QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
The Wentz bandwagon is filling up quickly so get on now if you want to because it’s filling up quickly. After completing 59.5-percent of his passes Week 1 for 278 yards, two touchdowns, and a fumble against the Cleveland Browns, people are on board with the second-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. There are already headlines on multiple major sites in networks asking “Did the Rams make a mistake drafting Jared Goff?” Yes, the same Jared Goff that hasn’t taken an NFL snap yet. But that’s the times we live in. A quarterback has one average game against the Browns, and another team needs to rethink their entire plan for the next decade.
Nonetheless, Wentz stock is currently on the rise, and Fantasy owners are scooping him up off the waiver wire. If you own any stock in Wentz in a redraft league, you should almost certainly sell high on the rookie QB. If you look at this from a realistic perspective, all he did was beat the Browns while completing less than 60 percent of his passes. Could he be good eventually? Sure. Will he help your Fantasy team this year? Probably not. He’s still a raw rookie with terrible pass-catchers, and his only accomplishment is having a decent game against the worst team in football. The Eagles also lost tight end Zach Ertz for at least a few weeks due to a rib injury. They can ill afford to lose any of their playmakers.
VERDICT: If you have a taker, sell Wentz before he plays a real NFL team. Even if he is legit, he’s more likely a QB2.
RB Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
For the second straight season, there was a ton of speculation heading into Week 1 that Coleman would be at least a co-starter in Atlanta with Devonta Freeman. Last season Coleman dealt with an injury and fumbling issue, and Freeman went on to be the top Fantasy running back in the league. Last week it appeared that Coleman had closed the gap at least somewhat.
There was a near 50/50 split in snaps and touches between the two backs, and Coleman was significantly more effective and efficient. I know it’s still very early, but Coleman owners have to be excited about what they saw. In Sunday’s game, Freeman played just 36 snaps to Coleman’s 32. While Freeman did handle more carries with 11 compared to Coleman’s 8, Coleman rushed for 22 yards on 2.8 yards per carry while Freeman managed just 20 yards on just 1.8 yards per carry. Coleman also caught five passes to Freeman’s four. However, there was a massive disparity in receiving yards. A 47-yard catch and run thrust Coleman to a 95-yard receiving day while Freeman totaled just 20 yards. That’s 19 yards per reception for Coleman compared to just five.
His stock is on the rise, but you can probably still acquire Coleman at a reasonable price from someone thinking they are selling high. I believe his value will continue to rise from here. Week 1 was a sign of things to come more than an aberration.
VERDICT: BUY, and if you have Coleman, definitely don’t sell him yet.
QB Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
In a turn of events I repeatedly predicted all summer, Cousins’ stock is already falling. The Redskins QB looked bad on national TV on Monday night. While he did throw for 329 yards, he also threw two interceptions and no touchdowns. The film is even worse than the numbers.
There were a ton of red flags heading into this season to lead you to believe this was a strong possibility. Last season Cousins was terrible on the road and only beat up on bad teams. They didn’t win even a single game against a team that finished above .500. They only played three teams the whole season with a winning record and lost those games by a combined score of 105 to 46. In those three games, Cousins threw for just 620 yards with three touchdowns and four interceptions. Cousins also fumbled nine times during the season to go along with his 11 interceptions.
VERDICT: I’m not buying low on Cousins and would have never bought in on him in the first place. If you own him, you probably have to ride things out unless you can get something decent. I would prefer a guy like Matthew Stafford, Jameis Winston or even Andy Dalton over Cousins, which isn’t completely out of the question. On the other side of that, don’t give those guys up for Cousins trying to buy low. Just be grateful you dodged a bullet when you didn’t draft him.
RB T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars
Chris Ivory may have won the starting job in Jacksonville from a hospital bed. Yeldon continues to produce further evidence that he’s just not a great NFL feature back. It won't be at all shocking if Yeldon is relegated to a third-down role while the AFC’s leading rusher handles the bulk of the early-down carries.
With Ivory out Yeldon was given the opportunity to be a top back on Sunday. He did not take advantage of his start. He finished the game with just 39 yards on 29 carries. This will likely lead to an even further demotion once Ivory can return. Currently, Ivory is out of the hospital but still very questionable for Week 2. I wouldn’t expect him back until Week 3.
VERDICT: Do not buy low on Yeldon. Ivory is flat out a better runner and should be back sooner rather than later. If you own Yeldon leave him on your bench, hope he plays well Week 2 and trade him if he does. Unless he blows his coaches away this week, I fully anticipate him losing the majority of his carries upon Ivory’s return.
WR Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills
Here we go again with another injury concern with Watkins. He’s once again dealing with a significant foot issue. He is currently experiencing “severe discomfort” in his surgically repaired foot. The third-year wideout has never played well through injury. While he isn’t expected to miss any significant time as of now, he will also be less than 100 percent for an extended period.
On top of his injury, the offense and Tyrod Taylor have been less than spectacular to this point. Week 1 Watkins caught four passes for just 43 yards while his QB only managed 111 passing yards in total. Watkins is going to be plagued by injuries and a terrible passing attack this season. He’s not worth investing much in right now, even if you’re buying low. If you do want to trade for him, don’t depend on much from him for a while or expect any consistency this season.
VERDICT: Sell if you get the opportunity as an owner.