The carnage of the past weekend is shaking up the list! Remember – these are players that your keeper/dynasty teams should absolutely be prioritizing for immediate use and future production in the coming years. Let’s get going.
- James Robinson – I’m going to try not to mince words here. James Robinson is the keeper target of the year so far. This is James Conner, David Johnson, Alvin Kamara – the player that no one knows, that was drafted super late or not at all, that will become a keeper top-15 running back for years to come. Is he as talented as those three? Possibly not, but between the opportunity, and skill he’s showing us each week, I am 100% Duval in.
- Allen Lazard / (NOT) Marques Valdes-Scantling – We’ve been patiently waiting for one of these two to emerge. Lazard was the sharks best bet coming into the season and he finally proved what we had all been waiting to see Sunday night. Davante Adams’ absence absolutely plays a huge factor into Lazard’s success, but don’t write this off as a one-week wonder – Rodgers LOVES this kid.
- Justin Jefferson – I’m kicking myself for this one. Jefferson was perhaps the most talented and accomplished WR coming out of college after a bananas season at LSU but given his position with the Viking and Kirk Cousins’ duck throws, I had somewhat written him off. 170+ yards just showed me how very wrong I was to do so.
- CeeDee Lamb – The Cowboys are frustrating. One week its Amari Cooper, then Michael Gallup, then “Dalton who knows” at tight end. Lamb as a result is going to have a bunch of frustrating weeks. Continue to hold tight though – this is the future of their offense.
- Joshua Kelley – If you are thinking I am a little running back heavy overall with this list…you’d be right. I think this position is so valuable in a keeper league that I am willing to overlook the down games by some of these talented rookies. Austin Ekeler got all the touches in week 3, but the Bolts were trailing, and needed to play quick catch-up. There are still juicy Kelley games on the docket.
- Myles Gaskin – If there was any question about whose backfield this was, they have certainly been answered now, and answered loudly. With the minor exception of the lumbering Jordan Howard (didn’t he used to be fast?) stealing goal line work, Gaskin is running circles around that depth chart in Miami.
- Antonio Gibson – Nice to see Gibson step up and be a lone bright spot on a team sorely lacking any reason to show up on Sundays.
- Diontae Johnson – A concussion sadly cut short what could have been a breakout game but the telltale sign of how important he is to the offense came after he left the game. Even with Diontae Johnson out, JuJu Smith-Schuster still didn’t get the looks Johnson routinely does. Hope he comes back quickly and ferociously.
- Jerry Jeudy – Horrible to see opportunity open up due to injury, but that’s exactly what just happened in Denver with Courtland Sutton hitting the season-ending IR. This leaves Jeudy as the sole recipient of balls thrown by Jeff Driskel and the nephew of a former starting quarterback. You’re welcome?
- Laviska Shenault, Jr. – Ok, Ok, the hype train slowed a little bit here. Shenault is still incredibly deadly with the ball in his hands, but he looked more like a Taysom Hill-type gadget player than keeper league build-around. Hopefully this usage will continue to evolve, but temper expectations.
- Darius Slayton – Slayton’s roller coaster year so far is less a reflection on his talent and more on the dumpster fire that is brewing in East Rutherford these days. I have no idea how the Giants field a competitive team moving forward, but they will be trailing. A lot. This has to spell good weeks coming for Slayton. In fact, book it – he goes ham this week.
- Russell Gage – Another keeper target with a concussion. Hopefully he as well has a speedy recovery. The prime time spot in Green Bay next Monday night could be an absolute blow-up situation if he gets right in time.
- Preston Williams – Preston is still tall, athletic, and incredibly talented. Just so happens that DeVante Parker is intent on not missing any games this year even with a hobbled hamstring. Wait and hold, wait and hold.
- Joe Burrow – I can’t believe I keep having a QB on this list either, but in a year with declining production from some former stalwarts in Drew Brees and Carson Wentz, you are 100% OK cutting bait and trusting Joe Burrow with your fantasy keeper teams. He’s the real deal folks.
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