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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 1

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Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle

Year-in and year-out Lockett seems to somewhat fly under the radar, but he always produces. He should remain the top deep threat for the Seahawks and the emergence of DK Metcalf should only help open things up for Lockett this season. Lockett has a dream matchup against Atlanta to open the 2020 season and should be fired in there as a low end WR1.

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Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay

Rodgers started showing signs of slowing down last season. He drove fantasy owners crazy aside from a couple huge performances. More often than not, Rodgers was around 15 fantasy points a week so it’s not surprising that he’s dropped considerably in fantasy drafts this season. I can’t see him being a top 10 fantasy quarterback this year so temper expectations if you drafted Rodgers and are starting him Week 1 in a terrible matchup at Minnesota.

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Cam Akers, RB, Los Angeles Rams

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Akers in the preseason. The rookie seems to be the running back of the future for the Rams and we know how productive Todd Gurley was over the past few years in Sean McVay’s offense so that’s encouraging. The only issue right now is that Akers is in a crowded backfield with Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson. Akers is “listed” as the third back on the depth chart, but Henderson has been banged up all summer and neither him nor Brown are anything special so Akers should be getting most of the carries soon enough. Keep an eye on him.

Cam Newton, QB, New England

Newton might be the biggest wildcard in the entire NFL heading into Week 1. He seems to finally be healthy and has a chip on his shoulder to prove he can still play at an elite level. If anyone can get Cam back on track it’s Bill Belichick. The Patriots will be a great fit for Newton and he’s going to play well for them. He gets the Dolphins at home right off the bat so I’d fire Cam in your lineup.

Lock of the Week

Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams

Higbee ended the 2019 season on a tear. Over the last four weeks of last season, he had 36 catches which led all tight ends. He just got an extension from the Rams and is their main option at the position now. I expect Higbee to push into the Top-5 at his position in fantasy this year as he’s built great chemistry with Jared Goff. He has a solid matchup to open 2020 also, going against the Cowboys at home. The Dallas defense doesn’t typically do well defending opposing tight ends – make sure Higbee is in your lineup Week 1.

About Steve Rudy

Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.