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Fantasy Scope: Week 2 Analysis
By on September 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

After two weeks of the fantasy season, it’s still very early, but never too early to look at upgrading your roster. Here are some players that might be available in your league:

RB: Chris Johnson, Tennessee: No, Chris Johnson will not be available on the waiver wire in your league. However, now is a perfect opportunity to attempt to make a trade for the speedy Titans RB. Johnson has had 2 subpar games to begin the season, the first due to a holdout and limited practice time and the second due to a stingy Ravens defense. Johnson still won’t come cheap, but if there’s ever a time to buy low on Johnson it’s now. Johnson should have a monster game Sunday against Denver, and from that point on he’ll regain his place as one of the elite backs in fantasy football.

RB: Ben Tate, Houston: As Dolphins fans could see on Sunday, Tate is talented young back who seems custom-built for the Texans zone blocking scheme. With Derrick Ward and Arian Foster both banged up, the time is right for Tate to ascend to the #1 RB in Houston. If he’s still available in your league, snatch him up by all means.

RB: Thomas Jones/Dexter McCluster, KC: With the unfortunate news of a reportedly torn ACL for Jamaal Charles, Jones is next in-line to receive the lion’s share of the carries in Kansas City. The Chiefs have been a dreadful offense through the first two games, but they were #1 in the NFL in rushing offense in 2010 and while they definitely aren’t the same team as last year, I have a hard believing that they’re as bad as they’ve shown so far. Jones is the safer, steadier player while McCluster is more of a third down back, but could replace Charles as a pass-catching back while also getting 5-8 carries a game. If both are available, I’d give Jones the slight nod over McCluster.

RB: Daniel Thomas, Miami: One that should be pretty obvious to all Dolphins fans, Thomas showed that he can be a very effective between the tackles runner with 107 yards on Sunday. While Reggie Bush should play a bigger role for most of the rest of the season than he did on Sunday, I’d add Thomas and consider starting him when the Fins play weaker run defenses.

WR: Mike Thomas, Jacksonville: Thomas’ numbers may appear unimpressive at first glance; 3 catches for 29 yards Sunday after an 8 catch, 55 yard performance in week 1. Nevertheless, Thomas has been targeted 21 times in 2 games, and should start to rack up some big performances now that he doesn’t have to worry about the elite corners that he has seen in the first two weeks: Cortland Finnegan and Darrelle Revis. If someone drops him or if you’re in an 8 or 10 team league where he’s available, I’d grab him before his game this week against Carolina.

WR: Denarius Moore, Oakland: The Raiders have been looking for a #1 WR for awhile and Moore could evolve into being that guy. Moore had 5 big catches for 146 yards, including a 50 yard touchdown against the Bills as he was targeted 8 times by QB Jason Campbell. Moore had an impressive preseason and after his performance in Buffalo, I’d take a flyer on him in hopes that he develops into a factor all season in the Raiders passing game.

TE: Fred Davis, Washington: Davis has emerged as Rex Grossman’s favorite target in the Redskins passing attack. Mike Shanahan loves to use the tight end in the play-action passing game and Davis has 11 catches for 191 yards and a TD so far in 2011. The Redskins aren’t loaded with elite playmakers in the passing game, so I would strongly considering adding Davis if you need help at tight end.

Defense: If you’re looking for a team defense on the waiver wire for Week 3, I would first look at San Diego, who’s defense should respond big at home against the Chiefs after a tough day in New England. I’d also strongly consider Dallas in their home opener against Rex Grossman’s Redskins. If both of those defenses are already taken, I’d look at Tennessee as the Titans have played very good defense in each of their first two games and are hosting a Broncos team that currently has several of the their top playmakers banged up.

Time to drop: Chad Ochocinco: You know it’s time to drop someone when their quarterback has 940 passing yards thru two games, and they only have 59 of those. It’s obvious that there are many good receiving options in the Patriots passing game, all of which seem to have better chemistry with Tom Brady than Ochocinco.

 


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