Navigating the fantasy wire can be the most important thing when molding your team into a championship contender. For the 2015 season it could have been the difference between picking up Devonta Freeman and Denard Robinson. Let’s take a look at who stood out as a possible difference maker.
Mohamed Sanu WR ATL (48% owned)- The free agent acquisition from Cincinnati had an impressive debut against the Bucs as he caught 5 of 8 targets for 80 yards with a touchdown. He’s going to get the steady targets that Roddy White always got. Also, he’s going to see a lot of single man coverage with Julio Jones commanding double teams on the opposing side of the field. As we saw on Sunday, his height makes him an attractive red zone target. He should be a top priority especially if you lost Keenan Allen.
Tevin Coleman RB ATL (43.9% owned) – Entering the season there was talk that The Falcons would use more of a running back by committee approach. If week one is any indication it could be almost a 50/50 split, especially if Coleman continues to outplay Devonta Freeman as he did on Sunday. Week 1 saw Freeman carry the ball 11 times for 20 yards, but Coleman was the team’s leading receiver as he had 5 catches with 95 yards. Look for Coleman to get more and more touches as he is worked into the offense.
Jameis Winston QB TB (48% owned) – Winston does exactly what he did at Florida St. He starts out slow in the first quarter, and then he goes off and becomes unstoppable. After yet another slow start, as he was only 3-7 through the first quarter, he then went off and ended the day going 23-33 with 281, 4 TD’s and an interception. He continues to have a strong rapport with Mike Evans, and has an enormous red zone target in Austin Sefarian-Jenkins. Look for Winston to ascend into the top 10 for quarterbacks.
Eric Ebron TE DET (7.4% owned) – Detroit just might have found their next red zone target. Before the 2016 season, if the Lions got inside the 20 you knew who the ball was going to. Now that Calvin Johnson has retired that leaves a big void in the passing game. Enter Eric Ebron. He caught all 5 of his target on sunday for 46 yards and a td. He will take over as Stafford’s primary red zone target. In the fantasy world, he could provide some consistency to a very inconsistent position.
Mike Wallace WR BAL (24.8% owned) – Even though he is over 30, this guy still has to be one of the fastest players in the league. He had no problem scoring on a 66 yd TD pass that he just pulled away from the defender for the score. He finished the day catching 3 of his 6 targets for 91 yards and the touchdown. Wallace has always been a big play threat, and he should continue to get targets from Flacco who has one of the strongest arms in the league.
Will Fuller WR HOU (9.1% owned)- That was a hell of a debut for the rookie out of Notre Dame. In his first professional game he finished with 5 catches for 104 yards and a td. He was the team leader in targets with 11. Just like Sanu in Atlanta, Fuller should continue to get targets in bunches especially with probowler Deandre Hopkins on the other side of the field. Fuller will have the occasional drop as he did on a bomb by Osweiler, but overall he is quickly working himself into a WR3 with a lot of upside.
(% owned is per NFL.com)