Just two games into the 2016 NFL regular season and the fantasy football landscape is vastly different than it was a couple of weeks ago. The Cleveland Browns will already be starting their third different quarterback this weekend in as many weeks, and the league’s current rushing leader is the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 33-year-old backup running back, DeAngelo Williams.
Week 3 will not be any easier to predict, but we are going to do our best in preventing fantasy owners from falling victim to any lopsided trades that could land the rest of their season completely in the gutter.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
For a rookie quarterback who did not even think he would play this year, Prescott is currently performing better for the Cowboys than many thought possible. He has yet to throw a touchdown pass in 2016, but he has run for one and his running ability only adds to his potential fantasy value.
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
When the Dolphins hired the offensive mastermind known as Adam Gase as their new head coach this offseason, many thought Tannehill would be one of Miami’s immediate beneficiaries. He is off to a bit of a slow start so far this season, yet he ranks as the 11th-best fantasy quarterback in the NFL through two weeks.
With Gase leading the way, Tannehill could still evolve into one of the league’s top fantasy quarterbacks before the year comes to an end.
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
For whatever reason, the Falcons have decided that one of the NFL’s best running backs from a season ago, Devonta Freeman, should not be on the field as much in 2016. This has allowed Coleman to get more snaps and average 13.5 touches per game this season and even average more fantasy points per game than Freeman so far.
On the flip side, Coleman could also have a ton of trade value right now given the uncertainty as to how long he can keep up his current rate of production. He may be worth the risk for fantasy owners to acquire players that already have the reputation of being consistent fantasy producers.
Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks
With Seahawks starting running back Thomas Rawls slowly working back into the lineup while recovering from an ankle injury, Michael has been picking up the slack. In his fourth NFL season, Michael finally seems to be producing like Seattle had hoped when they selected him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets
Listed as the third receiver on the Jets depth chart, Enunwa currently has more catches (13) in New York’s first two games than any receiver on his team. It is clear that Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick trusts his young receiver and he looks like just another weapon for New York to have in its offense.
Jamison Crowder, Washington
Crowder, like Enunwa, is also listed on his team’s current depth chart as the team’s third receiver and yet he is still tied for the team lead in receptions (12) and targets (18) after two weeks. He is definitely benefiting from the attention that his teammates DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon are getting from opposing defenses.
Jacob Tamme, Atlanta Falcons
With the Falcons looking like their offense is more focused on the passing game this year, Tamme’s production as a pass catcher should remain consistent.
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
His upside certainly picked up after he threw four touchdowns in Week 1 but the second-year quarterback came back down to earth in Week 2 with four interceptions. Winston’s trade value may not be any higher this season than it is right now, so fantasy owners should act fast if they any doubts about the Buccaneers quarterback.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Despite only throwing for one touchdown in his first two games, Wilson is still averaging the most passing yards per game of his career this season. His threat as a runner is what has made the Seahawks quarterback to valuable in the past, but an ankle injury seems to have slowed him down.
Fantasy owners may want to see what they can get for Wilson right now before they are left scouring the waiver wire for a quarterback who can actually provide some value to their team.
Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
As mentioned earlier, for whatever reason, the Falcons are decreasing Freeman’s workload this season and the running back’s fantasy value is heading underground. The Atlanta running back finished fifth in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage in 2015 and thus his fantasy value for this year skyrocketed before the season began.
But now, he has begun the year splitting snaps with Tevin Coleman in Atlanta’s offensive backfield. Trading Freeman now, before his value falls even more, may be a smart option for fantasy owners to act upon.
Matt Jones, Washington
Before the season began, some thought that Jones would have the opportunity to be Washington’s three-down back in 2016. While his production has been decent this year, Jones has been splitting snaps with fellow Washington running back Chris Thompson.
Jones only had 11 more snaps than Thompson during the team’s loss to the Cowboys in Week 2. It might be best for fantasy owners to see what they can get for Jones before his value disappears.
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks
With his quarterback currently struggling (see above), Baldwin’s fantasy value has been continuing to fall as well. It is extremely hard to convince fantasy owners to start any of Seattle’s receivers in their lineup until the Seahawks can figure out what is wrong with their offense.
Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham is also getting more and more involved in the offense as the weeks go by and this will likely lead to fewer balls being thrown Baldwin’s way.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers
No one was more happy to see Packers receiver Jordy Nelson return to the team this season than his quarterback Aaron Rodgers. On the other side, no group of people were less happy with Nelson’s return than the fantasy owners of Cobb.
To make matters worse, Rodgers and Green Bay’s offense have been struggling to produce this year. However, fantasy owners should still be able to convince potential trade partners that the Packers offense will pick up and Cobb will be worth acquiring.
Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots
The Patriots could not have asked for a better replacement than Bennett to fill in for All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski. Bennett is currently tied for the team lead in targets and second on the team in receiving yards.
The pace of those numbers is likely going to decrease when Gronkowski returns to the lineup, which could happen as soon as this Thursday.