Week two had incredible games and significant injuries. Dave Gray discusses the players who could replace the likes of Saquon Barkley and Christian McCaffrey on your fantasy teams...
"Thielen has had a decent start to the season but the narrative around Minnesota could lead to you being able to steal the main target there on the cheap."
Week two overshadowed by injuries
Week two was certainly eventful. We had what is likely to be the game of the season as the Cowboys pulled of an incredible comeback against the Falcons. There were great games between the Seahawks and Patriots - hopefully you picked up Cam Newton last week - and the Jaguars and Titans.
But what most people will remember week two for is the unbelievable run of injuries to big name players we saw on Sunday evening. Saquon Barkley, Nick Bosa and Courtland Sutton are all out for the season. Christian McCaffrey, Raheem Mostert and Davante Adams could all miss time and that is just the tip of the iceberg. For fantasy purposes this opens up opportunities and there are some players out there who now have a lot of value.
Lewis and Davis the backs to pick up
The loss of Barkley and McCaffrey - the two top picks in most fantasy leagues - gives their backups the chance to shine. But picking which of the players on the depth chart will get the most work is hard to predict.
For the Giants Wayne Gallman looks the early favourite to take most of the carries. However, Dion Lewis will be in the mix and will likely see more of the work in the passing game. While he isn't the greatest rusher, he appears to be the back to pick up here. Gallman has had a few opportunities in his time in New York and has not done much with it. Lewis just brings a higher ceiling and for your fantasy teams, that is what you are looking for.
In Carolina it appears to be more clear cut. Mike Davis came in with McCaffrey down on Sunday and reeled in all eight of his targets. Head coach Matt Rhule praised him after the game and while Reggie Bonnafon may be worth a stash on your bench, it is Davis who has the fantasy value for week three.
When the odds come out later this week look for Lewis and Davis in the player props markets, particularly as receivers out of the backfield.
We're only two games in but you will no doubt already see certain managers in your leagues getting fed up with certain players. Kirk Cousins had a miserable game on Sunday and, while I believe he will improve, it is his teammate Adam Thielen who could be worth targeting.
The Vikings are struggling, but that isn't necessarily bad news for your fantasy teams - unless you are counting on Dalvin Cook. They are likely to be behind often and that should translate to lots of passing. Thielen has had a decent start to the season but the narrative around Minnesota could lead to you being able to steal the main target there on the cheap. It is certainly worth throwing out an offer.
Another veteran receiver who is almost definitely available for way below his actual value is AJ Green. The Bengals wide receiver has struggled a little in his return from a year out. Just 80 yards and no touchdowns isn't great. But he has that with a phenomenal 22 targets in those two games.
Fantasy football is all about opportunity and despite it not being converted just yet, Joe Burrow will continue to throw to Green. Get in quick because things will click for him soon and he could be putting up some monster numbers.
Tight end is notoriously a hard position to fill. There are a lot of good but not great options and finding a difference maker outside of the top few players can be hard. But Evan Engram could be the player to end those headaches. He has not got off to a fast start, but that just means he could be available for less than he should be.
With Barkley going down the Giants are likely to pass the ball more. Sterling Shepard is also likely to miss time and that is just more targets coming Engram's way. He is such a talented player, but injuries have held him back. With 15 targets through two games, and those numbers likely to go up from now on, if you don't get him soon then it may be too late.
Week three waiver targets
With the amount of injuries we saw in week two the waiver wire should be very active this week. There are plenty of players who are likely to be sitting out there that can win you fantasy weeks.
Darrell Henderson may well be available in your league and, with Cam Akers going down and Malcolm Brown suffering a hand injury, Henderson could lead the potent Rams backfield for week three. He had 121 total yards and added a touchdown on Sunday and should be the number one target for running back needy teams.
I said to pick up Robby Anderson last week and he backed that up with nine catches and 109 yards on Sunday. McCaffrey's injury should mean even more opportunity in the passing game in Carolina. If he is still available then don't let him sit available any longer.
N'Keal Harry has had a frustrating time in New England since they selected him in the first round of the 2019 draft, but he is slowly growing into his role and Cam Newton certainly trusts him. He had 12 targets against the Seahawks and, while he only converted that into 72 yards, much like with AJ Green those targets will eventually convert into big games.
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