Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown is expected to miss two weeks due to his thumb injury.
Insight: McCown hasn't been anywhere near as good as he was last season with Chicago. He has two touchdowns and four interceptions this season. Second-year quarterback Mike Glennon will presumably take over and if he plays well he could stay in there longer.
Description: Chiefs running back Knile Davis received the first rep with the starting lineup at Friday's practice, but Jamaal Charles (ankle) received the next two according to ESPN.
Insight: This is a headache for fantasy owners. It appears that Jamaal Charles is a true game-time decision. Owners of both Charles and Davis need to have a Plan B, and the situation is made more difiicult by the 4:25pm ET start for Kansas City.
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown could miss one or two games according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Insight: This might not be a bad thing the way McCown is playing. We don't wish injury on anyone, but McCown has looked awful, throwing four interceptions in three games and losing all three starts to begin 2014. Second-year quarterback Mike Glennon will presumably take over, but head coach Lovie Smith says McCown will be the starter when healthy.
Description: The NFL suspended Dolphins DE Dion Jordan four games for violating the substance-abuse policy according to the Miami Herald.
Insight: Jordan was on track for reinstatement this week after the new substance-abuse policy lifted his previously imposed four-game PED suspension on Wednesday. He will now serve an additional four-game suspension and will not be able to return until Week 7.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell (knee) has been limited in practice this week, but most think its just managing the issue, nit a major problem and he'll be ready to go Sunday.
Insight: Bell has carried the ball 25 times over the first two games, but has fumbled the ball once in each of the first two games. It doesn't matter how well you run, if you put the ball on the turf, you won't get many opportunities.
Description: Jaguars rookie wide receiver Marqise Lee (hamstring) will not play in Sunday's game against the Colts.
Insight: Lee has been battling hamstring issues pretty much since training camp, and he tweaked it in the season opener against the Eagles. Lee will likely lose his starting job with the injury, and it is not worth keeping him in re-draft formats.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was added to the injury report because of a thigh injury and was kimited in Friday's practice leaving doubt about his availability for Sunday against Cleveland.
Insight: Pierce will still likely get the majority of the carries against the Browns on Sunday as Justin Forsett looks to only be a change-of-pace back. Check back Sunday morning to see if he is active or inactive.
Description: Arizona QB Carson Palmer has no idea when he'll be able to return to the field, but has already been ruled out for Week3.
Insight: "It's just one of those things you've just got to wait and hope it wakes up," he told the Arizona Republic. Drew Stanton started and won the game with the New York Giants in Week 2, though he wasn't fantasy worthy.
Description: Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton will be the starter in Week 3 while Carson Palmer tries to get over his shoulder injury.
Insight: Stanton was 14-of-29 for 167 yards and no scores against the New York Giants in his first start last Sunday. The Cardinals face the 49ers, so despite having two solid receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, we recommend staying away.
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) missed another practice Friday and its getting unlikely that he'll be ready to go at kickoff.
Insight: With Vance McDonald (knee) also nursing an injury, third-year undrafted free agent Derek Carrier is in line to start at tight end. Carrier had three catches for 41 yards in relieft of the injured pair against the Bears.
Description: Chargers tight end Antonio Gates (hamstring) took Wednesday off, but returned to practice Thursday and is expected to play against Buffalo Sunday.
Insight: A lot of veterans take Wednesday off to help them get ready for the next game. Last Sunday Gates took apart the Seahawks secondary for three touchdowns. He caught all seven targets for 96 yards. He should be a factor again Sunday.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday in limited fashion and was limited again on Friday.
Insight: Although this is good news, that he's out there at all, there is still a reasonable chance that Charles will not play this week against the Dolphins. Charles owners should make a plan B as he's 50-50 at best..
Description: Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams (thigh) was inactive for last Sunday's game and is questionable for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh
Insight: Jonathan Stewart would carry the load for the Panthers with Mike Tolbert used in short-yardage situations if Williams is a no-go. As always its hard to start any of the Carolina running backs.
Description: Washington tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) will not play in Week 3.
Insight: Reed's absence will be covered by two tight ends. Logan Paulsen will be the primary blocker and Niles Paul will be the receiver. Paul has been a viable fantasy option with 86 yards in Week 1 and 99 yards and a score against jacksonville last Sunday.
Description: Browns tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder) was again listed as questionable for Friday's practice, and could "go either way" for Week 3 against the Ravens according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.
Insight: If he does play, he will certainly not be anywhere near 100 percent. The Browns figure to feature their newly-found running game behind Terrance West and Isaiah Corwell which would also limit his fantasy value. Go with another tight end.
Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) did not practice again on Friday and is listed as questionable for Monday's game against Chicago.
Insight: The current plan is for Decker to test out his hamstring on Saturday. Head coach Rex Ryan is confident that his receiver will be ready for Monday night's game against the Bears and as the last game of the weekend doesn't leave fantasy owners many options should he not be ready to go.
Description: Jets cornerback Dee Milliner is questionable for Monday's game against Chicago.
Insight: Having to face Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery with backup defensive backs isn't an exciting thought for coach Rex Ryan, but there are more than a few fantasy owners who can't wait to see what the Bears receivers can do.
Description: Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey somehow manufactured a respectable night from the Thursday night disaster.
Insight: Starting running back Doug Martin wasn't available and Rainey managed to combine for 105 yards from scrimmage. Considering the ugliness of the 56-14 massacre, his owners have to be grateful for double-digit points.
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown, who injured the thumb on his throwing hand Thursday night, is quickly becoming a "worst offseason signing" candidate.
Insight: McCown ha been ineffective all season including last night before the injury. He was supposed to rebuild the passing game in the image of the Bears where he averaged more than 300 ypg in five starts, but he's been horrible. Even if healthy he cannot be counted on in fantasy leagues.
Description: Not long after setting an NFL record for return touchdowns, Devin Hester was seen walking to the locker room with an apparent leg injury.
Insight: The 31-year-old scored the last two touchdowns of the first hald, first on a run and the second a beautiful 62 yard punt return. He was injured while going out for a pass in the next drive. Update: Hester has returned and is playing at the wideout position as the teams play in the third quarter.
Description: Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown injured the thumb on his throwing hand and his return is questionable.
Insight: McCown had been ineffective while out there as the Falcons have demolished the Bus in the first half. McCown was 5-of-12 passes for 58 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Mike Glennon should play the rest of the way.
Description: Not long after setting an NFL record for return touchdowns, Devin Hester was seen walking to the locker room with an apparent leg injury.
Insight: The 31-year-old scored the last two touchdowns of the first hald, first on a run and the second a beautiful 62 yard punt return. He was injured while going out for a pass in the next drive. Given the 35-0 score, his return is unlikely.
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White is inactive for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers.
Insight: CBS' Jason La Canfora reported he did "not expect" White to be active on Thursday, which was news to us because the Falcons had been adament that White would play. Regardless, take White out of your lineup immediately and find a replacement.
Description: CBS' Jason La Canfora does "not expect" Roddy White to be active for Thursday's game against the Buccaneers.
Insight: This is news to us as the Falcons and Atlanta media have continually indicated that White will play despite missing practice all week. There is a chance that White is used as a decoy, but the La Canfora report is still very odd. Regardless, be wary that White is not at full strength, on a short week and has been used as a decoy when nursing a hamstring injury before.
Description: Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was added to the injury report because of a thigh injury.
Insight: Pierce will still likely get the majority of the carries against the Browns on Sunday as Justin Forsett looks to only be a change-of-pace back. Check back on Friday to see if Pierce practices. He is a borderline RB2.
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis (ankle) was walking around in the locker room without crutches, but he was still "hobbling around." according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
Insight: It looks like he will miss his second straight practice. At least Davis did not need his crutches, but it still does not look promising that he will play in Week 3 against the Cardinals. With Vance McDonald (knee) also nursing an injury, third-year undrafted free agent Derek Carrier is in line to start at tight end.
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart (ankle) returned to Thursday's practice.
Insight: Gerhart had Wednesday off and returned to practice in limited fashion on Thursday. Week 3 is a great matchup for Gerhart, playing the Colts' weak rush defense, but Gerhart has managed just 50 yards on his first 25 carries behind the poor Jaguars offensive line.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.
Insight: Charles participated in warmups, spent some time with the team trainer and then joined the position drills. Charles was even "cutting through cones." That would suggest that Charles does not have a high-ankle sprain at all. Although this is good news, there is still a reasonable chance that Charles will not play this week against the Dolphins. Charles owners should make a plan B.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB
9/18/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: The Cardinals placed running back Jonathan Dwyer on the reserve/non-football illness list, ending his season.
Insight: Dwyer's wife is accusing Dwyer of head-butting her after she refused his sexual advances according to ESPN.com. Dwyer also allegedly "punched her in the face the next day" and threw a shoe at his 17-month-old son. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com also reports that the Cardinals are investigating Dwyer's mental health after he sent his wife a suicidal text message with a picture of a knife. He will not play again this season and should be immediately dropped.
Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday according to ESPN New York.
Insight: The current plan is for Decker to test out his hamstring on Saturday. Head coach Rex Ryan is confident that his receiver will be ready for Monday night's game against the Bears, but Saturday will be the final word. For now, fantasy owners should go with another wide out this weekend.
Description: Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner said he will use both Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon in Sunday's game against the Saints according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Insight: Turner added that he might use one back over the other if someone gets a hot hand. Asiata will have the first opportunity to get the hot hand as he will more than likely be the starter. Asiata gained 99 yards on 21 touches against the Patriots last week, but it might be difficult for the 27-year-old to reproduce those numbers. Asiata is the safer start this week, but McKinnon is the better add long term.
Description: Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey has a chance to start again on Thursday against the Falcons.
Insight: Starting running back Doug Martin will try to give it a go, but if in pregame warmups it is decided Martin cannot play, the Buccaneers will turn to Rainey, who gained 167 yards on 32 touches against Atlanta in Week 11 last season. The Falcons defense does not look much better this year as it has allowed 284 yards and five touchdowns to opponents' tailbacks so far this year. Rainey is a borderline RB1 in Week 3 and must-start if Martin is out.
Description: ProFootballTalk reports that it should not be a surprise if the Vikings reverse their decision to activate running back Adrian Peterson for Week 3.
Insight: That means Matt Asiata has a decent chance to start again against New Orleans. He rushed 13 times fo 36 yards and caught five passes for 48 yards with a touchdown versus New England in Week 2. In a pinch, he is a viable FLEX or RB2 option in 12 or 14 team leagues.
Description: Profootballtalk reports the Vikings could still reverse the decision to reinstate running back Adrian Peterson.
Insight: Although it is extremely unlikely Minnesota releases Peterson like Baltimore did to Ray Rice, the call for Peterson's head in the press will not be ignored. The governor of Minnesota is calling for "All Day" to be suspended and Radisson suspended its sponorship of the Vikings due to Peterson's indictment for child abuse. Do not drop Matt Asiata yet as there is at least a 50/50 chance that Peterson will again be inactive in Week 3.
Description: Bengals wideout Dane Sanzenbacher could see his targets take a jump in Week 3 if A.J. Green's toe keeps him out of the lineup.
Insight: Sanzenbacher would only be a one-game option as the Bengals have a bye in Week 4 and by Week 5 Green is likely to be fully ready to play again. Sanzenbacher caught two balls for 42 yards in a substitute role last Sunday.
Description: Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu will likely play a major role in Week 3 with A.J. Green likely joining Marvin Jones on the sidelines.
Insight: Sanu produced a 76-yard touchdown catch against the Falcons to produce double-digits fantasy points, a big jump from Week 1. He's a solid fantasy option if A.J. Green is not ready to play in Week 3.
Description: Saints running back Pierre Thomas has yet to produce from a fantasy perspective in 2014.
Insight: With Mark Ingram going down, Thomas should now see a ton of touches, especially in the passing game. With the Saints 0-2, and coming home, expect Thomas to be involved in the screen game, as well as finally beginning to put some solid fantasy numbers together.
Description: Falcons wideout Harry Douglas is back to being the No. 3 guy in the pecking order.
Insight: Actually that's an upgrade for when Tony Gonzalez was in Atlanta he too was also ahead of Douglas. We've saw Douglas has the talent to be a fantasy starter last season when Roddy White and Julio Jones were sidelined, but it will take more injuries to make him fantasy worthy in 2014.
Description: After breaking loose during Week 1, Saints receiver Brandin Cooks came down to earth against Cleveland on Sunday.
Insight: He had only two catches for 31 yards in Sunday's loss. With the Saints a notoriously better home team, Cooks has great potential to have a big game in Week 3. He will be a WR3 this coming week against the Vikings.
Description: Saints running back Khiry Robinson figures to see more touches with the injury to Mark Ingram.
Insight: After finding the end zone in Week 1, Robinson was held in check Sunday against the Browns. He will most likely lead the team in carries during Ingram's absence, but will not be a major target for receptions. Robinson is a RB3/4 for now.
Description: Falcons receiver Roddy White (knee) had a quiet day Sunday, catching just five balls for 42 yards.
Insight: White banged his knee in Week 1 and facing a tough Bengals defense figured to struggle and he did. He should be feeling better for the matchup with the Bucs, but not matter how good he feels if Julio Jones is in the lineup, White is the No. 2 target.
Description: Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson could not duplicate his performance from Week 1, against the Patriots.
Insight: He did lead the Vikings in receiving with four catches for 56 yards, but did not have any carries in Week 2. Patterson is one the top game-breakers in the NFL, so Minnesota needs to make sure he is heavily involved every week. With questions at the QB position, consider him a WR3 with WR2 upside.
Description: Julian Edelman continues to be the Patriots' number one wide receiver.
Insight: Brady clearly trusts him, as he had another nice outing during Week 2 (6 catches for 81 yards and 1 touchdown). With Danny Amendola nowhere to be found, Edelman is in line for another monster year. Consider him a WR2, with even more upside in PPR leagues.
Description: New England halfback Shane Vereen was outshined by fellow back Steven Ridley during Week 2.
Insight: Another season, same story for the Patriots. Owners never know which running back is going to get the majority of the reps. Vereen managed only six carries for 40 yards and one catch for no yards on Sunday. Vereen should get back on track at home against Oakland, during Week 3. Consider him a RB2.
Description: Giants receiver Rueben Randle will have a tough time breaking out in 2014.
Insight: He was a hot sleeper during drafts, but does not seem to possess game-breaking abilities. Combined with the fact that New York's offensive line is in shambles and Eli is turning the ball over way too much, Randle will be no more than a WR4/5 early on in the season.
Description: New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz had a much better outing during Week 2 against the Cardinals.
Insight: While Cruz was more productive, the entire Giants team is feeling the effects of a lousy offensive line. Cruz should still see a ton of targets, and be valuable in PPR leagues, however, finding the end zone in 2014 could be an issue. Cruz is no more than a WR3 moving forward.
Description: Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was given 15 rushing attempts with DeAngelo Williams sidelined, but could only manage 37 yards.
Insight: At least he scored - from two yards out. That's a good sign for a team with a running quarterback in Cam Newton and a fullback-type back in Mike Tolbert. Williams is questionable for next week as is Stewart's fantasy value.
Description: The Giants have seemed to have found their tight end in Larry Donnell.
Insight: He had seven receptions for 81 yards during Week 2, and has totaled 12 catches for 137 yards a touchdown, thus far. Eli Manning seems to trust him, and with the Giants offensive line struggling, Donnell should continue to see a ton of targets on quick, intermediate targets.
Description: Detroit rookie tight end Eric Ebron arrived with a lot of hype, but the production isn't there yet.
Insight: The Lions have a number of options in front of Ebron, namely Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate along with Joique Bell and Reggie Bush out of the backfield and Ebron has just seven targets, three catches and 38 yards. Ebron should only be owned in keeper leagues.
Description: Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd had a down week during Sunday's victory over the Giants.
Insight: He had only one catch for 19 yards, but did have six targets. Floyd is now the number one option in Arizona's passing attack, but for however long Drew Stanton is under center, his production will be inconsistent. Floyd is still a WR2 moving forward.
Description: Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald led Arizona in receiving during the team's Week 2 victory.
Insight: Fitzgerald has clearly lost a step, and with Carson Palmer still on the shelf, owners could continue to be frustrated by Fitz's production. He had six catches for 51 yards on Sunday. Fitzgerald is WR3 for now, with WR2 potential.
Description: Fantasy owners can't be happy with Lions running back Reggie Bush over the first two weeks of the season.
Insight: Bush has a total of 96 yards from scrimmage over the pair of games and backup Joique Bell is getting more rushing attempts than he is. Perhaps Bush's knee is more sore than he's let on to the public. This is a shared situation with a quarterback who likes to throw 650-700 times a season.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB
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Description: Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer vultured a touchdown on Sunday in the team's 25-14 victory over the Giants.
Insight: Dwyer is no more than backup option, but he will continue to see goaline carries for the Cardinals. He did manage nine carries for only 31 yards and the score during Week 2. Consider Dwyer a RB4/5.
Description: Buffalo QB E.J. Manuel hasn't done a lot statistically, but he does have his Bills undeafeated.
Insight: He passed for one and rushed for one touchdown in the season opener, but he's only averaging 187.5 ypg through the air. He has a young receiving corps in which to grow with and we expect his yardage numbers will improve as the season goes along. At least until the weather turns ugly.
Description: Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams was unable to build off his Week 1 performance.
Insight: Williams had four catches for 50 yards a score in Week 1, but managed just two receptions for 20 yards on Sunday versus Tennessee. He will continue to be a hit-or-miss fantasy option moving forward.
Description: Buffalo running back Fred Jackson is still getting a similar workload as C.J. Spiller though he's yet to taste the end zone.
Insight: The 33-year-old Jackson is a solid all-around runner and pass receiver and usually gets more touchdown opportunities than Spiller to keep him fantasy-worthy. Without the touchdown advantage his fantasy value as a starter is questionable.
Description: Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has gotten off to a lackluster start this season.
Insight: He's managed only six receptions for 46 yards thus far. A lot of that has to do with Romo's inconsistent play. If Dallas' QB is able to get it together, Witten should be able to get back to his career averages. For now however, consider Witten a TE2.
Description: Dallas wideout Dez Bryant shook off a shoulder injury, and had a monser game during Sunday's win over the Titans.
Insight: He hauled in 10 of his 14 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown. After a subpar performance in Week 1, Bryant showed why he is a top-5 fantasy WR. He is locked in as a WR1 when Dallas travels to St. Louis for Week 3.
Description: Miami wideout Brian Hartline has not been able to find a niche in the Dolphins offense of late. He's got just seven catchers for 62 yards in the first two games this season.
Insight: Since a 253-yard output in Sept of 2012, Hartline has cracked the 100-yard mark just three times in 29 games. He's not a touchdown maker, either, just four over the same span and fantasy owners should not be looking to him to produce starter fantasy value.
Description: Like most of the Titans' players, Hunter was a nowhere to be found against the Cowboys during Week 2.
Insight: Hunter has a ton of physical ability, but the fact he is on a team like Tennessee, inconsistent play is be expected. He had two catches for 26 yards on Sunday, and will look to rebound in Week 3 when the Titans travel to Cincy.
Description: Titans running back Shonn Greene was unable to build on a strong start to the season, against Dallas.
Insight: After registering 71 rushing yards in Week 1, Greene only managed five carries for 40 yards in Week 2. He is still the lead back in Tennessee, however owners should continue to expect inconsistent play. Greene is no more than a flex/RB3 option moving forward.
Description: Tampa Bay rookie receiver Mike Evans pulled down all four targets, but posted just 49 yards in Week 2 against the Rams.
Insight: The No. 6 pick of the 2014 NFL Draft is the second target for Josh McCown behind Vincent Jackson, but needs to be more productive with his receptions. He's got 86 yards and zero touchdowns from nine receptions.
Description: Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson caught four passes for 51 yards in the Bucs 19-17 loss to the Rams.
Insight: Jackson is Josh McCown's favorite target with a team-leading 16 targets, but hasn't done anything with them. He's totaled just 87 yards and zero touchdowns through two games. Still, we like that he's getting plenty of opportunities.
Description: Titans quarterback Jake Locker could not build off his performance from Week 1.
Insight: Locker has been inconsistent throughout his career, and that trend continued against the Cowboys. He was 18/34 for 234 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. It does not get any easier as Tennessee travels to Cincinnati for Week 3. Consider Locker a QB2 on Sunday.
Description: Rams third-year receiver Brian Quick was the top target for quarterback Austin Davis with nine targets and has 18 on the season.
Insight: Quick caught seven of them for 74 yards and has shown a lot of improvement in the preseason and early going. He's averaging 86.5 ypg, but needs to reach the end zone to get his fantasy value up to starting levels.
Description: Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (ribs) was active in Week 2, but not productive.
Insight: Allen was obviously the focal point of the Seahawks defense and held him to five receptions for 55 yards, but in doing so they allowed Antonio Gates to run wild in the secondary. Good for the Chargers, bad for Allen's fantasy owners.
Description: Jaguars rookie receiver Allen Robinson had a nice outing during Week 2.
Insight: He managed four receptions on six targets, and produced a solid 75 yards against the Redskins. Robinson will be no more than a WR5 with Jacksonville's questions at QB, combined with the fact he is competing for playing time with Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, and Cecil Shorts once he returns from injury.
Description: Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart played through his ankle injury during Week 2's loss to Washington.
Insight: While Gerhart played, he was completely inneffective (7 carries for 8 yards and 2 catches for 9 yards). Jacksonville continues to be a rebuilding team, but if they want to compete in any games this year, they will need Gerhart to be their workhorse.
Description: Chargers running back Danny Woodhead should quickly gain fantasy value with the injury to starter Ryan Mathews.
Insight: Donald Brown may still get more rushing attempts than Woodhead, but Woodhead is the better receiver and should have more fantasy value. Sunday, Woodhead rushed eight times and caught four balls for 59 total yards. Woodhead totaled 1,034 yards from scrimmage and eight TDs last season.
Description: Seattle wide receiver Jermaine Kearse led the Seahawks in receiving yards against San Diego.
Insight: That's not really good news since he only produced 61 yards. Seattle simply doesn't throw enough to support a lot of fantasy wide receivers and Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin figure to lead the way.
Description: Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin was not used as much as we had hoped in Week 2 - rushing the ball two times, but only seeing one targeted pass.
Insight: Harvin caught 7-of-7 targets for 59 yards and rushed four times for 41 yards in the opener, but his three touches in San Diego are worrisome. The team simply has to make better use of his dynamic talents and if they continue at the Week 2 level fantasy owners might have to bail. Hopefully, it was just a one-game deviation.
Description: Washington wide receiver Andre Roberts had to step up his game after DeSean Jackson went down with a shoulder injury.
Insight: Roberts caught four of his five targets for 57 yards. If Jackson is forced to miss time, Roberts becomes a very reliable fantasy option. However, assuming Jackson is back for Week 3, Roberts will be a valuable asset to the Skins, but not so much for fantasy owners.
Description: Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders is tied with Demaryius Thomas for team high targets with 18 through two games.
Insight: Sanders has been a big part of the offense over the first two weeks with 14 catches for 185 yards, but he hasn't scored which limits his fantasy value. The return of Wes Welker will likely force a significant drop in his opportunities and when Welker is in midseason form Sanders may lose most of his fantasy value as the team's fourth receiver.
Description: Redskins tight end Niles Paul filled in admirably for the injured Jordan Reed.
Insight: He came out of nowhere to haul in eight receptions, 99 yards, and a touchdown. With Reed still on the shelf, Paul looks like a solid fill-in option. Paul is a TE2 heading into Week 3 against the Eagles.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball has 25 touches in Week 1, but only 15 last Sunday.
Insight: Ball totaled 89 yards from scrimmage, which is certainly respectable, but didn't get into the end zone. We need him to be more like Knowshon Moreno was last season to validate his high fantasy selection.
Description: Wide receiver Donnie Avery leads the Chiefs in targets through two games with 19.
Insight: Avery saw 13 targets in Week 1 with Dwayne Bowe sidelined due to a suspension (caught seven for 84 yards) but returned to a more pedestrian level in Week 2 with six targets (three catches) for 14 yards.
Description: Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon was unsually quiet in the team's Week 2 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Insight: Garcon managed only one reception on Sunday, after hauling in 10 passes in Week 1. With Washington pulling away early, he just simply was not as involved as usual, with only four targets. Look for Garcon to get back on track in Philadelphia, during Week 3. Consider him a solid WR2.
Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, suspended for one game, returned to action in Week 2, but failed to excite anyone with his performance.
Insight: The soon-to-be 30-year-old Bowe had trouble getting separation last season and finished with a career-low 673 yards on 57 catches (11.8 ypc) and five touchdowns. Sunday he caught three of six targets for 40 yards.
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw 42 times Sunday, but produced just 255 yards and zero touchdowns.
Insight: Smith is not blessed with many quality receivers and with Jamaal Charles sidelined he can't even get fantasy points from screen passes that Charles so often took to the house last season. Smith has one touchdown pass and three INTs this season and should be avoided for now.
Description: Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins was thrusted into action on Sunday, and made the most of his opportunity.
Insight: The quarterback controversy is offically in full force in Washington, as Cousins led the Skins to a 41-10 victory. He was a major reason why they won by so much, completing 22/33 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. With Robert Griffin III out 4-5 weeks with a bad ankle, Cousins will have the opportunity to not only fill in, but also take hold of the QB postion, atop the depth chart. Cousins will be a borderline QB1 heading into Week 3 at Philadelphia. If he is on your waiver wire, and you need help at QB, he's your guy.
Description: Packers rookie receiver Davante Adams was targeted seven times Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: Adams is still learning the offense and getting Aaron Rodgers to trust him, so this many targets is encouraging. Jordy Nelson saw 16 targets, Randall Cobb had six. Adams finished with five receptions for 50 yards.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden had the backfield all to himself in Week 2 with Maurice Jones-Drew sidelined and produced mediocre results.
Insight: He rushed for 37 yards and a score and caught two balls for 31 yards.The tailback posted double-digit fantasy points (12) for the first time since Oct, 27 last season and just his third time in the last 14 games he's played dating back to 2012. It's likely MJD will reutrn rendering both useless in fantasy leagues.
Description: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr produced better fantasy numbers in Week 2 leading Oakland to twice as many points as in Week 1, but not a victory.
Insight: Carr threw for 263 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 58 yards, but was picked off twice. We think he has a future as an NFL quarterback and a fantasy quarterback, though it may not manifest itself for owners this season.
Description: Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins, scored in Week 2 from 12 yards out, but is still the second option behind aging Andre Johnson.
Insight: Hopkins has shown us flashes of talent, but has been targeted 10 times over two games this season to 16 for Johnson. That as much as the quarterback situation is going to limit Hopkins' upside.
Description: As expected, wide receiver Stevie Johnson is the third receiver on the 49ers roster and has seen just six targets in two games.
Insight: With Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree ahead of him on the team's wide receiver depth chart, Johnson (52 catches, 597 yards, 3 TD in 12 games last season) simply won't have fantasy value without an injury to get him more playing time.
Description: San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin leads the team in targets with 15, catching 10 of them, for 133 yards over the first two games.
Insight: Boldin was sensational last season, hauling in a team-high 85 catches for 1,179 yards, but he isn't likely going to get close to those numbers in 2014 with a healthy Michael Crabtree as the No. 1 receiver. He'd be a great handcuff for Crabtree, should the injury-prone wideout go down.
Description: We are still awaiting results of the MRI for San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis, who left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and was seen leaving the locker room on crutches.
Insight: Davis was expected to get an MRI Monday. The 49ers could be down to third-string TE Derek Carrier for Week 3 as backup Vance McDonald is dealing with a knee injury.
Description: 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree finished the game with the Bears as the 49ers' top receiver in both targets and yards.
Insight: Crabtree caught 7-of-9 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown. He's always been a Colin Kaepernick favorite. His problem is staying healthy. If Vernon Davis (ankle) is sidelined for any length of time, Crabtree's numbers would likely rise.
Description: Green Bay wideout Randall Cobb didn't get the yards fellow wideout Jordy Nelson produced, but he did find the end zone twice last Sunday against the Jets to satisfy his fantasy owners.
Insight: Cobb caught five balls for just 39 yards and the pair of short touchdowns. He's got three scores in two games, though he's averaging just 48.5 ypg receiving. That's a bit scary, to be so dependent on getting into the end zone.
Description: Rams running back Zac Stacy was better in Week 2, posting 71 yards and a score on 19 rushing attempts, but he's still not playing up to expectations.
Insight: The Rams offense is trying to find its way under the direction of quarterbacks Austin Davis and Shaun Hill. Stacy should continue to get the bulk of the rushing attempts, he's averaging 15 per game, but that's less than he got as a starter last season, so his upside may be a bit more limited.
Description: Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has played mistake-free football over the first two games this season, but hasn't posted great fantasy numbers.
Insight: He's thrown for just one touchdown in each game while averaging 276.5 ypg. He could be without A.J. Green (toe) in Week 3 in addition to already sidelined Marvin Jones (foot) which may force the Bengals to feature the ground game.
Description: Broncos Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas has yet to play like one through the first two games this season.
Insight: Thomas was invisible in the season opener (4-48-0) and only a little better in Week 2 against the Chiefs (5-62-1). This could be because the Broncos are missing two big threats from last season (Eric Decker and Wes Welker). They could get Welker back soon and that may open up some room for Thomas, so don't give up on him.
Description: San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick was not good in the 49ers home loss to the Chicago Bears Sunday night, throwing for 248 yards and a score, but was picked off three times.
Insight: Two second-half interceptions were particularly damaging. At least he rushed for 66 yards, but even there he coughed up the football for a fourth turnover. He and the 49ers travel to Arizona where he's going to have to be much better against a Cardinals team ranked 10th in yards allowed and fourth in turnovers.
Description: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford couldn't solve the Carolina defense Sunday, throwing 48 times for 291 yards and one touchdowns.
Insight: Stafford did more with less in the season opener against the Giants when he threw just 32 passes, but amassed 346 yards and two scores. He was sacked four times and hurried on numerous others, so give credit to the tough Panthers defense. Stafford should get back on track next weekend versus the Packers against whom he has averaged 304 ypg in seven contests.
Description: Saints quarterback Drew Brees couldn't do much against the Cleveland Browns pass defense, throwing for just 237 yards.
Insight: Brees looks completely healthy, but had trouble getting the ball to his wide receivers, instead settling for his running backs and tight ends. Marques Colston was shut out and the other wideouts caught nine balls for just 79 yards.
Description: Bears running back Matt Forte had a tough night against San Francisco's front seven, rushing for just 21 yards, on 12 carries.
Insight: Forte couldn't break loose receiving either, catching five balls for just 15 yards. We'll chalk this one up to a defensive game plan designed to stop the two healthiest threats - Forte and Martellus Bennett. Forte will face a tough Jets defense, ranked third in yards allowed, in Week 3, so be prepared for more of the same.
Description: Colts running back Trent Richardson finally showed a bit of life Monday night against the Eagles.
Insight: Richardson ran for 79 tough yards and totaled 95 from scrimmage. Still, when it was time to put the ball in the end zone, the Colts went to Ahmad Bradshaw who caught two short touchdown passes.
Description: Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has become a non-factor in the offense through the first two games.
Insight: Cooper did have a good chance to haul in a touchdown pass Monday night, but saw just three targets. Quarterback Nick Foles isn't looking his way very often and fantasy owners are going to have to find a wideout help elsewhere.
Description: Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is becoming one of the team's go-to-guys in clutch situations.
Insight: He is a low-end TE1 that can provide some excellent value as he's averaging 81.5 ypg through the first two contests. The Eagles are using multiple tight end formations that allowed Ertz to be on the field 76 percent of the time.
Description: Eagles running back LeSean McCoy is getting his 20 carries, but has yet to break out for the big fantasy numbers.
Insight: This could be the "new reality" caused by the addition of Darren Sproles, who has become too valuable to keep off the field. We will keep on top of McCoy's usage moving forward to see if he continues at this new, lower, production level. McCoy is averaging 108.5 ypg from scrimmage this season versus 134.1 in 2013.
Description: Eagles running back Darren Sproles had another productive weekend, posting 178 combined yards and a touchdown.
Insight: We are now seeing how coach Chip Kelly envisioned using the back along with his star tailback LeSean McCoy. Sproles' fantasy owners can start him each week as a reliable fantasy option. Through the first two weeks he's already totaled 263 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns
Description: Eagles quarterback Nick Foles put up nice numbers Monday night and his fantasy owners should personally thank Darren Sproles.
Insight: Foles wasn't particularly sharp, but short passes to his running backs LeSean McCoy and Sproles turned the night into gold. Foles finished with 331 yards passing, with Sproles (152) and McCoy (23) accounting for 175 yards of the total.
Description: Bad news for Texans running back Arian Foster's fantasy owners as coach Bill O'Brien said he needed to do a better job spreading the workload, according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: He carried the Texans' offense in Week 2 rushing 28 times for 138 yards and a score and could have posted more if the Texans hadn't called off the dogs. He's totaled 55 rushing attempts over the first two weeks which extrapolates to 440 rushing attempts over a 16-game schedule and the injury-prone back has zero chance of surviving that.
Description: San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury and was seen leaving the locker room on crutches, according to a csnbayarea.com report
Insight: Davis is expected to get an MRI Monday, so we should know more later today or Tuesday. He didn't do much in this one, with just three catches for 39 yards, but was big in the season opener with a pair of touchdown catches.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall (hamstring) did not look very fast, but he adapted his game and made a great night of it with three touchdown receptions.
Insight: With his hamstring injury, he couldn't out-run the defensive backs, but he used his big body and strong hands to out-manuever them. Marshall finished the night with five receptions for just 48 yards, but three touvhdowns which may have turned around the Bears season.
Description: Titans RB/WR Dexter McCluster is questionable for Sunday's game against Cincinnati de to a foot injury.
Insight: According to a report in The Tennessean, McCluster was seen leaving the locker room in a walking boot. McCluster doesn't have much fantasy value at this time with Shonn Greene and Bishop Sankey in front of him on the depth charts.
Description: Oakland wideout Rod Streater suffered a hip flexor in Sunday's game.
Insight: The 26-year-old led the Raiders with 60 grabs and 888 yards last season, but even before the injury was falling behind James Jones. He had just 10 targets in two games while Jones saw 17 and Denarius Moore 13.
Description: Bengals receiver A.J. Green left Sunday's game against the Falcons with a strained toe ligament and is doubtful for Week 3.
Insight: Green could sit Week 3 and then with a Week 4 bye get three weeks until he has to test the toe. Dane Sanzenbacher and Brandon Tate would play opposite Mohamed Sanu if Green sits. It's a huge blow to fantasy owners and the Bengals.
Description: Jacksonville starting QB Chad Henne is already under seige with his Jaguars off to an 0-2 start.
Insight: Jacksonville wants to give Bortles the year to learn as a backup, but his team has been out-scored 75-27 over the first two weeks. My expectations were he would last until the bye week (Week 11), but he may not make it until then. Either quarterback will be handcuffed by a weak offensive line and multiple receiver injuries.
Description: Lions running back Joique Bell continues to get more work than Reggie Bush, but there is a major concern for fantasy owners.
Insight: Bell has fumbled the ball once in each of the first two games, though he recoved the miscue in the season opener. It doesn't matter how well you run, if you put the ball on the turf, you won't get many opportunities.
Description: Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton figures to see another week under center while starter Carson Palmer tries to get over his shoulder injury.
Insight: Stanton was 14-of-29 for 167 yards and no scores against the Giants. The Cardinals have the 49ers next up on the schedule, so despite having two solid receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, we recommend staying away.
Description: Arizona QB Carson Palmer has no idea when he'll be able to return to the field.
Insight: "It's just one of those things you've just got to wait and hope it wakes up," he told the Arizona Republic. Drew Stanton started and won the game with the Giants, though he wasn't fantasy worthy.
Description: Chiefs running back Knile Davis should be a solid fantasy option over the next 2-3 weeks while starter Jamaal Charles is dealing with a high ankle sprain.
Insight: Davis totaled 105 yards from scrimmage (79 rushing) and two touchdowns. Hopefully for Charles owners, they were wise enough to handcuff the two backs. The Chiefs next play Miami, New England and San Francisco.
Description: Kansas City star RB Jamaal Charles has the dreaded "high ankle sprain, according to Lindsay Jones of USA Today.
Insight: High ankle sprains can vary, but fantasy owners should realistically figure 2-3 weeks. The Chiefs have a solid backup in Knile Davis who rushed 22 times for 79 yards and a pair of scores as Charles' replacement on Sunday and will carry the workload while Charles is sidelined.
Description: Saints running back Mark Ingram, who rushed 11 times for 83 yards and a touchdown against the Browns in Week 2, will miss about a month due to a hand injury, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Ingram was producing solid fantasy numbers while sharing time with Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson. Robinson figured to do most of the running with Thomas as the pass receiver for the next month. it will be interesting to see which one gets the most work and has the most fantasy value.
Description: Jets receiver Eric Decker left Sunday's game due to a hamstring injury.
Insight: Decker's injury was the same one that he dealt with in the preseason which seems to be lingering. We should know later in the week about his status for Week 3. He was on his way to a solid game with four receptions for 63 yards and a score at the time of the injury.
Description: Early reports on Kansas City star RB Jamaal Charles' left ankle injury are that its been termed "mild" according to Jason La Canfora of CBS.
Insight: Charles will have an MRI on Sunday, but he's likely to miss at least one game. The Chiefs have a solid backup in Knile Davis who rushed 22 times for 79 yards and a pair of scores as Charles' replacement on Sunday.
Description: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers struggled early, but got it going just before halftime with a 97-yard drive for a score.
Insight: Rodgers & Co got rolling in the second half too, including an 80-yard catch and run by Jordy Nelson that left Dee Milliner spinning in futility. Rodgers finished with 346 yards and three scores.
Description: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson finished the afternoon 17-of-25 for 202 yards and two scores, but couldn't engineer a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter.
Insight: Wilson was again solid, but not spectacular. He has cracked the 230-yard passing mark just once in the last eight games. He's a much better team leader than fantasy asset. It was curious that the Seahawks risked an injury down nine points with 13 second remaining.
Description: Bears wideout Brandon Marshall did not practice all week, but he's active for the game.
Insight: The wideout has played while not practicing and he certainly knows the plays well enough to step right into the game, so we are happy to start him. Alshon Jeffery is also active, so Santonio Holmes should not be started.