Mohamed Sanu (19% Yahoo, 64% ESPN)
Sanu was targeted 6 times in week one but only managed to must a 4 catch 18 yard performance out of it. In week two he was only targeted twice for 19 yards. You’re specific situation is critical in whether he is rosterable or not but in most cases you should drop him for a guy with higher upside. He was out targeted by Calvin Ridley this week which won’t be a good sign moving forward.
Outside of Larry Fitzgerald and David Johnson its time to drop anyone on the Cardinals you had hope for. This team is painful to watch and might not score this year. Okay maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but you get my point. Fitzgerald has averaged over 9 targets a game over his career and will likely continue that trend this year but outside of he and Johnson you aren’t going to be able to trust any of these guys in your lineup week to week.
Antonio Gates (9% Yahoo, 22% ESPN)
Mike Williams is going to leach targets from Antonio Gates until Gates is irrelevant. Gates has only seen 4 targets and fewer snaps than even Virgil Green. Williams will take nearly all of Gate’s red zone targets. You’re better off streaming at tight end each week that wasting all your prayers on Gates.
Robby Anderson (86% Yahoo, 84% ESPN)
Look, I know Robby Anderson was an 8th round pick you had high hopes for but the reemergence of Quincy Enunwa and Terrelle Pryor have relegated Anderson to 3rd fiddle, maybe even fourth behind Bilal Powell. Enunwa and Pryor have dominated targets with 32 to Anderson’s 6. The Jet’s aren’t being shy with Sam Darnold, having had him throw 41 times in the loss to the Dolphins, but they are still being somewhat conservative and he is spreading the ball around while focusing on Enunwa and Pryor. All of that leds to a low target share for Anderson and a boom or bust risk every week. If you can grab a better receiver off waivers consider dropping Anderson for the bench spot.
Tyler Boyd (1% Yahoo, 2% ESPN)
Boyd is having a Kenny Golloday type breakout but without the fanfare. While everyone was gushing over John Ross, Boyd burst on to the scene in the first two weeks. He’s seen 14 targets through 2 weeks trailing A.J. Green by only 3. He had 9 against the Ravens with a gaudy 6/91/1 line where he accounted for 114 of Andy Daltons 260 air yards. According to NumberFire their opponent pass defense for the season ranks 25 of 32 teams. Boyd should have plenty of opportunity as the season rolls along.
Giovani Bernard (27% Yahoo, 39% ESPN)
Who knew it’d be week 2 and we’d be recommending adding two Bengal players but here we are. Mixon had minor knee surgery after Thursdays game and should be out 2-3 weeks. Given his usage over the first two games its reasonable to expect a similar game script with Bernard especially with his pass catching prowess. He’ll get the Panthers, Falcons, and Dolphins which isn’t optimal but it isn’t terrible either. He should be an instant RB2 for these weeks and if the knee injury lingers could have value throughout the season.
Keelan Cole (48% Yahoo, 49% ESPN)
Cole is on the cusp for add/drop nearing 50% ownership, but if he is there and you need wide receiver help he’s someone you should target. One of the top high stakes season long players over at Arbour Pro did some research and commented that Cole’s metrics mirrored Antonio Browns coming out of college. Cole appears to be the clear WR1 for the Jaguars seeing x targets for x yards and a touchdown against the Patriots. What’s always been the biggest concern for these Jaguar receivers is the run first offense but what they proved in week two is that Blake Bortles can focus on the pass and be successful and that is huge as we move along in the season. According to NumberFire their opponent pass defense for the season ranks dead last.
Latavius Murray (44% Yahoo, 41% ESPN)
Another popular add this week will be Latavius Murray largely dependent on any news we hear about Dalvin Cook’s hamstring injury. If Cook is out he’ll be an instant RB1 for week 3 against the brutally bad Bills that are giving up 113 YPG on the ground. The Bills are so bad a player retired at halftime!
Buffalo CB Vontae Davis apparently retired at halftime during the Chargers-Bills game Sunday.
"He said he's not coming out. He retired…"
—Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander pic.twitter.com/ab7wJoyc7f
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 16, 2018
Hayden Hurst (3% Yahoo, 3% ESPN)
Desperate for a tight end this year? Add Hayden Hurst ahead of his NFL debut. He should return in the next week or two, was having a great preseason and Joe Flacco has targeted his tight ends 24 times over the first two games.
Ito Smith (1% Yahoo, 0% ESPN)
Devonta Freeman will be out another 2-3 weeks at minimum and we know how knee injuries linger throughout a season. Hell, just look at Doug Baldwin who now is dealing with double knee issues. In light of that it’s the Tevin Coleman coming out party ahead of his impending free agency next year. The underlying storyline is who backs up Coleman, especially since the Falcons like to use two running backs. Welcome in Ito Smith, a small back who wasn’t even invited to the combine yet was drafted in the fourth round after his pro day at Southern Mississippi. Smith may be small but has great hands and can play the Tevin Coleman role which can have stand alone value in PPR leagues while Freeman is out. In most competitive and high stakes leagues he’s most likely gone, but in Yahoo and ESPN leagues he should be there for you to take a flier on if you need running back help.