In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter we share the ten most interesting performances from yesterday, check-in on injuries, and share a batch of great tweets. It's 9/13. Take it away, Peter Overzet…
It’s not too surprising when first round picks like Christian McCaffrey, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill go off for a ton of fantasy points, so here are the 10 most interesting performances from Week 1…
- Jags WR DJ Chark was second in the league in air yards yesterday (199), earned 12 targets, and hauled in a long touchdown. Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault both had 9 targets, but Chark’s downfield looks will be incredibly valuable for fantasy this year.
- Joe Mixon, the bellcow. We wondered all offseason if Mixon would finally get the full workload with Gio Bernard out of town and that’s exactly what happened yesterday. He ran a route on 20 of Joe Burrow’s 33 drop backs, played 78.3% of the snaps in total, and saw 15.4% of the team’s targets (h/t Jack Miller and JJ Zachariason).
- More bellcows, Najee Harris and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Harris played every single snap for the Steelers and CEH had a 95% backfield touch share plus 100% of the RB touches for the Chiefs. Both backs had mediocre stat lines, but bigger days are coming with that usage.
- Not a bellcow per se, but Lions RB D’Andre Swift is going to have a massive, Kamara-esque season if his Week 1 usage continues—11 rushes and 11 targets.
- Jalen Hurts led all QBs in rushing yards yesterday (62) and looks primed for a massive season. He finished the game with 264 passing yards, 3 TDs, and a W vs. a hapless Falcons team.
- With Tre’Quan Smith out, someone in the Saints passing game had to step up. Juwan Johnson, a buzzy preseason TE, caught 3-of-3 targets for 21 yards and 2 TDs. Johnson is an intriguing talent, but is unfortunately listed as a WR on most sites.
- Carlos Hyde is going to be a problem for James Robinson. Robinson saw only 35.7% of the Jags RB touches, while Hyde led the team in carries (9).
- In a bizarre role reversal, Austin Ekeler had 0 targets and 15 rushing attempts yesterday, including a coveted goal line carry. Justin Jackson was the only Chargers RB to get a target, but rookie Larry Rountree looks like the RB2 (8 carries).
- Deebo Samuel had a hilariously gaudy 52.3% target share after Brandon Aiyuk was put in some kind of WR witness protection program (0 targets). After the game coach Kyle Shanahan said Aiyuk wasn’t healthy enough to be the starter. I envision this will ultimately turn around for Aiyuk, but keep him on your bench for now.
- Speaking of 49ers, rookie RB Trey Sermon was a surprise scratch yesterday. In a piece of info that would have been really helpful to know before the season started, Shanahan said Sermon wasn’t a top back the past few weeks at 49ers camp. We’ll talk more about Elijah Mitchell and JaMycal Hasty in tomorrow’s waiver wire edition.
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🚑 THE INJURY WARD
* Jerry Jeudy (ankle), Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip), Michael Gallup (calf), Raheem Mostert (knee), Rashaad Penny (calf), Zach Ertz (hamstring), Dee Eskridge (concussion)
📊 STAT OF THE DAY
🐦 TWEET OF THE DAY
🔮 MNF PREVIEW
Tonight we get the Raiders hosting the Ravens in Vegas to wrap up Week 1.
Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is listed as questionable for tonight. Reporter Levi Edwards thinks Kenyan Drake will have a big day regardless of whether Jacobs is active or not.
The Raiders, who are 4 point home underdogs. were solid at home last year and were 3-2 against the spread when playing as at least 4-point underdogs. Meanwhile, the Ravens are down to a skeleton crew at RB. I’m taking the Raiders with the points. You can track my bets on Betsperts this year.
We’ll be back tomorrow with waiver wire picks. Enjoy the game.
- Pete Overzet