By: Justin Lynch
Murray, along with David Johnson, has been the best fantasy performer this year. Murray gets the nod over Johnson because we expected it out of Johnson. But Murray had an ADP on the wrong side of 50, and is making good teams into great teams. He’s is running well, but has bolstered his performance by finding the end zone and recreating himself as a receiving back. Murray won’t be as good in the second half, but how could he? He is a 100% must start, and should continue to put up huge numbers as the overwhelming favorite for fantasy MVP.
Many predicted that Gordon could have a bounce back year, but for those of us that watched Gordon last year, predictions weren’t convincing enough. Gordon’s lack of football ability was clear last year, and not many expected the kind of year he is having. As it turns out, Gordon still stinks at football, but this year he is scoring touchdowns at will. His low yards per attempt is overmatched by his nose for the endzone, after failing to score the entire season last year. He scares me a bit going forward, but he will certainly be solid, and as long as they go to him at the goal line, he’s going to be good.
Miller hasn’t been that bad, but I couldn’t pick someone who got injured and I think Gurley and Hopkins have been a tad better. Miller simply hasn’t been able to live up to the increased workload, and Osweiler hasn’t been good enough to take the attention off of him. A low yards per carry and trouble finding the end zone have hurt Miller, who also can’t seem to get his footing in the receiving game. One would think he would start to pick it up, but getting 12 points per outing from a first or early second-round pick is tough.
1st Half Disappointment who Should turn it around
The offense in LA stinks, and Gurley is seeing a loaded box more often than not. Though Gurley hasn’t been good, he is starting to find his role as a receiver, and that should continue. Also, he faces a much easier schedule in the second half, including Miami, New Orleans, and Atlanta. Gurley should start to see more running lanes, and even if he doesn’t, his role as a receiver should increase his production.
Hopkins has been up and down, but the schedule is too light for me to not think he will break out. Jacksonville twice, Oakland, San Diego, Green Bay, and Indianapolis are on the horizon. Not only do those teams lack secondaries altogether, but they also have firepower on offense that will force the Texans to throw. Osweiler should make it a focus to get the ball to DeAndre, and I have a feeling good things are coming soon for Hopkins.
1st Half Surprise who Won’t Keep it Up
Blount fell off a cliff around this time last year, and a disappointing performance against the Bills makes me nervous. With Dion Lewis’ return imminent, and Brady back, Blount’s carries will continue to drop, especially if he’s ineffective. Blount will get his goal line scores and garbage time yards, but he won’t be a top-10 back over the second half of the season.
All-Fantasy Team (PPR) 1st Half