Nyheim Hines, RB, Indianapolis
Thanks in large part to Marlon Mack going down early with a season ending injury, Hines was able to have a huge fantasy start to his 2020 season. He rushed seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown. And also caught all eight of his targets for 45 yards and another score. It appears that Jonathan Taylor will get a good amount of the early down carries, but Hines clearly is the receiving back moving forward for the Colts. This gives him a ton of fantasy appeal since Philip Rivers is now his quarterback and we all know how much Rivers loves checking down to his running backs. Hines should instantly be seen as a strong FLEX at worst.
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia
Ertz started out Week 1 on a high note, catching a nice touchdown to begin the game, but that was about it as he finished with three catches for 18 yards and a score. He received seven targets, but fellow TE Dallas Goedert received nine targets which is concerning. Philly has been hesitant to sign Ertz to an extension and maybe Goedert has something to do with that. He had a huge game with over 100 yards and a touchdown so Ertz is not a locked in top 3 TE anymore. You still need to start him for the time being, but the arrow is trending down on Ertz.
Darius Slayton, WR, New York Giants
Slayton opened the season with a massive performance for the Giants, catching six passes for 102 yards and two trips to pay-dirt. He was operating as the number one receiver and seemed to be Daniel Jones’ go-to option in the passing game. Slayton has somewhat of a tough matchup in Week 2 at Chicago, but he needs to be started in all leagues after his performance last week.
Benny Snell Jr., RB, Pittsburgh
It seems to be a certainty that James Conner is going to get hurt each season and it didn’t take long for it to happen in 2020. Conner went down in the first half with an ankle injury and Snell took full advantage of his opportunity. He ran 19 times for 113 yards and looked good doing it. Conner didn’t practice Wednesday so he appears to be on the wrong side of questionable for Week 2. Snell is probably going to get the start against Denver and should be treated as a strong RB2 on Sunday.
Lock of the Week
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
Kupp had a slow start to the season, catching just four passes for 40 yards. He only saw five targets which is low for him also. It looked like the Rams were going with a more run heavy approach in Week 1 so it’s definitely something to monitor in the coming games, but there is still a lot to like about Kupp in Week 2. He has a good matchup against a beatable Eagles secondary and should see double the targets he saw last week. Look for Kupp to have his first 100-yard game of the young season.