Good morning, everyone. Week 1 is nearly in the books with only the Monday Night Football doubleheader to go.
I saw Will Leitch say this on Twitter and I couldn’t agree more. Watching RedZone yesterday during a pandemic was nearly indistinguishable from watching RedZone on any other random Sunday. It was legit thrilling and comforting to have the league back in full force after a weird offseason.
I hope you’re ready because I’m about to unleash a fire hose of information on you...
The 10 Things That Surprised Me Yesterday
- The Seahawks finally let Russ Wilson cook! It’s been a rallying cry of Seahawks Twitter for years and it finally seems to be happening as Russ completed 31-of-35 passes for 322 yards along with four touchdowns and 29 yards rushing. Chris Carson only had six carries. The fantasy points in Seattle will be unlimiiiiiiiiited if this continues.
- Aaron Rodgers scorched the Vikings defense yesterday for 364 yards and four touchdowns. Davante Adams (156 yards and 2 TDs), Allen Lazard (63 yards and 1 TD), and Marquez Valdes-Scatnling (96 yards and 1 TD) all smashed in what appears to be a return to form for the formerly great fantasy quarterback.
- Laviska Shenault scored a touchdown in his NFL debut. That didn’t surprise me but you better believe I’m shouting out my guy this morning.
- Even before Marlon Mack left the game with what appears to be an Achilles’ tendon injury, Nyheim Hines was a huge part of the Colts offense with eight targets and multiple red zone touches. He has the feel of a league winner if he’s still available on your wire.
- J.K. Dobbins ran for 22 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries and played more as the game went along. I think we all knew Dobbins would take over this backfield at some point, but I didn’t expect it to be this early.
- Austin Ekeler only saw one target. This is a huge concern for his fantasy value, considering Joshua Kelley (12 carries for 60 yards and 1 TD) is clearly going to eat into his rushing workload.
- Running backs who previously didn’t catch many passes like Chris Carson (6 receptions), Raheem Mostert (4 receptions), and Josh Jacobs (4 receptions), all saw work in the passing game. Receptions are lighter fluid for fantasy production so all three of these guys are poised to crush if it continues.
- Malcolm Brown (79 yards and 2 TDs) looked better than Cam Akers last night. The question is if this is a replay performance of last year Week 1 where Brown led the Rams Week 1 and then faded away. With Darrell Henderson mixing in, it could be a long road to fantasy relevance for Akers.
- DeAndre Hopkins had an insane 16 targets for 151 yards in the Cardinals 24-20 win over the 49ers. So much for Kyler spreading the ball around.
- Miles Gaskin led the Dolphins RBs with 63% of the reps and 66 total yards. Bizarre usage considering the team brought in veterans Jordan Howard and Matt Breida.
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WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW
- DeVante Parker (hamstring) will likely miss some time.
- Blake Jarwin suffered what the Cowboys believe to be a torn ACL. It will likely end his season.
- Le’Veon Bell (hamstring) left the game early yesterday after an awkward tumble. Frank Gore took on a larger role in the second half.
- Michael Thomas (ankle) had a surprisingly quiet game yesterday, although the ankle seems to be partly responsible.
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