What a week one that was and I can’t say my last article fared too well. That’s okay though. Week one is tough. We have no data to go off of. It’s a brand new season for everyone. Some bright spots last week? The Ravens defense came up huge only allowing three points to the Buffalo Bills, sacking the quarterback six times, and coming up with two interceptions. The Bills offense didn’t know what to do as they only came up with 153 yards on offense. James Conner was also a huge for Pittsburgh. His 135 rushing yards, 57 reception yards, and two touchdowns was good enough to earn 31.7 fantasy points.
Last week is in the past. Now as a DFS player we take that data and use it when considering players in future weeks.
QB Ben Roethlisberger ($7600)
I saw Roethlisberger’s three interceptions and two fumbles in week one but word is he had a bruised elbow and weather conditions weren’t all that good. Not making excuses, but I believe he turns it around against in week two. Phillip Rivers just lit up the Chiefs so I think Roethlisberger can too if he’s healthy. If you play Roethlisberger, I would stack with either Antonio Brown or Juju Smith-Schuster.
QB Tyrod Taylor ($6600)
Don’t say it’s impossible, because Ryan Fitzpatrick just put up an amazing performance including five touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints. At just $6600, Taylor provides us with that upside plus being able to spend more money at other positions. Stack with Josh Gordon if you plan on taking Taylor as your quarterback this week.
RB Alvin Kamara ($9000)
Kamara is one of the league’s most dangerous receivers out of the backfield. Although he only rushed the ball eight times last week two of those turned into touchdowns. Kamara was also targeted 12 times where he came up with nine of those for 112 receiving yards and another touchdown. I’m staying with Kamara until Ingram finishes his suspension or before he becomes too expensive.
RB Todd Gurley ($8900)
It seemed like a slow week one for Gurley, but he still managed to put up 108 rushing yards and 39 receiving yards for a touchdown in week one. At $8900, I’ll put the league’s best running back in my lineup every time.
RB Dalvin Cook ($6500)
Cook played in 80% of the teams plays last week. Even though he managed to only put up 10.5 fantasy points last week he remains on my list. Cook is a dual-threat running back that can put up numbers rushing and receiving. Expect a better game for Cook next week against the Packers.
WR Juju Smith-Schuster ($7200)
Smith-Schuster will have a bigger part in the Steelers offense this season after losing Martavis Bryant. With only five receptions last week Smith-Schuster tallied up 119 receiving yards. Last week the Chargers threw the ball 51 times against the Chiefs defense. If the Steelers follow suit, then either Smith-Schuster or Antonio Brown (or both) could have a big day.
WR Quincy Enunwa ($5000)
I’m going with volume here. Enunwa was targeted ten times last game. Hopefully Sam Darnold and the Jets keep getting the ball to the Enunwa. If so, $5000 is a steal.
WR Emmanuel Sanders ($6800)
Sanders has become the favorite target in Denver. This year I can confidently take Broncos receivers since Keenum is now leading the team. Sanders caught ten of his 11 targets for 135 yards in the win Sunday over the Seahawks.
WR Josh Gordon ($6300)
Since Gordon missed most of training camp for personal reasons causing him to drop to third receiver on the Browns depth chart. Moving up on the depth chart and having better weather should allow Gordon to have a more productive game this week against the Saints.
TE Jared Cook ($5000)
Playing Jared Cook has always come back to bite me, but I saw what kind of role he played in week one and I saw the Broncos get lit up for a few plays by the Seahawks tight end. Cook is leading the league in receiving yards (180) through week one where he was targeted on 12 times. Seattle tight end Will Dissly put up 105 yards and a touchdown on the Broncos defense last week. Don’t expect Cook to repeat what he did last week but $5000 for Cook could be a good pickup.
TE Jonnu Smith ($4200)
Delanie Walker won’t return this season making Smith more valuable. He’s a cheap option for GPP plays this week.
DEF Washington Redskins ($3700) vs Indianapolis Colts
If you need a really cheap defense with the highest ceiling, you could run with the Redskins this week. The Bengals managed to pick off Andrew Luck once last week and returned a fumble to seal the game last week against the Colts. If Marlon Mack remains out, don’t be scared to play the Redskins defense.
DEF Houston Texans ($4500) @ Tennessee Titans
Losing Delanie Walker was huge and Derrick Henry didn’t impress at all last week. I don’t want to overreact after one game but the Titans might be worse than I predicted. Even it was just a fluke the Houston Texans with JJ Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, and Tyrann Mathieu will be one of the league’s best defenses.