Week 1 of NFL action is in the books, and it was a wild one. The biggest story of the weekend was Aaron Rodgers. The future Hall of Fame QB made it four snaps into his first game as a Jet before tearing his Achilles tendon, ending his season. But that wasn’t all. Rookie WR Puka Nacua had a monster debut in Los Angeles, Baker Mayfield led his Buccaneers to a shocking win in Minnesota and Tua Tagovailoa had a monster start to the season in a win over the Chargers. Matt Chester and I identified some dynasty trade targets and possible sleepers to look at getting on your roster.
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A Wild Week 1 & Dynasty Trade Targets
The hype train for Rams rookie WR Puka Nacua was almost out of control heading into this season. When WR Cooper Kupp found himself on injured reserve ahead of Week 1, it went off the rails. In a rare occurrence, Nacua more than lived up to the hype. He caught 10 of his 15 targets for 119 yards and logged 21.9 points per reception (PPR) fantasy points. With Kupp out until at least Week 5, and likely longer, Nacua has been a hot dynasty trade target. Is he worth a first-round rookie draft pick?
The Zach Attack Is Back
Monday night was one of the most anticipated debut games in NFL history. We watched as Jets QB Aaron Rodgers trotted onto the field at MetLife Stadium with a giant American flag. He looked ready to conquer the Buffalo Bills and the AFC East. However, just four snaps into the game, it was over. You could almost hear the collective groan in New York when Zach Wilson threw on his helmet and trotted onto the field.
We all may have expected Wilson to fail. That included a bar full of Packers fans rooting for the Jets’ demise and free drinks. Yet Wilson somehow, someway, despite what we all know, managed to lead his team to a thrilling 22-16 overtime win over the Bills. He wasn’t necessarily impressive, but he didn’t lose the game for the team. However, the starting job is his to lose. Can the most famous mother lover in America turn it around and become a high-value dynasty trade target?
One of the feel-good stories this weekend was the return of Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa. After missing a good chunk of last season due to a series of concussions, he started 2023 with a vengeance. In a 36-33 win over the Los Angeles Chargers, he completed 28 of 45 passing attempts for 466 yards and three touchdowns. That line was good enough to see him finish Week 1 as the QB3. It was quite the performance but is this elite production sustainable for Tagovailoa, or will he come back down to Earth?