Last Thursday night, Week 1 started off with a bang, as fantasy owners were fortunate enough to watch Peyton Manning torch the Ravens for seven touchdowns.
Week 2? Not so much.
The Thursday Night Football curse continues, as we saw another ugly, sloppy game last night. It featured little to no fantasy production whatsoever, and quite frankly, I was kind of relieved when the game was over. Thankfully, there are plenty of more games to be played, and with those games, come more fantasy questions.
Let’s get right to it.
Q: Cecil Shorts or DeAndre Hopkins at flex? (Kris Hughes)
AP: It’s 100 percent Shorts for me here. Sure, he struggled in Week 1, posting only three catches for 40 yards, but he was targeted 10 times, and oh yeah, Blaine Gabbert was busy throwing the football to the opposition. Fortunately for Shorts owners, Chad Henne is expected to be under center for the Jags, which is awesome for Shorts. Henne targeted him a boatload last season, and Shorts averaged 84.3 yards per contest alongside Henne, compared to just 64.2 yards with Gabbert under center. The matchup against the Raiders this week is very appealing, as number one receivers have seen a ton of success against this secondary towards the end of last season. With Justin Blackmon still suspended, all of the targets will be there for Shorts.
Q: Thoughts on the potential of Jordan Reed and Joseph Fauria? (Ryan Horn)
AP: Both tight ends looked very impressive in their debuts this past week, but it’ll be difficult for either to be fantasy relevant right away. Of course, Fauria plays in a very pass happy offense in Detroit, but he is behind guys like Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler on the depth chart, so it’ll be difficult for him to make an immediate impact. If I had to pick one guy for the long term, I think it would be Reed. The former Florida gator caught five balls off six targets on Monday night, and just simply looked good. However, it seems like Robert Griffin III doesn’t incorporate the tight ends as much in his offense, but Reed’s potential is a bit higher to me, especially if Fred Davis can’t stay on the field.
Q: Are any Patriots worth a start next week? (Jeff Everette)
AP: Many people are extremely worried about the likes of Tom Brady and Stevan Ridley, and look, I get it. We are so accustomed to seeing Brady light up the stat sheets, but the lack of receiving options are clearly hurting him. However, unless you have a high upside quarterback like Michael Vick on your roster, you can’t afford to sit a guy like Brady. He’s always worth a start. The last time Brady didn’t have guys like Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Randy Moss, etc, he tossed 24 touchdowns and threw for 3,529 yards. Not crazy numbers, but respectable. Still, Gronkowski will return soon, which will mean more touchdowns for Brady and less collapses in the red zone. As for other guys like Kenbrell Thompkins, I don’t know if you start him next week, but he is definitely still worth having on your roster. While he hasn’t produced, he’s seen 21 targets in two games this year, and had the opportunity to score twice. He’ll get his sooner or later. And as for Ridley? Two words. Buy low.
Q: Traded Da’Rel Scott and Denarius Moore for Chris Ivory. Thoughts? (Eric Florin)
AP: Nicely done, my friend. Sure, the presence of Bilal Powell could be a bit maddening for fantasy owners, but Ivory looked very strong last night, and I think the Jets are going to want to run the ball more, especially with a rookie quarterback under center. I still believe that Ivory, despite only seeing 22 carries in two games, is the better talent of the two, and to acquire a potential low-end RB2 for that little of a price tag, I think it’s not risky whatsoever. It’s a good depth add.
Q: What do I do with Ryan Mathews? (RedSoxMonstah)
AP: Get down on your knees and pray. Okay, all kidding aside, many people may be excited about Mathews scoring a touchdown on Monday night against the Texans, but after that score, he averaged a poor 2.5 yards per clip, and didn’t look too good. And to make matters worse, Ronnie Brown actually played more snaps than Mathews, who is supposedly the starter. The matchup this week is pretty strong against an Eagles defense that I’m still not sold on, but I wouldn’t trust Mathews as anything more than a flex this week.
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