Week Two Wide Receiver and Running Back Sleepers

Week One has concluded and we’re faced with more questions heading into Week Two. If you missed last week’s sleepers here is a quick breakdown:

Wide Receivers:

  • Dionate Johnson, Steelers, WR53
  • Preston Williams, Dolphins, WR72

Running Backs:

  • James Robinson, Jaguars, RB31
  • Boston Scott, Eagles, RB43
  • Marlon Mack, Colts, RB39

There have been multiple injuries to occur already in just the first week of the NFL season. When it comes to my Week Two Wide Receiver and Running Back Sleepers, there will be three players for each position. I’ve chosen these players based on their Week One performances and/or their new opportunities due to injuries.

Wide Receivers

Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers

It was always a question of who would emerge as the #2 receiver in Green Bay. People speculated Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Aaron Jones, or possibly an incoming Free Agent. After Sunday, Lazard has shown he is the clear second receiver. In a blowout win against Minnesota, he racked up four catches for 63 yards and one score. In Week Two, the Packers face the Lions who allowed Mitchell Trubisky to throw all over them. Aaron Rodgers could finish as the top signal-caller and that is great news for Lazard.

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

This was a quiet performance from the Bengals top wideout. He did however lead the team in targets, catches, and receiving yards. Rookie quarterback, Joe Burrow, obviously feels comfortable throwing to Green. Against a Cleveland defense, Green shouldn’t have a problem with having a good game this Thursday. His floor is as a top 30 wideout, but he has a top 10 ceiling. Fire him up as your WR2, WR3, or Flex this week.

CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys

An impressive rookie debut for Lamb can only be followed up with a better matchup in Week Two. Against the Rams, he finished with five catches on six targets for a total of 59 yards. He was only over shadowed by Amari Cooper, but stood above Michael Gallup. Atlanta gave up 322 passing yards and just four incompletions to Seahawks’, Russell Wilson. The Oklahoma rookie is a strong WR3 this week with top 15 upside.

Running Backs

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts

Marlon Mack’s departure leaves the Colt’s backfield in a dilemma. They have rookie standout back, Jonathan Taylor, and pass catcher Nyheim Hines. Even if the Colts bring in another running back such as Lamar Miller, Hines is a great Flex and possibly RB2 for this upcoming week. On Sunday, he had 15 total touches for 73 yards and two touchdowns. His rushing numbers may increase slightly due to Mack’s injury, but his real value comes in the passing game. Hines can once again produce strong receiving stats against a Minnesota defense who struggled mightily in Week One.

Joshua Kelley, Los Angeles Chargers

It is clear, rookie Joshua Kelley will play the same role as Melvin Gordon last season. Austin Ekeler will continue to be first on the depth chart, but Kelley is a clear second. He out touched Justin Jackson 12 to 2, who many thought would be Ekeler’s backup. Good news for Kelley, Texans’ back, David Johnson, found great success against the Chiefs on the ground. If you’re looking on the waiver wire for a back who can fill in for Phillip Lindsey, James Conner, or Marlon Mack, then look no further.

Zack Moss, Buffalo Bills

Moss has a nice matchup against the Dolphins in Week Two. The Patriots ran 38 times for 217 yards and scored three rushing touchdowns. In the first week, both the rookie and Devin Singletary saw nine carries, but Singletary caught two more receptions. Moss was able to find the endzone, unlike his counterpart. As a running back who can see similar production to a widely drafted RB2/RB3, Moss can get into the endzone once again along with more than 15 total touches.

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