An interesting thing happened for the Bills on offense against the Colts, somehow Sammy Watkins was only targeted three times and didn’t make a catch. He wasn’t even targeted until the fourth quarter by quarterback Tyrod Tayor.
So, while Sammy Watkins was busy not getting targeted, Percy Harvin turned out to be the Bills most successful receiver on Sunday. Harvin finished the game with five targets, five catches, 79 yards, and a touchdown.
Despite only five targets, it was clear Taylor seemed to have some chemistry with Harvin. Taylor did only throw the ball 19 times but by the third quarter the Bills built up a sizeable lead over the Colts.
It’s no secret the Bills will be running a lot, they had 36 rushes against the Colts, but they won’t run away with games every week and will be forced to throw more often. Harvin could be the Bills best receiver by the end of the season, but Sammy Watkins won’t be a dud every week.
Marcus Mariota is obviously the quarterback to target if you need one, but in deep leagues or two-QB leagues Mallet should be owned as well.
The Texans were getting blown out against the Chiefs, but Mallet came in and brought the Texans within seven points. Mallet ended the game 8 for 13, 98 yards, and a touchdown.
It is certainly possible that Brian Hoyer starts week two, but if this game was any indication, Mallet is the better QB. Mallet has a big arm, and DeAndre Hopkins owners should be hoping Mallet gets the call.
I’ve been singing Wright’s praises this offseason and thankfully it paid off. Mariota was historically good in his debut and found Wright for four catches, 101 yards, and a touchdown. It looks like Wright is going to be Mariota’s favorite target and should see plenty of targets in the coming weeks. Keep in mind that the Titans won’t be blowing out opponents 42-14 every week so there should be more opportunities coming his way.
With Dez Bryant out four to six weeks, Williams is a must-own fantasy receiver. Against the Giants, Williams looked solid with five catches on eight targets for 60 yards. For however long Bryant is out, Williams will be the number one receiver for Tony Romo. Williams could average something like six catches for 80 yards over the next few weeks for fantasy owners.
Sankey looked really good against the Bucs going for 86 total yards and two touchdowns. Sankey ran hard and looked like the real deal for the first time in his career. Terrance West did have 13 carries, but he was nowhere near as effective as Sankey, and it was a blowout. Hopefully, Sankey and Mariota can build upon their performances in the coming weeks.
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Had eight catches on eight targets and could be the Cowboys running back to own in PPR leagues. He didn’t record a rushing attempt, but with Dez Bryant out he could see plenty of targets coming his way.
Hillman is now a must-own for C.J. Anderson owners. In week one, both Anderson and Hillman had 12 rushes, but Hillman out gained Anderson 41 to 29. Hillman was really talked up this preseason by the Denver coaching staff, and knowing the way this organization works, Hillman could wind up starting if Anderson struggles.
Philip Rivers threw the ball a lot week one, 42 times, but only six times did he target Johnson. Still, Johnson caught all six of his targets for 82 yards and a touchdown. It seems like Johnson is Rivers’ second favorite receiver which could turn into some solid value if Rivers throws the ball this much the rest of the way.
The severity of Andre Ellington‘s injury isn’t known yet, but either CJ2K or David Johnson could be starting week two. D.Johnson didn’t have a rushing attempt but did have a big 55-yard touchdown catch.
It looks like C.Johnson would be the starting running back, he had 10 carries for 37 yards on Sunday but isn’t exactly an inspiring option. Still, a starting running back is a starting running back and they’re all worth owning.