The NFL season is now halfway through and a fantastic campaign is over. And while there are plenty of sudden stars appearing on the scene, there is one player who has stood out as the most surprising and most impressive factor in the 2021 fantasy campaign.
And before he was a Viking.
Cordarrell Patterson wasn’t even considered a runback at the start of the season. It has been classified as one of many second tier receivers from the Atlanta Falcons. Mike Davis was the # 1 quarterback on the team, while Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage and Kyle Pitts were well above # 84 in the rankings.
getting a hierarchy in ATL.
What’s the difference in two months. Patterson is now a double threat and is in the top five. He almost single-handedly kept Falcon 4-4 in the playoffs.
Patterson made seven touchdowns in the Falcon’s first eight games and averages about 100 yards per game. In the future, he will become the main attacking threat for Atlanta, as Ridley left due to personal problems.
Not bad for a guy who was unremarkable in his four years in Minnesota, or the next three years jumping between Oakland, New England and Chicago.
Here are some others that far exceeded expectations:
James Connor (Cardinals RB) – Former Steeler ranks in the top 10 running back after being kicked out of Pittsburgh. The 11-touchdown leader in the NFL will do it, even though he’s only averaging about 60 yards per game.
Leonard Fournett (Buccaneers RB) – It turns out that Ronald Jones is NOT the one who plays in Tampa, as Fournett has scored four touchdowns in his last four games and is ready to challenge the 1000 yard mark. Its resurgence at the end of 2020 was not a mirage.
Cooper Kupp (Rams WR) – He entered the season with difficulty in the top 20 among the hosts. And he’s undeniably # 1 from day one. He already has 10 touchdowns and his 1,019 receiving yards is 137 more than anyone else in the league.
Jamarr Chase (Bengals WR) – Do you remember when the former star of Leningrad State University had an accident this summer? And no one else, as the future Rookie of the Year is fourth in the league with seven TDs and averages nearly 100 yards per game.
Dibo Samuel (49ers WR) – Where would the crime in San Francisco be without this guy? This year he is ranked fourth with five TDs and over 900 yards. For the team, this is mostly an upsetting disaster.
Marquise Brown (Ravens WR) “Everyone remembers his terrible day in Detroit, which nearly cost Baltimore a victory. But Hollywood has since hit the box office, hitting six touchdowns. He is approaching the finish line with over 1400 yards. Surprise!
Carson Wentz (Colts QB) – Probably news for you that the former NDSU legend Bison entered the top ten numbers of the first half. Why is it hard to believe that he has 18 touchdowns and almost 250 passing yards per game? Because sometimes it was ugly.
Dalton Schultz (Cowboys TE) “The tight end situation is pretty much bullshit, and Dallas’s last standout TE was the biggest discovery. He quietly entered the top 10, averaging 50 yards and scoring three TDs. In the summer, he mostly did not work.
Christian McCaffrey did not release the usual CMC numbers in its comeback last week and will be capped again this week against Arizona. … The Rams’ defense will recover from Sunday night’s defeat at Tennessee, with the 49ers RB being the main casualty. Elijah Mitchell… … you better make sure Russell Wilson returned before counting on recipients DK Metcalf or Tyler Lockett against packers. … Denver’s defense made Dallas Duck Prescott looked bad last week and will do the same with Philly’s Jalen Hurts… … The other QBs that will have a harder time this week are Cleveland Baker Mayfield against New England and Indy Carson Wentz against Jacksonville.
After taking advantage of the less-than-star defense in Vikings-Chargers, seek out the Los Angeles quarterback. Justin Herbert and Vikings RB Dalvin Cook having great games, which is especially good for someone facing legal action. … Las Vegas, QB Derek Carr Last week he drove a joint, but he will like the boss’s protection better. … There is a suspicion that our old friend Adrian Peterson Reach the end zone for the Titans against New Orleans this week. … Devonta Freeman will consolidate his role as the best runner in Baltimore against Miami. … Buffalo Stephon Diggs will improve his stats over the Jets … And in our short pick of the week, Detroit Jared Goff will succeed against the Steelers’ defense, which did Justin Fields looks like a hall of fame on Monday afternoon.
The big question this week is obviously Aaron Rogers will return from the COVID-19 list. So you have to talk it over with Joe Rogan. … It looks like both Seattle QB Russell Wilson and Arizona Kyler Murray will also return to downtown, although this is less certain for Miami. Tua Tagovailoa… … Follow Rams QB Matthew Stafford and his newly twisted ankle … As for the runners, in New England Damien Harris and buffalo Zach Moss maybe out. … Arizona WR DeAndre Hopkins considered dubious, along with Jaguars RB James robinson, Seattle, RB Chris Carson, Detroit, RB Jamaal Williams, Patriots of RB Ramondre Stevenson, Pittsburgh (WR) Chase Claypool, Tampa Bay in breadth Antonio Brown and Patriots T.E. Johnny Smith…
THE DEEPEST SLEEP
We did a home run here last week with a tight Pittsburgh ending. Pat Freyermouthwho caught two TD runs on Monday night. Let’s try to keep the streak when Arizona escapes Ino Benjamin… The ex-devil from Arizona got his first decent chunk of playing time last Sunday after Chase Edmonds was left with a high sprain of the ankle ligaments. Benjamin ran 39 yards nine times and made a touchdown. He could see a decent amount of work while Edmonds is away for the next couple of weeks, as the Cardinals are hesitant to overcharge. James Conner… With Caroline and Seattle on track for the next two weeks, Benjamin could be a very good flexibility option.
CHOICE FOR THURSDAY
Ravens at dolphins (+ 7½):
Choose: Ravens by 7
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