Well that was….something.
Here’s a smattering of the fantasy football happenings in a Week 1 that was something out of a bad Hunter Thompson trip.
Sam Bradford of the Minnesota Vikings, Carson Wentz of the Philadelphia Eagles and Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs combined to throw nine touchdown passes, while Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks combined to throw one.
A rookie running back (Kareem Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs) posted more PPR fantasy points than David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals, Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys – put together.
The top five wide receivers in Week 1 contained both starters for the Vikings (Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen) and rookie Kenny Golladay of the Detroit Lions. What it did not contain was Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, Odell Beckham of the New York Giants or A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Oh, and the top fantasy tight ends were Austin “Who?” Hooper of the Atlanta Falcons and Jesse “No, Not the Outlaw” James of the Pittsburgh Steelers – because of course they were.
The best advice I can offer after a week that weird is simple. Deep breaths. Don’t panic. There’s a ton of football still to be played, and order will be restored to the universe. It’s way too early in the fantasy season to get cute. You drafted your starters for a reason.
Unless, of course, you spent the top overall pick in your draft on David Johnson.
Then you can go ahead and panic. I recommend tequila. Lots and lots of tequila.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at ATL)
Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at NOS)
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (vs. NEP)
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. GBP)
OFF THE LIST: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. SFO): Wilson and the Seattle offense will probably get right this week against a bad Niners team, but that won’t erase the fact that right now the Seahawks’ offensive line is a hot mess. We may be looking at a repeat of 2016 with Wilson – a yo-yo ride of big games and clunkers like last week’s stinker in Titletown.
SPOT START OF THE WEEK
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (at IND)
While speaking to Kyle Odegard of the team’s website, Palmer didn’t mince words when discussing his miserable three interception Week 1 effort in a loss to the Detroit Lions. “I just didn’t do a good enough job,” Palmer said. “I put that solely on myself. I’m disappointed in myself. I just felt like had I made a handful of throws, we would have been in a different position.”
Given that Week 1 faceplant, why am I recommending Palmer (on the road, no less) in this spot for a second straight week? Easy. With David Johnson on the shelf Palmer is going to have to throw the ball on approximately 113 percent of Arizona’s plays, and the Colts, um, stink.
If he can’t get it done this week Palmer never will.