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Monday, September 18, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 2 WRAPUP: 4:00/8:30 GAMES

-While there was a bit of nerves concerning Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi when it was revealed during the week he had been battling knee soreness for awhile, the power back looked like he didn't have a care in the world Sunday as he rushed 28 times for 122 yards, while adding two catches for four more.  While the workload was a bit insane and concerning, Ajayi is the clear bellcow back for the Dolphins who is a top RB 1 in standard formats and a mid-tier RB 1 in PPR due to a light catch haul.

-Despite the continued presence of the capable Tevin Coleman, Devonta Freeman continues to produce big numbers on a weekly basis as he rushed for 84 yards and two scores on 19 carries, while also adding two catches for another 16 yards.  The 19 carries was a very nice sign that Freeman is still the clear leader in the Atlanta Falcons' backfield and he remains a RB 1 everywhere.

-Aaron Rodgers has almost no one left to throw to but it doesn't seem to matter as he completed 33-of-50 passes for 343 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT.  With the Packers having fallen behind by a large margin early, it was a fantasy football setup made in heaven as Rodgers was continually forced to throw.  With both Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb getting injured though, you have to wonder if at least a bit of numbers slippage will ensue.

-Jason Witten remains the clear safety valve for QB Dak Prescott as he caught 10 balls for 97 yards and a score in the team's loss to the Denver Broncos.  If you didn't know any better, you would think it was 2010 and Witten was  his 80-catch self.  The future Hall of Famer is one of the all-time great receivers at any position and he seems to have enough juice left in the tank to help for at least one more season.

-Samaje Perine inherited the carries lost when Rob Kelley broke a rib but he was just all right as he rushed for 67 yards on 21 carries.  Chris Thompson had a monster game as the receiving back in this one and so a clear committee is in order going forward while Kelley is out.  Perine has upside no doubt but in a passing offense like the Washington Redskins run, he is nothing more than a RB 3.

-Carlos Hyde may finally be living up to the hype he had coming out of college as he was unstoppable Sunday against a usually stout Seattle Seahawks D-line.  Hyde rushed for 124 yards on 15 carries, while also adding 3 catches for another 19.  There is some Mark Ingram here when it comes to Hyde in terms of developing into an effective receiver at the NFL level and that has elevated his status overall.  While he still gets hurt all the time, Hyde is looking like a big value play at this point in the season.

-The Seattle Seahawks offense is a mess due to a horrid offensive line and tight end Jimmy Graham has been one of its victims as he caught just one ball for one yard Sunday.  With Russell Wilson not having any time to throw, Graham all of a sudden is being marginalized.  Bench Graham for Week 3 to see if the Seahawks can work things out.

-Todd Gurley answered his critics at least for one week as he rushed for 88 yards and a score on 16 carries Sunday, while also catching 3 passes for 48 yards and another score.  Gurley finally showed some burst and wiggle which had been absent since 2015 but the talent has always been there.

-Chris Thompson is begging to be added in PPR formats as he was terrific for a second week in a row to begin the season as he caught 3 passes for 29 yards; while adding 3 carries for 77 yards and two scores.  While he won't be running much, Thompson is one of the best receiving backs in the NFL and so he should be added if still available.


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