It has reached that pivotal time in fantasy football where adding players can give you a potential championship-caliber team, unlike adding players in later weeks. After weeks 1-3, there is more of a general consensus of who is more likely to dominate snaps and what players have potential for a role in their team’s offense.
Sam Bradford (15.2%)
While leading the league in passer rating this year and completion percentage last year, Bradford has shown his ability to fit the ball in places only the receiver can catch it. Although he has shown flashes of elite play-ability, he remains in the QB 2 range because of the Viking’s gameplan to limit his snaps due to his durability issues.
Alex Smith (42.2%)
Alex Smith’s amazing week one against the patriots showed how effective his mobility in the pocket and the addition of Kareem Hunt has helped this offense. Along with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, this star studded Chiefs offense remains his to take advantage from.
Trevor Siemian (13.6%)
Siemian has improved from last year and is showing the NFL why he is a Qb to not take lightly. The Broncos’ run game has been effective so far this year with Jamal Charles and C.J. Anderson both being effective on the ground. This should allow Siemian to see coverages to exploit when defenses stack the box against Anderson and Charles. Siemian’s connections with Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders look strong to begin the season, which is only a good sign moving forward.
Deshaun Watson (10.4%)
In Deep 12-team formats Deshaun may be worth adding if your fantasy team is lacking at the quarterback position. His quickness is there, but Bill O’Brien did not seem to want him to control the offense this week and had him running the ball in strong and i-formations on many plays. Deshaun should not be necessarily added in deep leagues, but can be stashed if the Qb position is thin in your league.
Chris Carson (9.7%)
Averaging 5.1 yards per carry Carson looks like the main back in Seattle’s offense unless Rawls continues to stay healthy the rest of the season, which is unlikely due to his injury proneness.
Tarik Cohen (54.7%)
Owned in 54.7% of ESPN fantasy football leagues, Cohen is the clear-cut receiving back on the Bears. In PPR leagues he holds more value, but still should be added in standard formats.
Javorius Allen (8.6%)
Now the primary back for the Ravens, Javorius “Buck” Allen is a must own in all leagues, especially ppr due to the Flacco’s tendency to throw to running back (Second most in the NFL last year with 149 targets).
Alvin Kamara (13.3%)
Owned in just 13.3% of ESPN leagues, Kamara should see more production in the backfield as the Saints just played two of the premier defenses in the league. Kamara should only be considered in PPR leagues as he looks to play the Darren Sproles role. Kamara may not be worth starting because of Mark Ingram’s involvement in the passing game, but he still remains the best receiving back on the team.
D’Onta Foreman (4.9%)
Owned in 4.9% of ESPN leagues, Foreman saw an increase workload after Miller (18 carries for 61 yards) couldn’t produce against the Bengals elite run defense. If Foreman takes over, or even sees an even workload with miller in Bill O’Brien’s run heavy offense, then he could be a legitimate starter for fantasy teams lacking running backs.
Chris Johnson (2.1%)
Johnson showed he was the fastest and most efficient back Week 2 and will figure to move up to the starting role.
Elijah McGuire (.1%)
With Bilal Powell and Matt Forte both giving weak performances through the first two weeks McGuire came in and ran for 29 yards on six carries and hauled in one catch on two targets for seven yards. Now a part of the Jet’s committee McGuire can work his way to a larger role as long as he remains more productive than the Powell and Forte.
J.J. Nelson (20.7%)
Although nelson produced against a horrid Colts pass defense, he showed great route running ability and explosiveness off the line. It also helps that John Brown and David Johnson are injured, which should allow Nelson to see even more looks. Owned in 20.7% of ESPN leagues, Nelson may become a favorite target for Palmer this season, although Larry Fitzgerald figures to see more production as the season goes on.
Kendall Wright (7.8%)
Reuniting with Wright’s former offensive coordinator may be what Wright needed to get back to his 94 catch and 1079 yard season in 2013. Although being Mike Glennon’s favorite receiver isn’t the most pleasing way to be recognized, he drew 10 targets and was the number one receiver for the Bears this week. In ppr formats he figures to produce at least 10 points a game, but remains less valuable in standard leagues.
Allen Hurns (7.6%) & Marqis Lee (30.1%)
Hurns and Marqis Lee both produced with Allen Robinson out for the year with a torn ACL. With Bortles struggling it’s hard to trust either of these receivers on a weekly basis, but they’re the best receivers their team. If the Jaguars continue to show why their young and talented defense cannot be fully trusted, that will require Bortles to air it out more than usual, which was the case this week.
Rashard Higgins (.4%)
After being named as a starter, producing seven catches for 95 yards against the Ravens, and Corey Coleman breaking his hand Higgins figures to see the most targets from Deshone Kizer. With only Ricardo Luis, Sammie Coates, and Kenny Britt as competing receivers Higgins has a legitimate shot at remaining as the top role on the Browns. It’s important to remember that he still has a rusty Deshone Kizer throwing him the ball, but he figures to grow as a starting quarterback.
Jesse James (15.4%)
James saw eight targets in Week 1 and five in Week 2 on the NFL’s most high-powered offense. With Vance McDonald injured James figures to see more red zone targets, as he scored two touchdowns in week one. With defenses having to worry about Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Le’veon Bell, he should see a healthy amount of targets as the Steelers starting tight end.
Evan Engram (10.7%)
Although Eli Manning has shown poor passing performances through the first two weeks, he still targeted his starting tight end twelve times through the first two weeks. Engram looks more like a receiver than a tight end after showing his athletic ability and playing in the slot 13% of his time on the field.
Zach Miller (1.4%)
With the Bears limited with receiving options and Glennon’s accuracy issues, Miller should see a good amount of short targets the rest of the season.
Ben Watson (.8%)
After receiving one target week 1 Watson caught all eight of his targets for 91 yards. Last year Dennis Pitta saw 121 targets, while only amassing 86 receptions for 729 yards, so if Watson receives the volume Pitta did last year, then Watson could be a good pickup. Nick Boyle does look to take away some of those targets, but Watson is the trusted veteran in this tight end corp after his great production week 2.
Ed Dickson (.1%)
With Greg Olsen on the IR Ed Dickson figures to take over his role as receiving tight end. Olsen is out for at least eight weeks, so Dickson remains more than a mere streaming option for the week.