Stars of Week 1 

QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB: 21-28, 417 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs            

RB: Alvin Kamara, NO: 8 carries, 29 yards, 2 TDs (9 catches, 112 yards, 1 TD)

WR: Tyreek Hill, KC: 7 catches, 169 yards, 2 TDs (1 punt return TD)

TE: Rob Gronkowski, NE: 7 catches, 123 yards, 1 TD

With Week 1 now in the books, let’s take a look at our first honor roll of the season. If you started Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 1, you must be in a league with 24 plus teams. We’ve seen this song and dance from Fitzpatrick before – he’ll have a few great games, and then revert back to being Ryan Fitzpatrick again. Don’t expect the past to change here. Fitzpatrick is nothing more than a matchups-based QB2, even if we see an accompanying hot streak to follow. The rest of our stars will likely be up here multiple times this season. Saints RB Alvin Kamara picked up right where he left off last year, and he’s a top five RB. With Patrick Mahomes looking like a stud (more on that later), Tyreek Hill will have a monster season for the Chiefs. Last but not least, Gronk had himself a game against the Texans, leading all tight ends this week.

Week 1 Takeaways – A Closer Look

Each week we take a closer look at a handful of performances and sort out what such performances mean going forward.

- Patrick Mahomes QB – KC: 15-27, 256 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs      

Analysis: Patrick Mahomes was a favorite of mine and many other analysts heading into the season, and he was nothing short of electric against the Chargers in Week 1. Mahomes carries a rifle for an arm, but he also displayed a nice touch on his throws – see his throw to fullback Anthony Sherman for a 36 yard TD as an example. Mahomes had top 10 QB upside going into the season, but I’ll take a small leap and state that he will comfortably finish in the top 10 for QBs. All this said, don’t get spooked if Mahomes has a few rough games – this was only his second NFL start of this career. But more times than not, Mahomes will deliver, and you should feel comfortable starting him in all but the toughest of QB matchups.

James Conner, RB – PIT: 31 carries, 135 yards, 2 TDs (5 catches, 57 yards, 0 TDs)

Analysis: For those of you who drafted Le’Veon Bell, James Connor was an important handcuff to fill in while Bell sits out indefinitely to “save wear and tear on his body”. Connor showed in Week 1 that he’s an RB1 for the Steelers as long as Bell remains on hiatus. Connor lost a fumble, but otherwise delivered the goods in both the rushing and passing game, while finding the end zone twice. Connor can capably pick up the blitz, and will continue to be a three down back while he starts. If you’ve got Connor, he’s a must start until Bell’s return – at which time he’ll need to return to your bench. For those of you in keeper leagues, hang tight with Connor until next year. He’ll have the gig to himself when Bell departs in free agency. 

- Phillip Lindsay, RB – DEN: 15 carries, 71 yards, 0 TDs (2 catches, 31 yards, 1 TD)

Analysis: Royce Freeman received all of the preseason hype with respect to the Broncos’ RBs. While Freeman had a solid game in Week 1 against the Seahawks, it was Phillip Lindsay who made the biggest impression in the Broncos’ backfield. Lindsay is an undrafted free agent rookie from Colorado, but he proved to be too much to handle for the Seahawks. Despite being only 5’8”, Lindsay stands 190 pounds and plays bigger than that, while also serving as a capable WR. Lindsay’s emergence spells bad news for Devontae Booker, and will also cut into Freeman’s carries going forward. Freeman will remain the lead back as an RB2, but look for a time split which gets Lindsay somewhere between one-third to forty percent of the carries. Lindsay will be a flex option and should be rostered in all but the shallowest of leagues.

- Geronimo Allison, WR – GB: 5 catches, 69 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: The Packers have a WR pecking order with Davante Adams at the top, Randall Cobb next and Jimmy Graham floating around somewhere nearby. As long as Aaron Rodgers is healthy enough to play – we’ll see for week 2 – then you need to consider Geronimo Allison as another key piece of the Packers’ passing game. Rodgers had a game for the ages this past Sunday, leading the Pack on a rabid second half comeback against the Bears. Setting the stage for the comeback, Rodgers hit Allison in the third quarter for a 39 yard bomb – the first TD of the game for the Packers. More importantly, Rodgers targeted Allison 8 times on Sunday. So we’ve got a rising WR who has the attention of Mr. Rodgers, and he should also have your attention. Allison can be flex worthy moving forward, and warrants a pickup if you need a WR. He’ll be part of the Packers’ passing game moving forward.

- Will Dissly, TE – SEA: 3 catches, 105 yards, 1 TD

Analysis: The Seahawks lost both Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson over the offseason, and thus needed to undertake a makeover in the tight end room. To fill one of the open spots, the team selected local product Will Dissly from the University of Washington in the fourth round. A converted defensive lineman in college, Dissly was considered one of the top blocking tight ends in the land, with his receiving skills considered a secondary attribute. Well, Dissly showed very soft hands and ran some great routes against the Broncos, which jives with the rumblings that came out of Seahawks training camp. Unfortunately the Seahawks love to spread the ball around, so Dissly doesn’t have more than TE2 upside for fantasy purposes. But he should be on your watch list, and the underlying skills are there for Dissly to make an impact if the Seahawks give him opportunities. If you’re in a very deep league (14 or more teams), then Dissly is worth an add. Otherwise, he’s not going to be consistent enough in terms of usage to be worthwhile starter for you.

Rapid Fire Pickups

Each week we throw out potential free agent pickups from each position for deeper leagues, in each case 1) someone who has NOT been referenced above, and 2) a player available in most leagues. 

QB:                  Tyrod Taylor, CLE

RB:                  TJ Yeldon, JAC (next man up if Leonard Fournette is out)

RB:                  Nyheim Hines, IND

WR:                 Quincy Enunwa, NYJ

WR:                 Chris Godwin, TB (if DeSean Jackson is out)

TE:                  Eric Ebron, IND

Week 2 Rankings 


  1. Cam Newton CAR             at ATL
  2. Drew Brees NO                vs. CLE
  3. Deshaun Watson HOU      at TEN
  4. Aaron Rodgers GB           vs. MIN (If he plays)
  5. Ben Roethlisberger PIT    vs. KC
  6. Alex Smith WAS              vs. IND
  7. Patrick Mahomes KC        at PIT
  8. Tom Brady NE                 at JAC
  9. Kirk Cousins MIN             at GB
  10. Philip Rivers LAC              at BUF
  11. Jimmy Garoppolo SF        vs. DET
  12. Andrew Luck IND             at WAS
  13. Matthew Stafford DET       at SF
  14. Russell Wilson SEA          at CHI
  15. Jared Goff LAR                 vs. ARI
  16. Tyrod Taylor CLE              at NO
  17. Matt Ryan ATL                 vs. CAR
  18. Mitch Trubisky CHI           vs. SEA
  19. Case Keenum DEN           vs. OAK
  20. Ryan Fitzpatrick TB          vs. PHI

Running Backs:

  1. Todd Gurley LAR              vs. ARI
  2. Alvin Kamara NO             vs. CLE
  3. Ezekiel Elliott DAL            vs. NYG
  4. Saquon Barkley NYG        at DAL
  5. David Johnson ARI           at LAR
  6. C. McCaffrey CAR             at ATL
  7. James Conner PIT            vs. KC
  8. Melvin Gordon LAC           at BUF
  9. Kareem Hunt KC              at PIT
  10. Jordan Howard CHI          vs. SEA
  11. Dalvin Cook MIN              at GB
  12. Lamar Miller HOU             at TEN
  13. Tevin Coleman ATL          vs. CAR
  14. Jay Ajayi PHI                   at TB
  15. Kenyan Drake MIA           at NYJ
  16. Adrian Peterson WAS        vs. IND
  17. LeSean McCoy BUF           vs. LAC
  18. Dion Lewis TEN                vs. HOU
  19. T.J. Yeldon JAC                 vs. NE
  20. Carlos Hyde CLE               at NO
  21. Chris Thompson WAS       vs. IND
  22. Isaiah Crowell NYJ           vs. MIA
  23. Royce Freeman DEN        vs. OAK
  24. Rex Burkhead NE            at JAC
  25. Marshawn Lynch OAK      at DEN
  26. James White NE              at JAC
  27. Chris Carson SEA            at CHI
  28. Derrick Henry TEN          vs. HOU
  29. Peyton Barber TB            vs. PHI
  30. Jamaal Williams GB         vs. MIN
  31. Alfred Morris SF              vs. DET
  32. Bilal Powell NYJ               vs. MIA
  33. Duke Johnson CLE           at NO
  34. Matt Breida SF                vs. DET
  35. Tarik Cohen CHI              vs. SEA
  36. Phillip Lindsay DEN          vs. OAK
  37. Austin Ekeler LAC            at BUF
  38. Marlon Mack IND             at WAS
  39. Nyheim Hines IND           at WAS
  40. Kerryon Johnson DET       at SF

Wide Receivers:

  1. Antonio Brown PIT           vs. KC
  2. Odell Beckham Jr. NYG     at DAL
  3. Michael Thomas NO         vs. CLE
  4. DeAndre Hopkins HOU     at TEN
  5. Julio Jones ATL                vs. CAR
  6. Keenan Allen LAC            at BUF
  7. Tyreek Hill KC                 at PIT
  8. Davante Adams GB          vs. MIN
  9. Mike Evans TB                 vs. PHI
  10. Adam Thielen MIN            at GB
  11. Larry Fitzgerald ARI          at LAR
  12. T.Y. Hilton IND                  at WAS
  13. Stefon Diggs MIN              at GB
  14. JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT    vs. KC
  15. Jarvis Landry CLE              at NO
  16. Demaryius Thomas DEN     vs.OAK
  17. Emmanuel Sanders DEN     vs.OAK
  18. Golden Tate DET                at SF
  19. Allen Robinson CHI            vs. SEA
  20. Marvin Jones DET               at SF
  21. Brandin Cooks LAR             vs. ARI
  22. Amari Cooper OAK              at DEN
  23. Nelson Agholor PHI             at TB
  24. Kenny Stills MIA                 at NYJ
  25. Devin Funchess CAR            at ATL
  26. Corey Davis TEN                vs. HOU
  27. Chris Hogan NE                  at JAC
  28. Cooper Kupp LAR               vs. ARI
  29. Jamison Crowder WAS        vs. IND
  30. Randall Cobb GB                 vs. MIN
  31. Robert Woods LAR               vs. ARI
  32. Pierre Garcon SF                  vs. DET
  33. Tyler Lockett SEA                 at CHI
  34. Quincy Enunwa NYJ              vs. MIA
  35. Kenny Golladay DET             at SF
  36. Robby Anderson NYJ            vs. MIA
  37. Dante Pettis SF                    vs. DET
  38. Chris Godwin TB                   vs. PHI
  39. Keelan Cole JAC                    vs. NE
  40. Brandon Marshall SEA            at CHI

Tight End:

  1. Rob Gronkowski NE              at JAC
  2. Travis Kelce KC                    at PIT
  3. Zach Ertz PHI                      at TB
  4. Jordan Reed WAS                vs. IND
  5. Evan Engram NYG               at DAL
  6. Jack Doyle IND                   at WAS
  7. Trey Burton CHI                  vs. SEA
  8. George Kittle SF                  vs. DET
  9. Kyle Rudolph MIN                at GB
  10. Jimmy Graham GB              vs. MIN
  11. Jared Cook OAK                  at DEN
  12. David Njoku CLE                 at NO
  13. Benjamin Watson NO           vs. CLE
  14. A. Seferian-Jenkins JAC        vs. NE
  15. O.J. Howard TB                    vs. PHI
  16. Eric Ebron IND                     at WAS
  17. Ricky Seals-Jones ARI           at LAR
  18. Jonnu Smith TEN                 vs. HOU
  19. Jesse James PIT                   vs. KC
  20. Vance McDonald PIT             vs. KC

Defense/Special Teams:

  1. Los Angeles Chargers        at BUF
  2. Los Angeles Rams             vs. ARI
  3. Chicago                            vs. SEA
  4. Denver                             vs. OAK
  5. Philadelphia                      at TB
  6. Houston                           at TEN
  7. New Orleans                     vs. CLE
  8. Jacksonville                      vs. NE
  9. New England                    at JAC
  10. New York Jets                   vs. MIA
  11. Minnesota                        at GB
  12. Tennessee                        vs. HOU
  13. Washington                      vs. IND
  14. Atlanta                             vs. CAR
  15. Miami                              at NYJ