If you were a fan of mustachioed gunslinger Gardiner Minshew at Washington State, then you’re in for a treat. Nick Foles went down early in the Jaguars season opener with a broken collarbone and in came Minshew to the tune of 275 passing yards and a touchdown.
He only threw 3 incompletions in his first NFL game and he wasn’t even supposed to play at all! With Minshew under center for the foreseeable future, it may be worth a waiver pickup for your bench, as practically no one owns him.
Kansas City Chiefs
Expect Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson to see a higher volume of catches now that Tyreke Hill will be out for a few weeks.
That offense is prolific with reigning league MVP Patrick Mahomes under center, so someone is going to have to catch the ball in Hill’s absence. Hardman played more snaps than Robinson after Hill went so, so lean towards Hardman filling that role going forward.
Los Angeles Chargers
With Melvin Gordon sitting out while his agent looks for a trade, 3rd year back Austin Ekeler was the Chargers go to back. While he only rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown he also added 6 catches for 96 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns.
Not bad for a backup. Ekeler will be a borderline RB1/RB2 most weeks, as long as Melvin Gordon is out.
Los Angeles Rams
Todd Gurley out-rushed Malcom Brown in Week 1 97-53, but it was Brown that found the end zone twice. It’s worth keeping in mind Gurley’s dicey knee situation, which could fail him at any moment.
In the event that it does, Malcom Brown is clearly ready to step in to fill the void. Brown isn’t ready to be your RB1 yet, but keep a watchful eye on Gurley’s knee.