You probably were sitting on your couch when you saw it: the Jacksonville Jaguar were beating the Philadelphia Eagles 14-0! It was the one game in week one that was expected to be a massive blow out; of course with the Eagles doing all the scoring. You probably wondered if Toby Gerhart was going off and then you see this kid Allen Hurns looking like A.J. Green. Hurns was not even listed as a starter until Saturday September 6th. The 22 year old rookie went off against the Philadephia Eagles for 110 yards and two scores. Stats like these can be deceiving when it comes to no name players, but Hurns was targeted nine times throughout the game. Those are truly number one wide receiver numbers right there. Get this kid now and see what happens with him. If he continues to see a lot of targets he may emerge as a capable flex player.
A couple years ago nobody would have ever imaged Steve Smith being a waiver wire pickup. Believe it or not, the once dominant receiver is now only owned in about 20 percent of fantasy leagues. Smith definitely made a statement Sunday proving all the doubters wrong with 118 yards and a touchdown. He hauled in seven receptions on a staggering 15 targets. His major highlight was his 80 yard touchdown which proved he still has the speed to be a capable deep threat. It looks like the Ravens have finally found a true number one wide receiver. With Flacco’s arm strength and Smith’s ability to go deep, the aging wide receiver may be in line for a huge comeback season.
Rob Streater’s stat line, five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown, may not raise eye brows; but he did lead his team in targets. It appears he has already formed a solid relationship with rookie quarterback Derek Carr. This could turn out to a good thing for fantasy owners since rookie quarterbacks are notorious for going to the player they trust most. He is a good pickup for those in deeper leagues and teams that have weak wide receivers on the bench.
Over the offseason, nobody knew which one of the Colts’ tight ends to grab. It seemed like the majority were in favor of selecting Coby Fleener. Fleener was targeted eight times, three more than Allen, but Allen was much more effective. Allen is also a superior blocker and showed he is much more dominant over the middle of the field. These two attributes could shift the number of snaps played in Allen’s favor. Time will tell, but if he continues to outplay Fleener; Allen may be the one taking over on single tight end formations. That will be huge for his fantasy value. For now, he is only worth picking up in deep leagues. This could change as early as next week so grab him now.
Jake Locker was highly efficient against one of the best defenses in the NFL. Locker threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs. He also added another 14 yards to his stat line on the ground. More than likely Locker will never become a week in week out starter in ten team fantasy leagues, but he does have a very tempting matchup next week. The Titans will host the Dallas Cowboys in week two. With how poorly the Cowboys played against the 49ers, Locker could easily have another very respectable game.