By Mark Ackerman, CBS4 Fantasy Football Pro
DENVER (CBS4) – Week 1 was a defensive struggle in the Broncos Super Bowl rematch against the Panthers. This week, expect a few more points to be scored when the Broncos take on the Colts. Simply put, the Colts defense was abysmal in Week 1, which should have Broncos fans salivating.
Which Broncos should you start against the Colts?
C.J. Anderson (RB-DEN) is a top five rusher against a Colts defense that gave up 39 points and 4TD’s to Lions running backs in Week 1. The Lions also threw for 340 yards against the Colts, so dial up Emmanuel Sanders (WR-DEN) and Demaryius Thomas (WR-DEN), too, but watch DT’s hip injury as the week progresses. Brandon McManus (K-DEN) is a decent pickup if you are in needed of a kicker.
Don’t count out Andrew Luck (QB-IND) this week. He threw four TD’s last week and has a history of performing against the Broncos, including wins the past two seasons. But, because Luck spread the ball around so well in Week 1, it’s hard to predict which of his three receivers (Hilton, Moncrief, Dorsett) or tight ends (Allen or Doyle) may produce fantasy numbers. Stay away from Frank Gore (RB-IND), in this tough matchup.
Which timeshare backfields should you avoid?
The good news for Frank Gore owners, he’s locked in as the Colts top rusher. A lot of other backfields are experiencing the frustration of the dreaded running back by committee.
Atlanta: Tevin Coleman (8 carries) out played Devonta Freeman (11 carries). Coleman is a popular pickup this week, but both will continue to split the workload.
Detroit: Ameer Abdullah (12 carries) and Theo Riddick (7 carries) both produced. Riddick is now a top waiver wire pick, but Abdullah will see the slight edge in workload moving forward.
Cincinnati: Neither Jeremy Hill (9 carries) nor Gio Bernard (5 carries) got going in Week 1. In fact, the Bengals abandoned the run altogether and just threw the ball to A.J. Green. Hill looks like he will be a TD dependent rusher again this year.
Seattle: Christine Michael (15 carries) had a fairly even split with Thomas Rawls (12 carries). Both could see an increased workload if the injury to Russell Wilson (QB-SEA) is significant.
San Diego: Melvin Gordon (14 carries) and Danny Woodhead (16 carries) both performed, but a split like this isn’t promising for fantasy owners.
Who are the workhorse backs you can count on every week?
Lamar Miller (RB-HOU) 28 carries
Carlos Hyde (RB-SF) 23 carries
Matt Forte (RB-NYJ) 22 carries
CJ Anderson (RB-DEN) 20 carries
Adrian Peterson (RB-MIN) 19 carries
DeAngelo Williams (RB-PIT) 26 carries, until Bell returns
Ezekiel Elliot (RB-DAL) 20 carries
Todd Gurley (RB-LA) 17 carries
LeSean McCoy (RB-BUF) 16 carries
Keenan Allen (WR-SD) is out for the season with a knee injury. Which WR’s make solid pickups?
Will Fuller (WR-HOU)
Mike Wallace (WR-BAL)
Mohamed Sanu (WR-ATL) possible ankle injury
Chris Hogan (WR-NE)
Terrell Pryor (WR-CLE)
Michael Thomas (WR-NO)
Mark Ackerman’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Antonio Brown in the first round before it was fashionable.