by Rob Grimwood – @FFBritballer
Just like that folks, week 1 is done and the new NFL season is well under way. I hope you all managed to get some better luck than I did in week 1… 4 teams losing by under 4 points in the Denver/Oakland game. Needless to say, I woke up the wrong side of bed Tuesday morning!
Luckily for me, it’s only week 1 , which means I have plenty of time to guide all 14 fantasy teams of mine to the playoffs! And it starts here, with the players I will be starting and sitting in week 2, my comeback week
QB – Jared Goff – L.A Rams vs New Orleans Saints
The most recent narrative surrounding the New Orleans Saints is that they are primed to always be involved in a shootout. Their 2018 schedule was full of them and if week 1 against the Texans was anything to go by, 2019 might just be the same.
With a high powered offense and a mediocre defense, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why this is the case. Since 2018, the Rams and Saints have met one another on 7 occasions and the average combined score in these matches is 57… fantasy juiciness.
Look for Goff to capitalize with this match-up, fully utilizing his plethora of elite receiving talent with Cooper Kupp, Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods. You want a Quarterback involved in a shoot out in your starting lineups, and Goff offers plenty of upside this week.
RB – Sony Michel – New England Patriots @ Miami Dolphins
Talking of narratives, here’s another – start any players facing Miami this season. Especially players that are looking to bounce back from a disappointing week 1.
Michel has a real opportunity to rush for over 100 yards this week and produce the kind of form we saw in his rookie season. The Pats should be comfortably ahead in this game to allow Michel plenty of time on the ball to run out the clock.
WR – Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys @ Washington Redskins
Gallup was probably the most impressive player for me in week 1. He really has stepped up this off season and looks as if he will be an integral part of what looks like the best Cowboys team since the 90’s.
Washington gave up plenty of fantasy points to the likes of DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey last week in Philadelphia, so Gallup could see similar production to last week’s 7 receptions for 158 yards.
TE – Darren Waller – Oakland Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs
One of the success stories of the 2019 off-season continues to impress for the Raiders. Week 1 saw Waller see 7 receptions for 70 yards, which I think will be somewhat of a baseline for him this year as he steps into the successful Jared Cook role from last season.
Kansas City, like New Orleans, have a high powered offence but are poor defensively. Rookie Gardner Minshew had a comfortable time last week for the Jags when he was forced to fill in for the injured Nick Foles.
The Raiders will likely be playing from behind in this one and the passing game may need to be lent on. As the 2nd receiving target on the team, Waller should be in for a nice fantasy day.
QB – Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals @ Baltimore Ravens
RB – Phillip Lindsay – Denver Broncos vs Chicago Bears
WR – Sterling Sheperd – New York Giants vs Buffalo Bills