Knile Davis, RB, Chiefs- Week 2 Stats: 22 car, 79 rush yds, 2 rush TDs, 6 rec, 26 rec yds
I don’t think there was a single Jamaal Charles owner in the world who didn’t curse out their television or twitter feed on Sunday thinking “THOSE TWO TOUCHDOWNS BELONGED TO ME!” But alas here we are, another consensus top 4 pick sidelined, this time with a high ankle sprain and an unknown timetable for his return. In the meantime fantasy players should be licking their chops to get their hands on Knile Davis, the heir to the Chiefs RB1 throne. If you can beat out your league mates to him on the wire, start him with confidence until Charles returns.
Bobby Rainey, RB, Buccaneers- Week 2 Stats: 22 car for 144 rush yds, 3 rec, 30 rec yds
Rainey got the start for the injured Doug Martin (knee) Sunday and made the most of it, accounting for close to 175 yards of offense in the Bucc’s 19-17 loss to the Rams. Tampa Bay plays division the division rival Falcons on a short week Thursday, and if Martin isn’t 100% by then you can expect another big day from the speedster out of Western Kentucky. After a poor showing week one on the ground and from the o-line I didn’t think Rainey was going to be an essential handcuff heading into week 2, but things have certainly changed since then. In a week that saw Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin and Ben Tate all hit the sidelines for various medical and legal reasons, Rainey now finds himself in the #1 waiver wire request discussion.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins- 22 of 33 for 250 pass yds, 2 pass TDs
Well, it looks like (the majority of) Redskins fans will finally see their wish of having Krik Cousins line up under center come true. Cousins replaced the highly scrutinized Robert Griffin III, who left the game five minutes into the first with what could wind up being a season ending dislocated ankle. Kirk meshed quickly, connecting on his first 14 pass attempts before finishing up the day a respectable 250 yards and two touchdowns, in the Skins 41-10 rout of the Jags. Analysts and fans have long raved about Cousins potential as a starter, and now we’re going to have another chance to see it. A week 4 matchup versus the Giants makes him a great plug and play option for Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer and Russell Wilson owners during their bye week.
Matt Asiata, RB, Vikings- Week 2 Stats: 36 rush yds, 5 rec, 48 rec yds, 1 rec TD
In lieu of his recent child abuse allegations, Asiata got the nod in replace of the deactivated Adrian Peterson in week 2. He wasn’t able to get much going on the ground, averaging just 2.8 ypc against the feisty New England defense. But he was a factor in the passing game, snagging five balls for 48 yeards and the Vikings only touchdown. AP’s healthy scratch from the lineup certainly isn’t what most owners banked on when they took him with their first pick in this year’s draft, but if they can get their hands on Asiata on the waiver wire it will serve as a small consolation prize while Peterson’s legal mess sorts itself out. On Monday, the Vikings said Peterson would be back in pads this week and on the field Sunday, but as we have seen in recent weeks, if the public takes a strong enough stance and sponsors start to pull out, harsher punishment may follow. Asiata is worth an add in all formats.
Niles Paul, TE, Redskins- Week 2 Stats: 8 rec, 99 rec yds, 1 rec TD
The former fifth rounder out of Nebraska is flourishing in Jordan Reed’s absence. He is second among all tight ends in receiving yards with 185 and has proven to be a viable goal line option as well, scoring on a 2 yard fade in Sunday’s blowout win. Cousins seems to favor his tight ends and backs in the passing game, which is bad news for Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson owners, but good news for those lucky enough to scoop Paul off the waivers.
Delanie Walker, TE, Titans- Week 2 Stats: 10 rec, 142 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Walker was the lone bright spot in the Titans let down loss to the Cowboys, hauling in 10 balls for 142 yards, including a 61 yard score. He is easily Jake Locker’s favorite target and could provide stability at a position where aside from the top guys, there is not much. Delanie has now passed the pylons in consecutive weeks and should be 100% owner across the board.
Donald Brown, RB, Chargers- Week 2 Stats: 7 car, 21 rush yds
First string running back Ryan Mattews is expected to miss 4-5 weeks with an MCL sprain, leaving plenty of carries up for grabs in the San Diego backfield. Brown wasn’t that effective against the Seahawks stout d-line, but should have an easier go of things with upcoming games vs. the Bills and Jaguars. Expect to see more of Danny Woodhead, especially in the passing game, but Brown should still put up low end RB2/flex numbers in Matthews’ absence.
James Jones, WR, Raiders- Week 2 Stats: 9 rec, 112 rec yds, 1 rec TD
We knew someone would wind up catching balls in Oakland, and after two weeks it would appear James Jones is the wide receiver to covet. He caught 9 of 14 targets for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Riaders 30-14 loss to the Texans. Jones continues to excel in the red zone, and in garbage time, and is making a strong case for WR3 consideration. Especially once bye weeks start rolling around. Don’t love the offense, but I do love the volume of work he is seeing.