With two weeks in the books, we can start drawing some conclusions about players’ roles moving forward.
Dennis Pitta Benefiting From Chemistry with Flacco
After a relatively quiet Week 1, Dennis Pitta emerged as Joe Flacco’s go-to option in the passing game in the Ravens Week 2 victory over the Browns. Pitta racked up nine catches and 102 receiving yards on a whopping 12 targets. Flacco and Pitta have a solid professional and personal relationship, and that chemistry is finally translating to on-field production now that Pitta is 100 percent healthy. The veteran tight end might already be the most reliable fantasy option in that offense, particularly in PPR formats.
Enunwa Continues to Rack up Targets
Twenty-four-year-old Quincy Enunwa has been quietly productive as the third option in a successful Jets passing attack, as he’s already tallied 14 targets through two weeks of action. He’s still behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in the pecking order, but with both Marshall and Decker currently dealing with minor injuries, Enunwa could lead the team in targets in Week 3. If he can continue to be productive with the targets he’s seeing, the big-bodied receiver could develop every-week flex value.
Langford Losing Grip on Starting Job
Bears sophomore running back Jeremy Langford has had an uninspiring start to the season, averaging a meager 3.04 yards per carry through the first two games. He has notched a touchdown in each game, but each have been from very short yardage. Langford actually trailed Ka’Deem Carey in snaps in the first quarter of Monday’s game against the Eagles before Carey left with a hamstring injury, indicating he has already lost the confidence of the coaching staff. The situation needs to be monitored closely, as Langford may lose the starting job as soon as this week.
NFL Sleepers of the Week
Each week we will identify three players worth taking a shot on in deeper leagues.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins – Drake figures to see an expanded role in Week 3 with Arian Foster dealing with a hamstring injury. He’s a top flier in PPR formats.
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Indianapolis Colts – Dorsett could be in line to see more targets in Week 3 with Donte Moncrief ailing. He’ll have a role regardless as the Colts run a ton of three-wide receiver sets.
Jacob Tamme, TE, Atlanta Falcons – Has 11 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown through two weeks. He could be the second option in the passing game behind Julio Jones.
The story of Week 2 was, unfortunately, injuries. With a bevy of notable stars going down, the waiver wire will be a battleground in most leagues as people fight over backups. Make sure to get in on the fray, particularly in regards to possible long-term replacements like Jerick McKinnon (RB, MIN) and Dwayne Washington (RB, DET). Monitor practice reports throughout the week, and follow team beat reporters on social media to keep yourself as informed as possible. Understand the long-term implications of injuries so you can plan for the future. For example, soft tissue injuries can linger longer than other ailments, so players like Doug Martin, Arian Foster, and Jonathan Stewart might carry lasting risk.