Week 2 Tuesday Takeaway
Jumping to conclusions is a dangerous thing when it comes to the NFL. The New England Patriots will tell you that. Week 2 gave us another dominant game from C.J. Spiller, a nearly perfect game by a Rams receiver and the two hottest waiver wire pick-ups from last week go cold. It’s all covered in the Week 2 Tuesday Takeaway.
Aaron Hernandez, Fantasy Owners Hurting
With Hernandez out likely several games with a high ankle sprain, Aaron Hernandez owners are hurting too. Losing the Patriots tight end to an injury will leave a big hole in their line-up. If you’re searching for a tight end to pluck off the waiver wire, Brent Celek and Dennis Pitta are both solid options – who are both likely still available. Celek has 19 targets in two games and had 8 catches for 157 yards Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. As for Pitta, he’s become Joe Flacco’s favorite target. His 24 targets in the first two games leads all tight ends.
C.J. Spiller’s Rush to RB1
With Fred Jackson out with a knee injury, Spiller is staking claim on the Bills’ starting running back job. In his last eight games, including his 170-yard and two-touchdown performance on Sunday, Spiller has 997 total yards and 10 touchdowns. That kind of production should keep Jackson sidelined longer, even once he’s healthy.
Alfred Morris still DC’s top RB
The sixth-round pick turned in a nice performance once again for the Redskins and looks to have a solid grip on Washington’s starting running back role. Many fantasy prognosticators believe Evan Royster will eventually replace Morris, but that doesn’t look likely to happen anytime soon. Morris turned in a team-high 16 carries for 89 yards against the Rams. Compare that to Royster’s one carry for four yards and Morris looks on pace to carry the load again in Week 3. Morris has 185 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the season and remains a solid fantasy starter right now. His next opponent is the Cincinnati Bengals, which just gave up 109 yards and a touchdown to another rookie, Trent Richardson of the Browns.
Danny Amendola Nearly Perfect
When Sam Bradford dropped back Sunday against Washington, 45-percent (16 of 35) of his passes were directed towards Danny Amendola. Of those 16 targets, 15 were caught by Amendola. Consider Amendola a WR1 in PPR leagues and an emerging WR3 in standard leagues.
Waiver Wire Wide Receivers Woeful
The two hottest waiver wire wide receivers after Week 1, Kevin Ogletree (8/114/2 in Wk1) and Stephen Hill (5/89/2 in Wk1) came back to earth in Week 2. Hill, who was battling a calf injury, was held without a catch and was targeted just twice. Meanwhile, Ogletree caught just one pass for 26 yards, his only target of the game. Both will have better days and still warrant a roster spot – for now.
Tannehill’s Target of Choice
Rookie Ryan Tannehill has found a favorite target in Brian Hartline and he found him often on Sunday. Hartline was targeted 12 times (20 targets in 2012) against Oakland and made nine catches for 111 yards. Hartline runs a lot of safe routes for Tannehill, which can be a young quarterback’s best friend. Hartline should be picked up in PPR leagues and with a couple of games coming up against the Bengals and Rams, consider him for your starting line-up.
Giant mess in New York’s Backfield
The Giants already weak running game got weaker on Sunday when Ahmad Bradshaw went out with a neck injury early in the game. Making matters worse for the Giants is they’re on a short week this week, taking on the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. Bradshaw will likely miss that game which brings us to the question, who replaces him? The easy answer would have been David Wilson, but after a first quarter fumble in Week 1, Wilson has played just six snaps since (all in Week 2). He is firmly planted in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse, which opened the door for Andre Brown. Brown was the Giants featured back in Week 2, handling 53 of the Giants’ 84 offensive plays and rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. The third-year running back looks like the safest bet right now to back-up Bradshaw and replace him as long as he’s out with his neck injury. Brown is a must add in all leagues and is a nice option this week against Carolina.