Monday, 15 September 2014 00:00

Week 3 pickups

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Kirk Cousins is set to take over a Redskins' offense that notched 41 points last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cousins is a must-get for RG3 owners. The Redskins travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles in Week 3. Kirk Cousins is set to take over a Redskins' offense that notched 41 points last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Cousins is a must-get for RG3 owners. The Redskins travel to Philadelphia to play the Eagles in Week 3. Keith Allison/Flickr

Knile Davis RB/Kansas City Chiefs (Owned 61.2% of Leagues)

Week 2 was an interesting week in the NFL, as fantasy owners watched many premier players be held out for various reasons, whether they be personal (Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice) or injury related.

Many fantasy owners took Jamaal Charles in the top-3 of their fantasy drafts in hopes he would be part of their foundation throughout the 2014 season. However, those hopes were dashed after Charles sustained a high-ankle sprain in Sundays contest against the Broncos.

Having the duties to fill the void left by Charles was second year running back Knile Davis. Davis did a tremendous job on Sunday, totaling 105 all-purpose yards showing to be a reliable option in both the running and passing game.

Davis has never been short on talent, once thought to be the next Arkansas running back to be a first round selection (Felix Jones, Darren McFadden). Injuries riddled Davis throughout his college and pro career. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury in 2011, as well as a broken leg last season in the Chiefs playoff game against the Colts.

Davis will be a popular waiver wire target and rightfully so. He possesses big play ability, and will handle the bulk of the workload with Charles sidelined. Davis will be no less than a RB2 with potential to grow moving forward if Charles misses an extended period of time.

Value: RB2

Recommendation: Add Immediately

Donald Brown RB/San Diego Chargers (Owned 87.7% of Leagues)

Something was definitely off last season in the fantasy universe when Ryan Mathews made it through the entire 2013 season without missing any time. However, new year, old Mathews as he sustained what looks to be a sprained MCL in his right knee.

Replacing Mathews will not be a solo mission. Donald Brown will be the primary ball carrier for the Bolts going forward, and should receive the bulk of the carries on first and second down. COP back Danny Woodhead will definitely have a role in the San Diego offense, however I see him making more of an impact on third down and in the passing game.

Brown has never quite lived up to the billing of the first-round selection the Colts used on him in 2009, but he has shown to be a quality no. 2 running back during his career. Brown has only rushed for more the 4.0 yards per carry twice in his career (’11,’13) and does not offer much in terms of big play ability.  

Going into Week 3 Brown is a must add while Mathews misses time with his knee injury. While Brown will probably not see the workload to reach value of a RB1, he should be able to reach that of a mid RB2 and at worst a flex option on a weekly basis. 

Value: Low RB2/Flex

Recommendation: Add Immediately

Kirk Cousins QB/Washington Redskins (Owned 4.8% of Leagues)

After struggling to gain a feel for new head coach Jay Gruden’s timing-based offense, some people in Washington were clamoring to replace former no. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III for former third-round pick Kirk Cousins.

After suffering what looks like to be a season-ending ankle injury on Sunday, some fans will get their wish as Cousins will now be handed the keys to the offense for the foreseeable future.  Controversy is already brewing in Washington, as reports have surfaced that Cousins has consistently been the better quarterback in Redskins camp.

Cousins did a great job on Sunday in relief of the injured Griffin III, going 22/33 for 250 yards, and two touchdowns. Cousins does not possess the play-making ability that Griffin III had outside the pocket, but he is still more than able to get outside the pocket and hurt you on designed rollouts and bootlegs.

The Redskins offense has plenty of weapons present for Cousins to be a reliable fantasy quarterback option. With Alfred Morris on the ground and Pierre Garçon DeSean Jackson a there will be no pressure for Cousins to try and play above his own ability. While many people found it odd that former coach Mike Shanahan took Cousins in the same draft they took Griffin, now however Washington may want to thank him for possessing a solid insurance plan

Value: QB2

Recommendation: Add in Deep Leagues

Khiry Robinson RB/New Orleans Saints (Owned 97.1% of Leagues)

Losing to the Browns on Sunday and falling to 0-2 on the season was bad enough for the Saints, but now they have to make up for an injury to a major piece of their offense. After the loss of Mark Ingram to a broken hand, Robinson will look to take an increased role in Saints high-powered offense.

Ingram had the makings of a bust early on in his career, averaging a very mediocre 4.2 YPA and 41 YPG. However, Ingram was running like a new man this season, averaging 6.0 yards per carry as well as adding three touchdowns in the Saints first two games.

Robinson will split time with veteran Pierre Thomas while Ingram is sidelined. Robinson offers far more big play potential than Thomas does, and will control most, if not all of the Saints goal-line duties.

Robinson rushed 8 times for 31 yards against the Browns in week two, and while most of his value will be dependent on his ability to find the end zone he will be an intriguing option for fantasy owners. I see Robinson was a guy you can use as a RB3 or 4 right now, with the potential to grow depending on the extent on Ingram’s injury.

Value: Low Flex

Recommendation: Add in Deep Leagues

Bobby Rainey RB/Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Owned in 4.7% of Leagues

Rainey was very successful filling in for Doug Martin, who missed Sunday’s game with a knee injury, racking up 144 yards on 22 carries against the Rams. There were reports that Martin could have played this week had it been dire circumstances, but with a game on Thursday they decided to play it safe.

Even if Martin is able to return to the Bucs starting lineup this weekend, he remains a very risky play for fantasy owners. Martin suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last season and is already battling injuries early on this season.

If Martin does miss this week’s game against the Falcons, Rainey is staring a juicy matchup right in the eyes. The Falcons have been gashed on the ground, giving up an average of 154.5 yards rushing through their first two games. If Rainey is to see the bulk of the carries, there is a good chance he could have another game totaling close to 100 yards.

Rainey is not as safe as the options mentioned previously in this article due to the likelihood that Martin plays this week, but if Martin is too suffer any setbacks Rainey is well worth an add in 12 or 14 man leagues.

Value: RB4

Recommendation: Add in Deep Leagues

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