FREAKS, GEEKS, AND THE GAME OF THE WEEK - WEEK 2
Week 1 has come and gone, and what did we learn?
We learned that there are a lot of offensive lines that need to improve, and I mean a lot. We learned that no one is safe from injury - not even your #1 overall picks. We learned some new names (Tarik Cohen and Kerwynn Williams). And, we learned that some old names are starting to look... well, old. Carson Palmer, Brandon Marshall, Eli Manning... and dare I say Tom Brady? No, not there yet.
So, how did we do in Week 1? A lot of the Geeks hit, but for the most part, the whole league Geek-ed out in Week 1. Everyone that is, except the Chief's Offense. The #1 QB, #1 RB and the #2 WR of Week 1 all played in the Chiefs vs. Patriots Thursday opener, and not a single one of them laced 'em up for the Pats. Who'd a thunk? In fact, 2017's Week 1 had 29 less total TDs than the 2016 edition. But quit bringing up old shit, let's gear up for Week 2.
FREAKS - SLEEPER STARTS AND OVERACHIEVERS
Jameis Winston / TB
You watched him on Hard Knocks, you went out and drafted him, and you were forced to wait an extra week to run him out in your starting line up. Now, the time has come to play him. We like Winston this week and we like DJax. If Jameis can cut down on the turnovers this year - watch out.
Thomas Rawls / SEA
The Seahawks backfield is a mess. Rawls, Lacy, Carson, Prosise... am I leaving anyone out? The Seahawks o-line is a mess. Russell Wilson has been the most-pressured QB since he entered the league, and the line didn't look to be any better in Week 1. Rawls is healthy now, or should I say for now? I think we see a spark of 2015 Thomas Rawls, and he uses this performance to win the starting job in Seattle.
Javorius "Buck" Allen / BAL
Buck Allen stepped up after Danny Woodhead, in a complete shocker, landed himself on the IR. Whoever had the under on Woodhead playing more than 6.5 snaps of football this season took home the money. Allen filled in and took 21 carries for 71 yards, and caught 1 ball for 7. He will get more work in the passing game than the running game, but if he even gets 8-10 carries each week, in addition to 5 targets, he is a sneaky pick and play.
Desean Jackson / TB
The Bears Defense has been really quietly shutting down WR1s over the past season. According to Pro Football Focus, the Bears play cover 6 at a higher rate than any other team in the league, and managed to shut down WR1s in the process. DJax takes advantage.
John Brown / ARI
This is a big week for the Cardinals. They just lost one of the best players in the game, and maybe their whole offense with it. Carson Palmer's arm might be literally dead. Brown received the most targets last week against the Lions, and he faces a horrendous Colts D in Week 2. If Carson has any life in his arm, Brown should be a stand out. If Palmer flunks out again, it will be hard to rely on any Cardinal the rest of the season.
Charles Clay / BUF
Clay was target 9 times, had 4 catches for 53 yards and a TD in Week 1. In his last 5 games playing with Tyrod Taylor, Clay has 25 catches for 282 yards and 5 TDs. Those are solid TE1 numbers. I expect him to continue to produce as long as Tyrod is under center.
GEEKS - BUST STARTS AND UNDERACHIEVERS
Alex Smith / KC
Don't fall for his QB1 Week 1 performance. Smith is about to come back down to earth. The Chiefs face the Eagles in Week 2, a better defense that is built opposite of the Pats. The matchup doesn't bode well for Smith.
Leonard Fournette / JAC
Fournette showed he belonged in Week 1. He received 29 touches and ran all over the Texans Defense. The Jags also lost Allen Robinson, so now Fournette will have to do that against a stacked box all day against the Titans. He will still get a lot of touches, I know that, you know that, the Titans know that. I think Fournette finds tough sledding in Week 2. He is currently ECR in the top-10. I expect lower RB2 numbers.
Todd Gurley / LAR
Gurley salvaged another poor rushing performance in Week 1 with a solid day in the passing game and by scoring a TD. He averaged only 2.2 yards per carry against an awful, so bad its almost unbelievable Colts defense. The Redskins D isn't anything spectacular. They did hold the Eagles under 60 yards rushing, but that might have more to do with the Eagles run game than the Redskins D. I think Gurley is kept in check. He will not blow up this week and will be in the low RB2 range.
Dez Bryant / DAL
Same as last week, tough matchup. Dez's schedule is brutal this year. Week 2 at Denver is not something I like for him. Dallas will keep the ball on the ground, unless they are down.
TY Hilton / IND
Just don't start him until further notice. I don't care if it is Tolzien or Brissett. Patrick Peterson and a bad o-line. Hilton is going to struggle until Brissett learns the offense or Andrew Luck makes his return.
Greg Olsen / CAR
If you drafted him, you gotta start him. This is more about Cam than it is Olsen. Cam only threw 2 passes in the preseason after offseason surgery. It showed in Week 1. He missed a wide open Olsen for what would have been an easy TD. Olsen will be fine going forward, but I am not expecting much until Cam shakes the rust off.
GAME OF THE WEEK
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS
The Seattle vs. Packers game was a good game if you like baseball. It was a shutout through 5 innings.. I mean, uhh, through halftime. Let's see if Aaron Rodgers and the Pack can do better in Week 2. Last week I said, it's not often you see a potential Conference Championship preview in Week 1. Well, this record is on repeat. If Packers vs. Seahawks isn't this years NFC Championship game, Packers vs. Falcons will be.
You got last year's MVP Matt Ryan. You got the GOAT in Aaron Rodgers (yeah, I went there Brady fan boys). You got Julio Jones, Jordy Nelson, DeVonta Freeman, Ty Montgomery. Sign me up. A lot of Fantasy Matchups will be decided by the Sunday Night Game. I sure as hell am tuning in.