By Austin Hackett
Could you ask for a better start to the regular season? If you are a fan of the Patriots, you’d probably say yes. The Patriots suffered a fourth quarter implosion as Alex Smith lit up the playing field.We got to watch the entire Falcons fanbase have horrible flashbacks as a Matt Glennon lead Bears offense failed miserably from the Atlanta five yard line to win the game. The Jaguars beat the Texans pretty badly, but they had to sacrifice Allen Robinson’s knee to do so. Week 1 was a fun one, and it was just as enjoyable in the world of Fantasy Football.
Chiefs - Kareem Hunt (RB):
If stock exists for salt, you should be investing. Fantasy players cries and woes ring out as they decided to sit Hunt this week. Hunt made a statement on his first regular season NFL game. He aso now will be known by every Fantasy player ever. Hunt’s 45.6 points were no joke. Expect to play against Hunt every week from here on out. The Chief’s schedule doesn’t get any harder from here.
Bears - Tarik Cohen (RB):
Cohen is a back up for Jordan Howard, but that obviously didn’t stop him from being the second best running back in Fantasy this week. Cohen finished with 25.3 points. He was a weapon for Glennon in the run and pass game. Weapon for Glennon? Sounds so strange.
Steelers - Antonio Brown (WR)
Brown torched the Browns. That’s not the first time that’s been written, it won’t be the last. Brown tallied 29.2 points this week surpassing his projections and every Fantasy owner that took him in the first round gives themselves a pat on the back as he validates their selection.
Chiefs - Tyreek Hill (WR)
The young weapons for the chiefs are here to prove they’ve got what it takes. Hill played with cramps, but that didn’t stop him from coming up with 26.8 points against what was suppose to be a great Patriots secondary. Chiefs schedule is weak. Don’t stop playing him.
Lions - Kenny Golladay (WR)
Anquan Boldin leaves. Doesn’t mean Lions noticed. Golladay came in and played just as big as he is. He squeezed by Golden Tate this week just barely at 22.9 points. His own percent went down 3.5 points due to a injury he was facing in the past couple weeks. Expect that to go back up dramatically.
Chiefs - Alex Smith (QB)
Smith played arguably the best game of his career this week against the Patriots. Smith is known more as a game manager, and doesn’t usually find himself as a Fantasy top performer. He’s planning on changing that this year. Smith finished with 31 points this week. Prediction: Alex Smith finishes as a top 5 Fantasy quarterback this year.
Steelers - Jesse James (TE)
A fantastic game for James who is facing some new competition at tight end. He was Big Ben’s favorite target in the redzone this week. He finished as the top performing tight end at 22.1 points.
They Did What?
We all have that one person who is picking Gronkowski in the first round and we can all enjoy a good laugh at their expense. The Patriots had a whole host of issues this past Thursday, but “Gronk” only managed to put up 5.3 points. He looked slow. Real slow. Some of his performance will come down to some poor throws by Brady, but he didn’t look like the same weapon he usually is.
Le’veon Bell only managed to put up a whopping 7.7 points this week against the Browns. Obviously, this doesn’t mean to jump ship, but expect to see a lot of loss matches due to this number.
Nelson Agholor is the only receiver that saw significant time from Philadelphia’s group of last year. He had the best game of any of the current Eagle receiving core and had a pretty good Fantasy day at 20.6 points. His own % should rise.
National League of Injuries
Injuries is everyone’s favorite part of Fantasy. You get to watch opposing teams scramble as their star players go down. Then it happens to you. Here’s some of the key injuries.
David Johnson: Likely will miss half of season
Allen Robinson: Most likely out for season
Danny Woodhead: Will miss 4-6 weeks probably
Waiver Wire Options:
If you have questions at quarterback or you picked Andrew Luck. You should look to grab Alex Smith. Only currently owned in less than 30 percent of leagues, Smith should be your choice. With an extremely weak schedule, Smith is going to continue to put up monstrous numbers.
If you’ve lost Allen Robinson and are looking for a replacement, look towards Golladay at Detroit. Only owned in 5 percent of leagues, Golladay should be a suitable replacement. He is going to continue to find a lot of targets and even more now that Golden Tate is possibly injured.
We don't know how long David Johnson is out but Williams is the pickup here. Scored a touchdown against the Lions but didn't do much else. Still, if DJ is out for several weeks Williams is low RB2, especially in PPR leagues.
Eddie Lacy stinks. Thomas Rawls is hurt. The Seahawks play the 49ers next week, who just gave up 116 rushing yards to the Panthers. Could be the starter going forward if he performs big in Week Two.
There isn’t a whole lot that can be done to replace a first round pick like David Johnson, but for Woodhead believers they should find a suitable replacement in Tarik Cohen. He is owned in 4% of leagues and looks to be a strong Fantasy player.