THE EARLY BIRD: Week 1

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Let’s start out in San Francisco where UDFA RB Matt Breida beat out fellow rookie and 4th-round draft pick Joe Williams for the No. 2 job behind Carlos Hyde. Breida beat Williams so bad that the 49ers had to put Williams on IR ending his season before it even began. If Hyde can’t stay healthy, and he has yet to play all 16 games in any of his first three seasons in the league, Breida will shine as the featured back.

If you drafted RB Jonathan Williams formerly of the Bills, don’t panic. It’s quite possible that he’ll land in a much better situation. Although, the fact that he wasn’t claimed on waivers does have everyone wondering if there’s something going on behind the scenes. Let’s just slow our roll for just a second. The first time RB Mike Gillislee was cut by the Dolphins back in September of 2015, he was out of work for 17 days before being signed by the Cardinals to their practice squad. Where he spent exactly one month before getting cut again. Bottom line, let’s show a little patience.

While everyone and their brother looks to pick-up rookie RB James Conner as Le’Veon Bell’s backup, there’s a quality pivot for those of us that missed out. That would be 6-foot-1, 240-pounder Terrell Watson. Both Watson and Conner ran well during the preseason, but it was in the passing game where Watson stood out. Watson caught 6-of-6 targets for 47 yards, while Conner caught 1-of-4 targets for three yards. You always worry when a player misses time while sitting out, and while I’m not predicting injury for Bell, I am a bit concerned.

Hopefully you didn’t draft either Eddie Lacy or Thomas Rawls. The Seattle RB that I’m enamored with is rookie Chris Carson. He’s probably sitting on most waiver wires and could become a real fantasy factor by mid-season.

Staying in Seattle, if C.J. Prosise can stay healthy, he’ll be a beast in PPR leagues.

If Tennessee rookie WR Corey Davis happens to be on your waiver wire, roster him. He flew under the radar during the preseason but is supposed to be healthy as we enter Week 1. And if that’s the case, he will be a hot waiver wire pickup over the next couple of weeks.

RB Matt Jones’ fumbling issues earned him a trip to the doghouse and ultimately a ticket out of Washington. Now in Indianapolis, Jones is currently fourth on the depth chart behind 34-year-old Frank Gore, journeyman Bobby Turbin and rookie Marlon Mack. Is it just me, or does anyone else see a possible path to playing time?

Chicago rookie RB Tarik Cohen has a very good chance of carving out a Darren Sproles-like role with the Bears. Cohen is 5’6″, 179 pounds and runs a 4.42 forty. While he strangely failed to record a reception during the preseason, he did run for 121 yards on 19 carries (6.4 ypc). Cohen caught 98 passes while in college and was nicknamed ‘The Human Joystick.’

Former Seattle WR Kasen Williams owned the preseason to the tune of 9 receptions for 203 yards and 1 TD on only 13 targets. Now with the Browns after being cut by the Seahawks, Williams needs to be on your radar.

Through the first five weeks of the 2016 season, WR Sammie Coates had a stat line of 19/421/2. Then he suffered a hand injury and the bottom fell out. Now with the Browns, I must say that I’ll be keeping my eye on him.

I wouldn’t be surprised if QB Tom Savage started all 16 games for Houston. He severely outplayed rookie Deshaun Watson.

Rookie RB D’Onta Foreman is a better running back than Lamar Miller. I look for Foreman to surpass Miller sometime this season as the main back in Houston.

If you need help at tight end, there’s a good chance that Cleveland TE Seth DeValve is sitting on your waiver wire. I don’t care how many sites list rookie David Njoku as the starter, DeValve is going to out-produce him by a wide margin this season.

I’m no IDP guru, but Giants’ LB B.J. Goodson is going to be a beast this season.

Yeah, I know, I’ve used the word ‘beast’ twice. Oh darn, make that three times.

Carolina QB Cam Newton will improve in the short-passing game, leading to rookie RB Christian McCaffrey surpassing 60 receptions.

Thanks for reading and remember to check back throughout the week.