Week 1 at OwnersBox was a blast. The superflex salary cap contest was all we could have hoped for and more. We hope you all made use of the free entries and have some winnings to work with for Week 2. The superflex format always brings more variance and strategy, and Week 1 was no different. Looking ahead to Week 2, there are some intriguing values across the board, four of which we will highlight below.
Elijah Mitchell (RB – SF): $5,400
With Raheem Mostert out for the season, Elijah Mitchell is set to be the lead back for the run-heavy San Francisco 49ers. JaMychal Hasty remains the third down back, and Trey Sermon will undoubtedly be active for Week 2, but Mitchell is first on the depth chart. He is the most similar to Mostert in running style and speed, and barring a complete meltdown, should lead the team in touches against the Philadelphia Eagles. Mitchell being active over Sermon in Week 1 shocked everyone, including 49ers beat writers, but this is not the first time a late-round pick (or UDFA) has beaten out the Day 2 pick. The most recent examples are Aaron Jones over Jamaal Williams, Phillip Lindsay over Royce Freeman, and for those of you who have been playing fantasy for a while, Arian Foster over Ben Tate. Mitchell looks primed for a big game against a suspect Eagles defense and could have another 100 yard rushing game in store for fantasy managers willing to take the plunge at OwnersBox. At a tag of just $5,400, Mitchell is one of the top values at his position. Lock him into lineups where possible.
Jalen Hurts (QB – PHI): $7,200
Jalen Hurts produced a top-five fantasy performance in Week 1 but is still priced like a third-rate option at OwnersBox. The salary setters will adjust eventually, but Hurts is a universal target for salary cap games until that time. His rushing upside helps balance out his perceived limited upside as a passer, making him a weekly QB1 option. The San Francisco 49er will present a tough test and may be a large part of the reason that Hurts did not see his salary jump even higher from Week 1. The 49ers defensive front is a terror, but this is the same unit that just allowed Jared Goff and the Detroit Lions to drop 33 points on them last week. The poor defensive showing gives reason for optimism for Hurts as a passer, and when we add in what is expected to be 50 or more rushing yards, it is easy to see why Hurts is a strong play despite the on paper matchup. Plug Hurts into your lineup and build your roster around him,
Antonio Brown (WR – TB): $5,800
Antonio Brown seems to be rounding back into his All-Pro form but is priced like someone who is still behind both Chris Godwin ($6,300) and Mike Evans ($6,100) on the target totem pole. Brown tied for second on the team in targets against the Cowboys and has another butter-soft secondary coming up in the Buccaneers Week 2 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Another 100 yard outing should be in store for fantasy managers willing to roll the dice, making him one of the top values on the board at wide receiver. Whatever you think of the player off the field, the fact remains that the future Hall of Famer looks like he is almost back on it. Ride with AB until the wheels fall off.
Bryan Edwards (WR – LV): $4,000
Until the game was on the line, Bryan Edwards was virtually invisible for most of the Raiders Week 1 thriller against the Baltimore Ravens. Edwards has always had a fan in QB Derek Carr, who went as far as to compare the young receiver to his former Fresno State teammate and current Green Bay Packer, Davante Adams. Edwards should play more of a featured role (behind Darren Waller) going forward and looks to have finally assumed the mantle of the number one receiver in Las Vegas. The Raiders have a tough matchup against the Steelers in Week 2, one that should lead to a gamescript conducive to Edwards seeing six plus targets as the number two option in the passing game. At a tag of just $4,000 at OwnersBox, slotting Edwards into your lineup will allow you to spend more for other roster spots. Hunter Renfrow will continue to be leaned on by Carr, but it is evident that Edwards is on the brink of a true breakout game. Roster him where possible.
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