Last week for the most part was a very successful one for my fantasy surprises. Despite not being needed a ton, Sam Darnold produced value, James White and Cooper Kupp both produced, while the Bengals defense forced turnovers and scored a touchdown. Just one week in, it isn’t surprising if fantasy owners get into panic mode but the worst thing you can do is let that happen. You drafted a player with a high selection for a reason. If he had a rough first game the easiest thing to do is be patient. You can also benefit from this in some instances off the waiver wire. Be observant as some fantasy owners can chase points and cut players with promise for someone who had a promising week one.
QB: Nick Foles vs Buccaneers: Foles and the quarterback he’s facing this week (Ryan Fitzpatrick) are two quarterbacks whose level of play are on drastic ends of the spectrum. When they’re at their best, both show flashes of brilliance. But when that isn’t occurring there are a whole lot of head scratching moments. The matchup for Foles against a Buccaneers pass defense which struggled, could be worth looking into as a contrarian play on DFS sites. Expect around 240 total yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Alfred Morris vs Lions: The Lions defense looked pretty bad in preseason, but somehow they managed to look worse in week one. While things could get better, a short week and travelling out west won’t help. Morris isn’t much of a receiving threat, but the Niners used him at the goal-line last week, and if the 49ers have to burn clock he should see a bigger role. Expecting around 10 to 15 touches with 60 total yards and a touchdown, he could be a nice value.
WR: Quincy Enunwa vs Dolphins: The Dolphins are a better secondary than given credit for, but if Enunwa’s volume last week is an indication, he could become a matchup proof player in ppr leagues. Enunwa had nearly 50 percent of Sam Darnold’s passes thrown his way in week one. While that’s not sustainable, he should be a threat to see double digit targets weekly and has the size to be a redzone threat. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Benjamin Watson vs Browns: Watson isn’t a sexy pick, but with Delanie Walker and Greg Olsen being out extensively he’s an option available. This week he should see another handful of targets in a favorable matchup that could be high scoring. He’s worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues and some exposure to in DFS. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Brandon McManus vs Raiders: The Raiders defense on many occasions would “bend but not break” by allowing field goals rather than touchdowns. That could work out well for McManus who as a result would see extra opportunities with the altitude working in his favor. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DST: Giants vs Cowboys: There are still questions about the Giants defense, but the Cowboys offense looked so bad last week they’re at least worth a look. Travis Fredrick’s unfortunate absence could lead to a better matchup for Damon Harrison to attempt to clog the run game, and the Cowboys are clearly lacking weapons outside. Expect around three sacks, and two turnovers.