With Week 2 winding down, it’s time for a look at the fantasy football moves you need to be making heading into Week 3.
Jets WR Jermaine Kearse
The Jets may be a mess, but their last-second move to add Jermaine Kearse before the regular season began has turned into a godsend. In an offense devoid of pass-catchers, Kearse is already emerging as the top pass-catching option.
Jets final WR snap count: Jermaine Kearse 49, Robby Anderson 45, Jeremy Kerley 44, Charone Peake 9, ArDarius Stewart 8. Out of 56.— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) September 17, 2017
That came to a head in Week 2 versus the Raiders, where Kearse caught two touchdowns. He was serviceable in Week 1 against the Bills while catching seven passes for 59 yards. If you need help at wide receiver Kearse is one of, if not the best option on the waiver wire for you this week.
Ravens RB Buck Allen
It looks like Baltimore has finally shifted to Buck Allen being the featured running back. Terrance West is a nice complimentary veteran, but he was held to just 22 yards and a score on eight carries versus a porous Browns defense in Week 2.
Ravens final HB snap count: Javorius Allen 43, Terrance West 16, Alex Collins 8. Out of 68— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) September 17, 2017
However, Allen was much more effective, going for 66 yards on 14 carries. He also caught five passes for 35 yards and a score. Allen should be at or near the top of your waiver wire pickups entering Week 3.
Browns WR Rashard Higgins
Rashard Higgins made quite the debut in Week 2. After opening the season on the practice squad, Higgins was elevated to the active roster for Cleveland’s matchup with the Ravens.
Higgins ended up becoming a featured weapon, hauling in seven grabs for 95 yards. He even had one rush for four yards, putting him just one yard shy of a 100 all-purpose yards.
Browns final WR snap count: Rashard Higgins 55, Kenny Britt 42, Corey Coleman 38, Ricardo Louis 31, Sammie Coates 26. Out of 71.— Nathan Jahnke (@PFF_NateJahnke) September 17, 2017
Picking up Higgins is twofold move, as the Browns will likely rely heavily on him more now that Corey Coleman is out with a hand injury.
Cardinals RB Chris Johnson
It took all of one game for the Cardinals to change their non-David Johnson starting running back. Kerwynn Williams initially won the job, but all he could muster up was 22 yards on nine carries while catching no passes in an overtime win over the COlts.
That allowed the veteran Chris Johnson, who just signed with Arizona this past week, to take hold of the job and perform well in it. Johnson finished with 44 yards on just 11 carries. He was clearly the best back in that enigmatic offense, making Johnson a worthy waiver pickup this week.
After a big Week 1, Corey Coleman had just one catch for nine yards in Week 2, though that was mostly because he missed much of the game with a hand injury. Early reports are Coleman may have broken his hand. Even if it’s not a break, it looks bad enough that he’ll be sidelined for several weeks. He’s already a fringe guy on your roster, so this is enough to cut bait.
It looks like the Eddie Lacy experience is over in Seattle. On Sunday against a vulnerable 49ers defense, Lacy was a healthy scratch. With him out, rookie Chris Carson was the featured running back, and he looked impressive in that role. Carson finished with 93 yards on 20 carries to go with a catch for seven yards.
Thomas Rawls got five carries for four yards, so perhaps Lacy can eventually unseat him as the backup, but for now, Carson is the guy, and Lacy is not worth a roster spot on your fantasy team.
It pains me to say this, but it’s time to cut Adrian Peterson, and possibly for good. It’s become clear that Peterson just isn’t going to be used enough in New Orleans’ offense to warrant being on your fantasy team going forward.
Through two games, Peterson has just 14 carries for 44 yards and no scores or catches. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara ae better backs in this offense since they’re better pass-catchers. Peterson is good enough to have some nice moments this year, but not enough to keep on your fantasy team going forward.