Working the Wire: Corey Coleman and DeVante Parker Emerge

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Week 2 of the 2016 NFL season is all but in the books with only the Monday night game between the Eagles and Bears left to be played. It’s now time to focus on getting your fantasy football team ready for week 3. Its time to work the wire and add the add those players that can help you win in Week 3.

DeVante Parker | WR | Miami Dolphins
(66% Owned in Yahoo)

DeVante Parker’s ownership rate has dipped since battling preseason injuries and being inactive for Week 1. However, in Week 2 Parker reminded many we there was so much buzz around him coming into the league. He caught 8 of his 13 targets for 106 yards. This was a game where the Dolphins got down quickly and had to throw to get back into the game. Double-digit targets going forward may be aggressive but Parker has earned a consistent role opposite Jarvis Landry. Miami gets the Browns next week and Parker should feast yet again. Pick him up in leagues where he is available.

Corey Coleman | WR | Cleveland Browns
(69% Owned in Yahoo)

It’s amazing how much better the Browns offense looked as a whole with a real quarterback under center. Josh McCown had this offense humming on Sunday. Corey Coleman was one of the biggest benefactors of McCown under center. Coleman caught five of his eight targets for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. He should fill the role vacated by Travis Benjamin, at least until Josh Gordon returns. Coleman has big play ability with PPR stability. Add him in all formats.

Tyrell Williams | WR | San Diego Chargers
(48% Owned in Yahoo)

I told you a week ago to pick up Tyrell Williams and yet he is still available in over half of Yahoo leagues. He is the big play threat in San Diego. On Sunday, Williams had six targets, catching three for 61 yard and a touchdown. The Chargers need pass catchers after losing Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead in back to back weeks and will need someone to step up. Williams should have plenty of productive weeks going forward.

Phillip Dorsett | WR | Indianapolis Colts
(42% Owned in Yahoo)

While Phillip Dorsett underwhelmed in Week 2 catching only one ball for 30 yards there is some reason for optimism. He had five targets in the game against the Broncos. A Denver team that has the best secondary in the NFL. He could also see a big uptick in work if Donte Moncrief has to miss time. Moncrief left this game early due to a concussion. He returned to the sidelines without a jersey or helmet after being checked out. With matchups coming against the Chargers and Jaguars good times are coming for the Colts receivers. Dorsett could be in flex consideration even if Moncrief is healthy.

Quincy Enunwa | WR | New York Jets
(10% Owned in Yahoo)

Quincy Enunwa has been incredibly impressive in the first two games for the New York Jets. He has been targeted 14 times and has caught 13 of them. He had 92 yards in the game against the Bills and a touchdown in Week 1 against the Bengals. He is producing for fantasy owners even with Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker being very fantasy relevant. There is a chance that Marshall misses Week 3 after leaving with an injury. While Marshall came back into the game, he was not on the practice field on Monday. If his knee injury causes him to miss a game or two, Enunwa could see even more targets. He is a top add for wide receiver needy fantasy teams.

Tyler Boyd | WR | Cincinnati Bengals
(13% Owned in Yahoo)

Week 2 was a much better for Bengals Tyler Boyd catching six of his eight targets for 78 yards. Those eight targets tied him for second on the team with A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell. Boyd and LaFell are battling for the WR2 role in this offense. While both had eight targets, it was Boyd being much more productive, making 6 catches with LaFell catching only three. The Bengals were trailing for the majority of this game, leading to 54 attempts for quarterback Andy Dalton. Boyd is good add in PPR leagues.

WRs to cut: Kamar Aiken, Steve Smith Sr., Vincent Jackson, Markus Wheaton

Seahawks Christine Michael

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Christine Michael | RB | Seattle Seahawks
(59% Owned in Yahoo)

The Seattle Seahawks offense was a mess on Sunday against the Rams and yet Christine Michael played well, rushing for 60 yards on only 10 carries. Thomas Rawls left the game on Sunday with a leg contusion and his status for Week 3 is murky at best. Seattle’s offense can get back on track this week with the 49ers coming to town. Expect Michael to get a ton of work against a San Francisco defense that was torched by Fozzy Whittaker in Week 2.

Tevin Coleman | RB | Atlanta Falcons
(56% Owned in Yahoo)

Another productive week is in the books for Tevin Coleman. He had 46 yards on the ground and another 25 via the pass. Most importantly for fantasy owners he found the end zone. Coleman had an almost 50/50 split with Devonta Freeman gettin 30 of 66 snaps. Coleman should continue to produce and be in flex consideration most weeks and help when bye weeks hit.

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Charles Sims | RB | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(52% Owned in Yahoo)

Charles Sims was a running that back that should have been owned in more leagues entering the 2016 season for his pass catching ability and PPR floor. Now he may have an opportunity to be the feature back for Tampa Bay. Doug Martin had to leave Sunday’s game with a tweaked hamstring. If Martin misses Week 3, Sims will be a very interesting option. Even if Martin is available, Sims could still see an uptick in carries and targets to save Martin.

Jerick Mckinnon | RB | Minnesota Vikings

(22% Owned in Yahoo)

Jerk McKinnon might be the waiver add of the week. Adrian Peterson left the Sunday night game against the Packers with an injured right ankle or knee. McKinnon should step in as the feature back right away and give Vikings fans a preview of their future. He can impact the run and pass game helping to open up this offense. Pay attention to news out of Minnesota but McKinnon should be at the top of your list if you need RB help.

Fozzy Whittaker | RB | Carolina Panthers
(1% Owned in Yahoo)

Panthers Jonathan Stewart left Sunday’s game with the San Francisco 49ers with hamstring issues. An injury that had him questionable much of the week. Fozzy Whittaker was quite impressive in his place rushing for 100 yards on 16 carries. He averaged an impressive 6.3 yards per carry. If Stewart misses Week 3 Whittaker would be in line for a ton of carries. The Panthers face a Vikings team with a stout front seven in Week 3 so it may be tough going for him.

RBs: Justin Forsett, Terrance West, Bilal Powell, James White, Derrick Henry, Jay Ajayi

Ravens Dennis Pitta

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Dennis Pitta | TE | Baltimore Ravens
(9% Owned in Yahoo)

Ladies and gentlemen Dennis Pitta is back and it is glorious. There was a ton of mystery around who the Ravens most productive tight end could be assuming there was a clear leader. Pitta has emerged as the clear option and was a fantasy monster against the Browns. I know it was the Browns and everyone feasts on them. His 12 targets were more than double any pass catcher and he was incredibly productive with those targets. He had 9 catches for 102 yards. Outside of Mike Wallace, Pitta should be the most valuable Ravens pass catcher going forward and an absolute add in all formats.

Jesse James | TE | Pittsburgh Steelers
(25% owned in Yahoo)

It’s another five target week for the Steelers Jesse James this time he found the end zone. The Steelers offense is one that has used the tight end a ton over the past few seasons and that should change even when Le’veon Bell returns. James is probably going to be touchdown dependent for strong weeks but as long as the targets are there you should avoid the dreaded goose egg.

Vance McDonald | TE | San Francisco 49ers
(21% Owned in Yahoo)

Despite not being the PPR monster many of thought he could be, Vance McDonald found the end zone for the second week in a row. This time breaking off a 75 yard touchdown reception. With a contest against the Seahawks in Week 3, McDonald should have a chance to feast. Seattle is very susceptible to tight ends or slot wide receivers working the middle of the field. Expect a big Week 3 with a ton of targets to head his way.

TEs to cut: Jimmy Graham, Charles Clay, Jared Cook, Virgil Green

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2 Comments

  1. STUART STYLES

    September 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Why would you tell ppl to cut Bilal Powell, Derrick Henry, or Jay Ajayi?
    That’s just silly. All 3 play behind older or injury-prone RB’s. Just one play away from a big pay-off. I’d rather roster one of them than a Fozzy whitaker or a 1 week plug-and-play

    • Kyle Robert

      September 20, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      Bilal Powell and Jay Ajayi are getting very little work and in Ajayi’s case have looked awful with the work. If you need a rb this week it makes more sense to me to add a useable guy then hope. Damien Williams is likely the rb to own with Foster out.

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