By Jeffrey Beall [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons
Through the first two weeks of the NFL season, the league’s leading rusher is none other than San Francisco 49er running back Matt Breida. Hold on, what? If that’s not crazy enough, here are the top five; Matt Breida, Joe Mixon – who is now gone for at least two weeks, Phillip Lindsay – an undrafted rookie, Lamar Miller and James Conner.
Only two out of them were even drafted in most redraft leagues.
It’s been a wild start, Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the league in passing, throwing for over 400 yards in each of his first two games leading Tampa Bay. DeSean Jackson, who was all but fantasy irrelevant last year, is the league’s leading wide-receiver and Josh Gordon is a New England Patriot. I’ll give you a minute.
The waiver wire has already had an immense impact to start this fantasy season and will continue to do so all season long. If you’re a team that’s 0-2 just remember it’s a long season and the right trades and additions from the waiver-wire can save a season. Let’s get back to the wire and see who some of the best additions are heading into Week 3.
That’s just what the NFL needed. Give Tom Brady Josh Gordon. There’s no question, “Flash Gordon” is the most athletic receiver Tom Brady has had since Randy Moss and while we will hold off on the predictions for now, the rich definitely got richer in this deal.
But the departure of Josh Gordon yields opportunity in Cleveland and rookie wide receiver Antonio Callaway is all about it. Callaway played 81 percent of snaps hauling in three of four targets for 81 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown catch. The former Florida Gator is a fantastic talent who fell in the NFL draft due to character issues. Callaway has the stuff and now might get his chance. Owned in only eight percent of leagues, he needs to be added in all formats.
John Brown, wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens, has been talked about in these articles before and he’s at it again. Brown caught four of ten targets for 92 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Bengals. Brown’s ten targets led the team and he is quickly turning into Joe Flacco’s go-to guy. Brown has always been a playmaker when healthy of course. The sickle-cell trait has hindered his career in the past but he’s seemingly healthy again. Is John Brown back? Owned in only 26 percent of Yahoo leagues, Brown is shaping up as a high upside wide-receiver three.
The Baltimore Ravens have some fantasy value in the backfield as well. Javorius Allen has caught five passes in each of the last two games and scored a touchdown Week 2. Allen has been very involved recently and with the injury to third running back Kenneth Dixon, Allen may have some value here. Owned in just nine percent of leagues, he’s worth a speculative add.
Joe Mixon, a bell cow running back for the Cincinnati Bengals, is expected to miss two to four weeks after undergoing a knee scope. Just like that Giovani Bernard whose standalone fantasy value was on thin ice is now in line for a major workload for possibly a month. Those who are suffering some running back woes or a 0-2 team need to pick up Gio, even if it is just a rental. Last season, Bernard saw a heavy workload after Mixon went down and his pass-catching ability gives him upside in PPR leagues. Owned in only 30 percent of Yahoo leagues, he should be added depending on roster construction.
When you think of the league’s great quarterbacks, Blake Bortles doesn’t exactly enter the conversation. But this is fantasy football and Blake Bortles has value. Last week, Bortles torched the Patriots completing 29 of 45 passes for 377 yards and four touchdowns while adding 35 yards on the ground. The Jaguars have some young weapons around Bortles and he is finally looking like a guy you can roster.
No matter the injury or unforeseen developments, this is a long season and were just getting started. Keep an eye on the wire and look for trades.
Until next week.