It’s that time of the week (a little late, but it’s here) where we reflect on the week that was…Week 1. The sample size is still too small, but lets review the five biggest fantasy stories from Week 1.
1) Goodbye Keenan Allen
As happens most Week 1’s, we waive goodbye to a high draft pick to a season ending injury. This year it’s a familiar face in Keenan Allen. The Chargers wide receiver was on pace for 130 catches last season when he went down with a knee injury, so this has become an unfortunate trend in the young wideout’s career. Going into the season, most experts had Allen in that 18th to 24th overall pick range. Personally, I was a bit more wary of that high of a ranking simply because there were a lot of quality running backs listed after that (like Doug Martin, Eddie Lacy, and CJ Anderson), but I did love Allen’s value most specifically in PPR leagues. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Allen is done. Although fantasy experts are evaluating the next young players to step in and take over that role in San Diego (Benjamin is a go route WR and will not), I’d look to Danny Woodhead to skyrocket from a mid-30’s RB to a mid-20’s because he’s really the only reliable short to intermediate pass catcher on that team (that isn’t 40 years old).
2) Hello Kelvin Benjamin
Benjamin went into the Thursday night premiere game with a lot of perceived baggage. Coming off of a serious injury last season, the rust factor was expected for the former Seminole. Add in the fact that Benjamin was playing against a very tough Denver D and was no part of the team’s passing success last season and Benjamin was considered a fringe Week 1 starter and overpaid dailies option. Well six catches for over ninety yards and a touchdown later, Benjamin is trending into that mid-range WR#2 zone. Most impressive though was his twelve targets he saw Week 1.
3) Great Backs, Shitty Offenses
As I said at the beginning of this article, the sample size is too small to declare draft winners and losers after one week. However, two top tier running options in Adrian Peterson and Todd Gurley certainly didn’t offer fantasy owners any comfort in their respected team’s performances. The concern for Peterson was clearly not only his geriatric age at his position, but also the loss of the team’s starting quarterback literally right before the season began. It was during the draft day frenzies and depending on the date you picked your team you may have thought they were rolling with career backup Shaun Hill or newly acquired Sam Bradford. Some experts thought this could work to Peterson’s benefit as they will lean heavily on the rusher. However, it appears after just one week, that their offense will likely have some growing pains adjusting to a new QB and a new approach. Of course Purple Jesus had a similar start last season and ended a top five fantasy back. As for Todd Gurley….yeah that’s still the worst offense in the NFL.