A look at the players to keep an eye on in deeper leagues, though you don’t have to pick them all up just yet
Welcome back to The Watch List! If you read last week’s piece, hopefully you were able to get an early look at both Geoff Swaim and Christian Kirk, both of whom had some involvement in their respective offenses in Week Four. They look like they are both here to stay and worth roster spots where needed. Week Four brought us some more interesting options to keep an eye on.
Whenever we see a potential workhorse running back, it has to be jumped on. Though Mike Davis’ emergence came in the absence of Chris Carson, it’s hard to overlook what he was able to provide to the Seahawks’ offense. Davis was a popular name at the end of last season in his five-game stint. He played a role in the passing game, as he did Sunday, and was able to handle a full workload. While Carson is expected to return in Week Five vs. the Rams, it’s tough to imagine that Davis will be totally removed from the offense. He is worth stashing to see what his role will be moving forward in this crowded backfield.
If you stumbled upon Keke Coutees’ stat line during or after the early games, you were probably blindsided just like everyone else. After being sidelined the first three weeks by a hamstring injury, Coutee made an immediate impact in the Texans’ offense. The fourth round pick out of Texas Tech was targeted 15 times in his NFL debut, which was good for 11 receptions for 109 yards. Coutee finds himself surrounded by other great receiving options, so don’t expect his target share to remain the same. However, if you need help at the WR position, he might be your squad’s saving grace.
Though we did see a similar game out of Chester Rodgers last season, his performance is worth noting. Rodgers broke out vs the Steelers a year ago with 6-104-1 day and slowly faded away after the fact. The Colts have a bunch of receiving options, and Andrew Luck’s 62 pass attempts in Sunday’s loss targeted nine different players. Rogers could push his way up the WR depth chart, but should not be jumped on quite yet.
Another tight end from the Broncos, and another tight end named Jeff, but this time with a “J”. After Jake Butt went down with a non-contact ACL injury in practice early in the week, Jeff Heuerman was the one who stepped up on Monday night. Some figured it would be Matt LaCosse stepping in as the Broncos’ receiving TE. This was not the case, as Heuerman out-targeted LaCosse 7-1. Keenum looked to Heuerman just as much as both Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Heuerman should be the Broncos’ top tight end moving forward and his involvement is worth monitoring.
Though he didn’t do a whole lot to be noticed, Alfred Blue was involved early and often in Week Four. Blue accumulated 13 rush attempts and was targeted three times. According to Joe Dolan on Twitter, Blue saw 47 percent of the Texans’ offensive snaps. Though Lamar Miller remains the feature back in the Texans’ offense, Blue’s involvement is worth noting. The only issue is that D’Onta Foreman is expected to return at some point this season.