What a crazy Week 2 of the NFL season. The injuries have already started rolling in for the running backs, Doug Martin and Adrian Peterson to name a few, and other high profiled guys are in timeshares or have flat out stunk. Despite this, not even all the WRs have been safe, with AJ Green and Antonio Brown posting duds against each other, Allen Robinson being average against two good pass defenses, and Keenan Allen tearing his ACL. With all of these injuries and bad performances, do you need to react or can you stand pat? That’s what Relax or Chillax is here to do.
Is Quincy Enunwa going to be a relevant WR?
He should definitely be as the 3rd receiving option in the New York Jets aerial attack. On Thursday, Enunwa showed the world what he can do, catching 6 passes for 92 yards. As a former tight end, Enunwa is thriving as a pseudo-tight end in the Jets offense lacking a true tight end threat. Against the Chiefs in Week 2 with Brandon Marshall missing Monday’s practice, it’s possible that Enunwa could explode and have a monster game. With Ryan Fitzpatrick playing some of the best football of his life, he looks like he can support 3 fantasy relevant WRs in Eric Decker, Brandon Marshall, and Quincy Enunwa.
Verdict: REACT to this for sure. If Enunwa is sitting on your waiver I recommend spending up to 25% of your FAAB budget on him based off of your team needs.
Can Todd Gurley turn things around?
Gurley has been a below average fantasy RB this season without even considering that he was drafted by many to be the RB 1. Against the Seahawks, Gurley flashed his elite skills, but his offensive line held him back from success. According to Pro Football Focus , Gurley averaged 0.6 yards per carry before (terrible) and 1.9 yards after contact (good) and against the 49ers he forced 7 missed tackles on 17 attempts. This was the worry with Gurley heading into the season, could his team and offensive line put him in favorable running situations? Through the first two weeks, our worst fears have come true, with the Rams scoring a meager 9 points on 3 field goals.
Verdict: React, similarly to Devonta Freeman last week, I’m looking to shop Gurley as long as I can get a top 15 player in return.
Allen Robinson only has 21.6 PPR points?
Allen Robinson has seemingly been in a funk, posting receiving lines of 6/72/0 and 3/54/0 so far this season. These numbers aren’t necessarily indicative of his performance, however. Robinson has 20 targets through the first 2 weeks and has had two matchups against very tough pass defenses, facing a good young Packers secondary and matching up with one of the top young corners in the NFL in Jason Verrett. Good signs for Robinson include his average yards per catch of 14 and his 20 targets. He should continue to receive plenty of volume in garbage time and have another productive season.
Verdict: Chillax, ARob will be fine and is a fine buy-low option heading into Week 3.
Will Ezekiel Elliott lose work to Alfred Morris?
Two games into the 2016 season, Ezekiel Elliott has not performed like the player he was drafted to be. In his first two career games, Elliott has 41 carries for 134 yards, 3.3 YPC, and 2 TDs to go with 3 receptions for 5 yards. The main issue with Elliott though is his 2 fumbles against the Redskins and the involvement of Alfred Morris. Morris ran 5 times for 7 yards and 1 TD and as a result, the fantasy community panics over Zeke’s role. Morris wasn’t productive and seemed to get the TD as an annoying vulture. While losing goal line work is a possibility, I expect Elliott to maintain a large part of the Dallas red zone offense.
Verdict: Chillax, the Morris TD was a random occurrence, not a sign of things to come.
Willie Snead looks like the real deal
In his first two games, Snead has a 14/226/2 receiving line. With this production, Snead is currently the WR 4 overall in PPR scoring. I don’t expect this continue, but Snead has outperformed even optimistic expectations. I hoped for Snead to become a sneaky WR 4, but his early production solidifies him as a WR 3. The drafting of Michael Thomas worried me, but Coby Fleener has disappeared early in the season. With Drew Brees spreading the ball to Snead, Thomas, and Brandin Cooks, there should be single coverage on Snead all the time, which gives him a very easy matchup to win.
Verdict: React, I have Need for Snead. Snead is a WR 3 and spend less of FAAB to pick him up if he’s somehow available.
Running Back Injuries
San Diego Chargers: With Danny Woodhead’s torn ACL, Melvin Gordon is a top 12 RB for the rest of season. He’s put on a show the first 2 weeks and should see even more than 20.5 touches per game with Woodhead out. Kenneth Farrow is worth a look in very deep leagues.
Miami Dolphins: Surprise, Surprise, Arian Foster is already injured! Unfortunately Foster suffered a groin injury against New England. However, reports have come out on Tuesday that Foster shouldn’t miss more than 1-2 weeks. Jay Ajayi is a low-end RB 3 with Foster out and Kenyan Drake is worth an add due to his big play ability.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Doug Martin left the game against the Cardinals with a supposedly minor hamstring injury. Even is Martin’s injury is minor, he seems unlikely to play Sunday. Charles Sims is a fringe RB 1 in PPR vs the Rams and should be owned everywhere. If he’s available I would spend up to 75% of my FAAB to acquire him.