Written by Brandon Depouw @bdepouw09 on Twitter and @bdepoo on the Fantasy Life App
Week One of fantasy football is finally here,
Wondering if your drafts were solid this year.
Winning is everything with your eye on the prize,
Cutting your leagues down to size.
Hold on now here we go,
Your fantasy skills are about to show.
The time has come now to rise up and play
Hell yeah, Fantasy Football, it’s a beautiful day!
Ladies and Gentleman, the time has finally come and I could not be more excited as I channel my inner poetic desires. Seriously though, if you suffered through that entire thing, you deserve a medal.
Enough of that for now, I will get to what you clicked on this article for, thank you by the way. Musts and Busts will be my way of guiding you through the tough lineup decisions you will endure throughout the Fantasy Football season. I will suggest multiple players at each position that I see having a solid week that you may or may not, as well as the ones I don’t see having solid weeks. Keep in mind, I am not going to be the guy to tell you to start Aaron Rodgers or Antonio Brown every week…. But I very well will tell you when I don’t think it’s the best of ideas (those two are bad examples but, you get it). Enough is enough, let’s get to the Week One Musts & Busts!
Derek Carr @ New Orleans Saints - Must
Jameis Winston @ Atlanta Falcons - Must
Kirk Cousins vs. Pittsburgh Steelers - Must
Tyrod Taylor @ Baltimore Ravens – Bust
Marcus Mariota vs. Minnesota Vikings – Bust
Key Must: Derek Carr @ New Orleans Saints – Facing off against the team whom finished last year 31st against the pass in 2015 makes Derek Carr’s regular season opener one to look out for. It is even interesting that this young starter has played his better games on the road as well. Posting 17 Td / 3 Int on the road compared to his 15 Td / 10 Int rate on his home field. If you drafted him you did know he is ranked as a Top 15 QB, but the first week of the season, he’s going to be playing like a Top 5 Quarterback.
Lamar Miller vs. Chicago Bears – Must
Duke Johnson Jr. @ Philadelphia Eagles – Must
Matt Jones vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Bust
Ryan Mathews vs. Cleveland Browns – Must
Tennessee Titans Rb’s vs. Minnesota Vikings – Bust
Key Bust: Tennessee Titans Rb’s vs. Minnesota Vikings – Week One against the Vikings is not going to be an easy task for this backfield. Minnesota is looking like a playoff team on both sides of the ball and even though last year the Purple People Eater defense ranked 17th in rushing yards allowed, they were solid in the trenches only surrendering 7 rushing touchdowns tying them for 3rd best. Murray and Henry will already need touchdown help to be fantasy relevant in week one and with the Titans giving up over 26 points per game last year, the Titans are going to resort to their passing game real fast.
Indianapolis Colts WR’s vs. Detroit Lions – Must
Kamar Aiken vs. Buffalo Bills – Must
Brandin Cooks vs. Oakland Raiders - Bust
Jarvis Landry @ Seattle Seahawks – Must
Mike Evans @ Atlanta Falcons – Bust
Key Must: Jarvis Landry @ Seattle Seahawks – So you may call me crazy for even the mere suggestion that any wide receiver will have a productive day on the “Legion of Boom’s” home field on opening day. The argument for this WR2 / fringe WR1 is workload and opportunity. Jarvis Landry is the clear top target recipient in this offense, a hair under 30% of the targets out of the entire team. That’s the type of workload, the opportunity is also considering Miami’s defense is not the best and it could turn into a catch up type game, but even though Tannehill isn’t an elite Quarterback, he can still get his top target the ball especially when the bulk of his targets come in short yardage. Landry is a threat to turn any short slant into a scoring play. With only 4 total games with less than 10 fantasy points in half ppr, my money is on Jarvis.
Gary Barnidge @ Philadelphia Eagles – Must
Julius Thomas vs. Green Bay Packers – Bust
Antonio Gates @ Kansas City Chiefs – Bust
Kyle Rudolph @ Tennessee Titans – Must
Greg Olsen @ Denver Broncos – Must
Key Must: Gary Barnidge @ Philadelphia Eagles – A lot of changes were made this off season this year in Cleveland, new coach, new front office people, and no Johnny Manziel. Expectations of the Browns have been raised by the arrival of Hugh Jackson, and with the way this offseason has gone, it seems to be paying off. Gary Barnidge was a big target last year and I predict he will be used the same in the passing game and especially in the redzone. In RG3’s first NFL start since he lost the job in Washington, Hugh Jackson wants to make sure his Quarterback gets off to a comfortable and confident start. Barnidge will be the security blanket and the main target in the endzone. Eagles had defended the tight ends well last year, but I don’t think they are ready for what Cleveland is going to bring out.