NFL Week 1 Recap

11 Sep 2018 - 4:23pm | DFS_Tom | Updated: 11 Sep 2018 - 5:24pm | Likes: 18 Like 

Week 1 is over and we are going to taking a look back at some noteworthy performances from the finished games. Not going to hit on every game or every player, but as the season goes on, we should be able to find some trends or values in players or teams.

Bengals at Colts

This game saw Andrew Luck in his first game in over a year, where he played well, but the Colts fell a bit short. Luck ended with 319 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He threw the ball over 50 times but averaged only six yards per completion. That could just be a matter of the Colts keeping it simple in his first game back, but if he isn’t able to air the ball down field it will limit his true fantasy value. Eric Ebron and TY Hilton were on the receiving end of those touchdown passes, but the sneaky stat was Jack Doyle being targeted 10 times. On the Bengals side of things, Andy Dalton had a very average game with 243/2/1 stat line. AJ Green had a 6/96/1 stat line, which should be a good sign for fantasy owners, starting off the year strong. The real story of the Bengals was Joe Mixon, who had 17 carries for 95 yards and one touchdown, with five receptions for 54 yards. Love seeing a running back getting over 20 touches in the first week of the season, should be a solid play all year long.

49ers at Vikings

Jimmy Garoppolo struggled in this game with a 261/1/3 stat line, but he was up against one of the best pass defenses in the league, so let’s take it with a grain of salt. I’m still high on him for the rest of the season, especially in a nice spot next week vs the Lions. Matt Breida had 11 carries, while Alfred Morris had 12 carries, so no clear picture on their running game yet. Marquise Goodwin was injured in this game and his status for Week 2 is unclear right now. George Kittle is the one you want on the San Fran offense, as he had five receptions on nine targets for 90 yards. On the Minnesota side, we got everything we were expecting from Kirk Cousins, as he ended with a 244/2/0 stat line. Their offense looked in the passing game but struggled a bit in the running game. Dalvin Cook back from his injury had 16 carries for only 40 yards. Latavius Murray had 11 carries for 42 yards, a bit of a concerning sign for Cook owners, but it’s still early.

Buccaneers at Saints

This was the game of the day and not for the reason you might expect, as the Bucs went into the Super Dome and hung 48 points, coming away with the win. Ryan Fitzpatrick turned back the clock and put up over 400 yards with four passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. The touchdowns were spread around to Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, and Chris Godwin, in a very surprising game for the Buccaneers. On the other side, the Saints were rolling on offense with their 40 points, but their defense couldn’t stop anyone. Brees had a massive 439/3/0 line, which wasn’t enough. Michael Thomas is a complete PPR beast with 16 catches, 180 yards, and one touchdown. But, the real story is Alvin Kamara, what can’t he do? He has eight carries for 29 yards, two touchdowns, nine catches for 112 yards and one touchdown.

Bills at Ravens

Listen, there isn’t much to say here on the Bills side of the ball, but want to make a few things clear. Yes, Joe Flacco had three touchdowns, but we all know that isn’t going to be sustained throughout the year, so be cautious with that. Alex Collins is still the main running back, despite not seeing a ton of work in the second half, his role is fine. No Raven receive saw more than six targets, which will limit their overall PPR upside this season. Now, onto the Bills. They are terrible. They have no real value, including LeSean McCoy, which can be a bit surprising. You should be stream players and defenses against the Bills all season.

Chiefs at Chargers

What a first impression Patrick Mahomes made, in his first year as the starter. He had a 265/4/0 stat line, with an average completion of 9.5 yards. Love seeing that production from him, as you should be buying in early this year where you can, season-long or DFS. The real story of the Chiefs was Tyreek Hill, who had just a silly stat line. He had seven receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns, along with one punt return for a touchdown. This level of production may not be 100% sustainable, but he has this ceiling, which is insanely high. Travis Kelce had a very quiet game, with only one catch for six yards. For the Chargers, they still had a very successful offensive day, as their big three, Rivers, Gordon and Allen, all put up big numbers. Rivers had over 400 yards, Gordon had over 20 total touches, with Allen having over 100 receiving yards.

Seahawks at Broncos

One thing is true this season, the Seattle defense is bad. You should be able to stream players against them nearly every week, or until they prove it. Doug Baldwin was injured in this game and will prove to be a big loss to the Seattle passing game, as he will likely be out for six weeks. Will Dissy led the Seahawks in receiving with 105 yards, but it was only on three receptions. Seattle basically had no running game with only 64 yards on the ground. There was much more production on the Denver side of the ball, with Case Keenum throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, but also had three picks. A good portion of those yards went to Emmanuel Sanders, who had 10 catches for 135 yards and one touchdown. He played over 50% of his routes from the slot in this game, which was a big change from his only 29% last season. Demaryius Thomas also chipped in with one touchdown, but the surprise was Phillip Lindsay, who had 15 rushing attempts for 71 yards and two catches and one touchdown. He should be someone to keep an eye on.

Bears at Packers

Say what you want about the Bears and their new and improved offense, but let’s be real, this game was all about Aaron Rodgers. We all know by now what happened, but the 286/3/0 stat line is damn near god like since he did it on one leg. His status for Week 2 is unclear, which is the real story, so we need more info as the week goes on. Randall Cobb did his thing with 9/142/1, proving to be their number one guy in the passing game. But Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison both chipped in with one touchdown each. They all averaged over 13 yards per reception, which is great production and should continue if Rodgers is healthy. The Bears had only one offensive touchdown, which came via Mitch Trubisky on the ground, vulturing it away from Jordan Howard, who had 15 carries for 82 yards. 

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