Fantasy Football Week 2: What you missed, with Odell Beckham improving and the Cardinals naming a starting running back
Miss news from around the NFL Wednesday? Chris Towers catches you up on everything you need to know.
For Eli Manning's sake, let's hope so. The Giants' offense was a disaster in Week 1, and while Beckham won't be able to block for Eli, he provides another element any offense needs, no matter how good the protection is. You don't need me to tell you how good Beckham is, and though it's fair to have concerns about how he might look in his first game action, there's no question you're starting him in Week 2 against the Lions.
Of course, you will need to keep a close eye on all reports through Saturday, because the Giants don't play until Monday night. It seems likely he will play at this point, but you may want to snag Sterling Shepard (64 percent owned), Kenny Golladay (79 percent) or Marvin Jones (58 percent) as last-minute fill-ins in case Beckham is a surprise scratch.
This still looks like a situation to avoid, but at least we have a modicum of clarity. Williams will start for David Johnson, but that doesn't necessarily mean he is going to get the majority of the work. With Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington around with plenty of experience in the offense, don't expect Williams to dominate work here. Ellington will get passing downs work, and Chris Johnson will see some carries too, so this looks like a true committee.
With Williams set to work kick and punt returns, his chances of ever becoming a workhorse seem pretty limited. If you have to start someone here, Williams is the desperation play, but I'd prefer to let it play out before touching this one.
Devontae Booker (wrist) returned to practice
Booker isn't expected back on the field this week as he works his way back from a fractured wrist, but he is getting close. C.J. Anderson is the starter here, and Jamaal Charles looked okay in the preseason and in Week 1, but Booker has a chance to be Fantasy relevant down the road, given Anderson and Charles' injury histories. For now, he is just a deep, deep stash.
It's hard to make a good case for either of these players being a worthwhile NFL starting quarterback at this point. Tolzien was awful in his Week 1 work, while Brissett has limited experience and was only recently acquired from the Patriots. And yet, here we are, with this duo somehow competing to start for a team with preseason playoff aspirations.
Brissett seems like the more likely option to start, if only as a "He can't be worse" option than Tolzien. However, we don't know right now, and might not until Friday. Either way, neither is likely to do much positive for the offense, making the likes of Frank Gore, T.Y. Hilton, and Jack Doyle risky starts.
Josh Gordon will be out of rehab next week, and hopes to be reinstated
This is a long shot to matter this season, but Gordon is a name to keep an eye on. We know how good he was at his peak, when he led the NFL with a whopping 117.6 yards per game in 2013. That was a long time ago, and he hasn't played since 2014, but Gordon is still, incredibly, just 26 years old – younger than Terrelle Pryor when he made his transition to wide receiver. On the off chance he does get reinstated, Gordon would be worth a look as a lottery ticket.
- Jordan Howard is dealing with a shoulder injury… Howard was a late addition to the injury report Wednesday, but still got in limited work in the session. We'll see how he does for the rest of the week, but you should still plan on starting him. Tarik Cohen also looks like a decent flex play, regardless of Howard's shoulder.
- Danny Amendola (concussion) not practicing… Amendola was a big part of New England's offense in Week 1, hauling in six passes for 100 yards before suffering his concussion. He is dealing with a knee issue as well, and his absence leaves not just a big role in the offense open, but also punt return duties. Chris Hogan would be someone to benefit if Amendola doesn't play, which seems likely.
- John Brown has a quad injury… Brown was unable to practice Wednesday, though it's not clear if this is just the team keeping him on a pitch count given his injury history. He was able to play 63 of 75 snaps in Week 1, and remains worth stashing despite the injury.
- Josh Doctston (hamstring) was limited Wednesday… At this point, we just want to see Docston get on the field so we can know if he was worth the wait. Santana Moss told the Washington Post recently he thinks Doctson is the best receiver on the team, he just needs to show it. Let's hope he gets the chance soon.
- Aaron Donald returned to practice and expected to play… The Rams were dominant on defense in Week 1, and now they get one of the best defensive players in football back. Of course, they won't face Scott Tolzien every week…
- Three Texans' tight ends ruled out for Week 2… C.J. Fiedorowicz was placed on injured reserve with a concussion, while Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson were also ruled out. All three suffered concussions in Week 1. There isn't a TE on this roster worth your time right now.
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