For you fantasy enthusiasts, ESPN puts out a weekly piece on Tuesday mornings that discusses a piece of fantasy intel for each of the 32 NFL teams that should help you navigate your inevitable decisions you need to make this week.
The article is done by Mike Clay, who is one of the best in the business. Here’s what he had to say.
“Austin Ekeler might be the lead back in Los Angeles, but it’s become evident that rookie Joshua Kelley won’t be too far behind in usage. Or, in Sunday’s case, ahead in usage. Kelley (41 snaps) was three behind Ekeler (44) in playing time but handled 23 carries and three targets (113 total yards). That’s compared to 16 carries and four targets for Ekeler (148 yards). Ekeler is still in the weekly RB1 discussion, and Kelley, who ranks fifth in the NFL with 35 carries, is in the flex conversation in a light matchup against Carolina in Week 3.”
Fantasy owners of both Ekeler and Kelley are going to be happy after seeing their players perform well against the Chiefs. But it’s early, and I’m not sure if this, or Week 1’s numbers for each back, are going to be closest to what will play out the rest of the season.
The Chargers ran the ball 44 times. That’s pretty incredible, and also a bit unsustainable, especially if Tyrod Taylor is back under center. The offense’s pace is one of the fastest in the NFL, and it’s even more so with Herbert under center.
For the Chargers players’ fantasy sake’s, everyone should hope Herbert takes the job as soon as possible.
Now for today’s links.
Hayley Elwood breaks down Herbert’s historic debut by the numbers (Chargers.com)
Jason Reed lists the three coaching decisions that led to Sunday’s loss (Bolt Beat)
Chargers are bringing in former safety Jahleel Addae for a visit (Chargers Wire)
Chris Hayre and Hayley Elwood recap Justin Herbert’s debut (Chargers.com)
Checkout the latest ESPN power rankings for Week 3 (ESPN)
The NFL fined a trio of head coaches this week for improper use of masks (ESPN)
Austin Brinson answers five questions from Week 2 (CBS Sports)
The Raiders’ win over the Saints is a big, big deal for Derek Carr (Bleacher Report)
Gregg Rosenthal writes about the unpleasant/pleasant surprises from Week 2 (NFL.com)