Now its time to think about Week 3 and what you’re gonna do to counteract all those injuries that have popped up. Many a league has been won based on what a fantasy team’s owner does when his top players are ailing. Here’s a few potential game savers for your fantasy league
Eddie Royal, WR, Chargers
Forget must-add, this is a must start. With injuries plaguing the Chargers WR corps, Eddie Royal has emerged as a legit number 1 WR. He quietly leads the league in TDs and produced a whopping 170 yards and 3 of them last week. With no help from the run game, the Chargers will look to use Royal’s speed to beat DBs down the field and score. Look for some very big games coming up against the Titans, Raiders and Cowboys, who have given up a combined 13 passing TDs already this young season.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Texans
Here’s another WR that will benefit from injuries. With Andre Johnson questionable on in the injury report, the man who was an integral part of the Texans’ comeback win last week against the Titans, DeAndre Hopkins should see a ton of targets from Matt Schaub. They play the Ravens this week, who we all remember got torched for 7 passing TDs in week 1, which makes Hopkins a viable no. 2, but definitely a must start if Andre Johnson can’t go.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons
Reports are now saying that RB Steven Jackson will be on the shelf 2-4 weeks with a thigh injury. That leaves the Rodgers and Jason Snelling to pick up the slack. If you have Jackson on your team, it would be a good idea to pick up either one of these two, but I like Rodgers more than Snelling for a couple of reasons. Snelling got a touchdown last week, but Rodgers got the bulk of the carries. Rodgers is a dynamic traditional back while Snelling is more of a bruising fullback, and with receivers like Julio Jones, you can bet that Snelling’s number won’t be called that much. Look for the Rams to call a lot of nickel and dime coverages which will open up the middle for Rodgers to get touches off draws and checkdowns.
Without the offensive woes, the Jets could have probably won the game last Thursday night against the Patriots. If there’s one bright spot in this club, it’s the defense. Say what you want about Rex Ryan, but he has found a way to get his group, which is full of no-name rookies and 3-year backups, to be #2 in total defense so far this season. Very impressive for a team who supposedly has no hope. You have to feel optimistic about the Bills coming to town, who are led by their own inept rookie QB in E.J. Manuel and Stevie “butterfingers” Johnson. Rex has has an extra long week to prepare for the Bills, and I fully expect the Jets to get some turnovers and if not some points for sacks (9 sacks already this season)and PA. The Jets can bring the heat and I expect that may rattle EJ and force some turnovers.