Fantasy Football: Week 2 Wednesday six-pack 6 high-profile players whose slow starts may signal buy-low trade opportunities By ARTHUR ARKUSHSept. 13, 2017 Every week during the fantasy football season, Arthur Arkush will share two six-packs containing thoughts and tidbits on the upcoming slate. This week, we're cracking our first sixer on Wednesday.Every week during the fantasy football season, Arthur Arkush will share two six-packs containing thoughts and tidbits on the upcoming slate. This week, we're cracking our first sixer on Wednesday. It's never too early to start gauging the trade winds. Teams that start fast will typically be a bit more conservative before making changes, but the best teams usually are run by flexible and open-minded owners with one eye focused not only on the week ahead but looking several weeks down the road. In that spirit, this week's six pack includes six players who started cold and face another difficult test in Week 2, perhaps an opening to ready your low-ball offers to increasingly panicked owners:1. Cowboys WR Dez Bryant: He went from Janoris Jenkins' Giants, who've had his number in three straight meetings by limiting Bryant to a combined four catches and 61 yards, to Denver — No. 1 in pass 'D' two years running and built with the kind of pesky corners capable of getting under one of the more emotional players in the league's skin. It'll get easier — for Bryant personally, but perhaps not for Dallas depending on the outcome of the Zeke Elliott saga. The offense became Elliott's last year, but his removal from it would shift the onus back on Bryant. Regardless, after Patrick Peterson's Cardinals in Week 3, a respite is on the horizon.2. Bengals RB Joe Mixon: It's gonna happen, people. Even notorious rookie neglecter Marvin Lewis conceded this week, "he's way better than I expected" after the second-rounder tallied all of eight yards on nine carries. The Ravens' nasty run 'D' played a part in that, but Mixon already played a notably bigger part in the game plan than Jeremy Hill (22 snaps for Mixon to 10 for Hill). With an angry J.J. Watt-led 'D' arriving Thursday and determined not to get punked a second week in a row by a rookie runner, Mixon is another uninspired stat line from pouncing just as the terrain gets less rocky (mini-bye before visit to Green Bay, then Cleveland, Buffalo and Indy looming).3. Lions RB Ameer Abdullah: It's certainly possible Detroit is resigned to being a run-deficient team and will be forced to squeeze every last throw it can from $135 million man, Matt Stafford. It's more likely the defense won't be pulling rabbits from its hat every week like it did vs. Arizona and a rebuilt O-line and talented third-year runner still finding their footing will start to gain traction. A stout Arizona defense held Abdullah to 15-30 rushing (3-11 receiving) but he played 51 percent of the snaps — which likely would've been higher if the Lions didn't spend plenty of time trailing. Next up is a trip to MetLife, where the Giants limited an Abdullah-less run game to 2.9 yards a pop and Stafford's offense to 36 percent on third downs last December. The Lions remain high on Abdullah. Daily team observers think his breakout is nigh. Owners may be getting antsy, though, and if he struggles Monday night, the whole world will be watching.4. Washington WR Terrelle Pryor: Switching teams, offenses and, yes, still learning the nuance of a position he just began playing full time last season always made it likely Pryor's process would be gradual. It's not his fault bullish owners drafted him as early as Round 3 with one of their "can't-miss" picks, but the steep cost for many will be accompanied by unfair expectations. No, the Eagles secondary that lost its top corner didn't do anything special to hold Pryor to 6-66 last week — better production than Julio Jones, mind you — but it was a bleh effort overall from Washington's Kirk Cousins, who struggled vs. pressure. So what happens when Cousins travels cross country into Wade Phillips' pressure cooker that just may have Aaron Donald back in the fold and surely will line up a physical corner in Trumaine Johnson coming off an NFC Player of the Week award across from Pryor? Quite possibly another tough day for Washington, but look further down the road and you'll find the vulnerable Raiders, 49ers and Cowboys loom.5. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce: The Week 1 coming-out parties for Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill pushed Travis Kelce out of the Chiefs' offensive spotlight, where he managed only 40 yards on five catches and committed another drop and bonehead personal foul. The irony is two more gamebreakers emerging in an offense that had only one proven one entering the season — Kelce — is great news for last year's TE1 overall, as it forces conflicted defenses into choosing their battles. Few clubs have one-on-one TE battlers like New England's Devin McCourty-Patrick Chung combo and the Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, the latter up next for Kelce. It seems unlikely a 6-5, 255-pounder with Kelce's speed and suddenness would get lost in the shuffle, but he may again this week, which precedes meetings with four of fantasy's 12 worst defenses covering tight ends a year ago over his next seven games.6. 49ers RB Carlos Hyde: Hyde busted his tail all offseason to stave off numerous challengers hand-picked by the new regime and his reward was the starting job, yes, but also a slate beginning with the Panthers, Seahawks and Cardinals — Nos. 25, 28, and 31, respectively, in fantasy points allowed to backs in 2016. Ouch. If Hyde, who was actually modestly productive in the opener with 77 total yards on 15 touches, can weather the rough terrain to begin his contract year, the payoff could be huge — for fantasy owners, not an NFL running back looking for his second contract. Hyde played 79 percent of the snaps a week ago and, a year ago, went into Seattle and stung the Seahawks, albeit in a losing effort, with 103 yards and two touchdowns. It's unlikely that'll happen again, however, and that may be a good thing for owners who missed out on their shot to draft and still want to make a run at Hyde.