--Desperation Breeds Opportunity: With many owners sitting at 0-2, now is the time to test their patience.
SETTING YOUR LINEUP
WR Anquan Boldin (@STL) – After a dismal three-catch effort last week versus the Titans, expect the Ravens’ wideout to bounce back on Sunday in St. Louis where he faces a Rams’ secondary that allowed a league-high13 touchdowns to opposing WR1’s in 2010 and already has ceded a pair of TD’s to top receivers this year.
TE Vernon Davis (@CIN) – With the 49er’s receiving corps decimated by injuries look for even more action for Vernon Davis in the team’s passing game. He gets to face a Bengals’ defense that has struggled to stop over time. Davis could get double-digit targets on Sunday and that makes him a must start.
QB Josh Freeman (vs. ATL) – After watching the Bucs’ quarterback toss just two touchdowns over his first two games, I’m not crazy about his matchup with the Falcons. In two matchups against Atlanta during his breakout 2010 campaign Freeman was held to less than 200 yards passing each time and only totaled three touchdowns to go along with three picks.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – The loss of Jamal Charles for the season to an ACL injury put the nail in the coffin to the Chiefs’ season after just two weeks. Matt Cassel has looked terrible and should be cut in most leagues. I am not excited about either of the team’s running backs left, Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster, and am going to sit Dwayne Bowe until further notice.
DALLAS COWBOYS – Tony Romo (ribs/lung), Felix Jones (shoulder), and Dez Bryant (thigh) are all questionable for against Washington and Miles Austin (hamstring) is likely out. With the game on Monday night it’s going to be very tough for owners to risk waiting around for playing decisions. I avoid all Cowboys aside from Jason Witten in Week 3.
QB Michael Vick (concussion) – Vick was a full participant at practice on Thursday and all signs are starting to point to him playing this week versus the Giants barring any setbacks. Owners will want to stay tuned to this situation leading up to game day, but this is clearly good news.
RB Arian Foster (hamstring) – Foster’s hammy continues to be a fantasy headache entering Week 3 of the season. His status is up in the air for this week, but with head coach Gary Kubiak hinting that the team will continue to lean on Ben Tate until Foster is 100 percent healthy Foster’s value is limited.
WR Kenny Britt (hamstring) – Britt, who has been a top five fantasy wideout through two weeks this season, left practice early on Wednesday due to a quad injury. The move is believed to have been cautionary but one that owners will certainly want to stay abreast to the situation on.
BUY LOW CANDIDATES
QB Matt Schaub (HOU) – With Texans running rapid, Schaub’s numbers are down through two weeks as he has yet to eclipsed 230 yards passing and has only three TD’s and two picks. While he may not be amongst the elite fantasy quarterbacks any more, Schaub is still a low-end QB1 capable of big games.
RB Chris Johnson (TEN) – No high-end player has brought more disappointment to this point than Johnson has to his owners. He’s averaging just 2.1 yards per carry and 4.1 yards per catch through the first two weeks. Still with a favorable schedule ahead and an immense amount of talent I’m still confident that Johnson will finish as a solid fantasy RB1 with huge upside.
WR Reggie Wayne (IND) – There’s no doubt that Wayne, along with the rest of the Colts, has seen a big drop in his fantasy value with Peyton Manning sidelined. However, his value has fallen as far as many think. Wayne has 11 targets and a score already and is going to continue to get looks. Consider him an OK option as a WR2, even without his stud quarterback.