Studs and Duds: Week 1

Mon Sep 14 9:28am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Rodgers has huge Week 1


Well, that was quite an interesting start to the NFL season. The good news is we had football, which was great to see. And we also had some big fantasy performances. But for the most part, it wasn’t a huge scoring week for fantasy teams. There wasn’t a ton of huge fantasy performances. A few teams sputtered offensively, leading to a few down games from some top fantasy players.

Passing games ruled offense again, much like the last few years. There was just one 100-yard rusher, which came in the Thursday night game. Some runnings backs did have big games, though, because of multiple touchdowns. Four backs had multiple rushing touchdowns. So it wasn’t all bad at the running back spot.

Five quarterbacks hit the 300-yard mark, including one player going over 400 yards. Two others topped 360-plus passing yards. And all the big passing games led to 12 pass catchers hitting the 100-yard mark. Three receivers also had double-digit reception totals.

Chiefs 34, Texans 20

Fantasy Stud: Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Edwards-Helaire didn’t catch a pass but had a huge game in his professional debut. He ran 25 times for 138 yards and a touchdowns. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry and made several big plays throughout the game. The Chiefs are obviously very high on their young back and should make him a big part of their offense on a weekly basis. His fantasy potential is huge for the coming year, especially after seeing him in this first game. Very impressive.

Fantasy Dud: Randall Cobb. There was a lot of talk of Cobb maybe leading the way at receiver for the Texans this year. Well, if the first game is any indication, that isn’t going to happen. Cobb had just two catches for 23 yards. He was targeted just three times in the game. Will Fuller got a ton of looks for the Texans in the game, maybe showing he is going to be the top target for Houston this year with DeAndre Hopkins gone.

Game Notes: Duke Johnson injured his ankle in this game and had to leave the game. He had five carrels for 14 yards before the injury and failed to catch a pass. This injury might keep him out of action a few games.

David Johnson had an impressive debut with his new team, rushing 11 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 32 yards, giving him 109 total yards in the game.

Patriots 21, Dolphins 11

Fantasy Stud: Cam Newton. Newton had a strong first game for the Patriots. He didn’t throw for 200 yards or have a passing touchdown but still produced well for his fantasy owners. Newton led the team in rushing, running 15 times for 75 yards and two touchdowns. His rushing totals gave him a solid fantasy day. Newton was 15-of-19 passing for 155 yards without a turnover.

Fantasy Dud: Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick had a rough day against a very good Patriots secondary. He was 20-of-30 for 191 yards with three interceptions. He failed to score a touchdown or pass for 200 yards in the game while turning the ball over three times. Fitzpatrick has some fantasy potential but only in the right matchup.

Game Notes: DeVante Parker was able to play but didn’t last, leaving the game early because of his hamstring injury. He had four receptions for 47 yards before exiting the game.

Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry led the Patriots at receiver. Both finished with five receptions. Edelman caught five passes for 57 yards while Harry had five catches for 39 yards. Harry did lost a fumble at the goal line, though.

Jaguars 27, Colts 20

Fantasy Stud: Gardner Minshew. Minshew was near perfect in this game, going 19-of-20 for 173 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. He also ran five times for 21 yards. Minshew had some huge games last year and showed he is capable again for this season. He remains more of a matchup play but certainly has fantasy potential at the quarterback position.

Fantasy Dud: Michael Pittman. There was a lot of offense in this game, including through the air for the Colts, but Pittman got little action. He caught two passes for 10 yards. Pittman is going to have a role with the Colts this year but showed he could be hit or miss in this offense his rookie season.

Game Notes: Marlon Mack left the game early because of a possible torn Achilles’ tendon. He had four carries for 26 yards before the possible devastating injury. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.

Nyheim Hines was a huge part of the offense for the Colts even before the injury to Mack. Hines scored twice - once rushing and another receiving. He ran seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown. And he led the team in receptions, catching eight passes for 45 yards and a score.

Raiders 34, Panthers 30

Fantasy Stud: Josh Jacobs. Jacobs had a monster first game of the season, scoring three touchdowns. Jacobs ran 25 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns. He also was a little more involved in the passing game, catching four passes for 46 yards. Jacobs had 139 total yards and three touchdowns. Jacobs flashed his huge fantasy potential for the season.

Fantasy Dud: Bryan Edwards. Edwards got a start his first game in the NFL but caught just a pass for nine yards. He was targeted just once in the game. Edwards is going to be a hard player to trust until he starts getting more consistent work. He might be starting but that doesn’t mean he belongs in fantasy lineups.

Game Notes: Robby Anderson hit the 100-yard mark in his first game as a Panther. He led the way at receiving, catching six passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Christian McCaffrey had a typical game for his standards. He scored two touchdowns and finished with 134 total yards. He did have a few less receptions, catching three passes.

Seahawks 38, Falcons 25

Fantasy Stud: Russell Wilson. Wilson was spectacular in this game, going 30-of-34 for 319 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. He also led the team in rushing, running three times for 29 yards. Wilson has been a rock solid fantasy starter the last several seasons and seems on his way to more great production this season.

Fantasy Dud: Hayden Hurst. There was all sorts of offense in this game, but Hurst wasn’t a huge factor in his first game as a Falcon. He had three receptions for 38 yards. He should get better going forward but could be a little erratic like this much of the year in an offense hat that a lot of top options in the passing game.

Game Notes: The Falcons had three different receivers hit the 100-yard mark receiving. And all three had nine receptions in the game. Julio Jones had 157 yards. Calvin Ridley had 130 yards and two touchdowns. And Gage had 114 yards.

Chris Carson did not lead the Seahawks in rushing and had one fewer carry than Carlos Hyde. Carson ran six times for just 21 yards. He was a big factor in the passing game, though, catching six passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Hyde read seven times for 23 yards and a touchdown.

Bills 27, Jets 17

Fantasy Stud: Josh Allen. Allen had a career day throwing the ball, going 33-of-46 for 312 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also led the team in rushing, running 14 times for 57 yards and a touchdown. His only negative was losing two fumbles. He had three total scores and hit the 300-yard mark passing.

Fantasy Dud: Breshad Perriman. Perriman had three receptions for 17 yards. He did very little in the game, seeing teammate Jamison Crowder do most of the damage in the passing game. Perriman could be up and down like this all season in an offense that could struggle at times, especially throwing the ball.

Game Notes: LeVeon Bell was unable to finish the game, leaving with a hamstring injury. He had six carries for just 14 yards and two catches for 32 yards. Frank Gore led the Jets in rushing, running six times for 24 yards

Devin Singletary and Zack Moss each had nine carries for the Bills. Singletary ran the ball nine times for 30 yards while Moss had nine carries for 11 yards. Moss did find the end zone as a receiver, having three catches for 16 yards and a score.

Bears 27, Lions 23

Fantasy Stud: Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky was not good for three quarters but turned it on in the fourth and led his team to a big comeback victory. Trubisky was 20-of-36 for 242 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Trubisky is a hard player to trust for fantasy teams but can have the big game, making him a possible platoon option.

Fantasy Dud: Tarik Cohen. There was thought Cohen could get a little ore work this week with David Montgomery a little banged up. That wasn’t the case, though. Cohen ran seven times for 41 yards but caught just two passes for six yards. He did not get a ton of work, failing to hit double-digit touches in the game. He is going to need his targets to go up in a hurry if fantasy teams want to feel comfortable playing hm.

Game Notes: Adrian Peterson led the Lions in rushing, having more carries than Kerryon Johnson and D’Andre Swift combined. Peterson ran 14 times for 93 yards. Swift did score a touchdown but ran three times for just eight yards and dropped a touchdown pass late in the game.

T.J. Hockenson looked good in his first game of his second season. He tied for the team lead in receptions, catching five passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Packers 43, Vikings 34

Fantasy Stud: Aaron Rodgers. The demise of Rodgers might have been a little exaggerated. He was awesome in this game, going 32-of-44 for 364 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. He made several great plays throughout the game. It was a great start to the season for Rodgersw, who we all know is capable of posting huge fantasy numbers when he is on his game.

Fantasy Dud: Justin Jefferson. Jefferson did not do much at all in his debut, catching just two passes for 26 yards. He was targeted just three times total. It might take some time for Jefferson to get up to speed in the offense and gain the trust of Kirk Cousins.

Game Notes: Davante Adams had a monster game, catching 14 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. It should not come as a surprise to see Adams so heavily targeted in the game.

Adam Thielen hit the 100-yard mark for the Vikings. He had six receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns. He also converted a two-point attempt.

Washington 27, Eagles 17

Fantasy Stud: Dallas Goedert. Goedert was the top pass catcher for the Eagles, outproducing fellow tight end Zach Ertz. Goedert had eight receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. It would not surprise to see Goedert be a big part of this passing game all season long with the Eagles already having injury issues at receiver.

Fantasy Dud: Boston Scott. Scott got some starts this week because of the injury to Miles Sanders, but didn’t help the fantasy teams that used him. Scott ran nine times for 35 yards and caught two passes for 19 yards. He did leave the game early because of an injury but did little with his chances before the injury. Scott showed that he might be a hard fantasy player to trust even if starting for the Eagles.

Game Notes: Peyton Barber got the most carries for the Redskins at running back, rushing 17 times for 29 yards and two touchdowns. Antonio Gibson was the more productive back, though, rushing nine times for 36 yards.

Jalen Reagor was active but had just a catch. The good news is Reagor’s catch was a 55-yard reception. He made quite the splash with his only catch.

Ravens 38, Browns 6

Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson picked up right where he left off last season. He did most of his damage as a thrower in this game, though. He was 20-of-25 for 275 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. He also led the team in rushing, running seven times for 45 yards. It sure looks like Jackson is setup for another huge fantasy season in this offense.

Fantasy Dud: Odell Beckham. Beckham did not have the start to the season fantasy teams hoped. He caught just two passes for 21 yards. He was quiet once again and failed to make a big play in the game. Beckham had a lot of question marks heading into the season and did nothing to alleviate those after a week.   

Game Notes: Mark Ingram had the most carries for the Ravens but rookie J.K. Dobbins wasn’t too far behind. Ingram ran 10 times for 29 yards. Dobbins had seven carries for 22 yards and a touchdown.

Marquise Brown hit the 100-yard mark his first game of the year. He had five receptions for 101 yards. This could be the start of a big season for the second-year wideout.

Chargers 16, Bengals 13

Fantasy Stud: Joshua Kelley. Kelley was impressive in his Chargers debut, rushing 12 times for 60 yards and a touchdown. He got a lot of work as the backup to Austin Ekeler, getting double-digit touches. This should be a trend going forward because the Chargers look to have a run-heavy offense this year.

Fantasy Dud: Joe Mixon. Mixon had 20 touches in the game but didn’t do much with the work. He ran 19 times for 69 yard, averaging just 3.6 yard per carry. And he caught just a pass for two yards and lost a fumble. You just expect better from Mixon, especially with that amount of work.

Game Notes: A.J. Green returned to action for the first time in over a year and led the Bengals in receiving. He had five receptions for 51 yards.

Austin Ekeler had 19 carries for 84 yards. The issue for Ekeler was a lack of work in the passing game, catching just a pass for three yards.

Saints 34, Bucs 23

Fantasy Stud: Alvin Kamara. In all honesty, Kamara had a rough day at the office but found the end zone twice and caught five passes. His overall numbers were just fine for fantasy teams. He ran 12 times for just 16 yards and a score. Kamara also caught five passes for 51 yards and a score. So Kamara had 17 touches for 67 total yards and two scores. It is a little concerning seeing backup Latavius Murray rush for more yards, running 15 times for 48 yards.

Fantasy Dud: Michael Thomas. Thomas didn’t have a game like this all season last year, catching just three passes for 17 yards. It was a very unexpected showing in a matchup that has been very favorable for him in past seasons. Thomas should be fine going forward but this game really disappointed all the owners that took him in the first round this year.

Game Notes: O.J. Howard was the most productive tight end for the Bucs, catching four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown. Rob Gronkowski had two receptions for 11 yards in his Bucs debut.

Tom Brady was up and down in his first game with the Bucs. He was 23-of-36 for 239 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. He did run in a score, finishing with three carries for nine yards and a score.

Cardinals 24, 49ers 20

Fantasy Stud: DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins looked just like the Hopkins for the Texans in his Cardinals debut. He might be even better with his new team, catching 14 passes for 151 yards. It is obvious that Kyler Murray is going to look his way often this year. This duo could be really deadly for fantasy owners.

Fantasy Dud: Christian Kirk. Kirk was the forgotten man in the Cardinals offense this week. He had just a catch for no gain. Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald got most of the work at receiver for Arizona. We wouldn’t expect his every week but it wouldn’t surprise to see Kirk have some up and down performances like this throughout the season.

Game Notes: Raheem Mostert dominated carries for the 49ers. He had 15 carries for 56 yards and caught four passes for 95 yards and a score. He had 151 total yards and a score. Tevin Coleman had four carries for 18 yards in a backup role.

George Kittle briefly left the game in the second quarter because of a leg injury but was able to return. He had four receptions for just 44 yards, posting pretty mediocre numbers.

Rams 20, Cowboys 17

Fantasy Stud: Malcolm Brown. Brown was the surprise leader in the backfield for the Rams. He had 18 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 31 yards, giving him 110 total yards and two scores. It was an impressive showing for Brown, who is the current leader in the clubhouse for Rams running backs. It is early, though.

Fantasy Dud: Cooper Kupp. Kupp was really quiet in this one, catching just four passes for 40 yards. The Rams were really run heavy, though, so this could be a trend going forward. Kupp might not get his targets from previous seasons. It was just a week, though, so don’t jump to too many conclusions just yet.

Game Notes: Amari Cooper had Jalen Ramsey covering him much of the night but was still able to produce. Cooper had 10 receptions for 81 yards, getting off to a great start despite the matchup.

Ezekiel Elliott topped 100 total yards and scored two touchdowns. He ran 22 times for 96 yards and a score. Elliott also had three receptions for 31 yards, giving him 127 total yards and two scores.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Aaron Jones Oct 24 7:20pm ET

After coming down with a calf strain at practice on Friday, Aaron Jones is now expected to miss the Week 7 game against the Texans. This is a tough one for fantasy football managers, as Jones has been a reliable RB1 all season long and may be difficult to replace in fantasy lineups on short notice. Fourth-year running back Jamaal Williams is now expected to act as the lead RB, but rookie AJ Dillon will be in the mix as well and should see more touches than usual. Dexter Williams was added to the Packers active roster on Saturday as well for additional running back depth. Consider Williams a plug-and-play RB2/FLEX option, while Dillon looks more like an RB3/RB4 flier for deeper leagues. Both are also intriguing lower-cost options for DFS lineups, depending on the contest format.

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Aaron Jones Oct 24 7:03pm ET

Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) isn't expected to play Sunday, Oct. 25, and the team is planning on him not playing, according to sources Saturday, Oct. 24.

Fantasy Spin: It's a big blow for fantasy managers. Packers RBs Jamaal Williams, AJ Dillon and Dexter Williams should all play roles with Dillon being the most appealing for fantasy purposes.

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Rashard Robinson Oct 24 7:03pm ET

Dallas Cowboys DB Rashard Robinson (undisclosed) was placed on the practice squad injured list Saturday, Oct. 24.

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Mike Daniels Oct 24 6:43pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals DT Mike Daniels was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. DB Winston Rose was also promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.

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Edmond Robinson Oct 24 6:33pm ET

Atlanta Falcons DE Austin Edwards and LB Edmond Robinson were added to the active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Oct. 24, as COVID-19 replacements.

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Tevin Coleman Oct 24 5:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Tevin Coleman (knee) has an 'outside chance' of returning in Week 8, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan Saturday, Oct. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Coleman should be stashed now wherever available with RB Raheem Mostert going on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday.

From TheHuddle

Tyler Higbee Oct 24 5:23pm ET

Updating a previous story, Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) is officially listed as questionable for the game Monday, Oct. 26, against the Chicago Bears after getting in a limited practice Saturday, Oct. 24.

From TheHuddle

Aaron Donald Oct 24 5:23pm ET

Los Angeles Rams DL Michael Brockers (non-injury) and CB Troy Hill (non-injury) didn't practice Saturday, Oct. 24, but don't carry injury designations for Week 7. DL Aaron Donald (non-injury) and OL Andrew Whitworth (non-injury) practiced in full and don't carry injury designations.

From TheHuddle

Tyler Higbee Oct 24 5:13pm ET

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee (hand) is hopeful to play Monday, Oct. 26, according to head coach Sean McVay Saturday, Oct. 24.

Fantasy Spin: Higbee had a season-high 56 yards with three catches on four targets in Week 6. He's a low-tier TE1 when on the field.

From TheHuddle

Robert Woods Oct 24 5:13pm ET

Los Angeles Rams WR Robert Woods (groin) was a limited participant at practice Saturday, Oct. 24, but doesn't carry an injury designation into the Week 7 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Oct. 26.

Fantasy Spin: Woods will be a somewhat risky WR3 play in what's projected as a low-scoring game against the Bears.

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Alex Okafor Oct 24 5:03pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs DE Alex Okafor (hamstring) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24.

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Chris Thompson Oct 24 5:03pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Chris Thompson was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Oct. 24.

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Raheem Mostert Oct 24 4:53pm ET

Updating previous stories, San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (ankle) was officially placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. S Johnathan Cyprien and S Jared Mayden were activated from the team's practice squad. WR Jauan Jennings (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

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Daren Bates Oct 24 4:43pm ET

Tennessee Titans DB Dane Cruikshank was activated from the Reserve/Injured list to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24. OL David Quessenberry and LB Daren Bates were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.

From TheHuddle

A.J. Bouye Oct 24 4:43pm ET

Denver Broncos CB A.J. Bouye, DE Dre'Mont Jones and DE DeMarcus Walker were activated from the Reserve/Injured list to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24. CB De'Vante Bausby was released in a corresponding move. Free-agent DL Sylvester Williams (Broncos) was re-signed to the practice squad. RB Jeremy Cox and LB Nigel Bradham will be elevated from the practice squad to the game-day roster for Sunday, Oct. 25.

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David Irving Oct 24 4:33pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders DE David Irving and CB Dylan Mabin were activated from the practice squad Saturday, Oct. 24.

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Jayrone Elliott Oct 24 4:23pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Trey Edmunds and LB Jayrone Elliott were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Oct. 24.

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Eric Saubert Oct 24 4:23pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Devine Ozigbo (hamstring) was activated from the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Oct. 24. S Doug Middleton and TE Eric Saubert were elevated from the practice squad to the active roster.

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