Dalvin Cook, Saquon Barkley and Adam Thielen
NFL Football: Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10:00 pm (Atlanta, GA)
Cook — Over/Under: 1099.5 yds, 8 TDs Barkley — Over/Under 1099.5 yds Thielen — Over/Under 5.5 TDs
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Cook was heating up through the first four weeks of the season before a Torn ACL cost him the rest of his rookie season. The Florida State product was third in the league in rushing before exiting against Detroit in Week 4, but nonetheless he’ll get the chance to be the workhorse back after making a full recovery. Cook has ample opportunity to not only lead the way in rushing, but also, be the most targeted option out of the backfield – especially with Jerick McKinnon signing with San Francisco during the offseason.
After adding Kirk Cousins to the fold, Cook has a chance to find the end zone more often than not as long as he stays healthy. We saw Cousins dump it off to the running back more often than not during his time with Washington – albeit to a pass-catching specialist in Chris Thompson. However, Cousins could help with Cook’s development as a pass catcher and we’ve already seen glimpses of that in Week 1 when he hauled in six receptions for 66 yards. The 6-foot 210 pound back could join the upper tier group of running backs in this league if he can record both 1,100 yards and 9 touchdowns, but he’ll have to showcase he can be productive through a 16 game season before his name comes into the discussion.
It took all but one game for Barkley to hit the century mark. Yes, a 68-yard touchdown run did pad most of his end game stats, but the No. 2 overall pick showed why he was so highly touted and picked over Eli Manning’s potential successor. He looks like the best running back since Tiki Barber and will only get better as his rookie season progresses. With the recently signed Jonathan Stewart looking more like a non factor and Wayne Gallman getting injured in their Week 1 contest against Jacksonville, there’s no question Barkley will see a full workload week in and week out. And after seeing Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette both amount over 1,000 yards, with the former leading the league in rushing yards, we can only imagine the type of season Barkley can put up already looking more talented than the aforementioned.
Thielen enjoyed a breakout season last year and exhibited he was one of the premier receiving talents in the NFL. He was the first receiver to have 1,000 yards for Minnesota since Sidney Rice in 2009 and now gets an even better quarterback in Cousins to sling it to him. With Stefon Diggs lining up opposite of him, Kyle Rudolph garnering attention in the middle of the field and the return of Cook, Thielen has a strong chance to expand on his solid season and could covet more targets in the red zone to make him an all-around nightmare.
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With the addition of Barkley and the return of Cook, adding two talented runners to an elite running back crop makes the NFL that much more exciting. Thielen on the other hand looks like the next great wide receiver that could end up being a household name by the end of the year. Barkley should be a workhorse this year after the Giants spent high draft capital on him and finally revamped their atrocious offensive line through the draft and free agency.
The return of Odell Beckham Jr. should also keep the box from being stacked less often and the safeties playing high which will clear the middle while getting Barkley in the open space. Cook could also accomplish a feat of rushing over 1,100 yards and after seeing him rush for about five yards per carry in a small sample size last year it would be hardly shocking. But after an inefficient Week 1 carrying the rock he’ll need to show he can get back to that level of consistency.
Yet, eight touchdowns seems doable after seeing him more involved in the passing game. Thielen’s biggest issue last season, more so for fantasy owners, was his ability to find the end zone more , but I think there’s a good chance Cousins throws for over 30 touchdowns and Thielen should be a primary beneficiary of at least a fourth of those throws.
Picks: Dalvin Cook — Under 1099.5 yards/Over 8.5 TDs
Saquon Barkley — Over 1099.5 yards
Adam Thielen Over 5.5 TDs