Ezekiel Elliott | Cowboys | RB
Ezekiel Elliott had a stellar Week 1 against a good Rams’ defense and was able to be successful on the ground and as a receiver out of the backfield. Elliott dominated the Cowboys’ backfield, as Pollard only had four touches and Elliott (25 touches) actually played 63 of the 72 offensive snaps for the Cowboys. As the number one option for touches in the Dallas pecking order, Zeke should continue his solid start against a good Atlanta Falcons run defense who is 13th in DVOA and 7th in yards allowed per carry. Against the Seahawks’ Chris Carson in week 1, the Falcons were able to hold Carsen to 21 yards on 6 carries, but allowed him to gain 45 yards and score 2 receiving touchdowns on 6 receptions. With that being said, Carson is not Elliott and the small sample size of Week 1 doesn’t change our opinion of a Falcons defense that has been gashed by opposing running backs for years. The Cowboys will look to get Elliott consistent carries, as well as looks in the receiving game. In Week 1 versus the Rams, Zeke rushed for 96 yards on 22 attempts, while chipping away at 4.4 yards per carry, while also scoring a touchdown. Through the air, Elliott caught 3 of his 4 targets for 31 yards and a touchdown, finishing the day as the 2nd highest fantasy running back with a total of 27.7 DraftKings fantasy points. Although the Cowboys have plenty of weapons in the passing game with Cooper, Gallup and Lamb, they lost Jarwin to injury in Week 1 and that could lead to more short area targets for Elliott in the passing attack. With a lot of the NFL’s backfields in a timeshare or with uncertainty in playing time and opportunity, Elliott is a running back who has a firm grip on guaranteed touches.. This week versus the Falcons, in what could be a shootout, Elliott is a clear Must-Have and with his expected ownership he makes for a good play in cash, as well as a good play in GPPs due to his production and opportunity in a high powered offense.
Diontae Johnson | Steelers | WR
Johnson led the Steelers in targets Week 1, with ten, turning this into six receptions for 57 yards. He also ended up running the second most routes on the team, along with leading the Steelers in snap share at 86 percent. This week he will face off against a Bronco defense that will be without their number one corner in A.J. Bouye. With Bouye off the field, the Titans were able to accumulate twelve receptions for 140 yards on the outside (where Johnson primarily runs his routes). Given the fact that he is still miserably underpriced this week for his opportunity, we love the floor and upside of Diontae this week.
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