Week 1 had storylines that were very informational. Some more so than others.
The Patriots offense did not miss a beat without Tom Brady or Rob Gronkowski. Julian Edelman is a PPR machine, and Chris Hogan should be viable as well. Their running back situation is what a Belichick backfield usually is: no one knows. Watch out for a C.J. Spiller signing there.
Spencer Ware showed that if anyone in Andy Reid’s offense gets the majority of the touches, they are a RB1. Ware dispelled the myths about Charcandrick West being the “starter” and scored almost 30 Fantasy Points. Will he be start-able going forward is the questions now.
The Seattle backfield looks like it could be a 50/50 timeshare between Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael. I’m not sure I feel confident in starting either one though.
Lastly, the Cowboys offense… well we will get to them because it is still a storyline.
NFL Week 2 Storylines
Dallas Cowboys’ Offense, Part 2
In the knee-jerk reaction society that we live in, everyone wants to make declarative statements after Week 1. In the Cowboys’ sense, some said Dak Prescott was the future, while others thought he played poorly in their loss.
I’m in the middle on this one. He played good enough for them to win. If Cole Beasley and Dez Bryant hold on to two sure-fire touchdowns, then we are talking about a pretty strong debut.
The storyline with this offense is their two stars: Ezekiel Elliott and Dez. Both were first-round Fantasy draft picks, but nether was anything close to that in Week 1. Was that an aberration as everyone was getting used to Dak? Or did the Giants show how to take those two out of the game? We will find out this week as the Redskins do not exactly pose a defensive challenge.
Jason Garrett, Dak Prescott and Jerry Jones have all said that Dez needs to get the ball more. We will see if it is all talk or not.
Five Wonders: Cowboys make it too easy for opponents to take out Dez Bryant https://t.co/bMPzs6Z9j5
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 13, 2016
Steelers Second Option
DeAngelo Williams fond the Fountain of Youth and was the best overall Fantasy Back last week. The storylines to watch in Pittsburgh deal with their second receiving option. Martavis Bryant has shown that being the second option in Antonio Brown is better than a lot of team’s first option.
This seemed to be a battle between Sammie Coates and Markus Wheaton, but as I said in last week’s storylines article, Eli Rogers seems to be the guy to own.
Wheaton missed the first game of the season, but should be ready to go this week. Keep an eye on how Ben Roethlisberger divvies up the targets. My money is on Rogers to continue to be the guy.
Slow-Starting ‘Elite’ Fantasy Running Backs
Adrian Peterson and Todd Gurley were two of the first five running backs off of almost any Fantasy Draft Board this season. Both played horrendously in the first week of the year.
As I said in my Running Back Rankings Reactions article, the two ball carriers had different reasons for their poor performance. Peterson was getting used to a new quarterback and his defense scored twice limiting his touches.
Gurley, on the other hand, was just dominated by a below-average 49ers’ defense. They stacked the box and the Rams awful quarterback play could not loosen it up. In Todd Gurley’s last 9 games he has just 578 rushing yards on only 3.8 yards per carry. That is not exactly elite running back performance. Watch this week to see if Los Angeles can figure out how to get Gurley going.
Thanks to good folks @rotounderworld, Todd Gurley saw stacked/base front on 82.4% of his carries last night. More of same vs. Sea. YIKES!
— Brad Evans (@YahooNoise) September 13, 2016
Chargers Offense Post-Keenan Allen
The splits between San Diego’s offense with and without Keenan Allen are staggering. Allen really does not get enough credit for being in the second tier of uber-elite receivers.
Philip Rivers Last Season
With Keenan Allen: 70% comp pct, 344 Pass YPG
Without Allen: 62% comp pct, 255 Pass YPG https://t.co/kNARKz2UtD
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 12, 2016
As a high shareholder of Keenan Allen on my teams this year, it was painful to see him go down in the first half of the first game of the season. He looked like he was going to be a dominant Fantasy option this year.
Nevertheless, the storylines with the Chargers centare on how they will play moving forward. It was nice to see Melvin Gordon get two touchdowns, but once again Danny Woodhead is completely overlooked: he had more Fantasy Points as well as out-rushed Gordon.
I think Woodhead will get even more looks in the passing game without Allen. The primary receiver is not a toss-up between Travis Benjamin or Tyrell Williams. This will be the key storyline to watch with San Diego as Philip Rivers figures out who the top option will be going forward.
- Will Carson Wentz keep the Philadelphia offense going? Jordan Matthews looked like a legit WR1 in Wentz’ debut, but it was against the Browns.
- The Detroit backfield was dominant in PPR leagues last week. Can they put consecutive games together?
- Two weeks in a row that Miami does not travel with Jay Ajayi: will Arian Foster be able to break out? He did have a solid receiving game last week.
- Gary Barnidge was a much better Fantasy Option with Josh McCown as the starter last season. Let’s see if he can continue that trend as McCown takes over.
- Which Baltimore receiver steps up as the top target? Mike Wallace might have a resurgence with Joe Flacco’s big arm.
- Are C.J. Anderson, Carlos Hyde, David Johnson, DeMarco Murray and Willie Snead legit this season?
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