Week 2 had some exciting games and some disappointing games. From the high flying affair of PIT v KC to FitzMagic striking once again, there will be a lot clamoring for the benefactors of those games. My words of advice, don’t. Many time we see blow outs or high scoring games and tend to want to grab a piece that did really well. That’s not smart fantasy football. What’s smart is paying attention to targets and snap counts (don’t worry we do that for you) to see trends, not flashes in the pan.
Due to our scheduled releases, this will be completed before the Monday night games as well as before I’ve had time to digest every game in depth. So with that being said, stay tuned to my tweets @THEffVigilante throughout the week for more gems later on in the week.
You have to wonder with Mixon facing 2-3 weeks out with surgery, how much work Giovani Bernard will see. I hesitate to say he’ll be a decent pickup in standard (yes people still play it) but he’ll be definitely worth the add in PPR leagues where available. The “jury” is also still out as to whether or not Tra Carson (my choice) will see the bulk of the carries alongside Gio or Mark Walton the 4th round pick. So until more news breaks on the situation, Gio is the add here. Honestly, I wouldn’t touch the other two just yet unless you need to in deeper leagues (16+ teams). Anything less than that, hold what you got.
Yahoo Own%: 26
ESPN Own%: 38.9
Again, GO GET ERIC EBRON. He’s not a streamer, he’ll be a TE1 this year alongside Doyle I’m sure of it. Through two games he’s had 4 and 5 targets. So far, so consistent. He is looking like their go to in the red zone which is what we figured he would be at the beginning of the season. No one else is really worth wasting waiver priority over.
ESPN: 35.6% (foolish)
With Doctson, Crowder and Richardson all being the snap count leaders of all the receivers, you need to find who the best option is going to be. What I’m seeing in the early going is that Paul Richardson (the most likely find on the wire) is seeing roster-able targets. What I mean by that is this. Through weeks 1 and 2 he’s seen 6 and caught 4 on both outings. The yardage has been up and down but with PPR, that’s what you want in a flex/wr4. Eventually something will give and he will get that yardage necessary for a wr3 type game. A low end steal for you bench on days where match-ups are scary and injuries abound.
ESPN own%: 38.3
Yahoo own%: 8
Like I’ve been saying for a few weeks now, keep your eye out for both Marcus Murphy and Jason Croom.
Murphy has out-snapped and has had more targets than Chris Ivory (the one everyone anointed as the backup) every game thus far. With his size, he’s more like a bargain BASEMENT Theo Riddick. Regardless, he’ll be in for more work with McCoy missing a game possibly with cracked rib cartilage. This may be bigger league pick up (I have him in a 20-teamer) pickup, but could become a smaller league gem once the Bills offense improves.
Croom flashed during pre-season and now looks to be an actual weapon (I use that term lightly when speaking of this team). He has gotten more targets than Charles Clay in both games. Now that may not mean anything at the moment, but he’s worth a watch (and I have him stashed on some dynasty rosters…yes I said dynasty).
ESPN own%: 0.9
Yahoo own%: 1
Rashard Higgins & Antonio Callaway
We saw a what this offense has a chance to look like sans Gordon (traded to the Patriots). Two names you should know and grab before your league mates:
Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway. I for one am not bending one way or the other. Higgins had 7 targets and 5 receptions and 47 yards. He saw opportunity, but so did Callaway. He had 2 rush attempts for 7 yards to go along with 4 targets and 3 receptions for 81 yards and a TD. Callaway had much more production but I like the usage of both. Facing a NYJ team who is giving up a 57% catch rate to opposing WRs, they should be OK. At the moment they’re free so don’t worry about own % here.
Tedd Ginn Jr.
Ted Ginn Jr….why is he still available? You guys have to be better. He’s third in line for targets behind Kamara and Drew Brees is throwing a good bit right now. You have 2 weeks until Ingram comes back and the attempts go down so get your usage while you can.
ESPN own%: 38.5
Yahoo own%: 41
Just in case he’s available, go get Darnold’s favorite target Quincy Enunwa. He’s still less than 62% owned in both ESPN and Yahoo.
Ben likes Jesse James. I doth not careth about the Vance No Pants dance. Vance just can’t do what Jesse James can do. He’s a big target who is coming into his own in year four (my favorite year for a TE breakout). Not to mention he’s already halfway to the yardage he accrued last year…in two games. This pace will not be sustained, but he’s worth the pickup. I’m really hoping for a breakout because there’s really no TE doing what he can do at 6’7.
Yahoo Own%: 10
ESPN Own%: 3.2
Geronimo Allison has been more steady than a lot of wr2s we’ve been used to in the past having 5 and 6 receptions over the last 2 games. With him also breaking the 60 yard mark in both games, he is a useful wr3/flex as long as Aaron Rodgers continues to deal as much as he has been to begin the season.
Yahoo Own%: 31
ESPN Own%: 25.8
With my list being a lot shorter this week, I’m going to have a pass at a few of my leagues waiver wires and tweet some more guys of value. As I said in the beginning of this write-up, be on the lookout for my premium waiver wire pickup tweets @THEffVigilante. Let us lead you to a #Top2TypeVictory!