By Luke Moehle
I will be analyzing the key matchups favoring or opposing your teams’ fantasy football members based on positional matchups, weekly health reports and other factors that may aid or impair their fantasy performance.
Top Point Scorer: Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
As difficult as it is to pick a quarterback as the top point scorer while he is listed as “questionable”, I have to do just that here. Big Ben looks to bounce back from a terrible road trip to Cleveland. He is slated to do more than just bounce back against a Chiefs defense that allowed 424 yards through the air to Philip Rivers this past Sunday. Considering the fast past scoring that Kansas City showed in its season opener, expect Roethlisberger to have a league high amount of drop-backs this week.
- 350+ yards, 3 TDs.
Start ‘Em: Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs
The highly anticipated season debut of Patrick Mahomes was everything that NFL fans could have wanted, that is unless he is shredding up your team’s defense. New found tandem of Tyreek Hill and Mahomes appears to be one of the most special in all of football, but I still do not believe we have seen all of his ability. The Chiefs boast more offensive weapons than they can really use with Kelce, Watkins, and Hunt seeing a relatively small workload in week one. With two time All-Pro corner, Joe Haden, banged up, Patrick “ShowTime” Mahomes is poised to continue to impress.
- 250+ yards, 2 TD’s, 1 INT & 20 rushing yards, 1 TD
Sit ‘Em: Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans
Unfortunately, the Titans’ offense was unable to find a rhythm due to the fact that their 12pm ET game finally concluded at 7:08, becoming the longest game in NFL history (weather). Tennessee would go on to not only lose the game, but also Delanie Walker. Walker served as the go to guy for Mariota in the red zone, and without him I don’t see him having a stellar week against the Texans.
The Running Backs:
Top Point Scorer: Alvin Kamara – New Orleans Saints
Rookie James Conner sliced and diced his way to 34.2 point day against the Browns last weekend, which was good for second best among running backs. Behind who?, you ask, none other than Alvin Kamara himself, Drew Brees showed his trust in throwing the ball to his running back. Kamara will get his yards on the ground, but his value is found in catching the ball.
- 75 yards rushing, 1 TD & 7 catches, 50+ yards receiving
Start ‘Em: Adrian Peterson – Washington Redskins
One week removed from scoring his 100th career NFL rushing touchdown, the future HOF’er will look to tack on to that total. Facing a Colts’ defense that has already shown that they struggle against the run, Peterson should be looking at another active week in his age 33 season.
– 80 yards rushing, 1 TD & 3 catches, 20 yards receiving
Sit ‘Em: LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills
Disappointing is the best way to describe Shady McCoy and the Bills in week one. After a terrible 26 yard performance last week against the Ravens, McCoy will not be catching a break against the Chargers run defense who was able to contain sophomore sensation Kareem Hunt. It does not get much worse than last week for LeSean McCoy’s fantasy owners, but I cannot see it changing for the better this time around.
The Wide Receivers:
Top Point Scorer: Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers
It only makes sense that my top quarterback projection has a counterpart at the top; it also does not hurt that his top target just so happens to be the best at his position. Antonio Brown has a history of taking care of business against the Chiefs.
- 10 catches, 150 yards, 1 TD
Start ‘Em: Cole Beasley – Dallas Cowboys
“I feel like we were kind of figuring out this game”, said Cole Beasley after the abysmal performance of the Dallas Cowboys offense. Quarterback Dak Prescott has made it clear that Beasley is a player that he plans to lean on in the attempt to replace Dez Bryant. The Cowboys offense has many inconsistencies, but the things that will remain the constant are that Zeke will get his carries and Beasley will get his targets.
- 6 catches, 55 yards, 1 TD
Sit ‘Em: Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders
For a second straight week Cooper is my sit of the week, he looks outright sluggish. After tearing up the league in his first two seasons, the Raiders number one receiver on the depth chart seems to be nothing more than waste of cap space. In a week two matchup against the Broncos, I do not see him reaching more than three receptions.
The Tight Ends:
Top Point Scorer: Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots
Until someone dethrones the tight end king or he is taken out by injury, Rob Gronkowski is the obvious choice at the position. With Edelman out, it seems like Brady is always looking his way. Even against a tough Jaguar defensive unit, we all know Gronk is gonna grind out his fantasy points.
- 6 catches, 65 yards, 1 TD
Start ‘Em: George Kittle – San Francisco 49’ers
Feel free to open another tab and look up George Kittle. Despite not being a big name, he is a favorite of Jimmy Garoppolo. In the season opener he drew nine looks and hauled in five of them for 90 yards. Kittle has a good chance to cross the goal line against a week Detroit defense.
- 5 catches, 55 yards, 1 TD
Sit ‘Em: Will Dissly – Seattle Seahawks
Mr. Dissly, a tip of the cap to you sir. After an amazing week one performance of 105 yards and a touchdown, I am not quite ready to jump on the fourth round draftee’s bandwagon. The tight end role against the Chicago Bears can be summed up in two words… Khalil Mack. The last thing that Pete offense needs is for Russell Wilson to go down. I see Dissly primarily as a blocker this week.