Professional football is finally back! Week one is just about in the books. For a lot of us, it’s time to look ahead to next week. Whether you’re replacing an injured player or just trying to make your roster better, this is the article that will identify a number of players each week that should benefit you in the future. This is the Grab Bag.
QB Gardner Minshew II – Jacksonville Jaguars
The young Jaguars’ signal caller completed 19 of his 20 attempts – that’s an amazing 95% performance. While the quantity of passes wasn’t there, the quality was on full display as Minshew garnered 173 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also had 5 carries for 19 yards, which will likely be one his lower rushing totals for the season as Minshew has the ability to extend plays with his legs and advance the ball on the ground. He peppered 10 different players throughout the game showing how comfortable he is with his receiving weapons.
In week two, the Titans present a more challenging defense but also an offense that could take an early lead and force Minshew and the Jaguars to play catch up for most of the contest. Jacksonville faces Miami and Cincinnati in weeks three and four – both very positive matchups.
You should be able to add Minshew to your team as he is available in 75-85% of leagues.
RB Joshua Kelley – Los Angeles Chargers
Going into week one, there wasn’t much clarity in the Chargers’ backfield other than Austin Ekeler being the premier back. Veteran Justin Jackson suffered a quad injury early in the contest and would not return to the game opening the door for rookie Joshua Kelley. Kelley took advantage of the opportunity rushing for 60 yards and a score on 12 carries. Whether or not Jackson misses more time, Kelley could have just taken over the role of secondary running back behind Ekeler.
The Chiefs make for a tougher defense in week two but there should be enough opportunities for Kelley on the ground. In week three, however, the Panthers come to town sporting a less intimidating defensive squad.
Kelley is unrostered in nearly 90% of fantasy leagues and will be more sought after in larger leagues.
WR Anthony Miller – Chicago Bears
The third year wideout from Memphis played a huge role in Chicago’s fourth quarter, come-from-behind victory against the Lions, scoring the go-ahead touchdown. Miller caught four of his six targets for a team leading 76 yards – three of those catches came in the fourth quarter. As the number two receiving option behind Allen Robinson, Miller will continually see a fair number of targets from game to game.
Miller and the Bears will face off with the Giants and Falcons in the next two weeks, teams that are weaker against stopping the passing game.
Miller is available to add in more than 60% of ESPN leagues but less than 45% of Yahoo leagues so being able to acquire him for your team may be trickier but he is out there on many waiver wires.
TE Chris Herndon – New York Jets
The Jets are one of the teams that figure to be regularly needing to make up ground against their opponents. Herndon hauled in all six of his targets in week one against the Bills ranking him second on the team in targets, catches and receiving yards. Herndon’s large frame and sure hands make him an ideal target for Sam Darnold.
Hosting the 49ers in week two could present another game where opportunity shines on Herndon and fellow New York pass catchers.
If you are streaming tight ends this year or you have to replace Blake Jarwin after his reported ACL tear, Herndon makes for a great option that is available in nearly 50% of fantasy leagues.