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Buy Or Sell? Week 2 Fantasy Football Breakout Stars – Forbes

The injuries are coming, and they’re coming in bunches.

Jordan Howard and DeMarco Murray. Jordy Nelson and Corey Coleman. Greg Olsen and Jordan Reed. Top players from every position are either hurt or hampered by nagging injuries, so deciphering between the real breakout stars and one-week wonders even more important.

Last week I talked about Tarik Cohen, Kenny Golladay and Jesse James, the breakout players from Week 1, and for the most part hit the nail on the head. Cohen is the top offensive threat in the Bears’ offense, James went back to being invisible, and while Golladay didn’t do anything against the Giants, I only suggested a soft buy on him. He’ll be a hit-or-miss candidate depending on the week, but should remain owned in all leagues.

Looking ahead to this week, I’m going to skip over Buck Allen and Chris Carson because I’ve been hyping up both players in the past, especially Carson. If they’re still available in your leagues, you should be investing heavily in them as their roles are as secure as it gets on the waiver wire.

Here are a few players from each position that are under 50 percent owned in Yahoo leagues.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Washington Redskins celebrates with Chris Thompson #25 after he scored a touchdown during the first quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

1. Washington Redskins RB Chris Thompson (Yahoo Ownership, 32%)

This might have been my favorite play of Week 2.

The patience. The cuts. The breakaway speed. It has everything you could want in a touchdown.

Everything except a fantasy football player you can rely on.

With just 13 touches on the season, the volume isn’t there. As great as the play above and Thompson’s amazing play in Week 1 are, they simply aren’t sustainable from a fantasy football perspective. Even after starting running back Rob Kelley left Week 2 early due to injury, Samaje Perine out-carried Thompson 21 to three. Redskins coach Jay Gruden cautioned against giving the 5’8″, 190-pound Thompson a heavier workload.

“But he’s so important to us on third down we just have to be careful,” he said. “He’s not the biggest guy in the world. We don’t want him to get 20-25 carries a game and get a lot of pounding on that body. He’s definitely needed in pass protection and the routes and all that stuff on third down and red zone. So we’ll try to expand his role a little bit, but we don’t want to go too crazy with him.”

Throughout his career Thompson has been an exceptional back when given touches. His 5.9 YPC and 7.2 yards per catch show that explosiveness. But, over the course of 16 games last season, he received 10 or more touches in a game just three times. Averaging 3-4 catches a game combined with his big play ability will lead to weeks like the first two he’s had this season and a viable deep option in full-PPR leagues, but in standard leagues he’s nothing more than a speculative add until we see his role expand.

I wouldn’t spend any of my FAAB on him unless you’re in dire straits at the running back position.

Verdict: Sell

SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 24: Wide receiver J.J. Nelson #14 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 24, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

2. Arizona Cardinals WR J.J. Nelson (Yahoo Ownership, 23%)

Seven touchdowns over his last seven games. J.J. Nelson is clearly doing something right.

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