Week 2: Pickups of the Week
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With Marques Colston gone for a few weeks and Lance Moore's status for this week uncertain, someone has to step up to reap the benefits of one of the league's most prolific passing attacks. Last week two someones stepped up: Henderson and Meachem. Meachem has already been scooped up in a majority of leagues, but Henderson remains widely available. Usually, the problem with gambling on Saints wide receivers is that there are so many to pick from -- and Brees tends to take turns making each one a winner. Since the field has been narrowed down, your odds of landing the right WR have increased considerably. Ante up with Henderson and parlay a low cost, low risk bet into a tidy profit.
Last year's Patriots proved that tight end teammates could both have fantasy value as Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski combined for 87 catches, more than 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns between them. In Washington, Fred Davis will share time with Chris Cooley this season with the team set to run more two-TE sets. Cooley is still on the mend, so Davis, a valued Rex Grossman red zone target, should prove to be the better of the two. Remember that Davis managed six touchdowns and more than 400 yards during the nine games Cooley missed back in 2009. After reaching the century mark on opening day, he looks like a definite breakout candidate and the surer TE option going forward.MyFantasyLeague availability: 94%
No more Ochocinco, no more T.O. And with two rookie wideouts starting in their place, Jermaine Gresham is suddenly thrust into the role of the trusted veteran of this Cincinnati receiving corps. That means not only an increase in targets, but also a big uptick in the number of red zone passes that will come his way. Gresham showed promise last year and it looks like he'll take a big step forward in 2011. We have him ranked 11th, but much of the fantasy community still seems to be on the fence. Right now Gresham is owned in fewer than 43 per cent of MyFantasyLeague.com leagues. Don't expect that to last much longer.MyFantasyLeague availability: 100%
A change of teams sometimes dooms a fantasy kicker -- but not so with David Akers. Those who abandoned him when he left the high-octane Eagles had their eyes opened by his four field goal opening day performance. Whether it's with a wide open high-scoring team, or an ultra conservative one, Akers continues to be one of the most reliable kicking options out there.MyFantasyLeague availability: 69%
The Colts offense is in shambles and there doesn't look to be any help on the horizon. With no Peyton Manning at the helm, Indianapolis was a rudderless ship, swamped by the storming Texans. Kerry Collins looked more like the out of shape guy who had been prematurely torn from his couch than the viable Week 1 pickup he was touted to be in this column (insert sheepish look from author). The Cleveland D looked capable against the Bengals; they could look like stars this week against the Colts. In fact, why not just go ahead and upgrade every Colts opponent until we see some signs of life from either their running game or Manning.