by Ray Kuhn
So after two weeks of the NFL season, what do we know? Well, in short, I would say not that much. After months of preparation for the season and two weeks of real action to digest, you might ask how can that be?
In fact the answer is quite simple. There have been some questions we have gotten answers to, but there has also been a whole new set of things to which we do not know the answer. And there have been some disappointing performances. But let’s also remember that after just two weeks, we want to keep the over reactions to a minimum.
Let’s jump right into the rankings:
- Marshawn Lynch – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Chicago
- Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – vs. San Diego
- Jamaal Charles – Kansas City Chiefs – at Green Bay
- Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – at St. Louis
- Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders – at Cleveland
- Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – at Seattle
- Eddie Lacy – Green Bay Packers – vs. Kansas City
- Lamar Miller – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
- Justin Forsett – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – vs. New Orleans
- Chris Ivory – New York Jets – vs. Philadelphia
- Joseph Randle – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Atlanta
- LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – at Minnesota
- TJ Yeldon – Jacksonville Jaguars – at New England
- Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – at Dallas
- Jeremy Hill – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Melvin Gordon – San Diego Chargers – at Minnesota
- Carlos Hyde – San Francisco 49ers – at Arizona
- Ameer Abdullah – Detroit Lions – vs. Denver
- CJ Anderson – Denver Broncos – at Detroit
- Dion Lewis – New England Patriots – vs. Jacksonville
- Chris Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
- Frank Gore – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
- Alfred Morris – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
- DeMarco Murray – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Jets
- Isaiah Crowell – Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
- Ronnie Hillman – Denver Broncos – at Detroit
- James Starks – Green Bay Packers – vs. Kansas City
- Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
- Doug Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Houston
- Danny Woodhead – San Diego Chargers – at Minnesota
- CJ Spiller – New Orleans Saints – at Carolina
- Shane Vereen – New York Giants – vs. Washington
- Tre Mason – St. Louis – vs. Pittsburgh
- Duke Johnson – Cleveland Browns – vs. Oakland
- Legarette Blount – New England Patriots – vs. Jacksonville
- David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
- Giovanni Bernard – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Rashad Jennings – New York Giants – vs. Washington
- Chris Polk – Houston Texans – vs. Tampa Bay
- It feels like 2014 all over again. After gaining nine yards on just three carries Sunday, Lacy exited for the day with an ankle injury. We won’t get any information until after Thursday’s practice, but with Green Bay playing on Monday, Lacy does have an extra day to get healthy. For as good as that is for Lacy’s health, it isn’t the best for your fantasy team. If Lacy ends up not playing on Monday, you likely won’t have any options other than James Starks – if in fact you were or are able to acquire the handcuff. Should Lacy play, Starks will likely play a role, but you can’t not start your first round pick. With 95 yards on 20 carries against Seattle on Sunday, Starks qualifies as a legit RB2 if he gets the start.
- And just like that, D’Angelo Williams is now heading to the bench. For owners that drafted or acquired Williams as a temporary running back to begin the season, the running back exceeded just about all expectations. After gaining 127 yards in the first game of the season, Williams found the end zone three times last week. Now with Le’Veon Bell returning from suspension, Williams can be safely dropped in just about all weeks as Bell will resume being a top running back. If these last two weeks proved anything, it is that Pittsburgh’s offense line is still an asset.
- We know that Danny Woodhead is an asset in PPR leagues, but so far through two weeks you could say that he has exceeded expectations. But, we should pump the brakes a little bit and not overreact as a large part of Woodhead’s value is that he has two rushing touchdowns. Thus far, he has 79 yards on 19 carries, and as Melvin Gordon continues to make his presence felt, I would expect that total to decrease. However, Woodhead, who has 10 catches for 88 yards, will continue to be a factor in the passing game. But it is Gordon, who ran with increased authority last week who I truly have my eye on. After gaining 88 yards on 16 carries last week, the rookie has 30 carries for 139 yards. I would not be surprised to see Gordon continue climbing this list.
- While Duke Johnson is receiving the majority of the attention, don’t ignore Isaiah Crowell if you are looking for quantity. Just be sure not to invest too heavily in Crowell. After gaining 72 yards and scoring a touchdown on 15 carries last week, the second year running back will continue to be a factor as Cleveland employees a backfield by committee. Johnson had three less touches than Crowell, but was severely out gained; just 43 yards. What is worse though, is that Johnson has yet to be targeted in the passing game. Long term, Johnson is the back to own, but over the next few weeks if you need immediate help, feel free to go with Crowell.
- What is clear after two weeks, is that Washington will need to rely on their running game to have any success this season. We have also learned that Matt Jones is going to be a factor sooner than we might have expected. And it is not entirely due to the struggles of Alfred Morris. After kicking off the season with 121 yards on 25 carries, Morris followed that up with 59 yards on 18 carries. Jones on the other hand should the explosiveness that caused him to be stashed on many fantasy benches this draft season. The rookie gained 123 yards on 19 carries and also scored twice. This time share looks like it is going to continue, but for at least one more week, I still rank Morris ahead of Jones. However, that could change quickly.
- So far we have two extremes of Tennessee’s offense. Owners that thought Bishop Sankey might have arrived after one week were disappointed as he gained just 42 yards on 12 carries. But, I would still try to hold out a little more patience on Sankey. Reading into Dexter McCluster’s 98 yard effort on 10 carries would not be prudent as game flow had a lot to do with it. Give this situation another few weeks to develop, but there still might not be much of a investment opportunity here. We should also note that the Colts do have a strong run defense, so there likely won’t be much room to run.
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