Fitzmagic (Stew Beard) crushes week 1
Ryan Fitzpatrick, who we lovingly call Stew Beard… threw for 417 yards, 4 touchdowns, ran for 36 yards and another touchdown. He absolutely killed it for fantasy owners today, but did you know he went to Harvard?
… yes, everyone knows this. It was a joke. Nice work today, Stew Beard!
Will Fuller to sit
Will Fuller V’s hamstring is acting up again. Fuller should really threaten to not give it dessert, that’s what works when my kids ar acting up. Fuller is likely to miss the potential shootout with the Patriots. This is a huge blow for a guy with high upside today. It also slightly hampers Deshaun Watson’s upside. Others will have to step up, including Bruce Ellington.
Terrible Weather for Steelers/Browns
The Steelers / Browns game is slated for some absolutely terrible weather with multiple inches of rain and 40+ MPH winds. With the Steelers on the road, we at Fanball are uncertain if these winds will somehow correct Big Ben’s inaccuracy on the road or swing it even worse. It’s too risky to try and start him in hopes the wind blows the ball magically to his receivers.
Ajayi saves the night!
Despite only playing one snap in the first quarter, Ajayi came in and looked good in pass pro, was the Eagles best offensive player, and scored two touchdowns. My take on his usage: The Eagles thought they could let Ajayi’s foot heal a little longer, especially with the wet field. Had anybody for the Eagles been effective on offense, especially the running backs, Ajayi may not have played much at all. Fantasy owners should feel lucky that Sproles, Clement, and Smallwood were so ineffective… it forced the Eagles hand to put their best rusher out there for 15 touches.
Wentz to miss several games
It sounds as though Carson Wentz will take a couple extra weeks to relax and get caught up on season 2 of Ozark. Ian Rapoport reported on twitter because that’s where news happens now that Wentz might now suit up until October. Luckily Nick Foles can take the reigns until then. There is a small chance the Eagles just want to sit Wentz and Jeffery to see how big of a hole they can make and then dig themselves out of. Thus creating a cool story everyone will talk about. The main point here is that Foles should be owned in all superflex leagues.
Peterson gets revenge start, again
What remains of the Adrian Peterson we all watched run rampant on the league will get the start this weekend for the Washington professional football team in a revenge game against Peterson’s last team, the Cardinals. This is the 2nd year in a row where Peterson has drawn a Week 1 start against the last team he played for. Last year he rolled up a massive 18 yards on just 6 carries against the Vikings in Week 1. Chris Thompson is off the injury report and should take all the passing down work because unlike Peterson, he is actually capable of catching the ball.
Tyler Eifert and Jordan Reed are both healthy and expected to play this weekend! If you drafted them, or have them on your dynasty team still for some reason, this is one of those rare weeks where you might actually be able to click submit with them in your lineup and not worry. Reed plays the Cardinals who were middle of the pack against tight ends last year, but hey… you won’t feel comfortable starting Reed often, might as well do it now. Eifert has a far better matchup. The Bengals play the Colts, a team that finished bottom 12 against tight ends in 2017. These guys are as likely to play 16 games as I am, so hopefully they can pay off that draft capital you invested in them before they inevitably end up watching their teams play from the sideline.
Bell still hasn’t reported
Le’Veon Bell still holding out
At this point (mid-day September 5th), owners should really be worrying about this situation. Should Bell not report, James Conner will get the start. Even if Bell reports soon, he may be less effective and Conner may see extra snaps. Last year Bell held out until 6 days before the first gameand put up a paltry 32 yards on 10 carries in week 1. He draws the same opponent in the Browns that were solid against the run last year. If he shows up, you have to start him. If he doesn’t, Conner becomes a nice flex play.
Backup to Alvin Kamara
Mike Gillislee to backup Alvin Kamara
Recently cut from the Patriots, Gillislee signed with New Orleans and takes over the backup role behind Alvin Kamara while Mark Ingram is suspended. Boston Scott will mostly handle kick return duties and doesn’t figure to factor much early on.
Last year, Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara were fantasy viable in the same week on multiple occasions. Gillislee is not Mark Ingram and will only be counted on for resting Kamara. Expect Kamara to have a large workload in the first four weeks of the year before Ingram returns.
Listed as Co-Starter
Chris Godwin has been listed as a co-starter along with DeSean Jackson on the Bucs official depth chart.
Godwin excelled last year as Jackson battled injury down the stretch, and the Bucs clearly like what Godwin has to offer coming into his second NFL season. Mike Evans is entrenched as the starter on the opposite side of the field, but it appears Godwin has a chance to be on the field even in 2-WR sets. D-Jax will obviously be involved, but this is very good news for upside-seeking fantasy owners who took a chance on Godwin in their drafts.
Godwin is available in over 40% of leagues and should be considered if you are looking for WR depth in your season-long leagues. He’s also a high-risk, high-upside play in DFS at just $4,900 in Fanball salary cap contests this week against a Saints defense that he torched for an impressive 7-111-1 line in Week 17 last season.
Officially Listed as No. 1 RB
Chris Carson is listed as the No. 1 running back on the Seahawks official Week 1 depth chart.
No surprise here – this is just confirmation of everything we heard and saw this preseason. Rookie Rashaad Penny is officially listed as the No. 2 back after being plagued by injury and conditioning issues throughout training camp. Carson has a firm hold on the job heading into Week 1, but it’s a tough matchup against a Broncos run defense that allowed just 3.4 YPC to opposing backs last season.
Could miss multiple games
According to the Miami Herald, “there is still some uncertainty whether [Parker] will be available for the first or even second game of the season.”
According to the same Herald article, Parker is still listed atop the Dolphins WR depth chart opposite Kenny Stills, but fantasy owners are losing patience with the once-promising wideout. In the (likely) event that he misses the first couple of weeks, Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola will play a more prominent role. Given Parker’s tenuous hold on fantasy relevance even at full health, we wouldn’t blame you for cutting bait and grabbing a more compelling receiver from your league’s free agent pool.