Adam Thielen continues to be a Number 1 Receiver
Not a single receiver in history has had 100 yards receiving in their team’s first five games. That is until Adam Thielen became the first receiver in the Super Bowl era to accomplish the feat after he logged 116 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles on Sunday. Thielen is not only the top fantasy option on his team, but he produces enough to be a clear cut number one receiver on any fantasy team, as he trails only Michael Thomas in fantasy rankings among receivers. It’s time that the former undrafted receiver gets the respect that he deserves, and has firmly cemented his spot among the NFL’s top wideouts.
Eric Ebron is the best Fantasy Asset on his team
The Colts are a team with little fantasy relevance outside of Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton. They have an unproven backfield, with young players like Jordan Wilkins, Nyheim Hines, and Marlon Mack. With that being said, the Colts best fantasy option is tight end Eric Ebron. The former first-round pick of the Lions is second on the Colts in receptions and receiving yards, and is first on the team in targets and touchdowns, with five. Ebron faces little competition in the passing game outside of Hilton and Nyheim Hines catching passes out of the backfield and has taken a majority of snaps away from the currently injured Jack Doyle. Ebron’s role in the Colts offense should only expand from here.
Keke Coutee is hurting Will Fuller’s fantasy value
Before the Texans 19-16 overtime win against the Cowboys, wide receiver Will Fuller caught a touchdown in every game in which DeShaun Watson was his quarterback. However, over the past two weeks, it seems as though Watson has found himself a new favorite receiver behind DeAndre Hopkins. Fourth-Round rookie Keke Coutee from Texas Tech has assumed the second wide receiver spot for the Texans, as he hauled in 11 of his 15 targets in his NFL debut two weeks ago against the Colts, and scored the only Texans touchdown on Sunday night, ending Fuller’s touchdown streak. It’s only 2 weeks into Coutee’s career, so it’s hard to project how much production he’ll have, but Fuller’s fantasy value could be quickly diminishing.
Ito Smith is making a mess of the Falcons’ Offense
There’s already enough mouths to feed in the Falcons offense. Everybody knows about Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman, but the Falcons have plenty of secondary pieces in tight end Austin Hooper, veteran Mohamed Sanu, tailback Tevin Coleman, and even rookie wideout Calvin Ridley has garnered attention, scoring six touchdowns this in his first five games in the NFL. However, another weapon has emerged for the Falcons – rookie running back Ito Smith. Smith hasn’t seen a large number of touches, it’s just that he eats up carries that Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman could use. In Sunday’s game against the Steelers, Smith only had three carries and one reception, but one of his carries was a 2 yard run for a touchdown that one of the other backs could have easily punched in. Devonta Freeman is coming off a knee injury and given his workload against the Steelers (8 carries, 2 receptions) expect to see Ito Smith still taking snaps until Freeman gets healthy.
Who takes over for Jay Ajayi in Philadelphia?
With Jay Ajayi done for the season with a torn ACL, the Eagles have reportedly been interested in some big names at running back, including David Johnson, and former Eagle LeSean McCoy. However, the Eagles best option at running back might already be on their roster. Second-year back Corey Clement is the best option to lead the Eagles backfield, given his catching ability, and the Eagles willingness to have Clement run between the tackles as well. Clement has missed the Eagles last two games to injury, but that shouldn’t hurt his fantasy stock. With only Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood standing in Clement’s way, he should be the starter when he comes back.