Looking around the league one week into the season.
Allen Injury Clears the Way for Tyrell Williams
For the third season in a row, Keenan Allen will not play a full season of football—in fact, he won’t play another down in 2016. As unfortunate as the injury is, fellow Charger Tyrell Williams should benefit from a fantasy perspective. Travis Benjamin is the more well-known name, but he is more of a burner while Williams is the bigger, stronger receiver. He should occupy Allen’s role on the outside, and that should return healthy dividends in the pass-happy Chargers offense.
Shane Should Show Up in Shootout
Giants scat-back Shane Vereen could be in for a big week as the best pass-catching option in the Giants backfield. The Giants get the New Orleans Saints at home, and given the fact that Drew Brees should have no problem putting up points against the New York secondary, this game should quickly evolve into a shootout. With the Giants trying to keep pace on the scoreboard, Vereen should see plenty of work on tosses and quick routes, and is a good bet to rack up receptions.
Rudolph to Benefit from Dink-and-Dunk Offense
Kyle Rudolph is universally known as an end zone threat and nothing more, but his role could change in 2016 with Shaun Hill under center (replacing the injured Teddy Bridgewater). Rudolph was targeted eight times in Week 1, and he converted those looks into 65 yards on four catches. Even if Sam Bradford takes over for the veteran Hill, Rudolph should maintain his role in the middle of the field, as Bradford’s arm isn’t much stronger than Hill’s. If you waited on tight ends in your draft, Rudolph should be an effective TE2 on your team with upside.
NFL Sleepers of the Week
Each week we will identify three players worth taking a shot on in deeper leagues.
Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins – Starter Matt Jones was largely ineffective in Week 1, and Thompson outgained him on the ground and through the air. Could take Jones’ job soon.
Eli Rogers, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers – Seems to be locked-in as the slot receiver in the explosive Pittsburgh offense. Even with Wheaton returning he’ll have a role.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Just one catch in Week 1, but it was in the end zone. He’s got huge upside and should see more targets as the season wears on.
The turnover at quarterback was one of the main NFL storylines in the offseason, and Week 1 was the debut for many QBs in new jerseys. Jimmy Garoppolo impressed for the Patriots, and he should be a serviceable QB2 until Tom Brady returns, so he makes for an interesting streamer option. Carson Wentz also looked good, but he did so against a sub-par Browns defense. He has a favorable matchup again this week against the Bears, and I’ll be watching closely to see if he can continue his success. Brock Osweiler got the job done in his first game for the Texans, but I was not impressed with Dak Prescott, Trevor Siemian or Blaine Gabbert. Case Keenum and Shaun Hill don’t merit fantasy consideration.
Bill Dubiel is a fantasy football expert for Rotoballer.com.