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Week 2 Free Agent Focus

By Matt Schauf and Jared Smola 8:09am EDT 9/12/16

Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens

Blind-bid recommendation: 4-5%

Flacco looked just fine in his 1st game back from last year’s torn ACL. He completed 23 of 34 passes (67.4%) for 258 yards, 1 TD and 0 INTs in the win over the Bills.

Flacco’s connection with WR Mike Wallace was on point, and WR Breshad Perriman flashed his big-play ability with a 35-yard grab. Steve Smith didn’t produce big numbers in his return from last year’s Achilles’ tendon tear, but he did lead the team with 9 targets.

Flacco will be a nice Week 2 spot-start option against a Browns defense that just gave up 278 yards and 2 TDs to Carson Wentz in his 1st NFL action.


Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons

Blind-bid recommendation: 50-60%

Coleman is surprisingly owned in just 59% of CBS leagues and only 51.8% of ESPN leagues, so check if he’s available in yours.

He operated in a true committee backfield in Sunday’s opener — and proved more effective than Devonta Freeman. Coleman turned his 8 carries into only 22 yards, but Freeman mustered just 20 on his 11 totes. And Coleman posted a 5-95 receiving line on 6 targets vs. Freeman’s 4-20 on 4 looks. He played just 4 fewer snaps than Freeman in all (36-32).

In what looks like a “hot-hand” situation, Coleman might have earned himself even more work in Week 2. He needs to be owned in 100% of fantasy leagues.


Mike Wallace, WR, Ravens

Blind-bid recommendation: 20-25%

Steve Smith led Baltimore with 9 targets in Sunday’s opener but turned them into just 5 catches for 19 yards. Wallace ranked 2nd with 6 looks. He hauled in 3 of those for 91 yards and a score, highlighted by a 66-yard TD.

Wallace also ranked 2nd behind Smith in snaps played among WRs. He took the field for 44 of the team’s 68 offensive plays. Smith played 46 snaps, Kamar Aiken 36, Breshad Perriman 20 and Chris Moore 14.

We’ll see if Wallace’s role grows, but it doesn’t need to or him to be a starting contender on many fantasy teams.

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Falcons

Blind-bid recommendation: 20-25%

Sanu tied for the team lead with 8 targets in his Falcons debut Sunday, hauling in 5 of those for 80 yards and a score. The only other Atlanta wideout to see any looks was Justin Hardy, with 2.

Obviously, no one will challenge Julio Jones’ role, but Sanu looks like the #2 that the Falcons signed him to be. An ankle issue that Jones brought into Week 1 and then seemed to tweak against the Bucs should also remind you of Sanu’s upside should Jones actually go down. Of course, it’s worth noting that Sanu suffered his own ankle tweak Sunday and was reportedly “limping badly” after the game. We’ll keep an eye on that situation.

But Sanu’s owned in just more than half of ESPN leagues as of this writing Sunday night. That number should be much higher.


Will Fuller, WR, Texans

Blind-bid recommendation: 20-25%

Like Sanu, Fuller’s probably owned in most of our readers’ leagues, but he deserves an owned rate higher than his 58% across ESPN.com leagues as of this writing.

The rookie followed up an impressive preseason with a 5-107-1 line in his regular-season debut. More noteworthy: Fuller led Houston with 11 targets, 3 more than last year’s hog, DeAndre Hopkins.

Fuller is a big-time talent and looks like a key piece of Houston’s offense.


Tajae Sharpe, WR, Titans

Blind-bid recommendation: 20-25%

It’s time to buy into this kid if you haven’t yet.

The 5th-round rookie led Tennessee in targets (11), catches (7) and yards (76) in his NFL debut. The Titans don’t want to throw the ball 41 times like they did on Sunday, but Sharpe looks like the #1 option in this passing game. Games at Detroit and home against Oakland the next 2 weeks also threaten to force more passing volume.

Sharpe should be owned in nearly all fantasy leagues.


Davante Adams, WR, Packers

Blind-bid recommendation: 10-15%

Adams’ Week 1 fantasy line reminds you why you don’t like the player … but own him anyway because of the situation.

Adams’ 7 targets ranked 3rd on the team at Jacksonville, behind 9 for Jordy Nelson and 8 for Randall Cobb. He caught only 3 of them but registered 50 yards and a TD. And the Packers managed 3 relevant fantasy WRs (in PPR) on a day where Aaron Rodgers threw for just 199 yards.

The Packers’ pass offense will need to perform better than it did Sunday to continue supporting Adams’ value, but we expect Rodgers and company to do so.


Virgil Green, TE, Broncos

Blind-bid recommendation: 6-8%

Green didn’t post a big stat line in Thursday night’s opener: 4 catches for 28 yards. But his 5 targets tied for 3rd on the team. One of those came in the red zone, where a tipped ball at the line prevented him from catching a wide-open TD.

Green looks set to play a significant role in Denver’s passing game, putting him on the spot-start radar. If WR Demaryius Thomas’ hip injury proves serious, that could grow further.

He gets a nice Week 2 draw against the Colts.


Deep League Options:

Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles

Blind-bid recommendation: 2-3%

Wentz is probably already owned in nearly all 2-QB leagues and perhaps nearly all super-flex leagues. Consider his nice debut against the Browns not only confirmation that he belongs on a roster but also that the rookie can be a starter candidate in nice matchups.

Wentz’s 278 yards and 2 TDs against Cleveland probably say as much about the still-shaky Browns D as they do about Wentz.


Travaris Cadet, RB, Saints

Blind-bid recommendation: 4-7%

It’s Cadet, not C.J. Spiller, who’s New Orleans’ passing-down back. That’s a spot that produces PPR fantasy value.

Cadet saw 7 targets in Sunday’s opener, catching 3 of them for 14 yards and a score. He played 25 snaps, just 4 fewer than Mark Ingram. Cadet is worth owning in PPR leagues of 12+ teams.


Tyrell Williams, WR, Chargers

Blind-bid recommendation: 10-12%

Keenan Allen’s injury leaves behind a boatload of targets. Travis Benjamin will assume the #1 WR title, and Antonio Gates and Danny Woodhead will take on even larger roles. But keep an eye on Williams, who’s now San Diego’s #2 WR.

The athletic 6'4, 205-pounder caught just 2 of 5 targets in the opener but took them for 71 yards.


Victor Cruz, WR, Giants

Blind-bid recommendation: 5%

No one has been more pessimistic on Cruz over the past 2 years than us. But he showed us something in his return against the Cowboys on Sunday, hauling in 4 balls for 34 yards and a score.

It wasn’t vintage Cruz, but he was useful. It’s worth noting that he saw just 4 targets, 14.3% of QB Eli Manning’s total attempts, so Cruz certainly isn’t a weekly fantasy starter yet.


Breshad Perriman, WR, Ravens

Blind-bid recommendation: 5%

He made just 1 catch in the opener — his 1st as a pro. But it displayed exactly why he was a 1st-round pick a year ago.

Perriman used his size and athleticism to sky above Bills CB Stephon Gilmore for a 35-yard snag. Expect his role to grow going forward. WR Steve Smith was ineffective on Sunday, turning 9 targets into 19 yards.


Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles

Blind-bid recommendation: 5%

Don’t overrate Agholor’s fantasy line because of his 35-yard TD, which accounted for 61.4% of his 57 receiving yards.

This is more about QB Carson Wentz looking solid in his 1st pro start, solid enough to make Agholor worth rostering at least in all leagues larger than 12 teams. His 5 targets tied him with Darren Sproles for 3rd on the team behind Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz.

According to Pro Football Focus, Agholor’s 67 snaps played (out of 77) trailed only Jordan Matthews (71) among Eagles WRs. Dorial Green-Beckham played just 25, sitting behind Josh Huff (30).


Cole Beasley, WR, Cowboys

Blind-bid recommendation: 3-4%

A conservative Dak Prescott was all over Beasley in Sunday’s loss to the Giants. Beasley tallied 12 targets and caught 8 of them for 65 yards. Only Jason Witten garnered more looks (14) among Cowboys, with Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams drawing 5 and 4, respectively.

There’s not much big-play or TD upside here, but Beasley could be useful in deeper PPR leagues for as long as Prescott is under center.


Quincy Enunwa, WR, Jets

Blind-bid recommendation: 2-3%

The Jets’ #3 WR led the team with 7 catches and tied Brandon Marshall for the lead with 8 targets in Sunday’s opener. Enunwa turned those into 54 yards and a TD.

He won’t be so central most weeks, but he will be on the field a ton in New York’s base 3-WR offense.


Eddie Royal, WR, Bears

Blind-bid recommendation: 2-3%

Royal split the pass targets pretty equally with Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White in Week 1, and he seemed to have the trust of Jay Cutler, especially in the middle of the field.

With a leaky secondary of their own, the Bears could find themselves in quite a few games in which they'll need to throw, and that possibility could make Royal a useful depth option for fantasy.

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