Fantasy Football Week 2: Takeaways from Sunday's Action

Richard Janvrin@@RichardJanvrinFeatured ColumnistSeptember 19, 2016

Fantasy Football Week 2: Takeaways from Sunday's Action

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    With Week 2 nearly in the books, I hope your fantasy football matchups are all but wrapped up.

    This was a tough week for me. Not only in the win-loss column in fantasy, but, man, have I been sick as a dog all weekend.

    My apologies, but I was under the impression football could cure all.

    What a strange week this was, though (I'll probably say that every week since this sport is so weird).

    As will likely be the case every week, there were unfortunately a good number of injuries. 

    Let's start with a quarterback injury.

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo Likely out a While

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    According to Jeff Howe of the Boston HeraldNew England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will not play in the team's Week 3 contest against the Houston Texans due to a sprained AC joint.

    This injury should sideline him 1-2 weeks.

    As we saw in the Patriots' game against the Miami Dolphins, Garoppolo was on a tear, throwing three touchdown passes.

    After he went down with the injury, backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett came into the game and managed just six completions for 92 yards while nearly allowing the Dolphins to tie the game late.

    As a result of this injury, virtually every skill position player on the Patriots takes a nosedive in value, minus running back LeGarrette Blount.

    Brissett possesses a bevy of talent, but he's still a raw prospect in his rookie season out of North Carolina State.

    Thankfully, the Patriots will have fellow quarterback Tom Brady back soon.

The Lions WR to Own Is Marvin Jones

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    After two weeks, Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones is the wide receiver to own in Detroit.

    In his first two games with his new team, Jones has amassed 21 targets, catching 12 of them for 203 yards, though he has yet to find the end zone.

    It's clear that the Lions like using fellow wide receiver Golden Tate at the line of scrimmage. While this will help his upside in points-per-receptions leagues due to the high number of catches and targets he is expected to see, Jones is the one that will accumulate the most yardage.

    Lions QB Matthew Stafford has looked sharp through the first two games. After a questionable push-off call in the end zone against Lions tight end Eric Ebron against Tennessee in Week 2, the Lions fell to the Titans, 16-15.

    Jones is a definite WR2 moving forward.

Ravens WR Mike Wallace Seems Legit

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    Football is a weird game, man.

    After scoring a deep touchdown in Week 1, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace caught two touchdowns in the team's Week 2 win over the Cleveland Browns.

    Coming into this season, Wallace was an afterthought.

    Boy were we wrong.

    At this rate, Wallace appears to be the Ravens' No.1 wide receiver.

    Right now, Wallace is owned in just 56 percent of Yahoo leagues. If he is available in your league, go out and get him.

    The Ravens could find themselves either behind or keeping a game close, thus resulting in positive game script for Wallace.

    Don't look now, but here comes Wallace.

Steelers WR Antonio Brown's Struggles Against Bengals Continue

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    In what was a dreary, rainy game, the Pittsburgh Steelers managed to secure a 24-16 win against the division-rival Cincinnati Bengals.

    However, Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown's struggles against the Bengals continued.

    Going back to last year, Brown has just one game over 50 yards receiving and one touchdown.

    We expect a lot from Brown, and rightfully so—he was the No. 1 overall pick in almost every league—but these games against the Bengals are worth keeping an eye on.

    Of course, you're not sitting AB for any reason, but it is interesting nonetheless. 

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah Injured; Dwayne Washington Time?

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    According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah is in a walking boot and has "a noticeable limp" after suffering a foot injury in the team's 16-15 Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

    As a result of this injury, the Lions may have to look to fellow running back Dwayne Washington if Abdullah were to miss any time.

    While that notion seems unlikely, Washington would only be worth an add in deeper leagues—the job would belong to running back Theo Riddick.

    If Abdullah is out in Week 3, expect Washington to see double-digit touches.

    Washington is a flex at best in Week 3 if Abdullah sits.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster Injured, Ajayi Ineffective

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    Not only did the Miami Dolphins lose once again to the New England Patriots, but they also lost starting running back Arian Foster to—you guessed it—a soft-tissue injury. In this instance it is a hamstring injury, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

    This should come as no surprise—Foster has a long injury history.

    In his absence, fellow running back Jay Ajayi was ineffective, and he even fumbled the ball.

    As a guy who has pounded the desk for Ajayi since Day 1, I'm not totally confident in him moving forward.

    If Foster misses the team's Week 3 game against the Cleveland Browns, Ajayi will have an opportunity to shine against a poor defense.

    There were no updates in regard to Foster's injury at the time of this publishing, so be sure to check out the Daily Market Reports as the week goes on.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Hurt, Doesn't Look Good

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    According to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a knee injury that caused the perennial Pro Bowler to be carted to the locker room.

    While there are no exact details yet, it does not look good for Peterson.

    In the event the 31-year-old misses extended time, backup running backs Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will see extended work.

    In the past, we've seen Asiata claim the role as the go-to guy on the ground.

    In PPR formats, McKinnon has the most upside; he can take it to the house in one play and is a much better pass-catcher than Asiata.

    However, near the goal line, expect Asiata to take over those responsibilities. 

    The Vikings draw the Carolina Panthers in Week 3—a team that has allowed an average of over 100 yards rushing on the ground through the first two weeks of the season.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers Loses Another Weapon

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    In Week 1, the San Diego Chargers lost wide receiver Keenan Allen for the season with a torn ACL.

    Well, that bad luck continued in Week 2.

    On what was a noncontact action, Chargers running back Danny Woodhead went down with an apparent knee injury.

    However, the good news for Woodhead is that the team is optimistic it is just an MCL sprain, according to Alex Marvez of Sporting News.

    If Woodhead misses an extended period of time, this will hinder quarterback Philip Rivers' production moving forward, despite a four-touchdown day.

    Losing two key weapons is tough, especially two guys that were perennial top-10 assets at their respective positions and even more valuable in PPR leagues.

    We'll keep a close eye on Woodhead as the week progresses. Expect him to be out in Week 3.


    Stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus and Pro-Football-Reference.

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