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Monday 16th Oct 2017

It would be fun if after Week 1 of the NFL season, things seemed to stabilize or there was the kind of magic body of stats like in baseball that shed a little more light on the best players each week. Oh yeah, those suggestions would have to be correct, right?

Maybe that is both the problem and exactly what draws us to playing Fantasy games and what makes those of us who do play such contests a bit daft at times?

Still, we do keep coming back. At least I do, and if you are with me, you would want to think about the players I spotted this week who could be of some value in the coming week and beyond.

While Doug Martin waits one more game to be able to return to play, Jacquizz Rodgers is not a bad pickup and cheap DFS play. Though it seems Rodgers has been around forever, he is still just 27 and though small (5'6"), he weighs in at 205 pounds. Rodgers scored last week and ran for a solid 67 yards on 19 carries, and with 169 career receptions to his name, he is clearly a threat in the passing game as well.

It seems at this point I could write about a player on the Oakland offense every week since the team is so deep that someone gets the spotlight from time-to-time. This week it is former Viking Cordarrelle Patterson, who caught a pass and got three runs, including breaking one for 43 yards and a score. Patterson, who does have breakaway speed, returns punts and kick-offs and in a deep keeper league is worth a roster spot. Depending upon the matchup, Patterson also makes a possible low-end DFS play.

I might have been skeptical about the path forward of the Broncos, but after Trevor Siemien carved the Dallas defense up to the tune of 231 yards and four TDs, well, the Broncos seem to be another team emerging with a new face and a lot of dangerous weapons. 

Mohamed Sanu has been a #2 behind A.J. Green for four years and now seems in the same spot behind Julio Jones. But, on another big offensive unit, with a great QB, Sanu could really step up in the complementary role like Michael Crabtree gets to play behind Amari Cooper, you know?

Chris Thompson, of the Redskins, is a fourth-year player who cashed in Sunday with a pair of scores on three carries and 77 yards to go with three receptions for another 29 yards. Thompson does have a score on a reception this year, and again, in PPR formats, a back who can catch is worth a lot.

Another Chris running back would be Seattle rookie Chris Carson. The Oklahoma State alum turned 20 carries into 93 yards and probably figures to get more and more touches as the season progresses.

While we are in Seattle, my radio mate Justin Mason made Seahawks wideout Paul Richardson his special pick on the Tout Wars Hour last Thursday and Richardson caught a pair of balls, one for a score. Richardson has been targeted 12 times thus far, so it is reasonable to expect more looks. 

The Saints' Alvin Kamara is definitely one to watch, especially in PPR leagues. The rookie running back, out of Tennessee, has collected 21 yards on eight carries this season. But more notably, Kamara has racked up seven receptions for 71 yards, including a 38-yarder on Sunday. That suggests lots of future use by Drew Brees and Sean Payton. 

Remember to go to the Tout Wars site for our Friday picks. And, tune into the Tout Wars Hour on the FNTSY network, hosted by me, with Justin Mason and featuring Lord Z every Thursday night at 9 PM ET. 

Follow me @lawrmichaels.

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