NFL Player Updates

Pierre Garcon

GARCON GETS GOING

Pierre Garcon starts his season a week late.
Garcon reeled in 7-of-10 targets for 142 yards. It was a nice sign of life after pulling a disappearing act in week one. Pierre was snatching passes, breaking tackles and creating separation all over the field. Shaky quarterback play will plague Garcon all of 2017 but he has solid value as a match-up based WR3.

Carlos Hyde

HYDE GRINDS FOR TWO SCORES

Carlos Hyde continues to put in work on game day.
Hyde rushed 25 times for 84 yards securing 2 touchdowns while adding 3 catches for 10 yards. Carlos has been a pleasant surprise so far for fantasy owners that took a gamble on him and so long as he continues to be the focal point of Shanahan’s offense he should put up moderate RB2 totals.

The next 3 games for Carlos Hyde all come on the road so there may be a decline in his play for the near future. It’s an interesting situation for owners to monitor that are thin at running back. If Hyde happens to be on the roster of an owner with a couple other options the potential to make a lowered offer in a trade will exist.

Sammy Watkins

WATKINS PLAYS WELL BUT SUFFERS CONCUSSION

Sammy Watkins is building a connection with his quarterback and it is paying big dividends.
Watkins went 6-of-7 for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns before exiting the game with concussion like symptoms. It will be something to monitor over the long wait till his next outing. The chemistry between quarterback Jared Goff and Sammy Watkins is starting to build as the young quarterback is becoming more confident in putting the ball in play for the receiver and letting him do his thing. Watkins tracked a perfectly thrown deep ball over his shoulder, over his back and into his bread basket, making it look easy in the process. The situation in L.A. is ideal for Sammy as he can beat his coverage in most situations and find the ball already being delivered in his direction by a quarterback that has solid anticipation accuracy. This is a receiver/quarterback combo that is on the ascension and Watkins, barring no set backs in the concussion protocol, can be viewed as a high end WR2/low end WR1 on a weekly basis.

Todd Gurley

GURLEY HAS STELLAR NIGHT

Todd Gurley goes off on Thursday night football.
Gurley carried the ball 28 times for 113 yards with 2 rushing touchdowns, adding 5 receptions for 36 yards and 1 receiving touchdown. It was a ‘wow’ kind of week for the talented runner and the type that draftniks envisioned when Todd first came out of Georgia. At 6’1″ and 222 pounds, Gurley displays quick shiftiness and the ability to be elusive in the open field. The one surprise from last night was the ability of the 49ers defense to tie up Todd a few times in goal line situations but the Rams are an offense on the rise and Gurley owners should continue to be pleasantly surprised throughout 2017.

Jared Goff

GOFF DISPLAYS HIGH LEVEL TALENT

Jared Goff shows off the skill set that made him the top overall pick a year ago.
Goff completed 22-of-28 passes for 292 yards and 3 touchdowns. Could the difference be in the coaching change from conservative, quarterback soul cleaving Jeff Fisher to young passer friendly Shawn McVey? Just throwing it out there…

The great impact of an offensively minded head coach on the young passer is evident as Goff has seen his confidence sky rocket through two weeks of his second season. It’s something that we anticipated and suggested at length during the off-season. Jared has potential to grow into a formidable signal caller in the NFL and if his current trajectory holds he could become one of the better passers in the league. On Thursday night, Goff displayed the fluid body work and the solid throwing motion that made him the top overall pick in 2016. Jared completed every type of throw necessary and displayed a solid, timed command of the offense. The Rams now have enough pieces in place to begin competing in the West and so long as Jared continues to improve their approach to the top of the division may become rapid.

Odell Beckham

BECKHAM JR GETTING BACK INTO GAME SHAPE

Odell Beckham Jr. is showing progress in practice recovering from his preseason injury.

While he did play on Monday night he wasn’t close to 100%. He has since participated in every practice and unless he aggravates it he should be good to go vs the Eagles. He may not be 100% but he may find opportunities in the Eagles’ banged up secondary. Unless you are top heavy at the WR position, Beckham is a must-start in all formats.

Tom Brady

BRADY DESTROYS THE SAINTS SECONDARY

Tom Brady bounces back with a vengeance.
Brady completed 30-of-39 passes for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns. If you got the chance to watch this one it felt like the Patriots were going to drop 80 points on a helpless Saints defense. Tom ‘Terrific’ lead 3 straight scoring drives to start the game and racked up over 175 passing yards in the first quarter alone. His week three match-up will be more difficult facing the Texans defense but it will be at home and Brady looks back to form after struggling in week one.

deshone-kizer

KIZER IMPLODES WHILE SUFFERING EFFECTS OF MIGRAINE

DeShone Kizer has the type of outing that causes the Cleveland faithful to have headaches.
Kizer completed 15-of-31 passes for 182 yards and 3 interceptions in week 2, and he added a lost fumble. It was a painful outing to watch and the talk of ‘pain’ will probably continue for the foreseeable future as DeShone missed nearly 2 quarters worth of play due to a migraine. His headache symptoms meant Kizer had to go through the concussion protocol before returning to the field but he was probably better off sitting the rest of this one out. For what it’s worth, head coach Hue Jackson stated that he knew of DeShone’s migraine history ahead of the draft. This is something that apparently was kept quiet enough that it has never leaked to the media or scouting sources throughout Kizer’s playing career so it does leave us a bit skeptical. Regardless of the new medical drama that will follow the rookie, the real concern will be his play moving forward and whether or not he can quickly advance past such a poor outing. He gets a brief reprieve this week as he faces a sketchy Colts defense.

DeShone Kizer should not be holding a roster spot in redraft leagues and is a practice squad or deep bench player in dynasty formats.

Matt Stafford

STAFFORD POISED IN MONDAY NIGHT VICTORY OVER GIANTS

Stafford takes care of business in the first half before deferring to the run game in the second half.
Stafford was 15 of 21 for 122 yards, and 2 touchdowns during Monday’s 24-10 win vs the Giants. With the lead the Lions were content to use an improved ground game to manage time of possession and milk the clock. While it might not have been a great fantasy line, his play should muster enough courage to start him as a high-end QB1 ahead of all but the most elite options.

Todd Gurley

GURLEY EMERGING AS DUAL THREAT

Gurley scores through the air and on the ground in loss to Falcons.
Jared Goff and the Rams staff are finding creative ways to use Todd Gurley. He had 88 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and 3 receptions, 48 yards and another touchdown on 4 targets. Gurley is a solid RB1 play vs the 49ers on Thursday Night.

Ty Montgomery

MONTGOMERY’S DUAL EFFECTIVENESS PROVES VALUABLE

When the Packers had to move away from the ground game, Montgomery shined as a receiver.
Ty Montgomery only had 35 yards rushing but he was able to more than make up for it with 75 yards on 6 receptions and a touchdown on the ground and through the air. No matter the game situation, Montgomery has value for the Packers and he should be a RB1 going forward.

Aaron Rodgers

RODGERS STRUGGLES BEHIND PATCHWORK O-LINE

PackersWith the starting tackles ruled out before the game, the Packers struggled on offense.
Rodgers was 33 of 50 for 343 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception during Sunday’s 34-23 loss to Atlanta. While it ended up being a decent fantasy line, it wasn’t until the 4th quarter that he broke out. The offense was by in large ineffective vs Atlanta’s pressure on D. Even with injuries to his receivers, Rodgers remains a must-start vs any and all opponents until he proves otherwise.

HOGAN GETS INVOLVED

Chris Hogan makes the most of his six targets.
Hogan brought down 5-of-6 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown. It’s the type of outing that may become the norm for the product of Monmouth but the Patriots offense is still in flux as they look to fill the voids left by numerous injuries. Quarterback Tom Brady found ways to gain chunks of yardage by connecting with Hogan but it was against a Saints defense that is going to give up big plays all season long.

Chris Hogan makes for a decent player to have as a bye week fill in or an option start depending on the match-up. He will have much less room to work with in week 3 as the Patriots host the Texans.

BRYANT APPEARS IN OLD FORM

Martavis Bryant gets involved and makes his presence felt.
Bryant hauled in 3-of-4 targets for 91 yards and 1 touchdown, but the more important aspect of this game was seeing Martavis explode into and out of the top of his routes to create solid separation. Granted, it was against Trae Waynes who can be exposed against superior athletes but it is a good sign for fantasy owners moving forward that Bryant can be relied upon.

Martavis Bryant has an excellent match-up in week 3 and can be viewed as a high end WR2 with WR1 upside.

Antonio Brown

BROWN FINDS LITTLE BREATHING SPACE

Antonio Brown has a quite outing in week 2.
Brown reeled in 5 catches for 62 yards. It was tough going all afternoon for Antonio as the Vikings defense made the effort to takeaway the Steelers star receiver. Brown worked against Rhodes most of the day and it appeared to interrupt the typical rhythm that he has with Ben Roethlisberger. Antonio will look to bounce back in week 3 against a Bears defense that is struggling to stop anything traveling through the air.

 

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