Fantasy Football Week 2 Buy/Sell: Buying Jordan Howard

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Week 1 is officially in the books! Hopefully at the completion of Monday’s games, you were able to go to sleep happy and content knowing that football is back.

Your rosters, however, should be a different matter. A major factor in being successful is constant tinkering of your lineup. Making offers for players who’s value may be depressed, or putting up players who’s values are at their peak. Let’s take a look at a few players to buy and sell after the first week of football.

Buy:

Jordan Howard, RB ATL

There’s a lot of hype around Howard’s running mate, rookie Tarik Cohen, and rightfully so. Cohen was electric on Sunday, torching the Atlanta Falcons for 66 yards on just five carries and securing eight catches on a team high 11 targets. That led to an impressive 17.3 point debut that was wasted on 100% of leagues. That overshadowed Howard’s solid outing where he put up 12.6, which was good enough to make him the 13th best running back in Week 1.

Lost in the shuffle is the fact that Howard still out-touched his counterpart 16 to 13. In addition, while the Bears only ran the ball once inside the five, that carry went to Howard, who turned it into a touchdown. The game plan for the Bears offense was obvious: to attack the Atlanta defense through the air with their RBs. 69.8% of the offensive snaps were pass plays, which allowed for Cohen to have the day he did. Howard has struggled catching passes out of the backfield, as he posted the league worst drop rate (21.6%) in 2016. The Falcons struggled all last year defending pass catching RBs, giving up the most receiving fantasy points. In future matchups, look for the Bears to look to stay on the ground more often with Howard. With all the talk surrounding his teammate, it’s the perfect time to see if the Howard owner is thinking of bailing.

Brandon Cooks, WR NE

Cooks was a victim of some terrible luck on the season opener. While he totaled a solid 88 receiving yards, so much more was left on the field. He finished with seven targets, and led the team in deep-ball targets with two. What didn’t show up on the stat sheet were the four penalties that he drew, two of which were pass interference calls. One of those helped set the Patriots up right at the goal line. There were multiple plays where had the Patriots pass protection held up, Cooks would’ve walked into the end zone. A play action pass in the 1st quarter comes to mind where Cooks was open but Brady had to scramble to avoid the pass rush. Many of the top WR’s struggled in Week 1, and Cooks was no exception. Better days are ahead.

Sell:

Todd Gurley, RB LAR

Gurley finished the week as the 5th best running back, but is the ultimate sell-high candidate. He posted a measly 2.1 yards per carry against an awful Colts defense that was down big the entire game. He was only able to turn his 19 carries into 40 yards, though he did do some damage through the air catching five of six passes for 56 yards. Those receiving yards and his touchdown helped salvage an otherwise mediocre afternoon. With Gurley posting the day he did with such favorable circumstances, owners would be wise to do everything they can to move him for someone they got similar to what they spent on draft day.

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Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Cousins, QB WAS

Cousins struggled mightily on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, completing just 57.5% of his 40 passes for 240 yards to go with one TD and one interception. He also added 30 yards on the ground, which were negated by his two lost fumbles. The offense had issues all game, and the lack of chemistry between Cousins and his new weapon Terrell Pryor were apparent. Cousins targeted Pryor 11 times, connecting on just six of them. In addition, NFL’s Ian Rappoport reported over the weekend that TE Jordan Reed may play the entire season in pain due to a fractured big toe. If you combine all that with the lack of a run game, the expectations for a high powered Redskins offense needs to be tempered.

 

Who are you buying or selling after Week 1?

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