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Fantasy football Week 2: Add and drop

Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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— BONUS: QB Justin Fields, Bears (ESPN: 49%; Yahoo: 51%): Fields almost outscored Andy Dalton last week while only playing five snaps. Dalton's days were numbered as the starter in Chicago the day Fields was drafted. If he's available in your league, it won't be for long. Act now.

— BONUS: TE Tyler Conklin, Vikings (ESPN: 4%; Yahoo: 5%): Conklin has received at least four targets in five straight games dating back to Week 13 of last season and out-snapped Chris Herndon 59-to-12 against Cincinnati. He'll be a streaming candidate most weeks.

— BONUS: RB Latavius Murray, Ravens (ESPN: 46%; Yahoo: 64%): Two backs usually have fantasy value in Baltimore's offense regardless, but it was clear despite Ty'Son Williams' great start on Monday night, Murray will likely end up the primary option here. He was on the field when the game was on-the-line and scored a touchdown, like Williams earlier. Grab him if he's available in your league.

— BONUS: WR Sterling Shepard, Giants (ESPN: 25%; Yahoo: 39%): Shepard is truly under-appreciated. He has produced at least six receptions in eight of his last 11 games — and received at least seven targets in seven of those 11 contests.

— BONUS: WR Van Jefferson, Rams (ESPN: 2%; Yahoo: 2%): It's clear Jefferson is the third receiver in this offense, not DeSean Jackson. He ran a route on 86% of Matthew Stafford's drop-backs and actually played more snaps than Robert Woods in 11 personnel (three receivers, one running back and one tight end).

— BONUS: TE Cole Kmet, Bears (ESPN: 22%; Yahoo: 34%): Five receptions (on seven targets) against the Rams is indicative of the talented tight end likely being the No. 2 option in this pass attack, which will be especially valuable once Fields is under center full-time.

— BONUS: WR Rondale Moore, Cardinals (ESPN: 19%; Yahoo: 27%): It looks like you're going to want to invest in Arizona's offense and Moore is a dynamic option who looks like he's already earned Kyler Murray's trust. The rookie has the highest upside of any Cardinals wide receiver not named DeAndre Hopkins.

— BONUS: D/ST Browns (ESPN: 58%; Yahoo: 68%): Just in case someone dropped the unit against Kansas City. They have top-10 potential this season and will be revved-up against Houston in their home opener after a tough loss.

 

— BONUS: D/ST Saints (ESPN: 27%; Yahoo: 32%): It was impressive for New Orleans to hold an Aaron Rodgers-led offense to three points. The Saints next four games: at Carolina, at New England, vs. N.Y. Giants and at Washington.

DROP

— QB Deshaun Watson, Texans: Watson is still rostered in 12% of ESPN leagues and 14% of Yahoo leagues. He shouldn't be on your roster unless you're in a dynasty league. I'd be shocked if he plays this season, even if he's traded.

— RB Gus Edwards, Ravens: Edwards was diagnosed with a torn ACL and is done for the season. He's still rostered in almost a third of leagues.

— RB Raheem Mostert, 49ers: Mostert will require arthroscopic surgery because of "chipped cartilage" in his knee. He was originally thought to miss about eight weeks, but he announced Tuesday on social media that he'll be out for the season after surgery.

— Jets running backs: This team will be playing from behind most weeks, which will mean little volume for a committee that features Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson and Michael Carter. In a relatively close game, Coleman only had nine carries (17 snaps), while Johnson (35 snaps) and Carter (16 snaps) had four carries apiece.

— RB Zack Moss, Bills: A healthy scratch? Didn't see that coming. Including Moss here is more an indictment of how the Bills utilize their backfield in general. The offense is geared towards Josh Allen and his receivers and there's zero consistency with the running backs.

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