Rex Burkhead: With presumed starter Mike Gillislee still sidelined with a stubborn hamstring injury, it was Bill Belichick obsession Rex Burkhead who was the heavy-usage starter in the team's second preseason game. Yours truly hot Burkhead in the 15th round of the Experts League draft prior to that game and that goes to show you how overlooked the former Bengal is to this point. That has to change as Burkhead has the PPR skills to be both a solid runner and receiver. Meanwhile those who invested in Gillislee are seeing things go the other way.
Wendell Smallwood: LeGarrette Blount has been a colossal bust so far for the Philadelphia Eagles and so the speedy Smallwood is now expected to be the team's starter in Week 1. Of course veteran Darren Sproles will remain a heavy part of the offense which means Smallwood only has RB 3 value at best.
Ted Ginn: It appears as though New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has a thing for the aging but still speedy Ginn at wideout for the team in 2017. Willie Snead was a bit of a forgotten man in the team's second preseason game and so Ginn should be added in all leagues.
Chris Carson: Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll keeps giving rookie seventh-round pick Chris Carson work with the first-team offense which is a huge surprise given the three guys ahead of him in the form of Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, and C.J. Prosise. Opportunity is everything.
Dez Bryant: There was some hesitation by many in the fantasy football community this summer to get back into bed with Bryant as a WR 1 but keep in mind he was a monster last December and reports are that he and QB Dak Prescott are now firmly on the same page. With RB Ezekiel Elliott out for up to six games, Bryant should get a decent uptick in work as the passing game becomes more employed.
Eric Ebron: With 2017 looked at as a prime chance to fully breakout, it has been very disappointing to see Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron still being hobbled by a hamstring injury. While I myself am a fan of Ebron, he need to get back onto the field soon or else Week 1 is out of the question.
Matt Forte: Speaking of hamstring injuries, it is looking more and more like New York Jets veteran Matt Forte will not be ready to go for Week 1. That means the very capable Bilal Powell will be the starter and his PPR skills portend nicely since it is expected Jets QB's will be employing a lot of dump-off throws while catching up late in games.