Before I get into this weeks’ suggestions, here are the results of my suggestions from last week:
Baltimore RBs: Justin Forsett: 14 carries, 37 yards, three fantasy points
Terrance West: 11 carries, 42 yards, five fantasy points
Total: 25 carries, 79 yards, eight fantasy points
Gary Barndige: Four receptions, 37 yards, four fantasy points
Tavon Austin: Five receptions, 50 yards, five fantasy points
Willie Snead: Five receptions, 54 receiving yards, touchdown, nine fantasy points
Travis Benjamin: Six receptions, 112 receiving yards, two touchdowns, 21 fantasy points
Rashad Jennings: 13 carries, 27 rushing yards, three fantasy points
Where I was wrong: Clearly, I overvalued the Giants vs. New Orleans defense. Rashad Jennings underperformed in my Winners category.
Where I was right: Travis Benjamin stepped up in Keenan Allen’s absence against a young Jacksonville defense. 21 fantasy points likely won a lot of matchups or at least produced regretful owners.
Winner: Tevin Coleman, RB Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 12 carries, 46 yards, touchdown, 12 fantasy points
Percentages: 64% ownership, 9.4% starting
Why He’s A Winner: Coleman has had at least double-digit production in his first two weeks as second string to Devonta Freeman, who is currently fading out of his featured back role. While Freeman may be seeing more carries, Coleman is doing more with his. Worth noting also is that Coleman has the Falcons lone rushing TD, while Freeman has yet to cross the goal line. Expect a trend in good numbers from Coleman as the Falcons play one of the worst rushing defenses in the league.
Waiver: Bilal Powell, RB New York Jets
Last Week: One rush for 2 yards
Percentages: 58% ownership, 2.4% starter
Why You Waive Him: Powell was expected to get a fairer shake in terms of carries at the start of the season. He’s not really seeing the split that was expected, and is becoming a fantasy liablity. Sell low on him, sell real low.
Winner: Stefon Diggs, WR Minnesota Vikings
Last Week: Nine receptions, 182 yards, touchdown, 22 fantasy points
Percentage: 83% ownership, 21% starting
Why He’s A Winner: Diggs clearly is not missing Teddy Bridgewater, and the numbers prove it. He’s had more than five receptions per game and over 100 yards through two weeks thus far. While he may have a rough stretch the next three weeks – at Carolina, New York Giants, Houston – the post-bye week schedule looks favorable to maintaining Diggs big numbers.
Waiver: John Brown, WR Arizona Cardinals
Last Week: One reception, 14 yards, one fantasy point
Percentages: 88% ownership, 16% starting
Why You Waive Him: Brown has caught a whopping one ball per week. While it may not have been a big deal against the solid Patriots defense – but only four targets may be a slight problem – the Buccaneers should have given Brown a better stat line. Arizona has a relatively weak next few weeks, so there is still hope for Brown this season, but don’t be surprised if Brown falters in a loaded Arizona offense.
Winner: Matt Ryan, QB Atlanta Falcons
Last Week: 334 yards, three touchdowns, one interception, 28 fantasy points
Percentages: 48% ownership, 19% starting
Why He’s A Winner: Ryan has amassed 20+ points in his first two starts against Tampa Bay and Oakland, putting him in good graces with his fantasy owners. But he’ll likely need Julio Jones to produce the same numbers in weeks 4-6 – Carolina, at Denver, at Seattle – if he wants to stay starter worthy in most leagues.
Waiver: Eli Manning, QB New York Giants
Last Week: 368 passing yards, zero touchdowns, one interception, 13 fantasy points
Percentages: 95% ownership, 78% starting
Why You Waive Him: Manning has underperformed against a mediocre Dallas defense and a New Orleans defense that is much worse than that. With the plethora of weapons at his disposal between Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, Manning has some ground to make up with his fantasy owners if he fails to capitalize on a weaker Washington defense. For possible replacements: see above.
Spark Sports Editor