To those who came out of week one victorious-- congratulations! To my Keenan Allen owners, my condolences-- may the fantasy football gods be ever in your favor. Here’s my take on some potential trust-or-bust players for this weekend’s games.
Start: Amari Cooper
At this point, Amari Cooper has worked his way into must-start WR territory. With a capable quarterback in Derek Carr, Cooper has the ability and skill set to be a dominant wide receiver in the National Football League. Even though he fell short of a touchdown in week one, Cooper still racked up 137 yards and a 2-point conversion. Expect him to find the end zone in week two, as he goes up against a suspect Atlanta Falcons secondary that allowed 22.7 fantasy points to wide receivers in week one.
Sit: Arian Foster
Fantasy owners that started Arian Foster in week one were not disappointed, as he put up respectable numbers against an always-tough Seattle Seahawks defense. The biggest concern with Foster is if he will be able to stay healthy, and continue to receive the workload to put up consistent fantasy numbers. One sign that makes me dislike Foster in week two? Second-year running back, Jay Ajayi, is receiving a "fresh start," per head coach Adam Gase. After not making the trip to Seattle last week, Ajayi has an opportunity to dig into some of Foster's workload. With a match up against their division rival, the New England Patriots, history is not on the Dolphins side. In two games against the Patriots during the 2015 season, the Miami Dolphins put up 7 and 10 points, respectively. If history repeats itself, there won't be many fantasy points for Arian Foster to accumulate.
Start: Travis Benjamin
Keenan Allen owners, this one's for you. With Allen out for the season with a torn ACL, expect gunslinger Philip Rivers to find a new favorite target. Former Cleveland Browns wide receiver, Travis Benjamin, has the most upside and biggest possibility to become Rivers' new go-to. Going up against a revamped Jacksonville Jaguars secondary in week two may seem tough, but I still like Benjamin due to the amount of potential targets he could see. Even with Jacksonville's offseason attempt to beef up their secondary, they still allowed 27.8 fantasy points to wide receivers in week one.
Sit: Mike Wallace
To those that have jumped on the Mike Wallace bandwagon after last week's exceptional performance, I recommend hopping off. Wallace will not maintain that rate of production. Steve Smith Sr. had a rather quiet day, which is a rare occasion that will not continue to happen. There are too many options in Baltimore to make any Ravens receiver consistent on a weekly basis. Joe Flacco completed passes to ten different receivers in week one-- to say that's spreading the ball is an understatement. After last week's less than stellar offensive performance, the Ravens face off against AFC North foe, the Cleveland Browns, in week 2. While the Ravens averaged 31.5 ppg in last year's games against Cleveland, it will be interesting to see if they can put up those kind of numbers again, after their week one showing.
Start: Latavius Murray
The rumored "workhorse" running back of the 2016 Oakland Raiders was efficient in week one, but his fantasy owners experienced some unpredicted fantasy vultures, as back ups Jalen Richard and Jamize Olawale made the most out of their given workload. There's no doubt that Murray is the featured back on the Raiders roster, and it's likely that the week one fantasy vultures were an outlier in what should be a spectacular fantasy season for Latavius. Facing off against an Atlanta Falcons defense that allowed 19.7 fantasy points to Tampa Bay running backs in week one, Murray has an inviting match up that could put smiles on his fantasy owners' faces.
Sit: Carlos Hyde
The hype is high on Carlos Hyde after an impressive week one performance against the Los Angeles Rams. With 88 yards and two touchdowns, Hyde proved all of his 2015 doubters wrong. Problem is, with an unproven San Francisco 49ers offense going up against a stout Carolina Panthers defense, things won't come as easy in week two. As tough as it is to bench a player who put up 21.3 fantasy points in the previous week, I recommend looking elsewhere for running backs, as I predict Hyde to be a low-end flex in week two.