By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Manning's stock is going up
While most sites are giving you draft grades for each team, we are here to give you an idea of how the draft is going to impact your fantasy league. So below are the winners and losers from the draft this past weekend. Some players had their fantasy values go up while others had their value dip because of players drafted. Here are the winners and losers from this weekend. . . . . .
Eli Manning, QB, Giants. The Giants used a first-round pick to grab Evan Engram, a top pass-catching tight end. This gives Manning another top option in the passing game. Manning has some of the best pass-catching options on his side in all of football. This offense could be very good, and Manning will be leading the way. He could have a career season with all of these weapons on his side.
Rob Kelley, RB, Redskins. The Redskins did add a back in the draft, but didn't use a high pick on a running back. This means Kelley likely opens the season as the starter for the Redskins. We still aren't big on his skill set but the Redskins seem to trust him, which gives him value for the coming season. His value is rising after the draft.
Brian Hoyer, QB, 49ers. Hoyer sure looks like the "guy" in San Fransisco for the coming year. The 49ers did draft a quarterback but it wasn't an elite option that is NFL ready. Hoyer might get overlooked by some, but he has posted very good numbers the last two years when starting. He could do well in a pass-friendly offense.
Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers. The Chargers used their first pick in the draft on Mike Williams. This give Rivers another top threat in the passing game. The trio of Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Williams could be quite force for the coming season. Plus, tight end Hunter Henry is another great option in the passing game, giving Rivers quite the options to throw to this season.
Paul Perkins, RB, Giants. The Giants didn't really land a back to compete with Paul Perkins for the starter's job. It sure looks like Perkins is going to get his chance to run with the starting job. Perkins will be an intriguing fantasy pick in one of the best offenses in football.
Jameis Winston, QB, Bucs. The Bucs gave Winston two more top options for the passing game in the draft. O.J. Howard was considered the best tight end in the draft and should make an immediate impact in the passing game. The team also drafted Chris Godwin, a speedster that can stretch the field in a hurry. He could have some big plays along the way this year despite being No. 3 or 4 on the depth chart.
Latavius Murray, RB, Vikings. Murray doesn't look quite so good after the draft. The Vikings drafted Dalvin Cook, who will compete with Murray for the starter's job. Cook is more of a three-down back with a better skill set, so Murray seems likely to open the season as the top backup for the Vikings.
Mike Glennon, QB, Bears. Glennon sure looked like the quarterback for the Bears for several seasons, but then the draft happened. The Bears traded up a spot to take Mitchell Trubisky, who will be the starter for this team once he is ready. Glennon had some potential for the coming year in a starting role, but things sure look clouded for him now.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Bengals. LaFell looks like he will be No. 4 on the depth chart for the Bengals at receiver. The Bengals selected John Ross, who is expected to take over a starting job right away. This bumps LaFell down the depth chart. He might have a much harder time finding the time this year.
Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs. The Chiefs traded up in the draft to take Patrick Mahomes. He is the franchise quarterback going forward and will move into the starting lineup when ready. Smith suddenly is looking over his shoulder after the pick of Mahomes.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers. The addition of Christian McCaffrey likely moves Stewart to No. 2 on the depth chart. He could see his touches reduced a lot compared to past years. The Panthers are going to get McCaffrey involved in all sorts of ways offensively, which means he will be on the field a lot. Stewart isn't looking so good anymore for fantasy teams.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker (ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday, but his injury isn't believed to be serious. Parker caught four passes on nine targets for 85 yards in the season debut against the Chargers and has a great matchup on tap against the Jets in Week 2. Even though Jay Cutler favored Jarvis Landry over the middle in the first game, Parker is still very much in Miami's aerial plans and should be a solid play this weekend.
New York Giants rookie tight end Evan Engram entered the concussion protocol as a "precaution" after the Week 2 game and was limited in practice Wednesday. Engram looks to be fine, but he'll have to be cleared from the protocol in order to play against the Eagles in Week 3. The rookie tight end has acquitted himself well in the first two games, catching a total of eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown. He's an upside TE2 that's a better stash in dynasty leagues, especially with New York's offense in shambles right now.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle will be listed as questionable heading into their game Thursday against the LA Rams. He has a plethora of injuries, including a hip injury, which is what was listed on the injury report this week. Kittle has been a low-end option for the first two weeks of the season, but against the Rams who have struggled against running backs and tight ends to start the season, he could be a startable option in deeper leagues if he plays. Stay tuned to the inactive list on Thursday to see if he will play.
Indianapolis Colts' wide receivers Chester Rogers (hamstring) and Kamar Aiken (hip) were both listed on the team's Wednesday injury report, with Rogers not practicing and Aiken doing so in a limited fashion. That Rogers hasn't participated in team activities after having nearly all of last week off of practice is a major concern, though it's difficult to imagine him making much of a fantasy impact with Jacoby Brissett as the starting quarterback. Aiken's status for Sunday will need to be monitored, but he is still a tough start given the limited ceiling of the Colts' passing offense.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd was listed as inactive in the team's week 2 matchup with the Houston Texans. Though it was first thought that Boyd was inactive due to a hamstring issue, it was later revealed by head coach Marvin Lewis that Boyd was a "healthy scratch." With Boyd himself wondering why he was held out, many are speculating that it was due to the activation of wide receiver John Ross, who made his league debut during the game. Things are getting interesting in Cincinnati with former offensive coordinator Ken Zampese getting the axe this week, Boyd's role isn't as clear cut as he thought it was during the preseason. Though his job as the team's primary slot receiver may in fact still be safe, it also may not be with the new direction of new offensive head Bill Lazor. Fantasy owners will have to stay tuned to this situation as it progresses during the coming weeks.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins was listed with the starters on this Week's depth chart released by the team. Higgins is coming off a breakout game against the Baltimore Ravens which saw him catch seven passes for 95 yards. He heads into Week 3 in a great spot against a leaky Indianapolis Colts pass defense. Higgins should be added in all 12-team leagues and merits immediate flex consideration in PPR leagues in a game that could be a sneaky shootout considering the ineffectiveness of both defenses.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said wide receiver Paul Richardson is "going to be fine" after the receiver suffered a dislocated finger in Week 2. Richardson had just two catches for 19 yards in the win over San Fran, but he was able to find the end zone for the first time this year. With Seattle's entire offense stuck in the mud, mainly because of the inept offensive line, Richardson is currently an unappealing flex option.
Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten is a solid tight end play like he usually is for the Week 3 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. He's seen plenty of targets in the first two games, and with the Cardinals secondary likely to shut down the Cowboys wide receivers, the passing game may run through short passes to the running back and tight end. Witten always has touchdown upside, and he has a safe floor because of how heavily he is used every week. Fire him up as a low-end TE1 on Monday night.
Buffalo Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest), DT Marcell Dareus (ankle), OT Cordy Glenn (foot, ankle), DE Shaq Lawson (foot), RB LeSean McCoy (rest) and DT Jerel Worthy (concussion) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. S Colt Anderson (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), LB Deon Lacey (hamstring) and LB Matt Milano (hamstring) were each limited participants in practice.
Seattle Seahawks TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) was held out of practice Wednesday, Sept. 20, with a sprained ankle.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (quadriceps) missed practice Wednesday. This is worrying for fantasy owners who have Brown, as his injury recovery process may hinder his success for the rest of the season as it did last year. Furthermore, with the rotation in the offensive line, it is hard to truly trust any piece of this offense following the injury to star running back David Johnson (wrist). With Brown looking unlikely to suit up again this week, J.J. Nelson -- one of the most popular waiver additions this week -- is a viable WR3/flex play against the Cowboys' banged-up secondary.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku scored the first touchdown of his NFL career in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. He has a good chance to score again in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have really struggled against enemy tight ends over the past few seasons, ranking 31st in DVOA against the position in 2016 and 30th this season. While Njoku splits reps with Seth DeValve and Randall Telfer, he has the most upside of the bunch. He settles in as an upside TE2 for Week 3 based on the favorable matchup alone.
Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed missed practice with a shoulder/chest injury. When asked about his absence, head coach Jay Gruden simply said "He's not healthy right now." This is a slightly more pessimistic tone than we'd heard on Monday when Reed's condition was describe as day-to-day. Owners holding out hope to play Reed against the Raiders Sunday night should consider adding Vernon Davis as an emergency option.
Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer is coming off a brutal, four-turnover performance against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2. Kizer struggled throughout the game against what is shaping up as a fierce Baltimore defense this season. The rookie quarterback should have an easier time in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts have had one of the worst defenses in the league over the past few seasons and have allowed both Jared Goff and Carson Palmer to post solid fantasy games against them the past two weeks. Kizer has shown some rushing ability and the Browns have not been shy about using him on keepers near the goal line this season. For that reason, coupled with the favorable opponent, Kizer has streamer appeal and is a strong start in two-quarterback formats in Week 3.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) will not practice Wednesday. Graham will be questionable for Week 3 against the Titans, and he's been a huge disappointment for his owners through two weeks with just four catches for a measly nine yards. He did see an encouraging eight targets last Sunday, but Seattle's offensive line and passing attack is ugly right now, and Graham can't be trusted as a TE1. Making matters worse, Seattle plays a late game this weekend, so you should be looking for other options than Graham.
Jacksonville Jaguars FS Tashaun Gipson (ankle), LB Lerentee McCray (knee) and C Brandon Linder (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. WR Jaelen Strong (hamstring), CB Jalen Ramsey (ankle) and DE Malik Jackson (groin) were limited.
Philadelphia Eagles CB Ronald Darby (ankle), FS Corey Graham (hamstring), S Rodney McLeod (hamstring), DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist) and S Jaylen Watkins (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. LB Najee Goode (forearm), DE Brandon Graham (triceps) and CB Jalen Mills (thumb) participated fully.
Baltimore Ravens WR Michael Campanaro (ankle), CB Jaylen Hill (thigh), DT Brandon Williams (foot) and TE Maxx Williams (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. LB Anthony Levine (chest) was limited, while LB Za'Darius Smith (knee, ankle) participated fully.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder, ankle) was limited in practice Wednesday. Newton took some hard hits in the Week 2 loss but stayed in the game. He should be fine for Week 3 against a leaky New Orleans Saints secondary. If there were any week for Newton to shake off the rust and perform as a legitimate QB1, this would be it.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley is not a good option for Week 3 starting lineups regardless of scoring format. The slot receiver will be facing the Arizona Cardinals defense on the road. While the Cardinals can occasionally be exploited by slot men, Beasley has not been a top-40 fantasy wide receiver since nine games ago. He can be kept on the bench as a depth piece, but shouldn't be started outside of desperate situations.