Fantasy studs and duds: Marshawn Lynch ready to rebound at home
Injuries are already taking their toll on fantasy teams, which makes roster depth even more important in the final week before byes start kicking in.
RB Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks: The offensive line can take some blame for Lynch’s struggles (114 rushing yards, no TDs). Look for Seattle to recommit to the running game at home.
TE Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears: Bennett has 13 targets through two games. But with Jimmy Clausen taking over for injured Jay Cutler, the short-range passing game should be featured.
QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: The Dallas Cowboys have snuffed out two erratic quarterbacks, but the Falcons are running a dangerous machine offensively — especially with Julio Jones playing at this level — and will test this vulnerable secondary.
RB Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns: He barreled for 72 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. The Oakland Raiders haven’t offered much resistance to running backs, allowing three TDs to the position in two games.
WR Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins: He has snared 12 of his 15 targets, including one for a TD. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been surprisingly precise.
WR Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles: It’s not just because QB Sam Bradford looks lost. Matthews is this week’s unfortunate visitor to Revis Island. Start him at your own risk against New York Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis.
QB Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills: Taylor’s garbage-time work was extensive in Week 2. Unfortunately, his first road game as starter will be a wake-up call. The Miami Dolphins’ devastating pass rush and competent coverage in the defensive backfield will drown out the rising slinger.
RB Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals: Two fumbles last week have Giovani Bernard inching closer to taking over as the No. 1 back. This is a backfield you play week-to-week, and quicker Bernard has a better chance against the Baltimore Ravens’ front seven.
RB T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars: Results are mixed in his first NFL games: 3.3 yards a carry, six catches. But the New England Patriots have been one of the best fantasy matchups for running backs. Yeldon should see 20-plus touches in an effort to keep Tom Brady off the field.
RB David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals: Johnson’s stock is climbing after he scored via a run and a return in Week 2.
RB Lance Dunbar, Dallas Cowboys: Expect Dunbar to line up in the slot frequently and haul in plenty of dump-offs from Brandon Weeden.
WR Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams: Austin isn’t a frequently targeted wideout, but he has rushing and return scores, and the Pittsburgh Steelers pass defense has been susceptible to the big play.