What We Learned: Week 16
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Darrell Henderson to the Moon
Darrell Henderson has proved to be one of the best values of 2021 drafts. In five games this season, Henderson is averaging 96 scrimmage yards, and 18.2 (PPR) PPG. He has displayed an elite floor with no less than 16 touches or 15.7 points in any game. He’s getting it done as a receiver with at least one catch and 17 receiving yards in every game. He’s also proven to be a TD machine, with five total TDs in five games! This guy is kinda crazy. And yet, it still feels like he’s flying under the radar.
After a two-TD, 24.7-point performance in week six, he can no longer be ignored. Well on his way to an 1,000-yard season as the lead back on one of the best scoring offenses in the league, the sky is the limit for Darrell Henderson. Or better yet, the moon. His next three games are against Detroit, Houston, and Tennessee. I’ll take one ticket on the Darrell Henderson rocket-ship please.
Jonathan Taylor RB1 season has arrived
After an odd first three weeks where Taylor didn’t find the end-zone, and finished with single-digit PPR points twice, concern was starting to develop. The panic button for the consensus first-rounder was looking more and more enticing by the week. But now the panic button feels like a distant memory. For the past three games JT has been elite. Taylor has racked up 441 scrimmage yards, five total TDs, and 81.1 PPR points over the last three weeks. In other words: an average of 147 yards and 27 points per game. No less than 114 yards or 20.4 points in any game during this span.
Hopefully you bought low while you could because you’ve more than missed your chance my friend. If you held strong, congrats on the diamond hands. Your RB1 has arrived.
Amari Cooper is a flex
It may be time to face facts and accept the harsh reality. Amari Cooper is a flex. It sounds crazy, I know. After an explosive week one, where he finished with a gorgeous 13-139-2 stat-line, leaving week one as the WR1 in PPR scoring, success has been hard to come by. In his five games since then, Cooper has:
His absolute max score during this span is just 15.9 points. He has fallen all the way down to WR16, which is being buoyed by his huge week one. Without that game, Cooper is averaging just 10.4 (PPR) PPG. Which would make him WR54 on PPG basis, just behind Marquez Callaway. With the emergence of Dalton Schultz, and CeeDee Lamb basically stealing the show for the past two weeks, I’m afraid Cooper has moved out of must-start territory.
I’m not saying he shouldn’t be played. He still offers WR1 upside on any given week. But if this first quarter of the season is any indication, there’s more risk involved than originally anticipated. Expectations should simply be tempered moving forward, especially with Michael Gallup returning to the fray soon.
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