Week 2: Eating Crow and Told ya so
Like a tweet from Mike Pereira, I appreciate being kept honest. And unlike Richard Sherman, I have no problem (with my calls) being exposed. So each Monday I plan to review my picks from the following week and tell you what I see for the highlighted players moving forward. Rather than bellow when I’m right and cower when I’m wrong, I’m simply going to keep myself accountable with a little Eating Crow and Told ya so.
After three quarters of play, Houston was up 27 to 0 over the bewildered Raiders. With a score that lopsided Fitzpatrick only needed to hand off to Arian Foster. In fact, the Texans QB put the ball in the air a mere 19 times. Of those attempts, Andre Johnson saw seven targets and DeAndre Hopkins received five. Graham did catch his lone target for 26 yards, but that’s hardly enough for fantasy relevance. While I believe the Texans will be forced to throw more in the future (they have IND in Week 6 and PHI in Week 9) things are likely to remain conservative for now. There are better options on the waiver wire at tight end. Graham is simply too much of a gamble to use on a weekly basis.
While Miller might have been a miss in Week 2, I still like him moving forward. Unfortunately, Moreno’s injury woes have begun and are expected to keep him out of the Phins line up anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. Moreno left Sunday’s game against Buffalo with a dislocated elbow, which provided Miller with an opportunity for more touches. However, Miami was chasing a much improved Bills squad and Tanny chose to check down to Brian Hartline and Charles Clay instead. Miller did exit the game in the fourth quarter with a tweaked ankle, but is expected to play in Week 3. He should remain Miami’s number one option on the ground even with the tip toeing Daniel Thomas back on the team. Since a healthy RB is a serviceable RB, hang on to Miller and feel OK about starting him as your RB2.
It has never felt so right to be so wrong. Hyde was a giant flop, touching the ball four times for ZERO (yes, ZERO!) yards. The Bears were able to get things together after the half, which meant the Niners couldn’t afford to keep things solely on the ground and/or spell Gore much as a result. Hyde should stay absolutely stay rostered, but remains more of a handcuff than a true starting option.
TOLD YA SO
After catching 10 balls for 142 yards and scoring the Titans lone TD, Walker finished amidst the top 20 fantasy producers in Week 2. Among TEs, he was third just behind Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham. Jake Locker came back down to earth on Sunday, but his connection with Walker could not be denied as he targeted the veteran tight end 14 times. Walker’s production is likely to fluctuate and I don’t like him very much next week at Cincinnati, but he is a solid red zone threat and should remain a capable TE1.
Paul’s former experience as a WR certainly showed on Sunday. The Nebraska product led Washington’s receivers with 8 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. That was good enough for him to finish as the 4th best scoring TE in fantasy for Week 2. While the Jags certainly struggle at defending the middle, Paul should remain a low-end TE1 for as long as Jordan Reed is sidelined. After being targeted by Kirk Cousins a team high 11 times, he’s absolutely going to be factored into this offense – even if DeSean Jackson is playing. Plus, according to FantasyPros, Washington has the 9th best strength of schedule for tight ends. Currently only owned in 4% of Yahoo leagues, Paul needs to be added to fantasy rosters stat.
The rookie RB contributed 68 rushing yards and a TD to the Browns 26 – 24 upset win over the Saints. With a Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron-less receiving corp (at least for now) the Browns are going to have to focus on the run game. That means more opportunities for West (and current third down back Isaiah Crowell). He’ll have a tough go of it in Week 3 vs a Ravens run defense that has yet to give up a score on the ground, but given all of the injuries to running backs this week he’ll remain a decent RB2. In fact, he finished among the top 10 fantasy RBs in standard scoring leagues this week. It may not be pretty, but it’s where we’re at right now.