Week Two Players To Pursue

Sept 13th, 2016

by Max Corsini


Last week I wrote about 5 wide receivers I would target on the wire.  This week, I thought I'd tackle running backs, but every time I started writing, I was only jotting down backups. These are the guys you can't rely on unless you’re in a PPR and you’re hoping for some boom/bust production or if the starter was injured. As far as I am concerned, every running back that should be owned, already is. So today, I’m giving you players that had a down week in Week 1 and are buy-low trade or waiver wire targets

Duke Johnson - Coming off a monster PPR season, people held Duke in the highest regards of receiving backs.  What people failed to realize was that RG3 never really used his running back as a check down option. After a terrible Week 1, now is the time to jump on the Duke train and offer his owner a trade while the price is low.  With RG3 down and McCown stepping in, I expect Duke to fall right back into his great numbers from last year, instantly putting him in the low-end RB2 range.

Gary Barnidge - Yes another Browns player.  I know.  I know.  The Browns?  What’s with the love?  A team with a defense as bad as theirs is going to pass and with McCown coming back, I expect Barnidge to be the beast that we know and love. After putting up a goose egg in Week 1, you'll never see his asking price lower. Last year, he had 79 receptions for just over 1000 yards and 9 touchdowns.  I don’t expect his numbers to be that good with the introduction of Pryor, Coleman and the return of Gordon, but I do think he will finish the season safely in the top ten for tight ends.

T.J. Yeldon - If you listen to the SleeperWire podcast, you have heard me trash Yeldon.  I’m not his biggest fan.  Even though he looked terrible in Week 1, I do not doubt his talent; I merely like Chris Ivory more (try to grab Ivory and stash while he’s not playing).  Yeldon was held in check by a surprisingly stout Green Bay defense, but I expect a huge progression in week 2 against a Chargers team that was killed on the ground.  If Chris Ivory is out for an extended period of time due to his undisclosed illness, Yeldon's workload could put him in the low-end RB2/3 mold. In my eyes, he’s a rental so don't break the bank for him, but he could be exactly what you need to help get a win in week 2.

Robert Woods - The saying goes:  'you never want to start guys on Thursday nights' and for the most part, I believe that, but not on a night where Rex gets a revenge game against his former team.  The Jets secondary has always been held in high esteem, but after narrowly getting beaten by the Bengals, it seems the Jets maybe losing a step.  With Sammy Watkins down and most likely missing a few weeks, Robert Woods gets first crack at the lead receiver  job once again. The clear ground threat that LeSean brings, should open up Buffalo's offense and it give Woods a ton of targets. Woods is a flex play for me this week with major boom potential.

Jesse James - The new tight end for Big Ben. I don’t usually write about “sleeper” tight ends, but the masses have cried out! The tight end spot, as usual, is bad and unpredictable.  That’s where Jesse comes in.  Taking over Heath Miller’s role in Pittsburgh, Jesse is a high-end tight end and you may still find him on the wire.  He should offer consistent points throughout the duration of the fantasy season. Big Ben doesn't mind spreading the love and Pittsburgh is not afraid to run the score up. Jesse is a mid-range tight end with a decent floor with the weekly boom potential.

As always, thank you for reading, and good luck this season.

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