, Titans, Dolphins, Eagles and Redskins. The Patriots and Titans are the only notable pass defenses to worry about. Otherwise he has a nice little stretch.
Mecole Hardman – WR – Kansas City Chiefs
Average Ownership: 37%
Kansas City went off in the passing attack, as you’d might expect. They spread out the ball a bit, although Sammy Watkins saw ten targets. Mecole Hardman ended up posting a touchdown, and had another 70-yard touchdown come back. The Chiefs offense is going to put up plenty of points, and overall there are going to be some weeks where these guys go off and some weeks they are not. This is solely because of how well they use everyone on offense. Hardman is a home run threat that is going to be boom or bust week-to-week. He still needs to be grabbed in this historic offense.
Terry McLaurin – WR – Washington Redskins
Average Ownership: 38%
Another week, another Terry McLaurin touchdown. He had nine targets in the Week 2 loss against Dallas, posting a 5-62-1 line. He has 16 targets over the first two weeks, and he is easily the only wideout option you want in Washington right now. The snaps, targets, and fantasy production is all there right now. The jump to 38% ownership from last week was lower than I expected. After his Week 2 follow up, expect more people trying to get him on their team.
Demarcus Robinson – WR – Kansas City Chiefs
Average Ownership: 1%
Holy Demarcus Robinson. It was a monster day for the Chiefs wideout, who saw 150+ receiving yards and two scores. He also was notable on targets posting 6+. Robinson is similar to Hardman in terms of his week-to-week floor and upside. Both of these names will also take a drop once Tyreek Hill comes back. In a heavy pass offense that is producing 400+ yards a game, we just want to get exposure to the pass-catchers. It is pretty simple.
Carlos Hyde – RB – Houston Texans
Average Ownership: 44%
If you are a Duke Johnson owner, you have been disappointed this far. Carlos Hyde has out-touched Johnson so far this season.. Overall Hyde has been successful on the ground, which is a bit surprising given their offensive line and the ability of Hyde. He offers zero PPR value but has 173 rushing yards on 30 attempts in two games. He has just missed the touchdown potential. Hyde is worth a flyer picking up with this volume.
Jaylen Samuels – RB – Pittsburgh Steelers
Average Ownership: 26%
Eyes are going to be on James Conner’s reports over the next few days as he left early with a knee injury. Jaylen Samuels and Bennie Snell are going to be the names to pick up the slack if he misses any sort of time. This offense has been subpar to start the season, and injuries are piling up. We should expect both to be used, but Samuels offers up more in the passing game and should have a slight edge in touches and snaps. The Steelers get the 49ers and Bengals over the next two weeks, which are optimal matchups for the rushing attack.
Preston Williams – WR – Miami Dolphins
Average Ownership: 3%
Miami is going to be down every week, and their rushing attack offers zero value or even need at the moment. The quarterback play is not pretty, but Preston Williams is in a good spot to get volume week in and week out. He should be considered for deeper leagues, which is likely where you are picking up up anyway. He has seen 11 targets over the first two weeks, catching seven of them for 87 yards and a score.
Other Noteworthy Adds
- Matthew Stafford, QB, 25%
- Malcolm Brown, RB, 47%
- Chris Thompson, RB, 48%
- Benny Snell Jr, RB, 1%
- John Brown, WR, 55%
- DeVante Parker, WR, 10%
- Eric Ebron, TE, 48%
- Tyler Eifert, TE, 12%
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