The Twitch: Short fantasy relevant blurbs with reactionary news that’s far too premature for the rest of the fantasy year.
Colts @ Broncos
- Behind TY Hilton and Reggie Wayne, Coby Fleener was 3rd in targets for the Colts with 8. Now, Andrew Luck won’t likely throw 53 passes per game and Coby Fleener only got 3 catches out of those 8 targets, but if you’re in need of TE depth, Fleener has had a long history with Luck and may continue to see balls thrown his way.
- Montee Ball received 23 carries compared to 4 for CJ Anderson, and no other Broncos RB touched the football. Sure, he wasn’t particularly productive with those carries, but there may not be much of a time share, which can only benefit Montee Ball.
Saints @ Falcons
- Mark Ingram got as many carries as Pierre Thomas and Khiry Robinson combined and was productive with them. He also scored a pair of TD’s. He didn’t do much passing (Although Pierre Thomas caught 6 catches) but Ingram looks like he’ll get his fair share of work so far.
- Devin Hester could be an interesting flyer. With 6 passes thrown his way and 5 receptions off of those throws, he may continue to get work in the Falcons offense. Don’t expect Matt Ryan to get 450 yards a game, but there could be yardage for Hester available.
Vikings @ Rams
- Greg Jennings and Matt Cassel have a good rapport. As long as Cassel is starting, it’s worth considering Jennings in most leagues. Six catches, 58 yards, and 1 TD lead the Vikings receivers.
- Brian Quick caught 4 passes from Shaun Hill and 3 from Austin Davis, pacing the Rams WR’s. While the Rams might still be doomed this year, Brian Quick appears to be a favored target for both of the QB’s on the active roster.
Browns @ Steelers
- Andrew Hawkins and Terrence West will be amongst the most popular fantasy pick ups. Ben Tate got hurt early (and has always been injury prone) and West looked solid vs. the Steelers. Hawkins paced the Browns in both yardage and receptions, and it wasn’t close.
- Markus Wheaton was hyped during camp but didn’t really do much during the preseason. 6 catches, 97 yards, and tied the team for most targets… guess preseason might not matter that much after all.
Jaguars @ Eagles
- Without Cecil Shorts on the field, Allen Hurns and Marquis Lee were the most productive receivers for the Jaguars. Marcedes Lewis (Remember him?) also had 6 catches but only managed 35 yards. Hurns provided the highlights this week, but with an uncertain receiver situation when Shorts comes back, he might not sustain this momentum.
- No one expected Nick Foles to repeat his 2013 performance, right? The yardage and touchdowns will still be there, but he isn’t going to be what he was last year.
Raiders @ Jets
- I’ll just point out that Denarius Moore paced the Raiders with 8 targets, but was only able to come up with 2 catches for 8 yards. He’s been a solid receiver otherwise, and is available in nearly 95% of leagues.
- Chris Ivory had a nice looking stat line (10 carries, 102 yards), but 71 yards were from a single carry. If someone in your league is coveting him, sell high. He’ll be in a time share with Chris Johnson regardless.
Bengals @ Ravens
- Giovani Bernard actually paced the Bengals in receptions, and although his work on the ground was middling, he’ll be a huge part of the Bengals offense.
- Justin Forsett, not Bernard Pierce, will be the Ravens RB you’ll want now that Ray Rice has been cut. Doesn’t mean there’ll be much there for Forsett, but he’ll get whatever yards are there for the Ravens.
Bills @ Bears
- The Bills will incorporate three RB’s into the rotation, and if Anthony Dixon’s performance this week was any indication, they may be giving him even more work in the future.
- Jay Cutler put up 17 points this week against a defense that is still fairly decent. Given how porous the Bears defense is, he might not be a bad pickup if you can get him.
Redskins @ Texans
- Niles Paul had the most yardage for the Redskins, but only had 4 targets. Pierre Garcon or Desean Jackson will still be the better WR.
- The Texans look like they’ll run Arian Foster into the ground as there’s no talent behind him. Despite their comparative lack of talent, Jonathan Grimes or Alfred Blue may worth picking up if/when Arian Foster gets injured.
Titans @ Chiefs
- Dexter McCluster wound up seeing more work at RB than Bishop Sankey. He can still take the top off of a defense, but don’t expect that to continue throughout the season.
- Yes, Donnie Avery lead the Chiefs in every single passing category, but Dwayne Bowe was out. He’ll be back next week… let someone else get Avery for the moment. He’ll be closer to his 2013 numbers when he’s relegated to the #2 option.
Patriots @ Dolphins
- Kenbrell Thompkins had 10 targets, behind Rob Gronkowski. He’s available in most leagues and may be worth a roster space.
- Knowshon Moreno may have the starting position for the Dolphins, but Lamar Miller may still be worth owning in fantasy. Can the Dolphins offense sustain two fantasy caliber RB’s? Maybe.
Panthers @ Buccaneers
- The Panthers will, in fact, give carries to Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert. This will probably damper DeAngelo Williams’s value rather than give any real value to either of those RB’s.
- Brandon Myers replaced Tim Wright and looks like he may have a big role to play with the Buccaneers, especially if that offensive line is as bad as we think it is. Definitely worth a look at TE.
49’ers @ Cowboys
- I honestly have nothing to add to this for the 49’ers. No real surprises, no disappointments. Michael Crabtree underperformed, but it’s more likely to be a fluke than a recurring theme.
- Lance Dunbar got some work out of the back field but DeMarco Murray was the only running back with carries. Murray is injury prone but will likely be productive until then.
Packers @ Seahawks
- James Starks is available in over 30% of leagues and may have a bigger role, especially if Eddie Lacy’s concussions prove to be an issue. He outrushed Lacy, but if they’re both healthy, Lacy still will get most of the work.
- Doug Baldwin was 2nd in targets behind Percy Harvin. He has had at least 775 yards in two of his first three NFL campaigns, so there’s definitely potential.
Giants @ Lions
- If the Giants can’t figure out their offensive line, that should be a good sign for a slot receiver like Jerel Jernigan. He was 2nd behind Larry Donnell in targets and lead all WR’s for the Giants.
- No real surprises for the Lions, but Joseph Fauria caught a 2 point conversion. Fauria caught 7 TD’s last year, so he may be worth looking for.
Chargers @ Cardinals
- Malcolm Floyd lead the Chargers in productivity amongst the Chargers’ WR’s with 50 yards and the only passing TD from Phillip Rivers. He’ll likely produce 700-800 yards, like he has in his non injury shortened seasons.
- Larry Fitzgerald only saw two targets and couldn’t pull any catches from it, but rookie John Brown was actually tied for second in targets with 5. Brown could be a player to look out for.