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Kerryon Johnson, RB, DET
Johnson just may be the wavier wire pick up you need this week if he hasn’t already been snagged. This running back played well against the Jets before the ground game was taken away due to playing catch-up after a poor outing by Stafford. We saw glimpses of what this RB can do in preseason and expect him to have an increased workload if Blount is ruled out this week. Even if Blount returns to the lineup, Johnson still has the better PPR value against a poor Niners defense that let the Vikings run all over them.
George Kittle, TE, SF
If you haven’t caught on from the trend that Jimmy G gave light to last year, it’s that he loves his tight ends. Kittle put up good numbers last year and is continuing to again this year as Jimmy’s favorite target against a stacked Vikings defense. Look for his targets to stay high again as they face a Detroit defense that gave up a ton of big plays on Monday night.
Isaiah Crowell, RB, NYJ
Most fantasy owners hate having any player that plays for the Jets, but this year is a different year. You have to start Crowell this week, especially after his huge performance against the Lions in Week 1. Expect his stat line to continue against a porous Miami defense that let Dion Lewis have his way with them. Crowell should see an expanded workload this week and put up over 100 yards rushing and another touchdown this week.
Jared Cook, TE, OAK
If you thought Cook was the same drop-happy TE from years past, you are most certainly wrong. This new offense under Gruden showed us that they love their huge TE on every matchup opportunity they can get on the field. Cook exploded for 9 catches for 180 yards in his revenge game against the Rams. Look to see him continue the trend of high targets coming his way as he keeps his place in the Top 5 of TE scoring.
Alex Smith, QB, WSH
Just in case you thought Smith switching teams would change his value as a top 15 Fantasy QB, you were wrong. Smith currently sits as the 13th best fantasy QB after Week 1. Look for him to rise up in the rankings as he takes on a weak Colts defense. This QB loves his playmakers and this Redskins team is full of them as we saw against the Cardinals. With Thompson as the PPR stud and Peterson playing like he’s in his 20’s again, Smith can throw wherever he wants. Expect him put up better numbers this week than he did against the Cardinals and their defense led by Patrick Peterson. Without a solid star to rely on, Smith will carve up this defense of the Colts and throw over 300 yards and a few touchdowns to seal the deal.
Drew Brees, QB, NO
Congratulations to fantasy owners who got this man late in your fantasy draft and had him playing last week for a huge outing. This week is no different as Brees and “Can’t Guard Mike”, look to dominate the Browns in a statement win from a close loss opening night. Brees has so many weapons on this team from his ultra talented running back in Kamara to his strong group of wide receivers. Brees isn’t showing any signs of slowing down and neither should you in starting him this week. Don’t think that this game will end up close because the Saints are coming to win this week with a bad taste in their mouth from week 1.
Eli Manning, QB, NYG
Why do we even consider him a starting caliber QB in this league? I will never know. Manning is only owned in 13.9% of ESPN Fantasy leagues and if you are one of the people stuck with him, I’m sorry you have him. This is clearly a QB on the decline that doesn’t have the touch anymore to find his best playmaker. Sit him this week as he looks to lean his new running back to take the stress off his shoulders. If you have to play him this week because you have no other QB available on waivers, may god be with you.
Amari Cooper, WR, OAK
Even with a new coaching staff, we see that Cooper is not a valuable target for this offense. Gruden showed us that he values his tight ends and running backs more than he does taking shots down the field. Expect this week to be no different as Cooper looks to have another poor fantasy outing as the last guy to see targets on this offense. Especially as he will have the best Broncos corner guarding him most of the night a.k.a. Chris Harris.
Pierre Garcon, WR, SF
Expectations were high heading into this season with the 49ers lead by Jimmy G and Head Coach Shanahan and Week 1 they fell flat on their faces. Nothing could go right for this team as they struggled against a powerful foe in the Vikings on Sunday. Even with the 49ers facing an easier defense in Detroit, don’t expect Garcon to be a valuable option in fantasy this week. Jimmy clearly has his favorites on this team as we saw Week 1 and in glimpses from last season. Garcon is clearly is not one of them. Kittle took most of the attention on Sunday followed by Taylor and Pettis, proving to us that the younger group of recievers are the playmakers. Sit Garcon this week and keep watch for which 49er wide receiver will take the bulk of targets and pick them up going forward.