There were a lot of expectations heading into week 1 of the NFL season and a variety of different results. There was the completely expected: Patriots winning; Aaron Rodgers being da gawd of football. (Yawn.) The slightly unexpected: The Broncos sneaking away with a 27-24 win over the Seahawks; Matt Ryan not returning to his MVP form. (Maybe we all saw that one coming…) And the completely bat-guano, mind-blowing, WTF: Browns/Steelers playing to a 21-21 draw; MVP Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers dropping 48 points against the Saints; and the Ravens obliterating the Buffalo Bills 47-3.

Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. PHI): I guess I have to start here, huh? Fitzpatrick was the highest scoring fantasy QB of week 1 by 10 points! I wouldn’t count on another rushing TD out of Fitz considering he should yield the QB position back to Jameis Winston by week 4. However, next week he’ll get the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles D held Matt Ryan to 8 fantasy points with 4 sacks and a pick in week 1. However with receiving weapons like big Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson (if he gets cleared from the concussion protocol) and O.J. Howard, I think even if Fitzpatrick puts up half the amount of points he did in week 1, he is a viable streaming option.

Tyrod Taylor (@NO): Okay, well let’s just pick on the Saints. They were the victims of Fitzpatrick’s explosion in week 1. Tyrod was no slouch himself facing off against Pittsburgh. He threw for 197 yards and 1 TD/1 INT, but did a bunch of damage on the ground with 8 rushing attempts for 77 yards and a TD. The Saints allowed the 4th most rushing yards to opposing QBs in 2017 and it seems like they might not have solved that issue with Fitzpatrick getting a rushing TD himself in week 1. I like Tyrod as a streamer and QB2 in week 2.

Running Backs

T.J. Yeldon (vs NE): The early reports are that Leonard Fournette may suit up after suffering a hamstring injury in his week 1 game against the Giants. However, a hamstring injury on a 230 pound running back who is the only thing this Jaguars team has going for them makes me a little nervous. Yeldon rushed 14 times for 51 yards in Fournette’s absence and even hauled in a TD reception. This is completely speculative, but you have to be active on the waivers in case that change-of-pace running back gets the opportunity to become just the pace running back.

Phillip Lindsay (vs. OAK): More RB drama in the Mile High City? First, everyone was hyped for Devontae Booker to be the lead dog in Denver. Then, everyone thought better of it and tagged Royce Freeman as the IT running back. Now, a young man with the hair of Sideshow Bob seems to be stealing the spotlight from both of them. He matched Freeman in attempts and yards with 15 and 71, and tacked on two catches for 31 yards and a TD. Heading into week 2, Lindsay could become an afterthought again, but if he continues to get some love in this offense, he’s worth the add.

Marcus Murphy (vs. LAC): I was not a big LeSean McCoy fan going into this season. Between the baby mama drama and the lower body injuries and that dreaded 3 at the beginning of his age — I was expecting a step backwards. Murphy is a 4th round player out of Missouri who seems to be McCoy’s main back-up now and is the lead kick returner for the Bills as well. Murphy returned a LOT of kicks in week 1 after the Ravens dropped 47 points on them. Chris Ivory is still around, but I think he will further become the third-string RB as the weeks go on. Keep an eye on the Razzball’s Bills depth chart here to see how Murphy and Ivory’s snaps get distributed: Razzball Buffalo Bills Depth Chart.

Wide Receivers

Phillip Dorsett (@ JAX): Every year, it’s a fun game to see which no-name wide receiver Tom Brady is going to make into a star. This year, Dorsett has taken an early lead. Dorsett lead all Patriots receivers not named Rob Gronkowski with 7 targets. Dorsett grabbed all 7 of those targets for 66 yards and a TD. Anticipated WR1 Chris Hogan only grabbed 1 of his 5 targets. If Dorsett continues to establish himself as a reliable target for Brady, he could be in for a huge year.

Ryan Grant (@WSH): We all knew T.Y. Hilton couldn’t wait to have Andrew Luck back under center in Indianapolis. The question was who would step into the WR2 role behind Hilton. Grant was third in targets behind Jack Doyle and Hilton, but was actually the most reliable of the three catching 8 of his 9 targets. Their next opponent, the Redskins, just held the Cardinals non-Larry Fitzgerald pass catchers to 23 yards, so they could have their work cut out for them. If T.Y. is getting most of the attention of the Redskin secondary, maybe Grant could sneak in some extra catches.

Geronimo Allison (vs MIN): I had Allison in this column last week based on cool name value alone, but now he’s shown he’s more than just a cool name. He grabbed 5 of 8 targets for a nice 69 yards and a TD. Randall Cobb and Davante Adams had great performances themselves, but when Aaron Rodgers is your QB there are plenty of passes to go around.

Tight Ends

Jonnu Smith (vs. HOU): Speaking of cool name value! Jonnu is going to be more than that too though after the unfortunate season-ending injury of Delanie Walker. Jonnu is a big boy at 6’3” and 250 pounds. In his four years at Florida International Jonnu grabbed 178 catches for 2001 yards and 18 TDs in 41 games. Jonnu already played in 55% of the Titans snaps in week 1 and should see that number rise as the TE1 in this offense.

Defense/Special Teams

Washington Redskins (vs. IND): These Redskins have to be feeling themselves after holding their week 1 opponents the Cardinals to two field goals. Now, they’ll head back home to face off against the Colts. Yes, Andrew Luck is back, yes the Colts just put up 23 points against the Bengals, yes I told you to add a Colts WR earlier in this article, but the Colts were held to 7 points after half-time. None of the Colts rushers could get over 50 yards and the highest receiver only had 60 yards.

Kickers

Brandon McManus (vs. OAK): McManus was 2 for 2 from 50+ yards and 3 for 3 on PATs in week 1 against the Seahawks. He’s only 4% owned in ESPN leagues. If you’re streaming kickers I’d say go for McManus next week against the Raiders.

  1. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    in a league with PPR and same points for return yards as scrimmage gained
    1. best order of these: lindsay/yeldon/murphy
    2. these WR: r.grant, j.brown (BAL), marshall, dede,d-jax, allison, j.grant MIA (there are TWO j.grant WR returners now, this one got BOTH punt and kick), ginn (still some returns). need probably 2 of these and will set claims for all to make sure i get 2.
    3. best walker replacement (could stream too, and early rankings would say watson for that this week vs CLE): watson, jonnu vs HOU, i.thomas @ ATL, ebron @ WAS gesicki @ NYJ

    have this lineup:
    QB mariota (being dropped for keenum hopefully or somebody else till wentz is back), wentz
    RB (2) barkley, royce, ajayi, coleman, clement, booker
    WR (2): fitz, k.allen, cobb, hurns, callaway (had ridley, was able to drop after thurs)
    TE (1) walker (GONE)
    IR (1) jeffery
    so i have booker (for RB), walker (for TE), hurns+callaway (for WRs) to drop. waivers reset every week, so little reason to hold it. shame i won (for waivers anyway) with getting less than 4 pts out of QB slot, which is crazy (6 pt TD league too)

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Better Call Limehouse:
      1.) I’d go Lindsay, Yeldon, Murphy — I don’t think Fournette is going to miss much time, if at all.
      2.) I’d go: DeSean, Ginn, Grant, JBrown, and then the rest are all pretty much pushes.
      3.) I’d go with Watson then Jonnu, Ebron, Gesicki, Thomas

  2. Jump on it says:
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    How would you rank the following TEs, to replace Walker (8 team std):

    Dissly, Jonnu, Gates

    Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Jump on it: Gates, Jonnu, Dissly

      • Jump on it says:
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        @Kerry Klug: thanks for that! For this week, between Seals-Jones and Gates, who would you start?

        • Kerry Klug

          Kerry Klug says:
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          @Jump on it: Seals but its close. Both are in tough time shares.

  3. Alex says:
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    How would you rank reed, cook and smith ROS for TE in ppr?

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Alex: That’s how I’d rank them. And then become a religious man and pray Reed stays healthy.

  4. Sexual Thielen says:
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    I’m in a 2 QB auction league,

    My current QBs are Luck, Mariota, and Trubisky. The only 3 starters left on the wire are Fitzpatrick, Flacco, and Bradford (and well whatever the buffalo fiasco is). Should I drop Mariota for Fitzpatrick or Flacco? How much would you auction?

    Also less important follow up, I’m about to drop Cole Keelan Cole for either Ginn Jr, Geronimo, or Dorsett, which should I pick up? I’m leaning GInn Jr.

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Sexual Thielen: Honestly I wouldn’t invest in Fitz long term. If that’s all your options I could see dropping Mariota for Flacco.

      I’d stick with Cole but if you’re hell bent on grabbing someone I like your order there.

  5. Kcc26 says:
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    How much would you bid on Dorsett in a 12 team 0.5 ppr with 3 wr spots? ($100 budget)

    Would you prefer him over Brandon Marshall or ted ginn??

    Thanks!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Kcc26:
      Depends how desperate you are for WR — I’d go as high as 15-20 if you need help.
      I’d go Ginn, Dorsett, Marshall.

      • Kcc26 says:
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        @Kerry Klug: thanks! Fairly desperate, at least until Jeffery becomes healthy!

  6. Water Boy says:
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    Good afternoon Kerry! I squeaked out a week 1 victory 130-125! I was getting nervous because he had Blount going last night which his 0 points greatly helped me, then my opponent also had zuerlein last night. Last night I had Stafford (yuck), Amari cooper friggin 0.5 pt that’s it?! Geez!, lions D (pitiful, the opening drive pick 6 looked like I had a good d game then I saw the points chip away), and I also had prater gross!
    But hey a win is a win in my book!

    .5 ppr with waiver wire Wednesday being tomorrow would you look for a new QB?

    – that lions o line didn’t look good & neither did Stafford, granted watch him have a big game week 2 vs niners

    Available QBs: Tyrod Taylor , case keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carr, Prescott, Goff, Eli manning, dalton , Flacco

    Here’s my team:
    QB Stafford

    RB1: DJ
    RB2: Melvin Gordon

    WR1: TY Hilton
    WR2: Amari cooper
    WR3: Emmanuel sanders

    Flex Royce Freeman

    TE Gates

    Bench: kerryon Johnson, jamaal Williams, Matt brieda, ekeler, Ron jones, sterling Shepard, kupp, gallup, DJ Moore

    If none of those QBs excite you would you offer maybe kerryon + Shepard for a QB? An owner in my league has Brady, cousins, Alex smith & Jimmy G. We only start 1!! Or just try Shepard or kerryon for jimmy G?
    He’s a big pats fan I already tried for Brady he said pats players he’s not trading

    Another owner has both Aaron Rodgers & brees, given that they both had big games week 1 should I even attempt to acquire one of them? Rodgers / brees owner needs RB depth his RB1 is burkhead , his other RBs are white, Blount, mark Ingram, Theo riddick. His WRs are juju, Hogan, Corey Davis, Edelman, rishard Matthews, moncrief.

    Lastly at TE drop gates for either kittle (if I can get him), or Oj Howard, Ricky seals jones , Ben Watson, njoku, or ebron?

    Thanks man!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @Water Boy: You should always be shopping for trades, but if Rodgers IS hurt (I think pills kept him on the field) then that guy is forever grateful he has Brees. You’re on the right track with trades though — see who your league mates have and what positions they are hurting in to take advantage.
      I’m a BIG Goff fan if you don’t mind losing Moore or Gallup for him.
      I’m also a big fan of Njoku even after a disappointing week 1. Kittle is great too if you put your claim in. Watson is a good 3rd option if you need him.

  7. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey, thanks for the advice! It’s my first time playing fantasy football and trying to get my legs under me.

    At RB, who would you replace D Booker with: Ekeler, Lindsay, Yeldon.

    At WR, would you replace Cobb, Cole, or Godwin with any of the following: D Jackson, Ginn Jr, Dorsett, Allison, Pettis, Mike Williams.

    Thank you!

    • Kerry Klug

      Kerry Klug says:
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      @miles proudfoot: awesome! welcome to the insanity.
      1.) I’d rank them Lindsay, Yeldon, Ekeler. Ekeler had 1 big 21 point fantasy game last year too that got everyone excited — and then did nothing the rest of the year.
      2.) I’m never really too reactionary so I’d stick with what you have. Desean would be the first of those guys that I’d add — but he is extremeelllllyyyyy frustrating to own. He’s capable of 100+ yard games at any time….but he’s also capable of 30 yard games for no reason at all.

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        @Kerry Klug: Sounds good, thank you. How much of a waiver budget would you use on Lindsay? I’ve seen most other people in my league not use any for most adds, some up to $5. Is this a $5 spot add or not that big of a deal if I miss?

        • Kerry Klug

          Kerry Klug says:
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          @miles proudfoot: Yea $5 isn’t too bad of a bid unless you’re desperate. You don’t want to blow your budget early in case someone gets hurt in 2 months and you desperately need a player.

          • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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            @miles proudfoot: so then that 5 becomes 7-8 bid (5%, he probably was figuring 5 was out of 100)

  8. Ron P says:
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    10 Team PPR Keeper.

    Side A: J. Conner, Crowder and Clay
    or
    Side B: D. Hopkins and Burkhead

    Also,
    Mack or Morris going forward?

    Thanks!

  9. Dave says:
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    Hey, I just have a general question about FLEX. I have 3 options (well, 4 kinda if you count RB2)

    Standard PPR scoring

    (Currently in RB2) LeSean McCoy

    FLEX options:
    Lamar Miller
    Golden Tate
    Adrian Peterson

    My RB1 and WR1/2 are very solid. I’m just not sure what to think about

    A. Was McCoy’s week 1 a total fluke, and should he stay in RB2?
    B. Is this FLEX situation going to be a week-to-week decision or is there a clear favorite?

  10. Tu-Flock says:
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    Full ppr league, need TE, who are you going for out of Doyle, Cook, Howard, Ebron and what FAAB would you have attached to them? Thanks!

  11. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    20 teamer PPR redraft.
    QB (1) luck, rosen (sounds like he’ll be getting that job shortly, issue is these 2 have the same bye, unless i thought fitz would still be starting in week 9 rosen was only likely starter left when i drafted the backup to luck, so fitz still around)
    RB (2) mixon, drake, ekeler, montgomery, ivory
    WR (3) hopkins, r.anderson, cobb, a.wilson, t.taylor (SF)
    TE (1) doyle, griffin
    1 flex
    K sturgis
    team D (1) CHI (only OAK/NYJ/IND out there)
    LB (2) z.brown, bucannon, barron, and a streamer (barron missed week 1)
    DE (1) griffen
    DT (1) casey
    CB (2) norman, about to grab a new 2nd
    S (1) collins
    1 IDP flex

    1. drop ivory for this order of RB’s: lindsay, murphy, j.richard? is murphy really the guy if mccoy went down
    2. drop any WR for any of: marshall, r.grant, meredith (meredith is who i dropped last minute for the extra LB for week 1)
    3. drop r.griffen TE for any/what order of: i.thomas, dissly (but he’s in a timeshare)
    4. somebody else likely to prioritize fitz more than me, but what chance you think he’s playing by luck’s bye (week 9)

  12. Fizz says:
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    Drop N. Chubb for Marcus Murphy?

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