Week of the Running Back
Aaron Jones, 20% of budget, 61% owned
If you’re in a competitive league Jones was probably drafted and held. He was the running back favored to win the starting job into camp until news broke of a PED suspension. Now, he only has to beat out Jamal Williams and his 50 yards a game or so on 15 touches, albeit against formidable defenses. Even more disappointing for Williams owners is the 3 receptions on the year. Look for Aaaron Jones to grab this job, but I wouldn’t put him in my starting lineup this week in another difficult matchup.
Austin Eckler 20% of budget, 45% owned
Austin Ekeler has been efficient tallying 110 yards on 16 carries this season. He also added 8 receptions for 108 yards. Also, Melvin Gordon was knocked out of the game early in the 4th quarter with an upper body injury. We are skeptical of the severity of the injury, as the Chargers were beating the lowly Buffalo Bills handily, but Austin has stand alone value and should be rostered in all leagues.
Corey Clement 22% owned 15% of budget
Jay Ajayi left the game early in the first quarter with a back injury. Darren Spoles also missed week 2 with a hamstring injury. Neither injury sounds career ending, but week in and week out this offensive line should support two starters. If either of these backs misses next week Clement is a starter, if both miss next week you have a top 10 play on your hand. It’s looking as Carson Wentz will return next week in a plus matchup for all involved against the Colts.
Gio Bernard 28% owned 15% of budget,
Gio has seen his seen his usage drop as Joe Mixon was given the true Bell Cow load to start the 2018 season. Rightfully so, Joe was proving to be a great pass blocker and a weapon on 3rd down. Now, Gio should be getting the Bell Cow load as Mixon has arthroscopic knee surgery with a time line of missing 1 to 4 games. With Gio’s versatility he should be an every week starter in Joe’s absence even if you only get a game or two out of him.
Buck Allen 15% owned 15% of budget
The Ravens have morphed into a pass for team this season with all of the additions at WR. (Part of this was game script last week somehow allowing AJ Green to score 3TD’s in a quarter of football) Also, concerning for Alex Collins owners is Allens usage around the goal line. He might not get the first and second down looks, but he is proving to be the Ravens fantasy running back to own.
Latavius Murray 15% 12% of budget
A valuable handcuff and goal line back, but it should also be noted that Cook did leave the game in overtime with an alleged hamstring injury. It was 95 degrees out after 5 quarters of heavy usage for Delvin, but you hate to see a talent like this leave a game. Delvin has blamed cramps and more likely “stopping the clock” for the injury but Latavius is a must own for Cook owners this week.
Rashaad Penny 12% owned 10% of budget
This offensive line is bad. I have a hard time starting any Seattle RB but it should be said that Chris Carson has given you nothing and was absent in the 2nd half of last nights game. If you believe any of the Rashaad Penny hype out of pre season, get ready, he should be getting his opportunity very soon.
Chris Ivory 10% owned 10% of budget
Here’s a name we can’t get away from. Hard to believe this guy is still in the league, but when you’re a backup on the Buffalo offense you are BAIRLY in the league. McCoy has battled through bruised ribs before and he’s always been a gamer. However, expect him to miss at least this week, and Ivory should get a heavy workload, but they have to play the Vikings on the road this week.
Deshawn Jackson 20% owned 15% of Budget
To be seen how long Fitzmagic will last, but look no further than his post game presser to realize how enamored he is for this aging speedster. DJax is averaging 130 yards a game on only 5 targets, but that is a DeSean Jackson line. We have to roll with DJax while Fitzmagic is still doing his thing.
Antonio Callaway 7% owned 10% of Budget
The exit of Josh Gordon has opened the door for Antonio Callaway to be the #2 in Cleveland. He stepped up last week hauling in 3 or 4 targets for 81 yards and a TD. He’s worth a roster spot and does have big play ability
Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook 19 % and 17% owned 10% and 8% of budget
Much like Ryan Fitzmagic Blake Bortles appears to be a thing this year. After systematically dismantling the Patriots, it looks as if this offense can support 2 wide receivers and a tight end. Cole is the preferred option, but Westbrook has put up a near identical stat lines with 50 yards in week one and 80 and a TD this week as well.
Jesse James 11% owned 8% of budget
Jesse James may be the answer for all of you searching at TE. Remember last week when you treasure hunters blew 30% of your budget on George Kittle? Well, you were taking your advice from the wrong guy. I would have told you to save your money and grab someone like the Outlaw Jesse James who is getting consistent and valuable targets in the Steelers offense.
Will Dissly 31% owned 5% of budget
We can all see that the Seahawks offense is struggling with a horrible offensive line and lack of pass catchers. Dissly will not receive all of the TE work with Vannett at tight end as well, but out of sheer necessity one of these guys will have to emerge as a pass catcher if the Seahawks want to win some games. The consistent targets that Dissly is getting makes him a start-able fantasy asset.
OJ Howard 68% owned 4% of Budget
OJ is scoring fantasy points with the kind of efficiency that might make Deshawn Jackson blush. 3 catches for 96 yards and a TD last week, 2 for 2 and 54 yards in week one. I don’t know if the production will be there week in and week out, but you could do worse as long as Fitzmagic is doing his thing.