Okay, I’ll be the first to admit it. I forgot how good Matt Forte ($7,700) is. I was definitely concerned about how he was going to be used and I was dead wrong. This guy isn’t going to catch 100 balls again, but he’s going to catch 80! He is a usage monster. The Bears just give him the ball every chance they get. The Cardinals really bottled up the Saints WRs in Week 1, which led to a ton of dump-off passes to RBs. Mark Ingram had 8 catches for 98 yards. I could very easily see a similar scenario this week for Matt Forte who will rack up the receptions. His PPR floor is extremely high and should be one of the top scoring RBs again this week.
Do you have it? Guts! You’ll need it if you want to roster CJ Anderson ($6,700). There’s not a chance in Hell I am rostering this guy in cash games, but I imagine that ownership is going to be super low in GPPs this week. Anderson jaded owners after a dismal Week 1 performance and an appearance on the injury report. Head coach Gary Kubiak says he will play and the matchup isn’t bad! The Chiefs allowed 127.2 yards on the ground last season, which was 5th worst in the league. They also surrendered 4.7 yards per carry in Week 1 to Alfred Blue and the Texans, which, again, is 5th worst in the league. Expecting a much closer game, Anderson should be in-line for serious touches this week. The ultimate contrarian play could pay off big.
I am high on Justin Forsett ($6,200) this season and I am certainly not going to jump off the bandwagon after one poor start against one of the better defenses in the league. He is in a much better matchup against the Raiders this week and it was promising that Forsett caught 4 balls in addition to his 14 carries last week. Remember that Forsett only have 4+ receptions on six occasions last year. That’s a great sign for the Marc Trestman offense that Forsett should be much more involved in the passing game. I like Forsett a lot in PPR formats.
Speaking of New Orleans Running Backs! I am going to have some serious exposure to CJ Spiller ($5,000) this week. After being declared inactive in Week 1, Spiller is expected to return to the Saints this week. 34.8% of Brees targets in Week 1 went to RBs. That is a great sign for CJ Spiller who is expected to be the passing down back for the Saints. Spiller is fairly priced and in a great matchup.
I was concerned about the Cowboys running back situation, but I am more optimistic now. Joseph Randle ($5,600) dominated the touches for the Cowboys, getting 16 carries to Darren McFadden’s 6. He ran effectively and even caught three balls for 42 yards. I am a firm believer that the Cowboys offensive line is the best in football and should have no problem opening up gaps against the Eagles defense that surrendered 80 yards on the ground to Tevin Coleman (who?!) in Week 1. Again, this is the highest projected game of the week and Randle could be a steal at $5,600.