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9/17:The fantasy world has been screaming from mountain tops that Tevin Coleman would be taking carries away from Devonta Freeman. Head Coach of the Atlanta Falcons Dan Quinn reiterated this fact throughout the preseason; however, not many fantasy football managers were drinking the "hater-aid". This past Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Atlanta Falcons did all but write a memo confirming these allegations. Coleman finished the Week 1 contest with a state line of 8 RUSH for 22 YDS and 5 REC for 95 YDS and a TD. Coleman has proven he is the preferred passing back in a pass-first offense. According to FootballOutsiders.com, the Oakland Raiders are the 30th ranked pass defense and 15th ranked rush defense; both are significantly worse than the Bucs. I expect Coleman's rushing and receiving numbers to be a bit more balanced this week with 6 RUSH for 52 YDS and 5 REC for 65 YDS. Coleman will remain a high-upside flex spot contender in Week 2 against Oakland.--Chris Baldwin - RotoBallerSource: Football Outsiders
9/17:Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown was fined a total of $21,000 stemming from two violations of league policies during Monday night's season opener versus the Washington Redskins. The seemingly infallible wideout was hit with a $12,000 penalty for his touchdown celebration in the end zone while the $9,000 portion was for donning footwear that was not standardized by the NFL. In Week 2's matchup, Brown is facing the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that he's touched throughout his career. In 12 games, Brown has a 69-994-4 stat line with his best outings occurring over the past five games beginning in 2014. Brown should be considered an elite WR1 and started across all fantasy scoring formats.--Anthony C - RotoBallerSource: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
9/17:Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, Mohamed Sanu registered a stat line of 5 REC, 80 YDS, and 1 TD. Playing opposite Julio Jones, Sanu found success with Jones absorbing a large amount of the double coverage implemented by the Bucs. This week looks to be more of the same for the "Dirty Bird' wide receivers. According to FootballOutsiders.com, Oakland comes in with the 30th ranked pass defense in the league. As a comparison, Tampa Bay is ranked 24th in the same ranking sheet. Oakland will probably use the Bucs playbook on how to keep Jones quiet on Sunday afternoon and allow Sanu to acquire another healthy stat line. I expect Sanu to compete for the team lead in targets again and land somewhere around 6 REC, 105 YDS, and 1 TD.--Chris Baldwin - RotoBallerSource: Football Outsiders
9/17:Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) is listed as questionable on the Week 2 injury report. Steelers beat writer Ray Fittipaldo is stating that Wheaton "popped up" on the injury report after being limited in Friday's practice despite practicing in full earlier in the week. Wheaton has been nursing a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the season opener. Despite the last minute injury designation, Wheaton is expected to be available for Pittsburgh's upcoming contest with Cincinnati. He should be considered a risky touchdown or bust fantasy option in this week's adequate matchup with the Bengals.--Anthony C - RotoBallerSource: Ray Fittipaldo on Twiter
9/17:Though he saw a fair share of targets in the passing game of New England’s week one victory over Arizona, James White did not have the breakout game many were hoping to see from the de-facto Dion Lewis replacement. White caught five of his seven targets and took them for 40 yards, along with four yards gained on his single rushing attempt of the night. The seven targets are absolutely encouraging, though a single rush attempt is the opposite. If the Patriots intend to utilize White solely as a receiving back, it will hurt his value on a team that already possesses the talents of Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. However, White flashed extremely impressive elusiveness after the catch, and caused more than a few missed tackles. He’s certainly a talent to own, though as of now he’s primarily a stash and flex candidate. Try him out against the Dolphins in New England, but he’s a gamble until the New England offense finds a rhythm for him.--Ben Ellenberg - RotoBallerSource: CBS Sports
9/17:New England’s not-so-secret weapon, Rob Gronkowski, is listed as questionable heading into their home matchup with Miami in week two. Gronkowski injured his hamstring during the preseason and has not seen a snap in a preseason or regular season game. While nobody questions the upside of Gronk, his recent bout with the injury list should concern some owners given his history of injuries. Though Gronkowski has been healthy and productive for a few seasons now, there will always be concerns about the young tight end’s ability to stay on the field. Monitor his status going forward, but with the Patriots’ win in Arizona last week, the offense certainly seems to be in a good place, and coach Bill Belichick may very well be opting to take it slow with his superstar until the hamstring is 100 percent. Don’t be surprised if Gronk is limited or entirely absent from the game.--Ben Ellenberg - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
9/17:Danny Amendola was crucial to the Patriots victory against the Cardinals in week one, but he certainly didn’t win anyone their matchups. Though Amendola came up for New England in a big way when they needed a first down, that doesn’t always translate, and Amendola’s three catch, 48 yard performance is less than stellar on paper. With Rob Gronkowski out, the hope was that Amendola would see a larger workload, but the Patriots wound up spreading the ball among their entire offense. In week two, don’t expect much of a change. WR1 Julian Edelman will still be the first-look option for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo if tight end Rob Gronkowski is unable to play, which is the only situation at all where Amendola is worth a shot. As things stand, Amendola shouldn’t be getting your flex consideration unless you’re desperate. If Gronk returns, Amendola should ride the bench.--Ben Ellenberg - RotoBallerSource: NESN
9/17:In his first start as quarterback for the Patriots, Jimmy Garoppolo stepped up and impressed, leading New England to an underdog win in Arizona. Garoppolo went 24 for 33 for 264 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, though he also had a fumble recovered by Arizona that led to a touchdown. While those aren’t quite fantasy stud numbers, considering his performance came without superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski against a top-10 defense, it’s a very promising performance. Of note is Garoppolo’s sole touchdown of the night, which came on a beautiful 33 yard pass to receiver Chris Hogan. Garoppolo now heads to New England for a three game home stand that should offer up a lot more offensive opportunity than week one. If you need a backup option at quarterback, Garoppolo isn’t a terrible short-term stash, though there’s probably nothing on Earth that can help him keep the job when Tom Brady returns in week five.--Ben Ellenberg - RotoBallerSource: Patriots.com
9/17:Though he was no Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett proved to be extremely valuable to the Patriots, though not in any way that might benefit fantasy owners. Bennett ended his first game with New England sitting on 14 yards earned off three catches. This is obviously not the sort of performance that many hoped the veteran would provide, though a Bill Belichick offense has many wrinkles. Bennett did most of his work as a blocker, and he did that work exceedingly well, earning praise from the Patriots coaching staff for his efforts. With Gronk doubtful to play in week two, it’s not wrong to hope for a rebound performance from Bennett, and though that is certainly in the cards, it’s looking like New England intends to use him as a blocker for now. Keep him stashed regardless, because the thought of a healthy Rob Gronkowski returning and New England running a two tight end set rampage through the league is too good to pass up on.--Ben Ellenberg - RotoBallerSource: NESN
9/17:Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz was declared out for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears by head coach Doug Pederson on Saturday. Ertz suffered a rib displacement injury in last Sunday's season-opening win against the Cleveland Browns and wasn't able to practice all week. Veteran Brent Celek will draw the start at tight end in place of Ertz, with Trey Burton also working into the offensive mix. Celek and, to a lesser extent, Burton make for fine emergency fantasy fill-ins in you own Ertz, but there are surely tight ends with higher upside on the waiver wire. Ertz is expected to miss multiple games, so fantasy owners will likely have to ride out his absence with streaming options each week.--Andrew C. Lovell - RotoBallerSource: Philly.com
9/17:Torrey Smith posted a horrendous Week 1 stat line, hauling in only two catches for 13 yards and no scores. There wasn't much need for the 49ers to take shots down field last week against LA as they controlled the line of scrimmage and just settled for underneath routes. This week, the 49ers take on a much more competent offense in the Panthers, which should force Gabbert to take shots down field against a young secondary. If the 49ers offensive line can give Gabbert enough time to get the ball down field, Smith will have the opportunity to make big plays. Smith sits atop the wide receiver depth chart in San Francisco for a reason and will be looked upon in this game to keep the 49ers close. This presents a nice bounce back opportunity for the veteran wide receiver and provides nice upside as a low-end WR3. He will also be a contrarian tournament play in DFS as his ownership should be extremely low.--David Fiori - RotoBaller
9/17:Carlos Hyde had a great performance Week 1, carrying the ball 23 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns while also catching two passes on three targets. This is the kind of performance we're used to seeing out of Hyde on the opening week of the regular season as he has scored twice in the previous two Week 1 openers. Throughout the remaining games of Hyde's career, he is averaging a putrid 3.2 yards per carry. Couple that with the upcoming matchup against the stout Carolina Panthers defense, and it will be difficult for Hyde to return any value this week. Carolina did allow CJ Anderson to run on them for 92 yards and a score in Week 1, but the Denver Bronco team is much better than San Francisco, meaning the game flow could doom Hyde as well. Unless you're hurting at the running back position, Hyde should be benched in PPR leagues this week, and is nothing more than a backend RB2 in standard.--David Fiori - RotoBaller
9/17:Seattle Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta believes that RB Thomas Rawls will receive "a lot more" of the workload distribution than RB Christine Michael in Sunday's Week 2 contest versus the Los Angeles Rams. Rawls will get the start in Week 2 while Michael returns to his role as the No. 2 rusher on the Seahawks. For fantasy football purposes, Rawls should be considered a mid-range RB2 who could potentially produce RB1-type numbers against a questionable Rams defense that allowed Carlos Hyde and Shaun Draughn to gash them in the season opener. Rawls should be started in both PPR and standard scoring formats while Michael should remain on the bench this week.--Anthony C - RotoBallerSource: Bob Condotta on Twitter
9/17:Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll indicated to the media that QB Russell Wilson (ankle) "will play" in Sunday's Week 2 contest versus the Los Angeles Rams. Wilson practiced all week and has been on track to play in week 2 as well. The banged up signal caller has never missed a game or practice in his career due to injury and it won't begin now barring an astronomical setback. Wilson may be handicapped in this matchup, however. His ability to move around in the pocket, scramble and run may be limited due to his mild ankle sprain, which could scale back his production. Wilson should be considered risky a mid-to-low end QB1 in a decent matchup this week in Los Angeles.--Anthony C - RotoBallerSource: Seattle Times
9/17:Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told the media that RB C.J. Prosise (wrist/ hand) is considered a game-time decision to play in Week 2's contest versus the Los Angeles Rams due to the fact that the rookie will have to wear a protective cast on his injured wrist/ hand. “He’s got something he’s wearing on his wrist that we have to take into account,” Carroll said via the Seattle Times. “We’ll let you know on game day." Prosise participated in practice this week wearing a cast on his injured wrist/ hand. The rookie rusher is considered Seattle's primary receiver out of the backfield and the protective garment he has to bear could hinder his ability to catch the football. Even if Prosise is active in the matchup, he should remain on a fantasy team's bench in standard leagues and is a tremendous risk to start in PPR formats with Thomas Rawls ready to draw the bulk of the workload and Christine Michael expected to receive the remainder of the touches on Sunday.--Anthony C - RotoBallerSource: Seattle Times