Week 3: Player Upgrades
Foster is quietly back to being one of the most dominant RBs in fantasy football. He is averaging almost 30 touches per game and making the most of his opportunities. The Texans star is averaging 135 yards per game and has been involved in the passing game. Anybody who stole Foster in the third round is feeling very good about their pick right now. He is a must-start every week and a tremendous RB2. Of course, he's playing like a solid RB1, but odds are he was drafted late enough that he doesn't have to carry such a heavy burden for your fantasy team.
Smith is beginning to separate himself as the Ravens' No. 1 wide receiver. Through two games, he has already been targeted 25 times and has caught 13 passes for 189 yards. Meanwhile, Torrey Smith has caught only four of his 10 targets for a total of 60 yards. Steve Smith is clearly the better route-runner and still playing with the fire he's played with throughout his superb career. After his numbers declined through the past two seasons in Carolina, many expected the 35-year-old WR to fade into fantasy obscurity. He has very different plans.
The speedy receiver has a more diverse role in Miami this season. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is finding new and creative ways to give him the ball. Wallace is no longer just a fly-route WR. After a disappointing inaugural season with the Dolphins, he has already been targeted 19 times in two games. He has converted those chances into 12 receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Unlike last season when Brian Hartline received more targets than him, Wallace is obviously the go-to guy in Miami's receiving corps, as he should be. He has a cake schedule coming up, including matchups against the Chiefs, Raiders, Packers and Jaguars. He should be able to exploit those porous secondaries.
With Tyler Eifert out until at least Week 10, Gresham should thrive. Keep in mind that the Bengals' passing attack is also missing No. 2 wideout Marvin Jones and, potentially, superstar A.J. Green due to a toe injury. The athletic tight end has never lived up to his full potential and with Eifert in the mix last year, Gresham tied or set career-lows in all significant statistical categories. But for the foreseeable future, he will be the only option at TE in Cincinnati. Gresham should see a spike in production for as long as those injured players are unavailable.