Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati
Boyd has been on a tear to start the 2018 season, posting just under 250 receiving yards and two scores. He is clearly the second option in the passing game behind A.J. Green and is getting a healthy amount of targets. He’s getting open at will and should be owned in all formats at this point. He has a great matchup this week on the road against a depleted Atlanta defense and should be treated as a WR3 at worst. Green is banged up right now and if he doesn’t play, then Boyd can be bumped up to a solid WR2 play.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver
The top receiver for the Broncos is off to a rough start. He did score in Week 1, but only has about 80 receiving yards and no touchdowns combined since. Thomas has been dropping balls left and right and doesn’t seem on the same page with new quarterback Case Keenum. He’s also losing a lot of targets to Emmanuel Sanders. Thomas obviously needs to be rostered on all teams, but he’s tough to trust right now as nothing more than a FLEX option. He does have a good matchup this week at home against Kansas City, but temper your expectations until his hands and the chemistry with his signal caller improve.
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit
The Lions finally found their running back for the future. I know it and you know it, but the question is: do the Lions know it? Johnson is clearly the most dynamic back on Detroit and seemed to separate himself from the group last week against New England when he became the first Detroit running back to rush for 100 yards since Reggie Bush in 2013! He was absolutely shredding the Patriots and ran for 101 yards on just 16 carries. For some reason LeGarrette Blount still got 16 carries himself. Johnson is a true three-down back and might even be a better receiver than he is a runner. He needs to be owned in all leagues and for now is a FLEX option, but he’s on the verge of busting out in a big way as soon as he gets the workload. Don’t be surprise if Johnson is a low-end RB1 the second half of the season.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland
Well it was two weeks too late, but the Mayfield era has officially started in Cleveland and boy did he not disappoint. Mayfield came in for an injured Tyrod Taylor towards the end of the second quarter last Thursday against the Jets and led the Browns to a come-from-behind victory. There first in over 600 days. It was visibly clear that he is the best quarterback on the Browns’ roster and his accuracy and arm strength were very impressive. Treat him as a backup for fantasy for now, but don’t be surprised if he’s putting up 20 fantasy points per game later this season.
Lock of the Week
Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago
Robinson has been the no. 1 option in the passing game for the Bears, getting a healthy 28 targets over three games so far. He has yet to find the end zone, but has put up at least 50 yards in each game with at least seven targets. It’s just a matter of time before he finds pay dirt and I think that happens on Sunday. Robinson has a home game against a bad Tampa Bay defense. He should be used as a WR2 and you should expect close to 100 yards and a touchdown. Start him with confidence.