Raheem Mostert was one of the hottest Fantasy Football sleeper picks around before the 2020 season, and he acted the part. He led the way with 13 more carries than any other running back in the 49ers backfield. Mostert was also tied with the most catches on the 49ers in Week 1.
He was not the most effective on the ground, only amassing 56 yards on 15 carries. However, he led all receivers with 95 yards and one score in the air. Mostert’s run after catch ability will make PPR owners salivate and those that started him jump for joy.
The only bad thing to take home from Mostert’s performance was his quarterback. Garoppolo looked lost on the field, completing less than 58% of his passes. Fantasy owners will look for Jimmy Garoppolo to be more consistent in the passing game, which will allow Mostert to be more prolific on the ground. Mostert ran away with the 49ers lead back roll, and I expect him to run away with Fantasy Football owners hearts as well.
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown
I have long been an admirer of Hollywood Brown, and he made me proud in Week 1.
Brown was a commanding force over the top, amassing five catches for 105 yards, and no scores. Hollywood hauled in a quarter of Lamar Jackson’s completed passes and looked more confident with the ball in his hands than last year.
Marquise was unlucky in finding the end zone, but the Ravens No. 1 receiver should be even better against a weak Texans secondary in Week 2. I suggest all fantasy owners start Brown in PPR leagues, at least in the FLEX position.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire was one of the best looking rookies on display in Week 1 of the regular season.
I cannot stress how excited I was to see the shifty running back play in the Chiefs electric offense. Helaire rushed 25 times for 138 yards and a score in his debut. Helaire’s output should make fantasy owners who drafted him in the first round excited.
He averaged 5.5 yards per carry on Thursday night, which is an encouraging number for any young ball-carrier. Helaire will look to add receptions and touchdowns to his resume in the coming weeks. Watch out for the Chiefs rookie, because nothing looks to slow him down.