Written by Brandon DePouw, @bdepouw09 on Twitter and @bdepoo on the Fantasy Life App
Week one of the fantasy football season has passed, and a few feelings have already hit: Happiness, regret for drafting certain players, realization your season is over before week two…that’s a joke. Unfortunately, there has already been a season ending injury for Keenan Allen. For owners who spent a 2nd round pick on him, it really hurts, especially in deeper leagues.
Nonetheless, if you are a seasoned fantasy football player you know that gold can be found in the waiver wire. Until you find those players, you will have to work even harder to Must and Bust the right players from week to week. So let’s get into my take on some players that you may be debating whether or not to start.
Matthew Stafford vs. Tennessee Titans – Must
Matt Ryan @ Oakland Raiders – Must
Andy Dalton @ Pittsburgh Steelers – Must
Alex Smith @ Houston Texans – Bust
Andrew Luck @ Denver Broncos – Bust
Russell Wilson @ Los Angeles Rams – Bust
Key Must: Andy Dalton
Last year the Red Rocket’s game log against the division rival wasn’t the best of his career posting only 290 yards, 1 TD, and 3 interceptions. Overall this is a matchup to take advantage of even without Eifert, Jones, and Sanu this year. Expect a good outing from Dalton in a high scoring game.
Key Bust: Russell Wilson
Besides a late hookup last week with Baldwin which salvaged some of a very unimpressive fantasy showing, the offense did not seem to be working as well as the end of last year. Considering the Rams have played the Seahawks well last year, I believe tempering expectations for Wilson and this offense is wise.
Arian Foster @ New England Patriots – Must
Mark Ingram @ New York Giants – Must
Rashad Jennings vs. New Orleans Saints - Must
Doug Martin @ Arizona Cardinals – Bust
Melvin Gordon vs. Jacksonville Jaguars – Bust
Carlos Hyde @ Carolina Panthers - Bust
Key Must: Arian Foster
Foster has a real chance to show why the Dolphins invested in his talented and took the risk even though he’s an injury prone player. Now the clear cut starter, Foster has a chance to shine against a Patriots defense that allowed 89 rushing yds and 1 td to David Johnson. The Dolphins did enough to give the Seahawks trouble last week, so I say roll out Foster, it’s going to be a good day!
Key Bust: Carlos Hyde
Yeeeaaahhh, let’s think about this one for a minute. Hyde had a great game last week against an uncharacteristic Rams team. The Panthers defense is better and smart enough to know they need to stuff Hyde in the trenches and let Gabbert try and beat them in the air. To keep up with the scoring, that’s what they will be forced to do anyways.
Willie Snead @ New York Giants – Must
Michael Crabtree vs. Atlanta Falcons – Must
Mike Evans @ Arizona Cardinals – Must
Jeremy Maclin @ Houston Texans – Bust
Stefon Diggs vs. Green Bay Packers – Bust
Jordan Matthews @ Chicago Bears – Bust
Key Must: Willie Snead
Woah Willie Willie Willie, can you do that again? Yes? Okay I’m fine with that. So we saw what Snead can do with Brees throwing the ball to him last year, yet people still underrated him. Last year Brees put up a stellar 505 yds and 7 TD / 2 INT line against these Giants. Needless to say, it’s on in this matchup.
Key Bust: Jordan Matthews
Carson Wentz showed what he can do against a mediocre Browns defense last week. Carson and Jordan were able to hook up for 7 Receptions, 114 yards, and 1 TD which is a nice sign for Matthews’ owners. Sadly I think we get to see what Wentz is made of against the Bears. They aren’t the best defense but they will bring much more pressure.
Jason Witten @ Washington Redskins – Must
Travis Kelce @ Houston Texans – Must
Delanie Walker @ Detroit Lions – Must
Zach Miller vs. Philadelphia Eagles – Bust
Coby Fleener @ New York Giants – Bust
Dwayne Allen @ Denver Broncos – Bust
Key Must: Jason Witten
Witten has always been a top tight end, some may say he’s the best security blanket that a rookie quarterback like Dak Prescott could ask for. Although I believe Dez will be looked at more this week against the Redskins, the 9 receptions Witten received is showing what we can expect (plus a touchdown) in this divisional matchup.
Key Bust: Coby Fleener
Fleener has been overhyped all offseason simply because he is with a quarterback that has consistently made tight ends a top target. Last week in a high scoring game Coby only received 4 targets and only caught one. He may be looked at more this week but I don’t trust the track record of drops. There are other options to consider than Fleener.