Week 1 was not a bad time to be on the sidelines to take in all the action. Now, with at least a little clarity, let’s jump right in.
On the Quarterback side, we have to constantly wrestle with paying up for the near sure-thing versus taking a risk and going cheap with a quarterback in a good matchup. I normally try to play the middle-range quarterbacks, but this week I can’t see passing on Drew Brees or Eli Manning.
|Drew Brees||8200||NO||Brees vs. Eli was epic last year for fantasy players|
|Eli Manning||7600||NYG||Can get Eli for $600 less than Brees|
|Derek Carr||7200||Oak||Falcons could not stop Winston last week|
|Kirk Cousins||7000||Was||Cousins was sub-par on Monday. Dallas could not stop Eli|
|Blake Bortles||6700||Jax||Looks like an offensive shoot-out against the Chargers|
|Philip Rivers||6400||SD||Jax defense was better, but far from great|
|Jimmy Garoppolo||5900||NE||Cheap option. Looked capable against good Cards defense|
|Trevor Siemian||5200||Den||Showed well with the whole world watching last Thursday|
The multi-year running back trend held in Week 1 as we had only two 100-yard running backs. Not all was lost as 11 backs caught at least five passes. For those looking to spend up on running backs, please remember that in Week 1, Todd Gurley and Adrian Peterson combined to score the same number of points as Charcandrick West.
|David Johnson||7600||Ari||20 touches should be the norm|
|Lamar Miller||7200||Hou||Blew away previous season's touches (32)|
|Spencer Ware||6100||KC||Uber-ly productive with Charles out|
|DeMarco Murray||5700||Ten||Saw the bulk of the work with Henry clearly a backup for now|
|Danny Woodhead||5200||SD||16 rushing attempts was a surprise. Still very cheap|
|Theo Riddick||4300||Det||Seems to be a lock for catches. Lack of rushes need to be considered|
The wide receiver group is crowded with an abundance of choices. While you do not need to have the top of the heap to win cash games, you have to avoid the total duds. Players like Dez Bryant and John Brown (each with 1 catch for 8 yards) wiped people out.
|Odell Beckham Jr.||9500||NYG||Saints could not stop Raiders receivers|
|Brandin Cooks||8000||NO||Best of three-headed group. Could be short targets at times - not this week|
|Kelvin Benjamin||6500||Car||Came back as the clear number one target for Cam|
|Julian Edelman||6200||NE||As close to a guarantee as possible when healthy|
|Willie Snead||5800||NO||A nice pairing with Cooks|
|Mohamed Sanu||5500||Atl||Proved to be a solid compliment to Julio|
|Stefon Diggs||5100||Min||Top target on a low volume team|
|Travis Benjamin||4400||SD||Someone has to take "charge" for the Chargers|
|Will Fuller||4200||Hou||Looked the part of a first round draft choice|
|Eli Rogers||4100||Pit||Very capable complement to A. Brown|
|Tajae Sharpe||4100||Ten||Was clearly the best receiver on the field for Tenn|
|Jamison Crowder||3600||Was||Cheap option. Had the targets on Monday|
TE was a wasteland last week, with only nine tight ends catching at least five passes. Also note that of the eight tight ends that scored, three of those players had only one reception.
|Greg Olsen||5600||Car||Looks like he will maintain his targets with Benjamin back|
|Travis Kelce||5000||KC||Has been good in the past, can he be consistent in 2016?|
|Jason Witten||4300||Dal||Clearly Dak's security blanket|
|Jesse James||3400||Pit||Yes, he can catch|
|Vance McDonald||3000||SF||Only two catches, but had a TD. Risk on low volume SF offense|
|Virgil Green||2800||Den||Was clearly part of the Broncos game plan|
There were only two defensive/special teams touchdowns in Week 1, both coming from the Vikings. While it is almost certain that will change in Week 2, trying to predict defensive scores is a waste of time. Instead, we should focus on the best chance to put pressure on the quarterback.
|Panthers||3900||Biggest favorite on the board against below-average offense|
|Seahawks||3800||The Rams are among the three worst offenses in the NFL|
|Packers||3200||The Vikings showed nothing on offense last week|
|Ravens||3000||Any team playing the Browns has to be on this list|
|Browns||2500||On the flip side, Baltimore did not show much last week either|
My projected lineup (predominantly in DraftKings cash games) as of this writing:
|Odell Beckham Jr.||WR||9500|