By: Bryce Wadsworth
Mason Rudolph, PIT- With clear cut franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out for the season, Rudolph is now the guy. I love this guy. He was the quarterback of a top college passing offense in 2017, and has had a whole year to sit and learn the NFL game. You also need to consider that 1. James Conner is dealing with a knee issue and 2. Pittsburgh will be down in most games, so the new QB will get a lot of opportunities. After a fairly decent fill in this past Sunday, expect Rudolph to be an above average QB in fantasy.
Teddy Bridgewater, NO– Saints starter, Drew Brees, will miss a significant chunk of time, which means we get some more Teddy “Two Gloves” action. With deadly pass catching options like Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, expect the former 1st round pick to thrive in Sean Payton’s offense.
Carlos Hyde, HOU- With no Lamar Miller and the release D’Onta Foreman, Houston desperately made acquisitions to fill up the running back room. They ended up getting Duke Johnson from CLE and then Hyde after he was released from Kansas City. The two started week one with split carries, but Hyde has emerged as the better fit in Bill O’Brien’s system. He doubled his carry count from week one to week two (10-20), so expect Hyde to start to really take over the starting role in Houston.
Frank Gore, BUF- This past weekend, young RB Devin Singletary left the game with a hamstring injury. Although there is no clear timeline on his return, keep in mind the impact/time a hamstring takes to heal. Even if he came back soon, he would be hindered due to the fact that hammy injuries typically linger throughout the season without the proper time to recover. With all that being said, Gore still showed some explosion with 19 carries, 68 yards and a TD sunday with Singletary out. Look for the vet to shine with his feature role.
Raheem Mostert, SF- No Tevin Coleman means more opportunities for both Breida and Mostert. Although Breida seems seems to take a lot of volume away from Mostert, if you are short at RB this is a quick fix until you could make a trade or one of your sleepers breaks out (Miles Sanders, I’m talking to you). Despite sharing the workload, Mostert still has averaged 5.6 YPC and has also shown his value as a pass catching threat with 68 total receiving yards thus far.
Terry McLaurin, WAS- Most people probably don’t even know who this kid is, but trust me he is a fantasy star. Well at least so far. So far, he has had minimal talent around him and had Kase Keenum throwing him the rock. However, he has put up 10 ctaches with 187 yards plus 2 TDs in just 2 games. He’s also getting 8 targets a game on average. With Washington playing from behind constantly, and the potential of replacing Kase for Haskins, The “Scary Terry” of the NFL needs to be on your roster if you are thin at wideout.
D.K Metcalf, SEA- ANOTHER rookie WR??? Yup. We all know D.K from his viral/meme photo where he looks absolutely ripped. So far this season, he has been an awesome target for Russel Wilson to chuck it to. So far he has been targeted 13 times in 2 games. Even with only catching 7 of those targets- 1. We all know volume is important when evaluating WRs, and 2. He still has a team high 150 receiving yards with a 21 YPC average (plus 1 TD). If you don’t scoop up Metcalf this week, you’re making a huge mistake.
John Brown, BUF- Super easy pickup here. Josh Allen has been exceptional thus far and always seems to find Brown when he scrambles out of the pocket. In just 2 games, Brown has been targeted 18 times, while bringing in an astonishing 14 receptions. He also boasts 195 yards and a TD. He has been, without a doubt, Josh Allen’s favorite target, and should be on your roster if there’s an open spot.
Mark Andrews, BAL- Most people were afraid to draft Mark Andrews because of the deep TE room in Baltimore, and for the fact that nobody knew Lamar would be THIS good (like wow he looks incredible so far). However, I took the chance on him in the 13th round of my 12 man PPR league and boy has it worked out. He has brought in 16 of 17 targets for 220 yards and 2 TDs. Hard to argue with those numbers and that much volume. Stop what you’re doing and GO GET MARK ANDREWS.
Greg Olsen- Greg used to be a top tier fantasy tight end, but with several lower body issues it has been hard to trust he would stay on the field. However, so far so good! Especially with Cam having issues throwing the ball and now with an apparent foot injury, he has relied heavily on Olsen as a big body to dump down to. Even if a new QB has to step in and replace Newton, Olsen should still remain productive. So far, he has put up 10 catches on 18 targets for 146 yards. He hasn’t gotten in the endzone yet, but give it time.