Week one was certainly an interesting week for fantasy football. Every player on my week one favorites and least favorites lists were awful and hurt your fantasy team.
With a brutal season-ending injury to TE Blake Jarwin in the Cowboys’ season opener, it is more difficult than ever to predict fantasy outcomes. Big names like Kenny Golladay, Miles Sanders, Mike Evans, and Courtland Sutton were also sidelined or dealt with injuries and fantasy owners were forced to use their bench early on in the season.
Let’s hope for improved health in week two and some bounce back performances all across the board.
QB: Teddy Bridgewater (vs. TB) – Teddy-two gloves had a decent week one performance, almost leading his Panthers to a 1-0 record. In the game, Bridgewater threw for 270 yards and a TD with an extra 26 yards on the ground and zero turnovers. His 19 fantasy points were a solid amount for a guy who just recently became accustomed to his weapons in Carolina. Expect another 17-22 points for Bridgewater against the lowly Buccaneer defense that gave up two passing touchdowns in week one.
RB: Jonathan Taylor (vs. MIN) – Taylor had an interesting week one. Only 22 rushing yards seems like a bust at first glance, but Taylor was a beast in the receiving game with 6 catches and 67 yards. With Marlon Mack going down with a season-ending injury, the backfield is all him and Nyheim Hines. Taylor has an opportunity to show why he was a workhorse in college against an average front-7 in the Vikings. He should see 15 carries and a few receptions, but a touchdown would really reward fantasy investors with an RB1 performance.
WR: A.J. Brown (vs. JAX)- Do not let Jacksonville’s surprising week one victory scare you away from Brown. The Jaguars are still a bad defense, allowing over 350 passing yards to Phillip Rivers despite a horrible fourth quarter by the Colts offense. The Jags have a poor pass rush as well as an inexperienced secondary, which give Brown all the tools necessary to have a huge performance. Brown is looking to build upon a great rookie season and, with this early season matchup, he should deliver high end WR2 production at worst.
TE: Darren Waller (vs. NO) – The Raiders home opener at their new stadium is a fantastic place for Waller to showcase his talents. With only 45 yards on 6 catches, he was mediocre against the lowly Panthers defense in the opener. He matches up against a much tougher foe in the Saints defense, which does not usually allow fantasy points to the tight end position. In week one, Tampa Bay’s O.J. Howard was able to finish with a respectable four receptions and a touchdown against New Orleans. Expect the similarly athletic Waller to catch around 5 passes and a touchdown as the Raiders attempt to upset the Saints at home.
QB: Deshaun Watson (vs. BAL) – Watson was pretty much as bad as we have seen him over the past couple years in the season opener. He ended up throwing and rushing for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to salvage his fantasy day, but was pretty miserable as a real life quarterback against the Chiefs. He has to deal with the back half of a two game gauntlet in the Baltimore Ravens. With limited receiving options due to the departure of DeAndre Hopkins, Watson may struggle to find open guys yet again. He projects as more of a back end QB1 than a guy that can be started no matter the matchup.
RB: Kenyan Drake (vs. WAS) – Drake was extremely disappointing in week one against the 49ers. He had a one-yard touchdown run after a long DeAndre Hopkins touchdown was ruled down outside of the goal line. Besides that, he was bottled up by the stout Niners run defense throughout the day. The Washington Football Team only allowed 57 rushing yards to the Miles Sanders-less Philadelphia Eagles, so Drake may be in line for another tough week rushing the football. He is still a guy worth starting, but checks in as more of a safe RB2 for week 2 than the high upside guy he was drafted as.
WR: Tyler Lockett (vs. NE) – Lockett was solid in his week one outing with 8 receptions for 92 yards. Both him and D.K. Metcalf were solid against the putrid Falcons pass defense. In week 2, however, the Seahawks run into the New England Patriots in what is a Super Bowl XLIX rematch. Catches will be harder to come by as Lockett will most likely see the best cornerback in football, Stephon Gilmore, lining up across from him, which will make fantasy points harder to accumulate. Start him as a WR/Flex option, but do not overreact if he has a bad game for fantasy.
TE: Austin Hooper(vs. CIN) – There are not any clear bust candidates at the tight end position, but Austin Hooper has a few concerns surrounding him. He has some things going for him in week two as the Bengals allowed a solid performance to Hunter Henry in week one, but Baker Mayfield may not be able to get him the football. Hooper only received two targets on the day, with an awful 15 receiving yards against the Ravens. Expect slightly better numbers against a softer defense, but not enough volume to impact your fantasy lineup in a positive way.