Fantasy: Reviewing the landscape after Week 2
The Score - NFL Football
Each week, theScore's Justin Boone breaks down players and situations that fantasy owners need to reassess.
- T.J. Yeldon - It's not happening for Yeldon in fantasy this year. The second-year back had a beautiful matchup all to himself on Sunday, and managed a disappointing 38 yards on 15 touches as the offensive line continued to struggle. The desperate among us may want to take a chance on Chris Ivory taking control of this backfield when he returns to full health, but Jacksonville's running game is bordering on a stay-away scenario for fantasy owners.
- Adrian Peterson - A torn meniscus may have been shielding us from seeing the truth about Peterson - that he's no longer an elite back. Prior to suffering the injury Sunday night, Peterson had totaled 50 rushing yards on 31 carries through six-plus quarters in 2016, an average of 1.6 yards per carry. Dating back to last season, the 31-year-old topped 70 yards just once over his final six games, including playoffs. While he sits out, the Vikings will get a chance to see if Jerick McKinnon can emerge as a new weapon, but tough-run defenses await over the next three weeks (Panthers, Giants, Texans).
- Tyrod Taylor - Fantasy owners who lost faith in the TyGod after he fell flat in Week 1 likely regretted their decision as he threw for three touchdowns against the Jets on Thursday. Taylor showed he still has an extremely high ceiling with that performance, but his stats were inflated by two long scores. Unless new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn can cure the foot injury that's reduced Sammy Watkins to an average player, every member of the Bills' passing game will be a risky fantasy play over the next month.
- Melvin Gordon - With Danny Woodhead out for the year due to a torn ACL, Gordon's projections for the rest of the season get a nice bump. After racking up 159 yards and three scores over the first two weeks, Gordon now gets to feast on the weak run defenses of the Colts and Saints. If he stays healthy, a breakout season is guaranteed.
- Seahawks' offense - The good news is that Doug Baldwin reportedly avoided a serious knee injury after an MRI came up negative. The bad news is that the offensive line is a major area of concern and has stifled Russell Wilson and company for two straight weeks. Better days are ahead as they get the 49ers, Falcons, and Saints in three of their next five games. Time to make a trade offer for your favorite Seahawk.
- Charles Sims - How is Charles Sims only owned in 52 percent of Yahoo leagues? If Doug Martin misses time, Sims would vault into the high-end RB2 conversation, with RB1 upside. As it turns out, Martin was forced from Sunday's game with what he later called a "slight tweak" of his hamstring, leaving his status in doubt for Week 3. Sims deserved to be owned in almost all leagues prior to this news, so make sure you're grabbing him wherever he's still available.
- Browns' offense - Corey Coleman looks like a potential star, Isaiah Crowell posted a 100-yard game, and Josh Gordon is coming back in a couple weeks. However, all the early season excitement over the Browns might be over with Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown sidelined. Rookie quarterback Cody Kessler will start by default and that's a problem if you're rostering a Browns skill position player. It was fun while it lasted Cleveland.
- Raiders' backfield - Latavius Murray owners have seen a nice return on their investment through two weeks, but they can't be happy with the backfield by committee that's developed in Oakland. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington aren't challenging Murray for the starting job, however they are severely decreasing his weekly value by siphoning work. Murray, who's averaging 14.5 touches per game, has been surprisingly efficient so far and he'll need to keep that up if he's going to remain an RB2.
- Quincy Enunwa - The Jets are devoid of a receiving threat at tight end, which has allowed Enunwa to carve out what appears to be a consistent role in the offense. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound receiver leads the team in receptions with 13, and has 146 yards and a touchdown through two games. The team talked him up in training camp and now he's delivering alongside Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. If he's still on the waiver wire in your league, don't hesitate to scoop him up and see how long this lasts.
- Ezekiel Elliott - The rookie has yet to break out, posting two solid yet unspectacular stat lines to start the year. The production will come, as long as his fumbling issues don't get him sent to the bench first. Elliott didn't play a snap after his second fumble of the day versus the Redskins. It was veteran Alfred Morris who toted the rock down the stretch, scoring the game-winning touchdown. Elliott is firmly entrenched as the Cowboys starter, so owners can remain calm, but don't be surprised if Morris' usage lowers Elliott's ceiling slightly.
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