Cheat Sheet: Fantasy football rankings
Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers: Goodwin suffered a deep bruise to his quadriceps in the season opener, failing to haul in a single reception as he departed early. Things are not looking up for Week 2 as Goodwin was not able to practice Thursday. Pettis caught two balls for 61 yards and a touchdown in the season opener. San Francisco hosts a Detroit Lions defense that was just embarrassed on national television so Pettis, owned in just 3 percent of ESPN leagues, stands to receive a good amount of targets.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans: He suffered an elbow injury in Week 1 and now faces a solid Texans defensive unit. Those two factors alone should justify keeping Mariota on the bench.
Mariota likely to share playing time Sunday. Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers: For the second season in a row, Carolina will be without the services of its talented tight end. Olsen suffered a broken foot in and it appears he has injured the same foot. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: Pittsburgh has the QB listed as questionable with an elbow injury, but Roethlisberger participated in practice Friday and will be on the field for Week 2.
Peyton Barber, RB, Buccaneers: That was hardly the case. Instead, Barber tallied 69 yards rushing and failed to be targeted in the passing game. While I often encourage owners not to overreact to opening-week performances, it would be hard to recommend Barber in Week 2 against the Eagles. While leaving Barber on the bench against the Eagles is probably wise, he still has a good chance to be fantasy-relevant this season with rookie tailback Ronald Jones banged up and still getting acclimated.
Chris Carson, RB, Seahawks: For those that drafted Carson, there were some positives and negatives in his Week 1 effort. The good news is Carson looked solid , rushing seven times for 51 yards and adding three receptions for 28 yards. The bad news is that Carson fumbled and had the same amount of carries as Rashaad Penny. Given that he averaged more than seven yards a carry, Carson owners have to hope that Seattle Coach Pete Carroll opts to give his tailback a few more opportunities.
The hunch here is Carson will be serviceable. Royce Freeman, RB, Broncos: While Lindsay certainly deserves a roster spot, Freeman owners should still have confidence moving forward. Chris Hogan, WR, Patriots: At least it's not Tier 4, though If you "wait on WR", you're gonna wind up with Corey Davis. Can you live with that? Gronk has company in Tier 1 -- but it's not who you think! Just kidding, it is. When should you start drafting IDP players and who should you target? Everyone wants to "win their draft".
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