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Fantasy Frontline: 9 Headlines You Should Know About from Sunday


Fantasy Frontline: Week 2 NFL News

[the_ad id=”58835″]NFL news happens each and every day. In fantasy football, it is important to have an awareness of it and have an understanding of the potential implications. The Fantasy Frontline will provide Gridiron Experts readers line of sight on NFL news flow that you should be aware of from a statistical angle and help you understand what’s happening during the season and offseason.This article will cover six headlines you should be aware.

 

ROB GRONKOWSKI REMAINS AN ELITE TE1

The New England Patriots defeated the New Orleans Saints 36-20. The final score is not reflective of how much the Patriots dominated the Saints in the cozy confines of the Superdome.

Gronkowski had a dominant performance with six catches, 116 receiving yards, and a touchdown. He did leave the game with a groin injury, but it is not considered to be serious.

Gronkowski is a must-start anytime he is active. He is one of the rare tight ends in fantasy whose performances can singlehandedly win matchups for you. Over the last 46 games, Gronkowski has averaged 7.8 targets, 4.8 receptions, and 75.3 receiving yards per game.

GREG OLSEN BROKE HIS RIGHT FOOT

Olsen suffered the injury during the Carolina Panthers 9-3 win over the Buffalo Bills. Are you willing to hold onto him? It could be a challenge for fantasy owners in a league with limited bench space or without an injured reserve slot. Ed Dickson is the likely candidate to fill in as the Panthers starting tight end while Olsen is out. Olsen has averaged 4.9 receptions and 61.8 receiving yards per game over his last 65. Wide receiver Devin Funchess could also see more targets in Olsen’s absence.

COREY DAVIS AND DEMARCO MURRAY INJURED

https://twitter.com/zesty_titans/status/909745138360086528

Davis’ 10 targets in Week 1 were encouraging after playing only 66 percent of the Titans offensive snaps. His absence will open up additional targets for Eric Decker and Rishard Matthews. The Titans demolished the Jaguars 37-16 and DeMarco Murray missed out on a golden opportunity to generate yards from scrimmage while the team played with a lead. Derrick Henry filled the void with 14 carries, 92 rushing yards, and a touchdown. He is the obvious beneficiary if Murray were to miss time.

MARQISE LEE LED THE JAGUARS IN TARGETS

Lee’s 12 targets were five more than his teammate Allen Hurns. He finished the game with seven receptions for 76 receiving yards. Lee averaged 3.9 receptions and 53.2 receiving yards per game last season in a limited role. He and Hurns will play an increased number of snaps and see additional targets due to Allen Robinson being out for the season with a torn ACL. The Jaguars prefer to be run-heavy, but in games like this where they are trailing Lee will see an increase in targets.

Player Pos Team Opp Targets Rec Pct Yds TD
Allen Hurns WR JAX TEN 7 6 86 82 1
Marqise Lee WR JAX TEN 12 7 58 76 0

BUCK ALLEN PLAYED 62% OF THE RAVENS OFFENSIVE SNAPS

Allen generated 101 total yards on 21 touches in the Baltimore Ravens 24-10 win against the Cleveland Browns. He outplayed West, had six targets as a receiver out of the backfield and appears to be the leader of the Ravens’ committee. Allen is firmly on the RB2 radar heading into Week 3 against the Jaguars and should be a priority add on the waiver wire this week if he is still available in your league.

THE RISE OF RASHARD HIGGINS, THE FALL OF KENNY BRITT, AND THE VERSATILITY OF DUKE JOHNSON

https://twitter.com/MattHarmon_BYB/status/909516839302029315

The Browns believe wide receiver Corey Coleman has broken his hand. Britt’s commitment is begin questioned and as a result was only targeted twice against the Ravens. Higgins played 76 percent of the offensive snaps. He caught seven of his 11 targets for 95 receiving yards and will be a top waiver wire pickup heading into Week 3. Johnson produced 80 total yards and was used all over the field. He was used a runner in between the tackles, as a receiver out of the backfield, and even lined up in the slot.

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ROB KELLEY FRACTURED HIS RIBS

Player RuAtt RuYds RuTD Targets ReRec ReYds ReTD
Chris Thompson 3 77 2 7 3 29 0
Rob Kelley 12 78 0 0 0 0 0
Samaje Perine 21 67 0 1 1 0 0

Kelley’s unfortunate injury opens the door for highly touted rookie Samaje Perine to lead the Redskins running back by committee. He should dominate the early down and short yardage carries. Chris Thompson’s role as the change of pace and receiving back will continue to remain unchanged. He is especially valuable in PPR formats. Perine and Thompson will be some of the top running back additions on the waiver wire this week.

HAS JORDAN HOWARD HIT ROCK BOTTOM?

Player Gms RuAtt RuYds RuTD Targets ReRec ReYds ReTD Fum Lost
Tarik Cohen 2 12 79 0 21 16 102 1 1 1
Jordan Howard 2 22 59 1 6 3 14 0 0 0
[the_ad id=”72106″]The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Chicago Bears by a score of 29-7. Howard’s value has trended down since the beginning of the season. He is being outplayed by electrifying rookie Tarik Cohen and continues to deal with a shoulder injury. Howard was spotted after the game wearing a sling. Who knows how serious the injury is? We could be looking at even more of a running back by committee. At 5’6, 179 pounds Cohen may not have the frame of a workhorse running back, but the Bears will provide him enough touches to remain on the RB2 radar. If Bears quarterback Mike Glennon continues to implode on a weekly basis we may see second overall 2017 NFL Draft pick Mitchell Trubisky start sooner rather than later.

WHAT WILL THE PACKERS OFFENSE LOOK LIKE IN WEEK 3?

Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb suffered injuries in the Week 2 loss against the Atlanta Falcons. Nelson is dealing with a hamstring injury while Cobb hurt his shoulder. We do not know at this point how long their respective injuries will keep them sidelined.

Both are valuable components of the Packers offense. Nelson has averaged 8.9 targets, 5.9 receptions, 85.1 receiving and yards per game over his last 49. Cobb has averaged 7.7 targets, 5.2 receptions, and 62.4 receiving yards per game over his last 52. If they happen to miss time then Davante Adams would become the team’s number one wide receiver with Geronimo Allison as the two. I envision the Packers also using running back Ty Montgomery as a moveable chess piece in order to leverage his ability as a receiver.

The purpose behind the Fantasy Frontline is to condense a few days of NFL news into an article that is easy to read to simplify your fantasy football life. If you enjoyed this column, I would be very grateful if you would help it spread by emailing it to a friend or sharing it on Twitter. What was most useful for you? Let me know in the comments below or follow me on Twitter @EricNMoody.

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