Johnny Manziel|Cleveland Browns
We recommended Manziel last week and he performed well against the Titans. Though he only threw the ball 15 times, Manziel managed two touchdowns and 172 yards. He only had one rushing yard, and you’d obviously you like your fantasy QB to throw more than 15 times, but Manziel is going to score points regardless.
Mark Sanchez|Philadelphia Eagles
If you own Sam Bradford in a 2-QB league or in a league where all the quarterbacks are scooped up you’re probably a bit concerned. Bradford and the entire Eagles offense has been pretty bad for the first two weeks and if it continues a change is going to have to be made. Here is you first chance to be proactive and snag Sanchez before it’s too late.
Matt Jones|Washington Redskins
After an impressive preseason, Jones was talked up quite a bit and posted huge numbers week two. Against a solid Rams defense, Jones went for 146 total yards and two touchdowns. Even more interesting, Jones out touched Alfred Morris 22 to 20.
Is this a changing of the guard at the running back position in Washington? Probably not just yet, considering the QB situation, the Redskins are going to throw a lot and it will benefit both runners.
Chris Polk|Houston Texans
This is probably only a one-week thing with Arian Foster due back soon, but Polk led all Texans running backs with 16 touches and received eight targets. He only managed 47 total yards so it wasn’t pretty, but he could have some value until Foster returns in both standard and PPR leagues.
Ronnie Hillman|Denver Broncos
It’s anyone’s guess what is going to happen with C.J. Anderson but Hillman looked like the better running back against the Chiefs. On nine touches compared to Anderson’s 12, Hillman outgained him 34 to 27. For any Anderson own, Hillman is a must.
David Johnson|Arizona Cardinals
Johnson is easily the most explosive Cardinals running back, but it appears Bruce Arians isn’t going to give him the reigns to the job just yet. On Sunday, Johnson managed 43 total yards, a rushing touchdown, and a return touchdown. Johnson has looked really good, but things will become cloudier once Andre Ellington returns.
James Starks|Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy suffered an ankle injury early in the first quarter against the Seahawks and was forced to miss the game. The severity is unknown but if you own Lacy or are struggling at running back, grab Starks
Travis Benjamin|Cleveland Browns
It’s hard to recommend guys that just score touchdowns, but that’s what you’re getting with Benjamin. On Sunday, Benjamin caught three passes for 115 yards, two receiving touchdowns, and a return touchdown. Working in Benjamin’s favor is the rest of the Browns receivers are horrible, and Manziel is always going for the big play.
Leonard Hankerson|Atlanta Falcons
While Roddy White disappeared, Hankerson stepped up to the tune of six catches on 11 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. He likely hasn’t passed White as Matt Ryan’s second favorite target, but this is a high-flying passing offense that could create fantasy value for their top three receivers.
Corey Brown|Carolina Panthers
Someone is going to have to make plays at receiver for the Panthers and Brown did catch a touchdown on three catches against the Saints. The Panthers take on the awful Saints defense this Sunday, so Brown could do some damage.
Eric Ebron|Detroit Lions
Another recommendation carry-over from last week, Ebron once again scored a touchdown while getting 10 targets from Matthew Stafford. Ebron is an elite talent at tight end and seems to be a favorite target of Stafford.