WEEK 1

Note: The charts show my comfort level for starting each player at that position.  Read through the comments for each game to get the detail behind the charts.  Good luck!

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Thursday Night

Texans @ Chiefs
Deshaun Watson QB1 Patrick Mahomes
QB2
RB1 Clyde Edwards-Helaire
David Johnson RB2
WR1 Tyreek Hill
WR2
Will Fuller WR3
TE1 Travis Kelce
Brandin Cooks? Flex Sammy Watkins?
Randall Cobb Flex
No Thanks DEF Probably Not
Duke Johnson Bench Mecole Hardman (patience)
Jordan Akins Bench Darrel Williams
Darren Fells Bench

Don’t overthink your Chiefs: Start Mahomes, Clyde, Hill and Kelce.  We are excited for Hardman and maybe Watkins, but leave them on the bench for now.

The Texans are a total wild card on offense this year with new WRs and David Johnson.  We’re starting Watson as our QB1 no doubt, and as long as Fuller is healthy you’re starting him.  Because of the potential high scoring affair, it makes sense to put Brandin Cooks in our lineups and maybe Randall Cobb, but I’m OK with waiting on Cobb to see how this offense looks.  You invested an early pick in David Johnson, so go ahead and start him as your RB2.  We’ll monitor Duke’s involvement.  Keep an eye on the TEs as well, especially Jordan Akins.

Enjoy this one!  Football is back!!!


Sunday Early Games

Seahawks @ Falcons
Russell Wilson QB1 Matt Ryan
QB2
RB1
Chris Carson RB2 Todd Gurley
Tyler Lockett WR1 Julio Jones
DK Metcalf WR2 Calvin Ridley
WR3
TE1 Hayden Hurst
Flex
Flex
Probably Not DEF Nah
Greg Olsen? Bench Russell Gage
Phillip Dorsett Bench Brian Hill

This is an exciting offensive game for fantasy.  You’re starting the big name guys that you spent draft picks in Russell Wilson, Chris Carson, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf.  Keep an eye on Greg Olsen as a potential WW pickup, he could be more involved than we envision right now.  No other Seahawks can be trusted, and this main core will remain in our lineups going forward.

Same thing for ATL.  You’re starting Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Todd Gurley every week he is healthy.  Hayden Hurst had a TE1 pricetag in drafts so he’s likely in your lineups right away.  Monitor the backup RB situation behind Gurley and keep an eye on Russell Gage’s involvement for a potential WW add at some point.

This should be a popular game to stack in DFS and has all of the makings of a shootout.


Jets @ Buffalo
QB1 Josh Allen
QB2
RB1
Le’Veon Bell RB2
WR1
WR2 Stefon Diggs
Jamison Crowder WR3 John Brown
Chris Herndon TE1
Flex Devin Singletary
Flex Zack Moss
Nope DEF START
Sam Darnold Bench Dawson Knox
Denzel Mims Bench Cole Beasley
Breshad Perriman Bench

The Jets should be better this year but it still feels like they’ll be riding the struggle bus.  You drafted Bell as your RB2, hopefully in a PPR league.  Jamison Crowder and Chris Herndon should be the two primary targets along with Bell, so I’m open to starting both guys right away.  I’m not sure I’m starting Sam Darnold as a QB2 even in Superflex, would rather wait and see what this passing attack looks like.

Start your Bills.  Josh Allen is a QB1.  His new WR Stefon Diggs is in our lineups as our WR2/3 and I’d even start John Brown this week as a WR3/Flex.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see Cole Beasley do some damage as well, but I’m OK with leaving him on the bench.  The Bills will be able to control this game, perhaps leading to a run heavy 2nd half attack with Zack Moss and Devin Singletary.  I’m open to both guys being low end RB2/Flexes.  Go ahead and start that Bills defense too.


Bears @ Lions
QB1
QB2 Matthew Stafford
RB1
Tarik Cohen RB2
Allen Robinson WR1
WR2 Marvin Jones
WR3
TE1 TJ Hockenson
Anthony Miller Flex Kenny Golladay?
Flex
Flex
Maybe DEF Probably Not
Mitch Trubisky? Bench Kerryon Johnson
Jimmy Graham Bench D’Andre Swift
Bench Adrian Peterson

Mitch Trubisky has been named the opening day starter.  I’m not sure how I feel about him as a QB2 in Superflex leagues, but that’d be the only league I’d consider him in.  We’re starting Allen Robinson for sure as our WR1.  Tarik Cohen is an interesting RB2/Flex in PPR leagues while Montgomery is out.  Anthony Miller could also have some WR3/Flex value this week.  I’m watching Jimmy Graham from the bench to see what he looks like in this offense before we consider him again.  The Lions defense is still nothing great, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see Trubisky play well here.

The Bears defense is still their strongest asset and makes Matthew Stafford more of a QB2 in Superflex, not sure I’m comfortable with him as my QB1 in standard leagues.  Kenny Golladay tweaked his hamstring this week and is looking very questionable at best, so I’m thinking we keep him on the bench even if he plays.  This will make Marvin Jones Jr. a solid WR2/3 option.  Danny Amendola has also been limited, so I think we can expect to see rookie Quintez Cephus get some run here right away.  Monitor him for a potential WW add.  TJ Hockenson is expected to make a leap this year into the TE1 conversation, so I think he can be started as your TE this week, but if you have another option with an easier matchup, I’d be ok with him on the bench.  Although, with a potentially limited Golladay, Hock is looking much better here. We cannot trust any Lions RB until further notice.  Expect the Lions to rely on their passing weapons and use their RBBC approach.


Packers @ Vikings
Aaron Rodgers QB1
QB2 Kirk Cousins
Aaron Jones RB1 Dalvin Cook
RB2
Davante Adams WR1 Adam Thielen
WR2
WR3
TE1
Allen Lazard Flex
Start DEF Nope
Jamaal Williams Bench Irv Smith Jr.
MVS Bench Kyle Rudolph
AJ Dillon Bench Olabisi Johnson
Tonyan/Sternberger Bench Justin Jefferson

This Packers team dominated the Vikings back in Week 16 last year and could be a sneaky offense for DFS this week.  Aaron Rodgers can be your low end QB1 in standard leagues and should be started in Superflex formats.  The Vikings have little to no experience at the CB position, so expect Rodgers to tear it up with Davante Adams as your WR1.  Aaron Jones also blasted the Vikings in both games last year and is a Top 5 upside RB this week.  The Vikings defense is not what it used to be and will be challenged in the running game up the middle as well as with their young corners.  Allen Lazard is a boom/bust WR3/Flex play.  No other Packers should be started, but keep an eye on MVS.  I think you could even start the Packers defense in this one.

The Vikings will be a simple fantasy evaluation.  You’re starting Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen every week.  Kirk Cousins is a QB2 option in Superflex leagues.  We need to watch and see who develops as the best 3rd and 4th options on this team.  Guys to monitor are Irv Smith Jr. and Olabisi Johnson.  I’m not sure I like Kyle Rudolph this year but he’ll always be a boom/bust TD guy.  Justin Jefferson is the 3rd WR on the depth chart and will have to earn his spot over Johnson.  We’ll see how much work Alexander Mattison gets, but keep him on the bench for now.


Dolphins @ Patriots
QB1
Ryan Fitzpatrick QB2 Cam Newton
RB1
RB2 James White
WR1
WR2 Julian Edelman
DeVante Parker? WR3
Mike Gesicki TE1
Preston Williams? Flex
Nah DEF Start
Jordan Howard Bench Rex Burkhead
Matt Breida Bench Sony Michel
Bench N’Keal Harry
Bench Jakobi Meyers

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named the Week 1 starter, yet is only a QB2 option in Superflex leagues.  He lit up the Pats D in Week 17 last year and could be a sneaky play again.  His primary weapons can also be considered in our lineups with DeVante Parker as your WR3, Preston Williams as your WR3/Flex, and Mike Gesicki as your TE1 streaming option.  Please note that DeVante Parker and Preston Williams have been limited all week, so temper expectations. This Pats D is still very good, so we’ll see if any of that magic carries over from Week 17.  I’m not sure I trust either Jordan Howard or Matt Breida yet, so I’l like to see what this backfield looks like before I dive in.  If Preston and Parker are both limited though, we might see the Dolphins with a run heavy attack with Howard and Breida.  This one has so many outcomes, so I’m not sure I’m trusting my Dolphins this week.

The Cam Newton era is upon us!  He can be your QB2 in Superflex for sure, possible QB1 streamer in standard leagues.  He’ll be relying heavily on Julian Edelman and James White in the passing game, so fire up both of these weapons.  The rest of the Patriots offense is super cloudy and likely requires patience.  I’m not sure I can trust N’Keal Harry or Jakobi Meyers yet.  The running backs are going to all split carries between Michel, Burkhead and White.  Damien Harris is on IR to star the year so he will make this even messier once he returns.  Keep an eye on rookie TE Devin Asiasi as a potential WW add down the line.  Burkhead had a nice camp catching passes from Newton, so keep a watch out for that as well.


Eagles @ Washington
QB1
Carson Wentz QB2 Dwayne Haskins
RB1
Miles Sanders? RB2
WR1
WR2 Terry McLaurin
DeSean Jackson WR3 Steven Sims Jr.
Zach Ertz TE1
Dallas Goedert Flex Antonio Gibson
Jalen Reagor? Flex
Boston Scott Flex
Maybe DEF Nah
Greg Ward Bench Logan Thomas
JJ Arcega-Whiteside Bench JD McKissic

The Eagles offense comes in a little banged up at OL and WR.  The Washington pass rush will be disruptive and makes me hesitant for Carson Wentz as a QB1, best as a QB2 in Superflex.  Miles Sanders reports are that he’ll be limited a bit Week 1 as he has not practiced for a couple of weeks now.  His practice participation as been iffy all week and now appears he is heading towards a gametime decision.  If you have him and he plays, he’s just a PPR RB2 for me.  This is making me like Boston Scott as a Flex option in PPR leagues.  Wentz will be relying heavily on Zach Ertz, who is your TE1 every week.  I’m assuming DeSean Jackson will be a not so sneaky DFS option this week and can be a WR3/Flex, especially with him being at full health to start the year.  Dallas Goedert is listed as a Flex because he could be streamed as a TE1, maybe seeing 5-6 targets at least.  We’ll see if any of the backup WRs can make a splash in Greg Ward and JJ Arcega Whiteside, but I’m not interested for fantasy.  Philly D can be started in hopes of Haskins turnovers. I’m open to Jalen Reagor as your WR3/Flex if he gets the green light for Sunday.  He was a full participant in practice on Thursday/Friday and had a lot of buzz in camp, but I get it if you wanted to wait and leave him on the bench.  Also, Corey Clement could be used a bit more this week if they keep Sanders limited.

The new look Washington Football Team will be an exciting young group this year.  Dwayne Haskins played well last year in Week 16 against Philly, throwing for 261yds, 2TDs, no picks and 26 rushing yards.  The Eagles also have a very stout front 7 and added Darius Slay to the secondary, so we might expect some bumps in this one for Washington.  Haskins will take his shots with Terry McLaurin who can be your WR2 with upside.  Slot WR Steven Sims could be the leader in receptions and targets in this one though, so I’m willing to put him as a WR3/Flex in PPR leagues.  The running game will be interesting to watch with JD McKissic, Antonio Gibson and Bryce Love.  I think Gibson is the only one I’ll recommend in your lineups due to the draft capital here.  He can be your RB2/Flex in PPR.  The last name to keep an eye on is TE Logan Thomas, former college QB turned TE.  I’m expecting this game to be a little ugly in terms of smoothness, but some big plays can be made.


Raiders @ Panthers
QB1
Derek Carr QB2 Teddy Bridgewater
Josh Jacobs RB1 Christian McCaffrey
RB2
WR1 DJ Moore
WR2
Hunter Renfrow WR3
Darren Waller TE1
Henry Ruggs Flex Robby Anderson
Nah DEF NOPE (all year)
Bryan Edwards Bench Curtis Samuel
Jalen Richard Bench Ian Thomas

This game might be one of the most high scoring affairs of the early slate.  The Panthers Defense will be among the league’s worst this year in all phases.  Josh Jacobs is a smash RB1 and has Top 5 upside this week.  This also makes me like Derek Carr as a QB2 in Superflex leagues.  He has some exciting new WRs to use in Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards.  I think I’m OK with flexing Ruggs, but I’d like to see what Edwards can do first. One of Edwards or Ruggs could end up having a huge Week 1 in DFS.  I’m liking Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow a lot, the two most trusted WRs for Carr last season.  We’ll monitor Jalen Richard’s usage from afar and see how many snaps/targets he takes away from Jacobs.  Again, I’m really excited to see what Jon Gruden has in store for this revamped WR group.

Because we expect the Raiders offense to play so well, we should also like the potential game script for the Panthers offense.  You’re starting Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore, no question.  The Raiders have a very young secondary and allowed the 5th most points to QBs last season, so I’m really into Teddy Bridgewater as your QB2 in Superflex and possible DFS option.  He’ll be boosted by CMC and Moore for sure, but also has the potential to connect deep with Robby Anderson or Curtis Samuel.  I know Samuel has had a lingering hamstring injury the last couple of weeks, so I’m OK leaving him on the bench Week 1 and seeing how he performs.  It sounds like Anderson had a nice connection with Teddy in camp, so I’m feeling a little optimistic with him as my WR3/Flex.  I think this game has the potential to be very high scoring and should be on the RedZone channel often.  Don’t be afraid to stack some of the players in DFS.


Colts @ Jaguars
QB1
Philip Rivers QB2 Gardner Minshew
RB1
Jonathan Taylor RB2
WR1
WR2 DJ Chark
TY Hilton WR3
Jack Doyle TE1
Marlon Mack Flex Chris Thompson
Flex James Robinson?
Start DEF NOPE (all year)
Michael Pittman Jr. Bench Dede Westbrook
Nyheim Hines Bench Laviska Shenault Jr.
Parris Campbell Bench Chris Conley
Bench Tyler Eifert

The Colts will look to establish the run early in this one with their duo of Marlon Mack and Jonathan Taylor.  I like both guys as RB2/Flexes against the Jags D who allowed the most fantasy points to RBs last season.  Taylor is the more exciting play at RB2, Mack the more steady Flex option.  Because I expect the Colts offense to run hot and play good defense, I’m less optimistic about the passing game here with Philip Rivers.  He’ll be a low end QB2 option in Superflex for me.  I’d expect TY Hilton to be the one guy we can trust in our lineups as a WR3/Flex.  Jack Doyle has some low end TE1 streaming value as well.  I’m leaving Michael Pittman Jr, Parris Campbell and Nyheim Hines on my bench this week in order to see how this offense looks first.

The Jaguars are going to be playing from behind a lot this year, which will make Gardner Minshew a decent QB2 option in Superflex leagues.  His main weapon will always be DJ Chark, who can be your WR2/3.  Outside of that, I’m really nervous to start any Jaguars this week.  I’m excited to see how they deploy rookie Laviska Shenault Jr, but want to wait a little bit.  Chris Thompson has low end RB2/Flex value in PPR leagues.  They just placed Devine Ozigbo on IR and already put Ryquell Armstead on the Covid List for a while, allowing UDFA James Robinson to get the start this week.  I’ve picked him up already in a few leagues just to stash and see what he’s got, so I’m not starting him just yet.  It sounds like Dede Westbrook is now down to 4th/5th on depth chart behind Shenault and Chris Conley, so he’s not in my considerations yet.  Tyler Eifert is the guy to monitor as a potential WW add for TE streaming duties.  This whole offense is a moving target, so just trust in Minshew and Chark for now.


Browns @ Ravens
QB1 Lamar Jackson
Baker Mayfield QB2
Nick Chubb RB1
RB2 Mark Ingram
WR1
WR2
Odell Beckham Jr. WR3 Marquise Brown
Austin Hooper TE1 Mark Andrews
Jarvis Landry? Flex JK Dobbins?
Kareem Hunt Flex
Nah DEF Start
Bench Miles Boykin

The new HC for the Browns is Kevin Stefanski, leading me to believe that this team wants to Run the Ball a lot this year.  You’re starting Nick Chubb no doubt.  I think Kareem Hunt needs to be in your lineups as your RB2/Flex in PPR leagues.  The RBs will be the engine of this team and hopefully allow Baker Mayfield to be in better situations and not force things as much.  Baker played decently in the two games against the Ravens last year, so I’m open to him as your QB2 in Superflex.  You drafted Odell Beckham highly so start him as your WR2/3.  Jarvis Landry can be your WR3/Flex, but be aware that they might limit him as he’s still returning from his injury/surgery.  The big FA addition in Austin Hooper will be a fun reveal this week and I’m open to him as your TE1.  We’re not touching any defense that plays against Lamar, so leave Cleveland on your bench or the WW.

The Ravens will have a very simple fantasy outlook this year.  You are starting Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown every week they are healthy.  Mark Ingram will be your RB2 until we see otherwise.  The most important thing to watch going forward will be how much they use rookie JK Dobbins and second year WR Miles Boykin.  Dobbins would be a risky flex play, but all he needs is 1 play to make your day.  I’m OK with leaving him on your bench to feel him out for a game or two though.  Same with Boykin.  He could be a hot WW add soon, so stay tuned.  This Ravens offense could be even better this year, which is a terrifying thought.


Sunday Afternoon Games

Chargers @ Bengals
QB1
Tyrod Taylor QB2 Joe Burrow
Austin Ekeler RB1 Joe Mixon
RB2
WR1
Keenan Allen WR2 Tyler Boyd
WR3 AJ Green
Hunter Henry TE1
Flex
Flex
DEF Nah
Joshua Kelley Bench John Ross
Bench Auden Tate

I’m taking a wait and see approach with the Chargers this week.  Tyrod Taylor is a fun DFS play and potential QB2 in Superflex.  You’re starting Austin Ekeler every week as your RB1/2, hopefully you have him in 1/2 or Full PPR.  Keenan Allen should easily be the leading target in this offense so I’m cool with him as your WR2/3 this week.  And with the absence of Mike Williams, feel free to fire up Hunter Henry as your TE1.  Please monitor Joshua Kelley’s usage this week, as he could be a hot WW add in Week 2.  If you have room on your roster and he’s available, he might be worth a stash over the weekend.

Congrats Bengals fans.  We’ve made it to the debut of QB1 Joe Burrow.  He’ll be just a QB2 in Superflex for me against this tough Chargers defense, even without Derwin James.  You’re starting Joe Mixon of course as your RB1/2.  I love Tyler Boyd every week as your WR2/3 in PPR leagues.  And as long as AJ Green is healthy, he’ll be worth a shot as your WR3/Flex.  I’m interested to see who rotates in as the WR3 in this offense between John Ross and Auden Tate.  Both guys have big play ability and can help stretch the field, but we’ll leave them on the bench for now.  I’m not sure how healthy Tee Higgins is at the moment, so we’ll monitor him as well.


Buccaneers @ Saints
Tom Brady QB1 Drew Brees
QB2
RB1 Alvin Kamara
RB2
Chris Godwin WR1 Michael Thomas
Mike Evans?? WR2
WR3 Emmanuel Sanders
Rob Gronkowski TE1 Jared Cook
Ronald Jones Flex
Probably Not DEF Maybe
Leonard Fournette? Bench
OJ Howard Bench Tre’Quan Smith
Scotty Miller Bench Ty Montgomery
LeSean McCoy Bench Latavius Murray

Game of the Week??!!

We’re going to be starting Tom Brady as a QB1, best as your QB2 in Superflex.  With all of this Mike Evans hamstring news, Chris Godwin is a smash play as your WR1.  If you have Evans, please monitor his reports leading up to gametime and make sure you have a backup plan in place.  If he plays, I still think I’m looking elsewhere for my WR2/3.  I think we can go ahead and get Rob Gronkowski in our lineups as your TE1 this week, especially if Evans is out.  And if Evans is indeed out, OJ Howard begins to look pretty sneaky as a TE1 streamer or DFS play.  The WR3 to monitor will Scotty Miller, he may be worth a speculative add at the end of your bench this week.  As for the RBs, ugh.  I’m thinking Ronald Jones will get the start and lions share of the carries in this game.  It sounds like they are going to give him the chance to impress within these first few games, so he has a lot riding on this opportunity.  Leonard Fournette should not be started yet until we see his snap counts and usage first.  It sounds like they’ll have some plays for him though, I just expect them to use Rojo and LeSean McCoy a bit more given the short amount of time Fournette has been there.

The Saints are going to be a funnel offense again this year.  You’re starting Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas of course.  The secondary weapons are really interesting this week in Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook.  I think Cook can be your TE1 this week and Sanders has some WR3/Flex potential in PPR leagues.  I’m going to be monitoring the backup RBs in Ty Montgomery and Latavius Murray, as well as 3rd WR Tre’Quan Smith.  For now, roll with the studs and consider Sanders and Cook.


Cardinals @ 49ers
Kyler Murray QB1
QB2 Jimmy Garappolo
Kenyan Drake RB1 Raheem Mostert
RB2
WR1
DeAndre Hopkins WR2
Christian Kirk WR3 Deebo Samuel?
TE1 George Kittle
Larry Fitzgerald Flex
Flex
Probably Not DEF Maybe
Chase Edmonds Bench Kendrick Bourne
Dan Arnold Bench Tevin Coleman
Andy Isabella Bench Brandon Aiyuk
Bench Jerick McKinnon

This game is being watched closely as the California Wild Fires and air quality may end up affecting this game.

You’re starting Kyler Murray, Kenyan Drake and DeAndre Hopkins no matter what.  The WR3/Flex options of Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald are intriguing, but I don’t feel great about it.  I’m interested to see how much work Chase Edmonds get as the #2, as well as TE Dan Arnold.  The Cardinals played well last year against the 49ers, so don’t over think it.

The 49ers are banged up at WR with Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, leading me to believe that Raheem Mostert and George Kittle are the only must starts here.  Jimmy Garoppolo could be a low end QB2 in Superflex against a suspect Cardinals defense, but I don’t feel great about it.  Monitor the WR reports of Samuel and Aiyuk leading up to kickoff, and don’t forget about Kendrick Bourne.  I don’t think I’m trusting any of them though.  Maybe the running backs get more work in the passing game in Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon.  If you’re reading this, please watch McKinnon this week.  I have a good feeling about him and he might be available in your leagues.  I’m trying to stash him for the weekend in case he pops to avoid the WW next week.


Sunday Night

Cowboys @ Rams
Dak Prescott QB1 Jared Goff
QB2
Ezekiel Elliott RB1
RB2
Amari Cooper WR1 Robert Woods
Michael Gallup WR2 Cooper Kupp
CeeDee Lamb WR3
Blake Jarwin TE1 Tyler Higbee
Flex Cam Akers?
Probably Not DEF Nope
Tony Pollard Bench Van Jefferson
Bench Josh Reynolds
Bench Malcolm Brown
Bench Gerald Everett

Theme for 2020: Start your Cowboys!  I don’t need to tell you to start Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott or Amari Cooper or even Michael Gallup.  If they are healthy and practicing in full, they are in your lineups.  The questions pop up with CeeDee Lamb and Blake Jarwin.  Is there enough volume in this offense to support all of these guys?  Yes, yes there is.  Jarwin can be your TE1 streamer in hopes of a TD and high leverage 5-6 targets, and CeeDee Lamb could be your WR3/Flex with the hopes of getting 6-8 targets, mostly from the slot.  I love this offense for fantasy this year again and am super confident that there is enough to go around for everyone.

The Rams offense should continue to be trusted with their passing attack.  Jared Goff enters QB1 territory this weekend against the soft Dallas secondary.  He’ll be chucking the ball to Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp the most, so make sure they’re in your lineups as they should be.  Tyler Higbee is a huge question mark but I’m confident this week against Dallas, who struggled against TEs last year.  Gerald Everett might even be able to post some TE1 worthy numbers, so monitor his usage for a potential WW add down the line.  I simply do not trust the Rams offensive line and running backs here.  I need to see how this RBBC looks before I advise starting Cam Akers, Malcolm Brown or even Darrell Henderson.


Monday Night

Steelers @ Giants
Ben Roethlisberger QB1
QB2 Daniel Jones
James Conner RB1 Saquon Barkley
RB2
Juju Smith-Schuster WR1
WR2
Diontae Johnson WR3 Sterling Shepard
Eric Ebron TE1 Evan Engram
Flex Golden Tate
Start DEF Nope
Chase Claypool Bench Darius Slayton
Benny Snell Bench
James Washington Bench

The Steelers are back! Ben is back! And Juju! And Conner!  This could be really fun.  I know everyone like to add the asterisk and say “if they stay healthy”, but they are healthy now.  The Giants defense will be picked on in the passing game, giving me hopes that Ben Roethlisberger could cash in a QB1 week.  You’re starting James Conner every week he is healthy, and he’s got Top 5 upside in this one.  You’re also starting Juju as your 3rd or 4th round pick.  The questions come with whether to start 2nd Year WR Diontae Johnson or new FA TE Eric Ebron.  I’m excited for Diontae, although he has missed a good amount of practice time lately.  He’ll be a WR3/Flex for me this week.  Eric Ebron had really solid camp reviews and could be streamed as your TE1; the Giants are among the league worst against TEs.  We’ll be monitoring rookie WR Chase Claypool as well as James Washington.  I’ll also keep an eye on Benny Snell Jr. and Anthony McFarland.  Expect the Steelers to control this game with great defense, a solid running game and some downfield fireworks.

The Giants start off their season against the Steelers, Bears and 49ers.  I have a feeling my fantasy evaluation will be very similar during these next three games.  I like Daniel Jones but nothing more than a QB2 in Superflex leagues.  The only NYG players I feel great about is Saquon Barkley of course.  Everything else is up in the air.  I like Sterling Shepard quite a bit, but just as your WR3/Flex.  They could be forced to throw the ball more than they want to, which also makes Evan Engram as your TE1.  Golden Tate has come up on the injury reports as not being 100%, so monitor this situation closely leading into the weekend.  I’m not sure I want to throw Darius Slayton out there just yet, so keep him on the bench for now, but I get the desire to use him if Tate is ruled out. I’m just very nervous about this Daniel Jones vs Steelers Defense matchup, so I’m likely staying away.


Titans @ Broncos
QB1
Ryan Tannehill QB2 Drew Lock
Derrick Henry RB1
RB2 Melvin Gordon
AJ Brown WR1
WR2
WR3 Courtland Sutton??
Jonnu Smith TE1 Noah Fant
Flex Jerry Jeudy
Flex Phillip Lindsay
Maybe DEF Nah
Corey Davis Bench
Adam Humphries Bench

The Titans roll into Denver licking their chops, as we’ve recently learned of Von Miller’s injury.  This offense is really straight forward for fantasy.  Derrick Henry is a must start every week, and I believe AJ Brown needs to be started every week as well.  He’ll be going up against AJ Bouye in this one, who he beat for 134yds and 1 TD last year in the back half of the season.  I’m open to Ryan Tannehill as your QB2 in Superflex leagues, something I’ll be saying a lot this year.  Denver has struggled mightily against TEs the past few years, and I expect that to continue starting with Jonnu Smith this week.  He can be your TE1 streamer.  I’m not trusting Corey Davis or Adam Humphries in this one, but we’ll monitor their usage.  It feels like Henry will be fed early and often as usual, with AJ Brown and Jonnu busting some big plays in the passing game.

The Broncos will be relying on their offense a lot this year to win games, as their defense is all of a sudden a shell of its former self.  Drew Lock can be your QB2 in Superflex, a likely scenario for most of their games this year.  The running back split is something to keep an eye on in this one.  Melvin Gordon should be the “starter”, but I expect Phillip Lindsay to be used a lot as well.  Gordon could be the goal-line back and catch more passes, so he feels best as your RB2/Flex in PPR.  Lindsay can be flexed in all formats.  I’m excited to see what Courtland Sutton can do in Year 3, but he’s off to a rough start with an AC Shoulder Sprain.  I’m likely not using him this weekend and would advise starting someone on Sunday instead, as his status is up in the air.  As much as I’m excited for Sutton, I’m even more excited for the debut of 1st Round pick Jerry Jeudy.  I’d be open to him as your WR3/Flex in PPR leagues, especially if Sutton can’t go.  TE Noah Fant could be streamed in this one as well, but I have a feeling I prefer waiting again.  Please do not start this defense.

Thanks for reading,

Good Luck!!

– KGB