Sat Sep 19 9:34am ET
By CHARLIE WIEGERT
Week one is in the books, so what did we learn? First, the great idea of drafting Michael Thomas in the first few picks was a mistake. Not only was he ineffective, he wound up hurt when a teammate rolled his ankle. He should miss at least the next three weeks. You can upgrade Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook.
A good defense can stop the best offenses and completely shutdown mediocre offenses. That’s what we will see from the Steelers opponents this year, so don’t expect much from Denver this week. Melvin Gordon has the backfield to himself with Phillip Lindsay out, but is not a recommended play.
Speaking of Pittsburgh, Big Ben shook off the rust against the Giants and should have a big game at home against a Denver defense missing a couple of their best players.
Arizona’s defense should have little trouble with the Washington Football Team at home this week. De’Andre Hopkins will earn that big pay day he just received and will lead the NFL in targets and receptions this year. Kenyon Drake will be the lead back, but Chase Edmonds is going to be involved and could be a good flex play in certain weeks.
Atlanta’s defense looked bad again, which is great for teams playing against them (Dallas this week, so big game for Zeke), but also good for your fantasy team. Matt Ryan will be playing catch up and throwing the ball a lot, making a Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and even Russell Gage good plays. And this week will be a breakout game for Hayden Hurst because Dallas can’t defend tight ends. Sadly, Todd Gurley will be a forgotten player.
Indianapolis lost Marlin Mack for the year against a better than we thought Jaguars defense. This puts rookie Jonathan Taylor in prime time sooner than expected with a step up for Nyheim Hines although this week Phillip Rivers should have the big day as he picks apart a young Viking secondary. Look for big games from T Y Hilton and Parris Campbell because the Vikings gave up the most fantasy points to wide receivers in Week 1.
From the Jacksonville side, it looks like Gardner Minshew could be a sleeper, along with James Robinson and Laviska Shenault Jr.
As the Rams pulled an upset on the Cowboys, Malcom Brown proved to be the Rams running back to own and Robert Woods out targeted Cooper Kupp. I expect more of the same from the Rams at Philly this week. And the Rams D should be a great play also unless the Eagles get a couple players back for their offensive line, mainly right tackle Lane Johnson. Keep an aye on the injury report because if Johnson does not play, you don’t want any part of any Eagles. Not only will Miles Sanders have nowhere to run, but Aaron Donald will wreak havoc for Wentz.
Quick hits: The only fantasy player worth owning on the Jets is Jamison Crowder and the only receiver on the Giants is Darius Slayton. The only receiver on the Vikings looks like Adam Thielen and based on how weak their defense looked, Kirk Cousins will be going his way a lot. Adrian Peterson looks like the best option at running back in Detroit. JK Dobbins will get a lot of red zone and goal-line carries for the Ravens. Bryan Edwards hype from the Raiders was just that, hype. If he has another week last week, you can cut him. The hype on the Rogers to Adams turned out to be real and expect a lot more big weeks from both. It won’t be long till Tua Tagovailia replaces Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback in Miami. And yes, Will Fuller will get the majority of targets in Houston as long as he stays healthy. The Patriots continue to frustrate fantasy owners because Bill Belichek only cares about winning games and new Cam Newton will do what is necessary, but I’m not sure who else will be reliable. Yes, Clyde Edwards-Helaire looked remarkably good and had great fantasy stats. But he was unsuccessful on six goal-line carries, so I’d look for someone else to be getting them in the future. He’s a good sell-high trade target.
After this week, the what to do with Nick Chubb questions should be answered. The Browns were playing from behind last Sunday, so that’s why Kareem Hunt saw more playing time. He should be back in everyone’s good graces after the Bengals game Thursday night.
And Austin Ekeler should see more targets this week, also. The game flow worked to Joshua Kelley’s advantage last week and Ekeler only had one target to go with 19 carries. Expect more check downs against the Chiefs this week.
I hope you have a victorious Week 2!
Charlie Wiegert was the sixth person to be inducted in the Fantasy Sports Hall Of Fame in 2001. He is a founder of CDM Fantasy Sports and Fantasy Sports Trade Association. He has been playing and winning fantasy baseball leagues since 1984. If you have any questions for Charlie, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GFFantasySports.
Five Sleepers: Week 7
After coming down with a calf strain at practice on Friday, Aaron Jones is now expected to miss the Week 7 game against the Texans. This is a tough one for fantasy football managers, as Jones has been a reliable RB1 all season long and may be difficult to replace in fantasy lineups on short notice. Fourth-year running back Jamaal Williams is now expected to act as the lead RB, but rookie AJ Dillon will be in the mix as well and should see more touches than usual. Dexter Williams was added to the Packers active roster on Saturday as well for additional running back depth. Consider Williams a plug-and-play RB2/FLEX option, while Dillon looks more like an RB3/RB4 flier for deeper leagues. Both are also intriguing lower-cost options for DFS lineups, depending on the contest format.
Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) isn't expected to play Sunday, Oct. 25, and the team is planning on him not playing, according to sources Saturday, Oct. 24.
Fantasy Spin: It's a big blow for fantasy managers. Packers RBs Jamaal Williams, AJ Dillon and Dexter Williams should all play roles with Dillon being the most appealing for fantasy purposes.
Dallas Cowboys DB Rashard Robinson (undisclosed) was placed on the practice squad injured list Saturday, Oct. 24.
Cincinnati Bengals DT Mike Daniels was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. DB Winston Rose was also promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.
Atlanta Falcons DE Austin Edwards and LB Edmond Robinson were added to the active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Oct. 24, as COVID-19 replacements.
San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) has an 'outside chance' of returning in Week 8, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Saturday, Oct. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Coleman should be stashed now wherever available with RB Raheem Mostert going on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday.
Updating a previous story, Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) is officially listed as questionable for the game Monday, Oct. 26, against the Chicago Bears after getting in a limited practice Saturday, Oct. 24.
Los Angeles Rams DL Michael Brockers (non-injury) and CB Troy Hill (non-injury) didn't practice Saturday, Oct. 24, but don't carry injury designations for Week 7. DL Aaron Donald (non-injury) and OL Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) practiced in full and don't carry injury designations.
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) is hopeful to play Monday, Oct. 26, according to head coach Sean McVay Saturday, Oct. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Higbee had a season-high 56 yards with three catches on four targets in Week 6. He's a low-tier TE1 when on the field.
Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods (groin) was a limited participant at practice Saturday, Oct. 24, but doesn't carry an injury designation into the Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Oct. 26.
Fantasy Spin: Woods will be a somewhat risky WR3 play in what's projected as a low-scoring game against the Bears.
Kansas City Chiefs DE Alex Okafor (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24.
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Thompson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Oct. 24.
Updating previous stories, San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. S Johnathan Cyprien and S Jared Mayden were activated from the team's practice squad. WR Jauan Jennings (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
Tennessee Titans DB Dane Cruikshank was activated from the Reserve/Injured list to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24. OL David Quessenberry and LB Daren Bates were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.
Denver Broncos CB A.J. Bouye, DE Dre'Mont Jones and DE DeMarcus Walker were activated from the Reserve/Injured list to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24. CB De'Vante Bausby was released in a corresponding move. Free-agent DL Sylvester Williams (Broncos) was re-signed to the practice squad. RB Jeremy Cox and LB Nigel Bradham will be elevated from the practice squad to the game-day roster for Sunday, Oct. 25.
Las Vegas Raiders DE David Irving and CB Dylan Mabin were activated from the practice squad Saturday, Oct. 24.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Trey Edmunds and LB Jayrone Elliott were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24.
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. S Doug Middleton and TE Eric Saubert were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.