Last updated: September 17th at 11:30am ET
With two weeks now in the books, our goal will be to shed some light on a wide range of players roles, while highlighting some potential acquisitions and streaming options that could improve your fantasy team. For running backs this week, we have separated what we consider to be high-upside stashes. A case can be made for acquiring anyone on that stash list, making who to acquire a matter of preference. If any player you’re considering is not listed below, feel free to contact @RyanReynNJ on Twitter.
Week 3 Waiver Wire
1. Josh Allen – 2% FAAB Budget
2. Jimmy Garoppolo – 2%
3. Matthew Stafford – 1%
4. Daniel Jones — 1%
Keep an eye on: Jacoby Brissett, Teddy Bridgewater, Mason Rudolph
1. Carlos Hyde – 6% FAAB Budget
2. Jaylen Samuels – TBD
3. Darwin Thompson – TBD
4. Raheem Mostert – 5%
5. Peyton Barber – 5%
6. Chris Thompson – 5%
7. Frank Gore – 4%
8. Ty Johnson – 1%
9. Jeff Wilson – 1%
Keep an eye on: Rex Burkhead, Giovani Bernard, Jamaal Williams, Dion Lewis, Ronald Jones, Kalen Ballage, Ito Smith, Mike Davis, Gus Edwards, Dare Ogunbowale, Benny Snell, Jordan Wilkins, Nyheim Hines, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington, D’Ernest Johnson.
Running Back Handcuffs and Stashes
1. Mecole Hardman – 10% FAAB Budget
2. Demarcus Robinson – 10%
3. James Washington – 5%
4. Nelson Agholor – TBD
5. Deebo Samuel – 4%
6. DJ Chark – 4%
7. JJ Arcega-Whiteside – TBD
8. Marquise Goodwin – 1%
9. Devin Smith — 1%
10. Golden Tate – 0%
Keep an eye on: Geronimo Allison, Keke Coutee, Kenny Stills, A.J. Brown, Mack Hollins, Cole Beasley, Anthony Miller, Randal Cobb, Cedrick Wilson, DeVante Parker, Donte Moncrief, Diontae Johnson, Ryan Switzer, Phillip Dorsett, Chris Conley, Danny Amendola, Hunter Renfrow, Breshad Perriman, Cody Latimer, Bennie Fowler, Parris Campbell, Deon Cain, Chester Rodgers, Adam Humphries, Chad Beebe, Malik Turner, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, KeeSean Johnson, Damiere Byrd.
1. Noah Fant – 1%
2. Tyler Eifert – 1%
3. Will Dissly – 0%
Keep an eye on: Chris Herndon, Jason Witten, Virgil Green, Cameron Brate
1. 49ers – 1% FAAB Budget
2. Packers – 1%
3. Eagles – 1%
4. Titans – 0%
1. Matt Bryant – 0% FAAB Budget
2. Matt Gay – 0% FAAB Budget
Note: Drop Considerations are ordered by position
Ben Roethlisberger, QB
Derek Carr, QB
Andy Dalton, QB
Sam Darnold, QB
Derrius Guice, RB
DeaSean Hamilton, WR
Dante Pettis, WR
Kyle Rudolph, TE
- Josh Allen, QB, Bills, 2% FAAB Budget: Allen is coming off a solid showing against the Giants, where he threw for 253 yards with a touchdown, while adding another 21 yards with a score on the ground. In week 3 Allen will face the Bengals, who just surrendered 41 points to the 49ers, in the Bills home opener. While we shouldn’t expect a 41-point performance from the Bills offense, Buffalo is a 5 ½ point home favorite with an implied team total hovering between 23 and 24. With Allen’s rushing dynamic, he’s once again a playable option for streamers.
- Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers, 2%: After a disappointing week 1 box score that saw two George Kittle touchdowns reversed by penalty, Garopollo lit up the Bengals for 297 passing yards and three aerial scores in week 2. On the week 3 docket is the home opener versus the Steelers, who have surrendered a combined total of 641 yards passing and 6 touchdowns to Tom Brady and Russell Wilson over the past two weeks. With a current implied team total of 23 in a game first posted as a pick-em before the Ben Roethlisberger news, Garopollo is another playable quarterback for streamers in week 3. Keep in mind that stud left tackle Joe Staley is expected to miss 8 weeks and that the 49ers have a bye in week 4 if you’re considering Garopollo.
- Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions, 1%: Eagles vs Lions has a 49 ½ point total, with the Lions entering “The Linc” as 7 ½ point underdogs. While the Eagles pass rush can make a Stafford start a volatile one, Philadelphia’s exploitable secondary has yielded a combined 700 yards passing and 6 touchdowns to Matt Ryan and Case Keenum over the first two weeks of the season.
- Daniel Jones, QB, Giants, 1%: After a brutal start for Big Blue, Jones has replaced Eli Manning as the starter for the Giants, making him an immediate consideration in two-quarterback leagues. Jones had a tremendous preseason, completing a stunning 85.3% of his 34 passes this August. Jones also provides some rushing upside, which enhances his fantasy value. While Jones was very accurate in a clean pocket this preseason, he has shown some pressure management concerns both in college and during his brief tenure as a pro, which isn’t abnormal for young quarterbacks. More concerning, Jones has fumbled 4 times on 65 snaps between the preseason and a brief garbage time stint against Dallas in week 1. Despite the concerns, there is reason for optimism with Jones, who begins his tenure as the Giants starter with a strong matchup in Tampa Bay in week 3.
Keep an eye on
Jacoby Brissett: Over the next three weeks, the Colts have home games against the Falcons and Raiders, with a week 5 game at Kansas City before their bye.
Teddy Bridgewater: With Drew Brees on the mend, Bridgewater will never have a better opportunity to show that he’s more than a game manager in the NFL. Bridgewater was very average in relief duty against the Rams, but he is a two-quarterback or deep league consideration given the situation he is entering with the Saints.
Mason Rudolph: A two-quarterback league consideration with Ben Roethlisberger out for the year.
- Carlos Hyde, RB, Texans, 6% FAAB Budget: Hyde followed up a strong week 1 showing with a 24 carry, 90-yard effort in week 2 against the Jaguars. Per PFF, Hyde also out snapped Duke Johnson 39-22 this week, in a game that was low scoring and tightly contested throughout. Overall, Johnson has only out snapped Hyde 66-62 through the first two weeks. To this point, Johnson and Hyde are in a near-equal, game script dependent timeshare in Deshaun Watson’s Texans offense. While Hyde is not a plug-and-play option yet, his stock is definitely on the rise and you could spend more capital on him if you’re thin at running back.
- Jaylen Samuels, RB, Steelers, TBD: If starter James Conner is set to miss any time with the knee injury that forced him out of week 2’s contest, Samuels becomes a priority add that moves to the top of this list. If Conner’s knee checks out fine, which is the direction it appears to be trending, Samuels would be viewed as a stash or insurance option for Conner owners.
- Darwin Thompson, RB, Chiefs, TBD: With Damien Williams banged up knee and LeSean McCoy getting an MRI on his ankle, Thompson would become a priority waiver add if either of those injury situations worsen. Thompson impressed in both phases this preseason, which is why he was going as high as the 8th round in redraft prior to the McCoy signing. Even if Williams and McCoy both end up checking out on the injury front, Thompson is among our favorite stashes.
- Raheem Mostert, RB, 49ers, 5%: Mostert had a very productive day filling in for the injured Tevin Coleman during the 49ers route of the Bengals. Mostert lead the 49ers backfield in playing time with a 45.7% snap share in week 2, while putting up 83 yards on 13 carries with 3 catches for 68 yards including a 39-yard touchdown off a screen. Despite Mostert’s strong performance, the 49ers deployed a 3-way timeshare with Mostert, Matt Breida, and Jeff Wilson all seeing at least 10 carries. While we like Mostert’s talent and are thrilled with his week 2 playing time, his role could be volatile on a week to week basis.
- Peyton Barber, RB, Buccaneers, 5%: After being out touched and outplayed by Ronald Jones on opening day, Barber ran for 82 yards on 23 carries with a touchdown, while adding a catch for 7 yards behind a 66.7% snap share on Thursday Night Football. While Barber’s spike in playing time last week may not be indicative of a new norm in the Tampa backfield, Barber has now seen more snaps and touches than both Jones and Dare Ogunbowale through the first two weeks.
- Chris Thompson, RB, Redskins, 5%: Thompson remains who we thought he was, a pass catching asset that benefits from a negative game script. Monday Night against the Bears looks like a difficult matchup for all Redskins offensive players, but long-term Thompson remains a solid PPR asset with 18 total targets through the first two weeks.
- Frank Gore, RB, Bills, 4%: The ageless wonder Gore lead the Bills in carries for week 1 with 11. He then led Buffalo in carries again in week 2 against the Giants with 19, which included 2 catches on 2 targets along with a goal line rushing touchdown. While Devin Singletary has impressed, Gore has received the lions’ share of the workload through the first two games.
- Ty Johnson, RB, Lions, 1%: Johnson posted 5 carries for 30 yards while catching both of his targets for 6 yards on 12 offensive snaps in week 2. Now that running back C.J. Anderson has been released, we need to keep a closer eye on Johnson. The Lions have not committed to a bell cow role for Kerryon Johnson, J.D. McKissic has only seen 9 offensive snaps through two games, and the recently acquired Paul Perkins was freely available to sign heading into week 3 for a reason. All signs point toward Ty Johnson’s role increasing in a Lions backfield that collectively had 28 touches last week.
- Jeff Wilson, RB, 49ers, 1%: Wilson only played 15-of-70 snaps while taking the injured Tevin Coleman’s roster spot in week 2. However, Wilson had 2 rushing touchdowns with 34 yards on 10 carries. Both rushing touchdowns were goal line carries, with one coming in the second quarter and the other in the fourth when the game was well in hand. We view Wilson as more of a deeper league acquisition to this point, though, that may shift if he sees similar goal-to-go action in week 3 versus the Steelers.
Keep an eye on
Rex Burkhead: Burkhead saw a reduction in snaps during the Patriots blowout victory over the Dolphins. However, he did see 7 touches on 17 snaps in week 2. We wouldn’t talk you out of having Burkhead at the back end of your bench.
Giovani Bernard: Despite Joe Mixon’s status being in question heading into week 2, Bernard saw fewer snaps in a blowout loss than he did in week 1. Perhaps more concerning is that Bernard did not see significant passing down work despite the negative game script.
Jamaal Williams: Aaron Jones is the more talented player in the Green Bay backfield with higher usage, but he is only out snapping Williams 79-56 through the first two games. Further, the screen pass Williams scored on last week was designed specifically for him while Jones was on the field.
Dion Lewis: Through two games Lewis has seen a stable snap share with limited usage, making him a Derrick Henry stash with the potential for a rise in targets in negative game scripts.
Ronald Jones: After outproducing Peyton Barber in week 1, Jones only saw 7 snaps last Thursday Night despite a more run-centric Bucs game plan. Prepare for this backfield to be difficult to predict for the foreseeable future.
Kalen Ballage: With Kenyan Drake trade rumors floating about, Ballage has the potential to be a primary back for what is almost certainly going to end up as a historically bad Dolphins offense.
Ito Smith: After slightly out snapping Devonta Freeman in the opener, playing time came close to a 2-1 split in favor of Freeman in week 2.
Mike Davis: Davis’s snap count went from 40 in week 1 down to 15 in week 2 at Denver. Teammate David Montgomery saw 27 snaps in both contests.
Gus Edwards: Edwards had 17 carries in the Ravens blow out win in Miami, he had 3 last week in a far more neutral game script.
Dare Ogunbowale: Dare’s snap share fell by roughly 14% in week two, where the Bucs deployed a more run-centric game plan.
Benny Snell: A single carry for 23 yards is nice, but only seeing 2 offensive snaps through two games is not encouraging.
Jordan Wilkins: Wilkins busted a 55-yard run against the Titans, while accumulating 5 carries and 1 target on a mere 10 offensive snaps.
Nyheim Hines: Hines only saw 2 carries and 2 targets on 13 snaps in a neutral game script against the Titans in week 2.
Ty Johnson: Johnson posted 5 carries for 30 yards while catching both of his targets for 6 yards on 12 offensive snaps.
C.J. Anderson: Anderson saw 5 unproductive carries on 12 snaps last Sunday against the Chargers.
Jalen Richard: Richard has only played 26 snaps through the first two weeks, without seeing notable passing game work despite being down to the Chiefs in week 2.
DeAndre Washington: Washington’s snap count jumped from 5 to 15 in week 2. With Josh Jacobs nursing a groin injury, Washington would be in line for a bigger role if Jacobs were to miss time.
D’Ernest Johnson: Johnson is starting to see some consistent passing down work out of the Browns backfield.
Running Back Handcuffs and Stashes
Melvin Gordon: Gordon’s holdout will likely conclude by week 10, which means he’s a high-value stash that you hope returns sooner.
Chase Edmonds: With David Johnson banging up the same wrist that cost him most of 2017, Edmonds is worth a stash in the high-volume Cardinals offense.
Justin Jackson: Austin Ekeler continues to lead the way in the Chargers backfield, while Jackson continues to make the most of his change-up work. Should Ekeler miss time during Melvin Gordon’s holdout, Jackson would be in line for considerable usage.
Alexander Mattison: Dalvin Cook has gone crazy through two weeks, but he has missed 17 games over the past two seasons. Mattison has been solid in change-up work behind Cook and serves as Cook’s insurance option for fantasy purposes.
Justice Hill: Hill remains one of our favorite stashes in an ascending Ravens offense. We intend to exercise a considerable amount of patience on Hill.
Darrell Henderson: The 60/40ish snap share between Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown continued in week 2, which has resulted in Henderson being dropped in many leagues. We still consider him a high-upside, appealing stash in one of football’s best offenses.
Ty Montgomery: The Sam Darnoldless Jets offense was hard to watch on Monday Night Football. Despite a shoulder concern that lead to an MRI, Le’Veon Bell still carried a massive workload with 21 carries and 10 receptions in a never-in-doubt defeat. Montgomery saw 3 carries and 3 targets himself in reserve duty, which represents an uptick in usage from week 1. Montgomery remains Bell’s handcuff and a bet against Bell’s ability to withstand this heavy workload.
Tony Pollard: Pollard will likely require an Ezekiel Elliot injury or a Cowboys blowout to see significant run.
- Mecole Hardman, WR, Chiefs, 10% FAAB Budget: We want shares of elite offenses and this Chiefs offense continues to be a historic one, which is why Hardman should not be available in 60% of Yahoo leagues. Hardman caught 4 passes on 6 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown on 55 snaps in Oakland week 2. Hardman also had a 74-yard touchdown reception nullified by a holding penalty, which would have brought his box score to 5-135-2. If you’re in a situation where you have a choice between Hardman and Demarcus Robinson, the strongest case for Hardman is that his lid-lifting speed is significantly closer to Tyreek Hill’s than any other Chief, making him more likely to see similar usage while Hill is sidelined with an injury.
- Demarcus Robinson, WR, Chiefs, 10%: What a bigtime week 2 for Robinson, who caught 6 passes on 6 targets for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 68 snaps in Tyreek Hill’s If you are internally debating between acquiring Robinson or Mecole Hardman, the strongest case for Robinson would be built on his higher snap count and extraordinary efficiency in week 2. Additionally, Robinson has been a Chief for each of his four NFL seasons, which could logically explain Robinson’s higher snap count over the rookie Hardman’s.
- James Washington, WR, Steelers, 5%: With Ben Roethlisberger out for the year, Washington’s former Oklahoma State teammate Mason Rudolph now dictates where the targets go in Pittsburgh. Washington has been a preseason standout during his first two years in the NFL, posting 17-366-4 over that span, with that production largely coming on Rudolph targets. Through two weeks Washington has played 35 and 33 snaps, respectively, which may even be on the rise after Donte Moncrief’s fall from 60 snaps to 18 in week 2. Washington’s upside is worthy of consideration heading into week 3, especially for those that back the shower narrative.
- Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles, TBD: With Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson sidelined during Sunday Night Football, Agholor posted an 8-107-1 box score on 11 targets while being on the field for 77-of-80 snaps. Agholor has served as the Eagles slot receiver as well as an out of structure shot-play threat for Carson Wentz in each of the past two seasons. Agholor averaged 63 catches on 96 targets for 752 yards receiving and 6 touchdowns over that period, while being more productive in 2017. If Jeffrey or Jackson ends up missing time, and it appears Jeffrey’s status will be in doubt the next two weeks, Agholor’s role is set to expand. If both end up missing time, Agholor is positioned to take over the second largest target share in the pass-heavy Eagles offense behind tight end Zach Ertz.
- Deebo Samuel, WR, 49ers, 4%: We have continued to seek 49ers shares due to our collective optimism about Kyle Shanahan’s offense throughout draft season. To this point, the wide receiver group has operated as a bit of an unconventional, even confusing timeshare; one that we hope to shed some light on. Through two games, Samuel leads the 49ers receiver group in snaps (86), targets (10), receptions (8), receiving yards (104), and YAC (89). Deebo also has a remarkably low aDOT (2.07) despite a strong 2.67 yards per route run, which collectively means that he’s purposely being targeted on short passes designed to create run after the catch opportunities. To phrase that another way, Deebo is leading the receiver group with a 19% target share and he’s being used in a manner that accentuates what he does well, which is run after the catch.
- DJ Chark, WR, Jaguars, 4%: After a 4-146-1 line against the Chiefs in week 1, Chark came back with 7 catches on 9 targets for 55 yards receiving with a touchdown, while also having a long score negated by a hold in Houston this week. Through the first two games, Chark has a slight lead in target share (20%) over Chris Conley (18%) and Dede Westbrook (17%), while posting a strong 3.09 yards per route run. Chark also has a weighted opportunity rating that puts him in the mix with names like Mike Evans and Julio Jones, among others. The Jaguars have a home game versus the Titans on Thursday Night Football in week 3, so a decision on Chark would have to come when waivers are processed or soon after (if he remains available).
- JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Eagles, TBD: Arcega-Whiteside saw a massive bump in playing time (74-of-80 snaps) with Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson sidelined with injury during Sunday Night Football. While Arcega-Whiteside only caught 1 pass for 4 yards on 4 targets, he is a rookie that was not intended to be a significant part of the original game plan. Moving forward, should Jackson or Jeffrey miss time, the preseason standout Arcega-Whiteside is set to inherit a more consistent role in their absence. While Arcega-Whiteside would benefit from either player missing time, Arcega-Whiteside’s unique box out technique on fades could logically result in an uptick in red zone targets if Jeffrey remains sidelined. With Ian Rapoport reporting that Jeffrey’s status for the next two weeks is in some doubt, Arcega-Whiteside could have some short-term upside in this offense.
- Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers, 1%: As is the case with Deebo Samuel, Goodwin’s usage has been in line with what he does well: run with world-class speed. Through two weeks, Goodwin is second amongst 49ers wide receivers in snaps (85), target share (11%) receptions (4), receiving yards (84), and he leads in aDOT (15.2). To this point, Goodwin is the WR2 in the 49ers offense while being used as a field stretcher, which is in line with what he does well.
- Devin Smith, WR, Cowboys, 1%: Michael Gallup is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after a hot start to the 2019 season, making Smith a name to consider. Smith posted a 3-74-1 box score last Sunday, while seeing his snap count rise from 6 in week 1 to 18 in week 2. With a week 3 date at home versus the tanking Dolphins, it would be prudent to grab Smith now if his upside appeals to you.
- Golden Tate, WR, 0%: Tate is mentioned here as he’s coming off suspension in week 5. If the back of your roster could benefit from having a high floor PPR asset, trying to get Tate for free two weeks before he comes off suspension is a move you can consider.
Keep an eye on:
Geronimo Allison: Allison has seen stable, slot heavy playing time with a 46.2% snap share while posting a 4-25-1 box score after not being targeted in the opener.
Keke Coutee: After missing the first game, Coutee was brought back into the fold with 28 snaps, with 24 of them coming from the slot in week 2.
Kenny Stills: Stills has a slightly slot heavy 39.8% snap share with a combined 5-75-1 line on 6 targets through week 2. Stills and Keke Coutee appear to be in a bit of a timeshare for now.
A.J. Brown: While less productive this week than last, Brown is averaging 4.5 targets, 3.57 yard per route run, and 26 snaps through week 2.
Mack Hollins: Hollins saw 69-of-80 snaps while catching 5 passes on 8 targets for 50 yards on Sunday Night Football.
Cole Beasley: Beasley has 9 catches on 13 targets for 123 yards receiving through two weeks, he remains a solid floor PPR option.
Anthony Miller: Miller’s offensive snaps jumped from 15 in week 1 to 31 in week 2, but his usage remains nearly nonexistent to this point. A Monday Night date with a banged-up Redskins secondary has the potential to bolster Miller’s status.
Randall Cobb: Don’t expect Cobb’s slot-heavy role to change, but his 18% target share has a chance to increase with Michael Gallup sidelined with an injury.
Cedrick Wilson: Another player to keep an eye on in Michael Gallup’s absence is Wilson, who is coming off a solid preseason.
DeVante Parker: Despite a truly ugly situation in Miami, Parker has a 22.1 aDOT and a 20% target share.
Donte Moncrief: After a brutal stretch of drops, Moncrief’s playing time dipped from 60 snaps in week 1 to 18 in week 2.
Diontae Johnson: Johnson is averaging an almost evenly dispersed 25 snaps and 4.5 targets through two games.
Ryan Switzer: Switzer’s playing time dipped from 46 offensive snaps in week 1 to 13 in week 2, though he still had 4 fruitless targets in week 2.
Phillip Dorsett: After Dorsett’s 4-95-2 on 53 snaps in week 1, his snaps fell to 35 with a 3-39 line with the debut of Antonio Brown.
Chris Conley: Through two games, Conley has a combined line of 10-170-1 with a 13 aDOT and an 18% target share.
Danny Amendola: After posting 7-104-1 on 13 targets in week 1, Amendola had one uncaught target in week 2. However, his snap share actually increased from 52% to 58% in week 2.
Hunter Renfrow: A big leap in snaps for Renfrow, moving from 16 in week 1 to 46 in week 2.
Breshad Perriman: Perriman has had very limited production to date, but he currently has a 13.9 aDOT with a 15% target share and a week 3 matchup at home versus the Giants lost pass defense.
Cody Latimer: Through the first two games, Latimer has seen 13 targets with a (likely unsustainable) 17.5 aDOT.
Bennie Fowler: With Sterling Shepard missing week 2, Fowler leads Giants receivers with 15 targets to this point.
Parris Campbell: The Ohio State speedster Campbell saw 18 snaps and 1 target in each of the first two games, while hauling in a score in week 2.
Deon Cain: Coinciding with Devin Funchess’s injury, Cain jumped from 11 snaps in week 1 to 32 in week 2.
Chester Rodgers: Rogers went from zero week 1 targets to 4 in week 2, without a significant uptick in snaps.
Adam Humphries: Humphries has had very disappointing usage through two games, but his snaps rose by 13 in week 2.
Chad Beebe: The Vikings Beebe, who is the son of former Buffalo Bills receiver Don Beebe, flashed his speed despite low usage in Green Bay last week.
Malik Turner: Turner caught all 3 of his targets for 54 yards on only 16 week 2 snaps against the Steelers.
Travis Benjamin: Already with a solid role as a field stretcher, Benjamin’s playing time could rise further if Mike Williams injury status worsens.
Dontrelle Inman: While Mike Williams did not see a meaningful snap reduction, Inman’s snaps increased by 10 in week 2.
KeeSean Johnson: Johnson’s playing time dropped from 67 offensive snaps in week 1 to 18 in week 2.
Damiere Byrd: Byrd has a 15% target share paired with an 89.7% snap share in the high-volume Cardinals offense.
- Noah Fant, TE, Broncos, 1% FAAB Budget: Fant has been targeted 8 times while seeing a 72% snap share through the first two weeks of the season. Fant tops this meager list due to his talent and reasonably stable role through the first two contests of 2019.
- Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals, 1%: Eifert has seen 5 targets in each of the first two games, while bringing in a goal line touchdown in week 2. Eifert’s week 3 opponent is the Bills, who just limited Evan Engram to 48 yards on 6 receptions.
- Will Dissly, TE, Seahawks, 1%: Dissly had a nice spike game against the Steelers, hauling in 5 catches on 5 targets for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns. The week before, Dissly caught 1 pass for 12 yards on 2 targets. Dissly is a volatile week to week play with a home game against the Saints coming in week 3.
Keep an eye on:
Chris Herndon: Sam Darnold’s illness tempers Herndon’s post-suspension enthusiasm some, but with the Jets bye coming in week 4 few will consider adding Herndon this early. If you’re in trouble at tight end, now is the time to start considering Herndon.
Jason Witten: Through two weeks, Witten has posted 7-40-2 on 13% target share while playing both a significant and stable snap count.
Virgil Green: When Hunter Henry is out, as he is now, Green is the next man up that sees significant playing time and low usage. That did not change in Green’s first fill in for Henry this season.
Cameron Brate: With O.J. Howard spending Thursday Night Football blocking and not being targeted, Brate saw 2 targets on only 16 snaps. If Howard is in Bruce Arians’ doghouse, which would benefit Brate, we should find out in week 3 when the Bucs take on the Giants whose pass defense does not present a pass rushing threat that requires more max protection.
- 49ers Defense vs Steelers, 1% FAAB Budget: With Ben Roethlisberger out for the season, the 49ers defense now faces Mason Rudolph in their home opener. Rudolph was a prolific passer at Oklahoma State, but he’s making his first NFL start this week on the road in San Francisco. The 49ers D finds themselves in another strong spot to create turnover opportunities against an inexperienced signal caller.
- Packers Defense vs Broncos, 1%: The Packers are 7 ½ point home favorites against Denver. The Packers pass rush has been noticeably improved through the first two weeks, which makes the prospect of Joe Flacco playing from behind, in Lambeau Field, an appealing option for defensive streamers.
- Eagles Defense vs Lions, 1%: The Eagles are 7 ½ point home favorites, coming off a loss to the Falcons on Sunday Night Football. The Eagles pass rush is capable of creating sacks and turnover opportunities against virtually any opponent, which is their primary appeal here as large, outdoor home favorites against a dome team.
- Titans Defense at Jaguars (Thursday Night), 0%: This will likely be a grind-it-out slugfest between division rivals on Thursday Night Football. With that said, a matchup against the rookie Gardner Minshew, who has played reasonably well in Nick Foles absence, on a short week comes with upside.
- Matt Bryant, K, Falcons, 0% FAAB Budget: Bryant is a reliable veteran, in a talented offense, that will be playing a road game indoors against the Colts in week 3. Those conditions, paired with the Falcons 23-point implied total, make Bryant an attractive kicking option this week.
- Matt Gay, K, Buccaneers, 0% FAAB Budget: The Bucs are 6 ½ point home favorites with an implied team total of 27 points. With the Bucs projected for roughly 5 scoring drives against the presently awful Giants pass defense, Gay is in solid position for those in need of a kicker this week.
Ben Roethlisberger: Now out for the season with an elbow injury.
Derek Carr: Playing Carr at Minnesota in week 3 would be an adventurous betting decision.
Andy Dalton: We would look for other options given the state of the Bengals offensive line heading to Buffalo to face a talented Bills front.
Sam Darnold: Out with mono.
Derrius Guice: Guice is on IR with a knee injury after surgery on a torn meniscus.
DeaSean Hamilton: Not a must drop, but the clear third fiddle in the Broncos wide receiver group to this point.
Dante Pettis: After 2 snaps in week 1, Pettis saw no targets on 35 snaps in week 2, though he did throw a pass. Better, clearer days may be coming, but if you can grab a priority waiver claim and Pettis is your most droppable option, there is a real argument for that now.
Kyle Rudolph: Rudolph usually has a spike game or two, but he has 9 yards receiving through the first two weeks. If you’re holding Rudolph as a reserve tight end, we wouldn’t have any issue moving off of him.
Ryan Reynolds has privately analyzed football for investing and betting purposes for nearly two decades. Ryan began forecasting by using sports cards as a method of investing in individual baseball and football players, a practice he still takes part in today. Ryan plays DFS, high-volume best ball, and season-long fantasy while directly betting on props, totals, and point spreads that meet his conditions. Ryan has watched every snap, of every NFL game since 2014.