Tyrod Taylor – Owned in 31% of ESPN Leagues
I have been a big believer in Tyrod Taylor as a viable/streamable QB in fantasy football for a few years now. He takes care of the ball and doesn’t turn it over. He generally has less than 10 turnovers a season and can beat you with his legs. The knock on him was that Buffalo had limited options in the passing game. Tyrod has the talent around him now to make him even more relevant. His passing percentage this last week was horrible at 37.5% but he still managed to put together 197 yards in the air, 77 on the ground and 2 total TDs. That is a startable QB. So if he is available and your are looking to have a back up to Aaron Rogers with his recent leg injury there are worse options than Taylor.
Case Keenum – Owned in 12% of ESPN Leagues
Case Keenum‘s 3 INT’s don’t excite me but if you were a believer in Mariota or are in a 2 QB and he is somehow still available Keenum is a solid grab. He has quality receivers in Thomas and Sanders and faces the Raiders, Chiefs, and Jets in three of his next four games which are good match-ups.
TJ Yeldon – Owned in 8% of ESPN Leagues
Fournette owners need to grab him ASAP if he is still on the waivers. With Fournette experiencing a hamstring injury this week, Yeldon came in and produced with 69 yards and a TD. He is even more valuable in PPR formats as he was the leading target in the offense with 7 targets. If Fournette is going to miss any time either now or in the future do to a lingering injury Yeldon is a startable player to have on your bench.
Phillip Lindsay – Owned in 2% of ESPN Leagues
Coming into the season I was ALL ABOUT Royce Freeman, but in week one he shared the backfield carries 50/50 with Lindsay and Freeman both getting 15 rushes. It is not uncommon for coached to want to ease rookies into the line up in order to hedge against injury but my issue is that Phillip Lindsay was involved in the passing game and Freeman wasn’t. Lindsay had 2 catches on 3 targets and caught a TD through the air. If this timeshare continues I would give the edge to Lindsay now because of the involvement in the passing game.
Austin Ekeler – Owned in 11% of ESPN Leagues
Phillip Rivers said it himself when he said they could have thrown for 600 yards this last week against Kansas City. Yes, Gordon led the backfield with 15 rushes and 13 targets, but Ekeler had a big day on his 10 touches getting 126 yards himself with a touchdown. I have been a big buyer in Rivers this year and they are going to be a great offense and right now I want whatever player gets 10+ touches in this offense.
Quincy Enunwa – Owned in 9% ESPN Leagues
People may have forgotten that in 2016 Enunwa led the Jets in receiving yards. It was an injury to his neck that took away his entire 2017 season. In week one he led the Jets again with 10 targets, 6 receptions and a TD. He showed that he is going to be a security blanket for rookie QB Sam Darnold and could provide consistent WR3 production in PPR leagues.
Geronimo Allison – Owned in 9% ESPN Leagues
Allison proved to be a completely viable 3rd option in the passing game for Rodgers on Sunday Night Football with his 8 targets, 5 catches and a TD. While his production may fluctuate throughout the season, he has the ability to be a bye week replacement as well as step up if Cobb or Adams goes down.
Brandon Marshall – Owned in 6% ESPN Leagues
Once it was announced that Doug Baldwin was not going back into the game in week one, Marshall led the Seattle receivers with 6 targets and a TD. He showed the ability to get loose from defenders and had a TD earlier in the game taken away on an offensive pass interference call. Baldwin will be out at least this week with a Grade 2 MCL tear, but I would guess this is going to be an extended absence. Look for Marshall to get a major uptick in targets and receptions. He could finish near Jimmy Graham numbers from a year ago (57/520/10), especially if Baldwin misses a big chunk of the season.
Eric Ebron – Owned in 16% of ESPN Leagues
Eric Ebron never could live up to his 1st round draft stock with the Detroit Lions but the Colts have a history of running two tight end sets and being very successful. Ebron only had 5 targets but he converted 4 of those into catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. With a few tough matchups coming up for the Colts look for Ebron to be an additional outlet for Luck as Hilton and Doyle will be taking on the better coverage. Ebron has the skillset to be a top 10 TE.
Jared Cook – Owned in 28% of ESPN Leagues
Last year he was TE 12 for the season. The Gruden era was supposed to be a run first offense and in the first game it was…. Kinda. Cooper and Nelson were the stories of the offseason as they were supposed to be the targets in this offense. In game one it was clear that Cook is still very much a part of this offense. 11 targets and 8 catches for 153 yards. This is NOT reaching for the points. This is finding the guy overlooked in the draft.
Will Dissly (Deep League or Dynasty Add) – Owned in 0% of ESPN Leagues
Will Dissly got drafted to the Seahawks because of his pass blocking ability, but Pete Carroll said during the halftime interview that they had seen this type of performance during the offseason workouts and preseason and they were just waiting for him to POP. Well, POP he did grabbing 3 catches on 5 targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. Seattle has utilized the Tight End position a lot even before the addition of Jimmy Graham who is now with Green Bay so it is likely that they will continue to use him. Had Russell Wilson not sailed one just a little we could have been talking about a two-touchdown day. It is still yet to be seen what his involvement will be after Ed Dickson returns but if you were a fan of Vannett as a TE streamer coming into this game, you need to switch to Dissly.