The king is dead. Todd Gurley has defeated Kareem Hunt and usurped the PPGAR throne. That would be the same Todd Gurley who failed to gain 900 yards rushing in 16 games last year and who, subsequently, had fantasy football players across the world tearing their hair out. Under boy-genius coach Sean McVay, Gurley and his quarterback, Jared Goff, have had quite the resurgence this year, along with the rest of the Los Angeles Rams organization. So while Hunt may have fallen from the top spot, he’s been ably replaced. The king is dead. Long live the king.
As we’ve outlined in the past several weeks, there have been several pleasant fantasy surprises throughout the league. But for every Dak Prescott or Leonard Fournette exceeding their expectations, there’s a Matt Ryan or Jay Ajayi utterly failing to meet theirs. That said, there are a lot of games still to play and there’s a good chance some of these poor performers will get back on track. Theo Riddick sticks out as a turnaround candidate since he averaged about five receptions per game in each of 2015 and 2016. He appears to be underutilized so far in 2017, averaging just 3.8 receptions per game and generating the kind of weak fantasy impact that is easily replaced by second tier RBs or even waiver options.1 Given his prior performance, Riddick owners are surely hoping that it’s only a matter of time before he turns it around. Here’s hoping some other early season disappointments – Alshon Jeffery, T.Y. Hilton, and Marcus Mariota all come to mind – can turn it around, too.