Week 1 was packed full of surprises, just like usual. I’ve been saying that weird things happen in September and it’s no cause for overreaction. At the same time, certain things become more clear and so do the roles of the players that we drafted. We find out which wide receivers young quarterbacks tend to target more. We also get an idea of what the work load is going to be for certain backfields when it was unclear before. Everything changes from week to week but we put in the work and research to make sure that we are as accurate as possible here at Razzball. Let’s get to a few highlighted players for week to before you view the rankings in full.
- Sam Darnold really liked targeting Quincy Enunwa on Monday night. The average depth of target left a lot to be desired but the volume seems to be there.
- The Dolphins want to use Kenny Stills on deep and intermediate routes. This sky rockets his value in all formats. He is a borderline WR2 in 12 team leagues.
- With Kenneth Dixon out, it should be business as usual for Alex Collins as long as he doesn’t put the ball on the ground. Javorius Allen will be in the mix, but the touches should be plentiful for Collins.
- Alex Smith is a QB1 play in a favorable match-up against the Colts. Last week was a good and efficient start for Smith and this week looks even better on paper. I have Andrew Luck right behind him and they are playing in the same game. I expect both teams to find the end zone a few times. Andrew Luck looked great this past Sunday in his return.
- I loved what I saw from Jay Ajayi on Thursday night, but I loved what I heard out of Doug Pederson’s mouth even more. The Eagles want to use Ajayi as a volume back. He already seems to have strong lead in the competition for red zone touches, so this is even better news.
- I like Isaiah Crowell this week as a borderline RB2. Miami let Dion Lewis make plays all over the field and if it weren’t for a long touchdown run that ended up as a holding call, Derrick Henry would have had a very nice day himself.
- I left Sony Michel outside of the top 40 this week because he hasn’t stepped on the field yet. I think that there is a good chance that he could outperform my projected ranking for him. With Jeremy Hill out for the season, Michel could take a nice share of the backfield and he has big play ability.
- I love George Kittle and Ricky Seals-Jones at the tight end positions. As Reid wrote yesterday, the Rams really struggled against Jared Cook on Monday night and RSJ is their next matchup. George Kittle already seems like a favorite target of Jimmy Garappolo. I think that he will see plenty of volume against Detroit.
- It looks like there is a decent chance that Desean Jackson doesn’t clear concussion protocol in time to suit up against the Eagles. This makes Chris Godwin a very intriguing flex play on Sunday. He will see more than the 4 targets that he saw this past Sunday and I think it’s pretty well known how good Godwin can play on intermediate and deep routes. He always is able to find a way to come down with the ball.
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