by Will Overton
Another week is almost in the books and it was a fun one, with a lot more real fantasy points scored. If you happen to be staring at 0 – 2 you may be feeling a little desperate, or at least like you need to shake things up, though you don’t want to do something too irrational and hopefully I can help you decide who to grab and who to pass on.
Just for reference as we go along this season I try not to mention the same guys every week, which is why you won’t find Buck Allen on my list even though he is a must own right now. I also try to avoid guys owned in more than 25% of leagues, which is why you won’t see Marqise Lee.
So without further explanation, let’s get to breaking down this week’s waiver targets:
Allen Hurns – WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
The highly touted Jaguars receiver last week was Lee after Allen Robinson went down. This may have been the right call, especially in PPR leagues, but the upside might still lie with Allen Hurns, who pulled in six grabs for 82 yards and scored a TD. Lee was the go to guy for much of the game, with 12 targets compared to Hurns’ 7, but in the red zone Hurns is the guy, and he’s just about the only one. He is a viable option in all formats and all leagues as he could be in line for 8 – 10 TDs.
Verdict: Top Wide Receiver Add in Standard Leagues
Rashard Higgins – WR, Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns had a rough day with a tough outing from their rookie QB, and their top receiver Corey Coleman most likely having a broken hand. The Browns go to receiver after the injury ended up being Rashard Higgins, who was targeted 11 times catching seven passes for 95 yards after being promoted from the practice squad prior to this game. He is likely to see an uptick in snaps, but can we really trust the QBs in Cleveland to consistently get him the ball? I don’t think so, and that’s why I am very reluctant to add him.
Verdict: Deep League or Dynasty Add Only
D’Onta Foreman – RB, Houston Texans
After week one Foreman was dropped in many of the leagues he had been drafted in. Week two brought more of what fantasy players hoped for, and that’s an almost carry split. He ran the ball 12 times for 40 yards in the game, compared to Lamar Miller’s 18 carries. I don’t think Foreman is overtaking Miller just yet, but I do think he has the upside of getting about 30 – 40% of carries (and if productive enough that will increase). There’s also the fact that the Texans are going to run a lot with a rookie QB under center, so there will be plenty of carries to be shared. I don’t know if Foreman is going to be great, but I think we’re going to get a chance to see what he’s got.
Verdict: Stash Him and Hope for the Best
J.J. Nelson – WR, Arizona Cardinals
Yesterday was a bit of a coming out party for Nelson who had 5 grabs for 120 yards and a TD. He had this big game with John Brown sidelined, but there’s more to it than that. Nelson has five grabs and a TD in both of his first two games, and he’s earning Carson Palmer’s trust more and more. The Cardinals are clearly not a very good team and with a poor run game they should be throwing the ball a lot. Nelson is the homerun threat on this team and while he will have some dud games, he’s got solid value.
Verdict: Add Him in All Formats
Chris Johnson – RB, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals brought him back after having cut him earlier in the year. With David Johnson gone the running back job was given to Kerwyn Williams, but by the end of the day Johnson had the most carries (11 rushes for 44 yards). It would seem that he has the advantage in the carry game right now, but I think there will continue to be a split. Even if he is getting 10 – 15 carries a game I don’t think he’ll do enough to be worth owning in most leagues.
Verdict: There are Better Options Out There
Chris Carson – RB, Seattle Seahawks
It didn’t take long for the Seahawks crowded backfield to work itself out, as Carson ended up with 20 carries compared to just five for Thomas Rawls. Carson turned his 20 carries into 93 yards and even caught a pass for seven yards. It seems as though Eddie Lacy is out of the picture for right now and Carson has a pretty good lead on Rawls. The Seahawks offense looks like a mess, but Carson has been producing despite that and he may only get better as the passing game starts clicking too. This is your must add running back of the week.
Verdict: Must Add Running Back of the Week
Deonte Thompson – WR, Chicago Bears
The injury to Kevin White was bound to open the door for someone in Chicago’s passing game, and Thompson was the winner yesterday as he caught four balls for 57 yards and a TD, the only Bears TD of the game. Thompson was one of five Bears players to catch at least four passes and he was also fifth on the list of Bears players in targets. He has some upside, but it’s going to be a guessing game as to which Bears WR to own and Mike Glennon won’t keep throwing the ball 45 times.
Verdict: Pass Unless It’s a 14 or 16 Team League
Jermaine Kearse – WR, New York Jets
For the second week in a row the leading receiver for the Jets was Jermaine Kearse, who caught four balls for 64 yards and 2 TD. The Jets offense isn’t something I want too much stock in, but they are going to be behind in most games. They also have Josh McCown throwing the ball and he can rack up the garbage time stats. I think Kearse could be a legitimate threat all year.
Verdict: Add Him to Use as a Streaming Option
Chris Thompson – RB, Washington Redskins
The Redskins offense looked much better this week than in week one. They were controlling the game with Samaje Perine and Robert Kelley combining for 33 carries. If Kelley ends up being out for anytime with his rib injury then Perine will be a really nice add. Without the injury the guy to watch is Chris Thompson, who has a defined role. Thompson ran the ball three times for 77 yards and scored two TD. He also caught three passes for 29 yards. Thompson won’t typically get this kind of production on the ground, but he is a legitimate pass catching threat out of the backfield and his role shouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon.
Verdict: Grab Him in PPR, Ignore Him in Standard