I hope you’re as excited as we are right here at Fakepigskin, as we’ve made it via one other lengthy grueling off-season and Week 1 has Lastly Arrived! With that, its time to make some robust begin or sit selections and set those lineups. I gained’t bore you with extra blabber, so with out further ado, listed here are the blokes who must be on the flex radar, and who we ought to be tempering expectations or utterly benching
RBs who will shine
C.J. Anderson ([email protected], 4:25pm est)
The bulldozing Anderson was all however forgotten till he almost helped the Rams win last season’s Super Bowl. The change in surroundings seemingly renewed the tread on his tires which appropriately so, led him to sign within the Motor City with the Detroit Lions. He’ll nonetheless be the second choice behind Kerryon Johnson. Nevertheless, he won’t be forgotten about this yr. Matt Patricia is a disciple of Bill Belichick who historically rotates backs and utilizes guys like C.J. near the top zone.
His week 1 opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, might be with out stud cornerback Patrick Peterson and are very beatable on the bottom. The Lions will assault Arizona with their floor assault, using a mixture of Kerryon and C.J., both seeing sufficient work to pay dividends while in the desert. He is probably not receiving a lot hype however C.J. will plow his approach to relevance and into the flex conversation after week 1.
Prediction: 12 automotive 63 yards 1 td, 1
rec 6 yards: 13.4 pts
Nyheim Hines ([email protected], 4:05pm est)
Holy Sh!t! This was my and doubtless numerous your reactions to the information of Andrew Luck retiring. Now led by Jacoby Brissett, the Colts are still a group with plenty of fantasy factors to go around. One of many lesser talked about guys is second yr again Nyheim Hines. He shortly turned a drive in Frank Reich’s brief passing attack, which even with Jacoby Brissett will flourish.
Their week 1 foe, the LA Chargers, boast probably the greatest move rushes but might be stymied by the fast passes Indy utilizes. Though Marlon Mack is the lead runner, Hines is clearly the better receiver and will proceed to be deployed as so. Dealing with an opponent who is a 7-point favourite, the Colts will possible have to play catch up, thrusting Hines into motion.
Prediction: 5 automotive 23 yards, 6 rec 43
yards 1 td: 15.6 pts
James White ([email protected] SNF eight:20pm est)
James White was written off at first of final season after the Patriots drafted Sony Michel and returned Rex Burkhead. All the previous Super Bowl MVP did in response was publish his greatest statistical season ever. He more than doubled his profession excessive in carries with 94, adding 5 dashing TDs, and main the Patriots in receptions hauling in 87 passes for 751 yards and 7 end zone trips.
Week 1 brings a well-known opponent to Foxboro when the Pittsburgh Steelers come to city. In last season’s week 15 matchup, the teams mixed for nearly 750 yards of offense but solely 27 factors. New England might only muster 96 dashing yards whereas Brady threw 36 passes. Pittsburgh will use Joe Haden to lock down Josh Gordon and an aggressive linebacker crew to limit New England’s floor recreation. White will as soon as once more be the utility knife needed in what will probably be yet one more nice Steelers and Patriots recreation.
eight automotive 30 yards 1 td, 7 rec 53 yards: 17.eight pts
Derrick Henry ([email protected], 1pm est)
Derrick F’ING Henry was my most picked on runner final yr and my largest nemesis. He exploded for 238 yards and four tds in week 13 adopted by 170 for 2 tds in week 14 annihilating my predictions. Hidden by these two super games nevertheless was his horrendous first 12 which noticed the monstrous Henry average a miniscule 39.5 yards dashing per recreation. He additionally solely added 15 receptions throughout all the 2018 season which has been ignored by many throughout 2019 fantasy drafts. Oh, and 38% of his fantasy output got here in those two weeks with over 55% coming during weeks 13-16. This exemplifies deviance from the norm and are usually not representative of what to expect in 2019.
Tennessee can be without all-pro deal with Taylor Lewan and be dealing with an much more powerful Browns offense. Recreation-flow and the absence of their greatest blocker will pressure the Titans to include the shiftier Dion Lewis earlier than needed. The clock has struck midnight on last yr’s fantasy playoffs Cinderella.
Prediction: 15 automotive 68 yards, 1 rec 8
yards: 8.1 pts
Derrius Guice ([email protected], 1pm est)
I’m not rolling the dice with Derrius Guice towards Philly. He missed his complete rookie season with an ACL tear which required multiple further procedures to deal with infection. Now absolutely recovered, Guice has been named the starter over incumbent Adrian Peterson and been touted as someone who will carry the rock a ton by head coach Jay Gruden. That is exciting information for fantasy house owners, however his week 1 matchup is one to draw back from.
The Eagles are greatest attacked by way of the air as they ranked 30th in move D final season whereas ending seventh in rush defense. Philadelphia will undoubtedly drive Washington to throw the ball with new QB Case Keenum and his no identify receiving core. This may also unleash receiving specialist Chris Thompson into the fold limiting touches by each Guice and Peterson. Keep distant from Washington from a fantasy perspective in week 1.
Prediction: 14 automotive 55 yards, 2 rec 14 yards: 7.9 pts
Kalen Ballage ([email protected], 1pm est)
A favourite of mine to breakout this season, Kalen Ballage will get a troublesome check in week 1 when the Baltimore Ravens fly south. Ballage may even have to separate time with the rather more athletic Kenyan Drake who head coach Brian Flores stated would deal with a number of touches in week 1. The mixture of dealing with a number one rush protection and dropping touches to Drake make Ballage a wait and see participant. There won’t be a barrage of Ballage in week 1!
Prediction: 10 automotive 36 yards, 2 rec 10 yards:
Vast Receivers within the
spotlight Week 1
Curtis Samuel ([email protected], 1pm est)
I hate highlighting guys from Ohio as players to start out but Samuel confirmed off his superb velocity and athletisism final season and is ready to shine in 2019. He now has a transparent position as a starter alongside D.J. Moore with little competitors aside from CMC for targets.
The Rams will probably be targeted on stopping Cam operating while defending towards McCaffery out of the backfield. Consequently, Samuel will see plenty of area to function over the center and permit him to interrupt a pair huge good points.
Prediction: 2 rush 16 yards, 6 rec 74
yards 1 td: 18 pts
John Brown ([email protected], 1pm est)
quick for John Brown who over the first 7 games had recorded 28 receptions for
558 yards and 4 touchdowns. He appeared revitalized and identical to the player who
flourished in Arizona. Then the Lamar Jackson era began. From week 10 till
week 17, Brown solely caught 8 balls for 114 yards and 1 td. The Ravens had
transitioned into probably the most run heavy staff in many years thus fading Brown out of
Buffalo where Josh Allen stakes claim to one of many strongest arms in football,
the speedy Brown matches good into what the Bills need to do. Buffalo will attempt
and drive defenders into the box with runs and designed QB scrambles then take
those deep photographs. It is right here where JB is a pressure to be reckoned with and can
develop into fantasy related again. The Bills have stacked their offense with
weapons, with Brown being their residence run hitter. Cole Beasley and Zay Jones
will probably be used for the shorter completions leaving Brown to operate deep
downfield for some large positive factors. I anticipate to see John Brown dancing once more during
his week 1 recreation towards the Jets.
Prediction: 5 rec 83 yards 1 td: 16.8
Marquise Goodwin ([email protected], 4:25pm est)
Nonetheless certainly one of, if not the quickest participant in the NFL, Marquise Goodwin will get to open towards a bottom feeding defense in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers allowed the third worst internet yards gained per move try final season whereas giving up 34 passing TDs. The 49’ers have been just ahead of the Bucs in passing TDs allowed.
This recreation has shootout written throughout it and Jimmy G. is again underneath middle for San Francisco. Garoppolo and Goodwin related for 28 completions for 397 yards in the first four games Jimmy began method back in 2017. This connection will probably be back on monitor during their week 1 recreation in Tampa.
Prediction: 7 rec 106 yards: 14.1 pts
Calvin Ridley ([email protected], 1pm est)
What a rookie campaign for the former Crimson Tide wide-out. He finished the season with 64 receptions for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns. Six of his touchdowns got here within the first 4 weeks while being utilized because the deep menace for Matt Ryan. Regression is coming in the scoring department and in Week 1 he faces the Minnesota Vikings who allowed an NFL low 15 passing touchdowns in 2018. Ridley could have a nice season in 2019 but in week 1 he must be hidden behind the curtains.
Prediction: 5 rec 56 yards: eight.1 pts
Tyler Boyd ([email protected] four:05pm est)
Boyd crammed the void left by A.J. Green final season and may have to take action as soon as once more to begin 2019. Throughout Green’s absence starting in week 10, Boyd went on to average virtually 70 yards receiving before succumbing to his own damage following week 15. His workforce the Bengals travel west to open in Seattle in what might be the hardest street surroundings all through the NFL. The Seahawks added Ziggy Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney to what was an underrated protection in 2018 and might be tops in sacks this yr.
If the Seahawks protection is tough sufficient to combat for Boyd and Cincinnati, Seattle will pound the rock and management the clock not permitting the Bengals many possessions. This robust street matchup and with out somebody to take attention away from him, make Boyd a fade during week 1.
Prediction: 6 rec 52 yards: 8.2 pts
Sterling Shepard ([email protected], 4:25pm est)
The only thing Sterling will do that week is “Shepard” you to disappointment. During his three years with the G-Men, Sterling has been bottled up by the Cowboys. His only TD towards them got here throughout his debut in 2016, and he has solely surpassed 44 yards as soon as. The
Cowboys signed Robert Quinn to rush reverse DeMarcus Lawrence to wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks which can occur typically towards the Giants. Shepard may be the number one in New York, however with little around him and drawing elite cover nook Byron Jones, Sterling is greatest left to catch splinters.
Prediction: 5 rec 52 yards: 7.7 pts