• A week of the return of the big names: Jonathan Taylor, cooper cup And Jameson Williams They made their first appearance of the season with mixed results.
• Two backup linebackers on the rise: Two linebackers have taken more playing time than their teams’ starters in the past two weeks.
• Great recovery for tight ends: Several highly-drafted tight ends put together big games this week, and two of them accomplished that despite their playing time being significantly reduced in each of the past two weeks.
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These are my top 10 reactions to the games from Sunday’s slate. For more in-depth details, check out my account Full Sunday recap.
Ezekiel Elliott splits from Raymond Stevenson
The two running backs were close even on offensive snaps and rushing attempts.
- The Patriots’ backs generally revolved by drive, but Stephenson often played snaps on some of Elliott’s drives, especially on third downs.
- New England wasn’t happy with Stevenson in the passing game, which typically left Elliott to play all the snaps on his drives, unlike the first few weeks of the season.
- Stevenson started the game, but Elliott’s driving was almost as successful as Stevenson’s, splitting time between the two.
- Stevenson has been ranked better as a receiver this season and has four first downs compared to none for Elliott. However, Elliott has a much higher goal rate (22%) than Stevenson (14%) this season.
- If Stevenson can return to his receiving prowess from last year, his playing time will likely return. Even then, he probably won’t be a consistent fantasy player.
Jonathan Taylor has a quiet comeback
Taylor ran the ball just six times for 18 yards and caught a 16-yard pass in his return for the Colts.
- Taylor returned this week from the PUP list and signed a three-year contract extension.
- Indianapolis released Jake Funk To make room for Taylor.
- Taylor has been a full participant in practice all week, making it look like he will play an important role this week.
- instead of, Zack Moss He started and played the majority of the match. Taylor only took one snap in the first quarter compared to Moss’ 10. He worked a little more as the match progressed.
- Considering how well Moss played in this game, we may see a committee in Indianapolis for longer than most fantasy managers would like.
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