But, there is little doubt that we learned more in the first week of Season 1 this weekend. Without the benefit of the Prescon game, it was the first chance for fantasy managers to actually see how the team was going to implement their offenses, how the snap count would work, and which players had improved since last season. Declined most.
In other words, although this is a rare case where an absent injury should dramatically change your presidency assessment of players, it is time for reevaluation. And this includes modifying your business values.
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As always, quarterback trade values don’t have all that much. But Aaron Rodgers’ monstrous four-touchdown performance against the Vikings is worth your attention. It is possible that the Packers attacked the Vikings at their weak point in the secondary, but Rodgers historically did not have all the success against Mike Zimmer’s stronghold. With a soft schedule and both Ellen Lazard and Marquez Vallades-Scantling stepping into Week 1, Rodgers is worth shopping for.
Also, it’s worth noting that Carson Wentz has fallen from the trading charts this week, although you can assume he has the same values as Matthew Stafford, Drew Tree and Tom Brady (trading charts would have had to be cut off elsewhere. is!). Absent help on Philadelphia’s abusive offensive line, noting that Wentz is hard to keep all well or healthy.
The week’s biggest riser is, of course, Jonathan Taylor, whose undisputed comeback comes a little earlier than expected with Marlon Mack’s season-ending injury. Taylor is now a top-12 back in fantasy leagues – full stop. He is an excellent runner behind an elite offensive line, and given his use in the passing game in Week 1, he should be a top game every week. Nyheim Hines likewise enters the trade charts after his Week 1 performance and with Mack’s injury.
The biggest drop is mainly due to injury, with Miles Sanders, James Conner, and Le’Veon Bell dropping significantly. The Eagles mitigated Sanders’ injury for the week, and then he was simply inactive in Week 1. Although Doug Pederson is talking about Sanders’ position again, the young back doesn’t sound like a lock for Week 2, and Philadelphia has a weakness on the offensive. Now Sanders puts an asphalt on Outlook for the rest of the season.
Connors’ bizarre Monday night throws a major wrench in his approach against the Giants. It was not clear during the game when he sustained his ankle injury, and the Steelers gave no word on it until late in the game. Benny Snell Jr. ran extremely well (and Connor was not in his brief time in the game), and Connor may still lose his special role when he returns.
Said all along, it’s hard to leave the Steelers Conner (if healthy) as they have a good game from some bad snaps and snails in their opening week. It is highly unlikely that fantasy managers can find a fair price for Connor if they try to trade him now, the best bet is that he should be tightened for a big performance when he returns. .
For Bell, his hamstring injury after a poor performance clearly torpedoed his value after placement on IR. But he will return to the roster for the Jets upon his return, which should be in Week 5 or shortly thereafter. If you can acquire Bell on the cheap, do so. He is one of the only “weapons” in the Jets offense, and will get enough work to be a weekly starter for your fantasy team. But the phrase “on the cheap” stresses.
There is some slight reshuffle between wide receiver values this week, but nothing dramatic. Again, we certainly learned a lot of things in Week 1, but fantasy managers should watch more before running away from their preseason values.
Michael Thomas’ worth clearly takes the plunge with his high ankle sprain. He is likely to be out for at least a few weeks according to the latest reports, but it is a better result for fantasy managers if Thomas tried to play through injury. There will be a lot of season left, so don’t take Thomas away in trades by any means.
In addition to Thomas, the largest movers come from those entering the trade charts. Sammy Watkins had another big Week 1, but when you were involved in his strong playoff performances last year, there are plenty of reasons to make his performance sustainable this year, and there should be optimism on his 2020 outlook. Preston Williams gets a boost with Devante Parker’s injury, and Paris Campbell showed he should be rostered, and not far from starting in most leagues.
George Kittle’s knee injury dropped him under a peg, but there is no reason to panic and move his trade value significantly. In contrast, Mark Andrews rises (and may grow more as the season progresses) used him. Against the Browns, Andrews played 71% of the snaps and had a career-high in routes. If he maintains his Week 1 playing time, he is about to take his game to another level.
For Cook, he not only continued to look downfield targets, but also benefitted from an injury to Michael Thomas. While Thomas is out, he will be a cut under the big names, but not a giant.
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