Quick Hits

If Week 1 was the Week of the Tight End, what should we call Week 2? Week of the bench warmers?


Gio Bernard - The second string/passing down back for the Bengals saw plenty of work this week after Jeremy Hill fumbled two times early in the game. Bernard is already a worthy start in PPR leagues and one of the top backup RB's in the league as he is more of a starter in a backup RB role. It's early in the year and I expect this benching of Jeremy Hill was a lesson that enough is enough. Hill is too talented to leave on the bench so this was likely just a warning. As Bernard proved this weekend though, he will continue to see work even when Hill is healthy.

Matt Jones - The Redskins backup exploded for 123 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams this weekend. I have been a huge fan of Matt Jones this year solely because Alfred Morris just isn't 'special'. Morris has gotten the job done in the past as a solid RB2, but he has never felt like he has done much to prove he is a true difference maker in the offense. As the Redskins are expected to stick to a run heavy offense considering their recent injuries and lack luster QB play, Jones will have a continued roll this year. Don't take Jones' output this week as a sign of a changing of the guard just yet. It is more likely that the backfield becomes an even timeshare by mid-season.

Markus Wheaton - Time to give up on this guy. Well really, you should have last weekend. He has been given the keys to the WR2 position for the Steelers' high octane passing offense and has not produced that breakout game. The sign of the times came this week when even Darrius Heyward-Bey outproduced him. With Le'Veon Bell due back next week and Martavis Bryant during week 5, there won't be much of a role left for Wheaton.

Jarvis Landry - The numbers Landry is putting up are no fluke. He is locked in as Ryan Tannehill's go-to receiver as evidenced by his 22 targets through Week 2. The only additional competition Landry will see for targets this year will come when Devante Parker gets fully healthy and up to speed. Consider Landry a WR 3 with a high floor and the potential to break into that WR 2 level if Tannehill proves to have taken a leap this year.

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