Another week down and another week where the fantasy gods were fickle. Running backs are terrible this year on the ground with some of the presumed top guys not being able to break 60 yards in a game for the second week straight. With that in mind, we look to the air for our fantasy points; Making the right buys and sells can position yourself for success even when your running backs fail you.
A Seattle Seahawk? What? Yes, a Seahawk, the only one to own. Lockett assumes the number 1 role with Dougy Baldwin out for the foreseeable future and Wilson loves him. For 2 weeks thus far, he’s seen 11 targets for 8 catches, 119 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Oh, that makes him TD dependent you may say! Nay nay I saw back. The Seattle offensive line has struggled through 2 weeks against very good defensive lines. Wilson hasn’t had time to throw but as the schedule eases up, that will change and Lockett’s volume will change to bring him to WR 1 status. He’s a sneaky pickup who may be available for cheap on your waivers or by trade from someone who doesn’t see his value.
9 Targets, 6 receptions, 89 yards, 1 touch down. A very attractive stat line going into a game against a weak secondary in New England. Stafford is a gunslinger and even though Golden Tate and Jones Jr. are there, Golladay is jockeying for the number 2 spot in an offense that still cannot run the game and their defense isn’t good enough to give them a positive game script. I’m buying Golladay going forward.
Zeus is brewing something for the Titans and I don’t like it. How they won that game I don’t know. They have a myriad of injuries along their offensive line, Malcom Butler is getting burnt 5 different ways, and they have issues at quarterback. He’s seen 20 targets through 2 games for 11 receptions, 117 yards and no touchdowns. I’m sorry but, what? How do you have that kind of volume through week 2 but don’t break one for a big gain? I think you sell him on his targets now, I don’t have confidence in this team just yet.
His job is safe for now. We don’t know what Josh Gordon will be in that offense but we do know, he’s taking Hogan’s spot if it all pans out. Then you have to worry about Julian Edelman coming back, Gronk still gets his targets, and they target the running backs out of the back field. There’s a lot of competition going on there and I think Hogan will find himself fourth or fifth in the pecking order once Edelman returns. Selling him this week means your selling him on a high note of 5 targets, 3 receptions, 42 yards and 2 touchdowns. A juicy stat line to hype him up and get some solid players in return. I truly say wait to see what happens but his value is at an all time high right now coming off that performance.
Gruden followed through and targeted Amari Cooper, 10 to be exact, in game 2 bringing his total targets to 13. Jared Cook has seen 16 targets through 2 games and has the yardage total to back him up, 229 yards to be exact. I love his volume, I think he’s the borderline the number 1 or 2 option in Oakland depending on the defense and Miami is that defense to give him the big yardage and redzone opportunities. I like him a lot as a consistent TE play.
He had a decent game week 2. 4 targets, 3 catches for 23 and a touchdown. The problem is this; he’s not their big play guy, nor is he their dump-off guy. He’s just a guy. Between the speed and play-making ability from DeDe and Keelan Cole, the ground-and-pound from Fournette, and the pass catching ability out of the backfield in Yeldon and Grant, ASJ suffers. Don’t commit to him long term, see if you can create a package to get you an upgrade or play the waiver wire. I really don’t like his prospect once Fournette returns.