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Monday Morning Fantasy Quarterback: Week 1 Edition

Happy Monday fantasy football fans. Every Monday this will be the place to be for the most comprehensive wrap-up of the week’s most enticing fantasy football headlines. We’ll also fill you in with the things we know we saw. Enjoy.

Headlines

A.J. Green buys a house on Revis Island

With the departures of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, we all knew that A.J. Green would be targeted a billion times this season, we just didn’t think he would light up Darrelle Revis in Week 1. As a whole, Green put up an absurd 12-180-1 statline on 13 targets — which was good for 36 points in PPR leagues.

Green was humble after the game, when a reporter asked him about the beat down he put on one of the NFL’s all-time greats. Green said, “that guy has nothing to prove. He’s a first ballot Hall of Famer, for sure.”

Sunday was a perfect combination of an aging veteran who has lost a step (or two, or three) and an elite receiver in his prime. Whenever Revis was in single coverage against the lanky wideout, Dalton found No. 18 and they connected 100-percent of the time they targeted him.

If Green stays healthy, he has the potential to challenge Antonio Brown for the most fantasy points by a wide receiver this season.

Adrian Peterson showing his age?

The Vikings won the game — with the help of two defensive touchdowns — but it looks like the 31-year old running back is on the decline. With Shaun Hill starting at quarterback against a porous Titans defense, Adrian Peterson received 19 carries, but only racked up 31 yards — which totaled a pathetic 3.10 PPR fantasy points.

Us at the Roto Street Journal were off the Peterson bandwagon once Teddy Bridgewater went down with an injury, mostly due to the fact that teams would be loading the box against Peterson. Yes, Peterson was the main target of the Titans defense, but Peterson did not give his fantasy owners much optimism moving forward.

Hopefully Sam Bradford will get defenders out of the box; however, Bradford’s presence won’t make AP any younger. If Peterson breaks out for a game, try to deal him.

Tough week for top tight ends

When Jack Doyle (who?) led all tight ends in fantasy points, it really showed what an extremely disappointing weekend it was for the NFL’s top tight ends. It began during the week when Rob Gronkowski was ruled out with a hamstring injury, then it continued to Sunday.

Gary Barnidge was the most disappointing, putting up a big, fat goose egg — on ZERO targets. We were pretty high on Barnidge coming into the season and we had him ranked as the No. 3 tight end on our Week 1 tight end rankings. There was a slight cause for concern heading into the season, as Barnidge’s career high of receptions jumped from 13 to 79. Most NFL players don’t just get better at the age of 30, which made yesterday a major concern. Start him next week vs Baltimore — who Barnidge owned last season — but if he puts up another clunker, it might be time to cut bait.

Delanie Walker put up one point until he somewhat saved himself by catching two balls on Tennessee’s final drive, to finish with 7.20 PPR points. The emergence of Tajae Sharpe will only open up things for Walker and we are still confident in the Marcus Mariota– Walker connection. Don’t forget that Walker led all tight ends last season in targets and receptions.

If you paid attention at all to the preseason reports, Coby Fleener‘s statline (1-6-0) should not have surprised anyone. He admitted to not grasping the playbook, which has him sleeping in Drew Brees‘ doghouse. If he doesn’t understand it after a full off-season, it’s hard to believe that it will click during the season. Stash him if you still believe in him, but look to add Eric Ebron (available in 41-percent of leagues) or even Kyle Rudolph — who was targeted 8 times on Sunday.

Antonio Gates (5 PPR points) and Martellus Bennett (4.40 PPR points) were two guys who were put into difficult situations and weren’t able to put up fantasy points. The Chargers’ offense struggled as a whole once they lost Keenan Allen, and the Patriots asked Bennett to help more in the run game with Gronkowski out. Gates will be Philip Rivers’ prime red zone target, but Bennett might not be asked to do as much in the passing game as we initially thought. Wait for Gronk to come back to make a decision on Bennett.

C.J. Anderson bounces back in a big way

Last season, C.J. Anderson was a huge first round bust. After lowered expectations and a lowered ADP, Anderson looked terrific on Thursday night against one of the league’s best defenses. The Broncos’ lead back cemented himself as a clear RB1, as he put up 92 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. Through the air, he recorded 4 receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown, on only 5 targets. He totaled 29.90 PPR points.

Gary Kubiak wants to run the ball — look what he did in Houston — and it looks like Anderson will benefit from his one-cut offense. C.J. is living up to last year’s expectations and he will put up RB1 numbers in your RB2 slot.

Super Dome Mayhem

The Raiders- Saints game in New Orleans was absolutely bananas. It featured big-time fantasy performances from big-time fantasy players.

Drew Brees looked excellent (4 TDs, 31.42 points) and will finish as a top-5 fantasy quarterback. He racked up 432 yards — thanks to two monster performances by Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead. Cooks had 6 receptions on 9 targets and his day was highlighted by a 98-yard touchdown reception, where he just toasted the opposing corner on a go-route. He finished with 33.40 PPR points, which was good for the second most WR PPR points, only behind Green. More impressive, Snead caught all 9 of his targets for a whopping 172 yards and a touchdown. His golden locks looked beautiful as he put up the third most PPR fantasy points by a receiver, with 32.20.

For the Raiders, Derek Carr (22.36 points) did not take a step back after a great 2015 and he hooked up with Amari Cooper 6 times for 137 yards. Michael Crabtree put the Raiders up one with a terrific one-handed grab on a ballsy decision by their head coach and recorded 17.70 points on the day. That team is for real, folks.

Dreaded running back committees

For all the optimism I’m spewing out, now I have to break some bad news. There are a couple of big-time running backs who are no longer feature backs.

We’ll start out in Atlanta, where the Devonta Freeman bubble has finally burst. It’s not necessarily about the numbers here, it’s about the usage rate and touches. Freeman had 11 carries and 4 receptions on 4 targets. Tevin Coleman — who we were told would steal receptions, but we didn’t listen — had 8 carries and 5 receptions on 6 targets. It’s not to say Freeman’s starting job is in jeopardy, but Coleman is going to significantly lower Freeman’s impact as a PPR RB1. This spells trouble.

Jeremy Hill found the end zone for Cincinnati, but he was in a dog fight with Gio Bernard for snaps. Neither had a bunch of touches — Hill’s 9 to Bernard’s 7 — but we expected some more action for Hill. Bernard’s snaps could have been a product of Cincy being down in the 4th Quarter, yet it’s still something to keep a lookout for.

Jamaal Charles‘ owners could not have been pleased by Spencer Ware‘s performance yesterday — unless he was handcuffed. Ware racked up 199 total yards of offense — including 7 receptions — which totaled 32.90 PPR points. Charles’ fantasy relevancy might have died on Sunday afternoon because even when he comes back, Ware has earned valuable playing time since Charles went out with his torn ACL. With Ware, Charles and Charcandrick West in the fold, maybe the Chiefs will look to move one of these guys around the deadline.

After a season of irrelevancy, Melvin Gordon found the end zone twice on Sunday — his first two of his career. Gordon carried the ball 14 times and registered 17.70 points on the day; however, he was not targeted in the passing game. With Allen done for the season, expect another monster PPR season from Danny Woodhead, who continued where he left off in 2015. Woody actually carried the ball 16 times for 89 yards and then was a factor in the passing game (obviously), catching 5 of his 7 targets and finding the end zone for a touchdown. This is a legit two-headed attack and both bring elite athleticism and touchdown potential on a weekly basis. The Allen injury sucks for Philip Rivers, but Gordon and Woodhead will benefit.

Doug Martin probably made fantasy owners a little nervous at halftime, since he only had 20 snaps compared to Charles Sims‘ 17. However, after halftime they leaned on Martin, who finished with 23 more snaps than Sims. In Oakland, It was tough to get the jist of the Raiders’ RB situation, but whenever the Raiders had the ball in the 4th Quarter during RedZone, it seemed like Latavius Murray was nowhere to be found. Murray out-touched Jalen Richard 15 to 5 and DeAndre Washington 15 to 6, but I would like to see a snap comparison for those three.

Carson Wentz looked the part

If you tuned into our Facebook Live pre-game show, you would have heard me shit all over Carson Wentz, his ceiling, and Jordan Matthews. Boy did they prove me wrong. Matthews scored the first touchdown on the day, then Wentz connected with Nelson Agholor on a pretty touch-pass for six.  Wentz looked calm and cool in his first game, racking up 278 yards and 2 touchdowns, and accumulated 19.22 fantasy points. Not bad for a rookie who never played anyone in college.

Things I know I saw

  • Jameis Winston is a baller. Him and Mike Evans are going to light up secondaries on a consistent basis.
  • When watching the 1 o’clock games, The Wolf and I couldn’t help but notice about half of the jerseys on the field ending with “Sr., Jr., III, IV and even V!” V actually looks pretty tight, but Sr. is a bit much. Oh, you have a son? Congrats on the sex.

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  • Was there any better feeling than when we saw the #octabox? Damn it felt good to be back.

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  • Does Larry Fitzgerald ever age? Dude looked like the most fluid athlete on the perimeter and shredded the Patriots secondary.

  • Hey Dolphins, did you guys know it was 9/11? Show some respect and stand up. Per usual, you should have taken a page from the Patriots’ handbook and waited until after the National Anthem to make your stance.

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  • Dear Terrence Williams, get OUT OF BOUNDS. That was the most Cowboys loss, ever.
  • Charles Woodson had his welcome-to-ESPN moment, when he declared that Terrelle Pryor would reach 1,800 receiving yards. 1,732 yards to go.
  • Overall, what an unreal Week 1 it has been so far. It began with the Broncos still having a horseshoe lodged in their ass, with Graham Ga-nooo missing a game winning field goal. Then Sunday afternoon consisted of six games being decided by less than three points. Finally, the Patriots went into a hostile environment, on national television, without Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Dion Lewis, Nate Solder and Rob Ninkovich, and took the W in the desert. What a start to the NFL season.

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