Knowshon Moreno RB – 51%: The former 1st round pick has been a bust so far, but he also hasn’t gotten a true opportunity to be a team’s #1 back. He’s still not the clear cut #1 in Denver, but he did lead the team in carries for the 2nd week in a row and also has more targets out of the backfield than any other Den RB this year. Moreno had two nifty TD runs in week 2 and the primary RB in a Peyton Manning offense will always have value. Monte Ball is going to get some carries, but Moreno should continue to be Denver’s primary RB as long as he keeps producing.
Max FAAB: $30
Bernard Pierce RB – 50%: Ray Rice is questionable for Sunday and day-to-day moving forward. If Rice doesn’t play in week 2 or is out for an extended period of time then obviously Pierce’s value goes up. Even if Rice is healthy, Pierce is one of the best backup RBs to own. He had almost as many carries as Rice in week 1 (12 to 9) and will get some goal line carries regardless of Rice’s status. Pierce got 19 carries in week 2 and didn’t do a whole lot with them (3.0 YPC) but did find the end zone. Look for the Ravens to lighten Rice’s workload and give Pierce at least an even split.
Max FAAB: $15
Marlon Brown WR – 26%: Two games, two touchdowns and 6 targets in each. Pretty consistent so far. I’m on board with Brown being a factor in the Raven’s passing game. They really don’t have any one else for the #2 role and Brown has followed up a great preseason with steady performance in the first two weeks of the season. He is a solid bye week replacement right now with upside for more.
Max FAAB: $7
Eddie Royal WR – 24%: I kind of have to include the guy that is leading the league in TDs right? I would bet my job that Royal doesn’t have another 3 TD game this year, and if the odds are good enough would bet that he finishes under 10 TDs for the year. I’m just not a believer. Half of his 10 catches have gone for TDs. That would be ridiculous even if we were talking about Megatron or AJ Green, much less an undersized WR who hasn’t been relevant since 2009.
Max FAAB: $10
Jacquizz Rodgers RB -23%: Rodgers probably isn’t worth owning in anything except deep PPR leagues when starter Stephen Jackson is healthy. Unfortunately for the Falcons, they announced today that he is out 2-4 weeks. That should open up some serious playing time for Jazquizz and makes him worthy of a roster spot for the next few weeks at least.
Max FAAB: $8
Kendall Wright WR – 18%: The former 1st round pick has struggled to get on the field for a team with a weak WR group, but was given a chance in week 2 and performed well enough (7-54-1) to get more time the rest of the year. There is really no one in his way, Damian Williams has a hamstring injury and Kenny Britt is in the coaches doghouse for lazy blocking and for being Kenny Britt. The Titans don’t throw the ball much, but when they do Wright should be their primary target going forward. He’s worth a flier for your last bench spot.
Max FAAB: $5
James Starks RB – 14%: Washington’s defense must be pretty bad. LeSean McCoy ran for almost 200 yards against them in week and James Starks came back from the dead with a 132 yards rushing and 5 catches for 44 yards. Too bad they can’t play the Redskins every week. Incumbent starter Eddie Lacy is awaiting diagnosis on a concussion and no one is sure how much time he will miss. My guess is they hold him out till after the week 4 bye which gives Starks one more chance to stake a claim for some of the RB responsibilities. I don’t expect Starks to do much against a stout Bengals run D and think he will go back to the bench after the bye week, but if you need someone for week 3, he is likely to get a decent number of carries and a few catches.
Max FAAB: $5
Kenny Stills WR – 15%: Like the Saints 3rd options in the past, it just doesn’t look like Stills is going to get enough looks to be consistent every week.
Bryce Brown RB – 45%: Brown got less than 10 carries for the 2nd week in a row. It just doesn’t look like Kelly trusts him enough to be part of the Eagles explosive running game. Too bad.
Rod Streater WR – 10%: The Oak / Jac game was so ugly that an Orlando TV station apologized for showing it. If Oakland’s skill players can’t produce against the Jags, I just can’t justify keeping them on this list.
Terrelle Pryor QB – 25%: See above
Graduated (owned in more than 60%)
Julius Thomas TE – 90%
Julian Edelman WR – 83%
Joique Bell RB – 76%