Does anyone else think the season is already going by too quick? Here we are at the top of Week 3 and depending on when your playoffs start we have 10 weeks left of regular season play. Still plenty of hours left for us to spend on our couches curing hangovers or putting a few back at the bar. Week 3 brings us a couple of new handcuffs to pay attention to and some repeat offenders.
I’ll spare you long blurbs about names I already wrote about but will give you quick hits on a couple previously mentioned that are still worth monitoring or rostering.
Giovani Bernard is a must add for at least the next couple of weeks and worth keeping on your roster if you’re a Mixon owner when he returns. Leonard Fournette looks like he will be returning but keep an eye here because hammy’s linger. They’re ‘a linger-er, man…linger-er!’ Can anyone guess the movie? I am not as high on TJ Yeldon after last week but game script can be a big reason for that. Also, Corey Grant was definitely a factor last week in Fournettes absence. Austin Ekeler still needs to be rostered in every league. Javorius Allen is worth a roster spot especially for Alex Collins owners. I guess Phillip Linsday is the real deal.
- Latavius Murray- Latavius is still on the wire in a couple of my leagues but I can’t find room to fit him on my squad. If you have dead weight on your bench then he is worth the add. Dalvin Cook has been held out of practice all week with a hamstring injury. Linger-er man…Linger-er. Dalvin is down playing it but I never trust hamstring injuries. Latavius proved effective and efficient last season after Cook went down. He finished RB21 in standard scoring last year and that is after Cook started the season. Cook owners, Latavius is a must add. Great daily play if Cook sits.
- Corey Clement- I replied in the comments in my first piece about the Eagles running Jay Ajayi in to the ground. He is already hurt with a back issue after minimal usage. He did return to the game but has yet to practice once this week. Keep an eye on the injury report for Friday. If Ajayi sits out Clement is a must start. It will be the first game of the season for Carson Wentz and I imagine the Eagles leaning on the run game to ease Carson back in. The Eagles signed RB Josh Adams off the practice squad which is a strong sign that Ajayi will sit. Also, don’t forget Sproles missed last week too. Clement has value even when Ajayi returns. He looked good when he came in for Ajayi last weekend, scoring 19.5 points in PPR leagues. Another daily play I’m all-in on if Ajayi sits.
- Ito Smith- This is a deeper cut but there is still a lot of uncertainty with Devonta Freeman’s health. He has been dealing with knee issues for awhile. Tevin Coleman was more than just a handcuff coming in to the season. Now that Tevin is the lead back, Ito Smith has come in to the picture. To be honest, he showed burst and pop on the 10 total touches in week 2. Atlanta has shown the desire to run two backs and Tevin has never been a league dog before. His durability will be a question as the season progresses if Freeman remains out.
- Chris Ivory- If somehow you ended up with McCoy on your roster, I guess, Ivory is worth a look. McCoy ripped some rib cartilage last week and left the game early. He is expected to miss only one game. I had a red mark on my draft notes to avoid all Buffalo players this season and still feel this way about their squad. That O-line is putrid! Even if McCoy is out I don’t know if Ivory is worth the add. If you are in an extremely deep league or are extremely desperate then pick him up.
It is a pretty light week besides last week’s repeat offenders. At the end of the day, I hope for all of your starters to remain healthy. If my weekly list is short then hopefully we are all in a safe spot with our stars. Please check out Razzball’s depth chart tool if you are curious about your backfield. They do a great job of bringing together important data regarding every teams’ roster.
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