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Fantasy Football Review – Week 1 Waivers and Player Outlook

Fantasy football season has kicked off and many owners are already faced with tough decisions.  We’re here to read between the stat lines and help you determine the value of players moving forward.  We recommend waiver wire pickups, players you should pass on, and trade targets to exploit.

Here are the four categories of players we’ll look at each week in the “Fantasy Smoke & Fire”:

  • On Fire – These are players that are exceeding expectations (or ADP), and we expect it to continue. Think waiver wire adds!
  • Smoke (and mirrors) – These are players that have performed well recently, but we do not expect it to continue. Don’t buy into the hype; pass on the waiver wire pickup.  Possibly look to trade them away with the value is high.
  • False Alarm – These are players that are underperforming recently, but we expect them to turn around. Don’t cut bait too early.  Possibly look to acquire them in a trade while the value is low.
  • On Ice – These are players that have not performed well, and we expect a poor season to continue. They should stay on the bench (or be cut depending on the player/circumstances).

On Fire – Obviously all of these players aren’t on waivers, but they impressed week 1 and I expect it to continue.

Pos Player Week 1 Stats / Comment
QB Tom Brady In mid-season form; nuff said!
QB Philip Rivers 34/51 424-3-1:  Usually puts up QB1 stats.
RB James Conner 31-135-2 (5-57 on 6 targets):  Le’Veon who???
RB Adrian Peterson 26-96-1 (2-70):  Use him now and trade mid-season before he wears down.
WR Tyreek Hill 7-169-2 on 8 targets:  Maybe they will utilize him in enough gadget plays to make him useful all year.
WR Emmanuel Sanders 10-135-1:  Expecting a great year and drafted him accordingly
WR Kenny Golladay 7-114 on 12 targets:  He just may break through in year 2; at Marvin Jones expense
TE Jared Cook 9-180 on 12 targets:  Carr couldn’t hit the WR’s at all.  He may be a top 6 TE year; especially with Olsen and Walker injured.
TE George Kittle 5-90 on 9 targets:  See Jared Cook above…
TE Baltimore (3 TE’s) Boyle/Williams/Andrews 13 targets combined for 9-103-0.  How will Hayden Hurst fit in and when will he return?
TE Indianapolis (2 TE’s) Jack Doyle 7-60 on 10 targets, Eric Ebron 4-51-1 on 5 targets


Smoke – They had a good first week, but I’m not sold on it continuing.

Pos Player Comment
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 21/28 417-4-0 (7 incompletions):  Don’t expect a repeat; but could take job from Winston.
RB Lamar Miller Don’t expect 20 carries and 5 ypc every week.
RB Chris Thompson 5-65 (long of 16) & 6-63-1 on 7 targets:  He’ll get 10-15 touches per game, but I don’t see a consistent 10 yards per touch.
WR Kenny Stills Don’t count on Stills 4-106-2 on 5 targets weekly.  2 TDs on 5 targets isn’t sustainable.  And DeVante Parker is returning soon.
WR DeSean Jackson 5-146-2:  See Stills above…
WR Randall Cobb 9-142-1:  Rodgers spreads the ball around.  I’m not sold that Cobb will be the guy week to week.
TE Will Dissly 3-105-1 on 5 targets:  This guy isn’t a pass catcher and won’t get another 66 yd TD in his career.


False Alarm – Don’t overreact to these players just because of a slow start; they’ll be fine moving forward.

False Alarm
Pos Player Comment
QB Ben Roethlisberger 355-1-3 (5 turnovers total):  Tough week against a hungry team. Ben is always good for a few stinkers and plays better at home.
QB Matthew Stafford 27/46 286-1-4:  See Ben above…
RB Alex Collins 7-13-1 (1-6 on 1 target):  The week 1 game was a blowout, Dixon got garbage time, he’ll be just fine.
RB Kareem Hunt 16-49 & 1 target:  He’s a fantasy 1st round pick for a reason.  If he has a tough week 2 @ Pittsburgh, I’d try to buy low from his owner.
RB David Johnson 9-37-1 (5-30 on 9 targets) – The offense is definately suspect, but DJ is too good!  Look for a big bounce back game in week 2.
WR Josh Gordon 1-17-1 on 3 targets – He will win contested balls; he just needs the QB to throw them.
TE Zach Ertz 5-48 on 10 targets:   Wentz will be back soon and Ertz is still the teams receiving crutch.
TE Trey Burton 1-15 on 6 targets:  Better things to come.


On Ice – These guys are not performing and I don’t expect it to turnaround any time soon compared to their draft spots.

On Ice
Pos Player Comment
QB Nick Foles 19/34 117-0-1:  Still doesn’t look good and Wentz might be back for week 3.
QB Matt Ryan 21/43 251-0-1:  Overrated for fantasy since his Superbowl season; becoming more of a game manager not a slinger.
QB DeShaun Watson Will he live up to his top 5 QB draft status?  Maybe in a few weeks.
QB Jimmy Garoppolo 15/33 261-1-3:  Played against a tough Minnesota defense, but I think he was overrated going into the season.  He’s a high QB2.
RB LeSean McCoy We all knew it was going to be a tough year.  It may get ugly.
RB Ronald Jones Inactive and can’t block.
RB Duke Johnson 9-37-1 (5-30):  He’ll catch some balls, but it’s Hyde’s backfield.
RB Ezekiel Elliott 15-69-1 (3-17):  Looks like a tough year and that’s what I expected.  He won’t be a top 5 RB, but he’ll still get 1,200+ yards and 10+ TDs.
RB Jamaal Williams 15-47-0 & 2 targets:  I was hoping for more going into the season.  He better turn it around quickly before Aaron Jones steals the job.
WR John Ross 1-3-1 on 2.  Will he show up this year?  Doesn’t look like it as of now.
WR Robby Anderson 1-41-1 on 1:  Probably the best WR on the Jets. He was only targeted once, but it was a 41 yd TD.  Should be Darnold’s bff!
WR Amari Cooper 1-9 on 3:  Another dreadful game.  The team doesn’t look good.
TE Jimmy Graham 2-8 on 4 targets:  Aaron Rodgers didn’t utilize his new target in week 1.  Can’t count on Graham til the chemistry develops.

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NFL Week 1 Fantasy Impact


Now that we had time to digest the ups and downs of week 1 of the NFL season, we need to look at the fantasy impact moving forward.  This means going beyond just the stats and looking at how situations have changed over the past week.  Can we now answer any questions we had going into the season?

Week 1 Fantasy Highlights

A.J. Green – He put up a monster day with 12 catches for 180 yards and a TD.  He’s happy to have a healthy Andy Dalton back and this should be a top QB/WR combination for the rest of the year.

Drew Brees (Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks) – This highlight goes to the New Orleans passing attack in general.  Brees had 423 yards passing and 4 TDs with Snead (172 yds) and Cooks (143 yds) combining for 315 yards and 3 TDs.

DeAngelo Williams – This guy just keeps running.  At age 33, he was the leading rusher in week 1 with 146 yards and 2 TDs, and chipped in 6 catches for 28 yards.  Bell will be back in week 4, but DeAngelo has 2 more weeks to be a RB1.

Antonio Brown – This guys is just consistently great; 8 catches for 126 yards and 2 TDs.  He was taken #1 overall in fantasy drafts for a reason.

Jordan Matthews – Rookie QB Carson Wentz looked to Matthews 14 times as he hauled in 7 catches for 114 yards and a TD.  Hopefully they will maintain this chemistry moving forward.

Matthew Stafford – After a terrible preseason and the loss of Megatron, Stafford actually looked good this week.  He passed for 340 yards and 3 TDs, but more importantly was a leader out on the field.  Let’s see if he can keep the streak going.  I expect the same old Stafford by season’s end.

Larry Fitzgerald – Larry is still the #1 target for Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals.  He had 11 targets in the game and caught 8 balls for 81 yards and 2 TDs.  Palmer consistently looked for him in clutch situations.  Michael Floyd will show up for a few huge games and John Brown has always been overhyped.  Larry Fitz is my guy!

Carlos Hyde – I was intrigued by Hyde in the offseason.  He’s put up some big games but hasn’t been healthy or consistent throughout his career.  Chip Kelly is in town and the 49ers are going to run a lot of plays.  Hyde got 23 carries and scored 2 TDs; I expect him to be heavily involved in the offense all season.

Jason Witten – While his numbers weren’t eye-popping, it was nice to see Witten get looks from rookie QB Dak Prescott.  Witten caught 9 balls for 66 yards on 14 targets.  For how low Witten was drafted in leagues, he’s a great target if you’re in need of a TE.

Players Returning From Injury

Kelvin Benjamin – He sure looked good on Thursday night (6-91-1) and looks to be Cam Newton’s favorite target once again.

Jordy Nelson – In Nelson’s first game back from last year’s season ending knee injury, he fared decently well.  Jordy had 6 catches and a TD, but only 32 yards receiving.  He doesn’t quite look to be his old self and might not get the separation that he used to, but Rodgers will still look his way often (9 targets).

Victor Cruz – It appears that Victor Cruz is past his nagging injuries (for now) and was able to log significant snaps for the Giants.  Cruz caught all 4 balls thrown his way including a TD.  The takeaway here is that he’s on the field and getting snaps.

New Player Additions

Marvin Jones – Jones was targeted by Stafford 10 times in week 1 as he ended the day with 4 catches for 85 yards.  Golden Tate had 7 targets so Jones is already gaining the confidence of his QB.

Will Fuller – This rookie shined in his first NFL game.  He caught 5 balls for 107 yards and a TD.  The most interesting thing is that he had 11 targets so Osweiler is looking his way.  Hopkins had 8 targets in the game.

Mohamed Sanu – Matt Ryan looked pretty comfortable with Sanu as he caught 5 balls on 8 targets for 80 yards and a TD.  With Julio Jones getting double coverage, Sanu may be just what the Falcons and Matt Ryan needed.

Dwayne Allen – This is a stretch to put in the new additions section, but Rob Chudzinski the Offensive Coordinator is a new addition to the Colts and he loves utilizing the TE.  The Colts’ TEs had 7 catches on 10 targets for 88 yards and 3 TDs.  Jack Doyle caught 2 of the TDs, but Allen played the majority of snaps and is the guy to benefit.

Running Back Battles

C.J. Anderson – Anderson had a full workload with 92 yards on 20 carries and a TD.  With Devontae Booker fumbling early in the game, C.J. looks to run the show here.

Devanta Freeman (Tevin Coleman) – Freeman had a poor outing with only 20 yards on 11 carries.  Tevin Coleman had 8 carries and was more active in the receiving game, and that’s not the split Freeman owners want.  We’ll have to see how this plays out in the upcoming weeks.

Justin Forsett (Terrance West) – At this point, I’ve had enough of the Baltimore Ravens backfield.  Justin Forsett had 10 carries and 41 yards while Terrance West had 12 carries and 32 yards.  I don’t know who will come out on top of this one, but will any of them really help our fantasy teams???

Spencer Ware (Charcandrick West/Jamaal Charles) – With Jamaal Charles sidelined, Ware shined carrying the ball 11 times for 70 yards and a TD as well as catching 7 balls for 129 yards.  Charcandrick West was supposed to garner quite a few carries (only got 3), but Ware was an absolute beast in this one.  Ware looks good to start until Charles is active.

Matt Forte (Bilal Powell) – Matt Forte got 22 carries to Bilal Powell’s 4.  Powell may pick up a few more in the coming weeks, but this is not a timeshare.

Ryan Mathews – Mathews had 77 yards and a TD on 22 carries.  Darren Sproles was 2nd on the team with 5 carries and Kenjon Barner got 4.  Mathews is poised for a heavy workload as long as he stays on the field.

DeMarco Murray (Derrick Henry) – Murray got the majority of work for the Tennessee Titans with 13 carries and 7 targets (77 total yards).  Derrick Henry had 5 carries and 2 targets (44 total yards).

Christine Michael (Thomas Rawls) – While Christine Michael got the start, it was pretty much a timeshare and Thomas Rawls is slated for more work next week.  I don’t expect either of them to be a true workhorse and it’ll be a committee moving forward, with Rawls having the edge.

LeGarrette Blount (NE RBs) – With Belichick you never know, but in this one Blount rushed 23 times and no other RB came close.  He’s the guy in running situations but not passing downs.

Matt Jones (Chris Thompson/Rob Kelley) – Jones couldn’t get anything going against the Steelers and I don’t know how long he’ll hold onto the starting job.  Jones had 7 carries for 24 yards; Chris Thompson had 4 carries for 23 yards.  Rob Kelley is also in the mix if the team decides to make a change.

Week 1 Injuries (and Week 2 Replacements)

Keenan Allen – Allen suffered a torn ACL and is out for the year again.  Travis Benjamin was one of my sleepers entering the year and I like him that much more now.  Tyrell Williams appears to be the guy to replace Allen.  Gates and Woodhead might pick up a little extra work but they’re always involved.  Dontrelle Inman should get some action too.

Demaryius Thomas – Suffered a hip injury on Thursday against Carolina.  While originally thought to be serious, Thomas is actually questionable for week 2.  If Thomas doesn’t play, there isn’t a must play fantasy pickup for him.

Sammy Watkins – He reinjured his foot in Sunday’s game and has a game on short rest on Thursday.  Tyrod Taylor doesn’t pass enough to make Watkins’ replacement relevant, if he doesn’t play.

Russell Wilson – He injured his ankle against Miami but is expected to play in week 2.  This injury will probably limit his mobility and may take some time to fully heal.  Trevone Boykin is the backup and the whole offense would take a hit with him under center.

Robert Griffin III – He is on injured reserve and out for 8+ weeks with a fractured bone in his shoulder.  Josh McCown – He will replace RG3 as the Cleveland Browns QB.  This actually improves the value of Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson as RG3 wasn’t a “check down” type of QB.

Week 1 Concerns

Cam Newtown – How much of a beating can Cam take?  Cam isn’t in this section because he won’t put up stats.  He’s here because he took a beating from the Denver Broncos in week 1 and I can’t imagine him staying healthy all year.  When he plays, he’s a beast.

Todd Gurley – While many people may be worried about Gurley, I’m not so concerned.  Yes, the Rams offense looks bad.  Really bad!  The offense was bad last year and he still excelled.  Don’t put too much weight into one game, but this situation is worth monitoring.  He may not be the best RB in the league, but he’s still a solid RB1 and I expect him to improve.

Words of Wisdom

Do Not Overreact!  We’re only one week removed from our drafts and a good or bad week 1 performance should not greatly change our rankings.  Over the next couple weeks, we need to determine which performances are smoke and mirrors and which ones are a sign of things to come.  Only time will tell!

Reported by

John Kocur (Sports Writer)

Fantasy Football: NFL Week 1 Running Back Landscape


The NFL season is upon us and we’re all gearing up for our fantasy leagues.  The preseason hype is over and everyone picked their sleepers and busts.  Let’s take a look at the fantasy running back starters and reserves entering Week 1.

AFC East

Patriots – LeGarrette Blount appears to have the first crack at the position and any rushing touchdowns.  James White will be sprinkled in the passing game but probably not enough to have value.  Veteran Brandon Bolden is also still hanging around in case Belichick wants to shake things up like he usually does.  Dion Lewis is on the PUP and out for the first six weeks with a knee injury.  Once he’s back, only Blount will maintain some value.

Dolphins – Arian Foster locked up the starting job and Jay Ajayi wasn’t thrilled with the decision.  It looks like Ajayi won’t even suit up for week one.  Foster should get a full load of carries as he tries to stave off the injury bug.  Kenyan Drake is the only other running back to own and could supplant Ajayi as #2 in the coming weeks.

Jets – People are up and down on Forte.  He’s been a beast for years, but how long can he last.  He’s 30 years old and his past workload may be catching up to him.  I still think Forte is on the plus side of a 75/25 split with Bilal Powell.

Bills – This is LeSean McCoy’s show and should be the workhorse of the team.  One of only a few 3-down backs, McCoy is set for a big year if healthy.  The backup job is cloudy in my opinion.  Somehow Reggie Bush impressed enough to make the team but I like Mike Gillislee as the #2 back.  Bush could get some work on 3rd downs.  The Bills also have rookie Jonathan Williams as a darkhorse.


AFC North

Steelers – Le’Veon Bell should be back in Week 4 barring another suspension.  DeAngelo Williams will hold down the fort until Bell is back.  I expect Williams to be a RB1 for the first three weeks and a must handcuff to Bell.

Bengals – Jeremy Hill will do the heavy lifting and get the ground TDs (and fumbles).  Giovani Bernard has never been expected to be a workhorse back, but always shows up when his number is call.  Hill will be steady, but not spectacular.  Bernard should put up a few big games, especially in PPR leagues, but good luck guessing which week it will be.

Ravens – The running back position for the Ravens has been in flux all preseason.  Justin Forsett was cut, then resigned and expected to be the starter.  Terrance West had a great preseason and was the started in the few days that Forsett wasn’t on the roster.  Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon both have a shot to get their share of carries.  At the end of the year, who knows which of these four will lead the team in rushing yards.

Browns – Isaiah Crowell has the starting job for now and Duke Johnson will be a receiving threat from the position.  It’s possible that Duke gets more carries if “The Crow” doesn’t show up.


AFC South

Colts – Frank Gore is up in age (33), but he’s also one of those rare 3-down running backs.  The Colts want to limit his workload, but have Robert Turbin as the backup.  Jordan Todman and Josh Ferguson don’t sound like viable options either.

Texans – Lamar Miller is one of the new additions to the team and looks to be the workhorse.  Let’s see if he lives up to his potential as a rushing/receiving threat; I think he will.  Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes have never impressed when they were called into action.

Titans – The one-two punch of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry look to be lethal  I expect the workload to be 70/30 at the start in favor of Murray, but Henry may get more carries as the season wears on.

Jaguars – It will be interesting to see how the Jags use Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon.  Yeldon is the better receiving threat, but I think the workload is 60/40 in Ivory’s favor. Ivory is questionable for week 1 with a calf injury.


AFC West

Broncos – Well we got to see C.J. Anderson blow up Thursday night, and it might be that way all season.  His handcuff, Devontae Booker, came in and coughed up a fumble.  Not a good first impression.

Raiders – Latavius Murray is the started but there has been a lot of hype around backup DeAndre Washington.  He’s not a bad handcuff, but I think Murray will have a solid season and fend off any competition.  Taiwan Jones is also around to vulture some carries.

Chargers – The highly touted Melvin Gordon looks to put a tough rookie season behind him and show that he can be a productive NFL running back.  Backup Branden Oliver is out for the season so there is less competition for Gordon.  Danny Woodhead is still around, he’s 31, but can still catch a ton of balls if Rivers throws it to him.  I expect Gordon to improve on last year, and Woodhead to have a very slight decline but be more than serviceable.

Chiefs – This is another mess of a situation.  We saw last year that when Jamaal Charles is out, both Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware can handle the duties.  Charles still appears to be out with a slower than expected recovery on his ACL, and West/Ware are still battling for carries.  Flip a coin on who out-produces who until Charles is back.


NFC East

Giants – Rashad Jennings isn’t flashy, but he should get a full workload this season as a 3-down back.  Shane Vereen will catch some balls, but not like when Brady was throwing to him in New England.  If Jennings goes down, who knows if Paul Perkins, Bobby Rainey, or Orleans Darkwa would get the carries.

Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott was drafted to be the workhorse for Dallas.  Everyone has huge fantasy expectations (Top 5 RB) and he’s yet to have an NFL carry.  Alfred Morris is backing him up and has looked great through training camp and preseason.  Morris is a veteran in the league, but still only 27 years old.

Eagles – Ryan Mathews is the starter and can catch passes out of the backfield.  The Eagles also have Darren Sproles to use in the passing game.  If Mathews goes down, Kenjon Barner or Wendell Smallwood could fill in nicely.

Redskins – Matt Jones appears to have the starting job, but the vibes haven’t been good this offseason.  Chris Thompson will catch passes and get 3rd down work, but backup duties would be Rob Kelley if Matt Jones can’t play.


NFC North

Packers – Eddie Lacy will carry the load for the Packers; James Starks is the handcuff if Lacy falters; nuff said.

Vikings – Adrian Peterson will carry the load for the Vikings; Jerick McKinnon is the handcuff.  Matt Asiata is also still hanging around.

Lions – Ameer Abdullah is the starter in Detroit.  Theo Riddick is the 3rd down back and should catch a slew of passes.  Zach Zenner could be a sneaky sleeper if Abdullah doesn’t perform and in short yardage situations.

Bears – With Forte gone, Jeremy Langford has some big shoes to fill.  He’s the starter, but Ka’Deem Carey and Jordan Howard are both on the roster looking for carries.  If the Bears start out slow as a team and can’t get the running game going with Langford, don’t be surprised if there’s a change at the top.


NFC South

Falcons – Devonta Freeman had a great year last year and should have another one in 2016.  Tevin Coleman shouldn’t carve out too many carries, nor Terron Ward.

Panthers – James Stewart is the unquestioned starter at running back, but Cam Newton could actually lead the team in rushing and he steals rushing TDs from Stewart.  Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker are the backups, but there’s not enough stats at the position on the Panthers.

Saints – Mark Ingram is looking to have another big year and really improved in the receiving department.  Tim Hightower is the backup and can fill in if an injury hits.

Buccaneers – Doug Martin is the starter, but Charles Sims will vulture some carries and get a lot of receiving work.  Martin will get the rushing TDs.


NFC West

Seahawks – Thomas Rawls was expected to be the starter, but Christine Michael will start week 1.  I would give the edge to Rawls as the more productive back this season, but Michael will get his fair share.  I don’t see a Marshawn Lynch like workhorse here.  C.J. Prosise can be a playmaker but he might not get the ball enough.

Rams – It’s the Todd Gurley show in LA and I have him as the #1 RB in fantasy football (thanks to the Le’Veon Bell suspension).  If Gurley goes down, I don’t think there’s a RB that could put up relevant fantasy points on this team.  Benny Cunningham is the backup and looked decent in preseason.

Cardinals – David Johnson is the starter and should be primed for a big year.  Chris Johnson will back him up but I don’t expect him to get much work.  Andre Ellington is still on Arizona, but not worth watching.

49ers – Carlos Hyde is the #1 running back in San Fran.  With Chip Kelly’s offense, they should run plenty of plays and give Hyde the opportunity to produce in a big way.  His status for week 1 is in question and Shaun Draughn would fill in if Hyde misses time.  Mike Davis also impressed in preseason and can fill in when needed.

The world of Fantasy success is sometimes predicated upon the amount of depth on one’s roster. Getting familiar with the names above is the first step to becoming a winner!

Reported by

John Kocur (Sports Writer)



Week 1 Fantasy Fallout

Week 1 Fantasy Football Recap

Standout Stars and Substandard Stiffs



  • Brady…288 yds 4 TD
  • Mariota……209 yds 4 TD
  • C. Palmer……307 yds 3 TD


  • Hyde….168 yds, 2 TD….2 rec, 14 yds
  • Forte……..141 yds, 1 TD….5 rec, 25 yds
  • Ivory…..91 yds, 2 TD…1 rec, 9 yds


  • Jones…..9 rec, 141 yds, 2 TD
  • Hopkins.…..9 rec, 98 yds 2 TD
  • Gronkowski…..5 rec, 94 yds, 3 TD



  • Flacco…..117 yds, 2 INT’s
  • P. Manning….. 175 yds, 1 INT
  • E. Manning….193 yds,


  • Gore…..ZERO yds…..2 rec 31 yds
  • Peterson……31 yds…3 rec, 21 yds
  • Anderson…..29 yds….4 rec, 19 yds


  • D, Jackson…..ZERO……ZERO……
  • S. Smith…..2 rec, 13 yds
  • C. Johnson……2 rec, 39 yds

Thoughts and theories from Week 1…..

  • The Indianapolis Colts looked like they shopped at the salvation army instead of Bloomingdales this off-season. Their two prized possessions in Frank Gore and Andre Johnson played like overused veterans. Sir Andre caught 4-of-10 targets, gaining an embarrassing 24 yards.
  • Odell Beckham Jr. was the top receiver taken off the charts in most drafts, but greatly disappointing in week 1. His Sunday night line of 5/44 is not what owners expected. Obviously this should change, but in an offense that has a shortage of weapons, the deck will be stacked against Odell for the rest of the year.
  • How would you like to be a Tampa Bay fan? Besides the fact that you haven’t been relevant since President Bush, but now it seems like you took the wrong guy in the draft again! In a contest between the #1 and #2 overall picks, Marcus Mariota showed why Philly tried to give away the whole roster to get him. He went 13-16 for 209 yds and 4 Td’s in only 3 quarters. 
  • The questions about Peyton Manning will continue as he looked more like Billy Joe Tolliver than Peyton himself. He showed the same hesitation and missed targets that doomed his play in the final 6 weeks of the season last year. Teams will continue to stack the box to stop the short pass and make him beat them deep. He is only a QB2 in my book and is ever close to hitting Jay Cutler territory real soon.

Travis Kelce hauled in six catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns making a case for the Jimmy Graham comparison in 2015…..Russell Wilson needs to stay off Twitter and pay more attention to the opposing team’s defense…..Tyler Eifert and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are 2 names that will be in the Top 5 TE’s list by the end of the year…..John Randle looks to be the lead dog for Dallas as Darren McFadden couldn’t run his way out of a race against an over-aged nursing home….Last year was the year of the Rookie WR and this year looks to be the year of the Rookie RB. Gordon, Johnson, Coleman, and Abdullah all looked good on Sunday……Now onto Week 2.

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Week 1 Fantasy Football Stars and Stiffs

Well, it’s week 1 and we are back for our weekly Fantasy Football excitement. I will again be bringing you the Stars and Stiffs Report, but this year it will have 2 versions. I will have a preliminary report on Tuesday and then an updated version on Friday. Once again this will be a free premium service to keep giving my followers the best scenario for all of their fantasy needs.

I also will be unveiling my Fantasy Triple Threat from week to week where I pick the best QB/RB/WR combo of that week who I feel will give their owner positive production. It is more of a fun segment to try and involve all followers…You can tweet me (@TCutillo23) your own triple threat as well to see who scores the most points.

Stars for Week 1

QB:—- T. Brady (PIT), T. Romo (NYG)

RB:—- D. Murray (@ATL), C.J. Anderson (BAL)

WR:— D. Bryant (NYG), J. Landry (@WAS), G. Tate (@SD)

Stiffs for Week 1

QB:— C. Kaepernick (MIN)

RB: — B. Sankey (@TB), A. Morris (MIA)

WR: — D. Jackson (MIA), T. Smith (MIN), V. Cruz (@DAL)

Sleepers:—- J. Brown (NO), E. Royal (GB), G. Bernard (@OAK)

Week 1 Triple Threat…….

Tom Brady (PIT) —– Extra incentive to prove the prognosticators wrong….Steelers defense is suspect at best…This spells Shootout

DeMarco Murray (@ATL) —- Philly Offense is strong and Atlanta has shown they can’t stop anyone. The defense didn’t get any better and Murray will show the Cowboys why they should have never let him go!

Dez Bryant (NYG) —- The Giants are in shambles on defense and Dez is fresh off a new contract and good offseason. There secondary is already having nightmares of Bryant burning them down the sidelines…..

***Week 1 is always an unpredictable week. My best advice is always go with who you drafted and don’t try to pick too many match-ups. Preseason doesn’t mean much and right now all we can do is go by paper stats. 

These are premium results for the ultimate price of FREE…..Come follow me on Facebook at for breaking news, stats, comical stories, and weekly projections. Also tune into ESPN Radio on @12:30 pm (est) every Tuesday to hear my Weekly Fantasy Sports Segment for all picks for the week and some interesting analysis from a Knowledgeable Sports Enthusiast and a Jackson Legend. 

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Tony Cutillo (@TCutillo23)