Fantasy Football: Week 2 Pickups
Must-Own Players Joique Bell, RB (DET)--Reggie Bush may have been the talk of the town after a great Week 1 performance, but it was Bell that found the end zone twice in the Lions 10-point victory over the Vikings. Not only was Bell used effectively in the red zone, his role in the passing game seemed to have carried over form last season. Both Bell and Bush combined for 14 targets in the Lions pass-heavy attack, making the upcoming weeks very appealing for both players. There is a good chance Bell is still sitting on the waiver wire in most leagues after flying under the radar on draft day, and has the potential to be a stand out player, although not a starter, if the his name continues to be called near the goal line. Julian Edelman, WR (NE)--With an influx on young talent in the Patriots passing game, it was easy to over look Edelman on draft day. Now that we have witnessed just how much he is going to be utilized in the offensive scheme, it is hard to look the other way. Edelman finished Week 1 with seven receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns on nine targets, proving his sure hands will be a likely favorite of quarterback Tom Brady as the season progresses. It has already been announced that Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski will be inactive on Thursday night, meaning even more targets for Edelman in Week 2 and beyond. Kellen Winslow, TE (NYJ)--Right when you think you can forget about one of the biggest busts as his position, Winslow resurfaces with a stellar performance on Sunday. Winslow finished the game with 7 catches for 79 yards and one touchdown on eight targets, leading all Jets receivers in each category. It has been proven time and time again that young quarterbacks love to rely on tight ends in the early stages of their careers, meaning if Geno Smith stays under center for the Jets, there is a good chance we see similar stat line from Winslow in the upcoming weeks. Once Santonio Holmes gets up to speed, he will likely take some targets away from Winlsow, but there is still solid fantasy value to have here. Da'Rel Scott, RB (NYG)--After two fumbles by Giants starting running back David Wilson, Scott got his chance to shine int he second half of Sunday night's loss to the Cowboys. Scott was rather ineffective and failed to take full advantage of the opportunity, but his workload will likely increase heading into Week 2 with a lot of questions to be answered in the backfield. The Giants are going to work out Brandon Jacobs, Willis McGahee and Joe McKnight to try to add depth to the position, but there is no guarantee someone will be signed. Wilson is only one fumble away from finding himself permanently in the doghouse, so Scott is a must-add despite his lackluster performance in Week 1, considering the Giants love to rush the ball in the red zone. Solid Additions Terrelle Pryor, QB (OAK)--Did anyone see this coming? Like most of you, I expected a very lopsided victory for the Colts this last Sunday. Instead we were given a very close game, with Pryor leading the way for the Raiders. Outside of LeSean McCoy, Pryor finished Week 1 with the most rushing yards, going for 112 yards on 13 carries. Not to mention going 19-29 for 217 yards and a touchdown through the air. While it is unlikely Pryor will be able to rush for 100 yards every week, he has the air to back up his legs teams start to contain his rushing attack. We all witnessed what Tim Tebow was able to do his in rookie season, now picture a more athletic quarterback, with a much better arm taking the league by storm. However, his surrounding cast is going to hold him back, but still worth adding on upside alone. Jonathan Dwyer, RB (PIT)--After being released by the Steelers when the team made it's final cuts at the beginning of the month, Dwyer is now back int he mix after the team signed him on Monday. With LaRod Stephens-Howling done for the year, Dwyer will now step in as the Steelers primary backup with Le'Veon Bell battles back from a foot injury. Isaac Redman looked horrible in Week 1 rushing for nine yards on eight carries, so there is a good chance Dwyer will get his fair share of snaps as well on Monday night. Jerome Simpson, WR (MIN)--It was Simpson, not Greg Jennings, who led the Vikings receiving core in all categories in Week 1, finishing with seven receptions for 140 yards on eight targets in the loss to the Lions. The Vikings passing game is going to have to step up every week, considering team's will continue to stack eight men in the box to contain Adrian Peterson, so Simpson should continue to be heavily targeted on a regular basis. His fantasy value is going to be held back by the ineffectiveness of Christian Ponder, but he should be able to continue taking full advantage of the opportunities that come his way, like his days in Cincinnati. Marlon Brown, WR (BAL)--With the injury to Jacoby Jones, The Ravens are going to have to rely on Brown to fill-in as the team's No. 2 receiver in their passing game. In last Thursday's loss to the Broncos, Brown filled in nicely after Jones went down, hauling in four receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown on six targets. The Broncos were able to get to Joe Flacco often, forcing him to rely on underneath routes a lot in this contest, which took away looks from Brown in return. Looking forward, Brown should see an increase in targets as the season progresses, making him a potential flex-play in the upcoming weeks depending on the matchup. Digging Deep Doug Baldwin, WR (SEA)--Baldwin, not Golden Tate or Sidney Rice, was targeted the most in Sunday's win over the Panthers, hauling in seven of his eight targets got 91 yards. The Seahawks were forced to pass the ball more in this game than what we have grown accustomed to seeing from this offense, so his increase in production likely goes hand-and-hand with the amount of passes attempted by Russell Wilson. We have seen Baldwin in the past make a case to be a starter in fantasy formats, so it is not out of the question that a few more weeks like this could happen. For now, only those in deep leagues should consider adding him, but he should be added to watch lists in standard leagues. Eddie Royal, WR (SD)--To be honest, I didn't even know Royal was still in the league until I turned on Monday Night Football and saw him celebrating in the end zone. Royal caught only three passes for 24 yards in the contest, but two of which were touchdowns as Philip Rivers looked his way int he red zone. There is a good chance this will be the highlight of his 2013 campaign, but stranger things have happened. Those in need of receiver depth in deep leagues may want to invest to see if he can build off of last night's performance. LeGarrette Blount, RB (NE)--Blount may have entered the season fourth on the depth chart for the Patriots, but could see an increase in production as soon as Thursday. Shane Vereen is going to be sidelined for at least four weeks, and Brandon Bolden is still banged up, leaving Blount the next best option to spill Stevan Ridley. Blount was given seven carries in Week 1, averaging only 2.1 yards per carry, which is nothing special in the fantasy game, but if Ridley continues to fumble, that number is bound to climb. He is not a starter in fantasy at this point, but he is one injury to Ridley away from becoming fantasy relevant once again. Willis McGahee/Brandon Jacobs, RB (FA)--Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the Giants are in one of those situations in terms of their backfield. The team is going to work out both McGahee and Jacobs on Tuesday, as they try to find a reliable option in the event David Wilson can't fix his fumbling issues. My gut tells me if the Giants were to sign one of this players it would be Jacobs, considering he is already familiar with the offensive playbook, but he will have to prove he still has what it takes after not playing in 2012. Even if one of these players is signed, there is no guarantee they will play, but both are proven red zone threats that could be just what the team is looking for with the ineffectiveness of Scott and Wilson in crucial situations. Defensive Matchup Play of the Week Oakland Raiders Defense/Special Teams--The Raiders will be matched up against the Jaguars in Week 2, who were held to two points in their season opener, and will be without their starting quarterback. The Raiders defense was able to keep the game close last week and should be able to get pressure on Chad Henne to force him to make bad decisions. There are clearly better options out there for Week 2, but if you are hitting the wire after a poor performance by the Ravens defense last week, this is the type of matchup to exploit while you try to round out your team's defensive issues. Be sure to join me live in Rotoinfo.com's new chat room before setting your lineup every Sunday as I assist you with your last minute start/sit decisions! Times will be determined by Wednesday on a weekly basis! Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for Rotoinfo.com. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at email@example.com. Also follow him on Twitter @MatthewRBeck for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information. And, to make setting your Fantasy Football lineup easy, be sure to utilize RotoInfo.com’s new NFL Lineup Grids.
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