Players on the Rise – Week 2

September 13, 2017 | insideinjuries | No Comments

Marquis Lee

After the catastrophic injury of Allen Robinson, the Jaguars will be looking for spots to spread around the offense. The two likely targets to receive more looks are Allen Hurns and Marquis Lee, the two of which have had pretty similar numbers in their career. But my money is on Marquis Lee picking up more than his share of the slack as Blake Bortles continues to try to attack through the air. Allen Hurns should also be considered for the same reason.

Chris Johnson

Another huge injury in the fantasy world was Cardinals’ RB David Johnson going down with a dislocated wrist. He is going to be out for almost the entirety of the season. There are a lot of options for the Cardinals to replace him, but none of them are tremendous. Andre Ellington is a decent threat for the passing game, and Kerwynn Williams is a speedy guy who could get some looks, but odds are that Johnson will jump to the top of the depth chart as the guy with the most experience and most balanced skill set. It’s hard to say if he will be effective, but he will more than likely get the most looks for now.

Kareem Hunt

Kareem Hunt is a rookie out of Toledo that had an absolutely monster first game. He was drafted in the 3rd round this summer by the Chiefs to replace the hole Jamaal Charles had left, and it sure has worked out so far. He was effective carrying the ball and receiving, combining 17 carries for 148 yards and 5 receptions for 98 more. He was almost the exclusive carrier for the Chiefs in the game, so you can feel safe that he will continue to get a solid work load. Could be Rookie of the Year type numbers if he keeps the production up.

Sam Bradford

Sam Bradford was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week 1, and for good reason. Bradford completed 27 of his 32 pass attempts, accumulating 346 yards . He also had three touchdowns and a career-high passer rating of 143.0 in Minnesota’s 29-19 win over New Orleans. The Vikings should be an offensive team to watch with a great stable of running backs, including rookie Dalvin Cook and a 2016 fantasy sleeper in Latavius Murray. They have a great TE option in Kyle Rudolph and interesting guys on the wings, including Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Laquon Treadwell. And it all centers around Bradford, who looks to lead an explosive season for the Vikings. You may not want to drop a top 5 QB for him just yet, but he is certainly worth a backup spot in 100% of leagues.

Tarik Cohen

Tarik Cohen had an explosive game against the Falcons this week in his NFL debut. He was one of the only offensive pieces working for the Bears, and it shows a promising future for the young back. Cohen especially excelled in the passing game, catching 8 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. If you haven’t watched the highlights yet, go do it now. He is explosive, elusive, and quick. He will be the perfect playmaker type for the Bears to play all over the field, including Jordan Howard’s second fiddle.

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