By: Mac Whaley
The lucky jersey was pulled off the hanger. The snacks were out. The television was on and the room was loud. After seven months of waiting, the NFL returned with a bang. Although the Fantasy servers were down, football fans’ spirits were high at the first full day of action of the 2016 season.
Most fantasy seasons begin with an air of mystery, as all bets are off. However, with week two just around the corner, everyone has a better sense of what to expect:
Carson Wentz, QB, PHI
Wentz shined in his debut at the helm of a revamped Eagles offense. Wentz made many NFL ready throws to lead the Philadelphia looks to continue their offensive success against a Bears defense that gave up 230 yards and two TDs through the air against Houston. Wentz has fewer offensive weapons than the Texans do, but still expect Wentz to have another impressive showing next Monday night.
Eli Rogers, WR, PIT
Eli Rogers made the most of his appearance in Monday’s game against the Redskins. He came through on a majority of his targets and hauled in a touchdown for the Steelers. With Markus Wheaten on the mend and Martavis Bryant on the couch for a little while, the time is now or never to get the most out of Rogers’ value before it starts to slide.
CJ Anderson, HB, DEN
The Denver Broncos were arguably viewed as a hit or miss team that would be carried by the defense. Not so, said CJ Anderson, who erupted for 25 points in the Week 1 upset over the favored Panthers. The Anderson we saw power through tacklers in 2014 returned to form. With Trevor Siemian struggling with decision making, and a lack of Ronnie Hillman behind him, starting CJ Anderson is a good idea against a subpar Colts defense.
Denver Broncos D/ST
Although the Broncos did pull out a late victory, the defense struggled, only picking up 1 interception and 5 points overall for the week. While they did only hold the mighty Carolina Panthers offense to 20 points, it is not advisable to play them this week against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. While they will continue to stop the run efficiently, expect Luck to torch the Broncos through the air in Week 2. Look for a D/ST unit that will put up more than just 5 points, as I expect will be the outcome once again.
Tavon Austin, WR, LA
Tavon Austin certainly has the athleticism to be great in the NFL. However, he is far too inconsistent. On Monday, Austin caught 4 catches for just 13 yards – yikes. 4 catches might make for a decent day, but making that out of 12 targets? Double yikes. Playing against the renowned Seahawks defense, you might want Tavon Austin to start paying the rent on Bench Avenue. Or kick him to the Free Agency curb. You might be the landlord of your team, but probably won’t reign supreme in your league starting Austin.
Matt Jones, HB, WAS
Matt Jones came into the season with high expectation for a Washington Redskins team that (somehow) made the playoffs in 2015. Once again, Monday night was a reminder that Washington simply cannot run the ball. Although Jones only tallied 7 touches against the Steelers, it’s possible his workload could increase against an inferior Dallas team. It’s hard to say, however, if an increase in workload will be binary with an increase in production. Jones’ preseason shoulder injury adds to the many reasons why he should remain on your bench in Week 2.
(Feature photo: ANdy Antipin, Flickr)