Week 1 Recap: 32 Things We Learned

It’s fall. School is back in session, the weather starting to cool off, and FOOTBALL IS BACK! After an electric week one, we have some things to go over. Call this the last review before the final exam. We’re going to go over one thing we learned about each team in week one.

Arizona Cardinals:

The Cardinals are going to be fun to watch this year. Kyler and that offense looked great against one of the best defensive units in football in their win against the 49ers. What did it show us? DeAndre Hopkins isn’t going anywhere. He had a great game with a line of 14-151-0. If you invested in him as a top 3 WR this year, you’re going to get your money’s worth.

Atlanta Falcons:

The Falcons lost in an absolute shootout with the Seahawks this week. IT what was one of the more fun games to watch on the Sunday slate. Matt Ryan balled out, with nearly 450 passing yards. But the biggest winner is Calvin Ridley. Calvin Ridley needs to be in your lineup each and every week. While the Falcons won’t always through for 450yds, Ridley is going to get his.

Baltimore Ravens:

The Ravens absolutely took it to the Browns this week. One thing that surprises no one is Mark Andrews tearing up the Browns defense. While a win also surprises no one, there were a few surprises in this game. The biggest thing is Mark Ingram with single digit fantasy points, and J.K. Dobbins with 2 touchdowns. J.K. Dobbins time is coming, and it may be sooner rather than later. Strike now before he cements himself in the lead back role in this prolific offense.

Buffalo Bills:

The Bills took it to the Jets in a game with a final score much closer than the actual game itself. The Bills have solid chance to win their division this year, and Josh Allen is the real deal when it comes to being a fantasy QB. My biggest take away is that the red zone work in this offense will go through Zach Moss, and I expect more work to follow. Zach Moss is going to be another rookie RB that can take over the lead role by midseason.

Carolina Panthers:

The Panthers lost in their opening contest against the Raiders, and I’m sure everyone was shocked to see that Christian McCaffrey is still good at football. The Panthers offense looked good, and Joe Brady’s scheme is going to keep them as an effective offense all year long. Their WR group is talented, and Robby Anderson is a big play waiting to happen. Given the right matchup, Anderson can score points in a hurry. Very boom or bust though.

Cincinnati Bengals:

As a Bengals fan, thinking about that last game makes me a little queasy. But there were a couple bright spots for the Bengals. Joe Burrow is the real deal, and I expect him to improve as the season goes on. More than anything tho ugh, it is apparent that he has a favorite target. AJ Green was an offensive PI call away from having a monster game, and he is back to being a starting WR on your fantasy team. He should be in your lineup barring injury.

Chicago Bears:

Is Mitch Trubisky the real deal? Has he changed? Is that Bears offense fixed? While the answer to these questions remain to be seen, the Bears stole a win from the Lions in their opener. There was an obvious take away from that offense, and that was that Allen Robinson is legit. Robinson is Mitch’s number one target, and while he didn’t find the end zone this week, I expect him to be a top 20 WR.

Cleveland Browns:

Yikes, what a terrible showing by Cleveland. That offense looked bad, the defense looked even worse. Were the Ravens just that good? Maybe, but we need to see more out of the Cleveland RBs. Chubb and Hunt had an equal number of snaps. Maybe it was just game script, but Chubb owners have to be concerned that they aren’t getting the bell cow work load they paid for. Hunt owners should be elated, he is seeing the field early and often, and they got him at a huge discount compared to Chubb’s ADP.

Dallas Cowboys:

The Cowboys played a terrible game against the Rams. Blake Jarwin tore his ACL, which is devastating for the promising young TE. The offense looked ok, and I think there’s no need to panic. Michael Gallup is going to be a stud. He had a monster 44yd catch called back on an OPI. He will be a great flex play all year, and I don’t see a world he doesn’t finish the year as a top 30 WR.

Denver Broncos:

The Broncos had a tough outing against the Titans. Drew Lock looked ok, but he’s got some room to improve. The RB situation is something that we were looking to figure out. While both RBs were healthy (Lindsay got hurt) they split snaps almost 50/50. Melvin took over after the injury, and will have value if Lindsay misses time.

Detroit Lions:

Look, the Lions blew it. You know it, they know it. It was bad. The good news is they have 16 games to redeem themselves. It was nice to see how their RB situation was going to play out. This is an RBBC. Swift has the most talent, but AP will see a lot of touches. Get rid of your Kerryon Johnson shares, as he is on his way out.

Green Bay Packers:

The Packers put up a ton of points in their win against the Vikings. Aaron Rogers looked great. The WRs made some plays, and Aaron Jones scored a TD. Devante Adams is an absolute animal, but you already knew that. Aaron Jones was a candidate for TD regression this year, and while he will regress some, the Packers still look to him in the red zone, and he will find pay dirt plenty in 2020.

Houston Texans:

DeAndre Hopkins is going to have a… oh wait. Bill O’Brien controls his roster worse than a spiteful 8 year old playing madden. They lost some weapons, and that offense doesn’t look incredible. There is one constant however. Deshaun Watson is a stud, and he’s not going anywhere. He could be throwing to a bunch of high school JV players. Unless he’s playing against the Monstars, play Deshaun.

Indianapolis Colts:

The Colts lost a terrible game to the Jags. That defense didn’t look great, but Philip Rivers didn’t impress in his first start in Indianapolis. He did bring something with him from LA, and that was all of the RB targets. With Mack done for the year, Jonathan Taylor is going to be a league winner for some rosters, but an important add this week in Nyhiem Hines. Grab Hines in every league you can, he has the potential to be the 2019 Austin Ekeler of this offense.

Kansas City Chiefs:

The reigning Super Bowl champs came out hot on Thursday night and absolutely trounced the Texans. This one is going to be short and sweet. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the real deal. If you drafted him in the first round, you’re going to get your money’s worth.

Los Angeles Chargers:

The Chargers won an absolute stinker of a game against the Bengals. A lock down drag em out football game. Austin Ekeler took over as the lead back for the Chargers this season now the Melvin Gordon is a Bronco. Do not bail on Austin Ekeler. Yes, his targets were down this game, but he received more than 80% of his teams RB touches. The offense will flow through him all year long.

Los Angeles Rams:

The Rams surprised some people, coming out with a win on Sunday Night Football against the Cowboys. They looked good, and Jared Goff looked the like QB they paid him to be. We did get clarity on the RB situation in LA. Malcom Brown is the lead of the RBBC in LA. The Rams used him in the red zone a lot, and he will continue to have value as long as he holds that role.

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Gardner Mishew came out firing against the Colts in their upset Sunday win. Chark is a true number 1 receiver. He’s Minshew’s favorite target, and Jax prioritizes him in the red zone. Big year coming for the young WR.

Miami Dolphins:

The Dolphins lost a tough game against the Patriots. This game didn’t have a lot of fun stuff to look at, and was fairly boring, so we’re going to highlight what we didn’t see. Matt Breida only had 5 touches on Sunday, and Gaskin led the RBs in touches, while Jordan Howard got the red zone work and TD. Matt Breida should not be on your roster. He just doesn’t have the upside.

Minnesota Vikings:

The Minnesota Vikings lost in a shootout with the Packers. There was a lot of turnover for the purple people eaters this offseason. That defense is not nearly as good as it once was. Which means they will need to score points offensively. Adam Thielen as a number 1 WR has returned. He will continue to get a ton of targets, and has looked like his 2018 self.

New England Patriots:

Why did we ever doubt? Cam Newton is a QB 1. There is no reason to believe otherwise. Belichick is going to continue to run him, and that gives Cam all the upside. The Pats WR are a little tough, so that might put a cap on him, but Cam looked scary on Sunday.

New Orleans Saints:

The Saints came out and ran all over the Buccaneers. While Brady didn’t quite look up to snuff, Drew looked pretty good, and Sean Payton has that team dialed in. The Saints are one of the more consistent teams from year to year. Do not bail on Michael Thomas, he will be just fine. You paid a premium for him, don’t do anything crazy.

New York Giants:

The New York Football Giants came out and looked ok against a solid Steelers defense. Danny Dimes made some mistakes, but if you look at the film he really did play a pretty solid game. He’s locked in on his number 1 wide receiver, and its Darius Slayton. He’s their redzone weapon, and will continue to light it up. He’s the WR you want to own in New York.

New York Jets:

The J-E-T-S Jets STINK. They’re terrible. This team is awful. I can only say it so many ways. I believe Adam Gase will be the first coach in the NFL to be fired this year. He lowers the value of every single player on that offense. Sell Le’Veon Bell. If you can, try to get one of those young rookie RB who showed out. Or a WR with some upside. I think Bell finished outside the top 30 at RB.

Oakland Raiders:

Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders came into Carolina and ran all over them. The Raiders have a bad defense. They aren’t good. But that offense will continue to run through Josh Jacobs. He is the most dynamic threat on that team, and the offense will run through him. Also a side note, don’t miss that Darren Waller lead the team in targets.

Philadelphia Eagles:

Weird week for the Eagles, as Miles Sanders didn’t play, and their O-line was hurt. They looked bad against the Redskins. Dallas Goedert had 1 less snap than Zach Ertz. His time is coming, and its coming now. He is a top 10 TE this year.

San Francisco:

San Fran lost a surprising game against the Cardinals. The offense looked weird, Kittle tweaked his knee a bit but should be ok. They’re missing Deebo Samual on offense, as it makes them one dimensional. However, Raheem Mostert is the lead back in that backfield, and he should be. Dude has all the speed, and should look to lead his team and your fantasy team to a lot of wins.

Seattle Seahawks:

Let Russ cook! The Seahawks looked great in their win over Atlanta. I thought he might start slow this year, and I was wrong. He came out very hot. Their offense does look different, as they look to pass a bit more rather than lean on the run. Chris Carson was more involved in the pass game. I think this will help him be more efficient. He’s been slept on in drafts the last few years, and this year was no exception.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

A grind it out win against the Giants, the Steelers offense looked substantially better with Big Ben at the helm rather than Mason Rudolph. JuJu is back to his old self, and I love to see it. There were 2 HUGE takeaways for me in this game. 1) Benny Snell is the lead back in this offense. He was better than Conner and much more efficient. Pick him up if you can. 2) Diontae Johnsons is the second WR in this offense. While he didn’t have a huge fantasy day, he lead the team in targets, and is a weapon they will continue to highlight.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Brady came out a little rusty. And that’s ok, I’m not worried.  New team with limited camp, I expected him to start a little slow. There was someone on this offense I have been concerned about all year, and it showed in week 1. Gronk is not his old self. He should not be on your roster. He simply doesn’t have the upside he did in the past. Grab a young guy with potential at this position.

Tennessee Titans:

The Titans squeak out a win again the Broncos late on Monday Night. While the Titans didn’t look like world beaters, Derrick Henry was still Derrick Henry, surprising no one. AJ Brown had a tough matchup with AJ Bouye, but he didn’t look great in his first game. Keep an eye on his targets, as he is a candidate to regress in efficiency this year. As long he continues to lead the team in targets he should be fine. Corey Davis tied AJ Brown for the lead in targets this week.

Washington Football Team:

The Redskins Football Team came out with a win against the Eagles, but man they did not look good offensively. While the Antonio Gibson hype came to a peak after AP was cut, he stuttered out the gate week 1. Gibson will need to establish himself before you can insert him into your lineup. Hopefully he can pick it up.

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