Written by: Brett J. Pietrzak – Vice President (@GrandstandBJP)
If anyone was a Keenan Allen owner, or just flat out sucked in week one of the greatest fantasy game on Earth, I am here to highlight a few pick-ups who I believe are obtainable in most leagues.
Quaterback- Carson Wentz- Philadelphia Eagles
While it may have been against the Browns Junior Varsity-like defense, Carson Wentz looked amazing last Sunday. He was able to complete 60% of his passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns. Wentz did not turn the ball over either. This week, he faces a Bears defense that is void of playmakers on the defensive side of the ball.
Running Back- Theo Riddick- Detroit Lions
Riddick, who has always had strong value in PPR leagues, was able to show out on the ground and in the passing game last Sunday. On the ground, he averaged five yards per carry and was able to find the endzone. He was also able to take a Matt Stafford pass to the promised land for six as well. All week we had to here about how great of a matchup Marvin Jones and Golden Tate had, but Jim Bob Cooter leaned heavily on his running backs. If this trend continues, look for Riddick to have another successful week.
Running Back- Danny Woodhead- San Diego Chargers
Like Riddick, Danny Woodhead gets an increase when it comes to PPR Leagues. With the devastating loss of superstar wide receiver Keenan Allen, the Chargers will need to look from within for someone to carry the load in the aerial attack. With that being said, I believe Woodhead will be that guy. While Melvin Gordon was able to pound home two short-yardage TD’s, he still will see a significant split with Woodhead. Do not be surprised to see Woodhead taking additional snaps on the outside as well.
Wide Receiver- Will Fuller- Houston Texans
Will Fuller looked like he was ready to live up to the lofty expectations of an NFL 1st-round pick in week one. Fuller was targeted an astonishing 11 times in his first career game. He was able to bring in five of those targets for 107 yards and a touchdown. The Texans boast one of the leagues most underrated offenses and with most of the opposing secondary’s attention on star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller should be able to reward fantasy owners for weeks to come.
Wide Receiver- Victor Cruz- New York Giants
This is probably my riskiest pick-up of the week, but I am really feeling Victor Cruz in fantasy this season. Cruz, who was already one of the smartest players in the entire NFL, was able to score a touchdown by running a superb route in week one against the Cowboys. Another strong argument for picking Cruz up would be the atrocity that is the Giants’ run game. The combination of Rashad Jennings and Shane Vereen was stuffed throughout most of the game. These trends look like they will continue, which will lead Eli Manning to throwing early and often in games.