Sometimes fantasy football is really tough to predict. We get things wrong – a lot. Last week on my waiver adds I’m pleased to say it went pretty well overall. West had nearly 100 total yards and a TD. Ahmad Bradshaw had a solid yardage output to go along with 2 TDs. Forsett (who I was skeptical of), had a solid if unspectacular day. Quick kept trucking along in PPR. Niles Paul went off and decided to do his best Jordan Reed impression. All in all a solid week. Let’s see if Week 2 can keep the pace:
Knile Davis / Chiefs / RB
I’m not always a fan of handcuffing but when your stud runningback’s back up looks like Knile Davis, I’d recommend it. I’ll just quote myself from my Late-Round Sleepers article:
“Knile Davis is a Christine Michael arbitrage play. He is just as athletic. Davis ran a 4.37 40 yard dash while weighing 227 lbs at the combine. That is ridiculous. Yes, he is behind one of the best running backs in football. Yes, he probably won’t be that relevant unless Jamaal Charles gets injured. However, if that does happen…lookout. The Chiefs completely rely on Jamaal Charles for their offensive firepower; he was their leading receiver for goodness sakes. If he goes down, Knile Davis will get a ton of work and he is athletic enough to put it to good use.”
Jamaal Charles went down this week. Davis should be everyone’s top target this week.
Donald Brown / Chargers / RB
I guess Ryan Matthews will never change. We have just wrapped up Week 2 and he’s already hurt. With his latest knee injury Matthew’s should be out 4-5 weeks. Danny Woodhead’s role isn’t subject to change but Donald Brown’s is. Donald Brown is a real life handcuff. The Charger’s paid him a surprising $10.5 Million contract in Free-Agency just to be a backup. Donald Brown should have a pretty respectable workload during Matthews’ absence and should easily be the goal-line back. He’s a solid 4 to 5 week stop gap if you’re in trouble at running back.
Brian Quick / Rams / WR
I pegged Quick as a Waiver Wire addition last week. I don’t think it’s cheating to put him on twice (I almost put Niles Paul on twice as well). He has 14 catches on 18 targets through two weeks. He is getting very solid volume and has always been considered a great athlete. For teams who went running back heavy I would be adding Brian Quick now. He has the size to be a stud in the redzone and through two weeks that’s all he’s missing. If Quick can receive solid QB play he could end up as a sneaky WR3 play this year.
Khiry Robinson / Saints / RB
Mark Ingram was running like we all thought he would coming out of college. He’s been on a tear his first two weeks of the 2014 season. However, in Week 2 he sustained a broken hand and will be out at least a month. In comes Khiry Robinson. Khiry received some hype this offseason when everyone thought the Saints were going to cut both Darren Sproles and Pierre Thomas. They only cut Sproles and Khiry got buried on the depth chart. He’s got plus size at 6’2, 220 lbs. He holds a healthy 4.34 YPC on limited touches. It may be too soon to tell if he can pick up where Ingram left off but he will at least get the chance. He should have a pretty decent floor most weeks since he will most likely be the goal line back.
Larry Donnell / Giants / TE
I still can’t tell if Larry Donnell is a good tight end or not. He certainly isn’t the most athletic:
|Larry Donnell||6’6″||268 lbs||4.91||12.00|
Really he profiles pretty similarly to a slightly tall but average athlete playing defensive lineman. At this point I don’t really think it matters though, since he is producing. Now take last week with a grain a salt since he played Arizona and we all know they can’t cover tight ends but through two weeks Donnell has 12 catches for 137 yards and 1 TD. He’s become Eli’s safety valve when protection breaks down…which apparently is often. Like I said, I’m not sure if he is actually any good or not but it’s hard to argue against the results he is getting. He’s perfect for those who waited on TE in their draft or are stuck waiting for Kelce and Green to get more looks.