My GOD, that was a long off season! It was kind of like when you're hungry as shit so you get off the couch to check the fridge, but you take a long look and realize that there isn't a single thing in there you want. Then you go back 15 minutes later standing in front of the fridge, door open, hand down the pants expecting there to be left over Chinese food that you can nuke in the microwave... but you got nothing.
Well guess what?! Fuck that fridge! Get on the horn, order up the wings, pizza, cheesesteaks (damn, I'd kill for one right now) grab a cold beer(s) FOOTBALL IS BACK & so is FANTASY FOOTBALL!
It's week one so everyone is feeling either really really confident about their draft or you feel like your entire season is over before you even let your team take the field.
If you're feeling like your season is over read the definition below:
- an estimate or forecast of a future situation or trend based on a study of present ones
It's week one, anything could happen. Projections are great and sometimes they're spot on, but sometimes they're completely wrong. Anything can happen in football i.e. Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh. Who knows what is going to happen. I'm sure the people that drafted him 1 or 2 overall are shitting their pants right now. I hope you were proactive enough in your draft to grab James Conner, if not, snag him on the waiver wire.
My point is just because you don't see a huge number or a huge house hold name from seasons past doesn't mean your guy can't go out there and have a day. With that being said I'm not telling you to start an absolute flier. I'm talking about guys you may have grabbed in the later rounds that could be a flex play or maybe your number 2 guy like a Kenny Golladay projected around 10 points in PPR leagues who is playing against the NY stinkbomb Jets (name stays until proven otherwise) who were 24th against the pass last year and didn't really improve.
John Ross is projected to have around 9 points in PPR. This is a guy who couldn't figure out which way was up last year, but seems to have re-invented himself this off season and goes against the 21st ranked pass D in the Colts last year.
Anyway, you get the point. The ceiling on guys like these is massive and if you're in a deeper league don't be afraid to stream someone based on match up even though they might not be projected as high as the next guy just because of his name.
With that being said let me give you a couple of guys primed for a big game in week 1.....
QB: Captain Kirk Cousins
He finally got paid. Now he has to prove that he was worth the dough. The preseason is preseason. It doesn't mean anything to me but it seems like he traded in his 97' Honda Civic (Pryor, Crowder, Reed) for a brrrrrrannddd NEW Mercedes Benz CLS 550 with (Thielen, Diggs, Rudolph.) He should have a nice little Sunday in Minny and give the fans plenty to cheer about......until they come back to Philly that is.
RB: Alvin Kamara
"Dude, this is so obvious. Why do I even read your shit" I don't have an answer to that but here you are reading my shit, so shut up? But yeah, I know it's obvious look who he's playing... he won't stop running on Sunday. No Mark Ingram makes me love this even more. Tampa Bay is a dumpster fire. I am with Glock on this take too, I don't know how Dirk Koetter still has a job, it's laughable LOL. You want to talk about an accurate projection? 22 in PPR might be too low, he is going to look like a cheat code on Sunday.
RB: Dion Lewis
Thunder & Lightning in Tennessee with big Henry and Dion in the back field. I'm expecting Lewis to be featured more in the passing game, but should still get his on the ground. If given the opportunity, I think I could run for over a hundo on Miami (invite me to practice, I'm dead serious then I'll convince them to let me try out for kicker.) Anyway, Miami is another team that just isn't good. In PPR formats I love me some D Lew this weekend.
WR: Larry Fitz
Larry Legend is a future HOF and he's shown no signs of slowing down. With Sammy Sleeves Bradford getting named the starter and being notorious for throwing the ball 8-12 yards, this has the University of Phoenix products name written all over it. He's made a living in the slot and I think he's going to be targeted early and often. Bold prediction, Fitz has over 100 catches this year, please @ me.
WR: Cooper Kupp
This dude is just solid, man. I see the Raiders trying to figure out what the hell to do with Gurley and as a result getting absolutely picked apart by Goff through the air. Did I mention Goff said that Kupp is his go to guy in the offense??
TE: Greg Olsen
Third leg Greg is still the guy as far as depth chart goes amongst Carolina receivers in my opinion. There are some concerns whether Olsen will be the same guy coming off a major injury. But if you didn't listen to Glockcast I think that the Cowboys as a whole are going to STINK this year, that Defense is shakkkkkkky. I'm not concerned about Olsen. I expect Sunday to be his welcome back party.
As a bonus, here are a couple guys that should be cheap options in DFS with high upside, and just sneaky plays in general: