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.
Cleveland Browns: R.I.P Kenny Britt- Browns fans had high hopes for Kenny Britt coming into this season but he looks to be Dwayne Bowe 2.0. He looked disinterested multiple times during the game on Sunday and played on just 59% of the snaps. His days in Cleveland are numbered.
Baltimore Ravens: All the Buck Allen- I cited my love for Buck Allen in last weeks column and he didn't disappoint. The Ravens were in the lead for the entire game against the Browns but that didn't matter, Buck dominated the snaps and got 9 more touches than Terrance West. This guy was a PPR beast the last time he got extended work (2015) and I am a big fan.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Desean Jackson will boost Mike Evans- The presence of a Desean Jackson type receiver can go widely overlooked by the average fan...ask Kirk Cousins how he is doing without him. Mike Evans was quoted after the game saying "It was great not being double-teamed". Evans hauled in 7 balls for 93 yards a touchdown and it's looking like a huge year ahead from him.
Chicago Bears: Tarik Cohen again- I've preached this since the beginning of the year and I will continue...Jordan Howard will be a bust this season based off his ADP. He has no passing down value when the Bears are trailing anymore with Cohen/Cunningham there and the Bears are going to be losing in a lot of games.
Buffalo Bills: LeSean McCoy is the best WR- The Bills are pretty much a dumpster fire and it continued Sunday as they lost 9-3 to the Panthers (no they weren't playing baseball). Shady gained just 9 yards on 12 carries but it is of note that he leads the team in targets through the first two weeks with 13. He's pretty much the only fantasy relevant player in this offseason for the time being.
Carolina Panthers: Don't forget about Devin Funchess- Funchess was the trendy season-long pick a year ago and had an underwhelming season to say the least. That being said, people have widely forgotten about him and he figures to step up with the loss of Greg Olsen to a broken foot. He saw 7 of his 9 targets this season on Sunday vs the Bills and is someone to keep an eye on going forward.
Arizona Cardinals: RB hell- What a debacle, the Cardinals come out and almost lost two the Colts if it weren't for an INT in overtime. Chris Johnson saw 11 carries compared to Kerwynn Williams 9. This whole situation is a mess and Chris Johnson looked the best (out of the worst). Pretty gross moving forward without DJ.
Indianapolis Colts: Doyle rules- You have no idea how long I've been waiting to type that. Doyle reeled in all 8 of his targets Sunday for 79 yards against the Cardinals and is benefiting from the change to Brissett at QB. Chuck Pagano's system is built for TEs and Brissett will continue to lean on him while he learns the offense. ***PREVIEW*** He draws the Browns this week who gave up 2 touchdowns to Jesse James in week one and got shredded by the age-less BEN WATSON in week two (8 catches 91 yards) hmmmm...
Tennessee Titans: DeMarco Murray is still hurt- There were concerns that Murray was hurt coming into this season and here we are. I, personally, thought the concerns were gone with them only keeping three RBs on the roster but his hamstring flared up on Sunday which led to Derrick Henry dominating the work. The scary part is...Henry looks really good and may be the Titans best running back.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The return of Allen Hurns?- Allen Hurns had an absolute nightmare of a preseason but he thrived on Sunday with the garbage time King himself Blake Bortles. With Allen Robinson done for the year, Hurns figures to be the guy for the Jags and it's not like he doesn't have a rapport with Bortles. The concern is that the Jags really don't want to throw a lot, but when they are trailing he has value.
Philadelphia Eagles: Bye-Bye Blount- LeGarrette Blount was fantastic in 2016 but it looks like his time in Philly is nearing a quick end. There were rumors all over in the preseason that he was going to get cut before the season started but he somehow has survived until now. Reports came out Sunday morning that he wasn't working with the first-team offense in warmups on Sunday and he went on to tally ZERO carries in the game. It's time to abandon ship.
Kansas City Chiefs: Kareem Hunt is LEGIT- Kareem Hunt lit the NFL world on fire when he came out and decimated the Patriots ring party putting up over 200 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns. He followed that performance up with another two touchdown day against the Eagles on Sunday. RB1's have perennially thrived for fantasy purposed under Andy Reid and this seems no different. There are very few RB's I would take ROY in season-long above Hunt...this kid can play.
New England Patriots: Mike Gillislee fits perfectly- Speaking of Blount, we have what looks like the new version of him in Mike Gillislee. Blount thrived in the short yardage/goal-line role for the Patriots last season and it looks like Gilly has taken it over. He already has 4 touchdowns from inside the 10 yard line this season and would have 5 if one didn't get called back due to penalty yesterday.
New Orleans Saints: Coors field- The GOAT himself Anthony Carson often refers to the Superdome as the "coors field" of NFL DFS, and he couldn't be more spot on. The Saints defense is just so terrible and Brees is so much better at home these game will feature an insane amount of points week in week out when they are played in New Orleans. You needed the Patriots to win yesterday, so "fading to be contrarian" wasn't the smartest move. If the Saints are at home fire up players from that game. Plain and simple.
Minnesota Vikings: Sam Bradford injury hurts- Before kickoff Sam Bradford was ruled out due to a knee injury. If he misses extended time this whole offense, including Cook/Diggs/Thielen take a major hit. There were rumors that Teddy Bridgewater is ahead of schedule and will be able to return midseason, but I'm skeptical overall for the time being with the Vikes.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Martavis Bryant is back- Many people were jumping ship on Martavis Bryant after an underwhelming week one and he rewarded those that were loyal going for 91 yards and a touchdown. He actually should of another long touchdown but Roethlisberger slightly overthrew him. Bryant has been a fantasy stud when he plays and he will thrive opposite Antonio Brown again this season.
Miami Dolphins: Jay Ajayi is still really good- People just continue to overlook this guy. Even taking out his big three outlier games last season his stats were incredible playing behind a bad offensive line. He came out and carried the ball 28 times for 122 yards against the Chargers playing every snap except 4...can you say bell cow?
Los Angeles Chargers: Keenan Allen is still a PPR stud- Keenan Allen is one of the best fantasy WRs in the game when he is healthy and he is back with a vengeance this season. Through two weeks he has 14 catches on 20 targets and continues to get fed by Philip Rivers.
New York Jets: McCown-Kearse connection- McCown and Kearse hooked up for two touchdowns on Sunday against Oakland. Kearse has the most targets on the team so far this season with 14.
Oakland Raiders: CRABPEOPLE- South Park fans will know what I'm talking about there but the week after Amari Cooper dominated targets Michael Crabtree came out and put 3 touchdowns on the New York Jets. This shows the dilemma we are in with two extremely talented wideouts in the same team. Crabtree leads the NFL in yards per route run at 3.40 (via PFF) and those air yards turn into big plays...as we saw on Sunday.
Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliot's new role- Zeke has seen a sharp increase in his passing game work this season and if it keeps up he will be even better than he was last season. He already has 10 targets this season and he's caught 9 of them. I know he didn't workout on Sunday but use this to your advantage going forward.
Denver Broncos: C.J. Anderson makes a statement- I'll admit I really wasn't on Anderson coming into this season but he has looked fantastic so far. He has looked explosive and followed up a solid week one with 154 all purpose yards and 2 touchdowns against the Cowboys. He currently leads the NFL in carries with 45 on the year.
San Francisco 49ers: Carlos Hyde- I was high on Hyde coming into this season after noticing that he picked up a good amount of passing game work in the preseason. He saw 15 carries compared to just 4 for Matt Breida on Sunday and put 122 yards on one of the best run defenses in the NFL. His time will come in a good matchup.
Seattle Seahawks: Chris Carson is here to stay- If you watched any preseason football you could of clearly seen that 7th round rookie Chris Carson was the best back on this team. Eddie Lacy was a healthy scratch on Sunday and Carson went on to out-snap Thomas Rawls 51-16. Sure, Rawls is coming back from injury but it won't take long for Carson to cement his role as the lead back on the Seahawks.
Washington Redskins: Samaje Perine time?- Robert Kelley exited the game Sunday with a fractured rib and there is currently no timetable for his return. After he left, Perine 21 times for 67 yards. Chris Thompson also had a great game, but he is a pass catching change of pace back and only carried the ball three times albeit for 77 yards. If Jordan Reed's injury lingers then Thompson get's a boost as he was fantastic in the preseason when Reed was out. Thompson did out-snap Perine 30-26...monitor this situation moving forward.
Los Angeles Rams: Sean McVay is helping Todd Gurley- My colleague Bobby Viafora (be sure to read his weekly GPP articles!) and I have said for the past month that the Rams are not that bad of a football team and people really underestimate how bad of a coach Jeff Fisher is. McVay's play calling is light years better than Fisher and the increased passing work has helped Gurley exponentially. He racked up 5 catches in week one and followed that up with 3 for 48 yards and a touchdown on Sunday.
Green Bay Packers: Geronimooooo!- Geronimo Allison was suspended in week one, but came out and played 82% of the snaps on Sunday night (via PFF). Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb both left the game with injury and if they miss extended time it looks like Geronimo is the guy along with Davante Adams.
Atlanta Falcons: No super bowl hangover- The Falcons welcomed their new stadium by beating the Packers 34-23 in primetime. They did lose LB Vic Beasley to a torn hamstring, but their offense was firing all cylinders and when they are at home...so many fantasy points to be had.
Written by Ben Hossler (Follow @BenHossler on Twitter)