Studs and Duds: Week 1

2017-09-11 09:57:58
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports

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Well, that was certainly an interesting Week 1 of action. Several of the top fantasy picks from this season were complete busts. LeVeon Bell did next to nothing. David Johnson was held in check and suffered an injury. Tom Brady failed to score a touchdown. Russell Wilson also didn't score a touchdown. Dez Bryant had just two receptions. DeMarco Murray was held in check and did very little.

Needless to say, fantasy teams were disappointed with many of their early-round picks. But the good news is this was just a week of action. Don't get too alarmed just yet. And hopefully you were able to pull out a victory despite some of your early-round picks flopping.

Chiefs 42, Patriots 27

Fantasy Stud: Kareem Hunt. There were a lot of huge performances in this game, but we'll give the "stud" honor to Hunt. He had a bit of a coming out party for fantasy teams, showing his huge potential for the coming year. Hunt fumbled his first NFL carry, but quickly put that behind him. He had a 100-yard rushing game and finished two yards shy of 100-receiving yards. Hunt ran 17 times for 148 yards and a touchdown. And he caught five passes for 98 yards and two scores. Hunt finished with 246 total yards and three scores.

Fantasy Dud: Tom Brady. You all had Brady getting outplayed by Alex Smith, right? Well, that happened. Brady didn't play bad and his team scored three touchdowns, but they were all rushing touchdowns. Brady finished without a score, going 16-of-36 for 267 yards. Brady wasn't super sharp, though, and didn't seem to be on the same page with his receivers all game. He'll rebound, so don't jump off the bandwagon just yet.

Game Notes: Alex Smith had a big game, going 28-of-35 for 368 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Smith was very sharp and seems setup for a career year in an offense that looks very good.

Mike Gillislee had a great debut for the Patriots. He clearly is going to play the LeGarrette Blount role of this season. Gillislee ran 15 times for 45 yards and three touchdowns. He could reach double-digit scores in a hurry this year.

Falcons 23, Bears 17

Fantasy Stud: Tarik Cohen. Cohen made his presence felt as the top backup for the Bears. He ran five times for 66 yards and caught eight passes for 47 yards and a touchdowns. He finished with 113 total yards and a score. Cohen showed his big-play ability and is going to continue to get touches on a weekly basis in this offense. Cohen will be a hot item on waiver wires this week.

Fantasy Dud: Kevin White. White had just two receptions for six yards. He was supposed to take over as the No. 1 receiver for the Bears but that wasn't the case in this game. He got little work and did little with his few chances. He also hurt his shoulder late in the game and might have broken his collarbone, which just adds insult to injury for White. But if he is healthy enough to play, White is going to have to start making plays if he hopes to keep playing a big role in this offense.

Game Notes: Austin Hooper caught just two passes but one was a 88-yard touchdown reception. He finished with 128 yards and a score. Hooper is setup for a breakout season as the starting tight end for the Falcons.

Matt Ryan had a 300-yard game, going 21-of-30 for 321 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. Ryan picked up where he left off last season, having a good performance on the road.

Bills 21, Jets 12

Fantasy Stud: LeSean McCoy. McCoy didn't score a touchdown but had a big day as the focal point of the offense. He ran 22 times for 110 yards, having a 100-yard game in Week 1. He also caught five passes for 49 yards, giving him 159 total yards. Expect more of the same for McCoy throughout the season as long as he can stay healthy.

Fantasy Dud: Matt Forte. Forte ran six times for just 16 yards. He averaged 2.7 yards per carry and could be playing his way out of a starting role. His only positive came in the passing game, catching three passes for 20 yards. Look for Bilal Powell to get a lot more chances in Week 2.

Game Notes: Jermaine Kearse was just acquired by the Jets but was the leading receiver on the team. He caught seven passes for 59 yards and seems setup for a big role at receiver in this offense.

Mike Tolbert had 12 carries as the No. 2 back for the Bills. He even vultured a touchdown from McCoy, who was banged up for a play. Tolbert had 12 carries for 42 yards and a score.

Ravens 20, Bengals 0

Fantasy Stud: Terrance West. There were not many big fantasy performances in this game, but West did some damage for fantasy teams. West ran 19 times for 80 yards and a touchdown. West started and played well with his chances. He did not lead the team in carries, though, with Javoirus Allen running 22 times for 72 yards. Allen did get most of his work with the team up big. The starter's job does belong to West.

Fantasy Dud: Andy Dalton. Dalton was a complete mess in the opener. He was 16-of-31 for 170 yards. Dalton turned the ball over five times with four interceptions and a lost fumble. It could be a long season for Dalton if he doesn't shore up the mistakes and the offensive line doesn't start blocking for him.

Game Notes: The Bengals pretty much split the carries at running back between the three top backs, making this a messy situation for fantasy teams. Gio Bernard ran eight times for 41 yards. Jeremy Hill started and ran six times for 27 yards. And rookie Joe Mixon had seven carries for six yards.

Jeremy Maclin had a nice debut with the Ravens. He caught two passes for 56 yards and a score. He scored on a 48-yard reception, showing his top speed.

Danny Woodhead injured his hamstring early in the game and initial reports are he could miss a good amount of time. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest. Not good.

Steelers 21, Browns 18

Fantasy Stud: Antonio Brown. Brown didn't find the end zone but was huge for fantasy teams because of all his catches and yards. Brown caught 11 passes for 182 yards. Brown just does it on a weekly basis for fantasy teams and shows no signs of slowing down just yet.

Fantasy Dud: LeVeon Bell. Bell had a very poor game for his standards, maybe showing some rust from his holdout. He ran 10 times for just 32 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards. Bell had just 47 total yards. He might not finish with fewer than 50 total yards another game this year, so don't jump off the bandwagon just yet. He should be fine going forward.

Game Notes: DeShone Kizer was up and down in his NFL debut. He was 20-of-30 for 222 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also ran in a score. But he had a costly turnover with the game in reach. Kizer also didn't take many chances down the field.

Corey Coleman led the way at receiver for the Brown, catching five passes for 53 yards and a score. He should be the top receiver most weeks for the Browns going forward.

Raiders 26, Titans 16

Fantasy Stud: Derek Carr. Carr had a solid opener for fantasy teams, going 22-of-32 for 262 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. And Carr did this on the road against a pretty good Titans team. Carr has a lot of weapons to work with offensively and a very good offensive line, so things are looking up for him this year. Expect more of the same.

Fantasy Dud: Eric Decker. Decker didn't have much of a debut with his new team, catching three passes for just 10 yards. He was very quiet much of the game and did little with his few chances. Decker should get more work going forward, but needs to get on the same page with quarterback Marcus Mariota going forward.

Game Notes: Marshawn Lynch looked pretty good after taking last year off. He ran 18 times for 76 yards. He also caught a pass for 16 yards, giving him 92 total yards.

Marcus Mariota had some struggles in the opener. He did run in a score but didn't throw a touchdown pass. He was 25-of-41 for 256 yards. Mariota was indecisive at times and missed on some throws he should have connected.

Eagles 30, Redskins 17

Fantasy Stud: Carson Wentz. Wentz started fast for the Eagles, leading his team to a big division road win. He was 26-of-39 for 307 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. It was a 300-yard game and multiple touchdown performance from Wentz. He could have a big second year in what looks to be an improving offense.

Fantasy Dud: Jamison Crowder. Crowder caught just three passes for 14 yards. He also lost a fumble, giving him just a couple points in most formats. He was battling a hip injury heading into the game but that didn't seem a big hinderance for him. Crowder should do better going forward but nothing is guaranteed in this offense.

Game Notes: Rob Kelley led the way at rushing for the Redskins but didn't do much with his work. He ran 10 times for 30 yards and didn't catch a pass. Kelley will be a tough weekly play for fantasy teams because of his few chances in the passing game.

Zach Ertz continues to be a favorite target of Wentz. He caught eight passes for 93 yards, which were both highs in the game. Ertz could be a top fantasy tight end all season if he continues to get the targets.

Jaguars 29, Texans 7

Fantasy Stud: Leonard Fournette. Fournette made his presence felt in his first NFL game. He had a 100-yard showing, rushing 26 times for 100 yards and a touchdown. He even got some work in the passing game, catching three passes for 23 yards. Fournette had 124 total yards and is going to be the workhorse back in this offense all season long.

Fantasy Dud: Allen Robinson. Robinson had just a reception for 17 yards before leaving with a knee injury. He had a non-contact knee injury and reports are he tore his ACL. Robinson is done for the season. The Jaguars will be without their No. 1 receiver going forward and fantasy teams are missing a big part of their receiver rotation.

Game Notes: Tam Savage lasted a half before getting benched. He was 7-of-13 for 62 yards. He was benched in favor of rookie Deshaun Watson, who actually moved the offense. Watson was 12-of-23 for 102 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Watson is likely to start going forward for the Texans.

DeAndre Hopkins didn't have a lot of yards but caught seven passes and scored a touchdown. He finished with seven catches for 55 yards and a score.

Lions 35, Cardinals 23

Fantasy Stud: Kenny Golladay. Golladay built on his big preseason and had a great first game in the NFL. He caught four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. He made a spectacular diving catch on a 45-yards touchdown reception late in the game. Golladay is going to keep getting chances in this offense and be a big factor for the Lions all season long.

Fantasy Dud: Carson Palmer. Palmer had a dreadful opener for fantasy teams. He scored a touchdown very late, which helped, but was intercepted three times in the game. Palmer was 27-of-48 for 269 yards and a touchdown with three turnovers. He will need to clean it up if fantasy teams are going to have any faith in using him this year.

Game Notes: David Johnson had a rough day rushing. He ran 11 times for just 23 yards. He also lost a fumble. His work in the passing game was a plus, though, catching six passes for 68 yards. The big news on Johnson is he injured his wrist and could miss multiple games because of the injury. He is getting an MRI Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

Golden Tate caught 10 passes for 107 yards. He had a double-digit reception and 100-yard game to open his season. This is a great start for Tate, who has become the go-to target in the pass game for the Lions.

Rams 46, Colts 9

Fantasy Stud: Rams defense. The Rams defense carried many fantasy teams to victory. Their unit returned two interceptions for touchdowns and also recorded a safety. It was a dominating performance against a bad Colts offense. The Rams also had four sacks and recovered a fumble. This unit could be pretty good this year, but remember this was a great matchup with Scott Tolzien starting for the Colts at quarterback.

Fantasy Dud: Scott Tolzien. Tolzien lasted most of the game but should have been benched earlier. He was 9-of-18 for 128 yards and two interceptions. He was pretty dreadful, playing like he did during the preseason. If Jacoby Brissett can get the playbook learned, he should be starting for the team next week.

Game Notes: Jared Goff had a 300-yard performance, playing maybe his best game as a pro. He was 21-of-29 for 306 yards and a touchdown without an interception.

Tood Gurley didn't have a very good rushing game, averaging just 2.2 yards per carry. He did score a touchdown, though, and caught five passes for 56 yards. It was still a good fantasy day despite his poor rushing totals.

Packers 17, Seahawks 9

Fantasy Stud: Jordy Nelson. Nelson picked up where he left off last year, serving as the top target for the Packers. He caught seven passes for 79 yards and a score against a very good Seahawks secondary. Nelson seems right on track to have another big season for fantasy teams.

Fantasy Dud: Russell Wilson. Wilson had a game to forget in what seemed like a favorable matchup. Wilson failed to score a touchdown. He was 14-of-27 for 158 yards. He did lead the team in rushing, running two times for 40 yards. Wilson should get better going forward but the offensive line needs to do a better job for Wilson to reach his potential.

Game Notes: Eddie Lacy had a start to forget for the Seahawks. He ran five times for three yards. There were three players that had more rushing yards than Lacy, including undrafted rookie Chris Carson. Lacy is going to need to pick up his play in a hurry to keep getting carries with his new team.

Ty Montgomery averaged just 2.8 yards per carry but did run in a score. He ran 19 times for 54 yards and caught four passes for 39 yards. Rookie Jamaal Williams had just two carries, showing Montgomery is the clear starter for the Packers right now.

Panthers 23, 49ers 3

Fantasy Stud: Jonathan Stewart. There weren't many big fantasy performances but Stewart showed well. He led the team in rushing and also scored a receiving touchdown. Stewart ran 18 times for 65 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards. So he finished with 82 total yards and a score. Stewart showed he still has some fantasy value despite Christian McCaffrey being around for the Panthers.

Fantasy Dud: Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin had a disappointing showing after a great preseason, getting all fantasy owners excited for the coming year. He caught just a pass for 25 yards. Cam Newton wasn't sharp, though, which likely impacted the production of Benjamin.

Game Notes: Brian Hoyer failed to score a touchdown his first game with the 49ers. He was 24-of-35 for 193 yards with an interception and lost fumble. He turned the ball over twice without scoring.

Christian McCaffrey was heavily involved in the offense. He ran 13 times for 47 yards and caught five passes for 38 yards. He finished with 85 total yards and five receptions, producing a solid game in PPR formats.

Cowboys 19, Giants 3

Fantasy Stud: Jason Witten. Witten scored the lone touchdown in the game and led the Cowboys in receptions. He caught seven passes for 59 yards and a score. It was a solid game for Witten, who showed he still has a little something left in the tank. He isn't a sure thing these days but can be used as a spot starter for fantasy teams.

Fantasy Dud: Brandon Marshall. With Odell Beckham out, most thought Marshall would be heavily targeted in the passing game. Well, he didn't catch a pass until the last 10 seconds of the game. He finished with a catch for 10 yards. It was a very disappointing performance. Marshall has plenty of time to turn it around but it was concerning to see his poor production with Beckham out of the lineup.

Game Notes: Ezekiel Elliott opened his season with a 100-yard performance. He ran 24 times for 104 yards. He was more involved in the passing attack, catching five passes for 36 yards.

Paul Perkins is going to need to start producing better if he hopes to keep starting. He followed a fairly disappointing camp and preseason with a poor showing in Week 1. Perkins ran seven times for just 16 yards. The good news for Perkins is he has little behind him pushing him for work.

jeff@rtsports.com