Note: Fantasy points based off ESPN Fantasy Football PPR.
Last week, we got the awesome opportunity to see some clean and competitive football. For fantasy football owners, there were some players who immediately stormed out of the gates while others suffered the Week One jitters. Let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers from the NFL’s Week One in fantasy football.
1. Sammy Watkins- 46.8 Points.
Watkins produced an insane statline, taking in 9 receptions for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. He continues to be one of the streakiest receivers in the league and that’s due to his insane speed. With Tyreek Hill sidelined for 5 weeks, Watkins becomes a good WR1 option for the Chiefs upcoming match against a shaky Raiders secondary who just lost rookie safety Jonathan Abrams to a shoulder injury.
2. Lamar Jackson- 33.6 Points
Lamar Jackson was absolutely perfect in Week One. Jackson completed 17 of his 20 passes for 324 yards and an eye opening 5 touchdowns as he and the Ravens torched the Miami Dolphins. He became the first Ravens quarterback ever to have a perfect passer rating in a game and the first quarterback in NFL history to post a perfect passer rating in the season opener. Since Jackson didn’t really run the ball in his masterful performance, his fantasy value should be even higher now as this proves that Jackson can be a dual threat in both the ground and the air. Next week, the Ravens are playing a Cardinals defense that were among the top 5 for most blitz packages executed in Week 1. Fantasy owners should expect Jackson to show us more of his mobility in Week 2.
3. John Ross III- 34.8 Points
Coming out of college, John Ross III showed that he’s an explosive speedy receiver with the ability to be a viable deep threat. However, we have only seen flashes of his ability in the NFL, mostly due to the fact that Ross has been overshadowed by A.J. Green. Green isn’t expected to play in Week 2 and with no established timetable for his return, owners should continue to look for Ross to build on his remarkable Week 1 performance.
Cam Newton- 5.8 Points
Cam Newton had an awful Week 1 as his Panthers lost a close one to the Rams. Newton completed 25-f0r-38 passes while throwing no touchdowns, one interception, and fumbling the ball once. Newton was alsp irrelevant on the ground game, posting 3 rushes for -2 yards. Look for him to make a better impact in Week 2 against Tampa Bay and rebound from his rusty start.
Kirk Cousins- 14.3 Points
Kirk Cousins played an okay game as he didn’t turn the ball over and didn’t hurt his team with poor play in the Vikings Week One victory. But does his offense even trust him? Cousins completed 8 passes on just 10 attempts the entire game. He did manage to throw for a touchdown in those 10 throws and he also managed to run for a touchdown on the ground. Those 2 touchdowns saved him from a horrid fantasy week. Cousins going forward should be no more than a back up quarteback in your lineups. It would not be surprising if the Vikings continue to limit his passing attempts if the outcome will be the same as Week One.
Brandin Cooks- 5.9 Points
Brandin Cooks was targeted only 6 times in Week 1 and caught 2 of those targets for 39 yards. Fellow receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods had a combined 23 targets. Does Goff favor them over Cooks? Probably not. To inspire confidence in fantasy owners, Cooks was on the field for virtually every offensive snap, so expect his production to increase for the rest of the season. Fantasy owners should expect Cooks to be a solid WR2 option.