AFC East Week 2 Preview: Fantasy Relevant Players
New England Patriots vs New York Jets: Game was played on Thursday Night Football. Patriots won a rather messy defensive affair 13-10.
Buffalo Bills vs Carolina Panthers
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E.J. Manuel: Let’s see how it goes this week before we include him as relevant.
C.J. Spiller: After Spiller’s dismal performance last week, the door opened for backup running back Fred Jackson to muddy the waters a bit for Spiller owners. Spiller was only able to muster 41 rushing yards on 17 carries and the five receptions he did have only went for 14 yards. Not what we expected after taking him in the first round. With a tough Panther rushing defense that held Marshawn Lynch in check coming to town, and Jackson getting half the carries, Spiller’s outlook for this week is not optimal. With that said he is a very talented player and eventually should get on track, it just might not happen this week. Rushing yards around 45-50 and five or six receptions for another 40 yards is possible.
Steve Johnson: Johnson will have to carry more of the load if the ground game doesn’t get going but with a rookie quarterback still feeling his way around NFL caliber defensive talent Johnson’s ceiling isn’t very high right now. That may change as the season progresses, but to count on Johnson as a solid WR2 would be a mistake. At best he’s a decent flex play who might give you five or six receptions for around the 50 yard range, and if you get really lucky a receiving touchdown as well…just don’t count on it.
Miami Dolphins @ Indianapolis Colts
Ryan Tannehill: Let’s see how it goes this week before we include him as relevant.
Lamar Miller/Daniel Thomas: See above. One of these two might get a short touchdown, good luck determining which one it will be.
Mike Wallace: Wallace doesn’t have any chemistry with Tannehill and is already complaining about not receiving enough targets, which he may well get. But let’s see how it goes this week before we include him as relevant.
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Brian Hartline: Right now this is one of the only players worth using which says a lot about the state of the Miami offense. Hartline has good hands and deceptive speed and had nine receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown last week which basically carried the offense all day. He should have close to six or seven receptions this week for 70-80 yards. I wish there was better news.
Brandon Gibson: Gibson is a flex play at best right now. If you want to take a chance on a touchdown, which is basically always possible for any receiver getting playing time, be my guest, but most likely four or five receptions for about 50 yards is the ceiling here. Let’s see how it goes…shall we?