Nyheim Hines – Preferred in PPR, but he should get enough usage to be a flex in non-PPR as well. Hines and Marlon Mack were splitting snaps before Mack tore his Achilles, so Hines will still be a major part of the rotation between him and Jonathan Taylor; Hines and Taylor split snaps down the middle in the 2nd half after Mack got hurt. If you’re in a full PPR league, view Hines as a RB2 regardless of whether he scores TDs or not. FAAB recommendation: 30%
Malcolm Brown – With Darrell Henderson banged up coming into their Week 1 game, Brown dominated RB usage. He played on 44 snaps compared to Akers’ 24, played on all but one third down play, ran 11 more routes than Akers, and it added up to 22 opportunities (carries + targets). He might not be the starter for long, but Brown is the most trusted RB in the Rams backfield right now. Keep in mind that Akers will likely get better and start pushing Brown for snaps, and don’t count out Henderson to push for snaps as well once he’s fully healed from his hamstring injury. This can be a 3-man backfield, but it seems like Brown will be the guy on the important snaps on 3rd down and on the goal line. FAAB recommendation: 25%
Benny Snell – James Conner got hurt in what seemed like a little too early for comfort in Monday night’s game against the Giants. The initial prognosis was an ankle injury, but they kept him out even after taping it up. Snell proceeded to come in and have the best game of his pro career, taking 19 carries for 113 yards, and admittedly looked way better than he did last season. He lost some weight, was able to get around the corner, but maintain some power. His 3.2 yards after contact/attempt is a good number to chase. It has been evident that Conner can’t stay healthy, and if you had Conner, it was almost mandatory to have rostered Snell as well. Snell is the best long-term upside option of the RBs, but Mike Tomlin would have to make the tough call to bench Conner. At the very least, it’s possible that Conner misses Week 2 with the ankle injury, and Snell is usable against the Broncos at home. FAAB recommendation: 20%
James Robinson – Robinson looked good in his debut, taking 16 carries for 62 yards, and that comprised of 100% of backfield totes for the Jaguars. He ran more routes than Chris Thompson as well, but we should still assume Thompson is the main 3rd down back… there just weren’t that many 3rd downs for the Jaguars. Robinson ended up with 68% snaps to Thompson’s 24. Robinson has a good shot of keeping the early down work to himself even when Ryquell Armstead and Devine Ozigbo return from IR. It’s not going to be an amazing offense, and they might have to take Robinson off the field in some negative game scripts, but he’s shown enough where he can be close to a featured back for them. FAAB recommendation: 17%
Josh Kelley – Austin Ekeler dominated snaps, but it was Kelley who saw the goal line usage. He will be somewhat TD dependent, but he looked good with his opporunity and will be usable as a flex against a bad KC run defense in Week 2. He has season-long appeal as Ekeler’s main complement. FAAB recommendation: 15%
Peyton Barber – It was a true 3-way split in the Washington backfield, with Barber seeing 41% of snaps to JD McKissic’s 44, but Barber saw most of the work in the running game with 17 carries. He only took it for 29 yards against a tough defense, but 17 carries plus goal line work is a flex option at the very least. He should be picked up despite the fact that Antonio Gibson will eventually get more playing time. FAAB recommendation: 8%
Adrian Peterson – He was the main early down back for the Lions. When it came to opportunity, it was pretty much between Peterson as the main ball carrier on early downs, and D’Andre Swift as the main pass catcher on any down, including third downs. Swift played on 44% of snaps, while Peterson was able to corral 14 carries for 93 yards. Swift presumably got his goal line carry because of the fact that he was already in the hurry up offense on that drive, and I would assume Peterson will get most of them on normal drives. Peterson looked good, Kerryon didn’t, so I can see Kerryon being phased out of this rotation. FAAB recommendation: 9%
Boston Scott – Scott has already been dropped in a lot of leagues, but there’s no guarantee Miles Sanders is back for Week 2. I would keep him in mind if you have Sanders, or if you want to take a flier on Scott in case Sanders can’t go once again. He was in and out of the lineup last week because of an injury, so I wouldn’t be scared away from not enough usage from Week 1. He still ended up playing on 56% of snaps FAAB recommendation: 4%
Jerick McKinnon – Raheem Mostert dominated snaps and touches, but Jerick McKinnon saw 5 targets, saw all but one of the third down snaps, and saw 5 red zone opportunities compared to Mostert’s 1. He’s a sneaky add, and you might be able to add him to your bench for free as a stash. FAAB recommendation: 5%
Myles Gaskin – Surprisingly, Myles Gaskin was the answer between the question of whether it would be Jordan Howard or Matt Breida as the main RB in Miami. Gaskin was on the field for 63% of snaps, while Howard and Breida combined for 38%. He was the most versatile, leading the team in carries as well as pass routes. Jordan Howard is going to be the goal line back, but Gaskin’s 4 targets on top of his 9 carries is very interesting. He’s a sneaky add as well. Howard did lose snaps due to a hamstring injury that kept him off the field for a bit. FAAB recommendation: $1, or try to get him for free.
Chase Edmonds – Edmonds received 11 opportunities to Drake’s 18, so the disparity isn’t huge, but the snappage was. Drake outsnapped Edmonds 71% to 34%, but it seemed like Edmonds was involved whenever he was in. Edmonds ended up out-targeting Drake 5-2. If you have Drake, you have to roster Edmonds. FAAB recommendation: $1, or try to get him for free.
Damien Harris – If you have an empty IR slot, I would try and pick up Harris for free and throw him on there. He should be ready after the 3 week layoff by Week 4, and have immediate opportunity to be the lead back on the Patriots offense, which might not be so bad. Read options between him and Cam Newton sounds like upside to me. FAAB recommendation: Try to get him for free, or pay $1.
Parris Campbell – Campbell tied Hilton for the team lead of 9 targets in Week 1, and his route tree from the slot might favor Phillip Rivers’ skillset a little bit more. He was an every down player with Hilton, and he’s not coming off the field for anyone. He’s a talented player with upside after the catch, and I would guess that his target share will remain relatively high. Note: I rather have Campbell over Watkins, but since Campbell didn’t score, you probably won’t have to pay as much. FAAB recommendation: 20%
Darius Slayton – He’s already rostered in most leagues, but he is available in about a quarter of Yahoo leagues. He showed enough against a tough Pittsburgh secondary to not ignore him any longer. He has a ton of upside, even though he might disappear at times. FAAB recommendation: 20%
Sammy Watkins – We don’t want to fall into this Week 1 Sammy Watkins trap again, but keeping it that simple is a bit lazy. Watkins (55) played only 4 snaps less than Tyreek Hill (59), while the next highest was Demarcus Robinson (33), followed by Mecole Hardman (20). If Watkins is going to be on the field and running routes on almost every Patrick Mahomes dropback, I want to roster him. Don’t have high expectations, but he can’t be only 50% rostered like he is on Yahoo right now. FAAB recommendation: 25%
Robby Anderson – Robby Anderson was the only other full-time WR outside of DJ Moore, and he ended up with just 1 less target than him. Robby caught 6 of his 8 targets, including a Robby special, which was as 75 yard TD. One positive takeaway was that Anderson was running routes all over the field, so he doesn’t seem to be dependent on that one big play. If Chris McCaffrey is only going to average 5 targets or so in this offense, there will be more targets to go around for guys like Anderson. FAAB recommendation: 15%
Jamison Crowder – There’s a quarter of leagues on Yahoo that don’t have him rostered. If you’re in a full PPR league, he should be rostered as a solid WR3. With Le’Veon Bell out for a bit, expect Crowder to soak up targets underneath, just in case his 13 targets from Week 1 wasn’t any indication. FAAB recommendation: 20% in full PPR leagues, otherwise 10%
Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling – Lazard was the other full-time WR next to Davante Adams. He only saw 4 targets, but he caught all 4 for 63 yards and a TD. More targets would’ve been nice, but at least Lazard was efficient with a chance for his target share to grow. If I’m picking between him and MVS, I rather have Lazard; MVS played on only 55% of snaps compared to Lazard’s 87%%, who by the way played a sizable portion of that from the slot. Lazard FAAB recommendation: 10%, MVS: 5%
Russell Gage – Gage tied Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley with 12 targets. While that’s going to go down for Gage, he’s shown that he’s a big part of the passing game ever since Mohamed Sanu was traded; since that point, Gage has averaged almost 8 targets/game. He’s a legit PPR flex option in an offense that will be passing a ton. FAAB recommendation: 10%
Anthony Miller – Miller surprisingly only played on 42% of snaps, behind Ted Ginn. He pretty much only came in on 3 WR sets. 4 of his 6 targets came in the 2nd half during their comeback. He’s an amazingly talented WR, but the usage isn’t great. Because of it, he might be a bit up and down. If Robinson ends up being traded because of the displeasure due his contract situation, Miller would be the defacto #1 WR in Chicago. FAAB recommendation: 8%
Laviska Shenault – He’s a sneaky add. He only had 4 targets, but Gardner Minshew only threw it 20 times. He played on 62% of snaps, and that’s enough for me to be interested. He found in the end zone in his game as a rookie, and I expect good things from him going forward. Shenault will play some wildcat and take snaps from the backfield, in addition to WR play. FAAB recommendation: 8%
Tre’Quan Smith – If Michael Thomas ends up missing time, which he probably will if the reports of his ankle sprain are true, then Smith gets a big bump in all formats. He should be started as an upside WR3 if Thomas misses time. He played more snaps than Sanders last week, but only ran a couple of routes less than him. FAAB recommendation: 8%
Preston Williams – Williams was in a tough matchup last week, but he led the Dolphins in targets. DeVante Parker may or may not be back, but either way, Williams is going to very involed. He was the only WR to play almost every offensive snap for the Dolphins. FAAB recommendation: 5%
Keelan Cole – If you remember what he was able to do two years ago with an two offensive coaching regimes ago, he had a ton of promise. DJ Chark is still the 1 on this team, but Cole only ran 4 less routes than him. There is some upside on this passing offense that hasn’t been shown yet due to Gardner Minshew’s 20 attempts in Week 1. He’s a flier. FAAB recommendation: $1
Corey Davis – Is he having a delay breakout like DeVante Parker did last season? I don’t know. It’s more likely that AJ Brown becomes the man once again in Tennessee. It’s hard for me to bang the Corey Davis drum in Year 5 because, well, the drum is broken at this point. Take a flier on him. FAAB recommendation: $1
Dallas Goedert – Goedert was always on our radar, but his upside has been untapped because of Zach Ertz’s presence. Still, Carson Wentz doesn’t have a ton of weapons that they trust, and Goedert was being left open all day on Sunday while the attention was on Ertz. He caught 8 of 9 for 101 yards and a TD, and while he might not get this type of opportunity every week, he’ll be pretty playable as a TE1. FAAB recommendation: 10%
Jonnu Smith – Jonnu looked great against the Broncos, but the production didn’t come together for him outside of reaching the end zone. 7 targets is a great sign that he’s going to be involved, and he should have better games to come. FAAB recommendation: 7%
Logan Thomas – Thomas saw 8 targets from Dwayne Haskins, and he was already being hyped in camp as a favorite of his QB. He’s playing Arizona this week, and we know they’ve liked to give up points to the tight end position. FAAB recommendation: $1
Chris Herndon – Herndon saw most of his work during garbage time, but it seems as though the Jets will be in a lot of those situations this year. With Le’Veon Bell out for a bit, Herndon should be able to pick up some extra targets over the next few weeks. FAAB recommendation: $1
Jimmy Graham – Graham saw 7 targets on 80% of snaps, so the usage is encouraging for him. He caught a TD in this game, and should continue to be involved. FAAB recommendation: $1
Jordan Reed – Keep an eye on George Kittle’s knee injury. If he doesn’t go, camp standout Jordan Reed can pick up some extra targets this week against the Jets. FAAB recommendation: Try to get him for free.
OJ Howard – It seems as though Howard is the TE who is going to be out there more and running more routes between him and Rob Gronkowski. Howard saw 6 targets, but keep in mind that Mike Evans wasn’t playing a big role even though he was in on almost every snap.
Jimmy Garoppolo @ NYJ – Jimmy G didn’t play amazing against the Cardinals, but he still threw 2 TDs and had a solid day. The Jets secondary can be beat, and Kyle Shanahan should draw up a good enough game plan for Jimmy G to be successful. Josh Allen threw for 312 yards against the Jets, something that he didn’t do once last season.
Ryan Tannehill vs Jacksonville – He’s continuing to get it done, and his 43 attempts last week was very interesting, as the Titans ran a ton of plays. He’s going to see a weak Jaguars defense, so he’ll be able to put up some numbers once again.
Gardner Minshew @ Tennessee – His rushing ability gives him a bit of a floor, especially because their defense might not hold up most weeks. They did well this past week against Indianpolis, but we’ll see how long they can sustain overachieving with the roster they have. He has weapons, and Jay Gruden seems to be dialing up the right plays for Minshew to succeed.
Teddy Bridgewater @ Tampa Bay – The Bucs defense has improved, and held the Saints in check for the most part, but Teddy showed enough rushing ability to go along with his weapons that it’ll be hard pressed to find a better streamer than him in deeper leagues this week.
Mitch Trubisky vs NYG – Well, maybe Mitch Trubisky can compete with Teddy B for the last streaming spot. Trubisky wasn’t efficient, but he came through when it mattered. His best weapon in Allen Robinson is terribly upset, which can mean that Trubisky will force feed him the ball to show his worth, assuming ARob keeps himself available for this game. The Giants had real issues in their secondary on Sunday night, so Trubisky has a chance for his fantasy upside to show… he had 26 rushing yards as well to add to his output this past Sunday.
LA Rams @ Philadelpha – The Rams have a good enough pass rush, and the Eagles have offensive line issues, as they’ve shown against the Redskins last week.
Cleveland vs Cincinnati – Cleveland has a good pass rush and sacked the QB 2 times last week, and Cincinnati gave up three sacks last week. It adds up to a good streamer.
Arizona vs Washington – Arizona sacked the QB 3 times last week, Washington’s offense is not great, and Washington gave up 3 sacks last week to Philadelphia.
Washington @ Arizona – They might give up some points, but Washington sacked Carson Wentz 8 times last week, while the Cardinals got sacked 3 times.
DJ Moore, Austin Ekeler, Miles Sanders, Joe Mixon, OBJ, Allen Robinson, Nick Chubb, Kenny Golladay, DJ Chark, Terry McLaurin, Mike Evans, Michael Gallup, Tyler Boyd, Diontae Johnson, Antonio Gibson (stash), Jalen Reagor (stash), Damien Harris (stash, IR), Le’Veon Bell (stash, IR), Evan Engram, Ronald Jones, Jonathan Taylor (before he goes off)
Note on sell highs: Selling a player high doesn’t mean a player can’t be great this year. It mostly means to take advantage of a strong week that is less likely to re-occur. For example, I know you love the fact that Ridley had a stupid crazy Week 1, but if I can package him with another player and grab Davante Adams, I’d do that. And you likely won’t be able to do that later; this is your window. Do not get too emotionally attached to a huge performance.
Sell highs: Calvin Ridley, Josh Jacobs (positive game script, his 6 targets came on early downs… can you package him for Zeke?), Adam Thielen, Darius Slayton, Nyheim Hines, Malcolm Brown, Juju, Chris Carson, Will Fuller, John Brown