Alex Smith 368 PYds, 4 PTDs, 3 RuYds (44% owned on Fantrax)
Alex Smith is coming off of one of the best statistical games of his career. With 75+ yd TDs to Hill and Hunt, Smith doubled his number of previous career 75+ yd passing TDs. Alex Smith may not put up a stat line this strong soon, but with the speed of Hunt and Hill and the presence of Kelce in the middle Alex Smith should be able to have reliable production week to week with the chance of this big upside weeks.
Next 3 Opponents: vs Eagles, at Chargers, vs Redskins
Deshaun Kizer 222 PYds, 1 PTD, 1 INT, 17 RuYds, 1 RuTD (34% owned on Fantrax)
Kizer wasn’t able to get the win against the Steelers, but was able to put up a respectable fantasy game in his rookie debut. The book is far from written on Kizer, but if you are in a deeper league or 2QB league he could be a nice pick up.
Next 3 Opponents: at Ravens, at Colts, vs Bengals
Tarik Cohen 66 RuYds, 47 ReYds, 1 ReTD (26% owned on Fantrax)
Tarik Cohen may be my top add this week. Jordan Howard will certainly retain a large role in the Chicago offense, but Cohen showed in his first game how productive he can be as a complimentary back. With how exciting Cohen’s debut was I can’t imagine the Bears not wanting to feature him more going forward.
Next 3 Opponents: at Bucs, vs Steelers, at Packers
Kerwynn Willams 10 RuYds, 1 RuTD, 2 ReYds (12% owned on Fantrax)
Kerwynn Williams seems to be the favorite to take over a bulk of the carries with the David Johnson injury. He is definitely worth and add on his upside alone. I do expect Andre Ellington to be featured as more of the passing down back and getting the occasional slashing run. It will likely end up being a committee, but as of now Williams seems the favorite for goal line work. The Cardinals also just added RB D.J. Foster from the Patriots practice squad so monitor that situation.
Next 3 Opponents: at Colts, vs Cowboys, vs 49ers
Javorius Allen 71 RuYds (10% owned on Fantrax)
With Danny Woodhead’s injury it opens up the door for more opportunities in the Ravens backfield. Terrence West got the TD and a few more yards, but Javorius Allen was also very involved after Woodhead went down. Terrence West is likely already owned, but Allen offers another shot and getting a share of the Ravens backfield.
Next 3 Opponents: vs Browns, vs Jaguars, vs Steelers
Chris Carson 39 RuYds, 10 ReYds (33% owned on Fantrax)
Thomas Rawls was inactive Week 1 for the Seahawks and is expected to play Week 2 which could cut into Carson’s touches, but Carson was clearly favored over Eddie Lacy in the first game against the Packers. You may have to be patient with Carson, but I expect him to continue to earn a larger role in the offense. If you wait for him to have a breakout game it may be too late.
Next 3 Opponents: vs 49ers, at Titans, vs Colts
Alvin Kamara 18 RuYds, 20 ReYds (50% owned on Fantrax)
Kamara didn’t have a great stat line in his NFL debut, but not much about the Saints offense was good in general. What is of note is that Kamara out-snapped Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram. I am sure that this backfield will remain somewhat of a committee for a while, but it seems like Sean Payton is looking for Kamara to emerge from the group; they did trade a 2018 2nd round pick to move up and draft him this year.
Next 3 Opponents: vs Patriots, at Panthers, vs Dolphins
Cooper Kupp 71 ReYds, 1 ReTD (60% owned on Fantrax)
Cooper Kupp seems to be the real deal. He was incredibly productive in college breaking the NCAA all-division career yardage record with 6,464 ReYds. He did play at a small school, but has been drawing praise form the Rams all offseason on his savviness and football IQ. Kupp will remain a focal point in this offense along with Sammy Watkins and Todd Gurley, but Kupp may have the safest floor of the trio.
Next 3 Opponents: vs Washington, at 49ers, at Cowboys
Kenny Golladay 62 ReYds, 2 ReTDs (50% owned on Fantrax)
Kenny Golladay garnished a lot of praise in the preseason with some spectacular plays. The rookie wide receiver picked up right where he left off catching two TDs in his NFL debut. He may have benefited some from Patrick Peterson shadowing Marvin Jones most of the game, but Golladay showed that he can maximize on his opportunities and utilize his large frame to make some big plays.
Next 3 Opponents: at Giants, vs Falcons, at Vikings
Nelson Agholor 86 ReYds, 1 ReTD (18% owned on Fantrax)
Oh Agholor, I have such a love hate relationship with him after his disappointing first two years in the NFL. The trade of Jordan Matthews to the Bills did seem to indicate some confidence by the organization that Agholor had turned the corner. He had a great stat line to start his 3rd NFL campaign, but most of it came on a long TD when Wentz was able to avoid multiple rushers and throw it deep to Agholor who was improvising after the play broke down. Still, if you have an end of the bench spot, Agholor could finally emerge to be the player the Eagles expected him to be when they drafted him 20th overall in 2015.
Next 3 Opponents: at Chiefs, vs Giants, at Chargers
Jason Witten 59 ReYds, 1 ReTD (83% owned on Fantrax)
Witten isn’t an exciting name in fantasy circles, but he continues to have a big role in the Cowboys offense. With tight end being such a TD dependent position outside of the top few players, Witten is always a decent bet to get into the endzone. His usage in the passing game offers a nice floor as well.
Next 3 Opponents: at Broncos, at Cardinals, vs Rams
Austin Hooper 128 ReYds, 1 ReTD (75% owned on Fantrax)
Austin Hooper only recorded two catches in the first game, but he displayed excellent run after the catch on both of them. Hooper isn't a burner, but he isn’t slow and has the power to make the first tackler miss. After his display on Sunday I have a hard time imagining the Falcons not wanting to get him more involved.
Next 3 Opponents: vs Packers, at Lions, vs Bills
Jesse James 41 ReYds, 2 ReTDs (30% owned on Fantrax)
The Steelers did just trade for SPARQ freak Vance McDonald, but Week 1 was all Jesse James. He’s not an elite athlete like McDonald is, but he is a good possession tight end that has Big Ben’s trust. Jesse James may lose more of his role to McDonald as the season progresses, but if you’re streaming tight end you can probably get a few good weeks out of James
Next 3 Opponents: vs Vikings, at Bears, at Ravens
Charles Clay 53 ReYds, 1 ReTD (32% owned on Fantrax)
Charles Clay is a somewhat forgotten about player after he flashed in Miami. The Bills offense isn't great, but without major threats to the defense on the outside Charles Clay looks poised to remain a focal point in the offense. Expectations should be tempered due to the offense though.
Next 3 Opponents: at Panthers, vs Broncos, at Falcons
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