NFL Player Updates

BELL’S SEASON STARTS SLOW

Steelers MockMissing the off-season activities may make Le’Veon a slow starter in 2017.
Le’Veon Bell toted the rock 10 times for 32 yards and added three receptions for 15 yards. It’s hardly the kind of stat line that fantasy owners were hoping for in week 1 from the Steelers phenom.

It’s mildly concerning that Bell seemed to be looking for spots to run in an offensive line that wasn’t creating any. It could take a couple weeks for the back and line to get in sync but when they do you can expect Le’Veon to play at a level commensurate with his lofty draft position.

BIG BEN IS BIG BEN, AGAIN

Steelers MockBen Roethlisberger continues to be exactly who he is.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 24-of-36 passes cashing in for 263 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It’s the type of state line we have come to expect from the Steelers franchise passer and the trend that tends to be the norm. While occasionally Roethlisberger will explode for fantasy dominance, he’s best relied on as a match-up start, specifically in home games.

With that in mind, he may not be a bad start in week 2 as the Vikings defense has been struggling to a degree this preseason. If the Saints shellac the Vikes at home, consider starting Ben next Sunday.

TOUCHDOWN SALVAGES MACLIN’S DAY

Ravens Mock DraftMaclin’s debut in Baltimore was relatively quiet.
Jeremy Maclin finished his afternoon with two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown on four targets. Hardly eye popping numbers, but there were some encouraging signs that franchise quarterback Joe Flacco is interested in getting Maclin some targets and scoring work.

Jeremy is best suited as a WR3 going into week 2.

WEST GOES TO WORK

Ravens Mock DraftA solid working day makes West a good RB2 in week one.
Terrance West paced himself to 80 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. His lone touchdown coming from a goal line plunge after Andy Dalton gifted the Ravens with good field position.

Most people are going to see the Browns on the schedule for week 2 and expect and easy outing for West and the Ravens. I would advise to hedge against that and look long and hard at alternatives as the Cleveland defense looks to have taken major strides this off-season under new defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams.

FLACCO NEEDS REPS FOR RHYTHM

Ravens Mock DraftAlthough he started smoothly, Joe Flacco showed all the signs of a player that needed more off-season reps.
It’s really not that surprising considering the time he missed from the back injury this summer. Joe Flacco did complete  9-of-17 passes for 121 yards, a touchdown and an interception to start his 2017 campaign so it looks like the type of stat line you might expect from the Baltimore quarterback.

There will be weeks that Joe makes a nice option but he’s only worth a roster spot to spell out your bye week starter at this point.

PALMER, CARDINALS OFFENSE TO BOUNCE BACK IN 2017

Cardinals Salary CapCarson Palmer returns to lead Cardinals through the 2017 Season.
2016 was a letdown for the Cardinals but Palmer and the offense showed promise in the 2nd half of the season. While he may not return to 2015 numbers, look for him to bounce back and be a fringe QB1 that can be drafted as a #2 or #3 late or found on the wire in redraft leagues. In dynasty, he could be an affordable trade target for a contending team.

MIKE GILLISLEE THUMPS FOR THREE

PatriotsThe questions about Gillislee’s role were answered before the game even started.
The short yardage specialist rushed 15 times for 45 yards and three touchdowns but was stuck twice on 4th and short. Gillislee offers fantasy owners some solid TD appeal near the goal line but there will be weeks that he is simply a non-factor. There is a glutton of talent at RB for the Pats and they are notorious for spreading the wealth in their offense. With the injuries piling up early at WR you can expect Tom Brady to get his backs involved plenty in the passing game so Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis should out touch Mike Gillislee by a wide margin.

Mike will probably be the very definition of ‘boom or bust’ on a weekly basis.

BRADY LOOKS UNCOMFORTABLE IN OPENING LOSS

PatriotsThis was not the opening night that the NFL world was projecting for it’s favorite son.
The future Hall of Fame QB completed 16-of-36 passes for 267 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions in what looked like an uneasy setting after an opening drive that looked like mid-season Patriot form. After scoring a TD then receiving the gift of a short field from Kareem Hunt’s opening carry fumble, New England’s offense became sporadic and looked almost desperate down the stretch. Brady had little help from his receiving group that struggled against the Chiefs secondary but he also locked onto receivers and forced unnecessary throws.

It’s only week 1, and it was against a damn good Chiefs defense, so there’s no reason to hit the panic switch. Brady and company should rebound nicely in week 2 against a Saints defense that is always ready to be exploited.

KAREEM HUNT EXCELS IN DEBUT

ChiefsIt was the kind of night that will set the tone and follow him for the rest of his career.
His first carry was a fumble, something he never did as a tailback in Toledo. However, he kept his composure and everything after that was money in the bank. Hunt rushed 17 times for 148 yards and a TD while adding 5 receptions for 98 yards and two TDs, one of which was a long connection of 78 yards where Kareem showcased his game breaking ability. The arrow is firmly pointed up for Hunt and you can comfortably start him as a RB1 in fantasy week 2 against PHI.

A SHORT LEASH ON MIKE GLENNON?

BearsGlennon’s tenure as the starter is tenuous at best.
No matter what John Fox says, the obvious answer is – yes. In a season that will see the Bears struggle to move the football (outside of RB, Jordan Howard) it’s easy to see why rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will get a chance at some point this season. The only thing that would prevent that would be for Glennon to lead the Bears to victory early and often, something that veers from the realm of reality.

IMPROVEMENT IS OBVIOUS IN GOFF

RamsThe second season for quarterback Jared Goff will undoubtedly be a big step forward.
With the addition of Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp the ceiling for Jared Goff has raised considerably. He’s a fringe quarterback 2 in redraft leagues and a legit option to snag and stash in dynasty formats.

ZAY JONES WILL BE #1 OPTION

BillsI’m shocked, shocked I tell ya…
Actually, if you follow our draft information you know how highly I though of Zay going into the 2017 draft. Considering the other options in Buffalo it makes sense to get the young receiver on the outside and involved early in his career.

Zay’s a late round option in redraft leagues but in dynasty formats he is slowly climbing to mid-first round status.

 

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