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Jordan Matthews Could Be a Top 20 WR | Don’t Give Up On Coby Fleener

Bobby McMann Staff Writer September 17, 2016 10:34AM EST
Your living room couch feels alive again. Buffalo Chicken Dip is flowing. Even the Rams versus Niners game almost has meaning. And it is all thanks to football. More specifically, it is all thanks to Fantasy Football. Week 1 was filled with all the action we expected and only one major injury (sorry Keenan Allen owners). In this week’s Playlist, we are going to take a look at some of the value shifters from the opening weekend in the NFL.

When I’m Gone by Anna Kendrick

Matthew Stafford (QB, Lions) – “When I’m gone, when I’m gone. You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone. You’re gonna miss me by my hair. You’re gonna miss me everywhere, oh. You’re gonna miss me when I’m gone.” It was rumored that Calvin Johnson sang this to Stafford right before he broke the news about his retirement. Of course, it is obvious that the Lions would miss perhaps one of the three best receivers of all-time. Could it be a case of addition by subtraction though? Stafford force fed the ball to Johnson even when it was inadvisable. With a chance to be the true leader of the offense, Stafford still has enough weapons to be dangerous, just as we saw in Week 1. Since Jim Bob Cooter took over the offensive play-calling, Stafford has been nothing short of elite. It is hard not to consider him a Top 12 option in seasonal leagues.

Country Cousins by Talib Kweli featuring UGK

Jordan Matthews has the size and athleticism to be a red zone monster. Photo Credit: Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire

Jordan Matthews has the size and athleticism to be a red zone monster. Photo Credit: Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire

Kirk Cousins (QB, Redskins)- “So I said, “It’s time to hustle,” got down with my brother C. Put together UGK and sh** the rest is history. We make hits by the dozen, put it down when they said we wasn’t. Trust me it’s nothin, just another day in the life for country cousins.” Cousins had at least one TD in every single game last season, but was viewed as more of a QB2 option until the final month. He scored more than 40 percent of his TDs in the final four games of the season. Passing volume is likely to keep him as a Top 15 option in 2016, but he did not get off to a strong start in Week 1. There are physical limitations here, but he is somewhere in the Andy Dalton range of talent and situation.

I’m On by Kamaiyah

C.J. Anderson (RB, Broncos) – “Remember when I didn’t have shoe strings.

Now I pull up, hop out, watch that coup swing. Big money, get money, we do things.” Anderson burst onto the Fantasy scene in the second half of 2014, finishing as an RB1 over that period. Last season, he got banged up early and was primarily a committee back, struggling throughout the first eight games. He bounced back once again in the second half, with over six yards per carry and four TDs in his final six games of the regular season. With an inexperienced game manager at QB and the league’s best defense, Anderson is in line for heavy workloads as long as he can stay healthy. In redraft, he’s an easy every week starter and potential Top 10 finisher. In dynasty, you’ll want to try to roster Devontae Booker just to cover your bases.

Charles In Charge by Shandi Sinnamon

Jamaal Charles (RB, Chiefs) – “Charles in Charge of our days and our nights. Charles in Charge of our wrongs and our rights. And I sing, I want, I want Charles in Charge of me.” We know that a healthy Charles is a flat out stud because we have seen it year after year. Right now, it is clear that he is not 100-percent, but that might not be his only problem. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West have both played very well in his absence last year and last week. They both signed three year deals this offseason and could make Charles replaceable after the season. Still, when Charles returns he should see at least half of the work. With his ability, that makes him a solid RB2 with upside. Ware should stay involved to keep Charles fresh throughout the season and could vulture TDs. It is safe to say the play of the younger Chiefs backs has hurt his stock a bit, both this season and over the long-term.

Fly Like An Eagle by The Steve Miller Band

Jordan Matthews (WR, Eagles)- “I want to fly like an eagle, to the sea. Fly like an eagle. Let my spirit carry me. I want to fly (oh, yeah).” While we haven’t seen Matthews fully breakout just yet, he has been a solid WR3 option for most of his career. He has scored 16 TDs along with 152 receptions in his first two years. This year he may even ascend to Top 20 status as the Eagles’ lead target. Matthews has the size to be a double-digit TD threat and the potential volume catch 90-100 passes. His yards per catch average has been pedestrian throughout his career, but there is a higher ceiling here than he is being given credit for. Dynasty owners may want to try to buy while they still can.

I Still Believe by Brenda K. Starr

Sammy Watkins (WR, Bills) – “Each day of my life. I’m filled with all the joy I could find. You know that I, I’m not the desperate type. If there’s one spark of hope. Left in my grasp, I’ll hold it with both hands. It’s worth the risk of burning, to have a second chance.” It is not difficult to imagine Watkins as a WR1, but it seems like injuries continue to hold him back. After about as quiet a 982-yard rookie season as you can get, Watkins racked up over 1,000 yards and nine TDs in 13 games last year. Now he is experiencing discomfort in his surgically repaired foot and has just six catches for 63 yards in two games. The Bills are definitely a run-first offense, but Watkins is the go-to option in the passing game and could break through if fully healthy. There is upside for him to be one of the most dangerous playmakers in the game, but that might not materialize in 2016. His talent makes him worth buying in dynasty formats, but he is a bit risky as anything more than a high-end WR3 for seasonal leagues.

I Look So Good (Without You) by Jessie James Decker

Jesse James (TE, Steelers) – “Lookin’ fresh n brand new. Since you said “that we’re through”. Done.. with your lies. Baby now my tears dried. You can see my brown eyes. Ever since you said goodbye. I look so good, I look so good without you.” James is filling in for free agent signee Ladarius Green, who came over from the Chargers. Green is getting over either an ankle injury or recurring headaches, depending on who you ask. James had five receptions for 31 yards in the opener and should be in line for more targets while Green is sidelined. There is plenty of upside with James, who is just 22 years old and was full of untapped potential coming out of Penn State. With Green’s NFL future cloudy, James is emerging as a TE2 option.

Hair by Lady GaGa

Coby Fleener (TE, Colts) – “I just wanna be myself. And I want you to love me for who I am. I just wanna be myself. And I want you to know, I am my hair.” Fleener has some of the best hair in the game, which naturally causes haters to hate on the flow. However, Fantasy owners have more pressing gripes with Fleener. Namely, how does Drew Brees chuck the ball all over the field and his new tight end only catches one pass for eight yards? Fleener lost targets to Dwayne Allen in Indy and never reached his full potential. As a free agent signee, there was understandably a lot of excitement around his decision to head to New Orleans. It is too soon to write him off, but you would like to see something more out of him against the Giants, who have been brutal against opposing tight ends. The disappointment from last week could make him an interesting contrarian DFS play this week as well. Consider him a TE1 for now, but have your finger on the panic button just in case.

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