During a one week break from the CCFF Podcast, the CCSN fantasy crew (Dan Trader, Stephen Logsdon, and Andrew Fossett) provides one streaming option at each of the skill positions for week 2 in the 2016 NFL season:
Marcus Mariota – Stephen
While he had an ok game in a tough matchup, Mariota showed a continued strong connection with rookie Tajae Sharpe and was able to move the ball consistently in the first half. His rushing ability is always a plus, but the Titans willingness to throw the ball to Murray or Henry, I believe, will further help create plays in the passing game. The next two weeks, Mariota will face the Lions and Raiders, and both are plus matchups to target if you're a Russell Wilson owner, whose status for this weekend is still unsure.
Luke McCown – Andrew
This may not be a long term pickup, but McCown will inherit the some weapons in Cleveland's offense left behind by RG3. He'll reunite with Gary Barnidge and give relief to more than a few dismayed fantasy owners. The Browns' next game is against the Ravens, a team McCown amassed 568 passing yards and 4 touchdowns against last year. Josh Gordon will also return during RG3's absence, making the passing game that much more dangerous. Passing attempts will be high, as the Browns' defense continues to look inept.
Joe Flacco – Dan
Most people don't associate Joe Cool with fantasy relevance, but returning from injury in his first true outing under Mark Trestman’s system, Flacco completed over 67% of his 34 passing attempts for 258 yards and a score. His top targets may vary from week to week, but Flacco has enough offensive fire power to play in the right matchups, and while I typically stray from starting QBs in divisional matchups in DFS, Joe is a great streaming option against a porous Cleveland D in week two.
Shane Vereen – Stephen
The Giants play the Saints this week and that's all you need to know. This game has all the makings of a shootout and Vereen plays the passing back role in this offense. I expect Rashad Jennings to have a nice game but the Giants may have to throw often to keep up with Drew Brees and company. If you're looking for a flex play in deeper PPR leagues, you can do worse than Vereen.
Travaris Cadet – Andrew
With CJ Spiller released, Cadet has secured the role as the premier pass-catching back for the Saints. His 7 targets on Sundaywere third on the team and he should see a good share in a high-scoring affair against the New York Giants in week 2. Coby Fleener's ongoing struggles also contribute to Cadet's value.
Darren Sproles – Dan
Ryan Matthews is the back to own in Philly, but Sproles has a significant role in the passing game under Doug Pederson. His uninspiring stat line in week one was due to not being needed to secure the win against Cleveland, but Monday night in Chicago could easily go the other way. In a game that should be close (Chicago is favored by 3, according to Vegas) with the potential to go over the implied total of 43 points, Sproles is easily a player to consider for your flex or RB2 slot if you’re low on options, especially in PPR leagues.
Tyrell Williams – Stephen
The Chargers unfortunately lost Keenan Allen to a torn ACL in Week 1. Tyrell Williams led the team in yards last week and has a lot of upside at 6'4", 205 pounds and runs a 4.42 40. It's a mystery who will step up to fill Allen's void but Williams is ticketed for a larger role in this offense. The over/under for this game Jacksonville is currently 48, Williams has a shot to make a big play or two in his increased role.
Jeremy Kerley – Andrew
Arriving late in the preseason, Kerley quickly earned his role as the slot receiver in the San Francisco 49ers' offense. He and Blaine Gabbert displayed immediate rapport against the LA Rams on Monday night. Kerley received 11 targets and should continue to get a lot of looks in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense. That pace will be needed to keep up with the Carolina Panthers this coming Sunday.
Eli Rogers – Dan
Rogers has garnered a lot of hype this summer but hasn’t been worth more than a deep stash. Although, after impressing in week one, while taking into account the suspensions to Martavis Bryant and Le’Veon Bell, and additionally considering that Markus Wheaton is officially still out while nursing a shoulder injury, one would be prudent to recognize the opportunity in a big divisional matchup, as Rogers has a chance to do some damage.
Dennis Pitta – Stephen
Most expected Crockett Gilmore to the be the starting TE in BAL Week 1, but it turns out Pitta took the role playing 56-of-68 snaps. He didn't have a ton of production (3 catches for 39 yards) but it was good to see him back on the field after suffering multiple hip injuries the last few years. The Ravens take on the Browns this week who gave up 6 catches for 58 yards to Zach Ertz. He's worth a flier if you're searching for a TE.
Kyle Rudolph – Andrew
Rudolph was 5th in targets among tight ends in week 1. If you think this might change if/when Sam Bradford takes the starting job in Minnesota, don't worry. Bradford showed affinity for the tight end last year in Philadelphia; Zach Ertz finishing 6th in targets among tight ends. In what may be Rudolph's first pairing with Bradford, the Vikings face a Green Bay defense that gave up 5 catches, 64 yards, and a touchdown to Julius Thomas the previous week.
Virgil Green – Dan
Trevor Siemian is not a QB to put fantasy faith in. But against a solid Carolina defense in the 2016 season opener, he at least displayed accuracy in intermediate range. He also hit Green for four receptions and almost a wide-open TD, although that opportunity was blown at the line of scrimmage. Had he connected though, Green wouldn’t even be a streaming option this week, so maybe we should be thanking the fantasy gods. Regardless, with Demaryius Thomas hampered with a hip injury, the receiving options are dwindling in Denver, and Green is in a primo spot to step up this week against one of the worst defenses in the league as the Broncos host Indianapolis.
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