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Monday Morning Fantasy Quarterback: Week 2 Edition

Happy Monday fantasy football fans. Every Monday this will be the place to be for the most comprehensive wrap-up of the week’s most enticing fantasy football headlines. We’ll also fill you in with the things we know we saw. Enjoy.

Headlines

INJURIES. INJURIES. INJURIES.

Week 2 sucked. Sure, a couple of studs put up points, but some big-time guys — especially at the running back position — went out with injuries.

Headlined by Adrian Peterson, who was averaging just 1.6 yards per carry at the time of his injury, left the game with an ankle injury. He’s going to have a MRI on Monday. Tampa Bay got destroyed by the Cardinals, and lost Doug Martin (hamstring) in the process. He did not come back after exiting the game in the second quarter. On Thursday night, Brandon Marshall suffered a MCL injury and his availability for Week 3 is now in question. The Chargers offense lit up the Jaguars; however, after losing Keenan Allen last week, Danny Woodhead was carted off the field with an apparent knee injury.

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There were two huge injuries in the Patriots-Dolphins match-up, when Jimmy Garoppolo went down with an AC Joint sprain and Arian Foster (surprise, surprise) did not return after suffering a groin injury. Just like his teammate Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown hurt his shoulder and from reports this morning, he could be out a whileJonathan Stewart suffered a hamstring injury in Carolina’s win over the 49ers, and did not return. Lions running back Ameer Abdullah left with a foot injury and was seen with a boot on after the game. Thomas Rawls started his first game in a long time, but went out with a leg injury and did not return. Rawls wasn’t the only guy who got hurt for the Seahawks, Doug Baldwin will undergo a MRI on his knee and is also suffering from back spasms. After getting crushed by TJ Ward, Colts WR Donte Moncrief left the game with a head, neck and shoulder injuries.

What a shitty, shitty weekend for key fantasy players.

Be sure to visit us throughout the week for updates on these players and who to target on the waiver wire, if some are gone for an extended period of time.

Tight end bouncebacks

Last week, one of our headlines was the lack of scoring by the tight end position, especially the elite guys such as Gary Barnidge, Delanie Walker, Antonio Gates, Martellus Bennett and Coby Fleener.

Greg Olsen led the way with 23.20 PPR points, followed by Bennett — who was able to run more routes in the passing game with Nate Solder back at left tackle — putting up 114 yards and a touchdown on 5 receptions. Walker bounced back big-time, scoring 20.30 points and was then followed by a few names who should be on your waiver wire: Dennis Pitta (19.20), Jacob Tamme (18.50), Clive Walford (17) and Jordan Cameron (15.90). Gates put up a solid 10.5 points and found the end zone for the first time this season. Our guy Barnidge woke up from the dead on Sunday, by totaling his first (7.70) points of the season, on six targets. Although he didn’t light the world on fire, it was nice to see Barnidge involved in the offense with McCown at quarterback. Keep an eye on McCown’s availability moving forward.

Check back tomorrow for The Wolf’s Waiver Wire Watch, to see if you should target some of those middle-tier guys who exploded on Sunday.

Surprising wide receivers who are ballin’

The receivers on this list did not cost you a high-round pick, but they’re performing at an extremely high level and are the clear No. 1 guys on their own team.

On Thursday night, our guy Eric Decker and his big dick  — was targeted 8 times by Ryan Fitzpatrick, and reached pay dirt, again. Their rapport — especially in the red zone — is off the charts and he’s a solid WR2. Stefon Diggs, a guy who we were extremely high on, emerged as Sam Bradford‘s guy, and put up the most WR fantasy points in Week 2. He shredded the Packers defense for 182 yards and a touchdown on 9 receptions.

Kelvin Benjamin — who I personally have been very low on, since he was at Florida State — is making me eat my words. Benjamin is Cam Newton’s clear No. 1 target and his rookie year looks like no fluke. One could argue that he is a top-five fantasy wideout in the entire league, as he has put up the most WR PPR points in the NFL. Through two games — one against the best secondary in the NFL — Benjamin has totaled 199 yards and 3 touchdowns on 13 receptions (21 targets).

We mentioned last week that Larry Fitzgerald has yet to age. He put up another 20 points in Week 2 and looks to be the clear No. 1 guy for Carson Palmer and that high-flying Cardinal offense. Someone The Wolf has been higher on than mostly everyone, was Mike Wallace. Wallace was a deep ball specialist in Pittsburgh but did not fit into Miami or Minnesota’s offensive scheme. Now that he’s paired with the one of the best deep ball passers in the game, he’s back. On Sunday, Wallace found the end zone twice, en-route to a 20 point performance. We thought Gary Barnidge would benefit most from Josh McCown, but it was actually rookie Corey Coleman, who looks to be McCown’s No. 1 guy in Cleveland.

We were wary on Travis Benjamin‘s ability to be Philip Rivers’ favorite target, but he  responded by scoring twice and registering 29 points. The Marvin Jones Jr. hype is real. He’s Matt Stafford‘s guy and I hope you picked him over Golden Tate. I couldn’t have been more wrong about someone than Will Fuller. I thought his hands were unreliable in college but he’s shown to be on the same page as Brock Osweiler. Fuller is a legit Flex option on a weekly basis and is eating up single coverage across from DeAndre Hopkins. Our guy Jarvis Landry proved Week 1 was due to a poor match-up but all he did was put up 137 yards on 10 receptions (13 targets) against the Patriots. Albeit the majority came when they were down by multiple scores, but he’s most certainty the most reliable guy in that offense.

If you grabbed one or two guys on this list and they are your WR2, WR3 or Flex option behind guys like Odell Beckham Jr., AJ Green, Hopkins, etc., hats off to you. They’re the No. 1 guys in their respective offense and they’re going to receive a shit load of targets.

Things I Know I Saw

If you’ve read us since day 1 — as you should have — you know we have gotten our collective rocks off on the Cleveland Browns offense. The surprising thing though, is that it’s Isaiah Crowell who has performed most consistently. Feel comfortable to insert Crowell into your RB2 slot on a weekly basis. He’s immensely talented. Feed him, Hue Jackson.

It might be due to the Bengals being down big in both games; however, the Jeremy Hill bounceback just does not look like it’s going to happen. In two games, he has registered only 18 total PPR points and has ran for only 53 yards on 20 attempts. Pathetic. Sunday was his chance to shine — when the weather in Pittsburgh was horrendous — but Gio Bernard was the guy. You can’t get anything for him right now, so just hang onto him and see how he performs — if the Bengals decide to get an early lead for once.

I really wanted to believe in the Jaguars this year and have been #jagginoff since the off-season, but they look like the same-old Jags. Their defense still blows and you should feel comfortable starting almost anyone against them. Offensively, Blake Bortles is still putting up garbage-time fantasy points, which helps if you own him, but he hasn’t made things easy for Allen Robinson. He targeted Robinson 15 times Week 1, but  only five times in Week 2. The targets should continue to be there, which makes Bortles and Robinson prime buy-low candidates, right now.

All we heard about in the off-season was how the Seahawks would continue their high-flying offensive output that we saw in the second half of last season. But through two games, they look fucking awful. First, they put up 12 points on a defense that just made Jimmy Garoppolo look like Dan Marino (until he got injured). Then, they scored THREE POINTS on the same team that made Blaine Gabbert look like Mike Vick in his prime. What the hell is going on in Seattle? It doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better either, since Russell Wilson, Rawls, Baldwin and Jimmy Graham are all banged-up.

What was supposed to be a shoot-out in the Meadowlands, ended up being an absolute dud. In last season’s match-up, these two teams put up a billion fantasy points and touchdowns, and the whole world played these guys on their respective DFS teams. The total in Vegas was the highest of the day at 53.5 and the two teams combined for one measly one touchdown — Drew Brees to Willie Snead. Talk about a let-down.

There was a fight at the LA Coliseum during the Seahawks- Rams game — surprising, right? The fight wasn’t funny, but put your speakers up and listen to this absolute maniac of a dad try to get his kid out of the way. It’s gold:

One last thing. Can we address Yahoo’s Brad Evans bitching on Thursday night? I didn’t follow it in the off-season, but from the looks of it, he was down on Matt Forte – which was a fair take at the time. On Thursday night, after Forte reached the end zone three times and hit 100 yards on the ground, the Twitter eggs were out to get him.

He responded to these Twitter trolls by acting like a bitter child:

On what fucking planet does a FANTASY FOOTBALL WRITER care about how a running back scored three touchdowns and put up 100 yards on the ground? You aren’t paid to talk about what’s best for the Jets’ offense, or what’s best for their team. You’re paid to talk about Forte’s fantasy impact. It’s all of a sudden a bad thing that it took 29 carries for Forte to get to 100 yards? That must really suck for Forte owners that the Jets offense is centered around him. It also really sucks that the Jets are relying on him in the red zone and he scored three touchdowns on the night. Most importantly, I’m sure Forte’s owners are pissed that he has the second most PPR points at his position.

It’s okay Brad, you can admit you’re wrong on one player (stash Bilal Powell, if you haven’t already).

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