In this article I will highlight the most important thing (fantasy wise) that stood out to me from each team that played on Sunday each week.
Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy- Shady is pretty much all the Bills have at this point and he came out and racked up 110 yards on 22 carries and should of had multiple touchdowns. He will be a beast going forward and the addition of Patrick Dimarco will be big for Shady in 2017.
New York Jets: Welcome to the team Jermaine Kearse- Kearse hasn't been on the team for more than two weeks but he racked up 7 catches on 9 targets and was the teams leading receiver. Rookie ArDarius Stewart was an inactive and as long as that remains the case it looks like Kearse is the Jet to own (barf).
Philadelphia Eagles: Zach Ertz is a monster- Zach Ertz has 57 catches for 607 yards and 4 TDs over his last half of a season (via: @AdamLevitan on Twitter). He caught 8 balls for 93 yards on Sunday and should continue to rack up receptions with Jordan Matthews now in Buffalo.
Washington Redskins: Kirk Cousins is missing his old friends- The Redskins offense struggled in the preseason as it took them until the middle of the 3rd quarter in week three to find the end zone. With bright offensive mind Sean McVay coaching the Rams, and Garcon/Desean Jackson on new teams, Cousins looked out of synch. He still threw for 240 yards (23 of 40) and a touchdown and I love Cousins as a QB...but it will take some time for this offense to gel.
Oakland Raiders: Amari Cooper in the red zone- Amari Cooper led the Raiders in targets on Sunday (13) and they made a big effort to get him the ball in the red zone. He saw 10 RZ targets in all of 2016 and saw FOUR on ONE DRIVE yesterday, and he had a RZ TD. I forecasted a big year for Amari in the offseason and week one was definitely encouraging.
Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis, Target monster?- Corey Davis played just 42 of 64 offensive snaps as he returns from injury but he saw a whopping 10 targets from Marcus Mariota. Davis was the highest picked WR in the 2017 NFL draft and was a freak in college. He is someone to keep an eye on when he is fully healthy if he can sustain that type of target share.
Houston Texans: Return of Nuk- Boy, what a let down. Many were expecting the Texans to come out with a strong showing for their home crowd after hurricane Harvey but they got absolutely steam rolled by the Jaguars. Deshaun Watson doesn't look ready, though he did lock in on DeAndre Hopkins who led the NFL with 16 targets on Sunday.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Ground and pound- Rookie Leonard Fournette carried the ball 26 times for 100 yards and a score and the Jaguars needed just 11 completions from Blake Bortles to slay the Texans in Houston. The Texans offense is #bad, but the Jags defense looked scary good and with the loss of Allen Robinson it will be only more of an incentive to pound the ball.
Arizona Cardinals: Smokey Brown is back!- John Brown played 84% of the snaps on Sunday hauling in four balls for 32 yards. With the loss of David Johnson looming for the Cardinals, they are going to need all the playmakers they can get. Smokey hooked up with Palmer for two touchdowns in week three of the preseason and gets the Colts in week two.
Detroit Lions: Kenny Golladay is for real- This kid just continues to impress. He absolutely shined in the preseason but I was hesitant to jump on board in his first regular season game. Seven targets, four catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns, one of which he completed laid out for. This kid can play and everyone will know it soon.
Cleveland Browns: Duke Johnson gets no carries- First off, as a Browns fan, it's very hard for me not to write-up Deshone Kizer here because he looks legit...but this is pretty noteworthy. There we rumors of Duke Johnson working out of the slot this preseason and he came out in the first game and played almost exclusively there. Isaiah Crowell dominated the carries and Matt Dayes spelled him. I think this hurts Duke's fantasy value a ton and is a big, big boost for Crowell going forward.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Le'Veon Bell was eased in- There were rumors all over that Bell would not see his full workload week one and I didn't buy it. He came out and played 71% of the snaps, much lower than the 88%+ he had played in both times coming back from suspension before. If anything he will only play more going forward and another note...Big Ben's road struggles continued.
Atlanta Falcons: Steve Sarkisian uses both running backs- With new OC Steve Sarkisian in town we had no clarity how he would use the Falcons two-headed monster at running back in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. There was speculation that Freeman would dominate carries and be more of a bell cow with his newly signed contract...but that wasn't further from the truth. Freeman carried 12 times and Coleman 8 times though Freeman did get the red zone TD. It looks like it might be smart to avoid the Falcons backfield going forward unless you like guessing who will score.
Chicago Bears: Jordan Howard was hurt by game script- If you watched any preseason NFL you know that Tarik Cohen looked legit in his limited action. I cited on our NFL podcast Friday night that I had my concerns with Jordan Howard this season for a few reasons. Howard led the NFL in drops for running backs last season and the Bears brought in Cohen and Benny Cunningham who are both legit pass catchers out of the back field. Couple that with the fact that the Bears should be trailing in a lot of games you have an ugly potential outlook for Howard going forward. Cohen shined on Sunday and it didn't ease my concerns for Howard whatsoever.
Baltimore Ravens: All aboard Buck Allen- Danny Woodhead racked up three catches for 33 yards in the first quarter before being carted off the field. After he went down Javorius "Buck" Allen outsnapped Terrance West 32 to 28 though West did snatch a TD. Late 2015 was the last time we saw a heavy dose of Buck Allen and he was a great PPR back. He averaged 6 catches over the final 7 games of the 2015 season and he looked decent in the preseason. Expect him to fill the Woodhead role and that could be a valuable one.
Cincinnati Bengals: Wow, they are bad- The Bengals looked very bad on Sunday. Their offensive line is missing the guys that left via free agency and they were using almost instantly on Sunday. The Ravens picked off Andy Dalton 4 (FOUR!) times on Sunday and outside of A.J. Green I see myself avoiding this offense for the time being.
Indianapolis Colts: Wow, they are bad (again)- Without Andrew Luck, there really is nobody that has fantasy value on this team. Jacoby Brissett could be a good addition and can help the offense, but how much does he know after being with the team for less than a month? I mean they were so bad that head coach Chuck Pagano forgot who they played...sheesh. Times are rough in Indy.
Los Angeles Rams: Cooper Kupp is the guy for the Rams- The promising rookie caught four balls for 76 yards and a touchdown and out-targeted Sammy Watkins 6-5. Goff locked in on Kupp in the preseason and the Rams now embark on an unreal run of top cover corners that Watkins will be up against. Goff looked much improved compared to last season and to appears Kupp is the guy we want going forward.
Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton doesn't look right- Cam completed just 14 passes against a subpar 49ers defense that he torched last season. He missed Kelvin Benjamin badly on more than one throw and I will be using the wait and see method when it comes to Cam going forward.
San Francisco 49ers: Carlos Hyde is the bell cow we all wanted- Carlos Hyde played 80% of the snaps for the 49ers and was in on the majority of passing downs. He averaged 5 YPC but game script did not help him as the 9ers were trailing early. If El Guapo can stay healthy he is primed for a big fantasy season.
Seattle Seahawks: Offensive line has not improved- The Seahawks brought in Luke Joeckel and attempted to rebuild their offensive line this offseason but they did not look good against the Packers. You simply cannot run an offense running almost immediately after snapping it and Russ is lucky he has an easy schedule to start the year while they attempt to work out the kinks.
Green Bay Packers: Ty Montgomery upside- Ty Montgomery impressed last season when he got work and he hasn't missed a beat. He carried 19 times for 54 yards and a touchdown against one of the best run defenses in the league and also caught 4 balls for 39 yards. With no threat behind him and a passing game role in an Aaron Rodgers offense, this could be a monster year for TyMont.
New York Giants: Brandon Marshall looks old- With Odell Beckham Jr sidelined Sunday night in prime time many had big expectations for Marshall...I'm sorry for those of you that did. He caught one pass for 10 yards and struggled to get separation all night from a weak Dallas secondary. Odell better come back quick, or else this Giants team is in trouble.
Dallas Cowboys: Janoris Jenkins still owns Dez- Dez has caught just 4 of 22 targets against the Giants since they brought in CB Janoris Jenkins. Dez has notoriously struggled against elite DBs throughout his career and with Zeke likely to play all 16 games that hurts what was looking to be like a feed Dez year for the Cowboys.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)