Week two was another rough week in terms of injuries to some fantasy football stars, such as DeMarco Murray and Jordy Nelson. While injuries can hurt, both literally and figuratively, they always open up the door for someone else to produce.
There has been a lot of movement in just two weeks of action and that’s something we always want to keep tabs on, whether it means benching or starting certain players or flat out cutting ties with some options via trade or release. So, without further haste, here is this week’s fantasy football stock report.
It looks like Seattle has a new running back and his name is Chris Carson. Carson was mentioned as a deep sleeper among many analysts because of his solid preseason and now it seems he will be the lead runner in that backfield.
Carson had 20 carries for 93 yards, further cementing his spot as the Seahawks early down back. Chris Carson has looked like the best back on the team and it is good to see the coaching staff handing him the job early, instead of trying to rotate between Rawls and Lacy. The Seattle offensive line is a mess but as of now Chris Carson’s stock is up and should be added in all leagues.
Javorius “Buck” Allen
Danny Woodhead was injured in the Ravens first game of the year and Allen came in off the bench and had 21 carries. This should have been a sign to fantasy owners that Buck Allen was going to get many opportunities in this backfield.
After week 2, it is confirmed that Buck Allen is going to be heavily involved in this offense. Buck Allen had 14 carries for 66 yards and added 5 receptions for 35 yards and a touchdown. Allen is going to be very valuable in both formats but gets a boost in PPR because he is the Ravens’ best receiving back.
Allen has led the team in rushing attempts both weeks, as well, so he is just as valuable in standard leagues. Also, Terrance West is dealing with a soft tissue injury so if he misses any time, Allen’s stock will continue to shoot up.
It looks like the Titans may be changing their backfield situation. Derrick Henry had 14 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown. Henry was able to get his carries because DeMarco Murray went down with an injury. Henry did look a lot better than Murray did with his touches. If Murray has to miss an extended period of time, he may never get his job back.
Henry is a much younger and explosive back than Murray at this stage in their careers. I believe Henry will be a valuable back to own because I am not sure if Murray can handle another large workload this season and Henry is ready to roll.
The Titans have a tough matchup this week against Seattle’s stiff run defense so this situation could still be cloudy after this week. However, Henry’s stock is on the rise with the possibility to absolutely skyrocket within the coming weeks.
Carlos Hyde looks like a new man in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Hyde had 124 yards on 15 carries against the tough Seattle defense. While Hyde has not found the end zone, he has been very effective running the ball in this new zone blocking scheme.
Hyde has the talent to be the lead back for the 49ers and no real competition for carries. Through the first two games, Hyde is a solid RB2 and his stock is rising each game with Shanahan as the head coach.
It has been a rough two-game stretch for Doug Baldwin and what’s worse is, that it’s not even his fault. The Seahawks offensive line has been horrible the first two games and Russell Wilson has had no time to throw the ball. This has crippled Baldwin’s fantasy value.
Drafted as a WR1, Baldwin has not had many opportunities to put up big numbers. After a slow two-game start for Baldwin, his stock is declining. The Seahawks are notoriously slow starters on offense, so if they can right the ship then Baldwin will have a chance to bounce back for the rest of the season.
One of the most hyped players this offseason, Christian McCaffrey has failed to meet expectations through the first two games. McCaffrey has 21 carries for only 57 yards through two weeks. The receiving back also has a modest 9 catches in that span.
He has not been the home run hitter that many expected him to be right off that bat (No pun intended). McCaffrey only has two career games under his belt so there is still a great chance he becomes a great fantasy back this year but as of now, his stock is slipping downward.
This might be the most obvious selection for the stock down portion of this article, but this one is for the fantasy owners who own him because of his name. If you own Eddie Lacy, drop him right now! He is not worth owning because frankly, he is not that good.
He was a healthy scratch last week for Seattle and the Lacy era might be over before it even began. Lacy only had five carries in the first game for three yards. Now that Chris Carson has taken the starting job, I expect Lacy to be a healthy scratch for a handful of games this year.
Like Doug Baldwin, Green’s struggles can be contributed to a poor supporting cast on offense. Andy Dalton has looked awful so far this season and it has really put a damper on Green’s fantasy value.
A.J. Green is a top receiver in the league and should be able to pick up his production despite the offensive struggles. While Green’s stock is down right now, I do not see it being down for long so this is the perfect opportunity to buy low on the talented wideout.