Week 1 Recap of the NFL and Fantasy News, plus the Gamblers Records
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Well, I'd be damned. Who would've thought? After the NFL announced zero positive tests of COVID-19 prior to Sunday kickoff, the weekend went smoothly. Football is SO back! It just felt right doing absolutely nothing on Sunday. The day consisted of watching Scott Hanson 'Red Zone'. Seeing his face made me smile. I mean look at that rocket. All love for the legend. Not only were we gifted with a bountiful Sunday full of exciting games, but we got two matchups for Monday night. A hole was filled with the NFL Returning, and let's hope it is here to stay. Let's see how the boys did this week.
Sam Basel was our highest scorer for the week with 171 points! Last ranked Fordo only raked in less than 90 points. It was a questionable move to leave Deandre Hopkins on the bench.
- Tondo took the week one win over Densen, with a score of 132.18 to 119
- Zimmer spanked Ford, 147.94 to 83.12.
- The game of the week goes to this duo, Basel beats Mastrianni 171.3 to 146.2.
- And Hanold triumphs over James, just like the Bills did to the Jets, with a score of 140.88 to 126.6.
Full Standings below.
Fantasy Booms and Busts
There were some absolute heaters for the first week. Here is who lit it up.
QB: (Will Tondo had all of them at one point)
Russel Wilson - 322 yards, 4 TDs (31-35), 31.78 points
Aaron Rodgers - 364 yards, 4 TDs, 30.76 points
Josh Allen - 312 yards, 3 Tot. TDs, 28.18 points
Josh Jacobs - 25 attempts, 93 yards, 3 TDs, 35.9 points
Christian McCaffrey - 23 attempts, 96 yards, 2 TDs, 28.4 points
Ezekial Elliot - 22 attempts, 96 yards, 1 TD, 27.7 points
Davante Adams- 14 receptions, 156 yards, 2 TDs, 41.6 points
Calvin Ridley - 9 receptions, 130 yards, 2 TDs, 33.9 points
Adam Theilen- 6 receptions, 110 yards, 2 TDs, 31 points
Dallas Goedert - 8 receptions, 101 yards, 1 TD, 24.1 points
Mark Andrews -5 receptions, 58 yards, 2 TDs, 22.8 points
Noah Fant - 5 receptions, 81 yards, 1 TD, 19.1 points
New Orleans Saints - 23 points allowed, 2 Int. , 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 TD, 17 points
Washington Football Team - 17 points allowed, 2 Int. , 1 Fumble Recovery, 17 points
Baltimore Ravens - 6 points allowed, 1 Int. , 2 Fumble Recoveries, 12 points
Mason Crosby - 2/2 FG, 5 XPM, 12 points
Daniel Carlson - 2/2 FG, 4 XPM, 12 points
Joey Slye - 3/3 FG, 1 XPM, 12 points
And on the contrary, we had some tough week one performances as well.
- The Giants trio of Jones, Saquon, and Engram did not perform to the standard. Daniel Jones had 2 interceptions. Barkley had 6 rushing yards, and Evin Engram had 2 catches for 9 yards.
- Another team that severely underperformed were the Browns. Baker Mayfield only led the team to one touchdown on 189 yards passing. Nick Chubb had 60 yards, but no touchdowns and a fumble. OBJ had 3 catches for 22 yards.
-The injury bug begins. James Conner was held to 9 yards after a sprained ankle sent him to the sidelines. Tight End, George Kittle, only caught 4 passes for 44 yards after being sent to the locker room with a knee injury.
- The Gronk hype train was derailed. The newly unretired Pat's legend had 2 receptions for 11 yards in a very crowded Tompa* Bay offense, that still needs some practice. The same could be said for Mike Evans (1 reception, 2 yards, 1 TD).
- Stephen Gostowski... time to hang the cleats up my guy. Although he hit the go-ahead field goal late in the 4th quarter, the legend missed three FG's and a missed extra point. Big Yikes.
Sleepers and Trade Targets and Waiver Wires, oh my!
It is still very early to be doubting your Quarterback, but if you are looking for some backup help, Gardner Minshew (14.9% rostered) was lights out. Throwing 19-20, he threw 3 TDs and 173 yards. Kirk Cousins (21.2% rostered) and Mitchell Tribusky (2.7%) both were impressive in week one.
With James Conner sustaining a potential ankle injury, take a look at Benny Snell Jr. (14.6% rostered) for a flex option. When Conner left the game, Snell finished with 19 carries and 113 yards. The Rams have an interesting backfield. Everyone had their eyes on Cam Akers, but Malcolm Brown (7.9% rostered) was the one who had himself quite the evening on Sunday. He rushed for 2 TDs and 79 yards on 18 attempts. One guy who is pretty much isolated to the 3rd-down-and-endzone back is Colt's, Nyheim Hines (34.2% rostered). He had a pair of TDs, both a rushing and receiving one.
In the Wide Receiver category, Darius Slayton (65.8% rostered) of the Giants showed that his connection with fellow '19 rookie Daniel Jones last season was no fluke. He had 6 receptions for 102 yards and 2 TDs on MNF. Robby Anderson (68.1% rostered) had himself a nice little day with 6 receptions, 115 yards, and a TD in his Panthers debut. A true sleeper in an already crowded receiving core is Russell Gage of the Falcons (3.8% rostered). He snagged 9 passes from Matt Ryan for 114 yards.
This biggest surprise in the TE position was Dallas Goedert (27.2% rostered) of the Eagles. He had 8 catches for 101 yards and a TD. Keep an eye out for him, he is a guy who is going to continue to get looks with the Eagles thin receiving core. With David Njoku headed to the IR, also consider guys like third leg Greg Olsen (8.9% rostered) or Jimmy Graham (10.3% rostered) as big names who could still provide some points. They both had a decent week 1 (4 rec. 24 yards - 1 TD, 3 rec. 25 yards - 1 TD, respectively).
Week 1 Picks
The big winner of the week was Chris Hanold, boasting a 12-4 record. Shoutout to James for being the sole selector of the Cardinals against the 49ers. Ben Allen was the only believer in Minshew Mania, as he took the Jags over the Colts. How about The Washington Football Team?! They shocked the world and upset the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tune in Thursday for the latest news plus week 2 matchup and picks. Check the social accounts for more information on our league plus the winner's trophy/loser punishment.
Here are some of the shots from the opening week!
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