Week 1 of the NFL season is here, which means fantasy football makes its’ return. Here are some of the players I’m excited about this week:
I’m all-in on the Bengals’ offense. A.J. Green is going to have a huge day against the Colts and Andy Dalton is a top-ten quarterback for Week 1. I’m worried about the Steelers’ offense without Le’Veon Bell, especially since the weather is supposed to be a factor in Cleveland. Antonio Brown will be number one in my rankings a lot this season, but he’s not there this week. It’s too hard to trust a wide receiver who might be playing in a rain storm.
Drew Brees is going to carve up the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense. New Orleans leaned on their rushing attack last season and Brees finished 10th in fantasy points scored among quarterbacks. I expect him to get off to a great start to 2018 and I have him third in my rankings.
Jack Doyle is a great streaming option, especially in PPR leagues. Doyle had 12 receptions for 121 yards and one touchdown against the Bengals last season. Andrew Luck will certainly look to T.Y. Hilton on Sunday, but don’t be shocked if Doyle finishes with more fantasy points.
I like the potential of San Francisco’s offense a lot, but I’m avoiding them this week. Jimmy Garoppolo and company face a tough Minnesota defense on the road. The Vikings’ crowd will be loud and I expect that to slow down the 49ers.
Do you have a tough lineup decision? Check out my complete rankings for Week 1 below:
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Mark Walton is Ready for the Challenge
This Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals will look for production out of their rookie running back they selected in the fourth round. Some expressed concern over the pick, but make no mistake, Mark Walton is ready to showcase his talent.
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you saw his performance in the preseason, and you may have had some questions. Let me enlighten you as to why I am looking forward to…no…excited to see Walton get some plays in.
Walton saw his junior season cut short due to an ankle injury, but before that happened, he compiled a pair of impressive games. He became just the fifth Miami Hurricane to ever rush for 200+ yards in a game, and he did it on 11 carries! Here are some highlights from that game:
His last full season of college football, 2016, he was the starter, as a sophomore, for the Hurricanes. He rushed for 1,117 yards and 14 touchdowns. He made it on to the third team, All-ACC, according to the ACSMA and ACC coaches, and that was in a year that guys like Dalvin Cook, James Conner, and Wayne Gallman all made All-Conference in the ACC. Here are a few highlights from his sophomore campaign:
Walton was touted as a steal by some national writers (the same who have dogged the Bengals this year). He’s got winning pedigree, because he won a state title with Booker T. Washington high school, in Miami, and he ran a 4.6 40-yd dash. He profiles, according to NFL.com, as a third-down back with speed on the outside and decent hands. Look for him to spell Gio on some passing downs and, maybe, even see them in, together, if Bill Lazor decides to get creative. I mean, come on, if he’s this good in shorts, he’s a shoe-in to turn some heads when he puts on the pads:
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