Silvia’s Week 2 Fantasy Frenzy


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Le’Veon Bell has continued his holdout past Week 1 making backup James Connor a smart pickup, according to our Fantasy Football man Alex Silvia.

Alexander W. Silvia, News Editor

Nobody thought it would actually happen. The in-house battle between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Le’Veon Bell has been bubbling for years, it finally came to a boiling point. Bell has continued his holdout into the regular season, and it’s anyone’s guess when the consensus top-two fantasy pick will return.

The 26-year-old running back has been one of the most versatile three-down backs the game has ever seen since entering the league in 2013. The past two seasons the Steelers have franchise tagged the elusive back, not allowing him to look for big-time money in the free agent market. This time around Bell is pushing back, he wants to get paid, and deservedly so.

What a start to the regular season. Those who invested in backup Steeler running back James Conner as this debacle unfolded are now looking at a high end Running Back 1. How the tides have turned. Conner wasted no time taking advantage of this opportunity, rushing 31 times for 135 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in 5-of-6 targets for 57 yards in Sunday’s Week 1 tie to the Cleveland Browns.

Still think the waiver-wire isn’t important?

If you are a team that’s 1-0 after Week 1, you’re in the driver’s seat. Go out and take a look at your league and try and target a high-end player who didn’t exactly perform to expectations last week. Take advantage of desperation. A couple of names come to mind. New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan disappointed in Week 1 posting a line of one catch for 11 yards on five targets. If the owner of this player in your league is 0-1 and panicking a little bit, test the trade market. Hogan is still a number one receiver on one of the most dominant offenses in football. T.Y Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts is another receiver to look at, his floor looks to be very high with Andrew Luck back under center and didn’t exactly win anyone their week with his performance. Try and make a trade with a desperate owner.

The Kansas City Chiefs running back and last year’s NFL rushing leader Kareem Hunt underperformed in his first week, rushing 16 times for 47 yards and zero receptions. Take advantage. If he is part of an 0-1 team in your league, the owner may think he is a bust and would be willing to make a deal. Make no mistake, Hunt is a top-12 back.

Now to the breakouts from Week 1.

New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa caught 6-of-10 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in their blowout win over the Detroit Lions Monday night. Enunwa has been plagued by injuries the past few seasons and with a rookie quarterback under the helm, no one really knew what to make of him. He quickly emerged as Sam Darnold’s favorite option, seeing a 48 percent target share from the young gunslinger. Owned in just 10% of Yahoo leagues, Enunwa could be the top waiver add this week and has a great shot to become a weekly starter in fantasy lineups. Put in a claim for him.

Geronimo Allison, a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers, made some splash plays in their win against Chicago. Allison reeled in 5-of-8 targets for 69 yards and a touchdown, showing that he has a legitimate role in this pass-heavy offense. Owned in just 13 percent of leagues, Allison is a must add. He is a wide receiver for a team that can support three viable fantasy pass-catchers with a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers.

Indianapolis Colts new wide receiver Ryan Grant led the team in receptions in what looks to be a new short-passing offense under Andrew Luck. Grant caught 8-of-9 targets for 59 yards, and if he can continue this possession-receiver style he will absolutely provide value in PPR formats. Owned in just 3% of leagues, it’s worth a shot.

Phillip Lindsay, running back for the Denver Broncos, surprised the fantasy world with his Week 1 performance. All offseason the hype was focused on rookie running back Royce Freeman, many experts were expecting Freeman to take over as the true workhorse back for the Broncos. Lindsay has other plans. The young tailback saw 15 carries, rushing for 71 yards and a touchdown, as well as catching 2-of-3 targets for 31 yards. Lindsay finished with the same number of carries and yards as Freeman. He has taken over as the number two back in this offense and owned in just seven percent of leagues, should be picked up. While he may not see as many touches moving forward, he has warranted a roster spot.

Several other notable players to check for, Kenny Stills, Chris Godwin, Mike Williams, and T.J. Yeldon.

We’re off to the races now. It was an exciting Week 1 for fantasy football and we are just getting started. If you lost, it’s far from over. Check that waiver wire.

Until next week.