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Knile Davis fantasy player to pick up after Jamaal Charles injury

Knile Davis

Looking to scoop up a running back following an injury during Week 2 of the NFL season? Knile Davis may be your man.

Jamaal Charles left Sunday’s game against the Broncos in the first quarter with an ankle injury. There’s been no determination yet on his status, but Davis came in and immediately carried the load for KC.

Davis, 22, was a third-round pick by the Chiefs last season out of Arkansas. He had 245 yards and four touchdowns on 71 carries as a rookie, which only measured out to a 3.5 yards per carry average. While he is much less talented than Charles, the running back in an Andy Reid offense often sees a lot of work running and catching the ball.

If the Jamaal Charles owner in your fantasy league was sleeping and failed to handcuff him with Davis, you should seriously look into swooping in and grabbing him.

AJ Green fantasy – out for game with toe injury, has turf toe

AJ Green

For the first time in his career, AJ Green registered a catchless game.

Green entered Sunday’s game between the Bengals and Falcons with a right toe injury and was not able to play through it. He tried to block on a running play but aggravated the injury and pointed to the sidelines to indicate he needed to come out.

Shortly thereafter, the Bengals announced Green would be out for the rest of the game, which is a huge blow to them and fantasy teams. Green’s injury was later reported to be turf toe, which is an injury that often sticks with a player for multiple weeks.

Without Green, the fantasy receivers who will see more action are Mohamed Sanu, Jeremy Hill, Brandon Tate and Dane Sanzenbacher. The Bengals like to dump off to Gio Bernard and utilize their tight ends, so we’re not expecting huge numbers for their receivers not named AJ Green.

Owen Daniels a fantasy option at tight end

Owen Daniels Ravens

Owen Daniels had an excellent game for the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night and caught two touchdowns in his team’s 26-6 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, making him seem like a popular fantasy football pickup possibility. But don’t get too excited.

Daniels caught all five of his targets for 28 yards and the two scores. In Week 1, he caught four passes on six targets for 34 yards.

Daniels is a veteran who spent eight seasons with the Houston Texans, catching 29 touchdowns in 100 career games. He’s a capable player and will continue to receive some targets for Baltimore, but is he worth a fantasy football pickup? That depends on how your tight end situation looks.

Dennis Pitta is still the top tight end target for the Ravens. Though he only saw four targets and caught three passes on Thursday night, he was targeted 14 times and caught 10 passes in the season opener. We anticipate both players will see plenty of action moving forward as long as they’re healthy, but Pitta will probably see more targets than Daniels.

I would recommend picking up Daniels in fantasy only if 3-4 points per week from your tight end is an improvement over what you currently have.

Isaiah Crowell, Terrance West fantasy options after Ben Tate injury

Isaiah Crowell Browns

I’m sure this comes as a huge shock to you, but Ben Tate got hurt in his first game with the Cleveland Browns.

Tate suffered a knee injury during the Browns’ opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers and was declared out for the rest of the game. In his place, rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell (pictured) saw plenty of action and are now on the fantasy radar.

West and Crowell split carries after Tate exited the game. Crowell even scored two touchdowns in the third quarter.

Browns head coach Mike Pettine hinted at disappointment with West during the preseason but was not shy about using him in the opener. As of midway through the fourth quarter, West had more than doubled both Tate and Crowell in carries.

Crowell, despite being an undrafted free agent, was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school and was SEC Freshman of the Year, so the kid definitely has talent. He looks like the better player of the two, so we wouldn’t be surprised if they started giving him more action than West before long.

Keep your eye on this situation and monitor both Crowell and West for potential fantasy additions pending Tate’s status. West is probably owned in many leagues as a handcuff to Tate.

Benny Cunningham on fantasy radar, sharing reps with Zac Stacy

Benny CunninghamSt. Louis Rams running back Zac Stacy was expected to be a true workhorse for his team in 2014, but the Rams’ pregame walkthrough combined with recent reports has led to some concern for his fantasy owners. Is Benny Cunningham working his way into the mix?

The Rams said earlier this week that they plan to use a “hot hand approach” with Stacy and Cunningham. While it appears that Stacy is still the starter and going to get the first shot at carries, he may be on a short leash.

Stacy will likely still be the Rams’ early-down and goal-line back, but the situation is worth monitoring. If you drafted Stacy early, you should already have Cunningham as a handcuff. If you don’t have Cunningham, he is definitely worth targeting on the waiver wire in case this turns into a timeshare situation.

H/T Rotoworld

Josh Gordon fantasy value rising, could return by Week 2

Josh GordonThose of you who took a chance on Josh Gordon in your fantasy drafts this season or held onto him as a keeper may soon be rewarded for your loyalty to the Cleveland Browns wide receiver. According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the NFL’s revised drug policy, if approved, could have Gordon back on the field as early as Week 2.

Under the new policy, which is still being negotiated by the NFL and NFL Players Association, the threshold for a positive marijuana test would be 50 nanograms per milliliter. Gordon’s sample measured 16 ng/ml, which would be well below the threshold. Gordon is in Stage Three of the league’s drug program, which would mean any failed test results in a one-year suspension. But if the threshold is raised that much, his test would become negative.

As Cabot notes, there is still some confusion as to whether Gordon’s failed test would be considered part of the new league year. The new league year started March 11, and it is unclear if the new policy will apply to players who tested positive after the start of the new league year or those who were suspended after March 11. Cabot reports that the NFL has known about Gordon’s suspension since February, which could complicate his situation.

In addition, let us not forget that Gordon was also busted for a DWI back in July. The NFL is reportedly seeking a minimum two-game suspension for first-time DWI offenders. Gordon’s hearing for his DWI has been pushed back to November, meaning if he is found guilty he could wind up serving a two-game suspension for that later in the season.

There are obviously still a lot of moving parts, but the future suddenly looks bright for Gordon and Wes Welker. Nothing is set in stone, but we wouldn’t blame fantasy owners if they started getting a little giddy.

James Starks fantasy value on rise with Eddie Lacy concussion

James StarksIt didn’t take long for Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy to remind his fantasy owners that they should have handcuffed him with James Starks. Lacy, whose bruiser running style makes him susceptible to injuries, suffered another concussion on Thursday night. The concussion is his second in 18 career NFL games.

Even before Lacy went down, Starks got a handful of touches and looked impressive with them. He carried the ball seven times for 37 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards. For whatever reason, he seemed to be more effective (5.3 yards per carry) than Lacy, who carried the ball 12 times for just 34 yards (2.8 YPC).

While it’s hard to draw any conclusions against a dominant Seattle Seahawks defense, it’s obvious Starks needs to be rostered in most fantasy formats. Lacy is far more talented and has a higher ceiling, but his latest concussion is a major concern. The former Alabama star appeared to suffer the head injury while running through Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.

Lacy, who is not very fast, is most effective when he runs through tackles. The question now becomes if his body can hold up to his running style. It’s quite possible Lacy could be cleared by next weekend and still be leaned on as Green Bay’s workhorse, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Packers coach Mike McCarthy started giving Starks more snaps in an attempt to keep Lacy healthy. And if Lacy misses any time, Starks would get the bulk of the carries in a fantastic offense. Pick him up as quickly as you can.