The MMQB’s Gary Gramling takes a demeanour during a anticipation prolongation of Adrian Peterson, Melvin Gordon, Larry Fitzgerald, Matthew Stafford and Marvin Jones.
Welcome to a initial regular-season book of The Fantasy 40. Every Tuesday, I’ll dump in with 40 names and a fantasy-relevant developments trustworthy to them. And infrequently I’ll write an intro. Like this, that you’re reading now. That’s it. (Nailed it.)
Marvin Jones: Four catches? Boooo. Eighty-five yards? Better. Ten targets? Huzzah! Jones looked like Matthew Stafford’s favorite target, and we design a Lions to continue to be a good, pass-happy, uptempo offense.
Carson Wentz to Jordan Matthews: Good on them. As my podcast co-host Andy Benoit told everybody for a past 6 months: Wentz, notwithstanding entrance from a tiny school, was a many pro-ready rookie quarterback to enter a fasten given Andrew Luck. He looked it on Sunday. But then, a lot of people will demeanour pro-ready opposite a Browns defense. This will substantially go down as one of Wentz’s best games of 2016. But one takeaway is that Jordan Matthews is going to be his go-to receiver, creation him a equivocal top-25 wideout going forward.
Victor Cruz: Good! It was good to see Cruz out there holding on a large role, and a Giants will have 3 receivers on a domain flattering many full-time. I’m not shopping Cruz as some-more than a bye-week fill-in. He’s not what he once was and Eli targeted him usually 4 times on Sunday. However, Cruz is devoted in a red section and with all that courtesy going to Odell Beckham, a we could see Cruz doing a Macarena or whatever each other week.
Jameis Winston: we was bullish on Jameis heading adult to a season, and apparently Sunday’s opening did 0 to change my mind. I’m not 100% sole yet, as a Falcons are inhuman defensively, a zone-heavy organisation whose pass rush depends to 7 Mississippi each play before they go after a quarterback.
Allen Robinson: Bummer. A-Rob had usually 6 catches and no touchdowns on Sunday, yet he was still targeted an NFL-high 15 times. If we can find some wild simpleton peaceful to understanding him, take advantage.
Theo Riddick: Danny Woodhead East. Eastern-ish? Don’t be fooled by a dual touchdowns though. Riddick is stranded in a pristine cabinet for now, yet there will be weeks when a Lions tumble behind, and Riddick emerged as a go-to guy. He’s a Matthew Stafford favorite, and his building is high adequate that he should be owned in all leagues.
Jeremy Hill: If we can find someone artificial by Hill’s Week 1 performance, go get him. That was his toughest matchup of a year. The Bengals didn’t unequivocally try to run on a Jets, who have an chosen run defense. They’ll be many some-more offset going forward.
Dez Bryant: This wasn’t totally unexpected. Dak Prescott, confronting an honest-to-God NFL invulnerability (albeit not a quite good one) for a initial time in his life, was overwhelmed, regressive and inaccurate. Dallas has to brainstorm a proceed to get Bryant a ball, yet really, he’s a boom-or-bust man until Romo is back.
Dak Prescott: Not a anticipation option, and substantially not tighten to being one. Shoulda sole high in August.
Todd Gurley: Every Todd Gurley owners who stayed adult late on Monday night:
Yeah, this is going to be a problem. Gurley will have a occasional dermatitis diversion given he’s usually that good, yet he will be confronting a consistent run of 53-man boxes until a Rams find a improved quarterback than Case Keenum. (Might we advise Sean Mannion, throwing maladroit and blindfolded?)
Tavon Austin: All a same problems as Gurley, yet it’s not all bad: The Rams are clearly creation Austin a centerpiece of all they do in their (God-awful) flitting game. When you’re being targeted a dozen times per week, your building is sincerely high.
Cole Beasley: Might have some short-term value during a Dak days. Everyone is going to use a same regulation a Giants did: Double Dez during all times, let Dak chuck a brief things to Beasley and Jason Witten, and watch a Cowboys punt 6 or 7 times a game.
Dennis Pitta, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams: Huh, looks like Pitta is a parsimonious finish to possess in Baltimore. He played all yet dual snaps in a win over a Bills on Sunday, and is a streaming choice in a Marc Trestman offense that wants to underline a parsimonious end. If we need a deputy for Rob Gronkowski, or if you’re, say, watchful on Tyler Eifert, Pitta is a legit option.
Latavius Murray and Jalen Richard: The dream of Murray personification 90% of Oakland’s snaps is dead, yet don’t be a melvin, Murray is still a RB1. Richard is usually going to eat into some-more snaps than creatively approaching (and, for now, has overtaken DeAndre Washington on a abyss chart). Murray is still a top-15 back, and approaching a mid-season sell-high claimant after Oakland’s soothing start if over.
Tajae Sharpe: Believe it! The Titans aren’t going to chuck it around a lot, yet Sharpe will be their No. 1 when they do.
DeAngelo Williams: In a doubtful eventuality that we play in a fasten in that Williams was unowned, collect him up. (And afterwards find a new league, given we are in a terrible league.) As we wrote during a preseason, we could have spent a top-75 collect on Williams and we wouldn’t have forked and laughed during you. He’s a timber double-dealing Bell is out, and value unresolved onto after Bell earnings deliberation a starter’s damage history.
Jeremy Kerley: Kerley (or as we call him, “Curly”) flattering many stole Bruce Ellington’s bit. Blaine Gabbert is going to go heavily to his container guy. That’s Kerley, who played about two-thirds on San Fran’s snaps on Monday night. There’s no touchdown upside, yet we could do worse if you’re looking for a occasional fill-in.
A integrate names in light of a Keenan Allen injury. Keenan Allen tore his ACL, in box we didn’t hear. And given we usually told we that, I’m counting him among a 40…
Philip Rivers: Dude can’t locate a break. The Chargers had a razor-thin domain for blunder in a receiving corps with Stevie Johnson already out. Allen’s damage is literally a deathblow. Well, O.K., not literally. But it’s no good for Rivers, who total to put adult a same kind of haphazard statistical performances as he did in a second half of final season.
Melvin Gordon: No, no, no. Gordon played usually 23 snaps on Sunday, that is a some-more critical series than a dual touchdowns (though, don’t get me wrong, dual touchdowns are good after a deteriorate in that we measure zero). Danny Woodhead was already going to take a bigger purpose than Gordon given a Chargers figure to be trailing early and often, yet his receiving skills turn even some-more profitable with Allen out. Gordon is a No. 2 behind and TD vulture, not many more.
Danny Woodhead: we just said: His receiving skills turn even some-more profitable with Allen out. He’s knocking on a doorway of top-10 RB standing in ½-point receptions leagues (which should be all leagues).
Hunter Henry: I’d accumulate him divided in low leagues. The Chargers would substantially like to run some-more two-tight finish stuff. But as we see each year, when it comes to parsimonious ends, it’s not easy being “green.” (You see, immature also can meant “inexperienced,” so that line works on a integrate levels. Good pursuit by me.)
Travis Benjamin: I’ve been carefully confident about Benjamin, yet I’m not certain this unequivocally changes his role. He’s a low threat, and Rivers will generally demeanour downfield yet fast check it down to Danny Woodhead. We’ll see though.
Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams: Whatever. Maybe Inman binds low-end value in PPR leagues.
Back to people who are not on a Chargers…
Devonta Freeman: Did we consider Devonta Freeman in Round 1 was a good idea? No. No it was not. And it’s even worse now that Dan Quinn has emphasized a cabinet proceed in Atlanta’s backfield. If we can pierce Freeman for, say, an Alshon Jeffery-type (or Le’Veon Bell?), do it.
Matthew Stafford: Goodness yes. Stafford continues to flower underneath Jim Bob Cooter. Looks like he’ll be usually excellent swelling a resources in a post-Calvin Johnson era, and a Lions will continue to run a lot of plays and chuck it often.
Marcus Mariota: Four rushing attempts? Since they’re not gonna chuck it, that’s no gonna cut it.
Julio Jones: As expected, no one is profitable all that many courtesy to Mohamed Sanu. Jones will be confronting 0 yet double and triple coverage. (Of course, that didn’t stop him from throwing 136 passes final year.)
Quincy Enunwa: The math adds adult to a man value a anticipation dais spot. The Jets will chuck it a ton, and Enunwa’s personification time (63 of 71 snaps) is not startling deliberation a Jets have 0 parsimonious ends. Don’t go nuts though. The Jets know they’re not going to win many games in that Enunwa is their heading receiver.
Terrance West: The celebration is usually about over (and it was a flattering crappy celebration anyway, many of a soundtrack was Black Eyed Peas and there was not a singular one of those mini-hot dogs wrapped in a flaky croissant stuff). Justin Forsett is a present, Kenneth Dixon is a future. The good news: Ravens get a Browns subsequent week, so if you’re gonna fist some FLEX value out of West…
Adrian Peterson and Brandon Marshall: Will be fasten Gurley in an RB super organisation called “Week 1 Fantasy Poison.” (Don’t persperate it, those dual will be fine).
Will Fuller:: Huh. It looks like a rookie is going to have a poignant purpose in Houston’s offense. He forsaken an easy one, yet he also single-handedly incited a rubbish Brock Osweiler shade pass into a touchdown to make adult for it. Fuller is in a hunt to lead rookie receivers in anticipation production.
Sammie Coates: He was right there with Eli Rogers in terms of snap count, that is smashing news. The two-catch, 56-yard opening was flattering many a many Sammie Coates opening there is. He stays one of those stash-and-see guys.
Charcandrick West: Hang onto him for now if we want, as he’s a Spencer Ware damage divided from a starting lineup. But once Jamaal Charles returns, West can be set free.
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