Week 3: PPR Watch
Caution - Thee touchdowns in 2 weeks will get you a lot of well deserved attention. Chandler is flying off the waiver wire, and as I discuss later, there is a lot to be said for anyone with a set place in this Bills offense. There is no doubt Fitzpatrick likes the 6'7 TE in the endzone. He's had 6 looks there to go along with his 3 scores, but this is PPR and for now I still see him as a backup only. Chandler had just 2 catches for 16 yards against Oakland, and there isn't a proven track record to fall back on. This week Buffalo goes up against New England, fresh off completely shutting down Antonio Gates. The Pats won't give Chandler the same double coverage respect all game long, but they've been tough over the middle anyway, will focus on him in the redzone, and you probably have someone more proven.
Avoid - It almost feels unfair to pile on the Chiefs, but the developments in Kansas City these first 2 weeks are one of the most significant storylines in the NFL. Bowe had a decent day on Sunday, with 5 meaningless receptions for 101 meaningless yards. Not bad for fantasy purposes, but while Cam Newton is busy throwing for 400 yards a game, Matt Cassel has yet to go over 300 yards for the whole season. With numbers like that, it's hard to get very excited about Bowe (who's never been a consistent player anyway). The Chiefs carry their 0-2 burden into San Diego, and it's about as bad a match-up as you can find. Bowe had a total of 2 catches for 16 yards against the Chargers in TWO GAMES last year, and Kansas City has obviously taken several steps backwards as a team. There's help on the waiver wire with guys like Decker, Nelson, and Moore and I'd at least consider starting any of them over Bowe in week 3.
Sleeper - If I haven't said it before, I should have. I love big Wide Receivers. Everyone does. And I like them even better when they play on an excellent offense, which is exactly what the Bills look like after 2 weeks. Don't let the depth chart fool you, Nelson -- operating from the slot -- is Fitzpatrick's second favorite target. He may not have 10 catches every week, but with his size and ball skills he's going to be a threat as possession guy as well as an end-zone target. After a game winning reception, and probably a million write-ups this week, Nelson is going to be on every-ones radar. Don't be afraid to use a waiver on him if you want to wrap him up. It looks like everyone is going to be playing from behind against the Patriots this year, which means a lot of passing for the Bills and a lot of opportunity for Nelson.