Now for these Week 1 Fantasy Football storylines, they must only be taken in the context of one week. For some players it means that this could be a microcosm of their season. While some players may have just had a bad week.
Drew Brees showed that he is still the class of the quarterback position, while Golden Tate showed he still needs to earn Fantasy owners trust. Obviously after one week, this is not a time to panic, but owners should keep a weary eye on some players.
Dez Bryant looked lost in the Dallas Cowboys offense, and Sammy Watkins still does not look healthy for the Buffalo Bills. Owners should keep a close eye on these players as Week 2 comes around and make the necessary adjustments no matter how hard they may be.
Most of the players mentioned here will be owned, but if they are not and they had a good week, add them. It may sound like an obvious thing to do but the importance of waiver additions can never be understated.
With all of that in mind, let’s get into the Week 1 Fantasy Football storylines.
Week 1 Fantasy Football Storylines
While the early games may have gotten off to a slow start, the scoring heated up in the second half. Drew Brees ended up with 423 yards and four touchdowns, Jameis Winston threw for four touchdowns, Aaron Rodgers looked rejuvenated with Jordy Nelson back in the fold, and Andrew Luck had a fantastic second half to finish with over 35 Fantasy points. Those QBs should continue to produce next week.
Philip Rivers looks to have lost wide receiver Keenan Allen for the season, and Russell Wilson struggled and suffered a sprained ankle.
If you own Rivers, you should look to add a quarterback (see if Winston is available) and if you own Wilson, don’t panic, but keep an eye on the injury report.
In general, running backs got off to a slow start, unless they were wearing a Chiefs or Chargers uniform. Melvin Gordon and Danny Woodhead were rolling until Keenan Allen went down for the Chargers. Keep them in your lineups for Week 2 but keep an eye on them. Spencer Ware had a fantastic game but with so much coming in the passing game and Jamaal Charles returning soon, Ware is still just a flex option with great upside.
Oh, Deangelo Williams is a stud. Do not think of dropping him when Le’Veon Bell comes back.
Matt Forte had a great game for the Jets, and the combo of Theo Riddick/Ameer Abdullah shined for the Detroit Lions. Other than that, most stud backs struggled, but do not freak out about anyone. Keep riding your starters for now and do not panic.
Running backs may have had an overall meh day, but the receivers shined. Mike Evans shook off a drop-filled 2015 season and registered five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Green had a dominate game against the New York Jets, torching them for 12 catches, 180 yards and a touchdown.
Larry Fitzgerald looked ageless Sunday Night against the New England Patriots as he managed 81 yards on eight receptions and two touchdowns.
Those are just some of the big names that played well, but there were some very hurtful duds.
Dez Bryant had just one catch for eight yards with Dak Prescott under center. Week 2 (Washington Redskins) will be a great indicator if owners can trust him. I say no and would keep him on the bench until he proved he was start worthy.
Golden Tate looked to be the man to take over as Matthew Stafford’s No. 1 target, but he only had 41 yards on seven catches. Riddick and Abdullah, however, exceeded Tate’s 41 receiving yards. Keep Tate on your bench until he proves he can produce in a non-PPR league.
Oh man was this ugly. Coby Fleener barely looked like he fit into the Saints offense, registering only six yards. Rob Gronkowski didn’t even play and Martellus Bennett was a run blocker for the Patriots.
Julius Thomas may have been the lone bright spot, posting five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. Eric Ebron had five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown, but he is not a consistent Fantasy starter. Austin Seferian-Jenkins had 30 yards and a touchdown, but that was only on one catch.
This was an overall wash for the big name tight ends, so stick with who you have for now.
Kickers and D/ST
Well the obvious is known for kickers, Dan Bailey and Stephen Gostkowski are both studs. Blair Walsh still hasn’t recovered from The Shankening, yes I did just make that up. Speaking of Walsh, perfect transition, the Vikings defense looks young and hungry.
They will only get better as the year goes on. On the opposite end of that spectrum, the Oakland Raiders defense looked awful against the New Orleans Saints. Do not fret, Drew Brees and Co. always play well in the dome.
Other Key Stats (And a Small Explanation)
- Doug Baldwin – He had nine catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. Russell Wilson threw 43 times, which will not happen again. Don’t expect Baldwin to have similar stats every week.
- Philadelphia Eagles Offense – They played so well because they were going against the Cleveland Browns.
- Cleveland Browns Offense – They are the Browns. Robert Griffin III overthrew too many balls. RGIII is now on the IR, so it will only get worse for this team.
- Buffalo Bills Offense- Oh man, they couldn’t produce against the Baltimore Ravens, so be very wary of Tyrod Taylor and Co. going forward. Owners should pay close attention to Sammy Watkins foot.
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