There was talk of a timeshare between DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, but Murray is the clear lead back after out-touching Henry, 18-7, and finding the end zone twice against an imposing Vikings defense. He faces a defense that shut down the Colts’ rushing attack, although it’s a far weaker one than what the Titans can boast thus far. Murray is a steady RB2 with touchdown upside.
After leading the Titans receivers in targets and snap percentage in his NFL debut, Tajae Sharpe can be looked to regularly as a WR3/flex option and has upside against a burnable Lions secondary. Delanie Walker deserves a look as a TE1 as well, despite a quiet start to the season against one of the NFL’s better defenses.
Marcus Mariota offers quite the ceiling against a defense that got roasted for 385 passing yards and four touchdowns in Week 1. Though he doesn’t provide the same floor Andrew Luck does, Mariota is still worth a look in 12-14 team leagues for teams that subscribe to the strategy of streaming quarterbacks.
Henry, Rishard Matthews and Andre Johnson have usage concerns and don’t deserve starting consideration.
Matthew Stafford is playing at another level since Jim Bob Cooter took over as offensive coordinator, and in a game script that required the Lions to air it out, Stafford didn’t disappoint. He is a top-flight QB1 once again in Week 2.
Marvin Jones and Golden Tate were plenty involved and should be going forward, but Jones demonstrated his knack for big plays while Tate was more involved around the line of scrimmage. Jones has the higher ceiling, while Tate has the higher floor of the two, but both present value as WR3/flex options.
Theo Riddick resumed his role as a PPR monster and should be started in all of those formats as well.
Ameer Abdullah exploded in Week 1 and was heavily involved. The concern is that he missed out on a goal-line opportunity to Dwayne Washington and could have his ceiling hampered by this circumstance, as well as losing snaps in the passing game to Riddick. Abdullah has a great matchup, but his low floor needs to be considered as well.
Eric Ebron caught all of his targets and played 91 percent of the Lions’ snaps, but hasn’t distinguished himself from a crowded receiving corps. He should only be considered in deep formats, even at a position as shallow as tight end.