We are officially through 1/8th of the NFL regular season, and already some people may be thinking that their fantasy team is doomed. But not all is yet said, not all is yet done. There are those out there who can help you, protectors who can stand in and prop up your teams. Heroes we need, yet not ones we deserve. Dark Knights, if you will. Here are this weeks Fantastic Four.
Matt Ryan (Owned in 28.8% of NFL.com leagues)
Matt Ryan, the current QB1 in fantasy football after two weeks. Just like we all predicted. Ryan has carried the load well for the Falcons so far in 2016, with 730 passing yards to go with with three touchdown passes. He has a plumb matchup in Week 3, with a game against the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have surrendered the fourth most passing yards with 687, but have only conceded one passing score so far. Ryan has attempted more passes, completed more passes, gained more yards and passed for more touchdowns against the Saints than he has any other team.
Shane Vereen (5.4%)
Starting tailback Rashad Jennings was limited in practice on Wednesday, and is likely to be wearing a cast on his injured thumb for the Giants game against the Redskins. Even though he should be good to go, the generosity shown towards running backs by Washington, and Vereen’s involvement as a pass catcher, mean he has value of his own in this one. Vereen already has 20 rushing attempts this season, after just 61 in 2015, to go with his eight targets and six receptions. Through two games, only the Colts have allowed more fantasy points per game to running backs than Washington. Vereen has distinct RB3/Flex appeal in this one.
Mike Wallace (47.9%)
Mike Wallace is officially a thing again. Let us party like its 2010. Wallace has finished as a WR1 in both game weeks of the 2016 season, with his seven receptions good for 132 yards and three touchdowns. The Ravens inability to establish anything close to a ground game has led to Marc Trestman unleashing a pass heavy offense (quelle surprise), and a match up against the Jaguars means good things for Wallace. The Jags are one of three teams to have allowed five receiving touchdowns to wide receivers so far, and are giving up an average of 32 points per game to opposing wide outs. Until they prove otherwise, the Jags D is one to be targeted early and often in fantasy.
Jason Witten (54.2%)
Old Man Witten rides again to the rescue of the weekly streamer. After seeing 14 targets against the Giants in Week 1, Witten saw a sharp decrease in work last week. He saw just four targets, although he did convert three of them into 51 yards. The Bears are in the middle of the pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to tight ends in 2016, but have allowed 11 of 15 targets to be completed and saw Trey Burton of the Eagles breach the end zone on Monday Night. With stud linebacker Danny Trevathan suffering a thumb injury on Monday, safety Adrian Amos sustaining a concussion, pass rushing linebacker Lamar Houston tearing his ACL and nose tackle Eddie Goldman spraining his ankle, the Bears defense looks suddenly talent starved and ripe for the picking. Witten should see plenty of targets operating as the safe underneath option for Dak Prescott, though probably won’t challenge the 13 grabs for 112 yards he had back in 2012.