Eddie Royal, WR (SD)
--For the second straight week Royal has made his presence known, this time coming off of a three touchdown performance in a win over the Eagles. Under new Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, the Chargers are relying on short passes rather than attacking opposing defenses with deep passing plays, which has increased Royal's fantasy value significantly. Although it is unlikely Royal will remain the touchdown leader after a few more weeks of play, his heavy amount of targets in the red zone (seven red zone targets through Week 2) should keep him fantasy relevant for the remainder of the season, especially if Malcolm Floyd is out for a significant amount of time after suffering a neck injury in Week 2.
James Starks, RB (GB)
--After the injury to Eddie Lacy the Packers turned to Starks to handle the workload out of the backfield and now may have a running back controversy after a stellar performance. Starks finished Week 2 with 132 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries to go along with four receptions for 36 yards which landed him in the third spot among fellow running backs in fantasy points scored. Not only did Starks step up when the team needed him most, he became the first 100-yard rusher for the Packers in 44 games. The status for Lacy is unknown for Week 3, but if he doesn't pass a series of concussion tests by Friday, he won't be on the field come Sunday. It is unlikely Starks will be able to duplicate last week's performance in the Packers upcoming game against the Bengals, but if he can manage to keep the offense balanced with decent gains on the ground he is going to take away carries from Lacy once he is back in the mix.
Bernard Pierce, RB (BAL)
--Like James Starks, Pierce had to fill-in for starter Ray Rice after he went down with a hip flexor injury in Sunday's win over the Browns. Pierce finished the game with a respectable 57 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries, which was against one of the better run defenses in the league. The Ravens are reporting that the injury Rice sustained is not considered serious, and his status for this week will likely be a game-time decision, making Pierce an instant start if his health turns for the worst. Not to mention, this type of injury is one that could resurface throughout the remainder of the season, which could mean an increase in carries for Pierce as the team tries to keep their start running back healthy. Most owners of Rice drafted Pierce as a handcuff, so there is a chance he is not going to be available universally, but if he is, this is the type of running back that can dominate the opposition if he is given adequate carries and if he can keep himself off the injury report.
Philip Rivers, QB (SD)
--If you waited on a quarterback on draft day, odds are you skipped over Rivers for the likes of Brandon Weeden, Andy Dalton or even Josh Freeman. Well, now is the time to reevaluate your quarterback position. Rivers is now the fourth highest scoring quarterback in the league through the first two weeks, trailing only Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick, after a three touchdown performance in a win over the Eagles. As mentioned in the Eddie Royal write-up, the Chargers new offensive attack has suited well for both Rivers and their receiving core, with Rivers looking like the quarterback that took the league by storm after the departure of Drew Brees. The league is going to make adjustments to how they defend the Chargers offense, which is going to have an effect on Rivers' fantasy production, but his red zone efficiency will be tough to stop. Through two weeks, Rivers has recorded six touchdowns in the red zone on 12-for-16 passing, which ranks him among the best in the league.
Charles Clay, TE (MIA)
--If you are like most fantasy football owners, you might be saying, "Who the hell is Charles Clay." Well, Clay was the fill-in at tight end after the team lost Dustin Keller for the season, and is turning into a favorite of Ryan Tannehill in the passing game. In Week 2 Clay was targeted seven times, hauling in five catches for 109 yards, this coming after a five catch game in Week 1. Not only has he been used in the passing game, but was even given a carry at goal line Sunday which he turned into a one-yard touchdown. The Dolphins move Clay all over the field, including into the backfield, as he is considered to be more of an H-back rather than a tight end. Considering next week's matchup against the Falcons, Clay is a plug-in play after the Rams torched the Falcons secondary for 352 yards in Week 2.
Josh Gordon, WR (CLE)
--The Browns offense as been terrible thus far in 2013, only scoring 16 points in two games, but they will be getting back their most explosive weapon in the passing game in Week 3 in Gordon. After missing the first two weeks due to a suspension, Gordon will look to help out the Browns passing game, which has been lacking an explosive deep threat early on in the season. Gordon finished the 2012 season with a very respectable 50 receptions for 805 yards and five touchdowns, making him drafted in most fantasy formats. However, with all the injuries to key players over the first few weeks, there is a chance he was dropped to find fill-in players, and if that is the case in your league, Gordon is a solid pickup despite the team's recent struggles.
Jason Snelling, RB (ATL)
--Although Jacquizz Rodgers is the Falcons primary back behind Steven Jackson, it was Snelling who made the biggest impact Sunday when Jackson went down with an injury. Snelling finished Week 2 with two carries for 19 yards and a touchdown to go along with four receptions for 41 yards to do his part int he win over the Rams. At this point in the week it is unknown if Jackson will be able to start Week 3, but if he doesn't, Snelling will get his share of carries, considering Rodgers was unimpressive at when given the opportunity (11 carries for 17 yards).
Alex Smith, QB (KC)
--The Chiefs have already matched their win total from a season ago, and a lot of that credit has to be given to Smith for the team's turn around. Through his first two games with the Chiefs, Smith has thrown four touchdowns without throwing an interception, completing 60 percent of his passes without an elite receiving core. Head Coach Andy Reid has developed an offensive scheme that fits Smith's skill set nicely, which features a lot of intermediate passes, considering his lack of arm strength, and it has worked out nicely through the first two weeks of the season. Smith has a chance to produce adequate fantasy points in Week 3 when the Chiefs travel to Philadelphia, considering the Eagles have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in standard formats.
Robert Woods, WR (BUF)
--For the second week in a row, Woods has made an impact in the Bills passing game, making him someone to keep an eye on as the week's progress. Woods finished Week 2 with 4 receptions for 68 yards on six targets, as he continues to build an on-field bond with fellow rookie EJ Manuel. What is probably the most important news to take from Sunday's win over the Panthers is that Woods was on the field 95 percent of the Bills offensive plays, proving he clearly has taken over the team's No. 2 receiver spot. Unless you are in a deep league Woods is not the guy you want to target this week, but with a few more good weeks, he could move up the board like was saw in Eddie Royal this week.
Austin Pettis, WR (STL)
--The Rams are passing the ball a lot this season, and it isn't only Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Tavon Austin who are beneficiaries. In Week 2, Pettis was targets 11 times, hauling in eight catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, trailing only Austin in targets. If the first two weeks were any indication of how the Rams plan on attackign opposing defenses, then all members of the Rams receiving core are worth owning, depending on the league format. Currently, Pettis' value right now is solely in PPR-leagues, considering it is hard to expect him to find the end zone each week, but if he can keep this up for a few weeks he could be worth starting in standard formats as well.
Defensive Matchup Play of the Week
Minnesota Vikings Defense/Special Teams
--The Vikings defense may be playing be underachieving through the first two weeks of the season, but get a soft matchup this week when they take on the 0-2 Cleveland Browns. The Browns have scored only 16 points through Week 2, and quarterback Brandon Weeden has more interceptions (3) than the team has touchdowns (1). The Vikings defense and special teams were the second highest scoring group in Week 2, after scoring two touchdowns against the Bears, which is nice to see going into Week 3. I'm not saying that the Vikings defense will repeat last week's performance, but they have a good chance of keeping the score extremely low and there is a deistic possibility for an interception or two, especially with Weeden under center.
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