Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, the offensive matchup of the week should be.... TB vs. Atl. These two teams lead the league in defensive inefficiency, Tampa is ranked #32 in defensive efficiency and Atlanta is ranked #31. Ryan and Julio Jones should have a field day against the TB defensive backfield. With Jameis Winston at the helm this week DeSean Jackson should again be the lead deep threat. My prediction ....... 48- 45 ATL.
Here are 5 players to consider at a value based on their cost for week 3-
1) Corey Grant- RB, Jax: $3,000 AD/ $5,600 FD/ $4,400 DK. With Fournette ruled out and Yeldon banged up, the satellite back has an opportunity for more looks in the run game with his normal sprinkling of targets in the passing game. Tennessee has struggled mightily on offense so the ground game should be on full display Sunday.
2) Latavius Murray- RB, Min: $4,350 AD/ $5,200/ $5,800 DK. This is another instance where the lead back is out with an injury. Minnesota will run all over Buffalo today as it is truly remarkable how bad this Bills team looks. No offense, tired and apathetic Bills defense equals 20+ touches for Murray. Bills defender Vontae Davis literally retired at half time last week. Enough said.
3) Kamar Aiken- WR, PHI: $3,000 AD/ $4,500 FD/ $3,500 DK. This is a deep dive but Aiken has a lot of factors working for him. Wentz is coming back this week, Jeffrey, Wallace and Sproles are out. Opportunity knocks for Aiken as he looks to stay relevant in the NFL. He will operate as the WR2 behind Agholor.
4) Eric Ebron- TE, IND: $3,500 AD/ $5,500 FD/ $3,400 DK . Although Philly isn't the best match-up, Ebron has clicked with Luck and found the end-zone in back to back weeks. Doyle is out again so there's a good chance he hits pay dirt again this week.
5) Will Dissly- TE, SEA: $5,549 AD/ $4,600 FD/ $3,300 DK. This is more of a value play in FD and DK. Stop me if you've heard this before: A QB under pressure, a safety blanket with good hands, a receiving corp without it's top play-maker, 5 targets and a touchdown. Mark it down for three weeks in a row that Dissly repeats.
My pick for breakout player of the week... Latavius Murray of the Vikings. The Bills defense couldn't stop a runny nose with a tissue. The Bills defense is allowing opposing offenses to score at will and the Vikings offense is loaded. If you’re streaming RB's take a look at Murray and win your week.
Trouble seems to follow Josh Gordon everywhere he goes, especially when he leaves the football field. However, when on the field Mr. Gordon has been one of the most productive, skilled receivers in the league since he burst onto the NFL scene. Who knows if he will stay out of trouble or how the Patriots will use him? That being said this is the best possible spot for a player of this caliber especially with his off the field woes. Sky is the limit for Gordon with risk / reward also sky high. It remains to be seen if trouble follows him to Foxboro.
The browns have announced that they will be releasing Josh Gordon on Monday Adam Schefter (ESPN) reports. Look to Jarvis Landry to be the uncontested WR1 in Cleveland.
Philadelphia RB Darren Sproles is officially out week 2. He played 29 snaps, with 5 rushes and 7 targets week 1. Corey Clement could see near this workload in his absence.
Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman is officially out for week 2 with a knee injury. It is not considered long-term. For now Tevin Coleman will operate as the starting back.
Tom Brady has never lost to the Jaguars and looks to keep that record going this week. Brady is 8-0 in games in which he started against the Jaguars. They last met in the AFC Championship game in January of 2018 where the Jags gave them a run for their money, though the Pats ended up winning 24-20, throwing for 290 yards and 2 TDs.
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has yet to arrive at camp and he is officially listed as questionable. This is getting uglier by the minute as Pit's first game is against the Browns on Sunday. He almost certainly should not be rostered week 1.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery is likely out for week 1 as he recovers from a shoulder injury. Nelson Agholor and Mike Wallace with operate as the two primary receivers in his absence.
Los Angeles Chargers TE Antonio Gates has come out of retirement. At 38 years old we would limit our expectations on yardage but you could do worse based on match-ups. He's no longer as fast but he's still a large end-zone target with great hands and a QB who trusts him. He should be a cheap option when you're looking to load up elsewhere, though he is not expected to play week 1 as he gets back into shape.
San Francisco 49rs RB Jerick McKinnon is done for the season with an ACL tear. Alfred Morris and Matt Breida will bump up the depth chart as a result. They are expected to participate in a committee.
New York Jets WR Jermaine Kearse will likely miss at least the first week of the regular season as he underwent abdominal surgery for a nagging injury. Poised to be the WR2 in New York, this bumps Quincy Enunwa and Terrelle Pryor up the depth chart temporarily.
The NY Jets have decided to start with their first rounder, Sam Darnold, in Detroit against the Lions. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but now it’s official.
Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen injured his left leg in practice on Tuesday. The injury is not considered "long-term" and he is expected to start week 1.
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Marquise Lee has been placed on injured-reserve and will be out for the entire season. He sustained ligament damage during last week's preseason game. Keelan Cole, Donte Moncreif and Dede Westbrook will all stand to receive more looks. Though ultimately, the Jaguars very transparently want to ground and pound while leaning on their defense.
Philadelphia Eagles RB Jay Ajayi has an undisclosed "lower body injury". It has kept him sidelined for 8 days and he's officially designated as questionable. The Eagles open the season next Thursday at home against the Falcons which allows Ajayi even less time to recover.
Hue Jackson, Head Coach of the Browns says Josh Gordon will not be playing Thursday in preseason, nor will he play against the Steelers for week 1. Jarvis Landry should see more activity in Gordon's absence.
Taylor dislocated his pinky on his throwing hand during Thursday's pre-season game. However, he was a full participant at practice on Saturday and is a lock to start week 1 against Pittsburgh at home. With Josh Gordon appearing to be ready for week 1 as well, they may be a sneaky value stack.
Former Kansas City RB Charcandrick West has signed with the New York Jets after being released. He projects to be third on the depth chart behind Isaiah Crowell and Bilal Powell until Elijah McGuire returns from a broken foot.
Washington Redskins RB Samaje Perine sustained a sprained ankle during Thursday's preseason game against the Jets. He will be out for a minimum of a week, maybe longer.
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette is slated to receive more looks on third downs this season. That should translate to an increase on last year's 36 catches on 48 targets. The only thing that could hold back Fournette's value is health as he is always seemingly dinged up. However, the Jaguars could be more liberal with reporting minor injuries than other teams. Fournette was listed as questionable most weeks last season yet he played at full capacity.
Tennessee Titans WR Rishard Matthews just signed a one-year contract extension. It was previously thought that he had a minor injury but it was most likely he was just holding out. He's not a bad late round flier if his draft price is still below a mid-round pick.
Adrian Peterson looks to leave a mark on his 4th NFL team. ESPN already has Peterson listed on the Washington Redskins.
Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton suffered a shoulder sprain in practice yesterday (8/18). It is not considered serious and should be ready to roll by week 1.
Minnesota RB Dalvin Cook could be splitting the work load with Latavius Murray this season. The percentage of the split is unknown but it's still likely that Cook will see the lion's share of the touches. A couple of things that hang over Cook's head are his season-ending torn ACL in 2017 and the fact that Murray has a nose for the end zone with 12 and 8 TD's respectively over the last two seasons.
Cleveland WR Josh Gordon is expected to play this season at "some point". Early reports suggest "possibly week 1", but there is certainly no guarantee. If you're in season-long formats he's essentially a lottery ticket at this point, especially if Dez Bryant signs on. Weekly, he's a much easier play. A chemistry with Taylor would be nice but he suits the big play receiver that Taylor was accustomed to with Sammy Watkins. Buckle up ballers, Gordon could pay big dividends early on until Mayfield inevitably takes over under center.
New England RB Rex Burkhead has a "slight tear" in his knee. However, he is expected to be ready for week 1.
San Francisco 49rs RB Jerick McKinnon is sidelined with a muscle strain. He should be ready to go before week 1 making him an even more attractive draft target considering he should slide back a few spots due to the injury.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown was cleared to practice on Saturday 8/11. All signs point to go that he'll be ready week 1.
Washington Redskins' rookie running back Derrius Guice has a torn ACL and will miss 2018 season.
Mayfield went 11/20 for 212 yards and 2 TDs Thursday night against the Giants. Tyrod Taylor is still the clear starter in Cleveland after going 5/5 for 99 yards and 1 TD, but Mayfield looked good.
Barkley broke off a huge 39 yard run on his first attempt in the Giants' preseason opener Thursday night, but the rest of his attempts were -3, 4, and 3. The Giants' offensive line wasn't doing him any favors. Barkley's big play potential is still through the roof, but this line might hinder his ability to put up consistent runs.
Cleveland Browns QB Tyrod Taylor is a lock to start week 1 despite the presence of first round pick Baker Mayfield. He is an intriguing, low priced ($6,600 FD) week 1 play as he is always a threat to score on the ground.
Seattle Seahawks' WR Doug Baldwin is expected to miss the entire pre-season with a knee injury. Doctors are hopeful he will be ready for week 1.
David Johnson should have no trouble putting up big numbers this season. Sam Bradford generally relies on his running backs so we might see a nice increase in touches in Johnson's first game since exiting in Week 1 with a wrist injury that ended his 2017 season. 2016 was his last full season, posting 1,239 rushing yards, 879 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. The Cardinals will host the Redskins who rank 27th against the rush.
A quick recap of top performers last season. Based on AddDrop's scoring, here are the top 3 players from each position from last season.
QB - Russell Wilson - 376.42
QB - Tom Brady - 340.84
QB - Alex Smith - 340.30
WR - Antonio Brown - 312.80
WR - DeAndre Hopkins - 309.80
WR - Keenan Allen - 289.40
RB - Todd Gurley - 378.30
RB - Alvin Kamara - 356.00
RB - Le'Veon Bell - 337.60
TE - Travis Kelce - 233.50
TE - Rob Gronkowski - 226.40
TE - Zach Ertz - 201.90
Stefon Diggs and the Vikings agree to a new 5 year extension with $40 million guaranteed
The Jets' 1st round, #3 overall pick Sam Darnold has an agreement with the organization and will begin practicing soon reports Ian Rapaport. Darnold has reportedly secured a $30.25 million 4 year contract, all guaranteed.
2nd year receiver John Ross posted a negative total of fantasy points last season. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict he will improve on last season's numbers. He profiles as a burner that could turn in some booming fantasy weeks given the right match-up. Cincinnati has bolstered their O-line significantly this season which should allow Ross the extra time to get open. Look to capitalize on his min-price salary early in the season for the ultimate contrarian, hail Mary play.
The Cleveland Browns have finally signed 2018 1st overall draft pick Baker Mayfield to a four year deal.
Julio Jones will report to training camp on Thursday after he and the organization agree to a revised contract for the 2018 season.