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3 years agoJulio Jones gave the fantasy football world another scare Sunday afternoon as he appeared to again aggravate his left ankle. Jones “tweaked” his left ankle twice in preseason play; most recently in the second quarter of the third preseason game against the Dolphins. This reoccurring ankle problem most certainly had some influence on his mediocre stat line this past Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4 REC, 66 YDS, and 1 TD. Most WR in the NFL would love to have this production, but in fantasy terms, most Jones owners expected much more against a putrid Bucs secondary. Weeks like these will be few and far between for what some believe is the top WR in the game.--Chris Baldwin - RotoBallerSource: United Press International
3 years agoThe Jets defense was already good, but they are about to get a lot better. Defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson is set to return to the team for their Thursday Week Two matchup in Buffalo after being suspended one game for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The Jets defense should be very interesting to watch now with Richardson back as they’re showing a bit of a different look than the last time the 2014 Rookie of the Year was on the field. After losing nose tackle Damon Harrison to the Giants in free agency, the Jets came out in Week One in a 4-3 formation instead of 2015’s usual 3-4. According to Jets beat reporter Rich Cimini of ESPN, Richardson should replace rookie Lawrence Thomas at defensive end. That means the D-line will sport an all world lineup of Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams, and Steve McClendon. The Jets D/ST is consensus eighth ranked unit for Week Two, and could finish even higher with Richardson back.--John SmithSource: Rich Cimini, ESPN
3 years agoPhiladelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz will not play Monday night against the Chicago Bears due to the rib displacement injury he suffered in the season opener, according to a report by ESPN's Tim McManus. Head coach Doug Pederson called Ertz "week to week" on Monday, but all signs point to Ertz missing multiple games. "It's a dangerous situation with a displaced bone because you're talking up around the neck and head area, so any type of blow again could do further damage to that," Pederson told reporters. If you own Ertz, you should be proactive about picking up a tight end on the waiver wire this week. Trey Burton and Brent Celek are next up on the Eagles' depth chart, but if players like Jason Witten, Antonio Gates or Dwayne Allen are available, they all have higher upside.--Andrew C. Lovell - RotoBallerSource: ESPN.com
3 years agoWashington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed led the team with 11 targets against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1, catching seven of them for 64 yards. While Reed failed to have a huge game, his usage was promising and is a reminder that he remains arguably the team's top receiving threat. He should be featured heavily next week against a Dallas Cowboys team that ceded 31 yards and a touchdown to the Giants' duo of tight ends in Week 1. He is an every-week TE1 and should be started with confidence.--Alex Onushco - RotoBaller
3 years agoTavon Austin was targeted a game high 12 times on Monday but failed to turn the targets into meaningful production, catching only four of those passes for a paltry 13 yards. Austin also rushed the ball once for two yards. Obviously this was not the start the Rams were hoping for struggling on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Austin more than doubled teammate Kenny Britt's target total but was out gained by more than double. If there's a silver lining to Week 1, it's that the Rams clearly wanted to involve Austin in the passing game. If the target total can stay close to double digits on a weekly basis, Austin's production should improve as the offense starts to click. Until Case Keenum (or Sean Mannion) can run a proper offense, Austin is nothing more than a WR3.--Jonathan Chan - Rotoballer
3 years agoWashington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson led the team with 102 receiving yards on six catches against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. Jackson was also tied for second on the team with 10 targets, an indication that he remains a focal point of the offense and one of quarterback Kirk Cousins' favorite targets. Jackson figures to be an every-week WR3 with the upside for huge games on any given week. He gets the Dallas Cowboys next and is a nice play in what should be an exploitable matchup.--Alex Onushco - RotoBaller
3 years agoWashington Redskins running back Chris Thompson had a surprisingly effective performance Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, rushing four times for 23 yards and a touchdown while adding 16 yards through the air on two receptions. By all accounts, he looked better than starter Matt Jones, and saw plenty of work when the Redskins started falling behind. He should have a regular role on offense moving forward and is worth adding as a quality FLEX option or RB3, especially in PPR formats. He gets the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 and should be in store for a similar usage that he saw in Week 1.--Alex Onushco - RotoBaller
3 years agoKenny Britt led the Rams in receiving Week 1, catching four passes for 67 yards on Monday night. The Rams were absolutely destroyed by the 49ers defense Monday, totaling only 185 yards of offense. Britt's six targets were second to Tavon Austin's 12. Given how bad the Rams offense is going to be, Britt has limited upside in fantasy leagues. At best, Britt will be a bye week fill in at FLEX if the Rams are in a good matchup. There's no need to use your waiver priority on Britt.--Jonathan Chan - Rotoballer
3 years agoWashington Redskins running back Matt Jones was held to just 24 rushing yards on seven carries and one nine-yard reception on Monday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This performance nicely summarizes the preseason Jones had: lackluster. Despite being listed as the starting running back, he ceded a nice junk of playing time to Chris Thompson, who looked more impressive than Jones. He remains a back-end RB2 next week against the Dallas Cowboys, but there are likely better options available.--Alex Onushco - RotoBaller
3 years agoWashington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins put up a clunker Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, completing 30-of-43 passes for 329 yards and two interceptions. It was a relatively forgettable performance from Cousins, who was able to lead the offense into Pittsburgh territory but simply couldn't convert those opportunities into touchdowns. He may have an easier time against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 and is still on the back-end QB1 radar, but performances like this one make the Redskins look smart for not giving him an extension in the offseason.--Alex Onushco - RotoBaller
3 years agoJets receiver Quincy Enunwa was limited with a rib injury during practice on Monday, but there’s nothing to indicate his status is actually in question for Thursday’s game in Buffalo. Before Sunday, you may have asked “who is Quincy Enunwa?” but if the results and Jets-talk are to be believed, he could be a big part of their offense this season. The second-year receiver was tied with Brandon Marshall for the team lead in targets on Sunday, and the team bumped Eric Decker to the outside often so Enunwa could man the slot. There is quietly WR3 potential here, but let’s see how defenses adjust to Enunwa now that it’s clear he’s a bigger part of the Jets game plan than originally thought.--John Smith
3 years agoSeattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (hand) suffered a "cracked" bone in his hand during Week 1's victory over the Miami Dolphins. Head coach Pete Carroll told the media that Prosise "will be able to keep playing" through the injury. Prosise had a small role in Seattle's offense on Sunday, but not enough to garner fantasy relevance. He lost two yards on his lone carry and caught one pass for 13 yards. With Thomas Rawls expected to receive an increased workload and possibly regain his starting job, Christine Michael will continue to be his handcuff which leaves Prosise on the outside looking in on the fantasy radar. Prosise should remain on the waiver wire or on the bench due to his limited role on the offense. However, he could grow into a viable receiver out of the backfield who should gain PPR value as the season progresses.--Anthony C - RotoBallerSource: Bob Condotta on Twitter
3 years agoSan Francisco 49ers tight end Vance McDonald caught two passes for 14 yards and a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. While he only saw three targets, McDonald made the most of them by getting open for a touchdown. He appears to be no better than third on the pecking order in terms of targets, however, which makes him a low-upside play most weeks. That includes Week 2, where McDonald will be squaring off against the elite linebackers of the Carolina Panthers. He isn't a recommended add in redraft leagues or play in daily leagues.--Alex Onushco - RotoBaller
3 years agoSan Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jeremy Kerley led the team with seven receptions for 61 yards against the Los Angeles Rams. He was also targeted a team-high 11 times, which is promising for his usage going forward. He makes for an attractive WR3 option in PPR leagues and is worth adding should he still be available on waivers. He gets the Carolina Panthers in Week 2, who will be starting two exploitable rookies at cornerback. He likely won't ever post more than low-end WR2 numbers on a weekly basis, but should have a stable floor as one of quarterback Blaine Gabbert's go-to pass catchers.--Alex Onushco - RotoBaller
3 years agoSan Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde had a quality outing Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, rushing for 88 yards and two touchdowns while adding five yards on two passes. Hyde had much more to work with than his counterpart on the other team, Todd Gurley. He did lose a decent chunk of snaps to Shaun Draughn, which may be a slight concern going forward. He is still, however, a quality RB2 in all fantasy leagues with upside for more. He gets a Carolina Panthers defense in Week 2 that just allowed Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson to have a field day, so he should be locked into all lineups this week.--Alex Onushco - RotoBaller