I cannot ever remember a rookie class with this many immediate impact players, but here we are. 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.
- Darius Slayton – Well, I have been predicting the second breakout week for Slayton recently and it finally happened! The Giants have the perfect recipe for fantasy success for a wideout – their defense is horrid, they have no running game, the competing wideouts are not good, but just good enough to warrant some coverage by opposing defenses, and, while it can be argued this isn’t wonderful, Daniel Jones loves to throw to him. This is the player we all loved this summer.
- Chase Claypool – Usually, I make players on this list earn their way up. Start them around 12, see how they do, and slowly let them rise as the weeks go on. You know how to avoid that and jump from not on the list to #2? 7 catches for 110 yards, 3 touchdowns, and another rushing touchdown on the ground. You’ve read a ton about Claypool this week so let’s not say much more. He good.
- James Robinson – In perhaps one of the best spots J-Rob has had all year he puts up his most pedestrian output. Sounds about right. The touches are still there, but the Jaguars just imploded on themselves in Houston, including one of the more disastrous attempts at a wildcat goal-line play you’ll ever see. No need to panic or anything, but this was a slight weak spot in the armor.
- Justin Jefferson – Mama said there would be weeks like this. In a Vikings offense, sometimes there are going to be dud passing weeks. This was one of those for anyone not named Adam Thielen. Same as Robinson above – no panic, but slight concern for week to week production.
- Laviska Shenault, Jr. – For coming into the game injured, Shenault certainly showed us why he cannot be ignored even in a largely inept offensive performance. 7 catches for 79 yards isn’t going to win you a championship, but it is a solid output from what seemed to be simply a gadget player early on.
- Brandin Cooks – Say wha???? A non-rookie??? A “washed-up” veteran at that??? It’s true ladies and gentlemen, Cooks is back on the radar after an explosive performance this Sunday. He was drafted late, doesn’t seem sexy by any means, but if he has weeks like this, he will absolutely reward patient owners.
- Antonio Gibson – My only concern moving forward with Antonio Gibson is whom on earth is playing quarterback in the Capital City. With Dwayne Haskins off pouting, Kyle Allen injured, and Alex Smith playing on 1.5 legs, it may get even uglier for the WFT in the coming weeks.
- CeeDee Lamb – This is not a knock on Lamb, but more a comment on the horrific injury suffered by Dak Prescott this past weekend. Prayers and speedy recovery to him. The rest of the Cowboys’ offense is now in the hands of Andy Dalton and while he is an excellent backup, Dak he is not. You can’t help but downgrade the entire roster for the remainder of 2020.
- Myles Gaskin – Jordan Howard was a healthy scratch for the Dolphins in week 5, which all but confirms their faith in Gaskin. Now we just keep our fingers crossed some former Jets running back doesn’t decide to take his talents to South Beach…
- Justin Herbert – I’ve been toying with both Herbert and Joe Burrow as the 1A and 1B rookie signal callers, but this past Monday’s performance against a strong Saints defense catapults Herbert to the top. Did you see that missile to Keenan in the first half??? Incredible.
- Tee Higgins – A.J. Green is done in Cincy. Disgruntled and looking less interested than ever, Green is stepping aside for Higgins, who continues to show rapport with Burrow in every matchup. It’s sad to see, but there is no denying at this point which players are the future building blocks for the Bengals franchise.
- Joshua Kelley – That was….unimpressive. Again. Look, at some point you have to hope opportunity is going to win out, but Kelley looks every bit like a rookie out there right now and Justin Jackson looked fresh and ready to take over full command of the backfield. Wait and see what the post bye-week 7 looks like, but I’m not feeling good.
- Travis Fulgham – 10 receptions for 152 yards and a touchdown. Just be weary – Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, Dallas Goedert, etc. etc. are still on the horizon. But if you are struggling with the loss of Michael Thomas, Julio Jones and the like, you could do worse than take a chance on Fulgham.
- Damien Harris – …if the Patriots ever play again…
- Brandon Aiyuk – Aiyuk is dangerously close to getting cut off this list for the “horrible quarterback” reason. Not his fault, but whatcha gonna do?
Throughout the season, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on twitter @fantasysharkMJ. If you have any burning questions/topics you’d like me to address, let me know. Good luck and keep keeping ahead of the competition!