T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit
It appears that the Lions knew what they were doing when they picked Hockenson eighth overall in this year’s draft. He is clearly their tight end of the future and displayed that last week in his NFL debut. The rookie was targeted nine times and turned that into six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. I know it’s only been one game, but Hockenson looks primed to have a big rookie year and get a ton of balls thrown his way. He has a much tougher matchup this week with the Chargers coming to town, but based on Week 1, Hockenson should be starting in all fantasy formats.
Antonio Brown, WR, New England
Tough to put AB in this spot when he hasn’t even played a game yet in 2019, but what a nightmare he’s been the last month. It’s not a certainty that Brown will see the field this weekend due to off-the-field issues, but he did practice yesterday so for now we will assume he’s going to make not only his 2019 debut, but his Patriots debut as well. Obviously he’s a stud receiver in his prime and on the best team in the league, but I don’t think he can be trusted right out of the gate. There are so many mouths to feed in New England and Tom Brady has never peppered one guy with consistent targets each week. Plus the Patriots are playing the Dolphins who are clearly going to be the worst team in the league this year so the game will be over quick. Stay away from AB this week.
John Brown, WR, Buffalo
Staying on the wide receiver named Brown topic, John Brown had a great 2019 debut with the Bills. He saw 10 targets from Josh Allen and came down with seven receptions for 123 yards and a score against the Jets. A huge game to start the season for the speedster. Brown has to be treated as the No. 1 wideout in Buffalo and even though he’s not on a great offense, he will get plenty of targets. His speed paired with Allen’s big arm could be a deadly combination moving forward. Brown gets another plus matchup against the Giants and should bring back WR2 production for his owners.
Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington
McLaurin was another player who impressed in Week 1. The first year player out of Ohio State came out of nowhere to get seven targets in his pro debut. He turned those targets into five catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t just the stat line for McLaurin, it was the way he played. He ran great routes all day and showcased his blazing speed play in and play out. Case Keenum isn’t the best quarterback out there so that may hurt him a little bit, but McLaurin appears to be a very good player with a ton of upside. He should be added in all formats.
Lock of the Week
Sony Michel, RB, New England
Sony Michel had a forgettable Week 1, rushing for 15 yards on 14 carries, but there will be better days for him. The good news is, 14 carries in a blowout is a pretty healthy workload to start the season. He’s the clear early down back for a great offense and will see plenty of touches moving forward. Michel gets the Dolphins this week and unlike Antonio Brown and the receiving core, Michel should get consistent work out of the backfield. He bounces back in a big way in Week 2.