Week 1 is in the books! What a wild ride. We had some injuries, surprises, duds, and some confirmations. Now that we have a little bit of an idea of what we have in our players, let's take a look at some starts/sits:
Derek Carr vs KC- Carr was insanely accurate in week 1 completing nearly 85% of his passes. The Raiders will most likely be chasing the Chiefs on the scoreboard, so there will be plenty of points to be had for Carr owners.
Lamar Jackson vs ARI- Jackson absolutely lit up the Miami Dolphins in week 1. He threw for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns. Lamar looked like he has really worked on his game this last offseason. If you have Jackson, get him in your starting lineup this week against Arizona and their porous secondary.
Tom Brady @ MIA- Every year TB12's draft value goes farther down the ladder, yet by early/midseason he finds his way into fantasy lineups everywhere. Brady torched the Steelers in their week one matchup. Guess who Brady gets to pick on next? The same team that let Lamar Jackson hang 5 tds on them in week 1...Miami. Start the GOAT.
Mitchell Trubisky @ DEN- Just as we thought that Trubisky was going to take the next step, he falters. He still may take that next step, but I'm not putting him in my starting lineup until he starts to show some progress. If you have a better option, leave Trubisky on your bench this week against the strong Denver pass rush.
Kirk Cousins @ GB- If you started Cousins last week, you were lucky to get 15 points. Kirk only had 10 pass attempts in week 1. Look for Minnesota to attempt to control this game with the run. They're going to want to keep Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines as much as possible. I would keep Kirk on the bench this week until we see if that dinosaur Gary Kubiak can find the pass plays in the playbook.
Jacoby Brissett @ TEN- If you're looking for a spot start this week, don't look towards Brissett. The Titans defense gave Baker Mayfield fits in week 1. While Brissett didn't necessarily look bad in week 1, this Titans defense appears to be very underrated.
Miles Sanders @ ATL- Miles Sanders had a forgettable week 1. However, Sanders also had a long touchdown called back because of a penalty. Look for Sanders to get a little more work against the Falcons. The Eagles will be looking to pound the rock after seeing what Minnesota did to the Falcons on the ground in week 1.
Sony Michel @ MIA- Michel was pretty putrid in week 1. The Steelers held Michel to 14 yards on 15 carries. Sony gets a matchup against an abysmal Dolphins team that let the Ravens run and pass all over them. Look for the Patriots to close this one out early with Sony Michel.
Derrick Henry vs IND- For being such a powerhouse, Henry has a knack for scoring touchdowns over 50 yards, doesn't he? The Titans will look to establish dominance with their ground game and stout defense. This game has Derrick Henry written all over it.
Aaron Jones vs MIN- The Vikings completely shut down any form of offense that the Falcons could muster up. Aaron Jones had a less than stellar week 1 against the Bears top defense. Jones has a couple of bad matchups to start the season but should turn things around soon. With that being said, leave him on your bench if you have the luxury to do so.
Phillip Lindsay vs CHI- As previously mentioned, the Bears shut down Aaron Jones in week 1. Lindsay faces this same difficult matchup in week 2. Look for the Bears to shrink the field with their name brand defense and leave Lindsay with nowhere to run.
Devonta Freeman vs PHI- Freeman finished week 1's contest with a measly 11 touches. In fact, Freeman and Ito Smith played the same amount of snaps. The Eagles have a stout front as well. If you have an option with a better matchup, slot them in ahead of Freeman in week 2.
Tyrell Williams vs KC- The Raiders came out on Monday night and surprised everyone. They looked great. There were some questions as to whether or not Tyrell Williams could hold down the No. 1 spot in the offense, but he did not disappoint. Williams tallied 6 catches for 105 yards against a decent Denver defense. The Raiders will be chasing Kansas City on the scoreboard which will provide Tyrell plenty of opportunity to put up top 20 numbers this week.
Alshon Jeffery @ ATL- There should be plenty of work for Jeffery in this one. Carson Wentz came out flat in the beginning of week 1, but really turned things around in the 2nd half. Now that Wentz has knocked the rust off, look for him to find his top WR early and often against the Falcons.
Tyler Lockett @ PIT- Lockett gave owners a scare in Week 1 until he caught a 41-yard touchdown pass. Unfortunately, that was all he produced. Lockett is primed for a rebound game against the Steelers, who let the Patriot's wide receivers run rampid throughout their secondary.
Jamison Crowder vs CLE- Jamison had quite the busy afternoon against the Bills last Sunday, catching 14 passes for 99 yards. Unfortunately, Crowder has lost his starting quarterback for a few weeks. All of that chemistry built in the offseason goes out the window. The Jets will struggle to move the ball against the Browns in week 2. Look elsewhere for your flex.
Kenny Golladay vs LAC- Posting a respectable stat line in week 1, Golladay was a solid start for his owners. Kenny G. faces a tough matchup against cornerback Casey Hayward in week 2. Another reason I would be hesitant to start Golladay is because I don't think Patricia will have his quarterback attempt another 45 pass attempts in this game. Patricia likes to run the ball and I look for the Lions to get back to their roots in this one.
Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton vs CHI- Stay away from Denver players in week 2. In fact, as a general rule of thumb, just stay away from the Bears' defense when setting your line up. I want nothing to do with either receiver against this defense. Plan accordingly and sub these guys out.
T.J. Hockenson vs LAC- Hock boasted a stat line of 6 receptions for 131 yards and 1 TD. It's even more reassuring that he was on the field for nearly ¾ of the Lion's offensive snaps. Rookie tight ends do not normally produce, but this guy is an outlier. Hockenson will yet again be a TE1 this week.
Delanie Walker vs IND- I love watching this guy play. He is the definition of "Old Reliable". Walker is relied upon by Mariota anytime he is on the field. He is Mariota's security blanket. As always, he is a huge threat in the RedZone. Fire up Delanie and don't look back.
Darren Waller vs KC- Listen...Oakland is going to have to throw the ball a ton to keep up with Mahomes and the Chiefs. Waller lived up to the hype generated by Hard Knocks this offseason. This guy is basically a huge wideout that lines up as a tight end. Get him in your line up, and enjoy the ride.
Eric Ebron @ TEN- Ebron is stuck in a timeshare with Jack Doyle. He has also been downgraded at the quarterback position. Ebron should not be in your starting lineup, and in my opinion, is most likely droppable in standard-sized redraft leagues.
Vance McDonald vs SEA- Vance was barely involved in the Week 1 game plan against the Patriots. I wouldn't rely on him as a weekly starter. Vance has the talent to be a TE1, but the Steelers are just not committed to giving this guy the extra snaps or the ball.
Jared Cook @ LAR- There hasn't been a steady tight end in New Orleans since Jimmy Graham left. I think that people became enamored with the idea of Cook and Brees, but ignored the harsh reality. This offense no longer runs through that tight end position. This offense runs through Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. I just can't see Cook being a priority target in this offense come Sunday. They are going to lean on their studs.
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