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  1. I was just typing the same. Perhaps Ralph Webb gets a chance. He looked good this preseason.
  2. Is Lindsay's workload and running style writing checks his body can't cash? Lindsay is the type of player we all like to see succeed; he is dedicated and plays with unbridled passion. He also runs with an aggressive style which his frame is not likely to withstand. I never like to predict injuries, but if the Broncos intend to give Lindsay such a heavy workload, I just cannot imagine him holding up for long. I hope I am wrong.
  3. QB: Case Keenum has the weapons to be a QB1, and while the three Week 1 interceptions may scare some away, based on Keenum’s 2017 numbers and his camp and preseason play, I don’t expect the interceptions to be an issue going forward. Keenum rebounded nicely and finished with 329 yards and 3 TDs. Following a monstrous Week 1 performance, Ryan Fitzpatrick deserves some consideration. Sure, we have seen this play out many times before, and Winston should return Week #4 to the starting job, but it is not as if Winston has a stronghold on the starting job. Fitzpatrick is likely a short-term answer, but if you are an Aaron Rodgers owner looking to hedge your bets on Rodgers playing this week, Fitzpatrick could make a nice short-term addition to your fantasy team. Joe Flacco is likely sitting out there on a lot of waiver wires. In Week 1, Flacco completed 25 of 34 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Sure, he won’t face Buffalo every week, but the Ravens have completely overhauled their receiving corps, and Flacco could flirt with QB1 numbers this season. RB: Phillip Lindsay is a hot waiver wire add this week, and for good reason. He looked like the best RB on the team. However, he is 165 pounds soaking wet, and I worry he cannot sustain his Week 1 workload. Lindsay has some Tarik Cohen appeal to him as a supplemental back, but this could be a case of chasing stats as the team eases Royce Freeman into a larger share of the workload. Lindsay may see a decrease in carries and an increase in receptions going forward, making him an intriguing waiver wire add in PPR leagues. T.J. Yeldon has more than handcuff value, but Leonard Fournette’s hamstring injury reminds us that if Yeldon is sitting on your waiver wire, he probably shouldn’t be. The versatile former second round pick is one of the more talented backups and a weekly flex play in a part-time role behind Fournette. Hamstring injuries have a way of lingering, especially for a back with the violent running style of Fournette, so Yeldon is a priority grab this week. Javorius “Buck” Allen had what you might describe as a workmanlike performance Week 1; however, it is notable that Alex Collins struggled and Allen actually had the most snaps of any Baltimore back Sunday. Allen finished with four carries for 17 yards and added five receptions for 15 yards on six targets. Allen should continue to be heavily involved as the team’s primary receiving back, giving him flex appeal at the minimum, but if Collins continues to struggle, Allen’s role could expand. Jalen Richard could carve out a nice PPR role this season. He saw the most touches of any RB for the Raiders last night and finished with 9 receptions. This Raider team could be playing from behind a lot this season, opening up an opportunity for some more big receiving games out of Richard. Aaron Jones is serving a two-game suspension and perhaps an impatient owner dropped him in a shallow league. Jamaal Williams failed to impress Week 1and faces a tough Minnesota Defense this week. Jones could immediately challenge for a significant role. If either Austin Ekeler or Nyheim Hines is on your PPR waiver wire, they are the passing backs to target in my opinion. Ekeler will have every-week value as a receiving and change-of-pace option behind Gordon, and if Gordon gets injured, you are sitting on a RB2 with RB1 upside. Hines’ role should remain intact regardless of what happens between Mack and Wilkins. My guess is neither of these guys is on many waiver wires. WR: Quincy Enunwa appears to be Darnold’s favorite target, and he could be a solid WR2 with upside. The Jets lined Enunwa up all over the field, and he ended the game with 10 targets. Coach Todd Bowles was gushing about his big receiver after the game: “He did a heck of a job for us. He blocks, he catches, he runs short and deep routes and it’s exciting to have him in there because he brings a different element and picks everybody up when he’s over there.” Look for a continued heavy dose of Enunwa in the game scripts going forward. If Geronimo Allison is available in your league, you should grab him. Allison was targeted 8 times Sunday night, finishing with 5/69 and an impressive TD. Rodgers seems to trust Allison, and even as Green Bay’s WR3, Allison should post respectable numbers. Rodgers’ top three wideouts have had at least 80 targets each since 2015. Brandon Marshall looks like a great redzone option for the Seahawks, taking the role Jimmy Graham vacated, but the injury to Baldwin could force the team to enlarge that role. I am interested to see how the Seahawks revamp the receiving game. Jaron Brown could take on a larger role now, but even so, Marshall’s ability in the redzone gives him some value. David Moore was on my watch list after his breakout preseason, but Brandon Marshall may keep Moore on the bench for now. Moore has an incredibly high ceiling. In Dynasty leagues, I really like Moore, but I am a bit less excited in redraft. Phillip Dorsett caught 7-of-7 targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots’ Week 1 win over the Texans. If Dorsett is matched up with Jalen Ramsey this week, he isn’t going to match his Week 1 production, but he appears to have the confidence of Tom Brady and should have a significant role going forward, at least until Julian Edelman returns in Week 5. Cole Beasley caught seven of eight targets for 73 yards in a Week 1 loss to the Panthers. The Cowboys could continue to struggle to establish a downfield game, and Beasley is a reliable short-area target for Prescott, so this may be more than an anomaly. Jakeem Grant has Tyreek Hill-like speed, and he was targeted 7 times Sunday (and returned a kick 103 yards). While it may be a stretch to expect Grant to make a Tyreek Hill type of impact, the Dolphins are bereft of playmakers, and Grant has the type of gamebreaking speed that can quickly change the course of a game. If you are seeking a deep stash at WR, Grant offers some intrigue. Dante Pettis wasted no time displaying his big play ability, pulling in a highlight reel catch Week 1. With starting WR Marquise Goodwin nursing a bruised thigh, Pettis could see more opportunities coming his way. TE: Gruden was singing praises about Jared Cook this summer, so it was not a complete shock to see him breakout last night. Cook won’t likely have another game all season with stats sniffing 9 receptions for 180 yards, but he proved he is a reliable target and clearly has Carr’s trust (as well as Gruden’s trust). If you lost either Greg Olsen or Delanie Walker this week, and Cook is out there on your waiver wire, you will need to make a strong play to get him, but he is almost certainly your best option. Jonnu Smith is incredibly athletic, and his role is set to expand with Delanie Walker out. With Walker at TE, the Titans leaned heavily on the TE position, but it remains to be seen how much they scale back the TE volume. Smith is next in line at the position and a solid waiver wire pickup, but don’t expect him to replace Walker’s numbers. Ian Thomas is an intriguing dynasty talent at TE, but rookies seldom produce quality numbers at TE. Greg Olsen’s loss will be felt by the Panthers, but unless you play in a very deep league barren of TE talent, look elsewhere for your TE needs. I have had great success in past seasons grabbing the players panicking owners release early in the season. Don’t get too caught up on the hoopla of potential one-week wonders and dump talented players in a move of desperation. It is only one week, and while you certainly want to play the waiver wire (especially early in the season), don’t completely abandon your draft day scouting. However, don’t stubbornly hold onto a player when the writing is clearly on the wall. Trying to decipher this code is one of the most important keys to fantasy success, in my opinion.
  4. I get that, but the reality is New England, like New Orleans, has had success with undersized backs. Like Sproles (and Danny Woodhead), Dion Lewis doesn't fit the mold of an NFL RB. We are seeing a trend, with players like Tarik Cohen (and perhaps Phillip Lindsay) being used as offensive weapons who can have a role, and Scott is considerably more powerful than those two. I am still clinging to some hope that Scott will develop as a RB, but if he lands on the wrong team, I fear he will be pigeonholed as a return man and nothing more.
  5. Boston Scott was expendable, unfortunately. His skillset overlaps that of Alvin Kamara, and Tommylee Lewis was ahead of him as a returner. New Orleans needed a power back to fill a void until the return of Mark Ingram, and Mike Gillislee fills that need. New Orleans is innovative and typically finds a way to get talent on the field, but this may be a case where Scott's talents were not going to get him on the field for any meaningful action absent an injury to Kamara. As a Boston Scott dynasty owner, there could be some reason for encouragement by this move. Perhaps Scott could land in a better situation with a team in need of a Sprolesian back. If he lingers on the waiver wire or ends up on the Saints' PS, I am probably cutting bait and moving on, however. EDIT TO ADD: Perhaps my inclination to drop Boston in dynasty is a hasty decision. Scott's value was never really immediate, so a stint on the Saints' PS should really have little effect upon his dynasty value.
  6. Bolden is an excellent special teamer and a quality addition. In Belichickian fashion, however, perhaps Miami is adding Bolden at least partially for the purpose of gaining information about New England's playbook
  7. Exactly my thoughts. Whoever plays Buffalo is a pretty good candidate every week. Baltimore gets the lucky draw Week #1
  8. Hansen was reportedly one of the stars of spring practice. It sounded like he had really taken a big step since last season. I'm not sure what happened between minicamp and training camp, but he went from spring standout to summer disappointment. He evidently did nothing to distinguish himself in training camp or preseason. It is obviously worrisome when a WR-thin team like the Jets cut ties with him after just one season, but the Patriots have had some success with other reclamation projects, and Hansen fits the mold.
  9. Hansen is a classic Patriots type of receiver. If he sticks, this could prove interesting.
  10. De'Angelo Henderson and Ralph Webb both have three-down-back potential and should be on a short list of free agent backs the Niners take a look at in my opinion. However, the Niners will look to Matt Breida and Alfred Morris first to cover the loss of McKinnon.
  11. This is a curious move. I didn't see this one coming.
  12. I hope we find out McKinnon's injury is not serious. If is is, however, Breida and Morris get an obvious uptick. I wonder who is out there who could be available. Ameer Abdullah would be interesting. What is the latest on Orleans Darkwa? De'Angelo Henderson would be an exciting addition. How about Akrum Wadley? I know this is purely speculation, but I am just taking a mental inventory of some names at RB who could do well in that offense if given an opportunity.
  13. Boyd could be viewed as a breakout candidate, but it is hard to get too excited about him based upon his body of work thus far. Half of Boyd's production last season came in the final two contests, so perhaps there is reason for some optimism. AJ Green will command his usual share of targets, John Ross is a popular candidate to emerge as a deep threat, Tyler Eifert is reportedly healthy again (for how long?) and Mixon and Gio will continue to be involved in the passing game, but Boyd has some potential value as the team's primary slot receiver. I was never especially high on Boyd as a fantasy asset, despite his college production and second-round draft status, and following two nondescript seasons, color me unimpressed still. As an essentially free addition to a very deep dynasty roster, I could be tempted to stash him short-term, but I am generally content rather to allow my opponents to tie up a precious developmental roster spot on Boyd instead.
  14. What trades?
  15. It is way too early to hit the panic button, and you are right, it is not even unexpected. We always hope for better, but we shouldn't be surprised when a rookie runner takes some time to adjust to the NFL. The one disappointment I have, however, is that his receiving game is less developed than I had hoped.