Michael Thomas' ankle injury has many fantasy owners either digging into their bench or searching for a replacement
Nothing like the unanimous preseason No. 1 wide receiver suffering an injury to go tumbling down the fantasy rankings. I am a Michael Thomas owner and want to try to remain objective. I'll repeat the most recent update that I've heard which is that he will be out for three weeks and keep moving. Thomas will rightfully be tumbling down both my rankings and everyone else's.
The more interesting story might be my elevation of Darius Slayton. I know full well that Slayton's huge game (6 rec., 102 yds., 2 TDs) on Monday night came with Golden Tate sidelined with a hamstring injury. However, I believe Slayton will remain a WR3 going forward nearly each and every week. He is that good. And with Chicago's secondary being middle of the pack, I think Slayton will continue to put up solid numbers this week.
On the flip side, I think the Tampa Bay passing game will get there eventually, but Tom Brady seemed out of sync with his receivers on Sunday. Carolina might be just what they need, but I need to see the Buccaneers look like a top offense before I treat them like a top offense. Therefore MIke Evans becomes collateral damage. I will say however that Scotty Miller, who mans the slot in Tampa Bay, is steadily rising in my rankings!
NFL WR Rankings: Week 2
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
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