Fantasy Football Believe It or Not: Drop Aaron Rodgers and Amari Cooper or too soon to hit the panic button?

This week could also be one in all the most troublesome for Fantasy Football evaluation. We simply spent six months fine-tuning rankings and projections and now one afternoon of soccer threatens all of it. Knowing when to maintain regular and when to make speedy modifications could be very troublesome and extremely essential.

As a rule, I’m extra probably to change my thoughts after one week on issues I did not really feel all that assured about in the first place. I’m additionally extra keen to change my thoughts about utilization than I’m environment friendly. But for the most half, I’m going to maintain regular after Week 1. But I’ll admit Saquon Barkley examined that.

Saquon Barkley is a top-five RB remainder of the season

The Case: Barkley was the No. 1 operating again in PPR in Week 1 in opposition to a Titans protection that gave up the fewest Fantasy factors to operating backs in 2021. He ran for a whopping 164 yards on 18 carries and led the Giants in each targets (7) and receptions (6) .

If you have been searching for a sign that 2018 Barkley was again, I’m unsure you could possibly ask for way more than a 68-yard game-breaking run and a 33% goal share from Daniel Jones. If he would not get damage, he may be the greatest operating again in soccer this season.

The Verdict: Don’t consider it. Yet.

It could solely take yet another week for me to purchase into this one, however one monster efficiency will not be fairly sufficient to take a man from twelfth to the high 5. It is shut although.

I might nonetheless favor Jonathan Taylor, Christian McCaffrey, and Austin Ekeler for positive. I’d have a tough time making a definitive argument for Barkley over D’Andre Swift after the approach Swift ran, and I’m not fairly prepared to transfer the Giants’ operating again forward of Derrick Henry and Joe Mixon. I’d even like to give Aaron Jones yet another week.

But the truth is that Barkley has reinserted himself on this dialog and he as soon as once more seems like he is one in all a handful of backs who might be the RB1 general at the finish of the 12 months. Let’s hope he can keep wholesome.

Aaron Rodgers is droppable in a one-QB leagues

The Case: One of the issues I used to be most all in favour of seeing is how Aaron Rodgers did with out Davante Adams and how Patrick Mahomes did with out Tyreek Hill. Mahomes completed as QB1 on the week with 360 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. Rodgers completed as QB30, and that is solely as a result of as of the time I’m penning this the Broncos and Seahawks have but to kickoff.

Rodgers’ main receiver on this recreation was AJ Dillon with 46 yards. He simply would not have sufficient assist this 12 months in Green Bay. You can discover somebody higher on the waiver wire.

The Verdict: Don’t consider it.

First off, we’d like to keep in mind that Rodgers was even worse in Week 1 of final 12 months when he completed as QB35 with 1.3 Fantasy factors. From Week 2 on, solely Josh Allen scored extra Fantasy factors per recreation. So yeah, we most likely should not drop Rodgers due to a nasty Week 1.

At the very least, we’d like to see what this offense seems like with Allen Lazard, who Rodgers has been telling us will probably be his No. 1 broad receiver. Hopefully, that occurs this week in opposition to the Bears. If this Packers offense seems this dangerous in opposition to the Bears? Then we will begin speaking about dropping Rodgers.

As for the receivers, I might strive to maintain on to the rookies however I’m wonderful with dropping Sammy Watkins and Randall Cobb.

James Robinson will probably be the greatest Jaguars RB in Fantasy this season

The Case: In one in all the largest shocks of the week, Robinson performed 51% of the snaps in his first recreation again from a torn Achilles, and out-touched Travis Etienne 12-to-6. Robinson turned these 12 touches into 69 yards and two touchdowns on his approach to what seems to be a top-12 end in Week 2.

If Robinson is enjoying 51% of the snaps in his first recreation again, we must always solely count on his position to develop. He’s a begin at operating again and Etienne turns into a touchdown-dependent flex.

The Verdict: Believe it.

Considering mainly no operating again has come again from this harm and appeared good, some warning is so as right here. But if Robinson can say wholesome, it is powerful to make a case that Etienne goes to be higher than him. Just do not take that to imply Etienne goes to be dangerous. He had two alternatives the place he might have scored touchdowns on this recreation as nicely.

I might count on the Jaguars’ backs to be a bit up and down, as committee backs usually are. View each as high-end flexes with upside. But so long as he stays wholesome, I might count on Robinson to be the greatest over the course of the season.

Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are the solely Browns that want to be rostered (over the subsequent two months)

The Case: Jacoby Brissett managed the Cleveland Browns to a season-opening victory over the Carolina Panthers and in the course of reminded us what a Brissett-led offense seems like. Chubb and Hunt mixed for 211 yards of offense and two touchdowns. The remainder of the staff mixed for 144 yards and 4 subject objectives.

Donovan Peoples-Jones led the broad receivers with six catches for 60 yards on 11 targets whereas Harrison Bryant led the tight ends with two catches for 18 yards on 4 targets. The two go catchers we really drafted, Amari Cooper and David Njoku, mixed for six.4 Fantasy factors on seven targets. You do not want to roster any of them.

The Verdict: Don’t consider it.

I had grave considerations about this passing assault earlier than the season, however I do not critically consider that Donovan Peoples-Jones goes to out-target Cooper like this regularly. I count on there will probably be a 10-target recreation for Cooper round the nook. He could even discover the finish zone as soon as or twice. I might maintain him no less than by way of Week 3. If issues have not improved by then, you’ll be able to let him go.

Njoku is a distinct story. If you want a beginning tight finish this week, I’ll have a couple of choices in the place preview. Gerald Everett will most likely be at the high of the checklist. If you actually consider in Njoku, you’ll be able to choose him again up in November per week or two earlier than Deshaun Watson is scheduled to return.

Drake London is already a weekly starter in a 3 WR league

The Case: London tied Kyle Pitts for the staff lead in targets and simply led the staff in manufacturing in the passing recreation. He’s a top-10 choose who simply put up 12.4 PPR Fantasy factors in his debut in opposition to Saints protection. London performed 81% of the staff’s go snaps and earned a 31% share of the staff’s air yards.

The Verdict: Believe it

A 22% goal share for a large receiver as gifted as London can be greater than sufficient to assist a increase/bust WR3-type season from London. But like Robinson, I might solely count on his position to develop. Remember, London was a partial participant in follow main up to this week as nicely. There’s top-20 upside right here, particularly if Marcus Mariota is usually a little higher as a passer.

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