September 12, 2019 by squish
Written by Gerry Leung
Lamar Jackson and Dalvin Cook owners rejoice! The duo combined for over 60 fantasy points in PPR leagues. Lamar threw for 5 TDs and completed 17 of 20 pass attempts for 324 yards, proving all the doubters wrong. Gary Kubiak owned up to establishing the run and Cook finished with 21 carries for 111 yards and 2 TD’s.
In my previous article, I had mention that these two players were some of my key targets for this year’s season long drafts and they did not disappoint opening day. With that said, seasons aren’t won by drafts, they’re won by in season management. Every week, I will be releasing this waiver wire article on who you should cop and who you should drop.
It should be no surprise that Kirk Cousins is on this list. He finished with 10 pass attempts in Week 1. Kubiak has come out showing that the team wants to establish the run. Dalvin Cook being the primary beneficiary. Minnesota should also be playing with positive game script given their stout defense which also bodes well for Cook. Kirk is nothing more than a weekly streamer.
The Eagles deployed a running back backfield committee as expected. Howard had 8 touches, Sproles 12 and Sanders 12. Sanders started the game and had a TD called back. We never like targeting RBBC’s and Howard just happened to land on the wrong team this offseason. Sproles and Sanders are also significantly better pass catchers than Howard. Tough to see Howard ever getting more than 10-12 touches a game. He should be dropped in most 12 team leagues.
Funchess will undergo surgery for his broken collarbone and should be dropped in all leagues. After the departure of Captain Luck, all Colts position players took a big downgrade for me. Marlon Mack was a menace out there and TY proved he could still produce without Luck under center. Look for Campbell to pick up some of the offense but I still wouldn’t invest too much into the Colts this year.
Rudolph had one target this week and I’ve been saying that we should stay away from any pass catching options from Minnesota. They deployed him this past week mostly as a run blocker for Cook. They also drafted Irv Smith in the 2nd round so things aren’t pointing in the right direction for Rudolph.
Although his performance against the Jets wasn’t great, his rushing ability gives him a solid floor each week. He finished 24 of 37 for 254 yds and one touchdown while rushing for 38 yards and one touchdown. He also plays the Giants next who just gave up 4 touchdowns and 405 passing yards to Dak Prescott.
Always take coach speak lightly. McVay came out saying there wouldn’t be any limitations on Gurley and yet finished with only 14 carries for 97 yards. Malcolm Brown had 11 carries for 53 yards and 2 touchdowns. Brown also had 5 carries within the 20 while Gurley had none. Even if brown sees 25% of the Rams snaps he has tremendous value. Add in the fact that Gurley has had knee issues, Brown could return RB2 Value.
The Bills brought in a deep threat Smoky John Brown this off-season to match up with Josh Allen’s rocket arm and it paid dividends this week. Brown roasted the Jets this past week with 7 catches on 10 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown. Brown and Josh Allen could be a very interesting stack this week against the putrid Giants secondary.
The release of AB opened up a lot of targets for the Raiders. If Tyrell Williams is available in your league he is a must add. However, Waller also should be a primary beneficiary without AB. He hauled in 7 of 8 targets for 70 yards on a 30% target share from Derek Carr. Oakland faces one of the leagues toughest schedules and will be playing in negative game script which should bode well for Waller.
As a reminder, the drop list are the players who are no longer must haves on rosters. The cop list consists of players who are worth a roster spot. Check back next week for the latest edition of cop or drop. Good luck this week and feel free to hit me up on twitter with any questions @GK_Leung.