Weekly Observations--Week 1
Here are some observations from the opening weekend:
Urban Meyer said that Curtis Samuel would be a do-it-all guy in the Buckeyes' offense in 2016 and it certainly seems like he will be the next-best fantasy player on the roster behind QB JT Barrett. Samuel's value seems greater than Weber's after Week 1.
I'm a little concerned about ISU RB Mike Warren over the short-term. I love Matt Campbell's system and I thought they could overcome deficiencies on the o-line, but it seems like they need time to gel. It could be a few weeks before the run game starts clicking.
It seems, at least after one week, that Tion Green may be the better RB play at Cincinnati. I was never as high on Mike Boone as others were, but the guy is talented. I just believe Green is more versatile.
It seems our hesitation on ranking UVA RB Taquan Mizzell too high may have been the right move. New coach, new system. Mizzell is versatile, but it seems like Albert Reid will be the power back and the offense really struggled in Week 1.
San Jose State's offensive performance at Tulsa was a shock.....and I don't think that Tulsa's defense has improved all that much. If I had SJSt QB Kenny Potter, I would be a little worried.
Given the news coming out of Arkansas camp, it seemed as if Davwah Whaley would have a big impact this season, but he did not have much of a role in Week 1. His value is definitely greater in keeper leagues. Now, we cannot dismiss the fact that Rawleigh Williams and Kody Walker have had injury problems, so I wouldn't sour on his 2016 prospects after one week.
I'm still uncertain about the Oklahoma St RB situation. Five different RBs carried the ball between 3-6 times.
I think we extremely undervalued WASH WR/KR John Ross. As you can tell by our rankings, we love do-it-all guys and Ross should have a big year. It does not seem like Ross lost a step and I love guys like him, especially if you play in a league that rewards Return yards.
And speaking of do-it-all guys, we may have nailed TCU WR KaVontae Turpin and RUT WR Janorian Grant.
The Jonathan Giles reports may have been legit. Hope you snagged him when we first gave you guys the news.
Keep an eye on Utah RB Troy McCormick. He may have more fantasy value than Joe Williams and HC Kyle Wittingham said that best guy will play. This could be a sneaky add to your roster.
Finally, lets turn our attention to the Alabama offense. About halfway through camp, I thought that Jalen Hurts would win the starting job. I felt so strongly about his potential that I drafted him in all but one league. When we heard the news that Hurts was not considered to be in the running for the starting job, we did not adjust our rankings for Alabama RBs. Hurts has the potential to finish as a Top 15 fantasy QB, but he does hurt the value of Scarbrough and Harris because he is a legitimate threat to run as we saw in the opener vs USC. Hurts has the ability to change the balance in your league, especially if you need an upgrade at QB. I'm sending this email out today instead of tomorrow so you can make a play for him on your waiver wire. This is another 'Jonathan Giles-type' piece of advice. The sky is the ceiling with this guy.