Strategy session: Six-pack of fantasy insight from Standig, De Lima, Murphy
4. Tomorrow's "pickup" today: Which off-the-grid player will fantasy owners be targeting on waivers next week?
Matt De Lima: I've only added him in dynasty leagues, but his name is Joseph Fauria. He's a rookie tight end in Detroit. I'm tired of Brandon Pettigrew (he's a perennial underachiever) and I think Fauria takes his job slowly but surely as the season wears on.
Brian Murphy: Knile Davis. Jamaal Charles is already nicked up with a soft-tissue injury in his legs. You never like to hear about stuff like that for a running back, especially this early in the season. There's a chance this quad strain could nag him. Charles has been limited in practice this week and he's expected to play Sunday, but I just have a bad feeling about this. You have to know who Charles' clear handcuff is.
Ben Standig: Probably can't consider Marlon Brown off the radar anymore and folks know about Chad Henne, but the QB position is such that he might not be a waiver wire pickup anytime soon. Therefore, Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer it is. Middle of August he appeared headed to a starting gig after Le'Veon Bell went down with a foot injury, but then the Steelers waived Dwyer before the season opener for financial reasons. Now he's back and by next week he could be inserted into the starting lineup seeing as Isaac Redman is no good. Pittsburgh's upcoming schedule is brutal, but touches are touches.
5. Favorite Week 2 sleeper RB not named Ben Tate
Standig: Unless Chip Kelly is certifiable, the Eagles coach cannot call LeSean McCoy's number 31 times as a runner. Bryce Brown received nine carries in the opener. Look for more touches in Week 2 against a suspect San Diego defense. If the Eagles bury the Chargers, Kelly should dial up plenty of touches for Brown in the second half. Deep league Flex option.
De Lima: DeAngelo Williams. We've been waiting for years for the Panthers to give the ball to one back and one back only. Now we finally have it and none of us can appreciate it. We're that jaded with Williams and unfortunately, I don't have him in any league since I was grabbing RBs very early this year.
Murphy: I think there are a bunch of bad matchups for the mid-range, flex running backs this week. So, I'll go way down the list to No. 47, Roy Helu. He will be on the field often as the Redskins are unable to stop the Packers' offense and forced to play from behind for another week. He's worth a look if you need a PPR flex option.
6. For the season, Julius Thomas or Jordan Cameron?
Murphy: Well, let's see: I openly doubted Thomas' staying power following his Week 1 performance, and the only player I've loved more than Jared Cook this year (from OTAs through the preseason) is Cameron. I'm certainly not getting off this train after he put up 108 yards and a score against the Dolphins. Even when Josh Gordon comes back, Cameron will still be a top target in Cleveland. There are a lot more mouths to feed in Denver.
De Lima: Cameron. I expect Thomas to be boom or bust week to week. I feel like I can count on Cameron for six-and-60 every week, with a touchdown every other week. Plus he's just so handsome.
Standig: The call is Cameron and it comes down to simple math. Denver has three dynamic wide receivers. You know their names. Cleveland has one with potential in Josh Gordon. That's it, that's the list. Greg Little and Davone Bess are decent options. At his position, Cameron looks much better than decent. Same for Thomas, but his owners should expect inconsistent targets due to the Broncos deeper options.