5 things that excite me
Aaron Jones is still central to the Packers’ offense.
The essence of my love Aaron Jones in fantasy this season it was all about the idea that he would replace Davante Adams as an integral part of the offense along with Aaron Rogers. Week 1 was discouraging as Jones was not a regular in the passing game and AJ Dillon took on more work than Jones.
Head coach Matt LaFleur publicly criticized himself harshly for allowing this to happen. He backed up his words with action in the second week.
Jones was on the field in 60 percent of the team’s attacking snaps and touched the ball 18 times. He was in the top three on the trail running team and the team sent him into space to play. Jones averaged 10.7 yards after a catch per reception. He found the end zone twice, once by air and once by land. He averaged 10.8 yards per touch against the Bears.
Jones looked exactly the way he is; the most explosive offensive player.
He must remain the driving force behind the attack. Dillon is a really good defender. He is a smoother passing grinder than you might think. He too had a good night with 19 touches and some big plays when he and Jones were on the field together. This is not an anti-Dillon position.
It’s just that Jones has a lot more juice and is a much more explosive offensive player who lacks those qualities in the receiving body. I’m sure LaFleur and especially Rogers understand this and he will continue to be an offensive force. As long as the “rational coaching assumption” holds true, Aaron Jones’ week-long stress is over.
Garrett Wilson rapidly raises the depth chart
I’m a big fan of the young Jets wide receivers. Elijah Moore was my big goal this year because I thought Garrett Wilson may take a little time to build up.
So far, it doesn’t look like he needs it. Rookie Wilson got a very promising application in week 2.
Wilson has run more routes than Corey Davis against the Browns and scored 14 goals as a team, which is 32.6 percent. It also cleared 44% of the team’s airfields along with five targets in the red zone, three of which were in the end zone. Wilson has snapped 51.6% of the slot, which means he is officially nominated Braxton Berrios from the attacking rotation.
Wilson turned it all into eight catches for 102 yards and a couple of points. He has arrived and he is good.
Moore still routed 93.6% Joe Flacco kickbacks and bright days ahead. But at the very least, it may be time for the ranking gap between these two players to begin to close to the end.
Amon-Ra Saint Brown could be WR1
What’s stopping him from being in the top 12 wide receivers in the future?
Amon-Ra Saint Brown completely fizzles out in two weeks, and it’s the perfect continuation of what he did last year. He routed 91% Jared Goff 2022 is backtracking and has a 33.8% target share with three targets in the end zone to its name.
Best of all: he so good in Game. He earnings this volume and the Lions design a passing game around it. There is no reason to think that it will slow down.
St. Brown could very well be selected in the second round if we change the draft today. This would put him in the top ten recipients. He deserved such treatment.
Receiver housing “Dolphins”
I said this offseason that the only way Tyreke Hill as well as Jaylen Waddle both would pay off their aggressive ADPs if either Tua Tagovailoa made a huge step forward, otherwise all of Miami’s other pass catchers were irrelevant.
Two weeks later, it seems like both things could be true.
In a dominant run in Week 2, the Waddle and Hill became the only long-range pair in NFL history with over 170 yards and two touchdowns each in the same game. The duo handled 88 percent of airfields and 64 percent of command targets combined.
tight end Mike Gesicki returned to the game with a full set of routes and a touchdown in the back of the end zone. It may have been due to the comeback game scenario. In general, however, almost no other Dolphins player has been a regular in the passing game other than their duo of dynamic receivers.
Secondly, it’s time to pay tribute to Tua. We still don’t know where he ranks in the pantheon of NFL quarterbacks, but it’s clear he’s looking more comfortable than ever on this offense.
He’s good enough to do it, the offense is very concentrated, and this Miami wide receiver duo is unreal. These are Hill and Waddle wheels.
Allen Robinson is fine
Sean McVeigh said he knew what he needed Allen Robinson more involved after the first week’s nightmare – and he was true to his word.
Robinson was the target Matthew Stafford first throw of the day resulting in a 15 yard catch. He also secured the first touchdown of the game and was just unlucky and two more points short. Stafford nearly passed him on another fade route. It was normal.
The Rams then lined up Robinson in backfield – we love to see that – then threw the ball to him for his second touchdown, which ended in a medical timeout loss. Robinson was already in the end zone when the whistle blew. Haven’t seen this before.
Overall, Robinson was on the field in 90.5% of the team’s snaps and scored two goals. He’ll be a mid-low WR2 with up touchdowns every week; you can safely ignore week 1.
5 things I don’t care about
Darnell Mooney pre-season rankings
The Bears have a number of talented players with offensive potential, but it looks like none of them are going anywhere near stable fantasy options.
Darnell Mooney was the favorite to become a fantasy factor simply because of the volume. However, this is the problem you face when you expect the guy who looks best as a good #2 receiver or a great #3 receiver to handle the volume of the #1 receiver simply because “there’s no one else to catch the ball” . There may always be someone else.
Two weeks later, Mooney has a 17.9% share of team goals. He averages 17.2 yards per target, but those deep shots were too sporadic and infrequent. Winning the field is Mooney’s specialty, but he is not the true No. 1 player on the entire field. Justin Fields found synchronization with bit receivers such as Unflappable Saint Brown in the intermediate zone. Again, there could always be someone else.
Fields retreated just 17 times against Green Bay. We are not trying to dig up a lot of gold in such an environment. So if Mooney isn’t going to dominate Chicago targets, he’ll be fighting to be a credible weekly. He’s a good player, but he’ll be down in the rankings for the rest of the season.
Christian Kirk contract
Christian Kirk An amazing free agent contract has taken a lot of oxygen this offseason. If you are still focusing on this, you are missing the point.
Two weeks later, Kirk has a target share of 27% and has inhaled 30.7% of the Jaguars’ airfields. He hit the slot on 71.6% of his snaps, but he managed to win because of the many hands. He found the end zone twice on Sunday and had 12 shots for 195 yards during the Jaguars’ first two games.
Kirk looks like one of the best options in fantasy football, and in real life he was also great for the Jaguars.
Not only do I not care about Kirk’s fantasy football contract, but it could also be a stupid topic to discuss. So far, acquiring Kirk has been a huge win for Jacksonville, contract be damned.
Refereeing Colts too fast
If this sounds like I’m justifying the Colts, it’s fair. This command must not be 0-1-1. However, they always start slow in September, lose oddly to the Jaguars and have a reasonable explanation for why they weren’t good on Sunday.
The Colts were already a weak passing team and lost to their two best guys in the No. 1 wide receiver. Michael Pittman and an explosive newcomer Alec Pierce. It’s hard to overstate how big a loss Pittman is for this team. Very soon he will enter the top 15 real receivers. That’s how good he is.
If you take into account the guys who should come out and replace him, then the Colts will have a huge problem with the absence of Pittman. we are talking about Parris Campbell, Ashton Doolin as well as Michael Strachan. This is a rough group of guys who are not full players. Colts will look better when they don’t roll this group.
Another problem for the Colts is that there were some leaks in the aisle protection. This will always be a problem with Matt Ryan in quarterback. He was in the bottom three quarterbacks in the EPA on every throw when he was pressured in his second week.
If the offensive line can pull together and Pittman comes back healthy, we’ll probably look back on it as another one of their slow September stretches.
Low percentage of Rashod Bateman routes
If you were big Rashod Bateman supporter, you love his explosive start to the season. The receiver of the second year played consecutive games with monster big plays.
Bateman performed a beautiful route against Xavien Howard and then hit for 70-odd touchdowns in week 2. He has more energy than at any point in the previous two seasons (2020 in college, 2021 in the NFL) because he’s completely healthy at the moment.
However, despite all this, there will be some hand wringing over Bateman’s playing time. He was on and off the field in the first week. He had 57% snapshots and only ran 70% of the route Lamar Jackson failures at 2 weeks.
I don’t worry about it. Ravens change their receivers for certain packages. It looks…