Football is back everyone!
And the games count. It feels great to be able to watch the game again. Week One is through. I hope your fantasy teams won – unless they played against mine. Here are some players who produced for their fantasy owners this week, and some that didn’t do so hot:
- Josh Jacobs
Listed as a play in my “To Play Or Not To Play” article, Josh Jacobs had himself a day against that Panthers front; going for 139 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns. If you have a running back playing against the Panthers, it would be a wise lineup decision to start that player. They look to pick up where they left off last season; by being especially generous with fantasy points to running backs
2. Aaron Rodgers
The State Farm spokesperson came through in a big way for fantasy owners with his 366 passing yards and four touchdowns through the air. Truth be told, I listed both he and Kirk Cousins as players not to start this week. Way to make me eat crow, Rodgers. With more performances like this on his revenge tour, he’ll make sure everyone knows he hasn’t lost a step. Start him next week against the Lions.
3. Calvin Ridley
Garbage time fantasy points matter too. And Calvin Ridley came on at the end of the game to help pad his (and Matt Ryan’s) stats when the game was out of reach. He, Julio Jones and Russell Gage made the most of their nine fantasy targets each. Start him against the Cowboys next week too.
4. Dallas Goedert
Admittedly I wasn’t sure how the Eagles’ offense would perform with all the injuries to that offensive line, against a very good Washington Football Team defensive line. But an injury to Zach Ertz propelled Dallas Goedert into a monster day, finishing as the highest scoring tight end this week. His value diminishes pending Ertz’s status, but he looks to be a TE1 if Ertz suffered a long-term injury.
5. Josh Allen
One of my bold predictions for week one, Josh Allen did indeed finish in the Top 5 QBs for fantasy this week, sitting at number three behind Rodgers and somebody else I’ll be mentioning later in this piece. Allen threw for 312 yards, two touchdowns, with a 71% completion percentage today. He also had 14 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown. And people say Lamar Jackson is a running back. Anyway, this did come against the Jets, so fantasy owners of Josh Allen shouldn’t expect production such as this every week. I would recommend streaming quarterbacks against the Jets defense, and I would recommend keeping Josh Allen in your starting lineup next week against the Dolphins.
- Odell Beckham Jr.
Someone who generated all sorts of hype coming out of training camp, saying he was back to his old self again, Beckham was on the receiving end of a device known as the clamps. The Ravens secondary effectively shut him down. He finished the game leading the team in targets; yet only mustering three catches for 22 yards for his troubles. If you own Beckham in a league, I wouldn’t panic yet. The Ravens secondary is perhaps the best in the league, and figure to do this to many excellent receivers. Beckham has an opportunity to redeem himself Thursday in a match-up against the Bengals.
2. Joe Mixon
Listed as a play in my “To Play Or Not To Play” piece, Mixon never really got going in this one. He had 20 touches, but he finished with 71 yards from scrimmage and couldn’t get in the end zone. But, he doesn’t deserve the brunt of the blame. The Bengals offensive line got whipped up front by the Chargers defensive line. He averaged 3.6 yards per carry in this game. Yikes. The Bengals play the Browns this week, and Mixon could very well be in for another long day, and perhaps a long fantasy season.
3. Mike Evans
Another top flight receiver who received the clamps on Sunday, he made one catch for two yards. Fortunately that catch was a touchdown salvaging an overall abysmal fantasy day for the Pro Bowl wide receiver. It could have been worse. It could have been his performance in the Superdome last season where he was held without a catch. He looks to bounce back next week in a match-up against the Panthers.
4. Hayden Hurst
A tight end who makes spectacular catches look routine, Hayden Hurst didn’t make enough of those for his fantasy owners this week. He finished the day with three catches for 38 yards off of five targets. That’s tied for fourth with Todd Gurley. Someone who I have been high on as a sleeper tight end in fantasy football, having this performance in his Falcons debut is disappointing. Especially when your QB goes off for 450 yards and two touchdowns. Still, he looks to have a better showing against the Cowboys next week; who will be without Leighton Vander-Esch for a large chunk of the season because of a broken collarbone.
5. Carson Wentz
Listed as someone I would not play in my “To Play Or Not To Play” article, Carson Wentz made me look foolish for the first quarter and a half. Eventually however, the injuries along the offensive line, and the lack of talented healthy receivers reared its ugly head on Sunday against the Washington Football Team. The Washington defense sacked Wentz eight times and forced him into four turnovers. Yikes. At this point, I consider Carson Wentz more of a match-up based starter. The cupboard is pretty bare around him. Not as bare as Sam Darnold’s supporting cast necessarily, but pretty bare nonetheless. I’d be worried if I was an Eagles fan.
And now, last but not least, the player I consider to be the real fantasy MVP this week. This week we have two! And those two players are:
You Da Real MVP
And Russell Wilson
They both were the best players at their positions in fantasy this week. Wilson finishing the day 31-35 for 322 yards and four touchdowns. He completely picked apart that Falcons defense. Outside of fantasy football, I believe he’s the best quarterback in the NFL (don’t agree? @ me then bro!!!!). He has a tough match-up next week against the Patriots defense. I’d still start him, but I’d lower my expectations for him a little bit. That being said, mobile quarterbacks have been known to give Belichick-coached defenses problems.
Meanwhile, Davante Adams completely eviscerated the defensive backs who tried covering him today. He caught a whopping 14-of-17 targets for 156 yards and two touchdowns. He finished with 41.6 points in PPR leagues. He’s a must start every week in fantasy, and he’s a good bet to be the number one receiver in fantasy football this year.
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