Let’s face it, there’s an enormous amount of information out there on Sunday mornings. We’re not going to waste your time by repeating the news and notes about who’s in or out this week, since that’s really not what you visit us for. We’re also not going to do another article on starts or sits this week – we already have the personalized lineup advice for you on the premium content. Again, there are 100 places you can go for that, so no reason to repeat ourselves or others.
The Sunday Morning Huddle goes through each game and states what we’re looking to see from a dynasty perspective. One player will be picked from each team who has dynasty value tied to the game – players at a pivot point where their value could increase or decrease based on opportunity and performance.
Carolina at Atlanta
While the Panthers opened the season with a win, their offense was a disappointment overall and they’ve lost starting tight end Greg Olsen to a foot injury. This is a huge opportunity for fourth-round rookie tight end Ian Thomas, who is slated to start in Olsen’s place. He was a hot waiver wire add in dynasty leagues this week and could quickly gain even more value if he puts up numbers. The Panthers face division rival Atlanta, who did a good job limiting tight end production a year ago, but also lost multiple defensive starters to injury last week.
The injury bug didn’t limit itself to the Falcons defense, but also their offensive stars. Starting running back Devonta Freeman dinged his knee and will miss multiple weeks. This is the same knee issue that bothered Freeman a year ago. Many dynasty owners will be excited to see Tevin Coleman work as the lead back, a possible preview of the 2019 season when Coleman is expected to be with a new team via free agency. In many ways, we know what Coleman offers already, so I am also anxious to see rookie back Ito Smith in action for the first time. Smith was active in week one but didn’t play a snap. He’s expected to serve as Coleman’s backup in this game and we should get a long look at him, albeit against a strong Panthers run defense.