By: Steven Tauro
September 24, 2020
The first two weeks of the 2020 NFL season are in the books and so much has happened already! There have been a ton of injuries, as well as some players and teams over performing, while others have under performed. This article will make up for some of your lost fantasy production due to injury or simply just being unlucky!
Ryan Tannehill QB Tennessee Titans
The 2019 Comeback Player of the Year is still on his revenge tour with the Titans being 2-0 and not throwing a single interception yet this season! After an offseason that included a luxurious contract extension, Tannehill still isn't getting the respect he deserves! Through the first two weeks of the NFL season the QB is ranked 13 for his position, with a total of 46 fantasy points! Only being rostered in 57% of leagues, Tannehill can be a free upgrade at your Quarterback position, having scored more fantasy points that Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady. Arthur Smith, the Titans Offensive Coordinator, has work wonders with the former 1st round pick and may be a coveted coach this offseason.
Russell Gage WR Atlanta Falcons
This is definitely not a common name but when you look at the team and numbers, you'll begin to understand. Atlanta's inability to control a game and play with the lead is continuing to show as it has for years. Russell Gage has emerged as a great fantasy option this year for many reasons. First, not having Julio Jones 100% healthy will help spread the ball around, which is a big reason why Calvin Ridley has been outstanding. Another reason to be confident going forward with Gage, who's only rostered in 49% of leagues, is the volume he's getting and the amount of passing attempts for Matt Ryan. Through just the first two weeks of the season Gage has seen 21 total targets and Matt Ryan has attempted 90 passes. VOLUME.
Mecole Hardman WR Kansas City Chiefs
One of the fastest players in all of football, Mecole Hardman is an extremely talented playmaker! Being a part of that Kansas City offense is obviously a huge advantage when it comes to Fantasy Football and is something that fantasy owners try and target. So far this year Hardman hasn't been too flashy, but on any given Sunday he can explode for a huge day. Only being rostered in 32% of leagues, I believe Hardman is always a great plug and play option. His ability to change the game off of one play is too great to not earn a bench spot across most leagues, especially with the injuries to all players around the NFL. Not to mention that Sammy Watkins is one of those players with an injury!
Logan Thomas TE Washington Football Team
Finding a good and healthy Tight End in Fantasy Football is extremely difficult when you choose not to draft the position early. After the guys like Kittle, Kelce, and Andrews get drafted there are only a couple of guys worth pursuing after that, especially when trying to shape a winning team! Obviously if Week 3 is approaching and your streaming Tight Ends already through the waiver wire then you might be apart of the unlucky group of fantasy owners. Any name from Washington besides Terry McLaurin is extremely difficult to trust, but Ron Rivera has always consistently used the tight end and Logan Thomas' numbers reflect that after the first two weeks. For a guy who is only rostered in 30% of leagues, 17 targets already is pretty encouraging.
Golden Tate WR New York Giants
Golden Tate has been a household name around the NFL for quite some time now. Although his time with the Giants hasn't paid off yet, I believe this is a guy that can be targeted on the waiver wire to help your fantasy rosters, only being rostered in 36% of leagues! With the injuries to Saquon Barkley and Sterling Shepard, the Giants are going to have to scheme up a lot of offense to make up for their lost production. It is a huge shocker that the Giants have started the season 0-2, which will probably mean that down the stretch Daniel Jones will be throwing the ball a ton. Obviously Darius Slayton has impressed and Evan Engram has disappointed, but with Tate getting healthy, I expect one of the leagues best receivers in Yards After Catch (YAC) to pick up some slack.
Joshua Kelley RB Los Angeles Chargers
Joshua Kelley has stuck out enough to get some recognition already as a fantasy option going forward. This name will continue to grow as the Chargers provide a more clear vision, but there is still a lot to figure out. Who will be the Quarterback going forward for the team? Will this team be as competitive as they looked against the Cheifs? Were the team issues against the Bengals from Tyrod? I know it may not seem like these questions matter, but I believe the answers to these questions help shape out the role of the Running Back behind Austin Ekeler. It is clear that with Justin Jackson being hurt, and Kelly playing well that he'll have some sort of a role, the question is just going to be how consistent will the rookie be. Being owned in 60% of leagues is a good start, but an impressive Week 3 performance will make that number skyrocket.
Desean Jackson WR Philedelphia Eagles
Another household name on the list, Desean Jackson has been a scary vertical threat wherever he's played throughout his career. The Eagles are looking rough to start the season, but in a depleted Wide Receiver group, DJax is still the #1. Carson Wentz clearly favors throwing to the Tight End, which would drive people away from Desean, but after the injury to Jalen Reagor and only being owned in 52% of leagues, Jackson is a great find on the waivers. The Eagles need to get the speedster going if they plan on winning games this year.
Drew Sample TE Cincinnati Bengals
After watching Thursday Night Football we learned a lot about Joe Burrow and the Bengals. Even though Cincinnati didn't come away with the victory there were a lot of positive takeaways. The most obvious one being that C.J. Uzomah was emerging as a top target for Joe Burrow before he got hurt and is now out for the year. Unless the Bengals explore their Tight End options via Free Agency or Trade, I expect Drew Sample to step up and be the TE 1. We saw that there is some potential for Drew Sample with a couple of catches, including a one hand snag. Boyd, Mixon, and Green will continue to play their role and probably even more now, but Sample could be a sneaky option in some deep leagues, especially only being rostered in 6% of leagues.
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