Category Archives: Fantasy Football Week 2


We’re through two weeks in the NFL season and what a ride!!!  The world seems topsy-turvy with the Miami Dolphins, Cincinnati Bengals, and Tampa Bay Bucs at 2-0.  Meanwhile the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans are winless, and we’ve already seen two games end in a tie.  But how crazy has the fantasy season been???

  • QB – The top 3 fantasy scoring QBs are Ryan Fitzpatrick, Patrick Mahomes, and Kirk Cousins
  • RB – Matt Breida leads the NFL in rushing yards
  • WR – DeSean Jackson leads the NFL in receiving yards
  • TE – The top 3 fantasy scoring TEs are Jared Cook, Jesse James, and Will Dissly

Remember, we’re only 2 weeks into the season.  Starting this week, you will see fantasy owners panic and drop good players because they had 2 bad games.  Don’t overreact and try to cash in when other owners do.  After 4 weeks of poor play, then you can assess if a player needs to be cut.

So onto the “Fantasy Smoke & Fire” for week 2, where we read beyond the stat lines to determine player values moving forward.

Here are the four categories of players we look at each week:

  • On Fire – These are players that are exceeding expectations (or ADP), and we expect it to continue. Think waiver wire adds!
  • Smoke (and mirrors) – These are players that have performed well recently, but we do not expect it to continue. Don’t buy into the hype; pass on the waiver wire pickup.  Possibly look to trade them away with the value is high.
  • False Alarm – These are players that are underperforming recently, but we expect them to turn around. Don’t cut bait too early.  Possibly look to acquire them in a trade while the value is low.
  • On Ice – These are players that have not performed well, and we expect a poor season to continue. They should stay on the bench (or be cut depending on the player/circumstances).

On Fire – Obviously all of these players aren’t on waivers, but they have impressed and I expect it to continue.

Pos Player Comment
QB Patrick Mahomes 23/28 326-6-0.  I doubted Mahomes entering the year.  He’s the real deal and his decision making is quick/sharp. Never been a question of his cannon arm.
QB Kirk Cousins 35/48 425-4-1.  Same old slinging Cousins, just on a new team.
RB Chris Thompson 4-1 (13-92 on 14 targets).  He doesn’t always get the most touches, but I’m finally starting to buy into him.
RB Tevin Coleman 16-107 (4-18 on 4 targets).  Anytime Freeman (or Coleman) is out, the other is a great fantasy play.
RB Phillip Lindsay 14-107 (1-4 on 1 target).  Is Lindsay really the lead back of the Broncos?  We would all like to see them stick with one.
WR Will Fuller 8-113-1 on 9 targets.  Outside of Fuller and Hopkins, nobody else had more than 3 targets.  Fuller is 30-40% of the passing game.
WR Sammy Watkins 6-100 on 7 targets (1-31 rushing).  Looking like a resurgence as long as Mahomes keeps up his game.
WR Juju Smith-Schuster 13-121-1 on 19 targets.  He got more looks than AB.  It’ll continue with so much defensive attention payed to Brown.
WR Nelson Agholor 8-88-1 on 12 targets.  Outside of Ertz, he’s the most heavily involved in the passing game.  Will it continue with Wentz back next week?
WR Quincy Enunwa 7-92 on 11 targets.  Looks like Darnold’s go to guy.
WR Kenny Golladay 6-89-1 on 9 targets.  Just keeps pushing for looks from Stafford.  It will continue, but he’s still the #3 receiver til Marvin Jones falters.
WR Allen Robinson 10-83 on 14 targets.  Trubisky’s certainly looking his way.  I doubted his ADP this year but he may come through.
TE Will Dissly 3-42-1 on 5 targets.  He’s building trust from Wilson and should see looks with Baldwin out.


Smoke – They had a good start to the season, but I’m not sold on it continuing.

Pos Player Comment
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 27/33 402-4-1.  Fitz-Magic is rolling.  He’s on a hot streak and may keep the QB job from Winston.  But his career proves that he’s certainly not this good.
QB Andy Dalton 24/42 265-4-0.  Week 2 may be the only 4 TD game he has all year.  He’s no more that a low-end QB2 matchup play.
QB Blake Bortles 29/45 377-4-1 (6-35).  Bortles did everything he needed to do to beat the Patriots.  He’s not a fantasy QB that you want to lean on all season.
RB Matt Breida 11-138-1 (3-21 on 4 targets).  He had one great long run; the rest was mediocre.
WR DeSean Jackson 4-129-1 on 4 targets.  Jackson can’t keep this up all season.  He’ll always catch a few long ones, but the week to week consistency isn’t there.
WR Brandon Cooks 7-159 on 9 targets.  Goff spreads the ball around and I don’t expect a top 5 passing attack.  I don’t expect big games consistently.
WR Keelan Cole 7-116-1 on 8 targets.  Everyone will talk about the spectacular 1 handed catch.  That doesn’t get you extra fantasy points; and neither will Bortles.
TE Jesse James 5-138-1 on 5 targets.  Had some big plays, but the Steelers offense uses him as a safety valve more than a playmaker.


False Alarm – Don’t overreact to these players just because of a slow start; they’ll be fine moving forward.  If they get cut in your league, be quick to scoop them up.

False Alarm
Pos Player Comment
QB Aaron Rodgers 30/42 281-1-0.  The knee injury will only slightly impact his fantasy production over the next month.  Expect 90% of typical Rodgers.
RB Alex Collins 9-35 (3-55 on 4 targets).  Collins is still the man, but Bal was behind 21-0 early.
RB Adrian Peterson 11-20 (3-30 on 3 targets).  Surprising stat line against a bottom tier Ind def.  I expect a rebound.
RB Kareem Hunt 18-75 (1-5-1 on 1 target).  Don’t panic, but pounce if there’s a worried owner out there.  Also see Dalvin Cook…
RB Kenyan Drake 11-53-1 (4-17 on 4 targets).  I still believe in Drake, but need to see a big game by week 4.
RB Dalvin Cook 10-38 (3-52 on 5 targets).  Don’t panic, but pounce if there’s a worried owner out there. Also see Kareem Hunt…
RB Jordan Howard 14-35 (3-33 on 4 targets).  Still the workhorse; TDs will come.
WR SF Wide Receivers No one targeted more than 4 times.  Goodwin was out week 2.  Someone will step up, but who?
WR Odell Beckham Jr. 4-51 on 9 targets.  Still one of the best in the league.
TE Rob Gronkowski 2-15 on 4 targets.  Just because Jacksonville shut him down, it doesn’t mean other teams can replicate.


On Ice – These guys are not performing and I don’t expect it to turnaround any time soon (compared to expectations).

On Ice
Pos Player Comment
QB Andrew Luck 21/31 179-2-2.  I didn’t trust him as a top 5 QB before his shoulder injury in 2016; he’ll be up and down all year.
QB Sam Bradford 17/27 90-0-1.  How pitiful!!!  Is it time for Josh Rosen?
QB Case Keenum 19/35 222-0-1 (3-16-1).  Can any QB be successful in Denver these days?  Not looking good for Keenum
QB Russell Wilson 15/27 139-1-1.  Sacked 6 times in each of the first 2 games.  It’s gonna be tough sledding this year.
RB Derrick Henry 18-56.  Until teams respect the passing game, Henry won’t be a fantasy starter.
RB Dion Lewis 14-42 (1-1 on 1 target).  I like his chances at a rebound more than Henry because of his receiving ability, but the passing game stinks!!!
RB LeSean McCoy 9-39 (4-29 on 4 targets).  Terrible team, cracked ribs, age, nuff said…
RB Jamaal Williams 16-59 (3-12 on 4 targets).  I expected Williams to run with the RB job the first 2 wks.  Didn’t happen and here comes electric Aaron Jones back from suspension.
RB David Johnson 13-48 (1-3 on 2 targets).  That offense is beyond terrible.  DJ won’t improve until Bradford is benched (or turns around his career which is unlikely).
RB Royce Freeman 8-28-1 (1 target).  Overdrafted in many fantasy leagues (I didn’t buy in).  Lindsay looks like the preferred option and was already the 3rd down back.
RB Chris Carson 6-24 (1 target).  The Seattle backfield has been bad for years.  Looks like they’re ready to turn the page and see what their rookie RB has.
WR Robby Anderson 3-27 on 5 targets.  Looks like Enunwa is his go to option.
TE David Njoku 4-20 on 7 targets.  He’s an athletic freak, but hasn’t put it all together yet.

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Week 2 Fantasy Football Fallout and Future Thoughts

Here we are. Week 2 is in the books and you’re already reevaluating how your team is constructed. Is it time for a trade or do you stand pat and wait for your players to perform? In the average fantasy season, you only have 13 weeks to shine. Obviously you do not want to cut bait too soon, but if you wait too long, odds are you already passed on a few stars that are shining for another team. This week showed us that the fantasy football gods continue to be unpredictable and leaves us scratching our heads as we shake our Magic 8-Ball for answers.

Let’s take a look at the recap below:

Standout Stars


  • Newton…………353 yds 4 TD/1 INT
  • Ryan……………..396 yds 3 TD/1 INT
  • Rivers……………220 yds 4 TD


  • Forte……………..100 yds, 3 TD….2 rec, 9 yds
  • Bernard…………17 yds….9 rec, 100 yds 1 TD
  • Williams………..94 yds…4 rec, 38 yds 1 TD


  • Diggs……………….9 rec, 182 yds, 1 TD
  • K. Benjamin.…..7 rec, 108 yds 2 TD
  • T. Benjamin……6 rec, 115 yds, 2 TD

Last week’s picks: 4 out of 8, 50%


Substandard Stiffs


  • Luck……………….197 yds, 1 TD/1 INT
  • Wilson……………254 yds
  • Winston…….….243 yds, 1 TD/4 INT


  • Foster…………….9 yds…(Injury)
  • Martin……………23 yds…(Injury)
  • Bernard…………25 yds….2 rec, 5 yds


  • Moncrief…………1 rec, 9 yds (Injury)
  • J. Brown………….1 rec, 14 yds
  • G. Tate…………….2 rec, 13 yds

Last week’s picks: 3 out of 6, 50%

Surprise Performers (Sleepers)

Stefon Diggs – Diggs came into his own as a rookie last year and compiled 85 targets in 13 games. He was up and down as rookies usually are, but showed flashes of a true #1. It looks like he has turned those flashes into a reality and is going to make 2016 the year he puts it all together. Through his first 2 games this season he has a line of 16/285/1. In a PPR league he has compiled 50 fantasy points and is sitting in the top 15 for WR’s. In an offense that will be looking for options without AP, Diggs looks to produce WR1 numbers for the foreseeable future. Congrats to the owners who took a chance on him in the later rounds.

Travis Benjamin – When Benjamin signed as a free agent in the offseason, he was being talked about as an underrated option in San Diego. Now that Allen and Woodhead are out for the year, he becomes the main target for Phillip Rivers. He has the speed and deception to be a great asset, but will have to prove he can put up WR1 numbers before he inserted into weekly lineups.

Last week’s picks: 2 out of 3, 75%

Statistical Busts

Devonta Freeman – If you are anything like me, you have reservations for players who come out of nowhere in year 1 and have a risk of the sophomore slump in year 2. Freeman was that guy for me. He took the NFL by storm and looked like the next Priest Holmes, but he slowed down after the first 8 games and came into 2016 with alot of questions. With a head coach who already mentioned the words of RBBC, his future outlook doesn’t look promising. He honestly may struggle to finish in the top 20 this year. A total of 50 yds rushing and 3 catches in 2 weeks isn’t going to cut it.

Allen Robinson – The milk carton, “Have You Seen Him” award this week goes to ARob. This is a guy who was picked to be one of the top WR’s in fantasy this year. Instead he has been stuck in neutral as his QB looks like he studied the motions of Jay Schroeder over the summer instead of John Elway. The Jacksonville offense is very talented and hasn’t even touched on their potential yet this year. ARob has lived in garbage time over the last 2 weeks and is hungry for a main course. I still think he will get his numbers, but I can’t lie and say I don’t a bad feeling going forward. Hopefully, this isn’t one of the guys that falls from fantasy grace this year. Keep hope alive my fellow owners.

Last week’s picks: 2 out of 2, 100%

Week 2 Thoughts and Theories

-It’s time to worry about Jamal Charles – Jamal Charles continues to work his way back from a torn ACL and the fact that he hasn’t been able to play yet is concerning. There wasn’t much info coming out of camp until the last few weeks when we started to hear whispers about him not being ready to get on the field. You know it is serious when his doctor was quoted as being concerned. Unfortunately, I see this playing out like the Dion Lewis situation. He could go back under the knife to see what is going on. In that case he may not be back until week 10. Either way this is a mess for fantasy owners who drafted in early August.

Carson Wentz is a winner on the NFL field, but not a relevant fantasy QB. In the world of fantasy we always look at stats and not win/loss percentage. We want to see who can throw up the most points instead of concerning ourselves with who wins the game. Carson Wentz has been stellar in his first 2 weeks as a rookie, but his line of 468 yds and 3 TD’s isn’t going to make him a weekly starting option. He is definitely an Alex Smith prototype.

Adrian Peterson’s best days may be behind him – When people asked me who my choice for biggest bust of 2016 was I told them AP. Most were shocked and couldn’t believe I was down on the electrifying RB. I was really concerned with how much tread was on the tires and thought this was the year he would be taken off the field on third downs more frequently. Unfortunately for AP owners, my prediction came true for the first 2 weeks and now he is on the shelf with no timetable for a return. Jerick McKinnon is the man to own in Minnesota going forward.

Giovani Bernard continues his PPR dominance. – Last year we seen the rise of Gio in an offense that loves to throw the ball. Sure Jeremy Hill will score on the goaline, but in a PPR league Gio will continue to see 8+ targets a game helping him stay among the top pass catching backs in the league. Start him as a FLEX with confidence.

My Skinny Post for Week 2

The injuries continue to mount for the Chargers, as they must have been breaking mirrors in the offseason; two starters in two weeks seems like a new form of the Madden curse … Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin are clicking more than a dollar store cap gun. These guys are taking over the offensive side of the ball while Benjamin flips everyone off who said he was an out of shape replacement players in the summer … The Atlanta Falcon’s backfield continues to be unsettled as the whispers of the dreaded abbreviation RBBC is being flashed with every other carry. Freeman owners can now panic … Melvin Gordon proves to be one of the biggest steals in the draft. The Bob Marley throwback has piled up 177 yards from scrimmage and 3 TDs in two weeks, which are RB1 numbers. Congrats if you were the owner who dropped the chicken wing in round 12 to draft him … Eddie Lacy continues to move like he is running a marathon in the streets of Boston and their record snowfall. Has anyone one else found the weight he supposedly lost in the offseason? … Mark Ingram is starting to play like the guy we all knew he was. All hype and no game in an offense that treats him like the unwanted child in a dysfunctional family ….  Arian Foster once again is injured after two games. This is what happens when you pound your body with cheeseburgers all offseason and try to hang with well conditioned athletes … Looks like Pete Carroll may actually be Sleepless in Seattle as he tries to figure out why his offense is moving the ball at a slower speed than Rob Ryan’s fastest time in the 100 yd dash … Speaking of Ryan, looks like the Buffalo Bills have been torn apart by the huge ego and arrogant preaching of Rex. This may actually be where Fantasy players go to die. You have been warned.

Now, it’s onto Week 3.

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NFL Week 2 Fantasy Impact

It sure was an interesting week 2 in the NFL.  As fantasy players, we need to realize that it takes more than one game to understand how teams (and players) are trending.  Jameis Winston scorched in week 1 with 4 TDs and 1 Int, but week 2 brought expectations back in check with a 1 TD / 4 Int performance.  Theo Riddick had over 100 combined yards and 2 TDs in week 1 vs. 65 all-purpose yards and 0 TDs this week.  On the flip side, we questioned Giovani Bernard after week 1 in regards to his workload (5 carries and 4 targets) for 30 yards.  Hello week 2 where Gio had 9 catches for 100 yards and a TD.  And we were ready to write off Dez Bryant after the loss of Tony Romo and his limited use (only 5 targets) in the first week of the season.  The Cowboys weren’t going to let their biggest weapon go unnoticed as Dez had 7 catches on 12 targets for 102 yards.  The point here is that you cannot get too high or too low on a player at this point of the season.

And now onto the week 2 fantasy recap…

Week 2 Fantasy Highlights

Cam Newton (Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen)
– This highlight goes to the core of Carolina Panthers passing attack.  Newton had 353 passing yards with 4 TDs and 1 Int.  Benjamin stat line was 7-198-2 and Olsen was 5-122-1 (17 targets combined).

Ryan Tannehill (Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker) – This highlight goes to the Miami Dolphins passing game.  Tannehill put up 389 passing yards with 2 TDs and 2 Ints. Jarvis Landry had 10-137 and DeVante Parker had 8-106; both on 13 targets each.  There will be some big weekly performances by those two receivers, but the passing attack in general is below average.

Matt Ryan – Matty Ice has put up back to back 300 yard passing games.  Only 4 yards short of 400, Ryan put up 396-3-1 and has 5 TDs to 1 Int this season.  We know he CAN do it, but will he continue for a full season?  Wait and see…

Philip Rivers – Without Keenan Allen, Rivers still had a respectable day.  He was an efficient 17/24 for 220 passing yards, 4 TDs and 0 picks.  While these aren’t huge numbers, it’s nice to see that the Chargers still have a passing game.

Matt Forte – Thursday night, Forte had 30 carries for 100 yards and 3 TDs.  He’s been a stud so far this year, but he’s 30 years old and has had a ton of volume over the past few years.  I expect a 2nd half decline so start to position yourself to sell high in the upcoming weeks.

Melvin Gordon – Gordon had another good game rushing for 24-102-1.  That’s 3 rushing TDs on the season after 0 his entire rookie year.

LeGarrette Blount – Blount had another stellar performance rushing 29 times for 123 and a TD.  He’s carried the load through two weeks with 52 carries.  Remember, Coach Belichick can throw a curve ball at any given time and go with another running back based on game plan; you just never know.

Isaiah Crowell – “The Crow” had 18 carries for 133 and a TD.  Don’t get too hyped up because of his 85 yard scamper.  If you remove that, he had 17 carries for 48 yards.

Corey Coleman – Rookie WR Corey Coleman was targeted by Josh McCown 8 times and caught 5-104-2.  It was a nice coming out game, but the Browns may be forced to start their 3rd different QB in 3 weeks.  I cannot trust this passing game until McCown returns.

Marvin Jones – Marvin sure wasn’t “Starvin’” this week when he went 8-118 on 11 targets.  He’s become Mathew Stafford’s go to weapon now that Calvin “Megatron” Johnson is gone.  Golden Tate only caught 2 balls on 9 targets.

Mike Evans – Evans had a whopping 17 targets in this game but only managed 6-70-1.  Tampa Bay was down big to the Arizona Cardinals as Jameis Winston put the ball in the air 54 times.  Evans should do more with his looks moving forward, but I still don’t feel that he’s an elite fantasy receiver.

Sterling Shepard – Rookie WR Sterling Shepard caught all 8 of his targets for 117 yards.  Victor Cruz also had 8 targets in the game as they vie for the attention of Eli Manning opposite Odell Beckham.

Stefon Diggs – With QB Sam Bradford at the helm in week 2, Diggs blew up.  On 11 targets, he put up 9-182-1.  Even with back to back 100 yard games, it’s hard for me to trust this passing game.  Diggs has shown flashes of what he can do, but this is a defensive team with a run first mentality.

Dennis Pitta – After a few injury plagued seasons, it appears that Pitta has returned to fantasy relevance.  He was targeted by longtime teammate Joe Flacco 12 time and caught 9-102.  If he’s on the field, Flacco looks for this guy.  In 2012 when he last played 16 games, Pitta caught 61-669-7.

Denver Broncos Defense – Denver’s defense lit it up against the Colts.  The defensive unit scored 2 TDs, had 5 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery.  It was a great game, but you cannot predict defensive touchdowns from week to week.

Week 2 Fantasy Games to Forget

Russell Wilson
– Wilson wasn’t 100% in this one with a sore ankle he injured against Miami.  Regardless, he played in the game and only put up 254 passing yards with no TDs or Ints.  The Seattle Seahawks usually improve as the year goes on, but maybe they’re slipping as one of the elite teams. The Los Angeles Rams beat them in this one 9-3 and no TDs were scored in the game.

Andrew Luck – The Colts signal caller couldn’t overcome the vaunted Broncos defense.  Luck passed for 197 with a TD and a pick.  Chalk this one up to a poor matchup and look for him to turn it around.  His next three matchups are against the Chargers, Jaguars, and Bears.

Carlos Hyde – The 49ers stud running back had a tough matchup against the Carolina Panthers in this one.  He carried the ball 14 times for only 34 yards and 3 catches for 18 yards.  He knows that he has to improve and carry this team.  Luckily, there really isn’t any other pedigree RBs on the roster.

Todd Gurley – In some fantasy drafts, Gurley was the first overall pick this year, but his stats look like he shouldn’t even be rostered.  He followed up his 47 yard rushing performance with 51 yards this week. And he’s not getting anything in the passing game with only 1 catch each week.  Bottom line, this guy is a mega-talent and he’s getting a good workload (18 carries per game) each week.  Once Jared Goff takes over at QB mid-season, that should be just the injection the team needs. Buy low on this guy, now!

Sammy Watkins – Granted, Watkins was questionable leading up to this game with his foot injury.  But he was NFL active and likely active in your fantasy lineups.  Sammy only caught 2-20.  Overall at the end of the year, his numbers will look good, but there will be many ups and downs through the season.

A.J. Green vs. Antonio Brown – I’ll just lump these two together since they both did nothing in the same game.  Green had 2-38 and Brown had 4-39.  This was just a slight bump in the road for two of the best fantasy receivers in the game; no need to worry.

Fantasy Position Battles

David Johnson (Chris Johnson)
– Chris Johnson actually led the team in rushing in week 2 with 16-54-1. David Johnson had 12-45-0 but added 3 catches for 98 yards.  The Arizona Cardinals were up big in this one and that’s why Chris Johnson got so much work.  There is no battle here so don’t overreact.

Devanta Freeman (Tevin Coleman) – Freeman led the team in rushing with 17-93-0 while Coleman had 12-46-1.  Freeman still has an edge in this one, but may not live up to his early round draft pick value.  We’ll have to monitor this week to week until a trend appears in the RB usage in Atlanta.

Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams – Usually we look at running back position battles, but there was an interesting one this week at receiver with the San Diego Chargers.  Who will try to replace Keenan Allen who was lost for the year last week with a torn ACL?  Travis Benjamin (my sleeper this year) was 6-115-2.  Tyrell Williams had 3-61-1.  Now Danny Woodhead and his 81 receptions are lost for the year with a torn ACL.  I like Benjamin more this year, but the team needs Tyrell to step up too.  Both should also put up good stats moving forward.

Week 2 Injuries (and Week 3 Replacements)

Jay Cutler
– Cutler left Monday night’s game against the Eagles with a thumb injury.  He originally sustained it in week 1 and it’s now believed he has a torn ligament and will miss some time.  It’s unknown if he’ll need surgery, but he’s expected to be out for some weeks.  Brian Hoyer replaced him Monday night, but should not be relied upon in fantasy.

Jimmy Garoppolo – He suffered a sprained AC joint in his should and is very questionable for week 3.  The Patriots didn’t sign any QBs as of yet, so it looks like they’ll go with Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett for now.  Even if active, Jimmy may serve as the backup QB in the game.

Josh McCown – McCown finished the game in week 2 but has a shoulder injury that will likely keep him out for this coming week.  Cody Kessler could get the start.  Downgrade the Browns WRs but Duke Johnson may come up big if Kessler checks down to his RBs.

Adrian Peterson – Peterson went down with what looked like a horrible season ending knee injury.  It turns out that it’s a torn meniscus and he’s not even ruled out for week 3 yet!  His return will depend on the severity of the injury and the course of treatment.  It’s possible that he plays this week, but more likely that he misses a week or two of action. I expect Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to split the work about 70/30 in favor of McKinnon until AP returns.

Rashad Jennings – Jennings injured his thumb in week 2 and Shane Vereen got his share of carries.  We’ll have to wait and see if Jennings will play this week and if he’ll be limited at all.  Vereen and Orleans Darkwa could pick up the work if Jennings is unable to go.

Danny Woodhead – Woodhead is out for the year with a torn ACL.  Melvin Gordon may get a slight uptick in work, especially in the passing game.

Jonathan Stewart – Stewart left week 2 with a hamstring injury and will miss a week or two. Fozzy Whittaker rushed for 100 yards and had 3-31 receiving.  Fozzy and Cameron Artis-Payne will fill in for Stewart, but they’re low-end flex plays at best.

Thomas Rawls – Rawls left the game on Sunday after 7 carries for -7 yards with a leg injury.  He was ineffective before he left so the Seahawks may go back to Christine Michael as their starter this week.

Doug Martin – Martin left Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury and is slated for an MRI.  If he needs to miss time, Charles Sims and/or Jacquizz Rodgers would likely fill in.  Sims is intriguing since he’s already a reception machine and adding rushing stats will only help his value.

Ameer Abdullah – Abdullah suffered what appears to be a foot sprain as X-rays confirmed no broken bones.  It’s unknown if or how much time he may miss.  If Theo Riddick takes over, he becomes an intriguing play (like Charles Sims) if he can add some running work to his pass catching prowess. Dwayne Washington or Zach Zenner could get some work too.

Arian Foster – Foster is already showing up on the injury report; this time with a groin injury.  He’s day-to-day and it’s unclear if he’ll play this week.  If he misses time, Jay Ajayi and/or Kenyan Drake would fill in for Foster.

Eric Decker – Decker made it through and finished Thursday’s game, but sustained a shoulder injury at some point.  I expect him to play.

Brandon Marshall – Marshall suffered a sprained MCL in his knee and is questionable for week 3.  When he went down, it looked like a season ending injury.  He may miss week 3 so stay tuned.  If he doesn’t play, Quincy Enunwa would be a sneaky fantasy play.

Donte Moncrief – Moncrief left Sunday’s game with a head/neck/shoulder injury.  He’s slated for an MRI to get some clarity on the issue.  He’s questionable for week 3.  If he misses time, Phillip Dorsett may get some extra looks from Andrew Luck.

Words of Wisdom

We’ve now seen 2 week of football.  Some guys are overperforming and others underperforming compared to their draft slots and expectations.  Start to look for a panicky owner who is 0-2.  Ask the owner of Todd Gurley if he’s looking to trade him.  Hunt down the owner of Le’veon Bell and sell him DeAngelo Williams.  The key to winning in fantasy is to stay one step ahead of the game, and your competition!

Fantasy Football: Week 2 Stars and Stiffs Report

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On the verge of Week 2, the Stars and Stiffs Report is here to point out the guys you should feel safe about starting and the ones who are better off left at the bar until closing time. After one of the most exciting opening weeks in fantasy history in the books,, there is plenty to be concerned about heading into Week 2.

Guys like OBJ and Dez Bryant,  who didn’t perform well last week, will still get their numbers going forward. However, if you are a Jamaal Charles or Sammy Watkins owner, now is the time to be concerned. The constant fear of injuries always exists, but when guys coming off of a specific procedure either can’t get on the field or admit still being sore, the feeling of nervousness is definitely warranted. Now that we have hard evidence to go off of from Week 1, it makes the decisions a little more simplistic for Week 2.

The world of sports media is a beautiful thing when all parties are involved and engulfed in a stern debate. As always, I look forward to your opinions and feedback. You can tweet me (@TCutillo23) with any questions and leave your comments below. For my statistical hounds out there, I will put last week’s stats in parentheses so you can see how I performed.

Here are my picks for Week 2:


QB: Matthew Stafford (TEN), Joe Flacco (@CLE), Eli Manning (NO)

RB: Rashad Jennings (NO), David Johnson (TB)

WR: Doug Baldwin (@LA), Emmanuel Sanders (IND), Alshon Jeffery (PHI)

(Last week: 5 out of 8, 63%)


QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (MIA)

RB: Arian Foster (MIA), Ryan Matthews (@CHI)

WR: Desean Jackson (DAL), Jordy Nelson (@MIN), Vincent Jackson (@ARZ)

(Last week: 4 out of 6, 66%)


Tevin Coleman (@OAK), Travis Benjamin (JAC), Cole Beasley (@WAS)

(Last week: 3 out of 4, 75%)


Jameis Winston (@ARZ), Todd Gurley (SEA)

(Last week: 1 out of 2, 50%)


Joe Flacco (@CLE) – Joe Flacco has looked pretty good as he comes back from an ACL injury and the Ravens have a lot of firepower on offense that can help him ease back in. This week, the road goes through Cleveland, who couldn’t get pressure on the QB even if they tried. It will be a long day for the Dog Pound as they will have nightmares of purple and black running through their minds all week. Get Flacco in your lineup now!

CJ Anderson (IND) – Did anyone expect CJ Anderson to come out on Thursday night against the Panthers and command the ball for the entire game? We heard whispers of Kubiak naming him his workhorse, but it was hard to imagine it being true. Well, it definitely looks to hold merit and CJ has gone from mid-to-late round draft status all the way up to RB1 material. It looks as if the receivers will be taking a step back this year and the running game will be the featured play of the week.

Are you still worried about Devontae Booker? Since he showed he could of been the lead spokesmen for “I can’t believe it’s not butter” on his first carry, I think CJ owners can feel safe.

Last week, the Lions erupted for 448 total yards and four total touchdowns from their running backs against the hapless Colts defense. This leads me to believe Mr. Anderson will bring it once again and show everyone why he will be a top RB1 option this year.

Odell Beckham JR. (NO) – Did you see last week’s game between the Saints and the Raiders? If you did, you know it had enough offense to keep even Mike Martz happy. There are two things that weigh heavily in the favor of OBJ this week; he wasn’t on his game in Dallas last week and the Saints secondary couldn’t stop the Little Giants team led by Ed O’Neil.

Amari Cooper showed off his skills last week to the tune of 6/137, which is just a starting point for OBJ. And to make matters worse, the Saints will be without their top CB, Delvin Breaux, as he broke his fibula last week and is lost for the season. If you haven’t realized it already, OBJ should explode this week and make his last game a distant memory.

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Fantasy Sports Addiction’s Stars and Stiffs Report Week 2

Well, week 1 is behind us and we are all still reeling form the results. Adrian Peterson, Peyton Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., and Calvin Johnson are just a few off the list of underwhelming superstars from last week. It’s week 2 now and it’s time to put up or shut up.

Who will find themselves on the Stiff report for week 2? Who will shine and work to be a star? What will be the Triple Threat pick of the week? Come look for yourself and tell me if you agree. You can tweet me (@TCutillo23) your own triple threat as well to see who scores the most points.

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Stars for Week 2

QB:—- M. Ryan (@NYG), C. Palmer (@CHI)

RB:—- J. Forsett (@OAK), M.Ingram (TB)

WR:— Beckham Jr. (ATL), K. Allen (@CIN), J. Brown (@CHI)

Stiffs for Week 2

QB:— K. Cousins (STL)

RB: — L.Murray (BAL), D. Martin (@NO)

WR: — A. Robinson (MIA), S. Johnson (@CIN), M. Wallace (DET)

Sleepers:—- J. Witten (@PHI), B. Coleman (TB), S.Vareen (ATL)

Week 2 Triple Threat…….

Drew Brees (TB) —–Tampa Bay couldn’t stop a rookie in Tennessee last week so how do you think they will do against an elite veteran. Yes that good!

J. Hill (SD) —- Detroit ran the ball against this front seven with ease on Sunday and the rookie Abdullah showed promise. Hill at home will show the fans why he is the future of the ground game in Bengal Land.

Julio Jones (NYG) —- The Giants are in shambles on defense and Julio just torched the Philly secondary Monday night. He is on fire with no signs of slowing down.

Last Week Results…….Stars 4/7…..Stiffs….5/7…..Sleepers….2/3

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