Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week 2 fantasy football tips for your lineup

On to Week 2 we go with the Panthers undefeated and hopefully you riding momentum off a solid Week 1 for your fantasy team(s). Here's a look at tips for Week 2 and sleepers to consider for your lineup. 

Not at the expense of Giovani Benard per se, but Jeremy Hill will (and should) get more touches with the Bengals. Hill had 4 attempts last week but that should be higher and a home game against Atlanta should have lots of points in this game. I have Benard as the 4th best running back for the week. 

Carlos Hyde looks like he going to be very hard to keep off the field. San Francisco's Hyde came in last week at the Dallas 17-yard line last week, his first carry 13 yards and his next a 4-yard touchdown. Hyde couldn't be stopped with runs of 6, 5, 15, 4 and 3 on the day for a healthy 7.1 yards per carry average. 

Need a tight end for Week 2? Two have suddenly emerged as legitimate options with some upside potentially. Larry Donnell started for the N.Y. Giants this past week and was heavily involved (playing in 52 of 60 snaps and collecting a team-high 5 receptions). Donnell is a huge target and Eli Manning targeted him twice around the goal-line with one of them ending with a 1-yard touchdown. Donnell has some sleeper appeal for sure. For a short-term fix, consider rolling the dice with Washington tight end Niles Paul. Jordan Reed (hamstring) is likely out and Paul will take his spot on passing plays. Paul is a converted wide receiver. Paul led the team with 86 receiving yards last week. 

Who is the 2014 version of Knowshon Moreno? Maybe it is actually Knowshon Moreno again in terms of a veteran running back had cheaply in the draft that produces Top 10 running back  numbers when starting (Moreno finished as the 8th best running back in Week 1 with 24 carries for 134 yards rushing and a touchdown, and Moreno is a solid start this week as well). 

T.Y. Hilton is one of those guys who is hard to bench as he will hit for big games, and this week at home on prime-time Monday Night Football against Philadelphia could be one of those weeks. This looks to be a high-tempo, shootout. An Andrew Luck - T.Y. Hilton hookup in your line-up could payoff big. 

Daily fantasy football: If you rolled with the lineup I had here last week you likely did well but yesterday's home runs don't count in today’s box Week 2 lineup is: QB Jake Locker ($7,400), RB Giovani Benard ($7,800), RB Terrance West ($5,300), WR Jordy Nelson ($7,900), WR Randall Cobb ($7,600), WR Justin Hunter ($5,700), TE Julius Thomas ($8,100), K Mason Crosby ($5,000), Tennessee Defense ($5,200).

Panthers' wide out Kelvin Benjamin looks like a true play-maker. Benjamin is a must start and I have him slotted as the 13th best wide receiver for the week as he makes his home debut and with Cam Newton under center. 

Andrew Hawkins saw 10 targets in week one, converting eight into receptions for 87 yards and he will be highly targeted in the passing game again as Cleveland will likely need to keep pace with New Orleans this week. 

Jake Locker looks much improved. Locker and the Titans went to Arrowhead last week and took care of business in strong fashion with a 26-10 win. Tennessee gets a home game against Dallas this week (who allowed the Niners to roll up a 28-3 lead at halftime). Locker to wide receiver Justin Hunter could tee off this week. Hunter played 52-of-82 offensive snaps last week and those are enough for him to make a mark. Look for a long touchdown (or two) potentially is possible. 

Brian Quick from Appalachian State looks to have taken a big step forward in his third season (and he needed the seasoning after making the leap from the FCS to the NFL). Quick has number one wide receiver size and skills and he opened the season with 7 receptions for 99 yards on 9 targets. In terms of a deep sleeper, Quick could be started again as a flex. 

Darren Sproles had 15 touches this past Sunday and he looks to be a solid fantasy asset. Sproles isn't going to break off a 49-yard touchdown run every week but he is hard to keep on your bench and he gets a nice match-up this week at Indianapolis. 

Terrance West will get the start at running back for Cleveland this week. Go ahead and get him slotted in your lineup in a choice match-up at home against the Saints. West has near ideal RB size and was a ridiculously productive player at the FCS-level last year (West set the FCS single-season records for rushing yards at 2,509 and touchdowns 42 in 2013). Backup Isaiah Crowell is a sleeper in his own right and both backs will be involved. 


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