Bones' Week 1 Fantasy Recap

Posted: 11 September 2017 - 3:46pm | Bones | Updated: 11 Sep 2017 - 3:46pm
Bones' Week 1 Fantasy Recap

As expected, LeSean McCoy dominated the Bills’ game plan running 22 times for 110 and catching 5 of 6 targets for 49 yards. With a suspect passing attack, this offense will continue to feature McCoy heavily and it’s a great sign to see him so involved in the passing game. Mike Tolbert essentially acted as breather back. There likely won’t be enough targets in this offense to make Zay Jones a viable starter as he’s currently behind McCoy, Jordan Matthew and Charles Clay for targets.

Andy Dalton was dreadful and owners should be concerned. He’s never be a gamer and tends to implode when things gone wrong… and they sure did on Sunday. Dalton committed five turnovers, took five sacks and managed no production. Joe Mixon was a non-factor in his debut performance and neither Jeremy Hill nor Giovani Bernard could get anything going either. Bernard came away with decent numbers as the Bengals were in comeback mode the entire game and if this offense continues to fall behind Gio will be the guy to start. This was a train wreck of a performance for the Bengals overall. Rookie John Ross is still week to week with a sprained knee and was inactive on Sunday.

Danny Woodhead left the game after apparently aggravating the hamstring injury that kept him off the field for much of training camp. Woodhead is expected to miss significant time. If that’s the case, Javorius Allen will see an increase in targets. Allen was mostly used in clock-killing mode on Sunday, racking up 71 yards on 21 carries. Terrance West was effective on early downs, putting up 80 yards and a score on 19 carries. Not a ton of upside with West, but he’ll continue to pound out yardage as a between the tackles runner.

Odell Beckham (ankle) was inactive Sunday night but is expected to return to action next week against the Lions. He better because the Giants’ offense was miserable without him. Shane Vereen caught 9 of 10 targets for 52 yards, but don’t expect this kind of usage when Beckham returns. Sterling Shepard acted as the Giants number one wideout catching 7 of 8 targets for 44 yards. This is concerning for Brandon Marshall owners, but Marshall should get some red zone looks once this offense finds it’s legs and will see more targets as he continues to work with Eli Manning.

Darren McFadden was also inactive, meaning Alfred Morris can be safely considered to be Ezekiel Elliott’s handcuff. Elliott looked solid rushing for 104 yards on 24 carries and caught 5 passes for 36 yards.

David Johnson (wrist) left the game against the Lions. He is expected to miss an extended period of time and could even land on IR. Kerwynn Williams and Andre Ellington will share running back duties in Johnson’s absence. This is a huge blow for the Cardinals offense overall as Johnson is crucial for both the run game and passing game.

Matthew Stafford started slow but finished with 292 yards and four touchdowns, two of which went to rookie Kenny Golladay. Golladay caught 4 of 7 targets for 69 yards and two touchdowns. He’ll continue to draw targets away from Marvin Jones and Golden Tate. Stafford had the 2nd best fantasy numbers of any quarterback through Sunday’s games. Golladay is currently the 3rd best fantasy wideout of Week 1, with Golden Tate sitting at 4th.

With Benny Cunningham leaving the game with a high-ankle sprain, Tarik Cohen saw a spike in usage being targeted 12 times and the rookie made the best out of it by catching 8 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. He also adding 66 yards on 5 rush attempts. Cohen showed great burst and veteran instincts and we’ll prove to be one of the top waiver wire targets this week. He’s the 2nd best fantasy RB of Week 1 so far. While Howard got the bulk of carries, it’s fair to expect head coach John Fox to ride the hot hand in order to help out Mike Glennon. Without a ton of playmaking ability, Jordan Howard needed the heavy workload to be a weekly fantasy starter, and with Cohen almost certain to cut into that workload, Howard could be relegated to a matchup streamer.

Kevin White has been placed on injured reserve with a fractured scapula. One of the top wide prospects in his 2015 draft, White missed his entire rookie season and has struggled to stay on the field ever since. With White out, Kendall Wright will see an expanded role as he did on Sunday. With Cameron Meredith already on IR, the Bears wideouts are now Wright, Josh Bellamy and Deonte Thompson. This isn’t a passing attack you want to be a part of.

Both Jonathan Stewart and Christian McCaffrey were heavily involved in the Panther offense. Stewart racked up 65 yards on 18 carries and caught 2 of 2 targets for 17 yards and a score. McCaffrey rushed 13 times for 47 yards and caught 5 of 7 targets for 38 yards. It was a solid debut for the rookie who should continue to see enough usage to make him a viable weekly starter.

Carlos Hyde rushed 9 times for 45 yards but remained involved in the offense after the 49ers were forced into comeback mode. Hyde caught 6 of 6 targets for 32, which is a great sign for fantasy owners.

Raiders had an impressive win against the Titans and Marshawn Lynch looked like his old self. The year of rest clearly did him some good as he put up 76 yards on 18 carries, also catching his only target for 16 yards. Derek Carr showed great poise on the road and this is clearly a team that has playoff aspirations. As such, don’t expect too many 20-carry games from Lynch this season as they’ll try to keep him fresh for the long haul. Having said that, at this point he’s an every week starter. Amari Cooper looked strong early but failed to deliver on his opportunities. He finished the game catching 5 of 13 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders looked to Cooper often in the red zone, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see them get Michael Crabtree more involved in their red zone offense going forward, as that worked well for them last season.

Corey Davis was targeted early, often and all over the field and clearly has the trust of Marcus Mariota. Davis ended up catching 6 of 10 targets for 69 yards and will continue to be a staple in this passing offense. Eric Decker had a poor performance but did draw 8 targets, including two red zone looks.

Scott Tolzien got the start for an injured Andrew Luck but was wildly ineffective. The Colts traded Phillip Dorsett to the Patriots for Jacoby Brissett earlier this month and he ended up seeing the field on Sunday with Tolzien struggling. Luck isn’t expected back until October. The Colts may decide to start Brissett next week against the Cardinals.

Todd Gurley managed 40 yards and a score on 19 carries, which is a disappointing stat line give this cupcake matchup. He was involved in passing game catching 5 of 6 targets for 56 yards, which is a great sign for owners. It may have just been the opponent, but Jared Goff looked like a new man on Sunday after a miserable rookie season. He looks to have great chemistry with Sammy Watkins. We’ll see if he can manage a similar performance against a tougher opponent in the Redskins next week.

Rob Kelley struggled on Sunday against the Eagles, rushing 10 times for 30 yards. Expect to see rookie Samaje Perine before too long.

Thomas Rawls (ankle) was inactive against the Packers, giving Eddie Lacy the start. However Lacy couldn’t get anything going and was rotated with Chris Carson who managed 39 yards on 6 carries and caught a 10 yard reception. Carson will be a solid waiver wire pickup this week.

Ty Montgomery dominated touches in the Packers backfield, rushing 19 times for 54 yards and a score, and catching 4 balls for 39 yards. The Packers are clearly committed to Montgomery for now but don’t be surprised to see more Jamaal Williams as the season develops.

DeShone Kizer made his NHL debut on Sunday against the Steelers. He absorbed 7 sacks early in the game but despite the beat down and early pick, he bounced back nicely with a decent stat line that including a rushing score. He has the kind of mobility that makes for a solid streamer quarterback.

It was business as usual for Antonio Brown, who caught 11 of 11 targets for 182 yards. Jesse James secured two touchdown passes.

Allen Robinson left the game with a non-contact injury which are always a concern. He is officially done of the season with a torn left ACL, a tough blow for this Jaguars offense. Marqise Lee will see an increased workload with Allen Hurns also seeing more of the field.

Leonard Fournette was indeed the workhorse on Sunday, rushing a whopping 26 times for 100 yards and a score, that largest amount of carries of any running back this week. He also caught all 3 targets for 24 yards. This will continue to be a run-heavy team as they try to insulate Blake Bortles and Fournette is a weekly fantasy starter. Bortles did manage to play mistake-free football but with only 11 completions and one score, he isn’t a viable starter.

After a miserable first half that included 6 sacks, Tom Savage was benched in favor of rookie Deshaun Watson. Savage lacks the mobility and quick release to avoid sacks. The game seems too fast for him. Expect to see more of Watson going forward. Watson was serviceable but is clearly not ready for the NFL. Nevertheless, Watson will get the start on Thursday Night football when the Texans take on the Bengals.

C.J. Fiedorowicz suffered a concussion and given the Texans travel to Cincinnati for the Thursday Night game, he’s likely out until at least Week 3. With Ryan Griffin also suffering a concussion, tight end duties will fall to Stephen Anderson. Bruce Ellington also suffered a concussion. Not a good day to be a Texan. Jaelen Strong is eligible to return next week and could immediately see a decent workload.

Look out for Workin’ the Waiver Wire by Rotocoach tomorrow, last week’s edition outlined Tarik Cohen as a solid pickup, so don’t miss out.

 

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