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
With the trade deadline now past us, we are just about halfway through the 2018 season. Last week’s Watch List featured two New York Jets, each of them remaining involved in the offense: though Chris Herndon only caught one pass, he did find the end zone for the third consecutive week; Trenton Cannon, on the other hand, had nine touches but did not do a whole lot with them. This week, we take a look at what type of impact the trade deadline had from a fantasy perspective.
T.J. Jones & Brandon Powell, Detroit Lions WR
Following the Golden Tate trade on Tuesday afternoon, the Lions are left very thin at the wide receiver position. Behind Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay, there are no real well-known names. This is an offense that cannot survive with just two receivers. It is going to be T.J. Jones or Brandon Powell filling the void of Golden Tate in this Lions’ offense.
T.J. Jones was a contributor to the Lions’ offense a season ago with 30 receptions on just under 50 targets. The only issue with Jones is what he has been able to do this season. In just six active games, Jones has only three receptions on six targets.
In the long run, I would give the edge to Brandon Powell. The rookie made his debut this past Sunday as the Lions’ punt returner. Tate praised Powell in the offseason, making comparisons to himself. The 5’8” product out of the University of Florida has all the makings of a slot receiver. Powell racked up 16 receptions for 103 yards in the preseason. Though he may not make an immediate impact, Brandon Powell is a name that should be kept on your radar.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB
Just when it looked like he was out of the picture, Jacquizz Rodgers is relevant again. Peyton Barber handled a majority of the work early in the season with rookie Ronald Jones gaining some steam as of late. Now with Jones expected to miss a couple weeks, Rodgers is in a prime spot to get some snaps in the Buccaneers’ backfield. Rodgers did most of his work in Week Eight through the passing game, catching all four of his targets. He can be looked at as a temporary add in deeper leagues while the Buccaneers are without Jones.
Kendrick Bourne, San Francisco 49ers WR
The article is called “The Watch List” for players like Kendrick Bourne. Though it seems as if he is buried on the 49ers’ depth chart, he has surprisingly had a few strong games, as he benefited with Pierre Garcon out of the lineup. This past week, Bourne led the 49ers’ receiving corps with seven receptions on 10 targets for 71 yards. It seems like the 49ers have a new leading receiver every single week. Bourne should only be considered if injuries continue plaguing the 49ers’ wide receivers.
Tim Patrick, Denver Broncos WR
Though Courtland Sutton is going to be the primary beneficiary of the departure of Demaryius Thomas from Denver, Tim Patrick could carve himself a role. Though Patrick has just three receptions on the season, he has all the tools to make an impact moving forward. Going undrafted in 2017, Patrick ran a sub 4.50 40 yard dash (at 6’4”). Patrick scored on his only target this past week and has a great opportunity with Thomas now out of the picture. Give it a few weeks to see if Patrick makes a name for himself in the Broncos’ offense.