Week 1 Analysis

Rule of Thumb: Always start your fantasy studs. That being said, below is our match-up guidance for Week 1 along with streaming options of likely available free agents.

Quarterbacks
Running Backs (Standard) | Running Backs (PPR)
Wide Receivers (Standard)Wide Receivers (PPR)
Tight Ends (Standard)Tight Ends (PPR)
KickersTeam DefensesKey Suspensions

The Tampa Bay/Miami game has been moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma. All Buccaneers and Dolphins players need to be removed from fantasy line-ups for Week 1.

Quarterbacks – Week 1

Favorable Match-ups:

  • Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) at Cleveland – Result: 16.72
  • Mike Glennon (CHI) v. Falcons (not recommended) – Result: 12.52
  • Jameis Winston (TB) at Miami – game moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma
  • Carson Palmer (ARZ) at Detroit – Result: 11.96
  • Derek Carr (OAK) at Tennessee – Result: 18.68
  • Sam Bradford (MIN) v. Saints – Result: 25.54
  • Russell Wilson (SEA) at Green Bay – Result: 8.32
  • Marcus Mariota (TEN) v. Raiders – Result: 18.84
  • Scott Tolzien (IND) at Los Angeles Rams (not recommended) – Result: 3.32
  • Jared Goff (LAR) v. Indianapolis (not recommended) – 16.44

Unfavorable Match-ups:

  • Philip Rivers (LAC) at Denver – Result: 18.68
  • Dak Prescott (DAL) v. Giants – Result: 17.12
  • Blake Bortles (JAX) at Houston – Result: 10.30
  • Aaron Rodgers (GB) v. Seahawks – Result: 17.54
  • DeShone Kizer (CLE) v. Steelers – Result: 19.58
  • Tom Savage (HOU) v. Jacksonville – Result: -1.52
  • Drew Brees (NO) at Minnesota – Result: 15.64
  • Kirk Cousins (WAS) v. Eagles – Result: 11.60
  • Alex Smith (KC) at New England – Result: Thursday Night Shocker – 31.02
  • Josh McCown (NYJ) at Buffalo – Result: 11.48

Streaming Options:

  • Carson Palmer (ARZ) at Detroit.  The Lions allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks last year. Palmer is owned in 60% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Sam Bradford (MIN) v. Saints. The Saints allowed the the sixth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks last year. Bradford is owned in 18% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Running Backs (Standard) – Week 1

Favorable Match-ups:

  • Christian McCaffrey and Jonathan Stewart (CAR) at San Francisco – Results: McCaffrey 6.5 , Stewart 14.2
  • Le’Veon Bell (PIT) at Cleveland – Result: 4.7
  • Dalvin Cook (MIN) v. Saints – Result: 13.7
  • LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles (PHI) at Washington – Result: Blount 10.7 , Sproles 4.5
  • Bilal Powell (NYJ) at Buffalo – Result: 3.9
  • Todd Gurley (LAR) v. Colts – Result: 15.6
  • Isaiah Crowell (CLE) v. Steelers – Result: 8.6
  • Jordan Howard (CHI) v. Falcons – Result: 12.6
  • C.J. Anderson (DEN) v. Chargers – Result: 8.6
  • DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry (TEN) v. Raiders – Result: Murray 6.0, Henry 2.5

Unfavorable Match-ups:

  • Kareem Hunt (KC) at New England – Result: Thursday Night Shocker – 40.6
  • Marshawn Lynch (OAK) at Tennessee – Result: 9.2
  • Ameer Abdullah (DET) v. Cardinals – Result: 4.1
  • Paul Perkins (NYG) at Dallas – Result: 2.5
  • Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) v. Giants – Result: 14.0
  • Carlos Hyde (CAR) v. Panthers – Result: 7.7
  • Ty Montgomery (GB) v. Seahawks – Result: 15.3
  • Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson (NO) at Minnesota – Results: Ingram 7.1 , Peterson 1.8
  • Jeremy Hill, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard (CIN) v. Ravens – Results: Hill 2.4 , Mixon 2.4, Bernard 7.9
  • David Johnson (ARZ) at Detroit – Result: 7.1

Streaming Options:

  • Jonathan Stewart (CAR) at San Francisco. The 49ers allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs last year. Yes, the Panthers have rookie sensation Christian McCaffrey in their backfield, but Stewart is still the goal-line option. Stewart is owned in 68% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Bilal Powell (NYJ) at Buffalo. The Bills allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing running backs last year. Powell is owned in 89% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Darren Sproles (PHI) at Washington. The Redskins allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing running backs last year. Sproles is owned in 50% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Running Backs (PPR) – Week 1

Favorable Match-ups:

  • Christian McCaffrey (CAR) at San Francisco – Result: 11.5
  • Le’Veon Bell (PIT) at Cleveland – Result: 7.7
  • Dalvin Cook (MIN) v. Saints – Result: 16.7
  • Jordan Howard (CHI) v. Falcons – Result: 15.6
  • C.J. Anderson (DEN) v. Chargers – Result: 8.8
  • Darren Sproles (PHI) at Washington – Result: 9.5
  • Todd Gurley (LAR) v. Colts – Result: 20.6
  • Isaiah Crowell (CLE) v. Steelers – Result: 10.6
  • Bilal Powell (NYJ) at Buffalo – Result: 8.9
  • Jay Ajayi (MIA) v. Buccaneers – game moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma

Unfavorable Match-ups:

  • Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick (DET) v. Cardinals – Results: Abdullah 7.1, Riddick 14.6
  • Marshawn Lynch (OAK) at Tennessee – Result: 10.2
  • Ty Montgomery (GB) v. Seahawks – Result: 19.3
  • Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) v. Giants – Result: 19.0
  • Paul Perkins (NYG) at Dallas – Result: 4.5
  • Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson (NO) at Minnesota – Results: Ingram 12.1, Peterson 1.8
  • Kareem Hunt (KC) at New England – Result: Thursday Night Shocker – 45.6
  • Thomas Rawls and Eddie Lacy (SEA) at Green Bay – Results: Rawls (DNP), Lacy 0.3
  • Jeremy Hill, Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard (CIN) v. Ravens – Results: Hill 3.4, Mixon 5.4, Bernard 8.9
  • David Johnson (ARZ) at Detroit – Results: 13.1

Streaming Options:

  • Jonathan Stewart (CAR) at San Francisco. The 49ers allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs last year. Yes, the Panthers have rookie sensation Christian McCaffrey in their backfield, but Stewart is still the goal-line option. Stewart is owned in 68% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Darren Sproles (PHI) at Washington. The Redskins allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing running backs last year. Sproles is owned in 50% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Bilal Powell (NYJ) at Buffalo. The Bills allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing running backs last year. Powell is owned in 89% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Wide Receivers (Standard) – Week 1

Favorable Match-ups:

  • Doug Baldwin (SEA) at Green Bay – Result: 6.0
  • Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree (OAK) at Tennessee – Results: Cooper 12.2, Crabtree 8.3
  • Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder (WAS) v. Eagles – Results: Pryor 6.6, Crowder -0.6
  • Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson (TB) v. Dolphins – game moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma
  • T.Y. Hilton (IND) v. Rams (CAUTION: QB Andrew Luck is not playing this week) – Result: 3.7
  • Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess (CAR) at San Francisco – Results: Benjamin 2.5, Funchess 2.0
  • Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant (PIT) at Cleveland – Result: Brown 18.2, Bryant 1.4
  • Golden Tate and Marvin Jones (DET) v. Cardinals – Results: Tate 11.4, Jones 9.7
  • Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel (ATL) at Chicago – Results: Jones 6.6, Sanu 4.7, Gabriel 3.6
  • Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown (ARZ) at Detroit – Results: Fitzgerald 7.4, Brown 4.2

Unfavorable Match-ups:

  • Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams (LAC) at Denver – Results: Allen 9.5, Williams 5.4
  • Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace (BAL) at Cincinnati – Results: Maclin 11.6, Wallace 0.8
  • Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman (CLE) v. Steelers – Results: Britt 1.3, Coleman 11.3
  • Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn (NO) at Minnesota – Results: Thomas 4.5, Ginn 5.8
  • Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee (JAX) at Houston – Results: Robinson 1.7, Lee 0.0
  • DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) v. Jaguars – Result: 11.5
  • Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley (DAL) v. Giants – Results: Bryant 4.3, Beasley 3.2
  • Tyreek Hill (KC) at New England – Result: Thusday Night Shocker – 19.8
  • Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) v.  Chargers – Results: Thomas 6.7 , Sanders 2.6
  • Robby Anderson (NYJ) at Buffalo – Result: 2.2

Streaming Options:

  • Devin Funchess (CAR) at San Francisco. The 49ers allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers last year. Funchess is owned in only 17% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Marvin Jones (DET) v. Cardinals. The Cardinals allowed the eighth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers last year. Jones is owned in 69% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • John Brown (ARZ) at Detroit. The Lions allowed the 10th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers last year. Brown is owned in 72% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Wide Receivers (PPR) – Week 1

Favorable Match-ups:

  • Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree (OAK) at Tennessee – Results: Cooper 17.2, Crabtree 14.3
  • Doug Baldwin (SEA) at Green Bay – Result: 10.0
  • T.Y. Hilton (IND) v. Rams (CAUTION: QB Andrew Luck is not playing this week) – Result: 6.7
  • Golden Tate and Marvin Jones (DET) v. Cardinals – Results: Tate 21.4, Jones 11.7
  • Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder (WAS) v. Eagles – Results: Pryor 12.6, Crowder 2.4
  • Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown (ARZ) at Detroit – Results: Fitzgerald 13.4, Brown 8.2
  • Pierre Garcon (SF) v. Panthers – Result: 14.1
  • Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen (MIN) v. Saints – Results: Diggs 27.7 , Thielen 24.7
  • Kevin White and Kendall Wright (CHI) v. Falcons – Results: White 2.6, Wright 6.4
  • Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel (ATL) at Chicago – Results: Jones 10.6, Sanu 10.7, Gabriel 6.6

Unfavorable Match-ups:

  • Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams (LAC) at Denver – Results: Allen 9.5, Williams 5.4
  • Jeremy Maclin and Mike Wallace (BAL) at Cincinnati – Results: Maclin 13.6, Wallace 1.8
  • Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn (NO) at Minnesota – Result: Thomas 9.5, Ginn 9.8
  • Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee (JAX) at Houston – Results: Robinson 2.7 , Lee 0.0
  • Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman (CLE) v. Steelers – Results: Britt 2.3, Coleman 16.3
  • DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) v. Jaguars – Result: 18.5
  • Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley (DAL) v. Giants – Results: Bryant 6.3, Beasley 6.2
  • Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) v.  Chargers – Results: Thomas 6.7, Sanders 2.6
  • Tyreek Hill (KC) at New England – Result: Thursday Night Shocker – 26.8
  • Robby Anderson (NYJ) at Buffalo – Result: 6.2

Streaming Options:

  • Marvin Jones (DET) v. Cardinals. The Cardinals allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers last year. Jones is owned in 69% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • John Brown (ARZ) at Detroit. The Lions allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers last year. Brown is owned in 72% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Pierre Garcon (SF) v. Panthers. The Panthers allowed the seventh most fantasy point to opposing wide receivers last year. Garcon is owned in 86% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Adam Thielen (MIN) v. Saints. The Saints allowed the eighth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers last year. Thielen is owned in 74% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Tight Ends (Standard) – Week 1

Favorable Match-ups:

  • Jesse James and Vance McDonald (PIT) at Cleveland – Results: James 16.1, McDonald 0.0
  • Logan Paulsen (SF) v. Panthers – Result: 0.0
  • Engram Evan (NYG) at Dallas – Result: 4.4
  • Jermaine Gresham (ARZ) at Detroit – Result: 1.5
  • Ben Watson (BAL) at Cincinnati – Result: 0.0
  • Zach Miller (CHI) v. Falcons – Result: 3.9
  • Cameron Brate (TB) at Miami – game moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma
  • Delanie Walker (TEN) v. Raiders – Result: 7.6
  • Charles Clay (BUF) v. Jets – Result: 11.3
  • Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett (LAR) v. Colts – Results: Higbee 1.7, Everett 3.9

Unfavorable Match-ups:

  • Eric Ebron (DET) v. Cardinals – Result: 0.9
  • Jordan Reed (WAS) v. Eagles – Result: 3.6
  • Marcedes Lewis (JAX) at Houston – Result: 0.0
  • Martellus Bennett (GB) v. Seahawks – Result: 4.3
  • Jack Doyle (IND) at Los Angeles Rams – Result: 4.1
  • Jordan Leggett (NYJ) at Buffalo – Result: (DNP)
  • Rob Gronkowski (NE) v. Chiefs – Result: 3.3
  • Travis Kelce (KC) at New England – Result: 4.4
  • Julius Thomas (MIA) v. Buccaneers – game moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma
  • Tyler Eifert (CIN) v. Ravens – Result: 0.4

Streaming Options:

  • Evan Engram (NYG) at Dallas. The Cowboys allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing tight ends last year. Engram is owned in 19% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Benjamin Watson (BAL) at Cincinnati. The Bengals allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends last year. Make sure that quarterback Joe Flacco is playing before starting Watson. Watson is owned in just 1% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Zach Miller (CHI) v. Falcons. The Falcons allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends last year. Miller is owned in only 7% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Charles Clay (BUF) v. Jets. The Jets allowed the ninth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends last year. Clay is owned in 7% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Tight Ends (PPR) – Week 1

Favorable Match-ups:

  • Engram Evan (NYG) at Dallas – Result: 8.4
  • Jesse James and Vance McDonald (PIT) at Cleveland – Results: James 22.1 , McDonald 0.0
  • Ben Watson (BAL) at Cincinnati – Result: 0.0
  • Jermaine Gresham (ARZ) at Detroit – Result: 4.5
  • Logan Paulsen (SF) v. Panthers – Result: (DNP)
  • Zach Ertz (PHI) at Washington – Result: 17.3
  • Zach Miller (CHI) v. Falcons – Result: 7.9
  • Cameron Brate (TB) at Miami – game moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma
  • Delanie Walker (TEN) v. Raiders – Result: 14.6
  • Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett (LAR) v. Colts – Results: Higbee 3.7, Everett 4.9

Unfavorable Match-ups:

  • Eric Ebron (DET) v. Cardinals – Result: 2.9
  • Jordan Reed (WAS) v. Eagles – Result: 8.6
  • Marcedes Lewis (JAX) at Houston – Result: 0.0
  • Martellus Bennett (GB) v. Seahawks – Result: 7.3
  • Jordan Leggett (NYJ) at Buffalo – Result: (DNP)
  • Jack Doyle (IND) at Los Angeles Rams – Result: 6.1
  • Rob Gronkowski (NE) v. Chiefs – Result: 5.3
  • Travis Kelce (KC) at New England – Result: 9.4
  • Julius Thomas (MIA) v. Buccaneers – game moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma
  • Austin Hooper (ATL) at Chicago – Result: 20.8

Streaming Options:

  • Evan Engram (NYG) at Dallas. The Cowboys allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends last year. Engram is owned 19% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Benjamin Watson (BAL) at Cincinnati. The Bengals allowed the third most points to opposing tight ends last year. Make sure that quarterback Joe Flacco is playing before starting Watson. Watson is owned in just 1% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Zach Miller (CHI) v. Falcons. The Falcons allowed the seventh most fantasy points to opposing tight ends last year. Miller is owned in only 7% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Kickers – Week 1

Favorable Match-ups:

  • Ka’imi Fairbairn (HOU) v. Jaguars – Result: 1
  • Kai Forbath (MIN) v. Saints – Result: 12
  • Brandon McManus (DEN) v. Chargers – Result: 6
  • Greg Zuerlein (LAR) v. Colts – Result: 17
  • Matt Bryant (ATL) at Chicago – Result: 12
  • Graham Gano (CAR) at San Francisco – Result: 11
  • Robbie Gould (SF) v. Panthers – Result: 4
  • Chandler Catanzaro (NYJ) at Buffalo – Result: 9
  • Dan Bailey (DAL) v. Giants – Result: 15
  • Stephen Hauschka (BUF) v. Jets – Result: 3

Unfavorable Match-ups:

  • Randy Bullock (CIN) v. Ravens – Results: 0
  • Mason Crosby (GB) v. Seahawks – Result: 6
  • Cairo Santos (KC) at New England – Result: 6
  • Adam Vinatieri (IND) at Los Angeles Rams – Result: 3
  • Aldrick Rosas (NYG) at Dallas – Result: 3
  • Ryan Succop (TEN) v. Raiders – Result: 12
  • Chris Boswell (PIT) at Cleveland – Result: 3
  • Zane Gonzalez (CLE) v. Steelers – Result: 4
  • Phil Dawson (ARZ) at Detroit – Result: 5
  • Stephen Gostkowski (NE) v. Chiefs – Result: 9

Streaming Options:

  • Ka’imi Fairbairn (HOU) v. Jaguars. The Jaguars allowed the most fantasy points to opposing kickers last year. Novak is owned in only 6% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Kai Forbath (MIN) v. Saints. The Saints allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing kickers last year. Forbath is owned in just 3% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Brandon McManus (DEN) v. Chargers. The Chargers allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing kickers last year. McManus is owned in 47% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Graham Gano (CAR) at San Francisco. The 49ers allowed the sixth most fantasy points to opposing kickers last year. Gano is owned in only 24% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Stephen Hauschka (BUF) v. Jets. The Jets allowed the 10th most fantasy points to opposing kickers last year. Hauschka is owned in 52% of Yahoo! leagues.

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Team Defenses – Week 1

Favorable Match-ups:

  • Colts (IND) at Los Angeles Rams – Result: 2
  • Bills (BUF) v. New York Jets – Result: 9
  • Steelers (PIT) at Cleveland – Result: 18
  • Broncos (DEN) v. Chargers – Result: 5
  • 49ers (SF) v. Panthers – Result: 4
  • Falcons (ATL) at Chicago – Result: 5
  • Jaguars (JAX) at Houston – Result: 28
  • Texans (HOU) v. Jaguars – Result: 0
  • Lions (DET) v. Cardinals – Result: 16
  • Chargers (LAC) at Denver – Result: 8

Unfavorable Match-ups:

  • Chiefs (KC) at New England – Result: 3
  • Bears (CHI) v. Falcons – Result: 2
  • Giants (NYG) at Dallas – Result: 2
  • Titans (TEN) v. Raiders – Result: 2
  • Browns (CLE) v. Steelers – Result: 3
  • Seahawks (SEA) at Green Bay – Result: 7
  • Patriots (NE) v. Chiefs – Result: 1
  • Jets (NYJ) at Buffalo – Result: 4
  • Redskins (WAS) at Philadelphia – Result: 12
  • Cardinals (ARZ) at Detroit – Result: 8

Streaming Options:

  • Steelers at Cleveland.  The Browns are starting rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer and they allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing defenses last year. The Steelers are owned in 81% of Yahoo! leagues
  • Bills v. Jets. The Jets have no receivers of note, are starting quarterback Josh McCown and they allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing defenses last year. The Bills are owned in just 31% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Falcons at Chicago. The Bears are starting Tampa Bay retread quarterback Mike Glennon, just lost their starting wide receiver, Cameron Meredith, to a season-ending injury, and they gave up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing defenses last year. The Falcons are owned in 50% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Rams v. Colts. The Colts will be without quarterback Andrew Luck, starting Scott Tolzien in his place. Last year the Colts allowed the 17th most fantasy points to opposing defenses last year, but Luck played in 15 of those games. The Rams are owned in 51% of Yahoo! leagues.
  • Bengals v. Ravens. If by chance Joe Flacco is not ready for Week 1, streamers will want to fire up the Cincinnati defense against Ryan Mallett. The Ravens also allowed the 17th most fantasy points to opposing defenses last year, but Flacco played in all 16 games. The Bengals are owned in just 23% of Yahoo! leagues. (The latest news is that Flacco should be ready, but there might be some rust yet to knock off. With Baltimore fielding a fairly suspect offensive line, this might be a good match-up even if Flacco is starting.)

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Key Suspensions – Week 1

  • Doug Martin (TB-RB) – first of three games – game moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma
  • Willie Snead (NO-WR) – first of three games
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins (NYJ-TE) – first of two games

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