Tuesday, September 9, 2014


One week is already in the books in 2014 fantasy football but our work has just begun.  As always a major component of winning your league is to always stay on top of the latest lineup changes and smart pickups.  With that in mind here as some names of interest for Week 2.

Justin Forsett:  While the Baltimore Ravens have yet to officially anoint the veteran Forsett the teams starting running back after cutting loose Ray Rice on Monday, reports are already widely circulating that he in fact will get nod Thursday versus the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Forsett deserves the look after playing very well in place of the injured and ineffective Bernard Pierce last week and he compares favorably to a Rashad Jennings as someone who can both run and catch the football.

Terrance West:  No firm update about the status of Cleveland Browns starting RB Ben Tate and his knee injury have been released by the team.  However if history is any indication, Tate will likely sit a game or two given his slow pace of recovery from injuries in the past.  That means rookie Terrance West out of Towson will get the chance to build on his 100-yard relief effort of last week.  While Isiah Crowell (2 TD's) will likely get the goal-line work again, West is a guy who can help in both the running and receiving game which makes him useful in all formats.

Houston Texans Defense:  The Texans defense was a menace to Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin last week, picking up four sacks as J.J. Watt led a stellar pass rush.  Now the Texans will face a rookie QB in Derek Carr which makes them a very good streamable defense this week.

Carlos Hyde:  It was an eye-opening debut for the rookie Hyde for the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1 as the former Ohio State Buckeye ran for 50 bruising yards and a score on only 7 carries.  Hyde can easily work into the goal-line back role for the 49ers and even eventually take over a solid chunk of the attempts as Frank Gore continues to age. 

Josh Brown:  Brown has the classic look of the next good slot PPR dynamo as he was the talk of the preseason for the Arizona Cardinals and than scored in the opener among his 2 catches for 21 yards.  With Carson Palmer slinging it, Brown could earn every week status in short order.

Jake Locker:  For the second season in a row, Jake Locker is starting out in solid fashion for the Tennessee Titans.  Now the trick is for Locker to stay on the field.  He tore up a very solid Kansas City Chiefs defense on Sunday in tossing two touchdowns and Locker also has the ability to pick up bonus yards on the ground in the rushing department.  Those in two-QB formats should be paying close attention.

Minnesota Vikings:  The Vikings looked like the Purple People Eaters last Sunday as they collected five sacks in a demolishing of the St. Louis Rams.  Of course the Rams were down to their third-string QB but this has the look of a unit that is on the cusp of top ten ability.  The matchup this week is not great though as the Vikings face the New England Patriots so be a bit careful. 

Harry Douglas:  It is likely that the return of Julio Jones caused Douglas to go undrafted in many fantasy football leagues this season but that was foolish since the Atlanta Falcons go with three wides a ton.  Douglas has been the man operating out of the slot and he caught 6 balls for 69 yards in the opener to show he is still a solid WR weapon.

Larry Donnell:  The Giants had a glaring hole at tight end entering the season but it looks like the untested Donnell is readying to claim the starting spot all to himself.  Donnell caught 5 passes for 56 yards and a score Monday night which led the team and since Eli Manning loves to throw to the tight end, this could be interesting. 

Kenbrell Thompkins:  It looks like Thompkins has moved back ahead of Aaron Dobson in the ever-changing New England Patriots wide receiver hierarchy.  With Dobson a healthy scratch, Thompkins caught 5 passes for 37 yards in the opener.  He has big-play ability which means Tom Brady could be finding Thompkins on more than a few occasions early on and maybe all season.  The offense is still potent so take a shot there.

Brandon Myers:  Speaking of surprise tight end showing, Myers caught 6 balls for 41 yards for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the opener.  This despite the fact that rookie Austin Seferin-Jenkins was also around.  Myers has shown in the past that he can be a quietly effective receiving tight end and he could be ready to do solid work yet again as no one pays attention.


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