Jamaal Charles and Adrian Peterson headline guys you need to be patient on. Fantasy Tidbits will be your one stop shop for all the weekends news with fantasy relevant information. This week the Cleveland Browns backfield depth is analyzed in addition to other injuries plaguing teams around the NFL. Injury riddled defenses are are featured, along with possible replacements for nervous owners.
Stay patient with your studs
Charles owners need not worry about his underwhelming performance in Week One. He was criminally underused against the Titans. He had seven rushes for 19 yards and four catches. Starting in week two Andy Reid will need to and will get Charles more involved.
Another stud that had a decent day but in a game the Vikings got up big in, fantasy owners expected more. The Vikings seemed to get other parts of the offense involved. Cordarrelle Patterson was a stud including 100 rushing yards. While I am expecting a monster season from Patterson, I don’t expect that massive rush total to continue.
Thomas owners need not worry after a Week One that featured a less than ideal performance. Thomas is an exceptional talent that will be utilized. Peyton Manning and the Broncos find a match up they like and exploit it. Julius Thomas clearly was that match up, erupting for three touchdowns.
Running Back News
Another season for Ben Tate and another injury. Fantasy owners who drafted Terrance West have a potential steal that will impact their team much earlier than most expected. Isaiah Crowell also was featured in this game, scoring two touchdowns and looked efficient when he touched the ball. Justin Howe featured Crowell as one of his must-add waiver wire players on Tuesday morning. It’ll be interesting to see how the workload will be shared going forward.
Gerhart left Sundays game against Eagles. If he misses more games it is probably a committee situation featuring Denard Robinson, Jordan Todman and Storm Johnson. I loved Johnson coming into this season. He will need to prove himself to garner a lion share of the work but if he can there is potential for him to be a second half stud.
Pierce fumbled early and was on the bench for the rest of the game. Justin Forsett took over and looked good. The Steelers gave up a lot on the ground to the Browns in Week One, which makes Forsett a sneaky flex play come Thursday against a poor Steelers rush defense, but if possible, I’d avoid using him…
Hyde was the more effective back against the Dallas Cowboys. I still like Frank Gore for this season but there is a clear split of carries. Week 1 featured a much more even split than what we will see going forward. The 49ers got up big early and let Hyde get his feet wet in a early season match up.
The Titans will employ a committee led by Shonn Greene at this point. Sankey will need to run well if he is going to take over as the guy. Sankey needs to viewed as a later in the season play. Owners be patient on him.
Injuries to watch
Jeffery left their week one matchup against the Buffalo Bills with a hamstring injury. Jeffery said “we were just being cautions” about his removal from the game. He should be a full go next Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Reed left week one against the Houston Texans with hamstring injury. It looks like Reed may miss a couple of weeks. While I’m not rushing out to drop him unless you need the roster spot, Zach Ertz and Martellus Bennett would top my list of replacements. Other names to worth a look are Travis Kelce and Ladarius Green.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs lost two starters in linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito. The Chiefs defense that already had question marks have become a match up play at best. Both the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans are two defenses that are likely available and will help you this season.
Vontaze Burfict left Sundays game against the Ravens with a concussion. Assuming he is fine I have no worries about the Bengals defense. Without Burfict, I would consider the Bengals closer to a match up play as opposed to a every week starter
The Houston Texans defense looked very good against RG3 and the Washington Redskins. Jadeveon Clowney left early with a possible torn meniscus. I still like the Texans defense even without Clowney but it definitely takes a step back.