Steve Miller | September 17th, 2019
Only in week two and we have seen quarterbacks go down like flies. Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, and Nick Foles all hit the shelf. This impacts a lot of fantasy situations and might have you looking at the wire for someone to replace that low-end guy like Latavius Murray or Dede Westbrook in the lineup.
For your skill positions, there are still a ton of excellent guys that are less than 50% owned in leagues around the country. We have players like Demarcus Robinson, who exploded in the absence of Tyreek Hill, and Terry McLaurin, who showed you why he should have been higher on the week one report, backing it up with another top performance in week two. There were a few failures from the week one list (looking at you, T.J. Hockenson). So let’s just dive in.
Demarcus Robinson (7%) & Mecole Hardman (41%)
With Hill out it opens up a starting spot in the most explosive offense, and both Robinson and Hardman stepped into the spotlight this past week. Robinson dropped a 6-172-2 line and Hardman went for 4-61-1. Both receivers caught deep touchdown passes, and those will likely continue to flow until Hill returns. Even then, both receivers will have a chance to play the third receiver role. Personally, I think Hardman will win that role in the long term, but Robinson’s big week (and late season success last year) makes this a coin flip. Getting either this week is a win in my book.
Carlos Hyde (43%)
I mentioned Hyde last week and the fact that he would see touches and he saw the same touches again this week. He is this year’s Lamar Miller. He won’t win you weeks, but as your flex, you can’t be safer. His 20 carries and 90 yards showed off a nice 4.5 YPC clip, and cements him as a must add in my book.
Peyton Barber (47%)
Barber looked like the back to own in Tampa last week, getting both the opportunity and capitalizing on it for 80+ yards and a touchdown. He’s a starter in your flex, and could work his way into regular RB2 spots in the bye week season.
Golden Tate (35%)
I have no stats, but I do know that the Giants offense has a need for his slot skills. Daniel Jones is taking over as the starter and will want to target the safe veteran in Tate. His ability after the catch will be put to use. If you have an open spot on your roster, go get him this week before everyone starts talking about him coming back from his four week suspension.
Raheem Mostert (17%)
The San Francisco back proved last year that he can be a flex worthy player, and while I don’t think he’s the type of guy who will win you fantasy titles, Mostert can get you through a few games here if you’re in a pinch. That said, his 22 point outing may likely be his highest performance of the season.
Deebo Samuel (13%)
The rookie receiver has had a nice start to his NFL career. In an offense that will create big plays organically, Samuel has shined. He totaled 94 yards and a touchdown on seven touches. You shouldn’t expect the former Gamecock (sorry, had to) to produce points every week, but as the season progresses, expect him to become the dominant receiver in this backfield.
Randall Cobb (24%)
Less of a season-long commitment, and more of a 3-4 week stopgap, Cobb is worth a look in PPR leagues. With Michael Gallup’s injury, Cobb should see more looks from Dak Prescott, who has been on fire to start the year.
Quick hits on over 50% players from last week who are still out there
Terry McLaurin (51%)
McLaurin followed up his week one performance with a 5-62-1 line on nine targets. His ownership will jump into the 70s or higher this week. Don’t let your league mates get him first.
Marquise Brown (82%) & Mark Andrews (89%)
Brown may not have rewarded fantasy owners in non-PPR leagues, but he sure looked the part of a starting asset. Targeted 13 times, Brown was able to haul in eight catches for 86 yards. He didn’t find the endzone, but this was a very promising second game for the rookie, who clearly has a rapport with Lamar Jackson. As does Andrews who followed up week one with a stronger week two, adding four more yards to his week one performance, ending with 8-112-1. He’s poised to break out this year if Jackson continues his excellent second-year campaign. This young offense is going to be fun to watch.
A.J. Green (87%)
Why on earth is Green not owned in every league? In games he started in 2018, he scored double-digit fantasy points in all but one… the game he got injured.
Well, that’s it for this week. There are plenty of other options, but you only have a few spots available, so I recommend targeting the above first. If none are available, or you’d like to get my take, tweet at me.
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