Fantasy Football Tips – NFL Week 1 by James Platt
ITS WEEK 1 OF THE NFL SEASON 2018!
Its finally here and I’ve put together a list of players you may own in your leagues that you should think about starting. Good luck to everyone playing this week as week 1 is always the hardest fantasy week to predict!
My Tips This Week
Andy Dalton has shown with a good complement of offensive weapons and protection that he can have a very good season. He is currently owned in just 2.5% of fantasy leagues and is starting in just 0.5% of leagues, according to NFL.com, and week 9 is his bye week. This week he faces the Colts, who outside of second year safety Malik Hooker, have no place to hold this offense back. With a now promising offensive line, Joe Mixon can take the heat off Dalton and improve play action to his two stud receivers. Look at your current starting QB and see if Dalton may have a better matchup.
With Jerrick McKinnon out for the year with a torn ACL my favourite underrated running back in the league has another shot at reviving his career under Shanahan. He was a pro bowler in this scheme, but some people are seeming to prefer Matt Breida despite Morris being proven. This week they are against the Vikings so a tough matchup, but I think Morris will be put in good situations to succeed.
The Patriots made a controversial decision to only leave three true receivers on the 53 man roster come cutdown day. That is Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett. What does this mean? 1) It probably means a lot of targets for Gronk but 2) also a lot of targets for Hogan as the only other proven target in the receiving corps. The Texans aren’t exactly stacked in the defensive backfield, so Hogan might be able to exploit them for a big game.
The Redskins were the 7th worst team against tight ends last year with minimal tweaks to this defensive roster I wouldn’t expect much to change. Seals-Jones is not a household name, but Sam Bradford loves his tight ends and Seals-Jones could prove to be a nice intermediary target with a nice big frame. While everyone focuses on David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald the inexperienced tight end can work behind the Redskins front seven.
New Orleans Saints
With everyone hyping up the Ravens defense, which I completely understand against Nathan Peterman, they all seem to have forgotten about the Saints rejuvenated D from a year ago. They added another premier pass rusher in the draft and another shutdown corner in free agency. Who are they playing? Ryan Fitzpatrick. The guy who has only really had one good year. I expect this Saints defense to bring all hell to the Buccaneers and make Fitzpatrick wish he had just gone quietly into retirement.