Typically you can not accuse this column of any sort of East Coast bias. But the New York Giants changed that this week by becoming the center of the fantasy universe. For much better and for worse.
We lost the consensus No. 1 draft choose, Saquon Barkley, to a higher ankle sprain for an estimated four-eight weeks. But we gained “Danny Dimes,” thanks to the surprisingly explosive debut of rookie quarterback Daniel Jones — which should really also increase the worth of tight finish Evan Engram and receivers Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate, according to ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan.
“Engram and Shepard, they’re like on Cloud 9 proper now,” mentioned Raanan, who mentioned it is no coincidence that each of them had 100-yard games in Jones’ debut — due to the fact not only does he throw the ball deep with accuracy, but he also keeps plays alive with his legs longer than earlier QB Eli Manning did.
Raanan had a excellent breakdown of how Jones’ mobility played such a huge function in the Giants’ 32-31 victory more than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in which he threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 28 yards and two much more TDs.
Raanan stopped quick of predicting Shepard will turn into a best-20 fantasy receiver, due to the fact he thinks Shepard and Tate could be somewhat interchangeable when Tate returns from a suspension in Week five.
On the other hand, Raanan does think that Jones himself can be a reputable fantasy asset — specially when you throw in these bonus points he can present in the operating game.
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“I imply, he’s accomplished it quite regularly,” Raanan mentioned. “He completed 85% of his passes in the preseason. That is truly excellent no matter who you are playing against. And he’s not throwing dink and dunks — he’s prepared to throw it down the field. That is most likely the issue he does finest. He averaged 9.eight air yards per try.
“And he’s gonna place up numbers due to the fact their defense is not incredibly excellent. So they’re gonna have to score points.”
Raanan did supply some notes of caution, although. For one particular issue, fumbling has been an Achilles’ heel for Jones, with 3 of them in the preseason and 3 of them currently in restricted frequent-season action. And, of course, the Giants’ offense will drop some potency although Barkley is sidelined, specially when they face best defenses such as New England and Minnesota in Weeks five-six.
As for replacing Barkley, Raanan mentioned he thinks third-year RB Wayne Gallman is “their guy” and that he should really see about 15 carries per game. He definitely will not replace the production level of Barkley — and Raanan does not feel he will see almost as a lot function in the passing game, some of which could go to fullback Elijhaa Penny. But Raanan mentioned he’s a tiny greater on Gallman’s operating potential than other individuals look to be and thinks he could have moderate achievement due to the fact the chance will be there.
Now for the rest of our weekly tour with ESPN’s NFL Nation reporters:
Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson revealed that he “hates” operating the ball, according to Jamison Hensley. Thankfully for the Ravens and for his fantasy owners, he’ll nevertheless do it when required — and pretty proficiently.
Carolina Panthers: Greg Olsen is reestablishing himself as one particular of the league’s best tight ends, wrote David Newton. That should really stay the case whether or not Cam Newton returns at QB or the Panthers stick with final week’s breakout, Kyle Allen.
Denver Broncos: Second-year receiver Courtland Sutton appears “oh-so-close” to a breakout. And the Broncos require it, wrote Jeff Legwold.
Detroit Lions: Michael Rothstein wrote about why receiver Marvin Jones’ reemergence signifies excellent issues for Detroit’s offense.
Jacksonville Jaguars: DJ Chark is much more comfy in his second season, which has permitted him to turn into Gardner Minshew’s huge-play receiver, wrote Michael DiRocco.
Sadly Chark’s former LSU teammate, Leonard Fournette, is one particular of quite a few who are disappointed in the Jaguars’ operating game so far.
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Kansas City Chiefs: Rookie receiver Mecole Hardman has provided Patrick Mahomes a different speedy toy, as Adam Teicher wrote.
Los Angeles Chargers: Melvin Gordon will virtually definitely be restricted if he winds up playing proper away this Sunday following ending his holdout this week.
But as Eric D. Williams wrote, when Gordon gets back up to speed, coach Anthony Lynn mentioned he will resume his function as the team’s beginning operating back.
“He was our starter for a purpose,” Lynn mentioned. “[Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson] will nevertheless have a significant function in this offense, but as quickly as Melvin’s prepared, he’ll go back to getting our No. 1 guy.”
Also from Williams: Keenan Allen is becoming much more visible as one particular of the best receivers in the game.
Los Angeles Rams: So, wait, how did the Rams go to the Super Bowl without having Cooper Kupp final year? Since as Lindsey Thiry wrote, it is clear that QB Jared Goff views the receiver as his safety blanket.
Also from Thiry: Rams coach Sean McVay told reporters that RB Todd Gurley is not on any sort of a load-management system.
Minnesota Vikings: Dalvin Cook is off to a roaring start off as the NFL’s major rusher, as Courtney Cronin detailed.
New England Patriots: The Patriots have been holding on in the course of a roller-coaster season at wide receiver, per Mike Reiss. Phillip Dorsett’s versatility has helped.
New Orleans Saints: Teddy Bridgewater proved the Saints can survive without having Drew Brees — thanks to a conservative method that relied virtually exclusively on Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. But the QB’s job will not get any less complicated in his second start off against a Dallas defense that shut these guys down final year like no other defense has.
Seattle Seahawks: Operating back Chris Carson has lost a fumble in every of his 1st 3 games — but he has not lost the self-confidence of his head coach, wrote Brady Henderson.