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Updated 9/18 at 1:15 AM ET. Removal Alvin Kamara. Mark Ingram moved up.
Week 2 Running Backs
RB Notes: Jonathan Taylor rushed for the fifth most yards of his career in Week 1. Even with Matt Ryan’s whopping 50 pass attempts in a tie, Taylor’s commitment to the Colts’ remained as clear as ever. … The song remains the same for Christian McCaffrey, including this to be a bad team. That doesn’t mean the Panthers don’t appear to have any desire to change CMC’s use of tight end. … Austin Ekeler played just 49 percent of the Chargers’ snaps in Week 1 … and handled the ball 18 times. Coach Brandon Staley may have had one eye on Thursday night. While the Chargers would understandably want to ease Ekeler’s load, the necessary high-value touches aren’t going anywhere. … Brian Daboll’s Saquon Barkley debut featured 24 total touches, the expected big plays, the predictable receptions and the work required of the red zone (five hands inside the 20). An aggressive move up the ranks was the only defensible move. … Kevin O’Connell knew what to do with Dalvin Cook in Week 1, putting him on the field for 77 percent of snaps and hauling in 23 touchdowns. With 50.5 over/under for Monday Night Football, the Cooks’ Week 2 results should match O’Connell’s process.
Dontrell Hilliard got the glory with his change of pace hands, but the Titans made it clear in Week 1 that they won’t be changing their hands. Derrick Henry to him. The concern of Week 2 is a terrible game flow vs. the Bills. Vegas has pegged the Titans as 10-point underdogs. Different teams, yes, but the Titans got the Bills a year ago. … Even with jamaal williams vulture jobs, D’Andre Swift had 175 yards from scrimmage vs the Eagles in a new career high with 26. The Chiefs strong offensive attack in Week 1 looks to be another good environment for Swift. He has said that his ankle is “injured”. … starting a 34-touch opening, Joe Mixon is sitting pretty with Bengals touchdown-plus favorites vs. the decrepit Cowboys. … Not worth it Jacoby Brissett’s slow play speed could hinder Nick Chubb in Week 1. Kevin Stefanski may be the best pure runner in football and he knows what to do with him. Cleveland is usually a 6.5 point favorite against the laughing jets. … Leonard Fournette tweaked his hamstring near the end of Sunday afternoon’s dominant performance in Dallas. Soft-tissue issues are a growing concern for the 27-year-old running back, and he now has to deal with the Saints’ stout run defense.
I honestly thought the Week 1 usage back from Alvin Kamara was a good thing. We know he didn’t stand up well under the punishing workloads of last year. As for his lack of targets in Atlanta, it’s hard for the quarterback to check down when you’re trailing 16-7 and 26-10 after the break. Kamara’s main concern heading into Week 2 is the Bucs’ elite defensive front. … Najee Harris is ready to tackle his leg issue. Effectively? That’s another story. It was only one game, but this offense looked like one of the worst games of the league against the Bengals. … We needed something, anything to separate Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon in Week 1, and we hoped Williams was targeting his veteran 12-2 quarterback son. It’s not just the goals, but the game script in which they were found. With everything on the line, Williams was not only in the competition but the focal point of his new quarterback. We have to be careful not to over-interpret one game, but it was one game. … AJ Dillon swept Aaron Jones in every Week 1 stat that mattered, including red zone usage. Perhaps this is an overreaction. It is also a continuation of the trend, as Hayden Winks points out. I had to change the ratings.
Dig deeper into Antonio Gibson’s data as Pro Football Focus’ Nathan Jahnke did, and you find that the Chiefs’ JD McKissic commitment was still pretty strong, especially on third-and-long and in the rush. Week 1 might have been Gibson’s best game of the season. The problem/good news is that the Lions are a great place to chase them. … Was CEH’s Week 1 numbers just too lucky to blow out? Can. His workload would also be greater if the game were more competitive. There should be a high-value touch on the way for a likely Thursday afternoon shootout with the Chargers. … I’m not sure what mind games Sean McVay is playing with Cam Akers, but I do know we have to concede defeat immediately and install Darrell Henderson as the ratings winner until further notice. The Falcons are a plus spot for everyone involved. … They are in no way 25 involved in Cordarrelle Patterson’s plan. There’s also no way that will be repeated against the Rams even if Damien Williams (ribs) sits out. Williams was absent from Wednesday’s practice. If he can’t go, Tyler Allgeier/Avery Williams will step up and take some of the not-so-good stuff off C-Patt’s plate. … James Robinson led Travis Etienne early in Week 1, especially after Etienne went down. Etienne wasn’t quite done, but this looks like a case where we’ll be trying to gather more data.
JK Dobbins (knee) is on track to start in 2022. Treat him as a low floor FLEX as he establishes his health. … With Ken Walker (hernia) set to make his NFL debut, Rashaad Penny is relegated to the FLEX bin after his disappointing Week 1 workload. … Jeff Wilson is a role player. Get your hopes up if you were hoping for an RB2 off the waiver wire. Wilson is a FLEX with an unpredictable workload. Jordan Mason and Tyrion Davis-Price could both mix in. As speculated elsewhere, TDP may have been inactive for Week 1 because he only plays special teams. … I didn’t have much to say about Josh Jacobs’ Week 1 usage. He got 11 touches in a competitive contest. It could be argued that he was too competitive. With the Raiders 5.5-point home favorites vs. the scary-bad-in-Week-1 Cardinals, Jacobs gets a little benefit of the doubt. … The Patriots’ Week 1 backfield was one of fantasy’s true disasters. Instead of giving Rhamondre Stevenson more opportunities to make plays, the Pats gave the third down job to Ty Montgomery. Now Ty Mont is on injured reserve and Stevenson gets another shot. Stevenson is still on probation, but I believe he has more ways to help fantasy managers than Damien Harris. … Words are words, but Texans coach Lovie Smith had a mea culpa about how tough it may have been for Dameon Pierce’s Week 1 absence. Give the impressive rookie another week.