What an exciting Week 1. Full of comebacks, blowouts, and of course injuries. Some of those injured players include: Dez Bryant, T.Y. Hilton, and Andre Ellington just to name a few. CPGM will help you navigate through the chaos of Week 1 to help you determine which players you should be targeted from your waiver wire.
Fantasy Football Add/Drop – Week 2
Add – Tyrod Taylor
The Buffalo Bills and head coach Rex Ryan have a collective grin on their faces after beating MVP candidate Andrew Luck. The defense deserves a lot of the credit for putting the clamps on what many believed was the best offense in football but the underlying grin should be for the fact that the Bills got it right by making Taylor the starting quarterback. He was highly efficient in the game going 14 for 19 for 195 yards and a TD averaging 10.3 yards per attempt. What was even more remarkable was that he only targeted Sammy Watkins 3 times and completed 0 passes to his star receiver. Taylor showed precise accuracy throughout the game while demonstrating that he can make passes inside of the pocket. When he didn’t see anything down the field he provides the added fantasy football bonus of rushing for 41 yards. His rushing numbers plus his willingness to sit in the pocket and make good decisions make him a great fantasy add as your second fantasy QB with the potential to start depeding on the matchup.
Notables – Marcus Mariota, Nick Foles
Drop – Joe Flacco
Uh oh…The regular season Joe Flacco reared his ugly head in the Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos. I hope no one started Cool Joe as he threw for 117 yards 0 TDs and 2 interceptions completing only 18 of 32 passes. But the blame isn’t Flacco’s alone. Coming into the season CPGM stressed the awful receiving options at Flacco’s disposal and it showed mightily in Week 1. His best receiver is the 36-year-old veteran Steve Smith Sr. who mind you dropped the game winning touchdown on Sunday. After Smith, there isn’t much else as Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken, Michael Campanaro, and tight end Crockett Gillmore failed to create any separation all game long. Should I continue as to why Flacco should not be trusted in fantasy football this season? Ok, one more nugget. Flacco was hit on 17 of his 34 dropbacks in Sunday’s game. Obviously a combination of the ferocious Broncos pass rushers but also the fact his receivers can’t get open.
Add – Chris Johnson
CJ2K is back on the map? Well, not exactly the Chris Johnson of old but he gets an opportunity with the injury to Andre Ellington to show he still got it. Newly acquired by the Cardinals late in the offseason Johnson received 10 carries replacing Ellington compared to rookie David Johnson 0 carries. This leads me to believe Chris is the Johnson you want to scoop up in the Arizona backfield. CJ2K posted at least 1000 yards in his first 6 seasons as a pro including his ridiculous 2006 yard campaign in 2009 before only rushing for 663 yards last season for the New York Jets. That’s right a New York Jets team that played terrible as a whole last season and only gave Johnson 155 carries being that he was in a time share with Chris Ivory. Add CJ2K as a replacement until Ellington gets back on the field.
Notables – Danny Woodhead, David Johnson
Drop – Darren McFadden
Run DMC can be safely dropped from your fantasy teams as he has no guaranteed role within the Dallas Cowboys offense. The Sunday Night game where he was out touched 19-7 by starting running back Joseph Randle is indication of who the Cowboys trust with the ball. Even when the Cowboys went to a passing attack late in the game it was Lance Dunbar on the field. McFadden is essentially the Andre Williams of the committee that will need a Joseph Randle injury to have any relevance. Darren McFadden name ring bells to many fantasy owners but that’s all that he is at this moment, just a name. You can hold on if you want for McFadden to get his opportunity as the season goes along but you might miss out on the next best waiver pick up if you do.
Add – Donte Moncrief
The Indianapolis Colts’ new offensive attack was on full display on Sunday against the Bills with them going to more three receiver formations over there usual two tight end sets. It’s still not yet determined if this was just their game plan against the Bills or if this is something they plan on doing going forward. With the plethora or receiving weapons Andrew Luck has, I believe it’s a changing of the guard. Enter second year wide out Donte Moncrief who many forgot about with the offseason signing of Andre Johnson and first round selection of Phillip Dorsett. Even with number one receiver T.Y. Hilton on the field, Moncrief was still used heavily in the offense out targeting Andre Johnson. Not only did he receive 11 targets to Johnson’s 10 but he seemed to be getting open more easily and had the better rapport with Luck catching 6 passes for 46 yards and a TD. The reason why he is this week’s number one receiver waiver addition is the knee bruise injury to Hilton which should propel Moncrief to Luck’s number one option.
Notables – James Jones, Stevie Johnson, Tyler Lockett, Terrence Williams
Drop – Brandon LaFell
For some reason Brandon Lafell is owned in almost 50% of Yahoo fantasy leagues. Memo to everyone: Lafell is on the reserve/PUP list and wont be back until at least Week 8. Furthermore that timetable is not guaranteed due to the uncertainty of LaFell’s injury. Drop him ASAP and grab one of the receivers named above.
Add- Jordan Reed
A Jordan Reed sighting everyone. Reed as always been a very talented receiver since his days at the University of Florida but could never stay healthy in his career. Seems like Reed is back to his old tactics teasing fantasy owners getting a whopping 11 targets catching 7 balls for 63 yards and a TD. Call me a sucker if it doesn’t pan out this season but I’m buying Reed this year. First of all, there is no tight end competition in Washington with projected starter Niles Paul out for the season. Secondly, the injury to Desean Jackson will open up more opportunities for QB Kirk Cousins to rely on and target Reed even more in the offense. Reed will be a TE1 for your fantasy teams with the potential to be a top 5 tight end if he can play a full 16 game season. Scoop him up
Notables – Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Eric Ebron, Ladarius Green
Drop – Josh Hill
The Josh Hill buzz is officially dead after the New Orleans Saints’ Week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. A trendy sleeper once Jimmy Graham was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, Hill did not win the starting spot over veteran Ben Watson and did not receive a single target on Sunday. Lets put that last statement into perspective. Drew Brees threw for 355 yards on 48 attempts and not one went Hill’s way. Hill does have a size and speed combination that the Saints could have utilized in the red zone going 1 for 4 in red zone TD conversion on Sunday but that obviously was not a part of Sean Payton’s game plan. Maybe the Saints change that next week and Hill catches two TDs, but with so many other tight ends breaking out on Sunday I would drop the Saints TE.
Add – Broncos Defense
That Von Miller, Demarcus Ware, Shane Ray pass rush coupled with Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. combination is fantasy goodness.
Drop – Colts Defense
Looks marsh mellowy soft.