September 18, 2017
> > >Week 2 is in the books and there were plenty of injuries that happened as well as some break out performances. Once again The Nugget Report will focus on players that are at least 50% available (give or take) in leagues. Now that week 2 is out of the way, we can now focus on week 3. If you are 0-2 (hopefully you aren’t) then it is time to make some moves! By the way, I started writing this before the Monday Night game.
Trevor Siemian: Currently QB1
Who would have thought that after 2 weeks of play that Trevor Siemian would be the top overall QB? But that is exactly what he is. With only 450 yards passing through 2 games, he has 6 TDs with only 1 INT. With that being said, Trevor still seems like a game manager that will rely on the continued success of the run game. Stray away in most leagues but Siemian can offer some streaming appeal as well as some QB2 action in superflex leagues.
Alex Smith: Currently QB2
Alex Smith is still available in about 50% of Yahoo! Leagues and while he expectantly didn’t repeat his week 1 performance, he still had a very solid fantasy day against Philly. 21 of 28 passing for 251 yards and a TD. He also added 21 yards on the ground. All in all he was my stream of the week and he didn’t let us down. Over the next 2 weeks he has some more stream appeal as he takes on the Chargers and Redskins. While there are most likely better options than Alex Smith against the Chargers, he should provide a solid floor most weeks.
Sam Bradford: Currently QB18
Bradford is expected back for week 3. While Tampa’s defense looked scary against the Bears, that offense is a mess with injuries and Mike Glennon was at the helm. Bradford comes back just in time to pick up right where is left off and he is still widely available in Yahoo! Leagues and is for us a high QB2 with QB1 upside. He has 2 wide receivers that do an excellent job at getting open and he is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the league. Catch your league napping on this guy.
Jay Cutler: Currently QB27
If you are looking to stream a QB, Jay Cutler is playing the Jets next week and then plays the Saints in the following week. Smokin’ Jay looked efficient on Sunday against the Chargers completing a lot of short passes to Jarvis Landry as Jason Vermette was out, so it made sense with Devante Parker locked up with Casey Hayward for most of the game. While I think the Dolphins will tend to rely on Ajayi more than Cutty, he could be in a decent place for the next 2 weeks.
Chris Thompson: Currently RB4
If you were following us last week then you already have Thompson on your team. But if for some reason you didn’t, that’s okay! He is still widely available in most leagues and is probably the top add this week. Like we said last week he will be the pass catching back in a high-volume offense. Are you not entertained?!? 12 targets through 2 games, Thompson has some big play upside. Don’t expect these TDs every week, but he can build himself a solid floor. Also, Rob Kelley is hurt.
Chris Carson: Currently RB29
This is another guy that we were on last week and if you are unable to go for Chris Thompson then Chris Carson can be sufficing. While the Seattle offense overall has looked bad, Carson has not. Coming off a 20 carry game for 93 yards, he as most likely locked up the early down work with Rawls being ineffective and Lacy looking done. David Johnson owners should jump on him.
Alvin Kamara: Currently RB33
He will remain on The Nugget Report until he is owned in your leagues. Alvin looks to have a decent role in the Saints offense. 13 targets in 2 weeks, the Saints having an awful defense will keep the Saints throwing the ball often in shoot outs with a lot of opportunities for a back like Kamara. If you are in a PPR league he is a must add.
D’Onta Foreman: Currently RB70
If you have a spot on your bench or you are a Lamar Miller owner, it would behoove you to pick up Foreman. Foreman had 12 carries on Sunday and looked like the back with more explosion, often finding room to the outside. While Lamar is still getting plenty of work himself, as the season goes on, the workload may get more even or even in favor of Foreman. This could be a decent depth move as far as fantasy is concerned.
JJ Nelson: Currently WR3
With John Brown out, JJ had an explosion game with 5 catches for 120 yards and 1 TD. While he was out targeted by Jaron Brown 11 to 7, JJ was a lot more efficient than Jaron. With the uncertainty in the health of John Brown, if you need some WR help, JJ Nelson is a solid add. No need to make this guy a main priority but if you want a bargain or are towards the back of the waivers, this could be an option you could pursuit.
Jermaine Kearse: Currently WR5
This could be fool’s gold. Kearse could just happen to be the only WR worth a damn over there or it could also be that it was against the Raiders. This is not a guy I am making a priority whatsoever.
Allen Hurns: Currently WR15
The king of garbage time excelled on Sunday, and once again it mostly came in garbage time. 5 catches for 82 yards including a late TD. He did get out targeted by Marqise Lee 12 to 7, but he’ll often thrive off garbage time, much like he did in 2015 if he can stay healthy. The only difference is now the Jaguars want to run the ball as much as possible, so there’s that. Marqise Lee: Currently WR62
Marquise Lee: Currently WR59 34% owned in Yahoo! Leagues Still our preferable option between him and Hurns, but overall, we don’t endorse owning any Jacksonville guys.
Mohamed Sanu: Currently WR20
Under the radar pick up. While you won’t need to start this guy right away, he will be a very nice bye week fill in for these bye weeks that are coming up. He will get plenty of targets and plenty of opportunity playing second fiddle to Julio Jones. 15 targets through 2 games, hauling in 11 of them for 132 yards. This guy led his team in receiving TDs last year.
Kendall Wright: Currently WR33
The best of what is left. The Bears are decimated by injuries and Kendall Wright is the last man standing. 14 targets in 2 weeks (10 of them coming this past Sunday) He’ll be the beneficiary to several injuries to the Bears wide receivers. While that’s all fine and dandy, it is still not exciting nor trusting to be buying into the Chicago passing game with Mike Glennon at the helm. Look elsewhere.
Benjamin Watson: Currently TE15
So, this old dude just comes out of nowhere and puts up an 8 for 91 line after being a non-factor week 1. Maybe this is a sign of things to come and Watson should now be on your streaming radar.
Zach Miller: Currently TE13
As mentioned before in this article, the Bears have been slammed with injuries at the wide receiver position and the ball as to go somewhere. Miller has 15 targets through 2 weeks and has been able to haul in 10 of them. He figures to be a major cog in a poor passing option but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a decent streaming option in the right matchup.
Jesse James: Currently TE6, owned in
Has been solid after 2 weeks with 13 targets as he was able to bring in 10 of those. While he didn’t have the TDs this week, that is to be expected. He was also seen with a noticeable limp, so we will have to get more word on that. He is best left on the wire but should still be on your radar as a possible streaming option. Also, just as a side note, you don’t need to pick him up unless you are in a super deep league but Austin Seferian-Jenkins is coming off his suspension. Just monitor that situation and see what happens.
Foreshadowing a little bit here as we are not interested in starting Cincinnati against Green Bay, but they do play Cleveland in week 4 and Buffalo week 5. So, if you want to scoop them up early before your league mates and you have a bench spot to spare then go for it, use them for weeks 4 and 5 and then dump them week 6 for their bye. 33 points given up in 2 weeks and I get it, it was against a couple of lousy offenses but if we are picking matchups with this defense then we should be fine. Atlanta Falcons:
This is a young hungry defense that really didn’t do that bad of a job against the Packers this past week. So far Atlanta has recorded 7 sacks, 1 interception returned for a TD and 1 fumble recovery. While Detroit isn’t exactly a great matchup, Atlanta could force some turnovers if they build an early lead. The following week they take Buffalo in week 4. Philadelphia Eagles:
The Philly D looks mean! They are currently 4th in fantasy points among defenses and are only 26% owned in Yahoo! Leagues which is too low, seize this opportunity to scoop them up and feel very comfortable starting them against a struggling Giants offense. Philly has 8 sacks through 2 weeks and their pass rush will likely cause Eli and company a lot of issues. Very opportunistic defense creating 4 turnovers and scoring 1 TD through the first 2 defenses. Tennessee Titans:
Last but not least, the Titans, who are available in most leagues. The Titans will find themselves in a good spot over the next 2 weeks as they play a struggling offense that is Seattle and then follow up with Houston in week 4. So, if you are into streaming defenses this is a solid option.