Ryan Fitzpatrick, owned in 3% of Yahoo leagues
It seems like every year, this wily old veteran has a stretch of pretty decent games for Fantasy Football owners. In week one, Fitzy threw for over 400 yards, had four touchdown passes, a rushing score, and 42.28 points. He ran it up on the New Orleans Saints and showed that their defense may not be as improved as they thought. Fitzpatrick runs right into the Eagles and their proven defense this week. Still, he vastly outperformed the 14 projected points he was given and is at home this week. Ride the hot hand for now but just don’t get too attached.
Sam Darnold, owned in 10% of Yahoo leagues
I get it, he’s a rookie and only put up about 15 points against the Lions on the road on Monday Night Football. Still, I like to take chances with rookies that are going to play because ‘they’ take chances. Darnold was two-yards shy of 200 yards passing and had a pick but he also had two TD passes. That 2:1 ratio isn’t bad and the Jets defense will give him more possessions. His defense scored over 25 points, picking off Matthew Stafford five times. Darnold gets the Dolphins at home this week after his team hung 48 points on the Lions. He’s going to get some opportunities to shine, folks.
Corey Clement, owned in 25% of Yahoo Leagues
His week one was very limited with just five rushing attempts and 26 yards, Chalk it up to rusty offensive play against the Falcons, though the Eagles still got the win. Clement averaged 4.3 yards per carry last season and is at 5.2 currently though, again, it was limited action. Clement offers the Eagles a lot in the passing game too with a game manager like Nick Foles (“HE WAS THE SB MVP!”, keyword “was” for one game). Foles will find him to be an easy target with playmaking ability after the catch. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have good defensive tackles but they gave up 38 points to Alvin Kamara and the Saints. Quick backs that make guys miss like Clement are valuable pickups.
T.J. Yeldon, owned in 15% of Yahoo leagues
Jaguars starter Leonard Fournette was lost in week one to a hamstring injury. Though it’s not known yet how serious it is, soft-tissue injuries are like nagging mosquitos. Yeldon came in for the injured Fournette and played a ton. He was in on 65% of the offensive snaps, was targeted seven times, he only caught three but one was a touchdown. Yeldon rushed the ball 14 times for only 51 yards against a stout Giants defense. This week though, Yeldon gets the Patriots, who gave up 167 rushing yards in week one.
Brandon Marshall, owned in 8% of Yahoo leagues
He’s as old as the hills but his role for the Seahawks and Russell Wilson is to make the most of his cameo appearances. Marshall had six targets, only three receptions, and 46 receiving yards. However, one of his catches was a touchdown grab and that’s something a big bodied target like Marshall can offer this week against the Bears, who’s secondary got torched in the second-half of Sunday Night Football against Aaron Rodgers’ Packers. Wilson is the Seahawks offense and he’s looking for more weapons after losing top-receiver Paul Richardson in free agency.
Chris Godwin, owned in 30% of Yahoo leagues
Godwin is an emerging reliable target in the Bucs offense and he caught three of four targets against the Saints for 41 yards plus a touchdown catch. The Eagles secondary has some decent players but their success against the Falcons passing game was much more about Philly’s pass rush and Atlanta’s mistakes. There is production to be had and Godwin’s gunslinging quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will feed him. The Bucs’ offensive line is also a bit underrated as they were pretty good in pass protection last week.
Eric Ebron, owned in 34% of Yahoo leagues
He’s benefitting in a Colts offense that runs lots of two tight end sets due to uncertainty at receiver past T.Y. Hilton. Andrew Luck targeted Ebron five times, he caught four of his targets for 51 yards and a touchdown. Ebron is going to have a great opportunity to shake his “draft bust” label he had in Detroit now that he’s paired with Luck. Ebron draws the Redskins this week, they have struggled to bottle up tight ends and focus will be on Hilton undoubtedly.
Austin Hooper, owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues
Matt Ryan is looking for a new TE1 target and his chosen man in Austin Hooper, who caught three of four targets in week one. Hooper didn’t have much in terms of yardage but Malcolm Jenkins did a nice job covering him for the Eagles. He’s going to get a slightly better matchup this week with the Panthers. Carolina doesn’t have the personnel to defend the seam very well, it’s just a shame that the Cowboys couldn’t take advantage of that.
Cleveland Browns, owned in 6% of Yahoo leagues
They allowed 21 points in week one but once they settled in, it was tough sledding for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns racked up four sacks, three interceptions, and three fumble recoveries. Fantasy Analysts gave them a projection of 4.9 points and Cleveland got 16 points against a solid offense. Let’s be bold and give them a shot to rise to the challenge again this week in the Superdome against the Saints.
Ryan Succop, owned in 19% of Yahoo leagues
The Titans lost to the Dolphins but don’t blame the kicker, he did his job in week one and got a respectable 11 points for his efforts. He was perfect on two field goals and two PAT’s. His field goals weren’t gimmes either as he nailed a 47-yarder and 53-yarder. Against the Texans this week and their stout defense, it’s good to have a reliable kicker.