Week 1 Review + Breakdown
Week 1 was one for the books ladies and gentleman. The purpose of this article is to review each game whether it was something worth noting, important stats, or simply just a breakdown. We know you can't watch every game throughout the week, but we got you covered here. The key will be to cover each team weekly so without further a do, let's do this!
Green Bay Packers: I know they started the season with a tough matchup vs the Chicago Bears, but this Aaron Rodgers led offense looked out of sync. I do believe Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, and Davante Adams will bounce back after rough outings but the big takeaway this week is how Geronimo Allison was used. 8 different Packers got a reception while Allison didn't get a single target. Given the fact that Allison only saw 30 snaps in week 1, it's clear he isn't in the Packers plan and he can be one of your drops for a waiver wire pickup this week.
Chicago Bears: The big winner of this Bears offense was Allen Robinson. On 13 targets, he recorded 7 receptions for 102 yards. He really could of had a 200 yard game if were being honest. He's going to be a high end WR2 going forward. Rookie David Montgomery was the forgotten man in week one, seeing less snaps than free agent signing Mike Davis. The trio of Davis, Montgomery, and Tarik Cohen will be nothing but fantasy headaches going forward in my opinion.
Los Angeles Rams: Obviously we are going to address Todd Gurley here. He looked amazing when he got the ball with 14 carries for 97 yards (6.9 yards per carry). Malcolm Brown had 11 carries, 53 rushing yards, but more importantly, he got the 2 goal-line TD's. If we don't see Gurley in red zone formations in 2019, his value is going to plummet. For now though if your a Gurley owner, be content that he had 97 yards, it could of been way worse. Lastly, Darrell Henderson had one touch the entire game, that is all.
Carolina Panthers: Christian Mccaffrey was unstoppable in week one. 19 carries and 10 receptions for 209 total yards and 2 TD's solidified him as the RB1 overall in week one. As expected, he will be a high end RB1 moving forward. QB Cam Newton looked sluggish throughout the game and simply didn't look himself. The big disappointment of this game was Curtis Samuel. He was hyped up all offseason as being unguardable in camp but only saw a mere 4 targets.
Tennessee Titans: This was the upset of the week in my opinion. The Titans defense shut down this high powered Cleveland Browns offense, but this offense was no slouch either. Derrick Henry totaled 159 yards and tacked on 2 TD's. No one expected him to get a 75 yard receiving td. While Corey Davis went catchless, rookie A.J. Brown went 3/100, where his longest was a 51 yard reception. Veteran Delanie Walker was the safety blanket for Marcus Mariota, recording 5/55/2 on the day.
Cleveland Browns: Like I said above, the Titans defense came to play. 2nd year sensation Baker Mayfield struggled in the home opener, taking 5 sacks and throwing 3 interceptions. Nick Chubb saw 17 of the Browns 20 rush attempts. Unfortunately Dontrell Hillard's only touch, was a 4 yard rushing td. Odell did solid in his Browns debut, tacking 7 receptions for 71 yards on 11 targets. Landry and Njoku had solid outings, but it was evident that Mayfield was locked into Odell, and you should expect nothing less moving forward.
Kansas City Chiefs: The unfortunate news for the Chiefs was that Tyreek Hill suffered a collarbone injury early in the game and will miss multiple weeks. With Hill sidelined, Sammy Watkins stepped up in a huge way, putting up an insane Madden like stat line of 9/198/3. Travis Kelce started his 2019 with a solid 3/88 line as if we expected anything less. Patrick Mahomes showed no mercy against this good Jaguars D, going 25/33. 378 yards and 3 touchdowns. Lastly for all of you Damien Williams truthers, he averaged 2 YPC on 13 carries in week one. Shady Mccoy averaged 8.1 YPC on 10 carries.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Another unfortunate injury in this game was Jaguars QB Nick Foles, who suffered a broken collarbone and was placed on the IR. He will now miss a minimum of 8 games. Rookie 6th round pick Gardner Minshew shined, completing 22-25 passes, for 275 yards and 2 TD's. Although they traded for Josh Dobbs from the Steelers, I think Minshew deserves to start. Fournette was solid with 94 total yards, but the real treat was second year player DJ Chark. On 4 targets, he had 4 catches, for 146 yards and a TD.
Baltimore Ravens: You guys know I was all over Lamar Jackson all offseason so this performance was the highlight of my week. 17/20 for 324 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. I know it was a great matchup and all but let's give credit where it's due. Other big games include the 106 yard performance by Mark Ingram, who looked very locked in. Despite just playing 12 snaps, Marquise Brown went banana's, recording a 4/147/2 stat line. Lastly, my dude Mark Andrews was the safety blanket I predicted all offseason, tallying 8/108/1 in his season debut.
Miami Dolphins: What more can you say besides TANK FOR TUA? this team is going 0-16, simply because they are going to lay down and become a weekly doormat. Kenyan Drake continues to be a yearly disappointment and it makes me wonder why people continue to hype him up and draft him every single year. The bright spot of this team (if there was one) would be the 3/75 line of Devante Parker. Garbage time could be Parker's best friend this year.
Atlanta Falcons: This team played awful but to be fair, it's not easy playing in Minnesota. Austin Hooper (9/77), Calvin Ridley ( 4/64/1) and Julio Jones (6/31/1) all padded their stat lines thanks to garbage time. The big thing to look at this week was how ineffective Devonta Freeman was. He had 8 carries for 19 yards (2.4 YPC). He was being hyped up all offseason and simply just didn't look good. Backup Ito Smith had 6 carries for 31 yards (5.2 yards per carry).
Minnesota Vikings: It's quite remarkable that the Vikings smacked the Falcons when Kirk Cousins had only 10 pass attempts. With the Vikings focused on establishing the run in 2019, Thielen and Diggs 2019 outlook will look a lot murkier if Cousins isn't going to be throwing 20-30 attempts a game. However, the running game was phenomenal. Dalvin Cook looks like a legit RB1, seeing 21 carries, recording 111 yards and 2 TD's. Rookie Alexander Mattison did his thing as well with 9 carries for 49 yards. It's worth monitoring that the Vikings had 38 rush attempts compared to 10 pass attempts.
Buffalo Bills: This was one of the more lower scoring games of the week but free agent signing John Brown was the Bills star, recording 7/123/1 in his Bills debut. Keep an eye on FAU rookie Devin Singletary, who only saw 4 carries, but recorded 70 rushing yards. He also tacked on 5 catches for 28 yards. He will be starting sooner than later.
New York Jets: While Le'veon Bell did his thing in week one by tacking on 92 total yards and a TD, the real key player for the Jets was slot WR Jamison Crowder. While Robby Anderson was locked up by Bills shutdown CB Tredavious White, Crowder saw 14 targets and piled on 99 yards. He should be Darnold's safety blanket by the looks of things.
Washington Redskins- They almost pulled off the upset but ultimately fell short. Case Keenum came to play, putting up a stat line of 30/44, 380 yards and 3 TD's. Terry Mclaurin was his go to, putting up a 5/125/1 line. 2nd year back Derrius Guice got injured once again and will be out a few weeks with a meniscus injury. Guice only had 18 yards on 10 carries so it's not like he was doing anything anyway. Adrian Peterson should be the guy moving forward.
Philadelphia Eagles- Carson Wentz was phenomenal, putting up 313 yards and 3 TD's. The big revenge game narrative for Desean Jackson was amazing, as he put up an insane 8/154/2. That will probably be his best game of the season! After everyone was hyping up rookie Miles Sanders, he was included in the fantasy killing running back by committee featuring veteran Darren Sproles and free agent pickup Jordan Howard. For what it's worth, Sanders easily looked like the best back on the field.
Indianapolis Colts: No Andrew Luck? No Problem? Like it or not, Jacoby Brissett played solid in week one and deserved that extension he received. 3rd year back Marlon Mack did wonders behind that top ranked OL. He racked up 25 carries, 174 rushing yards and 1 TD. A ton of people (including myself) thought T.Y. Hilton would have no fantasy value with Luck gone, but boy did he shut me up. Hilton recorded 8/87/2 and looked really good out there.
Los Angeles Chargers: Continuing the trend from above, No Melvin Gordon, no Problem? Austin Ekeler looked every bit of being worthy of the "replacement". Ekeler had 154 total yards and 3 total TD's. Backup Justin Jackson performed well, averaging 9.5 yards per carry. While you have to love the stat line of Keenan Allen recording 8/123/1 but I think my favorite stat is that Hunter Henry played on 92% of the Chargers snaps. That's a good sign for his 2019 outlook. Melvin Gordon has to be feeling foolish
Cincinnati Bengals: I bet you didn't know that Andy Dalton attempted 51 passes at Seattle. While it was expected that Tyler Boyd would have the big game with A.J. Green sidelined, it was John Ross who blew up! Ross broke out, recording 7 catches, for 158 yards, and 2 TD's. Joe Mixon had 6 carries for 10 yards before leaving early on with a ankle injury. It appears that the injury is day-to-day as far as a timetable.
Seattle Seahawks: Russell Wilson played a solid game, recording a 14/20, 196 yards, and 2 TD performance. It was interesting that Tyler Lockett only had 2 targets but did get a 44 yard TD. Rookie D.K. Metcalf was the top WR with a 4/89 line. While some expected the Seahawks backfield to be a committee, Chris Carson led this offense. he had 21 total touches for 81 total yards and 2 TD's. Rashaad Penny owners are punching the air right now.
Detroit Lions: I'm not one of those that like to gloat and say I told you so, but I told you so. For those who touted Kerryon Johnson to break out this year due to a high usage and blah blah blah, are you content with your third round pick getting 16 carries for 49 yards? Backup C.J. Anderson had 11 carries for 35 yards. The matchup against the Cardinals was a good one as well. Marvin Jones and Golladay had solid games but Danny Amendola (7/104/1) and the rookie TJ Hockenson (6/131/1) were the main weapons for Stafford.
Arizona Cardinals: Struggling most of the game, Kyler Murray rallied the Cardinals, coming back and ultimately getting a tied game. He had 308 yards, 2 TD's and 1 INT. I think it's safe to say David Johnson is back, as he had 138 total yards and a TD. The ageless wonder we don't deserve Larry Fitzgerald had an 8/113/1 game and how can you not be stoked for him? Despite getting 12 targets, 2nd year WR Christian Kirk flopped with a 3/42.
New York Giants: Eli Manning quietly threw 300 yards in week one against the tough Cowboys D. We already know how good Saquon Barkley is, recording 139 total yards in his season debut. In my opinion, the real winner here was Evan Engram. With OBJ no longer in NY, Manning looked to Engram often, putting up a 11/116/1 stat line. I don't know about you but that's a WR like stat line.
Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott had a remarkable season debut at home. He recorded 405 yards and 4 passing TD's. Zeke was limited as expected, putting up 63 total yards and a score. Although Amari Cooper balled out with a 6/106/1 line, 2nd year Michael Gallup shined with a 7/158 line. Gallup had a sensational 62 yard play which showed how explosive he is. The Cowboys looked really good in week one.
San Francisco 49ers: Jimmy Garoppolo doesn't look good once again and this was as easy of a matchup as you could ask for. Tevin Coleman suffered a high ankle sprain which sounds like a multi week injury. Matt Breida will be the main RB while Raheem Mostert should be the change of pace back. Mostert could be a sneaky waiver pickup against the Bengals D that just gave 2 TD's up to Chris Carson. Offseason poster child, said breakout star Dante Pettis had one catch for 7 yards.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: As a Buccaneers fan, this was so bad. Winston went 20/36, for 194 yards, 1 TD, and 3 INT. 2 of those INT's happen to be pick 6's. The most confusing thing of this game was the lack of involvement of pro-bowl WR Mike Evans, who had a 2/28 line on just 5 targets. Chris Godwin was solid with a 3/53/1 line but the sneaky winner of this week was Ronald Jones. he had 13 carries for 75 yards and had a 18 yard reception. He had some big plays while Peyton Barber continued to run like a turtle.
Pittsburgh Steelers: They simply got dismantled by the Patriots. James Conner had 21 rushing yards but helped his fantasy game a little with a 4/44 receiving line. People who just check the box score will see a 6/78 line from Juju Smith-Schuster, which seems solid but the majority of that line came in the last drive of the game where the Patriots were up 33-6. I'm not worried about Juju because the Patriots historically game plan to take away the team's top target.
New England Patriots: You see the Patriots embarrass the Steelers on national TV 33-6, and you can't help but wonder how over powered they will be with Antonio Brown for the remainder of the season. Josh Gordon (3/73/1), Julian Edelman (6/83), and Phillip Dorsett (4/95/2) all had great games but the big downer on this game was 2nd year RB Sony Michel. He saw more carries (15), than yards (14), and that's just depressing considering what he did last year as a rookie. Huge props to the Patriots defense for playing high level ball all game.
Houston Texans: despite the OL struggling once again, Deshaun Watson came to play! he had 268 pass yards, 40 rush yards, and 4 total TD's. Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson turned out to be a solid committee, combining 173 total yards. Although he dropped 3 passes after dropping zero in all 2018, Deandre Hopkins had an amazing 8/111/2 line. Will Fuller and Kenny Stills also proved to be valuable deep threats, both having big plays in the game.
New Orleans Saints: The Saints got off to a slow start, but they ended up having multiple players who had great fantasy performances. Starting with QB Drew Brees, he threw for 370 yards 2 TD's and 1INT. Michael Thomas (10/123) and Ted Ginn (7/101 were open all night long for Drew Brees. Although it was Latavius Murray who scored the TD today, Alvin Kamara was the top Saint for me today. Kamara touched the ball 20 times with 169 total yards. His elusiveness is a pure cheat code.
Denver Broncos: Being honest, I didn't see this coming. I expected this Vic Fangio led defense to destroy the Raiders tonight but it was completely opposite. On the offensive side, 2nd year WR Courtland Sutton had a good night with 7/120, while Emmanuel Sanders had 5/86/1 and continues to be a fantasy value pick every year. What's interesting is the running back committee we have on our hands as Phillip Lindsay touched the ball 11 times and Royce Freeman 10 times.
Oakland Raiders: After everything that happened this offseason, I had my beliefs that the Raiders would be so bad, but I missed on that. They completely embarrassed on what I thought was going to be an elite Broncos defense. Derek Carr only threw 4 incompletions tonight and was accurate throughout the game. Today's win on offense had to do with the new additions! Tyrell Williams (6/105/1) and Darren Waller (7/70) looked great but how about the 1st round back from Alabama in Josh Jacobs. The rookie had his way tonight, getting 113 yards and 2 TD's.