Normally, I get this article posted Wednesday morning, ahead of league waivers running that night.
This week … let’s just say this: My son earned his 1st set of stitches on the playground, my minivan has 2 new tires and I’m playing catchup.
But we have lineups to set before a Thursday night Ravens-Bengals matchup that might give us more defensive TDs than offensive. So let’s get to the picks (while lamenting last week’s mere mention of Jared Cook rather than making him THE selection) ...
TE: Benjamin Watson, Saints
In a game with so many loud performances, Watson quietly caught all 4 of his targets for 44 yards against the Buccaneers in the opener. That’s nothing special, but it was good enough for a TE11 finish in PPR amid an ugly week for the position.
This time around, Watson gets a Browns defense that presented the 4th-friendliest scoring matchup to fantasy TEs last year. Only the Dolphins allowed more receptions to the position. And Cleveland opened this year by allowing a decent 3-60 receiving line to Steelers TE Jesse James.
Watson doesn’t need high volume to return nice fantasy results with Drew Brees. The developing picture at WR behind Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn -- only 1 of whom is a lock for strong target volume -- only adds upside to Watson’s outlook.
Check our Week 2 rankings for the full list of options.
Last week’s pick: Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE20 PPR, TE23 non-PPR)