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DAL @ TB
- Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are more than fine after missing extended time during camp and the preseason. Prescott didn’t look completely comfortable but was able to get the ball where it needed to be against a tough defense.
- Michael Gallup was placed on injured reserve after suffering a calf strain in this one. Cedrick Wilson will replace him in the lineup and is worth a pickup in deeper PPR leagues.
- Dalton Schultz was ahead of Blake Jarwin in every important stat category. Perhaps it’s just Jarwin knocking off the rust after ACL surgery, but it looks like neither Cowboy tight end is going to be dependable.
- Ezekiel Elliott didn’t look much more spry than he did last year, and not more spry than Tony Pollard, who was more involved in the passing game. There was reason for the team to go light on Elliott against the league’s best run defense, but that doesn’t mean that he’s going to return top 6-8 pick value this year. It might be time to get out if you can get 80-90 cents on the dollar.
- Speaking of Tampa’s defense, they will continue to be a defense that induces more passing from their opponents, so break ties in favor of Kyle Pitts, Calvin Ridley, and Matt Ryan this coming week.
- Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown found the fountain of youth in the offseason and looked like the prime versions of themselves. Both look like big hits, although the Dallas defense could be magnifying that and making it look larger than it actually is.
- Chris Godwin was a focal point of the offense but Mike Evans was not. Godwin was the better pick, but Evans will still have some major outburst weeks in him because of the quality of this offense. Don’t sell low with Atlanta up next.
- The backfield is going to be as frustrating as expected for Tampa. Ronald Jones II lost a fumble and rode the bench, but apparently, he’ll start again in Week 2. Leonard Fournette got the load after that but also had a screen pass clank off of his hands for an interception. Giovani Bernard was barely used, but perhaps that was because he was coming in nursing an ankle injury. Without an injury, this backfield will be one to stay away from at lineup setting time.
SEA @ IND
- Russell Wilson was a fantasy success, although he only threw 23 passes. This new Shane Waldron offense was humming and could be a lot more efficient than previous Seattle offenses, although we won’t know for sure until the Seahawks face a tough defense, which won’t happen next week with Tennessee coming to town.
- Rashaad Penny went down with a calf injury that will cost him at least Week 2, and Chris Carson looked every bit the part of a lead back. He would go higher in drafts today than he did last week.
- Gerald Everett left one split tight end role in Los Angeles to be part of another in Seattle, this time with Will Dissly. Both are just desperation plays, but with upside this week against the woeful Titans.
- Carson Wentz was dinking and dunking and the Colts offense was lukewarm at best in a middling matchup. Next week brings the Rams and another likely wasted fantasy day for the Colts passing game.
- Zach Pascal did rise above with two touchdowns. If you have to carry a Colts receiver, he’s probably the best one to roster. Michael Pittman Jr didn’t live up to his summer hype. Drop him in short bench leagues, but ride out his tough matchup with Jalen Ramsey in longer bench leagues to see if he can get going against Tennessee in Week 3.
- Nyheim Hines had 34 snaps to Jonathan Taylor’s 42. Hines had 15 touches to Taylor’s 23. That’s a fine workload for Taylor, although he isn’t going to dominate touches a la Joe Mixon or Derrick Henry, dinging his weekly upside, and Hines looks like an every-week flex and sometimes RB2 in PPR leagues.
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