Week 2 Player Rankings / Injury Updates (Podcast)
It’s time to take a second look around the league at our week two player rankings, as we get ready for the weekend. Below I have our weekly podcast with a few notable injury updates, and you can check out our updated player rankings by clicking on the position links below.
Arian Foster Coming Back Against Dolphins
While updated news on Arian Foster’s playing time seems to be changing by the hour out of Houston, on Friday, we discussed how fantasy owners should view Foster going into this weekend, as he started practicing again on Wednesday. Basically if you took Foster, you’ve tied your team to a star player who will likely take a until the end of this month, before he’s truly back to full strength in terms of his numbers and his playing time.
As it stands, the Texans are targeting around twenty touches for Foster, and that should happen as we watched the Dolphins defense fell apart against the Patriots, and they will have a short week to prepare for Houston. What Foster fans should hope for, and in all likeliness will happen, is that the Dolphins keep the game close, unlike what happen with the Colts last week.
If the Texans should roll up a big lead early, they won’t need to use Foster much in the second half and would look to Ben Tate to clean up the game in garbage time. Again, I expect the Dolphins to keep this game competitive as they’re playing in Miami and I like that the Dolphins new offensive coordinator has seemingly instilled some confidence in Chad Henne to throw the football down the field.
The Man’s Named CJ2K For A Reason
Staff writer and fellow podcast host Matt De Lima put it best when summing up Chris Johnson this week, when he pointed out that the guy has the nick name CJ2K for a reason. Johnson struggled last week, but it’s hard to pass on starting Johnson as at least a RB-2 in any week when healthy, because his offense will run through him. The Titans failed to open many holes last week, and Johnson only carried the football nine times, but he’s likely to see over twenty touches this week.
Cadillac Williams / Joseph Addai – Start Worthy Options?
If you’re looking for a quick fix at running back, Cadillac Williams and Joseph Addai are respectable gambles this week. Williams looked good against the Eagles re-worked defense, and this week he faces off against the Giants mangled bunch. With Stafford nursing a finger injury, I would expect the Giants to bring a safety down in the box to stop the run, and force Bradford to throw.
Williams won’t have the yard per carry average from last week, but I do believe the Rams are serious about giving Williams a big workload this week.
As for Addai, this is one of his few start-able matchups in the first half of the season, as the Browns gave up over 100 yards and a score to Cedric Benson last week. Look for Indianapolis to work Delone Carter into the mix, but if the defense can keep Hillis around 100 yards in this game, Addai should have a productive game.
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