As we head into week three of the NFL season, the picture becomes more clear. We have now seen each team play twice, with the exception of Miami and Tampa Bay, and can get a better read on who will be doing what going forward. There have been some surprises as well as injuries that may have thrown a wrench into your team. Oftentimes, fantasy football is won on the waiver wire. This list will help ypu get an idea of who is trending up and who is not a good option going forward.
Jermaine Kearse, WR Jets
Kearse had a big game last week. Although most of the game was essentially garbage time, Kearse hauled in four receptions for 64 yards and two scores. This comes on top of his week one performance where he hauled in seven receptions for 59 yards. It goes without saying that the Jets offense is anemic and with Josh McCown at the helm its hard to get excited about anything Jets. However, Kearse can be had in most leagues and could be a valuable asset in deeper PPR formats.
Tarik Cohen, RB Bears
Cohen was the most popular waiver pickup following his stellar week one performance and wasted no time in proving that he wasn’t a fluke. Although he didn’t do much in the run game and did fumble the ball, Cohen’s value comes from his receiving ability. Through two games, Cohen has 16 receptions for 102 yards. This ties him for second overall in the entire league for receptions, behind only Jason Witten who has 17. The Bears have hardly any vertical attack which means that Cohen should continue to see short looks all season long, especially with Mike Glennon throwing the ball. Cohen’s value is further enhanced due to the fact that Jordan Howard is listed as questionable and had his arm in a sling following last week’s game. Cohen is a legitimate RB2 option in 10+ leagues heading into week 3.
Trevor Siemian, QB Broncos
Listen up Andrew Luck Owners. Trevor Siemian has certainly been impressive through his first two games. Heading into week three, Siemian has thrown six touchdowns against two picks with a QBR of 106.9. It would without a doubt be a stretch to expect this type of production all season, but with how many options the Broncos have in the passing game he could be an intriguing option going forward. As of right now, Siemian is owned in only 13% of ESPN fantasy league. He is definitely worth stashing as a backup and could even become a starting option if he continues his torrid pace.
Allen Hurns, WR Jaguars
With Allen Robinson down for the year, the door is open for Allen Hurns and Marquise Lee. Hurns certainly took advantage of his added looks, catching six passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. What is most important is that Hurns hauled in six of his seven targets, proving a reliable option for the embattled Blake Bortles. The Jaguars’ passing game is the definition of shaky and almost all of the damage Hurns did came in garbage time. Hurns should not be an option in any league under 12 owners, but could become an intriguing PPR option down the line. They don’t call Bortles “captain garbage time” for nothing.
Samaje Perrine, RB Redskins
Perrine carried the ball 21 times for 67 yards this weekend. With Rob Kelley going down due to a rib injury, look for Perine to continue to get work. The biggest thing working against Perine right now is the fact that he faces two tough opponents in Denver and KC before going on a bye in week 5. Still though, Perine is available in over 95% of ESPN leagues and is worth taking a flier on.
Demarco Murray, RB Titans
So far this season, Murray is only averaging 3.3 yards per carry on 21 attempts. Murray remains the starter as of week three, but Derrick Henry is lurking. Henry carried the ball 14 times for 92 yards and a touchdown against Jacksonville. This was a game that the Titans ran away with, so it doesn’t really mean a whole lot that Murray didn’t get many touches. However, Murray is an aging veteran with an injury history while Henry is in only his second NFL season with a very similar skill set. Don’t panic on Murray yet, but be mindful that his starting job is far from secure.
Adrian Peterson, RB Saints
The saints have used a committee for years, so it was no secret that AP would be sharing the workload. However, what we didn’t expect was just how little he would be used. Through two games, Peterson has seen only 14 carries for a measly 44 yards with 0 receptions. One has to think that AP will be worked into the offense going forward, but the early returns are a cause for concern. Peterson has voiced frustration due to his lack of touches but the Saints have said he isn’t going anywhere. If Peterson is your number one back, I would be concerned at this point.
Jordan Matthews, WR Bills
So far, Matthews has yet to get much going with his new team. Through two games, Matthews has mustered only five receptions with 0 touchdowns. It is not the time to panic on Matthews, but the Bills did bench Tyrod Taylor at one point last year so the passing game is far from a guarantee. Time will tell if Matthews gets on track with his new team, but be mindful of other options if he continues this current pace.
LeGarrette Blount, RB Eagles
Doug Pederson has drawn plenty of criticism for his play-calling last week where the Eagles ran the ball only 13 times the entire game. What was most perplexing about this game was the fact that Blount saw 0 touches. If The Eagles thought they needed a faster back against the Chiefs’ front seven, then next week’s match up against the Giants should not be encouraging to fantasy owners. Blount’s value comes primarily from red zone looks, which he should get more of as the season goes on. However, it is worth being concerned with how little the Eagles have committed to the run game. The Eagles should roll the Blount, but whether they will or not is the question.
Bilal Powell, RB Jets
Powell has been a sleeper in many years prior but saw his draft stock rise this year. There is still plenty of value in Powell, but he has not produced thus far. Through two games, Powell has managed only 35 yards off 13 carries and hauled in five passes, all five coming in week one. The Jets will be running the ball a-lot and Powell should continue to see passes thrown his way as well as redzone touches. Still though, for how high he was ranked this year his production is a slight cause for concern. What is most troubling is how little touches Powell saw in such a lopsided game.
Jordan Howard, RB Bears
Like Powell, Howard’s inclusion on this list may be a bit premature. Howard battled a shoulder injury last week when he mustered only seven yards off of nine carries. With an anemic Bears offense, Howard should continue to be a valuable fantasy asset going forward. However, Tarik Cohen has emerged as a threat and Howard is still questionable heading into this week. Keep him on your team for sure, but monitor his progress.