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It wasn’t an easy outing for Andy Dalton, having to face the Rams’ defense, but that’s no excuse. He sucks, like, really bad, and what he showed last year in Dallas looked much of the same this past Sunday night. It’s only a matter of time before the former Buckeye takes charge, and with his arm talent, paired with his legs (which we saw a glimpse of in week one), he has a legit shot to be a borderline QB1 option. If he’s declared the starter heading into this slate of games, then Fields is a primo option facing the Bengals, but even if not, I’d stash him, as the Lions, Raiders, and Packers are on on the docket, a string of matchups that should be extremely favorable for a barrage of fantasy points.
I don’t know who kidnapped Jameis Winston and replaced him with this new and improved stallion, but whoever is responsible deserves a pay raise of the highest order. He didn’t throw the ball a whole lot, but when he did, he looked unbelievably good. This TD rate is unsustainable, but he looked like Jameis of 2019 minus the picks, which is a really good fantasy quarterback. Despite MT being out of the picture and Drew Brees hanging them up, this offense looked as good as ever, and for what it’s worth, I’m not convinced that it’s a fluke. The Saints draw the Panthers next week, so if you’re in a tough spot at QB, there probably won’t be many better options off waivers than Jaboo.
Listen, I’ve never liked this guy. No, I don’t have anything against Louisville, and typically, I prefer a football player whose gloves fit as opposed to one who needs to acquit. Teddy Bridgewater just does not tickle my fancy, what can I say? I mean, who likes a guy who can’t run and also isn’t a gunslinger? He’s the missionary of quarterback archetypes (which is ironic because if there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I like whispering sweet nothings as the hips start to swivel); he’s nothing special, like, at all, but in the right spots, he gets the job done.
Kids, let me just tell you that what I did above is all that it takes to meet a page requirement in school. I spent a whole lotta time talking about a whole lotta nothing, but look now, it got us to this point. I wrote everything previous to this just to say I have very little confidence in Teddy, but alas, he plays the fucking Jaguars, and they stink.
Side note, the Broncos also draw the Jets the week after, so if he isn’t a complete liability in week two, he can provide some value in week three, as well.
Just like Tedward Bridgewater, Goff can’t run and he can barely throw. Another thing in common? A garbage defense he can hopefully exploit. Green Bay is nowhere near as incompetent as the Jaguars, but that doesn’t matter when Goff will be dropping back to throw 50 times while playing from behind. The Lions gave up a 31 spot to a 49ers team led by a quarterback who spends more time looking in the mirror than he does working on his craft, so I can only imagine the crooked number an ugly fuck like Aaron Rodgers is gonna hang on them this Monday night. It’s particularly ugly because Detroit has nobody of note that they can throw the ball to, but that was the case this past week, as well, and JG did pretty well for himself in that spot.
I don’t know who Tyrod thought he was this past week, but he certainly played like a man with two healthy lungs. I don’t want to hype him up too much because he just played possibly a bottom three team in the league, but it’s hard to deny that with his willingness to throw deep, paired with his legs (went 4-40-0 this week on the ground), he’s a relatively high-floor option with potential ceiling capabilities as we saw this past Sunday.
Week two will be much tougher, coming against a Browns’ defense that gave Patrick Mahomes troubles, but if he can do it against this D, then he could be a legitimate QB2 candidate from here on out. That, and the fact that he gets the Panthers the following week. If you’re looking for upside and a potential season-long contributor, then I’d much rather opt for Tygawd than the two names above. If week two is your only concern, though, then I’d probably look away from the man in Houston for the other two idiots.
Nobody wants to own Cole Beasley, but 13 targets is something you can’t just overlook. He’s the team’s top slot option, earning a 98.4% (!!!) slot snap percentage and logged the 2nd most passing snaps on the week (61), trailing just Amari Cooper (62). It’s not sexy, but he’ll likely be a serviceable high-floor WR3/4 option, as he was last season, as well.
Death, taxes, and Sterling Shepard being a WR2 when healthy. I remember he made his way onto this list almost every week last year because, when active, Shepard was a target hog who makes up for his lack of efficiency with overall volume. His (9) 7/113/1 line was the lone bright spot for the G Men Sunday, and doing so vs the Broncos made me all the more comfortable in slotting him in my FLEX as early as next week. Let’s not forget he was on pace for 88/875/4 last year, which admittedly isn’t great, but it’s the epitome of a high-floor starter that should bring consistent output to your squad, something many fantasy managers overlook when scouring the wire.
Rondale was behind Christian Kirk, A.J. Green, and DeAndre Hopkins in the pecking order – not just in targets, but also in snaps – but he looked absolutely electric on the field. Typically, I’d look for guys who had a high snap percentage or target volume but failed to produce as waiver options, but in cases like this, I’m fine making a bet on talent and expecting a guy like Rondale to work his way up to a role where he’s consistently earning 6-7 touches per week. I’d much rather invest in him than Christian Kirk, as we know who Kirk is and his output was flukey, carried by two tugs on four targets, as opposed to Rondale who saw the same amount of targets on nine fewer snaps.
I touched on Kirk a little bit in the Moore section, so I won’t go in depth here. All I’ll say is, aside from his tugs, Kirk had a fairly mediocre game. He was out snapped and out targeted by A.J. Green, and he doesn’t provide nearly the same juice or versatility as Rondale. Let someone else deal with the Kirk experiment, which is one that has failed out a hundred times over in the past.
Tim Patrick is simply good at football. Every time he gets a chance to expose himself on the field, he does. In the best way possible. Patrick scored 6 touchdowns in 2020 while playing on fewer than 70% snaps. He picked right byke up where he left off in Week 1, catching all 4 targets for 39 yards and a score. With Jerry Juedy out for the foreseeable future with a high-ankle sprain, Tim Patrick and Noah Fant will benefit the most. Cortland Sutton played on 80% of Denver’s Week 1 snaps, Patrick was second with 70%. He is the WR2.
With Raheem Mostert doing what Raheem Mostert does, the 49ers backfield was left to Elijah Mitchell, who showed tf out. Not only did he play 63.6% of the team’s snaps, he also turned 19 carries into 101 and a tug. Trey Sermon was a healthy scratch, which tells me he is well behind Mitchell in the pecking order. He’s an athletic freak who showed in college he can catch the ball a little, so in this offense, with this skillset, he could be a fucking monster. People were taking Sermon in round 6 in hopes he could eventually carve out the role that happened upon Eli in week one, so why not treat Mitchell like how we treated the OSU product? If it comes out that Mostert’s injury is anything serious at all, I’d be willing to drop a bag on EMitch asap like Rocky. It’s not often you get a lead back in a premier offense off waivers, so make it count.
This Falcons offense is absolutely dog shit. Terrible I tell ya. You know what isn’t though? Cordarelle Patterson, and he’s finally on a team that isn’t too scared to use him. He only played 24/71 snaps, but he looked good doing it, toting the ball 7 times for 54 yards, adding a catch for another 18. We know he can catch, and evidently, the guy can run, too. If he somehow beats out Mike Davis, he could be something special, but that doesn’t seem all too likely. Even just in his current role, though, he could be a low-volume high-efficiency piece on a team looking like they’ll be playing from behind a ton. Mike Davis can catch, so it’s not like we should expect a changing of the guard because of gamescript alone, but he should be mixed in consistently enough to provide value as a FLEX-worthy option in the coming weeks. I’d definitely take a wait and see approach, though, because the last thing I want to do is start the RB2 on a shit offense if I’m not 100% certain how many touches to expect.
Somehow, some way, Mark Ingram convinced the Texans to let him run rampant to the tune of 26 carries. The guy even added a target to his stat line, something I certainly did not expect, especially with Tyrod behind center. Alas, I am not going to tell you to pick this fat geraitric up, though, because it won’t be often that Houston gets to play with a lead, which is just about the only time you should come to expect any sort of production from the former Heisman winner. That, along with him splitting touches three ways, ending the day with just a 45.3% snap share. It’s gonna be ugly for the Texans this year, and I have zero interest investing in this headache.
Miles Sanders played well, but Kung Fu Kenny found himself on the field fairly often, logging a 35.8% snap share. He was on the field for two minute drills and even found the end zone on a red zone carry, so although he isn’t an every down player – far from it – his usage shows that there’s a level of trust in him that if Sandman were to go down, he could step in and command a 20+ workload. If MS stays healthy, though, he should still have a solid enough role to be a low-end FLEX option during bye weeks. Also, he wears #14, which is wildly enticing for a running back.
When I’m searching for tight ends on the wire, I look for volume and usage, and basically that alone. If there happens to be a defense that bleeds points to tight ends, as we saw with the Cardinals a few years back, then it’s worth trying to stream the position, but at this point of the year, we don’t know who that team will be yet. Because of that, guys like Jared Cook are who you should be targeting for the moment. He played the 10th most passing down snaps of all tight ends this week, and ranked third with 8 targets. Hunter Henry is gone, and behind Keenan and Mike Williams, the receiving game is thin as fark. Cook may not be what he once was, but he still has some juice left on an exciting offense with an elite young QB. There are certainly worse options out there.
DS picked up right where he left off from 2020, seeing a whole lotta targets and snaps, turning that into mediocre performances. To be honest, though, I’ll take a consistent 7-10 fantasy points from my TE position than chasing a streamer that catches one ball for seven yards and ceases to exist for the rest of the season. His 45 passing down snaps trailed just Tyler Conklin (46) and T.J. Hockenson (61), and his 6 targets ranked 8th among tight ends. Now, with Michael Gallup out for a month or so and the Cowboys defense still sucking, Schultz should provide low-end TE1 numbers for the foreseeable future.
He’s no good, but he saw eight targets and ran a route on 91% of the team’s passing plays. The Jaguars are a shitshow and TLaw is gonna throw the ball a million times a game. It seems like Principal O Shag Hennessy has earned the number one overall pick’s trust, so with that being said, he may be worth the add heading into week two as a high end TE2 option.