On Risers and Fallers, we typically do a quarter poll on who is doing what and how likely those players are to either keep up the pace or regress in fantastic fashion. Well we waited a little longer this year as we’ve learned that patience is a virtue. We’ve seen 5 out of the 16 games that we’ll be using these options for, assuming that everyone has converted to a 16 game fantasy slate. Factoring in the bye weeks, we’re staring at a third of overall usage this week. Let’s roll out the numbers and then follow with the questioning.
Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
33 receptions – 511 yards – 6 touchdowns.
Outside of beating up on the lowly Giants, Mike Evans has done absolutely nothing on the year. Jameis Winston is getting zero time behind the shakey Bucs’ offensive line and when he gets the ball out quick, it’s heading in Godwin’s direction. Is Godwin the new WR1 in Tampa? Can he keep up the pace for over 100 receptions on the year? At only 23 years old, Godwin has already turned himself into a major dynasty asset.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns
1,250 passing yards – 4 touchdowns to 8 interceptions – 0 rushing yards and 3 fumbles.
Oh boy, has Baker Mayfield gone ahead and peed the bed. This looks like a classic case of too many cooks ruin the stew. Maybe Cleveland should have continued with short passes to Jarvis Landry with Nick Chubb driving this offense. Instead, Cleveland brought in Odell Beckham and it’s as though the offense has so many options that they can’t decide what to do with the football. Can last year’s first overall pick right the ship or is he destined for sub-20 touchdown to over 20 turnover total season?
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
347 yards receiving – 2 touchdowns – 1 game over 100 yards.
Not very appealing numbers for the consensus top wide receiver on draft day. You want to see some scarier numbers? Buckle up: 400 yards and 3 touchdowns while matching the one game for over 100 yards. Those stats belong to Will Fuller. Deshaun Watson went off the wall last week and Hopkins was relatively un-involved. Is Hopkins still a WR1 or is the finally healthy Fuller set to take away too much production?
Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Weeks 1 and 2- An average of roughly 300 passing yards, 7 passing touchdowns to zero interceptions, and a game with 120 rush yards.
Weeks 3, 4, and 5- An average of 225 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns to 5 interceptions, and a game high of 70 rushing yards.
What kind of fantasy contributor do we have with Jackson at quarterback? Does he deserve to be the same category as Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson or is he simply another middle of the road type of option? Jackson needs to beat up on the crumb-bum squad that is the Bengals’ defense to inflate his numbers a little bit.
Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Six total touchdowns.
Speaking of guys who need to beat up on crumb-bum secondaries to inflate their overall totals, Murray needs to make waste of the Falcons’ defense. Murray’s rookie year has been solid to start but many people bought in assuming that he’d be a QB1 out of the gate. Can Murray pad his stats enough to elevate his position among the other competing quarterbacks? Is the current health situation of David Johnson going to lead to a regression for the rookie QB? Murray could help both himself and owners out in a big way against the Atlanta defense.