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Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers (19 percent owned)
Eddie Royal has been resurrected from the dead.
After his 91-catch, 980-yard rookie season in 2008, there were high hopes for Royal. After that season, though, he really hasn’t done much of anything in terms of fantasy relevance.
Enter the 2013 season.
Royal has five touchdowns through two games this year, which is the same combined total that he has over the last four seasons. Hopefully this isn’t a weird two-game bump, as he’ll definitely have opportunities with the Chargers’ current receiver situation.
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (48 percent owned)
How is DeAndre Hopkins not owned in more leagues?
He’s an explosive receiver playing opposite of an even more explosive receiver. He had a productive Week 1 with five receptions for 66 yards, and he still wasn’t getting any love.
Now, expect Hopkins’ ownership percentage to skyrocket. The rookie caught seven passes for 117 yards, including the game-winning touchdown, in Week 2 against Tennessee.
Hopkins is available in over half of fantasy leagues, and if he’s there for the taking, go and get him.
Austin Pettis, St. Louis Rams (0 percent owned)
Austin Pettis had a solid Week 2. He saw 11 targets and turned it into eight receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown.
His performance against Atlanta was great, but he didn’t have a terrible Week 1 either. Sure, three catches for 16 yards looks bad on paper, but he also had six targets in that game. Sam Bradford isn’t afraid to throw his way, which means good things for Pettis’ future.
Pettis is a good pickup for leagues that have deeper benches. Otherwise, it’s better to leave him on waivers.
Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns (62 percent owned)
It’s surprising that Josh Gordon isn’t owned in at least 80 percent of leagues.
Yes, he was suspended for the first two games of the season, but he was worth stashing in an open roster spot for that short amount of time. Last year, we saw his potential as a wide receiver, and this year, we saw it again in the preseason. He had two games in the preseason with over 70 receiving yards. He’s a big-play receiver who should be owned in every league.
Gordon’s suspension is up this week, which means he’s ready to play. If he’s available in your league, grab him immediately.
Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens (25 percent owned)
For the second-straight week, Marlon Brown has caught a touchdown. The rookie from Georgia is getting an opportunity because of Jacoby Jones’ injury, and he’s making the most of it.
Brown saw six targets in Week 2 and turned them into four catches for 45 yards and a score.
It’s not clear how Brown will perform when Jones gets back, but in the meantime, he’s worth a pickup.