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Q: Corey Davis or Kenny Golladay for week 2?
The battle of rookie receivers. It’s still sad to me that Mike Williams won’t be a part of these discussions for a while.
For this week, I’m going with Davis but not just because he’s my boy and you know it would physically cause me pain to pick against him. Golladay is going to have a tough battle this week against a New York Giants defense that only gave up five receiving touchdowns at home last year. That’s a tall order for a rookie to overcome.
While Davis is facing a clearly beefed up Jaguars defense, I like the matchup a lot better than Golladay’s. I also think the more Davis plays, the better he’s going to get as he starts getting on the same page as Marcus Mariota. Plus, it’s clear the Titans want to get him the football as he was their most targeted receiver last week.
Q: In a standard league I traded Todd Gurley and Terrance West for Amari Cooper. I still have Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey and Tarik Cohen for running backs and my second best wide receiver was Jeremy Maclin behind Odell. Do you think this trade was good for me?
— Wyatt M.
I like this trade! Looking first at who you gave up, Terrance West’s role in the Ravens’ offense has a ceiling and you’re clearly already loaded at running back. No problem there. Todd Gurley is of course the big name here that you’re giving up but I like the move because I’m starting to think that Gurley is too homerun reliant. He doesn’t consistently turn out major yardage, his big games tend to come built on one huge 40 yard run that doesn’t come as often as we’d like week to week. Plus the high flying passing attack of LA is here to stay! (you think I’m kidding...)
Obviously getting a wide receiver was what you needed given your depth at RB and lack thereof at WR and I think Cooper is a good target. He led the Raiders in targets in Week 1 and his touchdown catch was straight out of the page of Beast Mode. I think the Raiders really want Cooper to become a top 5 receiver and they’re going to do everything in their power to make that happen.
Q: I have Dak & Luck. Do I stream Palmer this week or with Russ W made available do I drop Luck and roll with Dak and Russ W for ROS?
Mike, you’re killing me for having to make a decision on Andrew Luck. I really want to keep zigging while others zag and say keep Luck because somewhere in my chest cavity, right above my stomach, I feel like Luck could come back and put up QB1 numbers. Buuuuut the thing in my skull, somewhere just between my ears, tells me that if we have no idea when Luck’s returning, there’s a chance he’s not returning. Clark Barnes has already mentioned this a few times, but bold prediction is Luck will get another surgery and be out for the season. So conclusion, think it might be time to give Luck the heave-ho.
Now, who to replace him with. Pros of Wilson: good quarterback and is just a year remove from being the third best QB in fantasy. Cons: his offensive line sucks and that was exactly what brought about his demise last year. Pros of Palmer: has an AMAZING matchup this week vs. the Colts. Cons: are we even sure he’s still good?
I’d go with Wilson. He also has a good matchup this week against the 49ers and in my mind is the better pick for the rest of the season.
(And if we ever find out when Luck is coming back, that’s when you drop Wilson like he’s hot and get Luck back because my chest cavity does not lie!)
Q: How confident are you in Kerwynn Williams? Will he get enough touches to be a consistent play?
First off, what up Squad, welcome back to the site!
We actually just talked about this very thing on Thursday’s podcast (casual plug). I’m not the biggest fan of Williams for two reasons. Firstly, it’s not like the Cardinals are a typical run first offense. They aren’t the Bills or the Titans or the now-Jaguars. The reason they like to run the ball was because they have the best running back in the league. Secondly, Williams isn’t as dynamic as Johnson (literally only Le’Veon Bell is) and isn’t a three down back. Williams will likely score you touchdowns but in my opinion it’s going to be what you rely on. I don’t think he’s going to be getting you great fantasy performances based on yardage.
I could very well be wrong—and this would be the week to grab him if you can as he’s facing the Colts defense—but I need to see more from him before I start him in the flex.
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