Week 2: Player Upgrades
Expectations for WR Titus Young are likely dropping after an underwhelming first week of the season. Young caught one pass for 14 yards against the Rams and with the white-hot hyped San Francisco 49ers up next on the schedule, it seems like a given to sit the second-year wideout. Not so fast, my friend! Fantasy football is not only about matchup, it's also about scheme. The 49ers' formidable pass rush is going to force the Lions to make a lot of short passes. Just look at what Green Bay WR Randall Cobb did in Week 1 when he caught nine passes for 77 yards. Young will be given free license to work those underneath routes which the 49ers happily allow defenses to take at will. In standard scoring leagues, Young should probably sit; yet he's a big upgrade in PPR formats.
There are a number of tight ends receiving attention after just one game of the regular season, yet if there's one who still may be under the radar, it has to be TE Coby Fleener. He is currently tied for 13th in the NFL in receiving targets after seeing 10 passes come his way in Week 1. His undeniable chemistry with QB Andrew Luck is going to pay fantasy dividends so if he's still available in your league, add him ASAP. Fleener caught six passes for 82 yards against the Chicago Bears, a team typically known for providing a solid defense against tight ends. Indy isn't going to score 30-plus points anytime soon so most of Fleener's value will be found in PPR leagues. If he emerges as a reliable target in the red zone, his fantasy value will continue to blossom. Don't remain too attached to an underperforming tight end (i.e. Dustin Keller) since the low-scoring tendencies of the position make it more ripe for big scoring fluctuations from season to season.