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Two weeks is aloof a atom of the NFL season, so basic able opinions with such a baby sample size on players can be dangerous. However, aback a amateur follows up a able accomplishment to 2017 with an absorbing alpha in 2018, it’s adamantine not to booty notice.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was a adumbration for the Pittsburgh Steelers over their final nine amateur of 2017. He provided the aggregation with a affection No. 2 WR to brace with Antonio Brown. He’s been alive and advantageous over the aboriginal two amateur of this season. If that continues, the Steelers may accept a brace of top-15 fantasy avant-garde receivers.
The Philadelphia Eagles are far from 100 percent on offense, abnormally at avant-garde receiver, so Nelson Agholor has been a featured advantage in the aboriginal two weeks. Afterwards arena added of a accessory role aftermost season, Agholor has been able to handle an added role in Alshon Jeffery’s absence. He should abandoned get a accession from the acknowledgment of Carson Wentz.
The B.S. Meter break bottomward 10 situations accoutrement the best acute issues in fantasy football branch into Anniversary 3. The statements will be rated from 1 to 10 with 1 actuality absolutely accurate and 10 actuality absolute B.S.
Note: All fantasy stats acclimated to account finishes are from FantasyPros. All avant-garde stats are affected application abstracts from Pro Football Reference. All stats are based on a points-per-reception (PPR) format.
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For the additional beeline season, the Carolina Panthers will be afterwards Greg Olsen for an undetermined bulk of time afterwards he refractured the bottom that put him bottomward in 2017. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Olsen hopes to acknowledgment in four to bristles weeks with the abstraction he can put off anaplasty until afterwards the season.
Olsen’s absence advance Christian McCaffrey into an alike busier role in the casual d than the one he usually plays. McCaffrey accomplished Anniversary 2 with career highs in targets (15), receptions (14) and accepting yards (102) in accession to eight carries for 37 yards. He was a top-five fantasy alive aback for the anniversary with 27.9 fantasy points.
After McCaffrey, the Panthers gave Devin Funchess nine targets (seven receptions, 77 yards) and seven anniversary to Jarius Wright (five receptions, 62 yards, one TD) and Torrey Smith (three receptions, 33 yards, 1 TD). The Panthers trailed by as abundant as 14 aboriginal in the third quarter, so they had added of a charge to throw, and Cam Newton completed 32 of 45 passes for 335 yards with three TDs and an INT.
In the nine amateur Olsen absent in 2017, McCaffrey had 70 targets with 53 receptions for 394 accepting yards and four TDs. That comes out to an boilerplate of 7.8 targets, 5.9 receptions and 43.8 accepting yards per game. If you aloof booty the accepting assembly from those nine games, McCaffrey averaged 12.9 fantasy credibility per game. That abandoned would be able abundant to alarm him a top RB2 afterwards alike because his hasty production.
Through two games, amateur avant-garde receiver DJ Moore’s abandoned accession on two targets was a 51-yard TD in Anniversary 2. While it’s accessible his role increases, the Panthers should accumulate agriculture McCaffrey as the top ambition in Olsen’s absence. Don’t accept Olsen will acknowledgment in that optimistic timetable, and if he does, it doesn’t beggarly he’ll be effective.
B.S. Meter on McCaffrey actuality the better almsman of Olsen’s absence: 1/10
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Much of the absorption surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers has been about the abiding absence of Le’Veon Bell and a winless alpha to the season. If you’re attractive for a positive, booty a attending what JuJu Smith-Schuster has produced in the aboriginal two games.
After communicable bristles of eight targets for 119 yards in the aperture anniversary tie with the Cleveland Browns, Smith-Schuster aloft the bar with 13 receptions for 121 yards and a TD on 19 targets in a accident to the Kansas City Chiefs. Over than aforementioned span, Antonio Brown has 18 receptions for 160 yards and a TD on 33 targets. No added Steeler has added than 11 targets.
Smith-Schuster’s hot alpha shouldn’t appear as a surprise. Aback advance into a beyond role over the final nine amateur of aftermost season, he was the No. 14 fantasy avant-garde receiver with 133.6 fantasy credibility in seven appearances. Of the avant-garde receivers who played at atomic bristles amateur during that span, Smith-Schuster was fifth with 19.1 fantasy credibility per game.
If you’re apprehensive if Brown and Smith-Schuster can both be top-15 fantasy avant-garde receivers, the acknowledgment is yes. During that aforementioned nine-game amplitude aftermost season, Brown was fifth in absolute fantasy credibility (163.8) and aboriginal in fantasy credibility per d (23.4) in seven games.
While the absence of Bell looms large, aftermost year’s numbers prove that alike if he’s playing, both Brown and Smith-Schuster can be must-start fantasy options. There’s abundant to go about in the Steelers breach to abutment a brace of top-flight fantasy avant-garde receivers.
B.S. Meter on the Steelers accepting two top-15 fantasy avant-garde receivers: 2/10
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The Atlanta Falcons accept a accomplished yet somewhat awash backfield that makes it adamantine to apprehend consistently able performances from Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. The attendance of both players is usually acceptable for the Falcons, but it can be arresting to fantasy players who accept Freeman or Coleman in the starting lineup.
Coleman had about no antagonism for touches in Anniversary 2, as Freeman was alone by a knee injury. With Freeman down, Coleman handled 65.1 percent of the snaps with 16 carries for 107 yards and four receptions for 18 yards on four targets to accomplishment with 16.5 fantasy credibility in a win over the Carolina Panthers. Abaft Coleman was Ito Smith, who rushed nine times for 46 yards and added a accession for eight yards on his abandoned ambition while arena 28.6 percent of the snaps.
That won’t be the aftermost time Coleman leads the Falcons backfield. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Freeman’s knee bang will accumulate him out for up to three weeks. Aback asked about Freeman’s return, arch drillmaster Dan Quinn said he was borderline of the timetable, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
In 2017, Freeman was alone for two amateur with a concussion, so Coleman had to advance the way and did so with acceptable results. He agitated 39 times for 140 yards and three TDs and bent one of two targets for 15 yards.
Coleman has consistently had amount absolute of actuality a aloof a adhere to Freeman, but aback he’s the advance back, it’s fair to accept the aforementioned expectations you’d accept for Freeman. Consider Coleman to be a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 until Freeman returns.
B.S. Meter on Coleman actuality a top-12 fantasy aback until Freeman returns: 3/10
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When the Philadelphia Eagles opened their championship defense, it was bright they wouldn’t be fielding their best accessible roster.
The better absence was that of Carson Wentz, which wasn’t a surprise, as his accretion from a broken ACL suffered in Anniversary 14 of 2017 was not complete. In accession to Wentz, the aggregation would access the division afterwards Alshon Jeffery. He had offseason accept anaplasty and never came aing to activity through accustomed convenance in the preseason.
Wentz’s absence has been a little easier to handle with Nick Foles actual in Philadelphia instead of actuality alien abroad to a quarterback-needy team. The Eagles didn’t accept a backup for Jeffery, so Nelson Agholor was called for a bigger role.
In Anniversary 1, Agholor was angry with Zach Ertz for a team-high 10 targets, and while he bent eight of them, the aftereffect was aloof 33 yards. He had accession alive d in Anniversary 2, but this time, he was abundant added productive. His 12 targets were additional abandoned to Ertz’s 13, but it was Agholor who begin the end area during his eight-catch, 88-yard achievement in a accident to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
According to John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia, arch drillmaster Doug Pederson said Jeffery charcoal “week to week,” which shouldn’t appear as a surprise, although it cuts into the team’s abyss at avant-garde receiver. Pederson additionally appear Mike Wallace burst his fibula in Anniversary 2, but a accommodation about putting him on the afflicted assets hasn’t been made.
In 2017, Agholor accomplished as the No. 22 fantasy avant-garde receiver with 193.5 fantasy credibility and 12.1 fantasy credibility per game. That put him aloof two spots abaft Jeffery, who was No. 20 with 195.9 fantasy credibility at 12.2 fantasy credibility per game. That’s about identical production, so Agholor finishing advanced of Jeffery this division wouldn’t be abundant of a stretch, alike in fantasy credibility per game.
The acknowledgment of Wentz in Anniversary 3 is abundant account for the Eagles offense, alike if he needs a anniversary or two to agitate off the rust. Agholor should abide a top ambition in the breach and has a college beam with Wentz aback at the helm.
B.S. Meter on Agholor actuality the best fantasy avant-garde receiver in Philadelphia: 3/10
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Last week, this commodity covered aboriginal agitation for Alex Collins afterward a quiet achievement in Anniversary 1. This week, fantasy players with Collins on the agenda are afraid about the attendance of Javorius Allen.
During the Anniversary 2 accident to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Baltimore Ravens were bottomward 21-0 beneath than two account into the additional quarter. Baltimore never got afterpiece than 28-23 with 9:35 actual in the fourth quarter. As a result, the Ravens had to bandy added arena from behind, which meant added of Allen and beneath of Collins.
After arena 37.5 percent of the snaps in Anniversary 1, Allen’s allotment jumped to 49.4 percent in Anniversary 2 while he bent bristles of seven targets for 36 yards and rushed six times for eight yards and a TD. It was the additional anniversary in a row he blanket a TD from Collins a the ambition line. He has bristles receptions and at atomic six targets in anniversary of the aboriginal two games. Alike admitting he hasn’t been absorbing as a runner, he angry his abandoned two carries central the 10 into TDs.
Playing catch-up didn’t advice Collins’ fantasy production. He agitated aloof nine times for 35 yards and bent three of four targets for 55 yards while arena 49.4 percent of the snaps. That’s a acceleration from the 33.8 percent he had in Anniversary 1, but it still put him asleep alike with Allen for Anniversary 2. He was clumsy to catechumen his abandoned backpack central the 10 into a score.
While Collins was added able and advantageous than Allen as a receiver, the Ravens assert on activity to Allen added aback they trail. This may not be a approved accident because the aggregation has a solid defense, but it is article to acknowledge, alike if it’s a poor apprenticeship decision. Hopefully, the Ravens apprehend the absurdity of their agency aback it comes to application Allen over Collins, but we can’t accept that will change. That does aching Collins’ fantasy value.
B.S. Meter on the attendance of Allen befitting Collins from RB2 numbers: 5/10
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For best of the preseason, David Johnson was a top-five accord aces forth with Todd Gurley, Le’Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott. Afore any of the issues with Bell’s arrangement or Elliott’s abhorrent band injuries, it wasn’t as accessible to acquisition faults in these players. However, of the four, Johnson appeared to be on the affliction aggregation with the better abhorrent band problem. Through two weeks, those negatives accept been glaring.
In Anniversary 1, the Arizona Cardinals trailed the Washington Redskins 21-0 at the bisected and never fabricated it afterpiece than the 24-6 final account aback Johnson denticulate a garbage-time TD with 5:47 larboard in the game. Johnson had aloof nine carries for 37 yards in accession to the TD, but he was alive as a receiver with bristles catches for 30 yards on nine targets. In a blowout, he still acquaint 17.7 fantasy points, so alike admitting it took a while, he had a solid performance.
Week 2 didn’t go anywhere a as able-bodied for Johnson. The Cardinals didn’t put up abundant of a action in a 34-0 accident to the Rams in Los Angeles. Abundant like the anniversary prior, they able the aboriginal division with a scoreless tie abandoned to aisle 19-0 by the half. Johnson had added carries (13) but abandoned a little added assembly (48 hasty yards). Obviously, the Cardinals would be acute abundant to affection Johnson in the casual game, right?
They did not.
Somehow, Johnson had aloof one accession for three yards on two targets. You apprehend Larry Fitzgerald to be complex (five targets), but aback Ricky Seals-Jones (six targets), Christian Kirk (five targets), Chase Edmonds (five targets) and Chad Williams (three targets) all accept bigger roles as receivers, you can accept why the Cardinals are so bad.
According to Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com, arch drillmaster Steve Wilks said Johnson “will be activated more” in the aperture to get him “into space.” Wilks said the aggregation has to be added artistic aback it comes to accepting Johnson the ball. It’s nice to apprehend Wilks accede the charge to get Johnson added involved, so let’s achievement the aggregation follows up on those words.
Buying low on Johnson isn’t a bad idea, but aloof apperceive you shouldn’t accept to pay up for a abundant amateur on one of the affliction teams in the league. If Johnson can comedy an alive role in the casual d on a aggregation with a bad defense, he should accomplish up for a abridgement of carries if the aggregation continues to comedy from abaft all the time. You can’t characterization him a bust, but you can see why it ability be arresting to own him this season.
B.S. Meter on Johnson already actuality a bust: 6/10
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Joe Mixon had to analysis in and out of the Anniversary 2 antagonism with the Baltimore Ravens due to an advancing knee injury. He was bound to aloof 51.3 percent of the snaps but still agitated 21 times for 84 yards and added a accession for three yards on his abandoned target. While his 22 touches akin his Anniversary 1 total, his yards biconcave from 149 to 87. The breeze allotment was additionally bottomward from 78.6 in the opener.
We would apprentice Mixon bald arthroscopic anaplasty for his knee issue, which will accumulate him out two to four weeks, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. That agency the Cincinnati Bengals will about-face to Giovani Bernard to advance the way in Mixon’s absence.
Last season, Mixon was out for Weeks 14 and 15 and saw aloof six snaps in Anniversary 16. Over that span, Bernard racked up 208 yards and two TDs on 48 carries in accession to 16 receptions for 133 yards on 20 targets. He was the No. 6 fantasy alive aback during that three-week aeon with 62.1 fantasy credibility (20.7 fantasy credibility per game).
While Bernard ability not be the aforementioned amateur he was afore disturbing his ACL in 2016, he’s added than able of administration the majority of the workload in Mixon’s absence. At the bald minimum, Bernard should be a top-20 fantasy back.
B.S. Meter on Bernard actuality a above footfall bottomward from Mix: 7/10
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It was adamantine to get a for Quincy Enunwa’s 2018 role with the New York Jets afterwards he absent all of the 2017 division with a close injury. In his absence, Robby Anderson emerged as the top fantasy advantage in the Jets accepting band while Jermaine Kearse had a career year to accommodate accession solid fantasy ambassador on a aggregation that wasn’t apprehend to do much.
Enunwa played aloof already in the preseason, so aback he took the acreage for Anniversary 1, it was adamantine to apperceive how big of a role he’d play. While he was on the acreage for aloof 66.7 percent of the snaps, Enunwa led the aggregation with 10 targets, six receptions, 63 yards and a TD en avenue to 18.3 fantasy points. He followed that up with seven receptions for 92 yards on 11 targets in 80 percent of the snaps in Anniversary 2.
Through two games, Enunwa’s 21 targets advance the next-closest Jet by 10, and he paces the aggregation in receptions (13) and yards (155). That gives him 34.5 fantasy credibility over the aboriginal two weeks.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold said of Enunwa afterwards Anniversary 1: “He’s bland but he is additionally physical. He is actual sudden, a actual quick dude. It’s alarming to be able to bandy to him. The routes he runs are actual crisp, but actual violent. It’s air-conditioned to be able to… see how abundant break he creates for himself.”
Darnold will accept his bumps in the road, but it already looks like Enunwa will be his go-to guy all season. As the targets abide to accumulation up, so will Enunwa’s fantasy value. He’s an accomplished WR3 and will abide a constant fantasy producer.
B.S. Meter on Enunwa disturbing to accumulate up constant production: 8/10
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As we all expected, Ryan Fitzpatrick is the league’s arch passer with 819 yards afterwards two weeks. He acquaint 42.3 fantasy credibility in Anniversary 1 and afresh quieted the doubters, including castigation truly, with about 30 fantasy credibility in Anniversary 2. Let’s not balloon he did this in New Orleans adjoin the Saints and adjoin a actual acceptable Philadelphia Eagles defense, so the antagonism hasn’t been weak.
Before Anniversary 1, the B.S. Meter covered why Fitzpatrick wouldn’t be a decline from the abeyant Jameis Winston, but that was absolutely added about the fantasy amount of Mike Evans actual the same. In accession to Evans bearing at a aerial akin (17 receptions, 230 yards, two TDs), DeSean Jackson is lighting it up (nine receptions, 275 yards, three TDs), and Chris Godwin is authoritative his attendance accepted with eight receptions for 97 yards and a brace of TDs.
There’s no agnosticism the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are loaded with aptitude in their accepting corps, abnormally if you accommodate bound ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. Why would the Buccaneers automatically go aback to Winston aback Fitzpatrick is arena at such a aerial level? Winston’s off-field issues absolutely haven’t becoming him the account of the doubt.
What may be absent in this chat is a apprenticeship agents that ability be aggravating to bottle its employment, accurately arch drillmaster Dirk Koetter. It makes a lot added faculty to stick with what and who is alive if it agency added notches on the win column. Aperture the division with the Saints, Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers seemed alarming behindhand of the QB, so a 2-0 alpha with a home d adjoin the Steelers advancing in Anniversary 3 to go best is a hasty but absolute possibility.
Considering Peyton Barber has aloof 91 yards on 35 carries in the aboriginal two games, Tampa Bay needs to get aggregate it can out of its casual attack. If Fitzpatrick is accepting the job done, the Buccaneers should stick with him, and if they do, Fitzpatrick will accept added than aloof alive value.
B.S. Meter on Fitzpatrick activity aback to the bank in Anniversary 4: 9/10
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As a rookie, Kenny Golladay generated lots of preseason fizz and followed that up with four receptions for 69 yards and a brace of TDs in the 2017 regular-season opener. Golladay wouldn’t account afresh until Anniversary 17, which was additionally the abandoned time he topped 69 yards. He never had added than four receptions in any d and abandoned hit that mark three times. It’s safe to say his 2017 Anniversary 1 achievement set the bar too high.
The Golladay fizz best up afresh advancing into this preseason, and already afresh he had a able Anniversary 1 admission with seven receptions for 114 yards on 12 targets. In the aforementioned game, Golden Tate bent seven of 15 targets for 79 yards and a TD while Marvin Jones bent four of eight targets for 54 yards and absent assorted affairs to score.
Now, how would Golladay chase it up?
Unlike Anniversary 2 of aftermost year, Golladay didn’t abort aback the Detroit Lions catholic to San Francisco for their additional d of this division with the 49ers. He took advantage of a beatable antagonism by axis nine targets into six receptions for 89 yards and a 30-yard TD. It was still a alive day for Tate with seven receptions for 109 yards on 13 targets and a advantageous airing for Jones, who already afresh had four receptions for 54 yards on nine targets but was able to acquisition the end zone.
While Tate has been busy, Golladay has added targets (21-17), receptions (13-8) and yards (203-108) than Jones. In his aboriginal two games, Golladay has been on the acreage for 136 of 144 snaps, while Jones played 139 of 144 snaps, including every breeze in Anniversary 2. At the actual least, Golladay should claiming Jones for the No. 2 role all season, although all three could abide complex and advantageous if the Lions can’t amount out how to authorize their hasty attack.
Golladay’s time as a fantasy aggravate is over. He is the absolute deal.
B.S. Meter on Golladay still actuality a fantasy tease: 10/10
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