David Johnson –
Johnson has been a giant disappointment this year but it’s not his fault. For one of the best pass catching backs in the league to see 1 catch for 3 yards is completely egregious. This is a Steve Wilks and Mike McCoy problem and it’s going to end with McCoy getting fired if it continues. And the running game plan is just as atrocious. Check out this week 2 chart from NextGenStats:
For a man of Johnsons talents they sure are just trying to ram him down the middle when outside runs could allow him to innovate and create opportunities to break tackles. This situation needs to be rectified but it’s not time to hit the panic button just yet. Let’s see how Wilks adjusts to the teams strengths here in the next few weeks before cutting bait with DJ.
Colts Running Backs –
Marlon Mack is back and what we know after week two is this is a clear timeshare. Unfortunately, right now it includes a third back taking a few of the carries as well in Nyheim Hines. Jordan Wilkins was the most efficient back in week two but that still only netted 61 yards and 2 targets for 3 yards. That’s not league winning material anywhere.
Sammy Watkins –
Welcome to Sammy Watkins week! For the past two seasons this is what he does to us. In 2016 he was injured weeks 3-10 then in week 16 puts up a 7/154/1 line enticing us to draft him in 2017. Fast forward to 2017 week 3 where he puts up a 6/106/2 line and then proceeds to not hit 100 yards the rest of the year. Like a bad mortgage, get out of this as soon as you can. There are a ton of offensive weapons with the Chiefs and we have such a small sample size with Mahomes along with the injury risk and the up and down nature of Watkins that selling him while he’s attractive is the shrewd move.
Juju Smith-Schuster –
In week 2 something didn’t look quite right with Antonio Brown. He left the game briefly with an injury and also lost his mind on the sideline at one point which is becoming commonplace during this Steelers regime. But aside from that, Brown is pulling coverage away from Juju and he is taking advantage of it. He’s accumulated 27 targets in two games for 240 yards. As James Washington matures in the system it’s only going to exacerbate the issues defenses will have when facing this Steelers team; Who do you guard? And it’s not just the catches or route tree he’s running, he has also grabbed 129 yards after the catch in just 2 games.
Chris Thompson –
Thompson is a poor mans Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey has 20 receptions for 147 yards and 87 yards on the ground while Thompson has 19 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown and 66 rushing yards. Most people still aren’t on board with Thompson or have reservations with the addition of Adrian Peterson and Thompsons knee recovery but he’s come out of the gate on fire and shows no signs of slowing down. He also faces the Titans in week 16 which is looking like a juicy championship week matchup.
Alshon Jeffrey –
The Eagles may have a thinner receiving corp than any in the league at the moment. But Carson Wentz has been cleared and will start in week 3 and Alshon should return soon with plans to start practicing this weekend. Alshon and Wentz will both likely need a few weeks to get back to game speed meaning they should have some subpar efforts in the coming weeks. If that’s the case the owner in your league may get anxious and be willing to give him up for a piece to help them now. If that’s the case jump on board as the Eagles only have three glaringly hard games on the schedule going forward in the Vikings, Jaguars, and Rams. He had 8 touchdowns with Wentz at the helm and should continue that same rapport.