What a WILD Week 1, it did not disappoint! There were spectacular plays, shocking performances, injuries, and of course a drama. For a sport with such a short season, there is no shortage of change from week to week. Football is ever evolving and so much happens from Thursday to Monday. With Week 1 in the books, we can look back at five changes that you need to know about.
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The Miami Dolphins are a disaster
No one expected the Dolphins to be good, but no one expected them to be so bad that their own players reportedly reached out to their agents with an S.O.S. to get them off the team as soon as possible.
Granted it is only Week 1, but the Fantasy outlook for both Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage is looking abysmal. It is difficult to start running backs who are going to be projected to lose most weeks. You likely drafted Drake as your RB2 and right now it is difficult to even flex him.
We mostly saw Ryan Fitzpatrick, but with the game out of hand we saw some Josh Rosen, too. Rosen did himself no favors in taking time away from Fitzpatrick, but those who own him in two quarterback leagues are dreading a repeat of last season when we did not know week to week if he would be starting.
Poor Albert Wilson is suffering the most here. Arguably the most talented receiver on the team (sorry, DeVante Parker). If you threw a late round dart at Wilson, cross your fingers that he is one of those players that begged his agent for a trade.
Adrian Peterson is the RB1 in Washington again
It didn't take long for Derrius Guice to come up limping and now be expected to miss multiple weeks. Surgery hasn't been ruled out yet. Peterson was a healthy scratch in Week 1, much to the dismay of many of his teammates, who were not shy about vocalizing their displeasure. You have to wonder what Jay Gruden is thinking when he benches a guy coming off of a thousand yard season.
The good news is, if you saw Guice's injury history as a red flag, you snagged Peterson late in your drafts.
The offensive juggernaut that is the Browns has yet to debut
The Browns looked incredibly slow in Week 1, and that is a bit expected when the starters don't play much in the preseason (i.e. the Thursday Night Football match up between the Packers and the Bears). The Titans smacked them around and abused their defense, but the offense was clearly an issue as they only managed to score two touchdowns. Baker Mayfield threw three picks to his lone passing touchdown, while Nick Chubb was snubbed at the goal line for Dontrell Hilliard.
Now is the time to buy low on all the Browns' offensive skill players. Take advantage of your league-mates' overreactions.
Dak Prescott is a QB1
Prescott engaged in his own contract negotiating on the field in Week 1, throwing for 405 yards and four touchdowns while securing a perfect passer rating. He spread the ball around with four different players catching each of those touchdowns.
With a preseason ADP of QB17, Prescott was a Week 1 steal. A position that can typically be streamed, you can ride Prescott for the first half of the season with upcoming matchups against the Redskins, Dolphins, Saints, Packers, Jets, Eagles, and Giants.
Antonio Brown is a Patriot now
Brown was fined, declared out for Week 1, declared in for Week 1, demanded and was granted a release, and was signed by the New England Patriots all in a 72-hour span.
Bill Belichick continues to laugh in the face of his competition, playing chess while the rest of the league is still trying to figure out connect four. You drafted Antonio Brown in the third round who, if drafts were beginning today, would be a clear top five pick. With risk comes reward, and this reward is going to be a big one. Tune out the "he's a distraction", "he is selfish, "he's a diva", and the "he is crazy" noise. Antonio Brown is Tom Brady's best wide receiver, and that is all that matters.