by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
There are plenty of storylines coming out of yesterday’s games, but which are the most intriguing? Whose stock is on the rise? Whose performance should we be ignoring? Let’s take a look:
1) Tyler Boyd makes the biggest statement for Cincinnati…
Considering A.J. Green caught 3 TD passes it’s somewhat amazing that Boyd’s performance may be the most notable for Cincinnati. He equaled Green with 9 targets, turning them into 6 receptions, 91 yards and 1 TD. That’s a big step up from his Week 1 performance (3 receptions for 25 yards), but it’s actually the second time in his past three games that he’s reached 90+ yards and the third time in his past four games that he’s caught at least 5 passes (dating back to ’17).
It’s obviously just one game, but the receptions, targets and yards all match his career highs. A third year receiver, the former second round pick has the potential to put things together and finally enjoy a breakout campaign. Hardly a must use option, those in deeper leagues and dynasty leagues will want to stash him just in case.
2) Javorius Allen could be a real threat to Alex Collins…
While Collins was the more impressive performer, Allen cut into his opportunities:
- Alex Collins – 9 carries + 3 receptions (4 targets) = 12 touches
- Javorius Allen – 6 carries + 5 receptions (7 targets) = 11 touches
Allen also scored on a goal line carry, further hurting Collins’ outlook. Collins handily outgained Allen to the tune of 90 yards to 44 yards, so time will tell if the Ravens maintain their stubbornness and continue to share the load (in Week 1 it was Kenneth Dixon who ate into Collins’ opportunities). While we still believe in Collins upside, unless he’s getting more touches his value is going to be capped to being a RB2/FLEX.
3) Is Tyler Eifert falling off the tight end spectrum…
He had 2 receptions (on 4 targets) for 23 yards against the Ravens, while C.J. Uzomah had 3 receptions (on 4 targets) for 45 yards. There’s never been a question about Eifert’s upside, but injuries have consistently derailed him and have helped cause the Bengals to limit his snaps to open the year.
That’s opened the door for Uzomah, who performed well in Week 2, and would it be surprising if the Bengals continued with a timeshare moving forward? Eifert remains a plausible TE2, but until the Bengals fully deploy him it’s going to be impossible to trust him on a weekly basis.
Source – ESPN