Week 2 gave us some big surprises, and some big injuries. I don't think I have ever seen so many injuries in one week of football in my entire life. A lot of big names got hurt, and I'm here to give you the names to replace those guys in your fantasy lineups.
Quarterback: Justin Herbert
Now, I will say this pick is based on Tyrod Taylor missing this week's upcoming game. If he does, I expect Herbert to have another stat filled game. He showed out in his first NFL action against the defending Super Bowl Champions. He threw for a touchdown, he ran for a touchdown, and he had over 300 yards passing. Going up against a weak Carolina secondary, I can see Herbert having another big day through the air.
Running Back: Myles Gaskin
Myles Gaskin had a good day against Buffalo. He was the primary back to run the ball, and he even had 6 catches out of the backfield. I've been a big fan of Dolphins running backs in fantasy this year due to the propensity that Chan Gailey has to use them in the passing game. Going up against a suspect Jacksonville rushing defense, I expect Gaskin to have a bulk share of the touches for the second week in a row.
Wide Receiver: Russell Gage
Gage has shown up this year as a solidified number 3 receiving option in Atlanta, and he has no disappointed thus far. Week 1 he had 116 yards, and this past week he had 6 catches and a touchdown. He's had back to back weeks of 15 or more fantasy points (PPR scoring). With teams focusing their energy on Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, Gage will be a solid option to play against the Bears this Sunday.
Tight End: Drew Sample
With CJ Uzomah going down with a season ending injury Thursday night, Drew Sample becomes TE1 in Cincy. Joe Burrow has shown that he is not afraid to throw the ball to the middle of the field to his slot receivers and tight ends, and Sample will become sort of a safety valve for Burrow going up a banged up Eagles defense.
Defense/Special Teams: Tennessee Titans
The Titans have had a solid defense the past couple seasons under Mike Vrabel, a former Defensive Coordinator. With the addition of Jadaevon Clowney, their pass rush has seen an uptick in production. They have a favorable matchup against the Minnesota Vikings this week. The Titans have the bodies up front to slow down Dalvin Cook, and have the pass rush to get to Cousins and force him to make bad throws. Maybe a pick 6 is in the future for this team this week.
Kicker: Daniel Carlson
The Raiders looked good on Monday Night Football, and Carlson accumulated 12 fantasy points due to the offensive showing. The Raiders do travel east to play the Patriots, but the Patriots secondary showed weakness against Russel Wilson. Now, I'm not saying David Carr is on the same level as Russ, but I believe Gruden will be able to scheme up some quick passing to take advantage of the speed of Henry Ruggs and the power running of Josh Jacobs will give Carlson plenty of opportunity to score.
Homer Pick of the Week: TE/FB Reggie Gilliam
Now according to ESPN, Gilliam is listed as a Running Back, but he lined up as a Tight End a lot during training camp. With Dawson Knox going into concussion protocol, the Bills will lean on the athleticism of Gilliam to help make plays over the middle of the field. I also believe he will be a Red Zone weapon that Josh will look for in the coming weeks.