Tue Sep 15 9:58am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Brown got big workload Week 1
This list is pretty populated this week but just remember, there are a lot of players that won’t pan out going forward. Please keep your expectations in check after one week of action. Hopefully, some of the players do work out and can help the rest of the way. But please be judicious with your waiver-wire money when it comes to bidding. Don’t blow all your money this first week. These are just a few words of wisdom before getting to the possible additions to your team.
Mitchell Trubisky, Bears. Trubisky had a really slow start but last week but picked it up in a big way, finishing with 242 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He is never a sure thing but has some really favorable matchups the next few weeks, making him worth a look. He plays the Giants and Falcons his next two contests.
Gardner Minshew, Jaguars. This might be one of the last few weeks Minshew is available on the waiver wire. He has near perfect in the opener, going 19-of-20 for 173 yard and three touchdowns without an interception. He continues to provide the big game for fantasy teams. Minshew is available in 54 percent of leagues.
Nyheim Hines, Colts. Even before Marlon Mack was injured last week, Hines was getting his work in the Colts offense. He finished with two touchdowns and eight receptions. Philip Rivers loves to throw the running back and Hines is the top pass-catching back, so don’t be surprised if Hines gets a lot of targets on a weekly basis. Hines is available in 39 percent of leagues.
James Robinson, Jaguars. Robinson was the surprise starter for the Jaguars at running back and played pretty well in that role. He ran 16 times for 62 yards and caught a pass for 28 yards, giving him 90 total yards. He looked the part of an NFL back, so he has some value for fantasy teams. Robinson remains available in 44 percent of leagues.
Peyton Barber, Washington. Barber didn’t start for Washington but led the team in carries and got the goal-line work. He ran 17 times for 29 yards and two touchdowns. His production with his carries is a concern but if he keeps getting the goal-line work and double-digit touches Barber will have some fantasy value.
Malcolm Brown, Rams. Brown was not the Rams back that was expected to lead the way in that backfield, but that was the case in Week 1. Brown got the most carries and did well with his work, rushing 18 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 31 yards, giving him 110 total yards. Brown might not lead this backfield in carriers every week but is going to have a role in this offense, making him worth a roster spot in all formats. He is available in 77 percent of leagues.
Jerick McKinnon, 49ers. McKinnon didn’t get a ton of touches for the 49ers in their opener but got some touches and found the end zone. He ran three times for 24 yards and caught three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown. With Tevin Coleman doing little with his work, McKinnon could be playing his way into a bigger role in a hurry.
Myles Gaskin, Dolphins. Gaskin was maybe the surprise of the day, getting a lot of work at running back for the Dolphins while outproducing Matt Breida and Jordan Howard. Gaskin ran nine times for 40 yards and caught four passes for 26 yards. This might be the case going forward for Gaskin, getting double-digit touches for the Dolphins. He looked good in Week 1.
Joshua Kelley, Chargers. Kelley served as the top backup for the Chargers and looked good in that role. He ran 12 times for 60 yards and a touchdown. It would not surprise to see him getting double-digit touches on a weekly basis in the Chargers run-heavy offense.
Frank Gore, Jets. LeVeon Bell injured his hamstring and might have to miss some time. That leaves Gore as the starter for the Jets. Gore is not going to produce huge in this offense but any starting back in the NFL is going to have some fantasy value. He is worth adding if you need some tuning back depth.
Benny Snell, Steelers. James Conner is already hurt, leaving Snell as the possible starter. Snell had a great debut last week, producing big as the lead back for the Steeler. He hit the 100-yard mark rushing. Snell is available in 63 percent of leagues and is worth picking up in all formats. His ceiling is high as the starter in this offense.
Russell Gage, Falcons. Gage was a big factor as the No. 3 receiver for the Falcons in the opener. He had nine receptions for 114 yards on 12 targets. This probably isn’t a fluke, either, playing in the Falcons pass-heavy offense. Gage won’t do this every week but certainly has some upside going forward.
Sammy Watkins, Chiefs. Watkins was boom or bust last year, so you don’t want to look too much into one game. But Watkins had a big opener and showed he can still be a factor in this offense. Watkins had seven receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. He is still available in 44 percent of leagues.
Parris Campbell, Colts. Campbell led the way at receiver for the Colts in Week 1. He had six receptions for 71 yards and ran once for nine yards. The talented second-year receiver was not healthy much of his rookie year, so this game shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. He has a chance to have a big second season. Campbell remains available in 53 percent of leagues.
Tre’Quan Smith, Saints. The injury to Michael Thomas might open the door for Smith to get some more playing time and targets in the passing game. Smith was getting some hype during the offseason and training camp. He also has been a player that was hyped in past seasons, so don’t discount him going forward. He could get his chance if Thomas misses any time.
Logan Thomas, Washington. Thomas emerged as the starter for Washington this offseason and showed well in the opener. He was getting a lot of hype in training camp, so this solid showing isn’t a huge shock. Thomas had four receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. This could be a common theme for Thomas throughout the season.
O.J. Howard, Bucs. Howard outproduced Rob Gronkowski in Week 1 for the Bucs. He had four receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. Howard might have the better season of the two Buc tight ends. He could have a breakout year with Tom Brady as his quarterback. Howard is still available in 72 percent of leagues.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 6
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown returned after a one game absence, but it looks like he took this game off as well. Brown failed to haul in all of his four targets during the Week 6 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Quarterback Josh Allen had a tough time connecting with his receivers in this one. However, both Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley found the end zone. Brown should have WR4 upside against the New York Jets next week.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis was not able to do much damage against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He finished with one reception on his lone target of the game for seven yards in the loss. Quarterback Josh Allen did not have a good game throwing the ball, so that was part of the problem as well. Davis is likely going to get lost in the shuffle with the Bills receivers healthy at the moment. He might have desperation deep league appeal against the awful New York Jets Defense in Week 7.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley has been reliable all season long and that continued against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He hauled in four of his seven targets for 45 yards and one touchdown. The Bills weren't able to get the air attack going well in this game. However, that should change next week against the horrendous New York Jets Defense. Beasley continues to be a reliable PPR option and that should be the case next week as well.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs had a fairly quiet game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He hauled in six of his eight targets for 46 yards and one touchdown in the loss. He led the Bills in all receiving categories, but quarterback Josh Allen finished with a total of 122 passing yards in this game. Diggs salvaged his fantasy value with the touchdown, but he should rebound nicely next week. He'll get a favorable matchup against the New York Jets in Week 7. Fantasy owners should be able to lean on him as a WR1 for that game.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman only received one target on Monday and recorded zero yards against the Buffalo Bills. Hardman is a weekly boom or bust candidate and he had some potential in Week 6 with Sammy Watkins (hamstring) sidelined, but it was Demarcus Robinson who took advantage on Monday. Due to inconsistent performances, Hardman is only WR4/WR5 with upside most weeks. Hardman will look to pick up some stats against the Denver Broncos in a Week 7 matchup.
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary was the lead back once again, but failed to do much damage on the ground. He rushed 10 times for 32 yards on the ground in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Singletary also hauled in one of two targets for 13 yards through the air. Rookie Zack Moss did return in this game, but Singletary still managed to get double digit carries. Fantasy owners should be able to lean on Singletary as a low-end RB2 against the New York Jets next week.
Buffalo Bills running back Zack Moss (toe) was able to suit up for the Week 6 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. He missed each of the last three games due to a toe issue, but honestly he could've missed this one too and it wouldn't have changed anything. Moss finished with 10 yards on five carries in the loss to the Chiefs. Devin Singletary remained the lead back and that will probably be the case going forward. Moss should have increased value against the New York Jets next week. He could be worth a stash for that matchup.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen had arguably his worst game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6. He completed 14 of 27 passing attempts for 122 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the loss. He also added 42 yards on the ground with eight rushing attempts. Allen started off red-hot to begin the season, but hasn't looked the same over the last two weeks. He should be a top tier QB1 for the Week 7 matchup against the New York Jets.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Darrel Williams rushed six times for 26 yards and a touchdown on Monday against the Buffalo Bills. Williams also snagged one reception for 15 yards. The Chiefs ran the ball 46 times and part of that could be because of the bad forecast throughout the game. Despite the nice night, Williams is likely to be demoted to the third running back on the roster with the recent addition of LeVeon Bell. Williams should be avoided in all formats and should only have value if Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Bell were to get hurt.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes went 20-for-25 for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills. He also rushed eight times for 38 yards. It wasnt the most impressive game for the former MVP, but with rainy weather, the Chiefs elected to favor the run in this matchup versus the pass. The former MVP still put together a solid performance overall and will look to keep it going against an underrated Denver Broncos Defense in Week 7. Mahomes remains a QB1 every week.
Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire put together his most dominant performance of the season on Monday versus the Buffalo Bills. The Chiefs fed their rookie all night long and CEH responded by rushing for 161 yards on 26 carries. The rookie had his longest run of the season for 31 yards and also chipped in with four catches for eight yards. The rookie has looked strong all season and has become a big threat in the Chiefs powerful offense, but the Chiefs recent signing of LeVeon Bell is expected to put a dent in his workload. Even with Bell in the picture, Edwards-Helaire should be considered a high-end RB2 the rest of the year. The rookie will look to keep the momentum going against the Denver Broncos in Week 7.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce made fantasy managers proud on Monday by scoring touchdowns on five receptions for 65 yards. Kelce did have a fumble, but that was his only error for the night. Kelce continues to operate as a top option for quarterback Patrick Mahomes as part of a 1a/1b option alongside wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The tight end is the best at his position and managers have to be happy with their early investment in him. Kelce should be started every week and will be a TE1 versus the Denver Broncos heading into Week 7.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson put together his best performance of the season on Monday against the Buffalo Bills. Robinson has fallen victim to being on a Chiefs offense with plenty of options, but with Sammy Watkins (hamstring) out, Robinson took advantage by hauling in five catches for 69 yards. Robinson is the model for a boom or bust player and shouldnt be considered more than a WR4/WR5 with upside as long as Watkins is sidelined. Robinson will face the Broncos in Week 7.
Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant (ankle) and wide receiver K.J. Hamler (hamstring) could both potentially return to play in Sundays contest versus Kansas City after missing last Sundays outing due to respective injuries, per head coach Vic Fangio. Fant is the more fantasy relevant of the two, having established a considerable rapport with Drew Lock last season. Fant has hauled in five receptions in three of his four appearances this year, combining for 219 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Hamlers first two contests saw him receive 12 targets, which bodes well for his fantasy upside should he ultimately suit up. Check back throughout the week for updates on both players, whose return would knock Jerry Jeudys appeal down a notch.
Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku is hoping to have a new home prior to the NFL Trade Deadline on Nov. 3 after once again reportedly asking to be traded. Njoku has been lightly used in the passing game this season by the Browns, hauling in five receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown. Back in 2018, Njoku was a staple of the passing game, amassing 639 receiving yards while starting 14 contests; this season, the presence of Austin Hooper has knocked Njokus fantasy outlook out of consideration. What could spark that intrigue again would be a new situation, with teams such as the Eagles and Patriots presumably having openings heading into the second half of the season.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hills five game touchdown streak ended on Monday against the Buffalo Bills. Hill had a rough night overall and was pretty much non-existent in Week 6. The star receiver rushed one time for five yards and caught all three of targets for a season low 20 yards. Hill was outshined by tight end Travis Kelce and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in this matchup, but managers should just chalk this matchup up as a bad game. Hill remains a WR1 and should be treated that way going into a Week 7 matchup versus the Broncos.
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (shoulder) is trending toward a third consecutive absence Sunday when his team takes on the Bills, as head coach Adam Gase was not optimistic Monday that his signal caller would clear the necessary stages to get him back on the field. It seems likely that New York will stick with veteran Joe Flacco for the game in the event that Darnold is unavailable, even as the Jets were shut out Sunday by Miami. So long as Flacco is under center, New Yorks offense can be targeted by fantasy managers attempting to nab opposing defenses. Even upon his activation, Darnold will be in a rough spot from a fantasy perspective due to the Jets offensive line woes and general downturn in production from skill position players.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (foot) and DeSean Jackson (hamstring) were both listed as limited practice participants Monday ahead of Thursdays contest versus the Giants. Both receivers were out of the equation Sunday against Baltimore, with Jackson already expected to suit up come Thursday. As for Jeffery, he would be making his season debut after working his way back from a Lisfranc injury. Having either back in the mix would be a boon for Carson Wentz, who will be without Zach Ertz (ankle) for the foreseeable future. Travis Fulgham has become a breakout fantasy sensation over the past three weeks, and while his stock would take a dip with Jeffery or Jackson back, any of the three are season-long options against a shaky Giants secondary.
New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (foot) was a limited participant in Mondays practice after having sustained a foot injury during Sundays contest versus Washington. Slayton hauled in his first touchdown since Week 1 in the game, but came down awkwardly on his foot after the grab. With little time to recover before Thursdays outing against the Eagles, the fact that he was able to practice in any capacity bodes well for his odds of suiting up. Fantasy managers interested in Slayton will want to keep an eye on Sterling Shepards (toe) status as well, as the latter returning to the mix would zap some of Slaytons intrigue, even if he were fully healthy.
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (knee) is not expected to return to the field in time for Sundays game against the Patriots, with a likely return set for Week 8 versus Seattle. Colemans role in the offense took an increased interest Monday with the announcement that Raheem Mostert (ankle) would be headed toward injured reserve, paving the way for Coleman to see an uptick in usage upon his return. Across just 18 carries this season, Coleman is averaging 1.7 yards per rush, which will at least leave the door open for Jerick McKinnon to battle him for a share of starting rusher duties. But Coleman compiled six rushing scores last season for the 49ers and figures to have an opportunity to compete for top back duties at some point. As for the game versus the Patriots, McKinnon should be a RB2/Flex option.