When Mark Wahlberg’s character in the film “Ted” met his childhood idol Flash Gordon, he muttered these words:
“I thank you for saving everyone of us.”
The fantasy community shared a similar sentiment yesterday, at the hands of another Flash Gordon…
With Josh Gordon making his season debut yesterday in Minnesota, one would have thought that Emperor Ming was lining up upposite of Gordon in the Vikings secondary. Gordon pillaged the Vikings secondary for a gawdy 10/146/1 line and added 22 yards on the ground, for good measure. Making his season debut, coming off a 2-game suspension, Gordon has high WR2 upside playing in an offensive scheme largely dominated by a vertical passing approach.
As someone who has been an adamant supporter of a breakout year from “Flash,” I’m not shocked in the least bit that he wasted no time making a big statement. After the game he went on the record to say that the Norv Turner/Rob Chudzinski offense is “the best offense to be in.” No argument here.
With Brian Hoyer proving to be a possible upgrade over Brandon Weeden, Gordon would be a direct beneficiary of the Browns confidence throwing the ball downfield.
If Gordon can avoid off-the-field troubles and stay focused, he’ll be terrorizing the planet Mongo in an attempt to salvage the Browns season.
Take it away, Freddie Mercury.
Julian Edelman – The harsh reality for us Patriots fans is that with Shane Vereen out for at least 4 weeks due to wrist surgery and Rob Gronkowski still not practicing in full, the Patriots receiving corps is leaning heavily on oft-injured Danny Amendola. Considering Edelman pushed the durable Wes Welker for playing time last year, until injuring his hand, Edelman has plenty of upside in a potent offense that has limited mouths to feed. Playing on a whopping 83 of 94 snaps on Sunday, Edelman finished with 7 receptions for 92 yards and 2 TDs. One of Tom Brady’s few familiar faces, Edelman should get plenty of targets moving forward. Still available in 24% of Yahoo leagues, Edelman is a must-add.
The Bottom Heist: Even if you’re in a 10-team league, you should be taking a look at Edleman. ESPECIALLY, if your league counts return yards. In standard return yards leagues of 20 yards per point, Edelman is a solid WR3 with back-end WR2 potential, if he can stay healthy.
Marlon Brown – Owned in 5% of Yahoo leagues and just 2% of ESPN leagues, Brown should be a popular add to owners’ WR charts in standard, deeper leagues. With Jacoby Jones sidelined from a sprained MCL, Brown will be the direct beneficiary in Jones’ absence. The undrafted free agent out of Georgia totaled 65 yards on 4 receptions and a TD in his NFL debut vs. the Broncos. Look for teams to lock-down Torrey Smith with double coverage moving forward, as Marlon Brown, not Dallas Clark (or Brandon Stokley) will get an influx of targets.
The Bottom Heist: Don’t worry about cast-offs like Brandon Lloyd coming in for work-outs and climbing ahead of Brown on the Ravens depth chart at WR.
Joique Bell – “I’d like to throw a shout-out to the big homie Reggie Bush for donating to the Joique Bell touchdown club.” Bell wasted no time embarking on his Mike Tolbert-esque role from a couple years ago, as he vultured 2 Goal line TDs away from Bush. It appears the Lions are set to roll out Bell in goal line sets, leaving Mikel LeShoure empty-handed. Don’t forget the Lions chuck it more than just about anybody in the NFL, as Bell added 5 receptions for 67 yards in his impressive Week 1 performance.
Jonathan Dwyer – In 12+ team leagues, Dwyer’s actually not a bad pickup this week. Just over a week ago, the Steelers pulled the plug on Dwyer, as he made his rounds to the Giants and Patriots camps for tryouts. After losing LaRod Stephens-Howling for the season to a torn ACL (and Maurkice Pouncey), the Steelers wasted no time in bringing Dwyer back. With Issac Redman totaling a meager 16 yards on 10 touches, look for Dwyer to get a crack at the workload until Le’Veon Bell returns from injury. With the Steelers o-line in shambles, don’t expect more than a low-end flex play, as Dwyer is owned in just 10% of leagues.