Emptying out the notebook
— David Johnson (wrist) will be out two to three months; Andrew Luck (shoulder) will miss his second straight game; Danny Amendola (concussion) and Odell Beckham, Jr. (ankle) status should be monitored before setting your line-ups; Allen Robinson and Kevin White are out for the year
— Waiver wire pick-ups for the week: Tarik Cohen (RB/Chi), Buck Allen (RB/Bal), Kerwynn Williams (RB/Ari), Chris Carson (RB/Ari), Kenny Golladay (WR/Det), Cooper Kupp (WR/L.A.Rams), Kendall Wright (WR/Chi), Marquise Lee (WR/Jac).
— The Cardinals have re-signed RB Chris Johnson though don’t expect much fantasy impact this week.
— The Texans will start DeShaun Watson at QB.
— The Colts have not named a QB for this week though it could be Jacoby Brisett instead of Scott Tolzien.
— Houston at Cincinnati is the Thursday night game of the week.
— Green Bay at Atlanta will be Sunday night. The Giants and Falcons play Monday.
Ravens Fantasy Outlook
— Ravens Defense: This defense is a must start again this week. After an absolutely dominant performance against the Bengals, there is no reason for it not to continue at home vs the Browns.
— Terrance West: The Ravens are committed to the run this year. Though West and Buck Allen split carries last week, West for now is still the one to target.
— Jeremy Maclin: Maclin will be the most consistent receiver for the Ravens this year. He will be a bigger part of the game plan this week against a secondary that gave up 182 yards receiving to Antonio Brown.
QB: Russell Wilson: Wilson will get back on track this week at home against the 49ers. He averaged 251 yards per game against them last season.
Derek Carr: Carr takes on a Jets team that gave up 224 passing to the Bills last week. He should exceed the 300-yard mark this week.
RB: Kareem Hunt: Do I think he will produce another 200+ yard day? No. But, he will be a consistent 100+ total yard back going forward.
Mike Gillislee: The Patriots should move the ball with ease against the Saints, which means plenty of goal line chances for Gillislee.
WR: Mike Evans: Evans’ first game of the year comes against a Bears defense that gave up 300+ yards receiving last week.
Larry Fitzgerald: Fitz gets a Colts defense that gave up 50+ yards to four different receivers last week, none of whom are close to his level of talent.
Other names: Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, DeVante Parker, Cole Beasley, Tyreek Hill, Brandin Cooks, Stefon Diggs, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Cooper Kupp, Kenny Golladay, Jordy Nelson, Corey Davis, Adam Thielen, Michael Thomas
TE: Zach Ertz: Ertz was the Eagles’ leading receiver last week and a big game against the Chiefs will solidify him as a top fantasy TE.
Greg Olsen: Olsen had a lackluster performance on the road Week 1, but that changes at home against the Bills.
Def: L.A. Rams, Raiders, Seattle, Texans, Arizona
QB: Andy Dalton: Dalton was horrible against the Ravens defense and not much should change on a short week against a Houston defense that is out for redemption.
Kirk Cousins: On the road against the Rams, who, after a stellar performance last week, get back their best defensive player. That does not bode well for Cousins and the Washington offense.
RB: Le’Veon Bell: Bell stays here again this week! After tallying just 47 total yards (32 rushing, 15 receiving), it won’t get easier against a Vikings defense that allowed 60 yards rushing last week.
Todd Gurley: Gurley continues to falter as he averaged 2.7 yards per carry last week and should remain on your bench.
Isaiah Crowell: Crowell was held to 33 rushing in Week 1 against the Steelers. Things won’t change this week in Baltimore against a tough defensive front.
WR: Dez Bryant: Bryant was targeted nine times but only had two catches for 43 yards in the opener. Bryant is a boom or bust play at this point. Don’t look for a boom against the Broncos secondary.
TE: Jordan Reed: Reed only managed 36 yards last week so don’t expect much more on the road against the Rams, who allowed two completions to TE’s last week.
Def: Detroit, Buffalo, Jacksonville, Redskins
QB: Jared Goff (Rams): Goff went for over 300 yards at home last week and this week he gets a Redskins defense at home that allowed 300 yards passing to the Eagles.
RB: Tevin Coleman (Falcons): Coleman will get a bigger workload this week at home against the Packers, especially in the passing game.
WR: Jermaine Kearse (Jets): Was the go to receiver in Week 1 for the Jets.
Phillip Dorsett (Patriots): If Danny Amendola misses this game, Dorsett’s workload will increase.
Def: Green Bay