We survived Week 1. You may have won or lost. Either way, try to remember that it’s just one week. Fantasy players tend to overreact after only one game, and it was just that ONE GAME, there was no preseason this year. Tom Brady didn’t suddenly forget how to play football, Saquon Barkley didn’t lose his talent, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt will both make an impact this year. These are all things that owners will overreact about and freak out over. Everyone wants to win, but sometimes you lose, and that’s OK. Let’s try to get back in the win column or keep it rolling this week as we break down some players who find themselves in good situations.
Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas (vs. Atlanta)
Dallas lost its opening contest to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football last week, but this is a very dangerous Dallas offense. The offensive line is not as good as in years past, but it is still among the top lines in the league. In the loss, Prescott threw for 266 yards and one touchdown, which is not a total letdown. However, this week, he gets a juicy matchup against an Atlanta team that just surrendered 322 passing yards and four scores to Seattle a week ago. This is a prime spot for Prescott and friends to bounce back in their home opener.
David Montgomery RB, Chicago (vs. New York Giants)
Montgomery looked good in the season opener, rushing for 64 yards on 13 carries and adding one catch for 10 yards. The Giants are going to get picked on a lot this year. Their defense is not very good and was just shredded by Pittsburgh for 124 yards by backup running backs (since James Conner got hurt yet again). We weren’t too sure how the Chicago backfield would be split heading into this season, but after one game, Montgomery played on 44.6 percent of plays compared to Tarik Cohen‘s 23.3 percent. Montgomery will be in for a busy day.
Saquon Barkley RB, New York Giants (at Chicago)
Although we all expected Barkley to have a tough night against a stingy Pittsburgh defense, I don’t think anyone expected only 6 rushing yards on 15 carries. Luckily it wasn’t a total bust as he caught six balls for 60 yards. This week he gets a Chicago defense that allowed 115 yards on the ground and one score to Detroit. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett needs to get creative and get Barkley into space. This game is an excellent bounce-back opportunity for Barkley to get back to form.
Parris Campbell, WR, Indianapolis (vs. Minnesota)
An afterthought in many drafts this summer, Campbell showed up to play Week 1, catching six balls on nine targets for 71 yards. He led all Indianapolis receivers playing 61 snaps with a 14.8 target share on the day. This week he gets a matchup with Minnesota, who may have the worst secondary in the league as Aaron Rodgers torched it in Week 1 for 315 yards and four scores. Campbell appears to have the trust of new quarterback Philip Rivers and should only continue to get better as the season rolls on.
Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay (vs. Detroit)
Lazard is the clear No. 2 for Green Bay. Last week he caught all four of his targets for 63 yards and a score while playing on 68 snaps. This week Green Bay will host Detroit, who just surrendered 201 yards through the air and two touchdowns to Mitchell Trubisky-led Chicago. Marquez Valdes-Scantling isn’t going away, but he played only 42 snaps making Lazard the second-best option on a team capable of putting up another 40 spot this week.
Eric Ebron, TE, Pittsburgh (vs. Denver)
Ebron had a quiet opening game catching just one pass on two targets for 18 yards. He played 62.5 percent of snaps compared to Vance McDonald, who played 59.4 percent, but Ebron is the better red zone target of the two. He makes for a sneaky play this week if you are streaming tight ends as he faces a Denver team that just gave up 42 yards and two touchdowns to the position.