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  •  Cowboys/Panthers
    • After promising preseason usage, Michael Gallup was fourth in routes run (17) for the DAL WRs, behind Cole Beasley (28), Allen Hurns (26) and Deonte Thompson (19).
    • Beasley had 32% target share.
    • Cowboys offense looked terrible. So vanilla. They run the most simplest offense in the NFL, and teams are going to stack the box all year with Zeke. He is going to be fine, but if they get into negative game scripts, we’re going to see more of these type of games where Zeke sees only 15 carries. He needs to be more involved in the passing game like he should be. This coaching staff just isn’t getting the most out of Zeke. He has really good potential in the pass game, but he’s not getting the opportunity. Only had 4 targets in a game in which they were trailing for almost the entire 2nd half.
    • McCaffrey played on 86% of snaps. That fumble on the 5 yard line was big. Only had 10 carries, but the snap share is good. Caught 6 of 9 targets. Also had 39% target share – that’s serious. With Olsen potentially out for a while, McCaffrey shouild be very involved in the pass game.
    • Funchess only saw 5 targets, DJ Moore didn’t get a target. With Olsen out, Funchess should be more of a thing. Ron Rivera said that they’re going to bring him on slowly. He should be dropped at this point if you have him.
  • Broncos/Seahawks
    • Lindsey – 17 touches/102 yards/1TD – 26 snaps – 15 carries – 2 catches
      • Had a carry or target on almost 70% of his snaps – highest rate for all backs with 15 or more Week 1 snaps.
    • Freeman – 15 touches/71 yards/0 TD – 29 snaps – 15 carries – 0 catches
    • Booker – 19 – 4 touches
    • Carson/Penny
      • Carson saw 26 snaps – 7 carries, 5 targets
      • Penny saw 25 snaps – 7 carries, 5 targets
      • Prosise saw 6 snaps
      • Carson outplayed Penny by a mile, reaching 51 yards on his 7 carries compared to Penny’s 8 yards, but this was a tough defense and Carson did have a long run of 24 yards. Penny’s going to block Carson’s ceiling, and will continue to get play unless Penny can’t start outproducing Carson. They each got 5 targets as well, with Penny catching more passes but Carson doing more with each pass. It’s an even split at this point, with Penny having the potential of slowly eating away and becoming the guy. The only way that will happen though is if Carson starts to not play as well, and it hasn’t happened yet, although he did lose a fumble. Penny remains a bench stash.
      • I’m not picking up Will Dissly, I think it was a bit fluky – he’s actually primarily a blocking Tight end. And if it wasn’t for some missed tackles, he wouldn’t have had the game that he did. I’m not interested in picking him up if I’m need at TE. Only ran a route on 40% of throws by Wilson.
    • Sanders is Case Keenum’s guy by the way if you haven’t noticed. Caught 10 of 11 targets for 135 yards and a TD. DT also had 10 targets btw, so don’t worry.
    • Doug Baldwin has a Grade 2 partial tear on his MCL on the other knee.. not the one we were worried about. Not sure how long that’s going to take. So in his absence, Brandon Marshall.. yup, Brandon Marshall and Tyler Lockett will be the two main beneficiaries. Marshall I think will be more relevant in a high floor PPR type of format, and Lockett should get more opportunity, but has a better chance of returning value on some big plays. Either way, I’m higher on Lockett than I am Marshall in the absence of Baldwin.
  • Colts/Bengals
    • Andrew Luck looked pretty good – he threw 53 passes in this game. We’ll probably see a good amount of that because they won’t be able to do shit on the ground and their defense sucks. Good for fantasy.
    • Wilkins was okay, but I’m really not excited about this running game even when Mack gets back – these guys can be relevant when they get close to the goal line but I do think it’ll be a TD dependent type of thing in this backfield. With so many guys involved, it’ll tough to pick out one.
      • Nyheim Hines thought – 7 catches on 9 targets.
        • played 37 snaps to Wilkins’ 46. With Indy in a lot of negative game scripts, this can be a thing. If you’re in a PPR league and are in need of a RB, he should be on your list of guys. 7 catches on this offense – he can have some upside. Hines did run 9 routes as a WR, he was a former WR. Big and fast.
      • Ebron and Doyle both getting targets, but Doyle is the guy I rather have because he’s on the field on almost every single snap.
        • Doyle ran route on 93% of snaps – 10 targets. Didn’t pass block once. 94% of snaps.
        • Ebron ran route on 42% of snaps – 5 targets. Ebron also didn’t pass block once. 45 % of snaps.
    • Mixon looking great – played on almost 80% of snaps, saw more than 90% of RB touches. Gio only saw 2 touches in this game. Safe to say that he’s their bellcow RB on all downs.
    • John Ross did see a 3-yard TD in this game, which was his only catch on 2 targets.. not something I’m trying to get to the waivers for this week.
  • Titans/Dolphins
    • Delanie Walker dislocated ankle and fracture. Jonnu Smith might be a pickup there, but I’m not crazy interested. Will look that into a bit more while I’m researching for tomorrow’s waiver wire article.
    • Drake still played on 74% of snaps, even thought Frank Gore outproduced him on the ground with less carries. Saw all four of the RB targets too. That’s good usage.
    • Derrick Henry/Dion Lewis
      • Henry had 29% of snaps, Lewis had 71%. Lewis out-touched him 21-11. 6 more carries, short-yardage score. Lewis had 66% of RB touches. Henry had 34%.
      • Lewis out-snapped 14 to 0 on third down. Red zone snaps – 6 to 2.
    • Corey Davis had 34% target share. He had 13 targets, caught 6 of them. We’ll see what the deal is on Mariota’s elbow injury.
    • Kenny Stills is looking like the guy in Miami without DeVante Parker, and even with Parker back I like him more.
  • Chiefs/Chargers
    • Travis Kelce sucked. It was all Tyreek Hill. How many TDs did Hill have? I lost count. I think it was 3 total TDs. He’s getting volume with his big playmaking ability. It’s the ideal situation.
      • Concerned? Patrick Mahomes never played with a TE in college.
    • Speaking of Mahomes, he looked great against this tough Chargers defense. 250 yards, 4 TDs on only 27 attempts.
    • Kareem Hunt
      • 71% of snaps is fine. 16 of 20 carries. 1 of 2 targets. Wasn’t so involved in the pass game but they only threw it 27 times. I’m not worried. I’d buy low on him. Spencer Ware wasn’t a thing. He only had 4 touches.
    • Both Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler stayed very relevant together – Gordon had 24 touches, including 9 catches on 13 targets. Ekeler caught 5 of 5 for 87 yards and a TD. Dude is electric when he touches the ball. Ekeler had only 10 touches altogether, but he doesn’t need much. He’s an upside flex play every week, and needs to be picked up.
    • Mike Williams had a pretty solid day, and it wasn’t in the red zone. Caught 5 of 6 targets for 81 yards. Pretty good. Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin combined for 3 catches. Good sign for things to come for Williams.
  • Browns/Steelers
    • Landry saw 40% of targets – 15 targets in this game. Njoku was 2nd with 7, so wouldn’t panic on him. Tyrod sucks. Just want to put that out there for the 100th time. Josh Gordon caught a TD on his only catch, not sure I can depend on that next week. Chris Mortensen reported that Gordon will likely play around 20 snaps.. he played 69 of their 89 snaps. And caught one ball. Landry is clearly the guy right now, and Tyrod doesn’t know how to look elsewhere. I might want to stash Mayfield on my bench at this point. 15 for 40, I mean come on bruh. He was fine for fantasy, but he’s fine for himself in fantasy, not for the other guys on his team.
    • It was all Hyde and Duke Johnson, Chubb barely played.
    • Conner saw 100% of RB touches. Only the Steelers do this. He’s obviously a must-play RB1 every single week while Lev Bell is out.
  • Patriots/Texans
    • The Texans chose to take away Chris Hogan in this game – at least that’s what I’m telling myself. Everyone else was open in this game, and Brady completed a pass to like 8 players. Dorsett caught 7 of 7 for 66 yards and a TD. Wouldn’t expect Dorsett to do it every week, but he should probably be owned. They’re going to take what the defense gives them, and we saw Hogan kill it last year without Edelman, and we can see Hogan bounce back next week, but obviously our confidence in him is out the window. Or maybe not because they play in Jacksonville. And since Jacksonville is next week, a buy low on Hogan might be a good idea.
    • Rex Burkhead led this backfield, Jeremy Hill was involved but he got hurt in the first half. Turns out he actually tore his ACL. Rex had 18 carries and 3 targets – that’s good usage in this offense. James White had 9 targets too. But you have Sony Michel probably ready to go soon, so don’t expect anything to stay the same once he’s back. But with Hill out, I think Rex’s value definitely goes up.
    • Deshaun Watson didn’t look good this week, but he’ll be fine. I’m not worried about him. Belichick isn’t going to let Watson light his defense up two years in a row. But I would like Fuller to be back to have more confidence in Watson.
  • Saints/Bucs
    • Kamara just continues to get it done and in a big way. He ran 18 routes as a WR (most by far by a RB this week), ran 37 routes total. Efficient as hell, even if he can’t get it done on the ground he does it in the air, and it seems like the talk about not being able to continue what he was doing last year as far as efficiency goes is a moot point. Let’s see what happens when Ingram comes back. He had 3 TDs on 17 touches.
    • Mike Gillislee and Jonathan Williams were hardly involved. Kamara saw 81% of snaps.
    • Michael Thomas caught 16 of his 17 targets for 180 yards and a TD. Thomas is in for a big year if Brees has to continue to sling it. We’ll see if this defense can get better after they started slow just like they did last year again Minnesota Week 1.
    • When Ryan Fitzpatrick is the QB for the Bucs, the WRs come back into play. Jameis loves his tight ends, and Fitz doesn’t look at TEs. Mike Evans caught 7 for 7, D-Jax caught 5 of 5 and Godwin caught 3 of 4. D-Jax needs to be owned if he’s not in your league. We’ll see what happens this week, but D-Jax had a concussion so Godwin might get a bump for Week 2. Jameis isn’t guaranteed his job back, so Fitzpatrick can make these WRs a bit more relevant than Jameis was.
    • Barber saw 83% of RB touches. 19 carries is good, but he might be TD dependent, and not sure how many targets he sees or any RB sees with Fitzpatrick at QB. There was only one target to a RB in this game and it was to Jacquizz Rodgers. Would like to have seen a bit more usage in the passing game to get a real idea of how he’ll be used. Rojo was inactive, so he’s irrelevant at this point and is a good thing for Barber’s value.
  • Vikings/49ers
    • Adam Thielen had 12 targets which was 35% of target share, went over 100 yards. He’s going to be just fine, especially in PPR leagues. With all the attention on Diggs, you probably got a nice little value on Thielen if you drafted late. Diggs looking good too, but only caught 3 balls out of his 6 targets – at least 1 of them is a TD. It seems like Cousins is looking at him for big plays.
    • Kyle Rudolph only had 1 catch on 2 targets, so I’m a little worried there. He might be TD dependent, so I’m looking at the waiver wire for a backup just in case Rudolph isn’t going to get it done for me.
    • Dalvin Cook looking like the workhorse we wanted him to be.
      • 80% of snaps (Cook’s 57 to Murray’s 14)
      • 22 touches – 17 carries and 5 catches
      • 66% of RB touches
      • Murray had 11 touches, nothing in the pass game. Cook ran 31 pass routes to Murray’s 2
      • Zimmer on Cook after the game: “He hasn’t had a lot of contact. We’ll get him some more. I think this game will help him a lot”. Thanks to Andrew Krammer from the Star Tribune for that quote. This means he’ll be used even more.
    • Matt Breida and Alfred Morris split time and had the same amount of touches. This was a tough Vikings D, so it’s tough to get a real gauge on the backfield, but it looks like a split committee right now.
    • George Kittle led the 49ers in targets with 9 – caught 5 of them for 90 yards and looks great. He’s injury prone, so don’t depend on him for the entire season.
    • Marquise Goodwin had a quad contusion and was ruled out early, and ended up with zero catches. It was a very tough matchup anyway so I hope you sat him. Doesn’t look like a serious injury – he was trying to loosen up and return but couldn’t, so we’ll wait and see if he’s practicing for Week 2.
  • Bears/Packers
    • Jordan Howard
      • 79% of snaps, 76% of RB carries. Ran 22 routes to Cohen’s 10. 5 targets, caught all. 13 routes and 2 targets per game last year. 60% of RB touches. Looking like a guy who is actually valuable in PPR leagues. Finally. The offense is being run through him.
    • The entire Bears offense actually looked pretty creative and had a nice flow in the first couple of drives and once they got up, they got real conservative. Aaron Rodgers hurt his knee – we have to wait and see what happened, but he did come back and brought the Packers back after Randall Cobb took an intermediate pass all the way to the house. Great game. It looks like if Aaron Rodgers is out there, you need to have Cobb in your lineup. He led the team in targets, followed by Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison with 8 each. Allison needs to be picked up in all formats. All three of these guys caught a TD.
    • I think game script was a reason why Allen Robinson stopped doing much and Trey Burton wasn’t really a thing. Also, the Packers have just been great against tight ends even last season, so I wouldn’t worry too much if you have Burton. Would still roll him out next week.
    • Tarik Cohen was very involved, but the touches aren’t quite there yet to get excited. He only 3 catches in this game on 4 targets.
    • Jamaal Williams didn’t look great. He did find some space, but it wasn’t a great effort.
  • Ravens/Bills
    • All Baltimore. Crabtree and Snead led the WRs in targets with 6 each, they also each had a TD. John Brown had 4 targets and had a TD himself. Looks like Flacco likes his new weapons. No one is separating themselves to make on a priority over the other at the moment.
    • Kenneth Dixon got some play in this game since it was a blowout, Collins only saw 7 carries with a total of 13 yards. But Dixon got hurt again! Maybe it’s time to buy Collins low, especially if you’re in a standard league.
    • I’m going to not talk about the Bills. They’re terrible. LeSean McCoy – my goodness. Tough defense, so look to bounce back. If you can buy McCoy for pennies, go for it in PPR.
  • Jaguars/Giants
    • Leonard Fournette hurt his hamstring early and this game, but was looking good before that point. He said he could’ve came back, but we know these type of soft tissue injuries can linger. Either way, TJ Yeldon needs to be picked up. He saw 14 carries in this game compared to Corey Grant’s 1. He’s known more for being a pass-catcher, so he’ll stay relevant. The Jaguars want to run the ball, and Yeldon can see a workload you’ll be happy with if Fournette were to be out. Probably the top waiver add this week. The Jags are optimistic that he’ll play next week.
    • As far as this this Jags WR corp, Dede Westbrook had the most targets with 6, caught 5 of them for 51 yards. Keelan Cole is the big play guy, caught 3 of 4. Moncrief caught 1 of 5. I think Cole is pretty much owned, but if Dede is available in your PPR league, he needs to be owned as well.
  • Redskins/Cardinals
    • Cardinals offense looked terrible. Sam Bradford didn’t know what to do with the ball. He completed 20 passes for only 153 yards, had an interception, lost a fumble.
    • David Johnson’s 9 carries is not encouraging, but the Cards were down early and in this entire game, so they abandoned the run. DJ got 9 targets at least, which was one less than Larry Fitzgerald. DJ got the TD to save the day, but it wasn’t pretty. Let’s hope this offense can get back on track to at least salvage his value.
    • Adrian Peterson got some volume in this game with the Redskins being up the entire time. Do you guys remember when the Cardinals got him for his first game, they were up the entire time, and he had a ton of volume? Yeah, what happened to him after that? Yeah, I’m selling high on Peterson. If the Redskins aren’t in a positive game script or face a tough D, Peterson might be toast.
    • Chris Thompson looked great – was super efficient with all his touches. Volume is going to be an issue with Thompson, so understand that if you’re playing him, you’re banking on him being efficient.
    • Jamison Crowder was a bit of a disappointment – we thought he would see more than 4 targets. Jordan Reed saw 5, but with the Redskins up again, they didn’t need to pass it a ton.