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Sam Bradford – Bradford looked more like Drew Brees Monday night against the Saints than Drew Brees did.  Bradford threw for 346 yards and TDs on no interceptions.  He looked sharp and accurate all night, connecting with receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs all night long.  He’s still available in 88% of leagues.  If you need help at quarterback, you could certainly do worse.

Alex Smith – Smith was on fire Thursday night against the Patriots.  He outplayed Tom Brady in New England throwing for 368 yards 4 TDs against a stout Patriots defense.  He’s the number-1 quarterback in fantasy after week 1 and available in over 50% of leagues.

Jacoby Brissett – Brissett was traded to the Colts for WR Phillip Dorsett before week 1.  Brissett took over the starting duties the middle of week 1 after an inefficient performance from Scott Tolzien.  Take a wait and see approach.  If Brissett is named the starter, lock him in.  There are plenty of weapons in Indy, they just need someone to get them the ball.

DeShone Kizer – Kizer was solid in his rookie debut, moving the ball consistently against a stout Steelers defense.  He threw and ran for a touchdown and showed flashes of what could be in store for the Browns as they may’ve found their starter.  He’s available in 93% of leagues and is a solid bench option.

Deshaun Watson – Texans coach Bill O’Brien benched Tom Savage for rookie Deshaun Watson.  He struggled in his debut, but certainly appeared to be the stronger option at QB.  He did turn the ball over twice, but showed elite speed for the position and isn’t afraid to tuck it and run.


Running Back

Kerwynn Williams – David Johnson is scheduled to miss 2-3 months.  Coach Bruce Arians has named Williams the starter in his absence.  Williams will be the hot waiver option this week.

Tarik Cohen – Cohen flashed elite speed, quickness and receiving ability on Sunday as he ripped off 66 yards on five carries and added another 47 yards on 8 catches and a score.  He will be the 2nd hottest option off the wire this week behind Williams.

Giovani Bernard – Coming off a torn ACL, expectations were low for the Cincy running back.  Coach Marvin Lewis is going with a RBBC with rookie Joe Mixon, Bernard, and Jeremy Hill.  Hill is atrocious, but Bernard showed the blazing quickness that made him a household name prior to his injury.  The Bengals looked awful, and playing from behind certainly fits Bernard’s skill-set


Wide Receiver

Nelson Agholor – As Agholor enters his third year as a pro, he’s really failed to do anything of note.  However, he had his best game as a pro Sunday generating a 6-86-1 line.  In fairness, his TD was set up by an incredible play by Carson Wentz, but who knows?  He led the team in targets and Wentz looked sharp.  Agholor is worth a flyer if you’re in need of WR help.

Kenny Golladay – He’s big, he’s fast, he’s unknown, but he just scored 2 TDs in his rookie debut.  Golladay has other thing’s going for him too.  Namely, Matt Stafford and an abysmal rushing attack.  With Abdullah unable to get anything going, look for the Lions to do their thing and let Stafford sling it 40 times per game.  Golladay could have a monster season.

Rishard Matthews – With the arrival of free agent Eric Decker and the rookie WR draft class the Titans hauled in, most thought Matthews would be the odd man out.  Unfortunately, Decker looks old and slow coming off multiple injuries.  Matthews, however, was second on the team in targets Sunday and clearly has a nice rapport developed with Marcus Mariota.

Cooper Kupp – I didn’t buy it all offseason, but I’m sold.  Kupp is legit and needs to be rostered.  The Colts defense is awful, but Kupp was explosive and showed great hands in his debut.  Goff looked surprisingly solid.  It’s time to get on board and get Kupp in your lineups.

Alan Hurns / Marqise Lee –  I’m not really advocating for either one of these guys but, with Alan Robinson down for the season, someone’s got to step up.


Tight End

Antonio Gates – Well, well, well…that was interesting.  If you thought you saw a lot of Gates and not a lot of Hunter Henry last night, you’d be correct. Gates started and commanded the snap-count 38-23 over Henry, who many thought was the new #1.  His only 10% owned and one catch away from breaking the all-time TE TD record.  He’s got a few good games left if you need help at tight end.

Coby Fleener – He’s owned in less than 20% of fantasy leagues and will clearly be a factor in the pass-happy Saints offense.  He generated a 5-54-1 line against a solid Vikings defense.  Lock him in now.

Jesse James – We are going to take a wait and see approach here as James is incredibly touchdown dependent.  However, he scored two of those dependencies Sunday afternoon and his 2017 season is off to a solid start.

Charles Clay – As long as Tyrod Taylor is under center, Clay is worst a roster spot.  The two connect at a rate that trails on Cam/Olsen and Brady/Gronk.  Clay is getting up in the age department, but is certainly a viable roster add.


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